NewYears2013KENTUCKY (12/31/12) – Here we are again at the end of one year and the beginning of another. This is the “clean slate” time of year when we’re reflecting on the past and looking forward into the future and resolving to do better. We resolve to eat better, work better, save more, read more, drink less, lose “x” amount of pounds, and so on. It seems that every year, the most common resolutions are staying consecutively “common.”

Listed below are the Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 according to the online news media platform, Policymic. To view the site and the details of the listed resolutions, log in to http://www.policymic.com/articles/21328/new-years-2013-the-10-most-common-new-year-s-resolutions.

1.)    Eat healthy/Exercise.
2.)    Drink Less Alcohol.
3.)    Learn Something New.
4.)    Quit Smoking.
5.)    Better Work/Life Balance.
6.)    Volunteer.
7.)    Save Money.
8.)    Get Organized.
9.)    Read More.
10.)    Finish those around the house “to-do” lists.     
                                                                                                                               
Almost half the numbers of those resolutions were the same as last year’s listed by a University of Scranton study featured by The New Age newspaper of Australia. Click here to view that site. (http://www.thenewage.co.za/76226-12-53-Top_10_New_Years_resolutions.) The most common resolutions shared by both sites for past two years were:

1.)    Quit Smoking.
2.)    Learn Something New.
3.)    Get Organized.
4.)    Save Money.

Most people tend to make unattainable resolutions at the start of a new year, setting themselves up for failure or disappointment before they can reach their goals. According to lifehacker.com, an online “go-to” site suggesting “tips and tricks to help you live better in the digital age,” there are a few things you can try to help make this year’s resolutions stick:

1.)    Focus on one resolution at a time. (Don’t plan too much all at once or you may get overwhelmed and lose motivation.)
2.)    Get someone to hold you accountable. (Get a friend or your partner help keep you on the right track.)
3.)    Set ultra-specific goals. (Don’t set your goals too broad or general.)
4.)    Piggyback resolution with existing habits. (If you resolve to say, take a vitamin every day, then keep your bottle of vitamins beside your toothbrush or somewhere you already have a habit of looking every day.)
5.)    Give yourself a trial run. (Work on your set resolution for 30 days to work out the kinks and get into a good steady habit. Don’t admit defeat before giving yourself at least the first 30 days.)
6.)    Trick your mind. (Focus on anything that makes you feel like you’re succeeding. Use the “Fake it till you make it” philosophy.)
7.)    Visualize the end result.
8.)    Closely measure your progress. (Mark off even the smallest goals on a checklist daily so that you get some positive reinforcement every day.)
9.)    Remind yourself of your goals daily. (Set a reminder alarm on your phone or make sticky notes.)
10.)    START RIGHT NOW!!!! (Lifehacker suggests not waiting until the New Year starts to begin working on your resolutions. If you’ve already resolved to do it then why put it off another day?)

For more tips and tricks for everyday living log on to (http://www.policymic.com/articles/21328/new-years-2013-the-10-most-common-new-year-s-resolutions).

Jessica Frodge
SurfKY News

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