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Tips to Stick to Your New Year's Resolutions

By Mary Ripley on  December 31, 2017

Originally published in January 2017, these are still great tips to sticking to your New Year's Resolutions.

It's that time of year to make your list of resolutions in pursuit of a better 2018! Whether your list is short or long, the most important part is being able to stick to it. Over 75% of resolutions are abandoned within 3 months. So in order to keep you on goal, we've come up with some great tips for successfully sticking to 3 top New Year's resolutions. Here's to a great New Year!

TIPS FOR YOUR WEIGHT LOSS RESOLUTION

Have a plan. 

This sounds fairly simple, but can be harder to implement than it sounds. If your plan is “to lose weight”, you're going to fail. If you make your goal unachievable, you're going to fail. Have a simple and specific goal like “lose 10 pounds before March 1st”. From there, progress on, and make new, attainable goals as you go.

Man and Woman in kitchen cutting up veggies

Eat fresh. 

This seems like a no-brainer, but eating healthy and fresh in today's world can be challenging. Instead of eating prepared from package meals, opt for fresh ingredients that don't necessarily need cooked. Salads, nuts, hummus and gazpacho are great choices for healthy meals and snacks that also help detox your system. And as an added bonus, just imagine how much energy you could save by eating raw, unprocessed foods and not cooking every meal.  Plus, you'll cut down on your energy usage.

Exercise. 

You don't need to run a marathon in order to stay healthy by exercising. All you need to do to burn more calories is to move more. Whether your current activity level is nil or active, you can always step it up. So turn off that TV, get up and get moving!

TIPS FOR YOUR SAVING MONEY RESOLUTION 

Save on your energy bills. 

We all know that cutting down on your energy consumption is one of the best ways to save money. Electric, gas, water … it seems daunting to know where to even start though. Start with one utility and once you've whittled down that bill to where you feel comfortable, move on to the next. For some great tips on how to save on your electricity bill, check here.

Make a budget. Budgeting is the easiest way to stay on track with your saving goals. One important thing to keep in mind when crafting a budget is to try and make cuts across the board, instead of eliminating categories. For instance, if you think your entertainment budget is too high, don't nix it altogether. If you feel like you're depriving yourself of important things like fun, you're more likely to think that staying on budget is too difficult and just abandon it altogether.

TIPS FOR YOUR SPENDING MORE TIME WITH FAMILY RESOLUTION 

Work-life balance.

 America's 21st century family is working more. Whether it's working at one paying job, spending time on side projects or even working multiple paying jobs, Americans have less “free time” than ever. Before you commit to taking on more responsibility in the new year, weigh if and how this will impact your family life.

Father and Son Hiking

Unplug. 

With so many entertainment options for the modern family, it can be overwhelming. There are computers, TVs, video games, movies, streaming services, tablets, smartphones and much more. Add in the new forms of social media being launched every day... We've become a plugged-in nation, depending on technology for our day-to-day lives. If you want to connect with your family more, just unplug. Turn off those TVs and smartphones and go outside. Take a hike, go for a drive, talk to each other and reconnect. You can even end up saving a bunch of money on your energy bills if you designate one night a week to turn off all the devices and have family time where you can play board games, read together or craft.

Make it a team effort. 

Instead of tackling tasks all by yourself, involve your family. You can all cook, clean or do yard work together. Not withstanding the fact that work will be made much easier with more people, it's also a great time to bond, talk about your day and to instruct kids on responsibility and the importance of team work. Do you have a New Year's Resolution we didn't cover?  Let us know in the comments what it is and if you have any tips for sticking to it.

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