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Top 10 Most Common New Year’s Resolutions

7. Share your resolutions with others

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

It’s great to make a resolution for yourself and maybe even write it down, but if no one else knows about it, it’s easy to forget about or even ignore. And when you don’t achieve it, no one will notice or care.

On the flip side, your counterparts who decided to tell someone about their goal, feel something different. Now that they’ve gone public with their goal, they feel a sense of obligation and accountability. Essentially, if you don’t follow through, they are going to let everyone down.

Crazy as it sounds, this sense of guilt is often more powerful than self-motivation. The upshot here is that when you do succeed, the people you shared with will celebrate with you!

If you want to take goal sharing to the next level, you could organize a mastermind group. A mastermind group is a collection of highly motivated people who share a common goal and are looking to encourage and help each other improve.

How to do it:

  1. Find some kindred spirits with similar goals
  2. Meet regularly (weekly or monthly depending on level of commitment)
  3. Share setbacks and progress
  4. Stay motivated!

Now if you don’t have the time or inclination to do the above, another way to achieve the same result is to make a Facebook post declaring your intentions to all your friends. You can bet people will cheer you on and ask about your progress over the course of the year!

Top 10 Most Common New Year's Resolutions

8. Automate where possible

A stitch in time saves nine.

The good news is you probably have technology in your pocket that can help you follow through on your resolution – automation in the form of reminder apps.

Nowadays there are a million different apps and services to help you follow through on your resolutions. These free tools can help provide a constant reminder:

  • Google Calendar: Set a recurring meeting tied to your resolution, i.e. scheduling workout sessions at the gym.
  • Google Now: Personal assistant that provides information as you need it.
  • Reminders (on iOS): Set up timed alerts for tasks.
  • Boomerang for Gmail: Schedule reminder emails to yourself (Freemium).

On top of these commonly used apps, there are also “to-do list” and task management apps that have the ability to schedule reminders and milestones. Here are a few popular choices:

  1. Asana
  2. Trello
  3. Todoist
  4. Microsoft To Do
  5. Omnifocus
  6. Things

Note: All of these apps listed above won’t help you do the work, but they do serve a constant reminder of the work that needs to be done.

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