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How to stick to your new year’s resolutions

While many people will be resolving to lose some weight, do better financially or keep their house cleaner, teens might want to set their eyes on how they can do better at school and at work. Below are some ideas on how best to stick to your academic and job new year’s resolutions.

1. Make it specific and attainable. Rather than say “I want a 4.0 GPA by the end of spring semester,” say , “I want to have mostly As at the end of each month to have at least a 3.8 GPA by the end of the semester so I can submit for the college of my choice and scholarships.” Or, “I want to have a job at Grease Monkey by the end of February so I can have money to pay for prom.”

2. Start small. Rather than try to become the best student ever overnight, just strive to get an A on that one upcoming test. Break up your resolutions into smaller bits. If you’re trying to get a promotion at work, strive to show up 15 minutes earlier and get all your tasks done before your boss notices.

3. Write them down and post them. Write them down and post them somewhere you can see them. Then others can see them and help you with them or hold you accountable. Or take the next leap and post them online like on Facebook or a blog where all your friends can see it.

4. Enlist support. See if any of your friends have similar resolutions when it comes to school and see if you can work on them together as study buddies. The road is easier when it’s not done alone.

5. Practice new behaviors that encourage success. If you know hanging around certain friends makes you want to study less or if having your video game console in your room cuts down on your studying time, get rid of them. Set aside a time for studying each day and then reward yourself. Similarly, set aside time to fill out job applications or talk with your boss about how you can do better.

Here are two free cell phone or tablet apps from to keep you on track:

Juice (free):

“Would you like to start the New Year with more energy? Join the club. The free Juice iPhone app is ready to help you on your road to well-being. Use the Juice app to track your daily activity in order to maximize your energy sources. It doesn’t take a lot of time, just a few minutes a day with Juice to log and analyze what works best over time. The app also gives healthy tips for managing stress and sleep patterns. This is a simple app that will help almost anyone stick to at least one resolution in 2013.”

Sooner (free):

“Planning your weekly to-do list just got a whole lot easier with the Sooner: to do list and weekly planner app for iPhone. If your resolution involves getting more done, then this productive app is perfect for you. Sooner is great for people who like to visualize their time versus just writing a few tasks on sticky notes. Set up projects for your resolutions and manage them in your life spheres on a daily basis. The sooner you get this iPhone app, the sooner you will be on the road to productivity. Maybe you will even get promoted at work or at least impress your boss!”


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