Tips and tricks to help with New Year’s resolutions

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New Year’s resolutions are so easily broken.
With the start of the new spring 2013 semester, people are starting to feel the pressure of their neglected resolutions pushing down on them.
Really, keeping a New Year’s resolution is easier than one might think. There are several organizational tips that can help people reach their goals with out falling off the wagon by mid-January.
First, remind yourself all the time. Set an alarm in your phone to remind you to go to the gym everyday or to maybe call your parents.
If the phone won’t work for you, put sticky notes up. Write it in notebook margins, just make sure it is somewhere you really can’t escape it.
The bathroom mirror is a good trick for many people, and it is very hard to ignore.
Megan Walton, a freshman biology major, uses the bathroom mirror trick.
“I can’t avoid it that way. My current resolution is to eat more fruit, so I list at least three fruits to eat that day.”
Then invest something in it. If you want to join a gym, you may be more likely to go if you paid for a membership.
Calling your parents might seem like a better idea if increased phone bills (paid by you) are actually put to good use.
Another trick might sound crazy, but diligent friends and family will make it work. Ask other people to remind you.
If you tell your friends to hound you about a certain thing, they should be more than helpful to annoy you about it.
The last tip comes from friends and family, as well. Form a support group.
If you are going to the gym, find some friends to join with you. If you want to try new foods, find a couple of people who can go out to dinner or lunch with you.
Sometimes people feel that New Year’s resolutions are somewhat silly. Deanna Moore, a junior political science major, doesn’t lump her resolutions together.
“I don’t tend to put my resolutions in a basket only once a year, but it’s a time to remind oneself that everything carries on into the new year.”
Many people get overwhlemed by taking on too many resolutions at once. The attitude that someone is going to change their life all in one month is a bit daunting, and can leave people frustrated with no progress.
Lack of progress in any endevour can lead to discouragement. Do not burden yourself with too many resolutions. No one can change the course of their life in a month.
English and education major T.J. Dennis dosen’t believe in piling on resolutions.
“I don’t feel the New Year’s resolutions can work if you pile too many of them on.”
New Year’s resolutions, or any type of resolution,  can be rewarding when fulfilled. Try your best to not quit, and keep reminding yourself of the light at the end of the tunnel.

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