Whether you are trying to lose weight or stay in touch with friends, these five websites will help you to keep your New Year’s resolutions on-track.
Start a resolution
Start a resolution is a website dedicated to helping you keep your New Year’s resolutions. You enter your resolution, a person somewhere in the world is assigned as your coach to help motivate you, you are assigned as someone else’s coach, and together everyone stays involved and on-track to keep their resolutions.
For those who don’t trust a human coach, Hassle Me is a computerised service which will hassle you roughly every one, two, three, four, or however-many-you-choose days, reminding you to stick with your New Year’s resolution. You just type in your resolution, enter the number of days between hassling, give it your email address and voila! You have your own personal nagging machine.
StickK helps you to ‘stick’ to your goals (get it?). With StickK you draw up your own commitment contract, wherein you commit to your New Year’s resolution (whatever that may be). You can also lay money on the line as added incentive. If you complete your goal then you get the money back, and if you fail you can choose a charity to which it will be donated. You can also designate a referee, who reports impartially to StickK on whether you are achieving your resolution or not. You can also choose a support team, so don’t forget to get your family and friends involved to help cheer you on.
HabitForge was created around research which shows that it takes 21 days to build a habit into your life. HabitForge helps you to stay on track to form a new good habit of your choice by sending you reminders and tracking your progress. HabitForge can also be integrated with your smartphone.
Making your New Year’s resolutions stick
If you want to know more about the how and why of resolutions, this article from the American Psychological Association (APA) discusses how, on a scientific and psychological level, resolutions are either kept or broken, depending on our behaviours. It might give you some insight into why you never finished that book list from 2013.
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