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Woman Reaching Her Goals

While most people don’t end up keeping the New Year’s resolutions they make—research shows only around 8 percent of people actually do—with the right attitude and a few helpful hints, sticking to your goals for the new year is totally doable. No matter what you’re setting out to change, there are a few general tips to remember that will help you stay on track:

Focus on one thing at a time.

Set realistic goals–small steps are key. 

Recruit a friend or family member to keep you accountable.

Track your progress.

Give yourself credit for even the smallest of victories!

For an extra push to get you on your way to achieving your goals, we’ve rounded up tips and tricks for some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions:

If your goal is to get organized…
Don’t take on the whole house at once–pick one room or closet to take on first. And before you start organizing, throw away or donate anything you don’t need. Not only will it make the process of organizing easier, but without the clutter from stuff you don’t really need, you’re more likely to stay organized for longer.

If your goal is to save money…
Be specific about how much you want to save: $100 each month, $500 by the end of the year, etc. Then, find ways to cut back. Try using money-saving apps when you’re shopping for groceries and other purchases to cut costs. Another idea is to use a prepaid card for certain expenses so you don’t overspend.

If your goal is to lose weight…
Don’t let yourself get frustrated if you aren’t seeing the number on the scale go down as quickly as you hoped. Slow and steady wins this race. And remember, you don’t need to spend tons of money on working out and eating right. There are plenty of ways to get fit without a gym membership and cheap healthy recipes you can make at home.

JJ Hightail Pleasant Surprises

 

What a pleasant surprise! We’re giving away a Fitbit® Zip Wireless Activity Tracker!

 

Editor’s note: Sorry! The registration box has been removed because this sweepstakes ended on 1/31/2016. Keep checking back with Direct Connects for more fun giveaways and other pleasant surprises!

 

 

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