Five clever ways to keep your New Year's resolutions

If you tend to forget about your New Year's resolutions, try making them more attainable with the help of technology.

Fitbit captures your daily activities using a pedometer-like device you wear throughout the day.

3. Look into dedicated gadgets
After a few weeks, when you've established good habits and deemed your resolution realistic, consider rewarding yourself with a dedicated gadget that will help you achieve the goal. For example, if you are resolving to read more, an e-reader like the Nook or Kindle can motivate you to stock up on more books.

Likewise, Fitbit or Adidas MiCoach are a couple of affordable devices that help you manage fitness and weight-loss in a fun way.

4. Find a community
It's easy to feel discouraged when you're pursuing something alone. But with the Internet and its bountiful communities, there's no reason to tackle your resolutions in isolation. If you want to read more books, join a Web site like Goodreads. Or if it's a weight-loss goal, check out places like SparkPeople and CalorieCount.

Even if these people aren't your friends IRL (in real life), observing their progress and exchanging advice will keep you feeling positive about all the hard work you do.

Alternatively, start your own community by creating a Facebook group. Give it a fun name and invite friends (and their friends) to join the group. Not only will you hold each other accountable and swap tips but you yourself will also be more motivated by being the group leader spearheading the cause.

5. Start a blog
Since people who keep a weight-loss journal are twice as likely to shed pounds than others, try using a blog to further your goals. If the goal is to lose weight or perhaps stay on budget, the blog will help you monitor progress and hold you accountable for what you did (or didn't!) do.

If your goal is project-oriented, like taking a photo each day, use the blog to post what you've produced. For example, many Tumblr blogs are dedicated to the "365 Day Photo Challenge" which requires you to post one photo per day.

Otherwise, if your goal is lifestyle-oriented, use the blog to reflect on your daily progress and use the notes to evaluate what you could do to improve, or simply bask in the glory of your success.

With these measures in place, you may end up joining the small group of people who successfully follow through with their New Year's resolutions. When the goal-planning is complete, your final task is simple: just do it.

About the author

Sharon Profis is a CNET How To expert who cooks up DIY projects, in-depth guides, and little-known tricks that help you get the most out of your tech. During her four years at CNET, she's covered social media, funky gadgets, and has shared her tech knowledge on CBS and other news outlets.

 

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