So yes, it has come to that time of the year when we are all thinking about New Year’s Resolutions again. And I’m prepared to bet that most of you have at least one of the following resolutions on their list. I’ve made my list (again) although this year I have also put in place some great strategies so that I hope I should be able to make some progress with most of my resolutions.
If any of you are trying to think of resolutions, or are trying to figure out how you are going to make your resolutions work, then I have some tips for you. Just for the record, none of the people featured in this article has paid me for inclusion here – these are all sites which I have either used myself or been personally recommmended by somebody that has.
- Lose WeightThis has to be almost the top resolution among women of a certain age. Many of us are overweight, others of us think that we are, and we have nearly all overindulged over the Christmas period. This is definitely top of my list in 2013 and I am going to lose my excess weight with Thinking Slimmer this year.A Thinking Slimmer Slimpod gives you control over what you eat
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- Stop SmokingThis is not one that I will do myself (I stopped when I was pregnant and haven’t started again) but if you are planning to stop smoking in 2013 then this is somewhere you can get some helpSmoking? | Advice to help you stop smoking | NHS SmokeFreeOver 80% of secondhand smoke is invisible. If you could see the harmful poisons that are really there, you wouldn’t smoke. Order your Smokefree Kit today.
- Declutter Your HomeI certainly need help in this area. I like this basic guide featured in the Daily MailDaily Mail – How to… declutter your home | Mail OnlineSince the housing market collapsed, we’ve realised we need to make the best of the homes we live in. And the secret to falling in love with your own four walls is to …Sometimes it can be helpful to enlist the services of an expert
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But I think I will go back to my tried and tested methods which I set out in Motivating Mum
- Get OrganisedI have so much I want to do this year, and a tendency to get overwhelmed, distracted and/or just plain lazy. I’ve got my new diary set up in 2013, have set myself some goals and I am doing my best to chunk down the tasks I have to do into meaningful small pieces so I can tackle them without drowning.I’m using products from Fizzy Milk Jelly to help me make lists and keep all my bits and pieces in one big central file. Hopefully this will help me to finally gain control of my life.
- Save MoneyThis is another area that I have covered in detail in Motivating Mum, in my series on Extreme couponing. I feel reasonably on top of this area now, but if you are just starting out, then have a look at these articlesMotivating Mum Money Saving Archive
- Starting a Business/Growing a BusinessWhen I first took over Motivating Mum in 2010 and Mum’s the Boss last year, I presumed that small business advice would be the main focus of each blog. However as I look at my blog readership stats I realise that in fact you want to read about much more than that on these sites, so you may find the business advice is buried amongst loads of other bits which have proved popular.if you are starting a new business or looking for advice on how to grow, you can find some excellent articles here:Motivating Mum
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Statistics from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, state that around 95% of British businesses fall into this category, employing over 7 million people and generating a combined annual turnover of £600billion
So there you have it, a tour through some of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions, with a little bit of help as to where to start to make them reality.
What are you planning for 2013, and what tools are you going to use to get you there?