3 Surefire Ways to Make & Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions
The beginning of a new year is always a great time to re-focus your creative energy, both in your personal and professional life. Last year, we served up 20 ideas for resolutions to inspire daily creative living. This year, it’s all about how to keep those resolutions in 3 creative and practical ways.
1. Lift (iPhone): This app lets you achieve practical goals by breaking them down into habits you track. Visualizations show you your progress, and you can even connect with friends and family to support each other and to get new ideas for goals. This is definitely a great app for those “get healthy” resolutions. (Android + web apps coming soon!)
Editors note: I’ve also started using a new app called Everest to keep track of all of my life dreams and aspirations. It’s a fun way to track larger resolutions (ex: travel to all seven continents). The app helps you break them up into smaller steps to make sure you achieve them.
2. Recite: One of our favorite new tools, Recite lets you turn words (read: resolutions!) into designy type pieces for sharing on social media or for using as inspirational wallpaper on your phone or computer desktop. You can even print them from your computer and pin them around your desk, your bathroom mirror, or even your nightstand to inspire more creativity in your day.
3. Google Calendar or iCal: We know, we know, these aren’t exactly brand new tools, but sometimes, those tough resolutions need a drill sergeant to help make them happen. By using any one of a number of calendar apps, you can add resolution reminders to your daily schedule. Resolutions as simple as spending 5 minutes outside in the middle of a workday or reading a book for 15 minutes before bed can easily become part of your routine. If you’re feeling extra excited about calendaring your resolutions, make sure to turn on alerts!
And, in case you missed it last year, here are our creative resolutions from 2012, sure to inspire some good creative energy in 2013 as well. Did any of you follow through on any of these?
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