They say that nearly half of us make New Year’s Resolutions every year, but only 8 percent of us are successful in achieving those resolutions. If you’re struggling now that the newness of 2013 is starting to fade, it’s perfectly OK to give yourself a new start. Remember, it only takes 21 days to form a habit, so there’s still plenty of time left in the year to make good on those resolutions.
Product of the Week
One way to stay on track during those habit-forming 21 days and beyond is the Chain Method, first popularized by this Lifehacker article on Jerry Seinfeld. As much as I love all the digital tools out there, sometimes there’s nothing better or more motivational than a good, old-fashioned calendar. I like the size & feel of a traditional desk calendar, but this dry erase calendar is pretty snazzy, too.
Recipe of the Week
If you’re looking for healthy but also delicious recipes, then check out Gina’s SkinnyTaste food blog. She provides not only the recipe (with enticing pictures) but also nutritional information (including Weight Watchers points, if that’s your program of choice), so you can choose and plan recipes to fit your diet. Here are her Top 25 recipes of 2012 to get you started. (I adapted her Skinny Scones on New Year’s Day, and they were excellent.)
Thought-Provoker of the Week
Forbes tells us why our New Year’s Resolutions will fail by Feb. 1 — and offers advice on how NOT to let that happen. And remember, you can make resolutions at any time of the year, so if you’ve decided your initial resolutions weren’t quite right, use this advice to make new ones!
Laugh of the Week
Jimmy Kimmel asks folks if they’ve been able to keep their New Year’s resolutions two & a half weeks into the new year.
Lesson of the Week
And because any time is a good time for a TED Talk, 12 TED Talks to inspire your New Year’s (and anytime) resolutions.
Bonus Video of the Week
And when times get tough, just remember…
That’s it, folks! Have a great weekend!