2011 fireworks

In a few days, the calendar flips to a brand new year and as the clock strikes midnight, 100 million Americans are expected to take part in one of our most popular traditions: the New Year’s Resolution.  Despite the fact that 76% of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned according to a 2009 British study, we can’t help but get excited about the prospect of a taking advantage of a fresh new year.  To help out, we have accumulated some of the best websites for making this year a true success.


Don’t even know where to begin this year?  Well this article from Ehow.com will walk you through the process step-by-step.  Suggestions are broken up into internal, external and long-term categories to make finding the right resolution as easy as possible.



What makes this site so much fun is the shared aspiration (though the funny resolutions users have submitted are pretty good too).  Type in any New Year’s goal and the site will let you know how many other people are aiming for the same thing in 2011.  You can also see what the most popular 2011 resolutions are, get advice from past resolution “achievers,” and learn tips for making this year’s resolutions stick.  As of press time, the site has received more than 30,000 resolutions.



Similar to 43things.com, this site is interactive and aims to help you find others who share your goals.  However, startaresolution.com takes it to the next level with an online community that you can reach out to for support, a personal “coach” who will keep you accountable and the ability to inspire others using the cyber version of a “kick in the pants.”  You will also have the chance to help someone else stay on top of their resolutions, which could be a resolution in itself.



Let’s be honest, most resolutions fall by the wayside before Valentine’s Day.  This website, originally developed in Britain, is designed to hassle you at unpredictable intervals.  You simply type in what you want to be “hassled” about and roughly how often you want to be “hassled” and the site will send you an e-mail push.  We recommend making your “hassle” text something  funny or memorable that will inspire you to take action.

Some Examples:

The treadmill monster needs to be fed.  Go to the gym!

Read your book, or no TV after dinner

This is you thanking yourself in advance for being more grateful this year

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Whether you decide to make a major life change, achieve a personal goal or even if you don’t believe in resolutions, Great Plains Communications hopes that you have a safe and happy new year.  We would love to hear your 2011 New Year’s Resolutions, any sites you think we missed or your past resolution successes.  Just drop us a comment!

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