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The Best Ways To Help Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Succeed

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I use goal-setting a lot with my students. You can read more about those specific ways at The Best Posts On Students Setting Goals and in my book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves.

I’ve also discussed a specific lesson using New Year’s Resolutions in my December New York Times post.

There are always a lot of columns written about this time advice on how to make New Year’s resolutions succeed, and much of it is contradictory.

I thought I’d a few of them which I think are the best, and which could be used in a lesson next year when school is back in session. And much of the advice in them can be used at any time during the year to help students – and ourselves – make changes. Feel free to suggest more:

Seven Strategies for Highly Effective New Year’s Resolutions is from Forbes.

How to Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick: Q&A With Expert on Change
is from TIME.

Oliver Burkeman on Failed New Year’s Resolutions is from Newsweek.

10 Step Guide for Making Your New Year’s Resolutions is from Psy Blog.

Making Resolutions That Stick is from NPR.

Top Ten Strategies For Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick
is from Lifehacker.

How to phrase your New Year’s resolutions is from The Boston Globe.

9 Steps To New Year’s Resolutions That Last Longer Than New Year’s Day is from Barking Up The Wrong Tree.

Here’s a New Year’s Resolution lesson plan for English Language Learners from The British Council

The Key to Making New Year’s Resolutions Stick
is from The Harvard Business Review.

How To Keep Your Resolutions is from The New York Times.

For a different perspective:

A case against New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions Are Bad for You is from TIME.

Resolve.To.Improve. is from Burkins and Yaris.

The 99U Guide to Habits includes several good articles.

Journalist and author Charles Duhigg (read my interview with him at Education Week) has posted a great flow chart on making New Year’s resolutions.

I’m embedding a small image below, but you probably want to go directly to his site.

New Year
by michelleink88.
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New Year
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How to Keep Your Resolutions in 2014
by kkostesich.
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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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