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:
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.
How To Keep Your Resolutions is from The New York Times.
For a different perspective:
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.
WHY ARE RESOLUTIONS SO HARD TO FOLLOW? is from Fast Company.
New Year’s Resolutions Lesson Plan is from Tim’s Free English Plans.
To succeed with New Year’s resolutions, start early is by Art Markman.
What’s the Best Way to Get People to Stick to Their New Year’s Resolutions? is from The Pacific Standard.
Helping Students Make New Year’s Resolutions: A Step-by-Step Plan is by Jennifer Gonzalez.
To bolster a new year’s resolution, ask, don’t tell is from Science Daily.
More people to stick to New Year’s resolutions is a lesson for English Language Learners from Sean Banville.
Here’s Why Your Resolutions Can’t Rely On Willpower Alone is from Psychology Today.
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