Realizing Your New Year Resolutions

How do you actually keep your New Year’s Resolutions? Well, Alexander Kharlamov has a couple of good ideas: How to make and keep New Year’s Resolutions. A short summary of the main points: Identify the right goals, Add actions to goals, and Remind yourself regularly of your resolutions.
Adding actions and reminding yourself of your goals, is what I found most important: Breaking your resolutions into smaller To-do lists. In this way your goals should be easier to overcome.

So what better way than to have a task list where you can fill in everything on your to-do list. You can simply do this with a calendar, plugging in dates and deadlines. I have had great experience with both Entourage and iCal. Or like Kharlamov suggests, make a homepage emphasizing not to procrastinate, Google offers some good online calendar and homepage services.

Task List Screenshot

There is also task list software like this one recently reviewed at 43folders: Task List: Handy student app for tracking assignments. Although this review focuses on helping students, I guess the software can be used to track other assignments as well. It also integrates with iCal, Widgets and Email, but I am not too happy that the only way of online uploading and downloading is currently using .Mac. Task List also lets you add goals and take notes. I previously wrote a suggestion for studying effectively with note taking, also check the link in the comment.
43folders, if you have not heard of 43folders before, it is a good blog about personal productivity.
For a forum-like place for resolutions and goals check out: 43things.com. (There are even people wanting to learn Norwegian, yeah!)

Screenshot Backpackit.com

For another organizing tool online there is Backpack: “Backpack is a simple web-based service that allows you to make pages with to-do lists, notes, files, and images. Backpack also features a Calendar and Reminders that can be sent via email or to your cell phone at predefined times. Tagging pages makes it easy to group related pages together.” -Source backpackit.com.
This looks pretty similar to what you can fix yourself with Google homepage and calenders, but it is an already finished product for being organized.

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