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Blog: Are you a fan of New Year’s resolutions?

Do you struggle to stick to New Year’s resolutions? Well here are our top five achievable goals for 2013, and some handy hints on how to achieve success.

Now I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions.

Why make a promise you’re simply going to break in a matter of months, even weeks?

The key is to be realistic: so here’s a list of New Year’s resolutions that should be achievable.

1. Skip the gym

Many people say "I want to get fit in the New Year", but not everyone likes the gym.

Factors such as excessive changing room nudity, people hogging machines and bad body odour put many people off a gym workout, according to new research by healthcare charity Nuffield Health.

So if you’re thinking of joining in January, but you actually dislike the gym, why not invest in a bike or take up another outdoor sport instead?

2. Get a new job

This is one of the more difficult goals to achieve.

And in the current economic climate, where new opportunities can be scarce, switching jobs is a challenge.

However, this makes it even more satisfactory should you manage to achieve your target.

To get started, sign up to Confused.com’s job-hunting service JobSmart – it matches you to jobs from the best job boards in the UK, which could save you valuable searching time.

3. Clear your debt

Four in 10 Brits are not making any New Year resolutions when it comes to managing their money for 2013, according to research by the Institute of Financial Planning.

However, 30 per cent are planning to reduce their monthly spending and 20 per cent are planning to save more each month.

Meanwhile, 19 per cent are looking to pay off credit cards or other debt.

There are some great 0 per cent deals on balance transfer credit cards at present, so if you’re paying interest on existing debt, you cave some money by switching to a new card today.

4. Travel somewhere new

Whether you fancy a Nile cruise, a trip to Gambia, or a break in Morocco, travelling somewhere exotic doesn’t have to cost the earth nowadays.

Many people look to beat the winter blues in January by booking a holiday.

Confused.com offers a range of great deals to choose from on popular European and world-wide holiday destinations.

So why not head over to our holiday page and plan somewhere new to visit in 2013?

5. Get a new hobby

Wanting to "make every second count" is a popular New Year’s resolution.

And what better way to do this than to take up a new interest?

Surfing, playing the piano and starting a vegetable patch are some of the New Year’s resolutions my friends are making.

And as it’s something they’ll enjoy, I bet they’ll stick to it.

Improve your chances

Sticking to New Year’s resolutions is tough, so here are some handy tips to improve your chances of success:

  • Write it down – Put your goals on paper to make them tangible. Include the small, manageable steps you’ll need to take in order to achieve your goal.
  • Get support – Having a friend, group, partner, or professional to check in with each week to discuss progress or challenges will help you stay focused and positive.
  • Don’t give up – Many people simply give up after the first resolution slip-up. The key to overcoming this problem is how you handle your reaction. Instead of giving up the diet after one slice of pizza, jump on the running machine for an extra 15 minutes.

What do you think?

Are you a fan of New Year's resolutions?

Have you set yourself any goals for 2013?

We want to hear from you! You can share you views on the message board below.




Adam Jolley

Adam Jolley

Adam Jolley is a writer at Confused.com, focusing on credit cards and other financial products. Wannabe mountaineer Adam joined us from the world of financial services PR.

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