New Year’s Resolutions: Start Planning for 2017

New Year’s Eve is this weekend and 2017 isn’t too far away. It’s that majestic time of the year when we get excited about making some major changes and allow ourselves to feel optimistic about the future. It’s when we get big ideas, make big plans and think about how we can improve upon the year we’ve just finished. It isn’t 2017 quite yet, but it’s close enough to start thinking about what we want to accomplish this year. Start with a few of these fun ideas for home projects, kitchen renovations and more with these Lakeside articles.


6 Things to Eat to Start the New Year Off Right

6 Things to Eat to Start Your New Year Off Right
As the year comes to an end, we focus on having a great party for New Year’s Eve, but New Year’s Day is reserved for starting over and making resolutions. There are traditional foods people eat for the holiday to bring them and their families luck and prosperity. Here are six things to eat to start your New Year off right.

New Year, New Home: Maintenance to Start Your New Year Safely
The yard is spotless and ready for snow, the pipes are insulated for the cold months ahead, and all the patio furniture has been packed up in the garage. But once you’ve crossed out everything on the pre-winter to-do list, it’s not over. Your home needs regular maintenance. Here are 5 ideas to help you start the year safely.

New Year's Eve: 5 Crafts to Get Kids Excited for a Fresh Start

New Year: 5 Crafts to Get Kids Excited for a Fresh Start
Just when you think the craziness of the holidays is over, here comes New Year’s Eve. In the middle of your post-holiday fatigue, it’s difficult to feel inspired with active minds and little hands to keep busy. Don’t stress–try out these five crafts to get the kids excited for a fresh start and keep them busy during their winter break.

Sprucing Up Your Kitchen for the New Year
From Thanksgiving to New Year’s and all the celebrations in between, your kitchen probably took a beating. It’s time to make some upgrades, so you can enjoy your time in there! Remove decorations, toss out holiday mail and start showing your kitchen some love! Here are a few ways to spruce up your kitchen this year.

New Year, New You: Resolutions to Get a Good Night's Sleep

New Year, New You: Resolutions to Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Every year, after we put away the holiday wreaths and Christmas tree toppers, we vow to change our ways to create a better life for ourselves. One thing we forget about or underestimate is the sleep that powers us to conquer each day. Big changes require energy. Here are four resolutions to get a better night’s sleep.

Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day: Reasons It’s OK to Ditch Your Resolutions

Just two weeks into the new year and, according to Static Brain, only about 8% of the people who made resolutions will stick to them. Most don’t make it past the two week mark — which is probably why January 17 was designated Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day. In honor of the day, here are 4 reasons it’s OK to ditch your resolutions.winter-running

Unstructured Objectives It’s not enough to just set goals, you have to have an outline of how you are going to achieve the goals. For lofty goals you don’t have a method for completing — like running a marathon without having a training schedule — take it off your list and focus on goals that are a bit easier, with simple steps to accomplish them.

Impractical Ambition Research shows that the more narrow your goal, the more likely you are to succeed. Ideas like “lose weight” or “be more productive” might be too broad for you to accomplish. If there are items on your resolution list that don’t have outcomes that you can qualify or quantify, it’s OK to leave them alone this year and rework them for next year.

Too Much, Too Soon You may not be ready for a change. Habits like quitting smoking take more effquit-smokingort than just saying “I’m done with this.” They may require you to be emotionally and spiritually ready in order to achieve the goal. If you’re not ready, you’ll be fighting an uphill battle that requires a lot more effort and focus to get meager results, if you get results at all. If there’s anything on your list you know you’re not ready for, taking it off your list may save you a lot of stress. It’s more efficient to spend that energy on goals you’re ready to take on.

Spreading Yourself Too Thin According to researchers from Stanford University, the more resolutions you set for yourself, the less likely you are to achieve them. Our brains are not designed to multitask efficiently, so if you’re putting too many goals on your plate, you may be wasting your time trying to accomplish all of them. It’s much better to make one goal that’s minor than to get half way through ten major goals.

Multi-taskingThe Lakeside Collection has dozens of products to help you make positive changes this year — with or without resolutions! Whether you’re looking for new cookbooks to help you make your dinners more interesting or you need new linens for your bedroom, shop Lakeside for unique products at practical prices.

5 Ways to Make Sure Your New Year’s Resolution Sticks

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With the New Year come New Year’s resolutions. Some are easier to stick with than others. That said, how many of us REALLY stick with our resolutions all year? Chances are not many of us do. Do you want 2013 to be different? Check out our tips to keep your resolution on track.

Be Realistic
We all are busy—that’s a fact. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, single, or anything in between chances are your time is limited. When deciding on a resolution make sure it’s realistic. Can you really commit to going to the gym 6 days a week? Instead, be realistic and take a step back and ask yourself, “can I really do this long-term?” If the answer is no, then scale your goal back. Maybe it’s going to the gym 3-4 times a week. Keeping a daily journal to keep track of your progress is another great idea.

Know How You’ll Get There
Weight loss is a very common resolution, so we’ll stick with that example. If you want to lose 50 pounds this year, how are you going to do it? You can’t just say it and it will happen (how cool would that be though?). Instead make short-term goals to reach your bigger one. How many pounds a month do you have to lose to reach 50? Knowing you have to lose around four pounds a month to reach your goal can help you do it. Losing four pounds a month sounds much more realistic than just this nebulous goal of 50.

Count on Set Backs
There are going to be bumps in the road—and that’s ok. Maybe you just can’t resist the delicious cake at your Aunt Sally’s party—I mean it just looked so good! Don’t beat yourself over it. Just make sure you take the necessary steps to keep up with your goals for the long term. Resolutions are a marathon, not a sprint.

Have a Support System
Whether it is losing weight, getting a promotion, or finding a hobby make sure you have a support system in place. According to a recent study, 88 percent of those who set a New Year resolution fail. Frank Ra, the author of A course in Happiness says, “Resolutions are more sustainable when shared, both in terms of with whom you share the benefits of your resolution, and with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution. Peer-support makes a difference in success rate with new year’s resolutions.”

Reward Yourself
Remember to celebrate the little victories along the way. Sometimes we can get caught up on all of the things we haven’t done. Three-hundred and sixty-five days go by fast, but at times can seem like the year is inching by. Do you love going out to eat? Instead, get a great cook book and eat delicious food that is healthy.

No matter if your resolution is to lose weight, save more money, or make new friends remember you can do it. What is your New Year’s resolution? Let us know in the comments below.

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