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Posted: December 28, 2017

How to keep your New Year’s resolutions this time

Tips For Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

At the start of every new year, you may think to yourself, "I'm going to keep my New Year's resolution this year." 
Except it rarely happens.

Maybe you want to lose weight or be better at time management. Here are some tips on how not to fail after the first week of January.

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Number one: Pick a realistic goal. Take baby steps by aiming to lose 15 pounds instead of 30. 

Number two: If you want to shoot for a bigger goal, trick yourself by setting mini-goals. Instead of 30 pounds over six months, tell yourself that you want to lose 5 pounds each month.

It works across the board. If you are trying to budget better in the new year, set lenient limits first and then challenge yourself to slowly live off less.

Which leads to the third tip: Use an app to keep track of your progress. Mint is one app for money management. If you are trying to lose weight, check out Noom or Fooducate. If you are aiming for better time management, try Remember the Milk.

Number four: Do it with a friend. Nothing says motivation like your best friend struggling alongside you.

Number five: Celebrate your progress. Whether it's a cheat day, a glass of wine or a bubble bath, find a way to treat yourself for each solid week of progress you make.


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How to keep your New Year's resolutions this time

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How to keep your New Year's resolutions this time

NEW YORK - JANUARY 01: (L-R) Orel De La Mota, 27, and Alexa Lowery, 25, celebrate New Year's eve in Times Square just after midnight on January 01, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

New Year’s Eve Traditions

New Year’s Eve Traditions

The New Year's Eve ball drop explained

There are the funny glasses, the champagne, the pressure to find someone to kiss, the dramatic countdown and finally ... the ball drops in New York City's Times Square and it's a brand new year.

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It's estimated more than one billion people worldwide tune in to watch that massive ball slide down the pole on New Year's Eve when the clock strikes midnight. But why do we do it? 

It turns out a ball drop is a really outdated way to tell time. Time balls were created in the early 1800s to help sailors keep track of the precise time of the day.

Soon, people all over the world started using time balls to set their clocks, including people in New York City, the home of the famous New Year's Eve ball drop. 

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That tradition dates back to 1907. The first New Year's Eve Ball was lowered on a flagpole on top of the building where The New York Times was headquartered. The ball was 700 pounds, made of iron and wood and was covered with 100 light bulbs.

But according to The New Yorker, the ball-drop was a back-up plan. Originally, the owner of the Times wanted to set off a giant fireworks display instead, but the city wouldn't issue him a permit.

Fast-forward to 2015 and the ball has been through seven different renovations. The version we see today is a massive 11,875 pounds. It's covered in more than 2,500 Waterford crystals and is illuminated by more than 32,000 LED lights. 

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Its permanent home is atop the One Times Square building. It sits ready and waiting all year long until Dec. 31 rolls around again. And just like clockwork, the ball starts its 141 foot descent at 11:59 p.m. and 60 seconds later, a new year has officially arrived. 

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