Resources for your New Year’s resolutions

Happy New Year On Ice / Photo Credit: luigi diamanti via
Photo Credit: luigi diamanti via

Every year, people make New Year’s resolutions. The most popular ones are often gathered up and reported in lists, which is no surprise. However, this list of popular New Year’s resolutions from the US government surprised me because they also included links to resources related to each resolution.

For example, the resolution “Eat healthy food” is linked to the Choose My Plate website, which has food trackers, meal planning features, recipes, and tips on portion sizes, healthy eating, and exercise.

The list includes more than just health-related resolutions. “Volunteer to help others” is linked to the website by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which has a search tool to find volunteer opportunities, service project toolkits, tips for sharing information about your service project, and the ability to register projects on the site to recruit other people to help.

Click here to see the full list of popular New Year’s resolutions, complete with resources to help you make this year a great one.

If you need help coming up with a resolution of your own, click here to read about the SMART technique that could make you successful in keeping this year’s resolutions.

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I designed an annual report!

2011-2012 Annual Report for the Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for all (IDEA), designed by Shelly NajjarThis summer, with the help of the Internet, I had the opportunity to remotely design the 2011-2012 annual report for a non-governmental organization in India called Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All (IDEA). They help children and women, focusing on providing education and job training and reducing school-drop out.

Please take a look at the full report and tell me what you think.

I found out about IDEA through a request they listed on the Sparked Community microvolunteering page. I was open with them about my relative lack of experience and training, but they were willing to give me a chance, and were very happy with the result.

Some of the lessons learned from this experience include things like…

  • The international standard paper size is A4, not the 8.5×11-in paper that we use in the USA.
  • It is a good idea to have a few options for someone to choose from; but for other things you just have to make a decision.
  • Follow-up is key to any job, but especially for remote jobs where things are being sent back and forth and may end up in spam folders. Make sure that you confirm that you got something (and if you know you are supposed to be getting something and didn’t, check your spam folder or request a resend).