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The most common New Year’s resolutions (and how to stick to them)

Now that the new year is here, it’s time to come up with your resolutions. Around 60% of people make resolutions when they flip their calendars, but only 8% stick to them. So what are the resolutions people are making and quickly forgetting? Here are the most common New Year’s resolutions.

7. Spend more time with family and friends

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With the amount of time people spend at work, quality time with friends and family usually falls by the wayside. That's why this resolution makes the list for 13% of people. Try putting a few get-togethers on your calendar now so that you have some quality time on the books. Then stick to it.

6. Find another job

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A shocking 85% of Americans claim they’re unhappy with their jobs. So, it comes as no surprise that finding a new job continually makes the list of most common New Year’s resolutions. Although your schedule might be packed, if you’re serious about following your dreams, you need to make the time. Allocate two or three hours per week to look for potential opportunities.

The next step is to take networking seriously. More than 60% of employers hire by referral. Constantly look for opportunities to meet others in the field and think of it as an opportunity, not an obligation.

5. Read more

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For 17% of people, their New Year’s resolutions include reading more. Set aside specific times of the day to read. That will get you into the habit of doing it daily. Just make sure it's a schedule you can stick with.

It’s also important to know what you like to read. If you enjoy fast-paced mysteries and capers, don’t pick up Shakespeare or "War and Peace." Jumping into something that doesn’t truly interest you is a sure-fire way to fail at your resolution.

4. Learn a new skill or hobby

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Life often gets busy with work and it's your hobbies that fall by the wayside. Twenty-six percent of people choose learning a new skill or hobby as their New Year’s resolution.

The trick to making sure your hobby remains a hobby is by setting aside specific times to work on it. Make it into a habit and don’t allow it to get pushed aside. Tell your friends and family about your goals and schedule, so that they can help to hold you accountable.

3. Save more money

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Thirty-two percent of people make saving more money a resolution. The first step is to set specific goals. “Save more money” is vague. The more specific your goals, the easier they will be to follow. People tend to work harder when the know they’re working towards something.

2. Exercise more

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Almost two-thirds of people have a new exercise routine they want to try out in the new year. A fun trick to get you into the exercising mood is instead of making a resolution to exercise more, make a resolution to change into your workout clothes immediately after coming home from work. Getting started is the hardest part, and once you’re in your exercise gear, you might as well work out, right? Forcing yourself to take that first step could push you toward keeping up your exercise routine.

1. Eat healthier

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The most common New Year’s resolution is to diet or eat healthier. Around 71% of people put this resolution on their list. This one is hard to keep because there’s no specific target to reach. Eat healthier can mean any number of things. Set small, specific goals that you can stick to.

It’s also important to make your goals attainable. If you love eating pizza and pasta, don’t make your resolution to remove carbs from your diet entirely. That’s a recipe for failure.