Did you know that 80% of people fail to stick to their New Year’s resolution for longer than 6 weeks? It’s no surprise really though as it can take up to 66 days to form a new habit. Some people might even give up by the second Friday in January, known as Quitters’ Day. So where exactly did the NYE resolution come from and why do people make resolutions every year?
Planning on making a resolution for 2019? Make sure you do your research, implement a plan and create a support network so your friends and family can help where they can. Will you be a resolution keeper or a resolution breaker? Apparently three of the most common reasons behind failed resolutions include setting unrealistic goals, not keeping track of progress, as well as just forgetting about the resolution altogether.
The below infographic, designed by JD Williams, outlines the lowdown of resolutions including the who, what, where, when, why and how, as well as outlining the traits of a resolution breaker vs a resolution keeper. The infographic also pinpoints the top ten resolutions from 2018, all about quitters’ day and how you can avoid becoming part of it, as well as some resolution ideas for 2019. Have you thought about going green? Volunteering? Trying Veganuary? Wearing more colour? Using less social media? After-all, the average person will spend nearly 2 hours on social media everyday (which equates to 5 years and 4 months over a lifetime).
Let us know what resolutions you’ve got planned! If you’re still thinking about a resolution, check out the below infographic and try to make your resolution specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, as well as exciting!
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What comes to your mind, when you hear the term “spring cleaning”? Cleaning your house or apartment more thoroughly than usual, e.g. also behind the cupboard? At least that’s what came to my mind when I first heard about Spring Cleaning a.k.a. “Community Clean-Up” in Heidelberg.
What it turned out to be was that you meet moderately early (10am is early on a weekend, isn’t it?) with a bunch of locals at an announced location, get a warning vest, gloves, a plastic bag and a gripper. And then you set off and collect garbage. We did this twice during this year’s clean-up (it almost seems to be a tradition here for at least a couple of years): first up in the locals woods around Köningstuhl and the second time in the new district next to our own.
When we were out there picking up cigarette butts (smokers really aren’t tidy people, are they? Seriously, there were so many of those “bastards”, as my wife called them … we’re talking about the cigarette butts 😉 ), glass bottles and trash from the local fast food restaurant, people asked us if we were workers from the town council or – half joking? – if we were doing community service. True, it looked very much like the tasks you would have to do as a punishment. And we were very much tempted to say something like “Yeah, I got caught throwing a cigeratte butt on the street … it was either this or paying a big fine …”. We didn’t but well, next year maybe … Anyway, just to avoid any misunderstanding: we were volunteers!
It is definitely a good exercise – it opens your eyes to the trash flying around on the streets. And that way, one is more aware of the garbage on the streets. Looking on the ground for about two hours and scanning it for candy wrappers and the ever present cigarette butts does that to you.
All in all, it was definitely a lot of fun and I’m sure we’ll be taking part again next year!
Photos from slideshow taken from Heidelberg city website.
Source: Frühjahrsputz 2014 in Heidelberg
Do you have something similar in the area where you live?
Have a look in your area, help keeping the streets clean and join the fun!