Hacks to help you stick with your new year’s resolutions

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Now that you’ve shaken off your holiday hangover and gotten back to the swing of things, it’s time to take that new year’s resolution seriously.

A Marist poll predicted that 44% of us would make a resolution for 2015, but research from the University of Scranton says only 8% of people actually achieve their goals.

Whether you’ve promised yourself you’ll spend less, get into shape, be more productive, or even to just have better dental hygiene, we have a complete guide for that. Here is a roundup, to get you started.

The complete guide to working out before work

Gyms see a 40% increase in foot traffic in the days after Jan. 1, but that’s followed by a steady decline through the year, with 67% of gym members never stepping foot in the facility they paid to join in a burst of optimism. But experts say people who workout in the morning are more likely to stick with the program, and this complete guide can help you start your day right.

The complete guide to getting yourself to like healthy food

Eating healthy or losing weight are among the most common new year’s resolutions. But after that post-holidays virtuousness wears off, it’s easy to slip back into binging on sweets and junk food. This complete guide shows you how to trick your body into craving vegetables, instead of the cookies.

The complete guide to packing lunches that are tastier than takeout

Buying lunch every day is an easy way to burn through your bank account and leave your groceries at home to spoil. Additionally, food packaging and containers account for nearly a quarter of the waste in US landfills, and the high sodium and fat in takeout can make you sluggish. This complete guide to bringing home-prepared lunches offers an easy way to kill a few new year’s resolutions with one stone: reduce your carbon footprint, improve your eating habits, and save you some cash to boot.

The complete guide to structuring your ideal work day

Who doesn’t want to do more in less time? This complete guide helps you boost your productivity and get organized by structuring an ideal work day—laying out the optimal windows for emailing, coffee breaks, workouts, walks, and hacks to help you focus.

The complete guide to brushing your teeth at work

Dentists say we should brush our teeth after every meal, but that habit seems to go out the window at an office job, mostly for fear of being that person. But brushing your teeth at work helps combat the all-too-familiar afternoon lull and boost your confidence by maintaining a fresh breath around colleagues and clients. This complete guide offers tips on how to make it a routine habit at the office.

The complete guide to negotiating a lower cable bill

If you’re looking to trim the budget this year, your cable bill might be a good place to start. With cord-cutting on the rise, cable companies are eager to hold onto your business. This complete guide lays out a strategy to negotiate a lower cable bill and and get the best deals available.