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How Are You Getting a Head Start on Your New Year's Resolution?
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How Are You Getting a Head Start on Your New Year's Resolution?

Patrick Lucas Austin, Gawker Media

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You've probably got some downtime during the holidays, whether you're taking a few days off from work ( you should ), or enjoying your winter break after studying for exams ( you didn't ). With 2018 on the way, you can start the new year on the right foot by prepping your resolution plans beforehand. Of course, resolutions come in all shapes and sizes, so the real question is this: how are you getting a head start on yours?

Plan Your Next Career Move

Taking a holiday break from work? Sounds like a great time to reevaluate your career path, or maybe look into a career change . Even if you enjoy your job , it simply might be time to move on from your current gig and strike out on your own. If that's the case, use your respite to identify what skills you need to build in order to guarantee success in your new career path. There are more than enough resources to get the jump on understanding the basics of whatever skill you're interested in, it just depends on what you want to learn.

Download Some Classes and Apps

Need some ideas? Try watching some professional (and free) educational videos from Lynda , where you can learn anything from web design to improving your emotional intelligence. You can look into coding classes from Google and Udacity to learn how to write Android apps, or experiment with Apple's Swift Playgrounds app to understand the basics of iOS development.

Watch Your Wallet in 2018

You might consider using your time off to get your budget back on track , and head into January with a handle on your checking account, along with a plan to keep it that way . If you're looking to gain more knowledge about cryptocurrency, you can take the time to figure out why it might be a good ( or terrible ) investment for you. If you're not the best at putting money away for a rainy day, check out these apps that help you save while you spend , or let you sock cash away a few bucks at a time whenever you feel like giving your future self a present (like retirement).

Build and Track New Habits to Be Better

You may be looking to improve your day to day habits, like making your bed every morning (a real game-changer), or remembering to water the begonia you got for your birthday. 2018 might be the year you adopt a habit tracker, and for good reason . It'll make it easier to keep track of the days you stick to your daily goal of eating a healthy meal , meditating, or getting outside a few times per week for a run .

So, if you're looking to be a regular at the gym before the rest of your neighborhood decides to get off their couch, or trying to build habits to wake up and hit the ground running in 2018, how are you prepping yourself? And how are you keeping yourself on track to open 2018 with everything you need to succeed? Are you trying out new apps to kick yourself into gear, or creating new habits the analog way?

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