The year 2013 is here at last (the world didn’t end, huzzah!), and with every New Year comes the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions.  The beginning of a new 12-month cycle is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, pick up a new hobby, quit a bad habit or resolve to make positive changes in your life, but sticking to your New Year’s goals can be tough.  Luckily, social media is here to help!

We’ve compiled a list of five ways that you can use social media to stick to your resolutions this year, so get ready to succeed in your goal to lose more weight, quit that icky habit, start exercising, eat better, sleep more, read more, or whatever else you may have resolved to do!

1. Tweet It From The Rooftops!

The first step in ensuring that you stick to your resolutions is telling as many people as you can about what you intend to do.  It’s easy to quit when you haven’t shared your resolutions with others, but once you announce your New Year’s resolutions to the world it makes it harder to bow out.

This morning AllTwitter shared tips on how Twitter can help you keep your resolutions.  Not only is the site the perfect place to share your resolutions with the world, so you can shame yourself into keeping them, but Twitter also suggests using the site to find inspiration to help you reach your goals:

Whether you aspire to something silly or serious next year, Tweeting your #resolutions can be an effective way to account for your actions.  If you want to lose weight, search on #weightloss to find inspiring accounts to follow.  If you’re determined to read more books, you can find #bookclub tips.

2. Enlist Support On Facebook

Announcing your resolutions on Facebook can have the same results as announcing them on Twitter, but on Facebook you can take things a step further and use the site to enlist support from friends, as well as from other people with similar goals.

You can create a page for yourself where you track your progress—posting text updates, photos and even videos.  Ask your friends to like the page and leave messages of encouragement as you work towards keeping your 2013 resolutions.

You can also search for groups and pages related to your resolution.  For instance, if you’ve resolved to start running more in 2013, look for Facebook groups for runners in your area and you could meet some new running buddies to help encourage you throughout the year.

3. Meetup With Like-minded Individuals

On the same note, Meetup.com is a great tool for finding folks to help you stick to your resolutions—no matter what they are.  Find running buddies, cooking buddies, book clubs, dance partners…Meetup has got pretty much everything, and if you don’t find a Meetup related to your resolution you can create one of your own!

4. Turn To YouTube For Tips

Unless your New Year’s Resolution is something incredibly obscure or bizarre, odds are there are a bunch of other people out there trying to accomplish the same goals, and just as many people trying to help people like you accomplish their goals by uploading tutorials, how to’s and inspirational videos to YouTube.

Wanna learn to cook?  YouTube is boiling over with great cooking videos.  Want to get in shape?  Turn to YouTube to find a different exercise video each day.  Just do a search for the topic your New Year’s Resolution revolves around and odds are you’ll find some great tips on the world’s most popular video site.

5. Track Your Progress On Tumblr

Keeping track of your progress is a great way to stick to your resolutions.  Back in 2011, I resolved to be more creative.  I planned to embark on one creative project per week in 2011 and launched  a Tumblr blog to keep track of my progress.  Each time I completed a creative project I posted text, pictures, and/or video to the Tumblr and I was overwhelmed by the positive feedback I got as a result.

The fact that I was keeping track of my resolution publicly, and getting support from my friends via this public tracking, encouraged me to keep going.  Although I only managed to complete 40 creative projects in 2011 I still felt very good about what I accomplished, and I’ll always have the record of my resolution to look back at on Tumblr.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 and how will you be using social media to stick to them?  We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.