Here’s How Facebook Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

For those who believe in the practice, it’s time to decide upon your New Year’s resolutions, and Facebook has some ways to help once those goals are set.

For those who believe in the practice, it’s time to decide upon your New Year’s resolutions, and Facebook has some ways to help once those goals are set.

Facebook offered suggestions in an email to SocialTimes, which included the use of groups, life events, motivational status updates and fitness applications.

The social network’s suggestions were:

Form a support group: New Year’s resolutions are much easier to keep when you have a group of people joining in on the goal. Facebook groups is a great way to encourage a group of people to keep it up.

Share files and post interesting articles and photos in the group about your goals and progress to keep people encouraged. Solicit advice and share progress updates with your group members.

Find an existing group to join (e.g., Health and Fitness, FitBit for Weight Loss, No Excuse Runners, Stop Smoking Support Group, Money Saving Hints Group) or start your own with friends and family

Use for-sale groups to get rid of some of your clutter: There are millions of people around the world who use Facebook groups to discover, buy and sell items, with many people turning hobbies into livelihoods. Some of the most popular categories of items sold in sale groups include clothes, cars and auto parts, books, crafts and sports equipment.

Create a life event: Keep yourself accountable to a new habit or simply share your goals with friends by creating a life event. Life events aren’t just for engagements and new jobs—they’re the best way to share memorable life experiences because they have a different visual appearance and generally get more interaction (and encouragement!) from friends than status updates. Are you learning a new language this year? Doing more volunteer work? Saving toward a new car? Starting a training regimen? Go to your profile and tap on the “life event” button to let friends know what goals you’ll be crushing in 2016.

Motivational status updates: Share your success with friends and get advice to keep your resolutions going by adding an icon to your next post that represents how you’re feeling or what you’re doing to. Going out for a run? Feeling motivated? Looking for help?

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Connect with friends when using fitness apps: Need some motivation to stay on track with your fitness goals this year? Try downloading a new app, like Nike+, RunKeeper or MyFitnessPal. You can use Facebook Login to quickly and easily sign into these apps with as few as two taps—no need to spend time creating a whole new user name and password, so you can lace up and get to your workout faster. Plus, with some apps, you can connect with your Facebook friends within the app to share goals, commiserate, congratulate and cheer each other on. Or you can choose to share a story on your Timeline for some well-deserved likes once you finally crush that 10-mile run.

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Readers: Are you making any New Year’s resolutions for 2016?