Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 28. Create a plan to achieve that resolution. Yesterday, we discussed the usefulness of coming up with a single specific resolution for the coming year. A good resolution is one that offers a way to measure your progress, is very clear on …

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In an effort to talk about the power of goal-setting along with some methods of setting and achieving goals, I’m going to discuss my three resolutions for 2011 this week. Another of my 2010 resolutions was to learn to play the piano, which is something I feel is coming along very well. For 2011, I’ve been thinking about tackling some intermediate-level pieces and working with them until I can play them very well. For the moment, I’ve settled on four …

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Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 27. Create a single resolution for the coming year. When I was younger (imagine Trent the college student), I used to make several vague New Year’s resolutions each year. I’m going to lose weight this year. I’m going to get better grades …

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What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Favorite Christmas present 2. Career and schooling choices 3. Oldest card issues 4. E-readers 5. Investing while on Social Security 6. Rebuilding savings after children 7. Preferred vanilla bean 8. Planning for the future 9. Starting over 10. Dealing with tenuous income The presents are opened. The children are playing with …

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Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. As soon as I read the title of this book, I knew I had to give it a read-through. You see, the phrase “first generation white collar” pretty aptly describes me. My parents were decidedly blue collar, as were their parents. I was lucky enough to attend a good university, where I majored in a field (computer science) that stuck me behind a desk rather …

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Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 26. Don’t waste a day. An awful lot of you are spending this day after Christmas doing things like traveling or resting after spending the last few days with family members. More than a few of you are probably reading this at …

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Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 25. Turn off the distractions for a day. It’s Christmas day. Right now, there’s a mountain of snow outside and a bunch of children enjoying their Christmas gifts inside. Instead of spending my time texting people who aren’t bothering to be with …

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Here’s hoping that your Christmas is a great one. Kick back, recharge with your family and loved ones, and enjoy the holiday season.

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Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 24. Give to a charity. When you look at your own life, do you believe that you have all that you need and then some? Or do you find yourself constantly thinking that you don’t have enough? These two perspectives are flip …

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2011 Resolution #1: Get Fit

December 24 2010

In an effort to talk about the power of goal-setting along with some methods of setting and achieving goals, I’m going to discuss my three resolutions for 2011 this week. As many of you remember, I set a weight loss goal for 2010 that I exactly halfway achieved. I’m happy with that partial success. What I discovered during the process, though, is that I’m not so much concerned with the weight loss as I am with being in decent physical …

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