Keep your New Year's resolutions

Cover of "Focus" by Daniel Goleman

We’re almost halfway through January -- how are your New Year’s resolutions going?! Those pesky resolutions seem like a good idea during the holidays, but it can be difficult to follow through when you’re back to work, school or whatever else keeps you busy. Plus, it’s cold out there, and it can be hard to get motivated when it’s dark at 5 p.m. and the wind is blowing.

Whether your resolution is diet and exercise related, focuses on your finances or you just want to make some general changes, Bookish has a great resource of books that will help you achieve your goals. New Year, New You: Change Your Life in 2014 with These Books (Books has removed this article) has more than 10 lists of reading recommendations for a variety of resolutions. Peruse the lists, and use the library’s online catalog to find some of these helpful books. You can have a book sent to any DMPL location for easy pickup. And, don’t forget about the library’s other resources that can help you succeed. Hoping to read more books in 2014? Take a look at our shelf to find book recommendations. Want to learn a new skill? We have a large nonfiction collection with topics ranging from woodworking, crafting, cooking, gardening and more! Is there a subject you’re interested in learning more about? Go to The Gale Virtual Reference Library to browse articles and books on a wide variety of interesting topics.

For some quick tips on accomplishing your new goals, check out this Huffington Post article on tricks to keeping your resolutions. It has ideas like setting short-term goals that are easier to achieve and making resolutions with a friend so that you can encourage each other. Whatever you do, don’t give up! Keep at it and you’ll be conquering those resolutions before you know it. Good luck!