The only trouble with New Millennium’s resolutions is that if you don’t keep them, you’ve blown the next 1,000 years. Luckily, the Internet has a multitude of sites offering help when it comes to changing your life.
* Experts say a successful resolution should be clear and specific. It should be a goal that you are capable of making happen all on your own, without depending on others. The Web site www.hiaspire.com offers a free resolution reminder service. Every month, the Web site will e-mail a reminder with tips and other Internet links to help you stick with your resolution.
* For most people, resolutions are simple goals they want to achieve, such as learning to cook, learning to ski, making new friends, learning to play a musical instrument . . , whatever. But for other people, resolutions can involve some serious stuff--getting out of debt, quitting smoking or overcoming drug abuse or other addictions.
* For people who have made quitting smoking one of their Y2K resolutions, the Web site www.QuitSmoking.com offers an array of products and services to help. It contains information on methods of quitting, including acupuncture, cold turkey, exercise, nicotine supplements, tapes, the “hold the cigarette without lighting it” routine, etc. It also features the Quit Smoking Bear, a stuffed animal you can squeeze every time you want to light up. Other products include audio and videotapes, books, patches and gum.
* The Web site www.drpaula.com offers pediatric medical advice. Founded by Dr. Paula M. Elbirt, a pediatrician in New York City, it offers a list of New Year’s resolutions for parents, including 1) Always kiss your children good night even if you’re angry, 2) Do not watch TV during meals, 3) Let your child read you a story once a week.