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How to Make the Best New Year’s Resolutions List

The new year is a perfect time to review the past and look to the future. Not every country celebrates the new year on Jan. 1, but resolving to improve in the new year is nearly universal. The U.S. government lists popular New Year’s resolutions on its website, ranging from personal improvement to improving the world. The best way to make your own resolution come true is to select one and focus on it every day until it becomes a habit. Then you won’t have to put it on the list again next year.

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Best sites that instruct you How To Do anything

These four sites would help us to do every single thing we want. Most of the articles are in video format which is an added advantage. Let us see the features of  each site.

Howcast

Howcast is all about videos – videos on everything from “How to Clean a CD Player” to “How to Dine Out With Family.” The videos offer simple (often tongue-in-cheek) instructions that make learning these skills simple. Each video starts with a list of what you’ll need, and then walks you through all the necessary steps and information, breaking everything down in a way anyone can understand.

Some of the videos are more funny than useful videos that kindly reminds you to bring your killer right hook and/or a change of underwear, just in case of a bear attack. The funny ones are worth watching anyway, and they’re outnumbered by the ones with practical information that’ll help you learn how to do any of Howcast’s tackled subjects.

WikiHow

A Wikipedia-style handbook for how to do anything. It’s created, edited and maintained by the community, and anyone can edit any page. Sounds like it wouldn’t work for a How-To, but it does – in the same way Wikipedia manages to work. There are some strict guidelines for users as far as how to put an article together, which makes for a simpler, more consistent read across the site. All the articles have short, simple steps, and everything is kept to a minimum to make actually doing things easier.

The cool thing about WikiHow is that since anyone can contribute, there’s a ton of articles about how to do somewhat random things – whatever people know how to do they tend to share, regardless of how niche-friendly it might be.

eHow

eHow is a huge resource of instructions, both written and video, on how to do just about anything. The site boasts over 500,000 articles and videos, all created by professionals – the quality here is often higher than on a site like WikiHow.

You can browse the articles by category, see the most popular eHows, or search for what you need. There are ratings and comments on every one, which gives you a sense both of how good the article is, and what it might have missed. As always, people are pretty smart, and everyone’s got their tips on how to do things a little bit better – the community part of eHow is one of its best features.

Instructables


Instructables is all about DIY (Do It Yourself) projects. It’s a huge repository of how to pull together household objects or cheap parts, and make something cool out of them.

Most of the articles have a video associated, and they’re all broken down into simple steps, always with lots of pictures to make life even easier. Instructables is the perfect site if you’re looking for something useful to do.