New Research Shows Families Celebrate New Year's Twice a Year: DayTimers Survey Shows More Than 76% Have Made Back-to-School Resolutions

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Survey results on back-to-school resolutions from DayTimers.

The change of the seasons and the change of schedules often lead people to think about the other changes they want to make in their lives.

As schedules become more complex and demanding, research shows making resolutions isn't just for New Year's anymore. Seventy-six percent of the respondents in a Consumer Opinion Research telephone survey conducted August 3 - 6, 2007, sponsored by DayTimers, Inc., said they consider the August/September 'back to school' period a time to make resolutions to change.

Eighty-nine percent of respondents who are 18 - 25 and 65+ were most inclined to make resolutions during this period. "The start of a new school year, like the New Year, represents a time of new beginnings that can often inspire the decision to make resolutions," said Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, Author, Find More Time and Leave the Office Earlier (, and member of Day-Timers Community of Experts, "The change of the seasons and the change of schedules often lead people to think about the other changes they want to make in their lives."

The most popular resolution for parents was to eat dinner together most evenings as a family (75%). Closely following, 72% wanted to improve their time management habits, while 69% said they wanted to make everyone more responsible for managing their own time better.

"Whether wanting to coordinate family dinners or improve time management, the first step is to be realistic," commented Stack. "Set weekly goals, such as increasing the time you eat together by one family dinner the first week, and work gradually toward the ultimate change."

When asked which resolutions they think their children would want to make during this period, over 77% thought they would want to find a sport or activity they like and do it one or more times weekly, 63% thought they would want to stay out of detention, while 60% said they would want to do their chores on time and keep their bedroom clean. Surprisingly, only 24% thought their kids would want to sit next to the hottest girl or boy in class.

"No matter what resolutions students want to make -- or that their parents wish they would make -- back-to-school resolutions are about positive change. Parents should encourage their children to set goals and do what it takes to help them achieve them," Stack remarked. "Encourage children to take small steps toward goals, every day or week. If they can do a little bit to get going, soon they'll feel the positive effects of the change. And that little bit of change can lead to long-term healthy habits for the new school year," Stack concluded.

About DayTimers:
Established in 1947, DayTimers, Inc. is the original American provider of time management solutions and organization tools to help simplify life. DayTimers is a subsidiary of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ABD). The complete DayTimer® line of planners, luxury leather covers, portfolios, handbags and more can be found at or by calling 1-800-225-5005. Select organization tools are also available at Staples, Office Depot, and other major office supply retailers.

Leesa Raab
LaMotta Strategic Communications, Inc.

Subsidiary of ACCO Brands Corporation


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