New Year’s resolutions are like fresh flowers, they’re lovely while they last, but they’re all gone by Valentine’s Day. 2017 is going to be different, though – because this year we’ve assembled a list of products designed to help you stick to those resolutions. All products listed are available from retailers on the RCS shopping network, so we’d recommend you add another resolution to the top of your list, “I will swipe my RCS Card more often!”

 

 

“I WILL GET ORGANISED!”

Easiest way to do this is to get a day-by-day diary. Typo has a variety of shapes, sizes, formats and prices. Pop in and pick the one that fits your handbag/man bag the best. The smartest way to get organised is by investing in a smartphone, and installing productivity apps like FamCal, Evernote or Dropbox. (Buy an iTunes voucher at Pick n Pay.) If you don’t yet have a smartphone, we’d recommend the amazing new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB (R14 800, DionWired) or Apple iPhone 6S 64GB (R17 000, DionWired)… Or the Samsung Galaxy A3 LTE (R4 200, DionWired), if you’ve resolved to spend less money on tech this year!

 

“I WILL TREAT MYSELF MORE!”

That’s right. And you’ll do it with your brand-new Safeway vibrating foot spa (R219, Clicks).

 

“I WILL EAT BETTER!”

Start by eating breakfast – but, like, a proper breakfast. DIY smoothies are a great way to eat/drink nutritious, fresh food, so we’d recommend a juicer like the Breville juice fountain (R1 999, @Home). The wide chutes mean you don’t have to chop or slice, just pop the ingredients in and let the juicer do the work! The NutriBullet juice blender/extractor (R1 999, @Home) is another great option. It’ll do smoothies in summer, and soups and sauces in winter, making sure you keep your resolution going all the way through winter.

 

 

“I WILL GET FIT!”

Yes, you will! But you’ll need a good pair of running shoes to help you do the job. The New Balance 590 (men’s and women’s both R900, Sportsmans Warehouse) is a great lightweight option… or, you could take the leap and make 2017 the year you try those Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO natural running shoes (men’s and women’s both R1 800, Sportsmans Warehouse), with the individual toes. But remember, performance only improves when performance is measured… so get yourself a fitness tracker. The Polar Loop 2 activity tracker (R1 595, Sportsmans Warehouse) is slick and stylish, while the bigger Garmin Forerunner 35 (R3 499, Sportsmans Warehouse) has a screen that’s easier to read when you’re on the run or at the gym.

 

“I WILL LEARN SOMETHING NEW!”

Step 1: get a laptop. The Acer Aspire V3 11-inch T is a great entry-level option (R6 299, Incredible Connection), while the Apple MacBook 12-inch 1.1GHZ M3 256GB G (R24 999, Incredible Connection) is the stuff dreams are made of.

Step 2: sign up for a free online course, either through iTunes U, or FutureLearn, or through any MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). There are literally bajillions to choose from. Some will even teach you what “literally” really means, and what the numerical value of a bajillion is.

 

 

“I WILL SPEND MORE TIME WITH MY FAMILY!”

Start a weekly games night. Your options here are endless, from Monopoly Here & Now World Edition (R549.90, Toys R Us) to pocket Pictionary (R89.90, Toys R Us) to 30 Seconds Junior (R300, Game).

 

“THIS IS THE YEAR!”

Come on, guys. You don’t have the leap year excuse this time. Take her shopping for an engagement ring. Take the trip to NWJ and start learning about colour, cut, carat and clarity. She’ll start with the 18ct white gold diamond cluster ring (R43 927, NWJ), but you may need to negotiate her to the beautifully elegant 18ct white gold claw set diamond solitaire (R9 087, NWJ).

 

GET WHAT YOU NEED!

“This year I will swipe my RCS Card more often. I will take advantage of the RCS shopping network of more than 21 000 retailers. I will get inspired, and my RCS Card will make it happen.”

 

* Prices were correct at time of publication, and are subject to change.