New Year, New You! Let’s face it, the beginning of a new year can come with a lot of pressure. Everywhere you look you’re being asked to drastically change an aspect of yourself. Let’s break the habit of breaking ourselves. Instead of making radical changes in a short amount of time, let’s make small but substantial changes month by month. At the end of each month, evaluate how you feel. If you don’t want to continue with your resolution at the end of the month, you can stop but still know that you succeeded. You’ll increase your ability to succeed by eliminating unrealistic expectations.
It’s January, and it’s cold outside. And if you’re anything like me, cold weather does not inspire me to get out there and be motivated. So, January is going to be my month of getting organized and setting up the structure and basis for the rest of my years’ successes.
My Bloom – Hard Cover Vision Planner (Peacock Feathers) was delivered a few days ago and it’s amazing! This specific planner focuses on goal setting and breaking down those goals into bite-sized pieces. It has a place for your monthly goals, divided into categories (finances, relationships, health…) and a place to break those goals down into a weekly check list! I LOVE checking things off a list. Does anyone else add stuff after they’ve already done it, just so they can check it off? It also has a monthly calendar (my favorite) and a weekly calendar.
Zig Dual-Tip Markers : I also suggest these fun markers for personalizing your planner. These are vibrant without bleeding through the pages.
If you’re looking for something more basic, that will still keep you organized I’m a huge fan of wall/tabletop calendars. It’s a great place to put family activities. Right now, it’s just me and my husband (our dog’s don’t have very active social lives 😉 ) but it’s still really helpful to have one place with all of our plans for the week/month in one location. We benefit from having a physical calendar to look at. We spend so much time on our phones, the physical calendar stands out more.
Another way to start your year off successfully is to focus on being *grateful*. Being grateful for the big and small things in your life, completely changes your attitude. This leads to being happier and more productive. I’m a nanny, and each day when I pick up the kids, I ask them 2 questions. What was the best part of your day, and what was something nice that you or someone else did today. Not only does this start a fun conversation, but it challenges you to think about your day in a more positive light. Share your best and nice part of the day in the comments below!
One of my favorite finds this year has been 52 Lists of Happiness and 52 Lists Project. It’s gratitude journaling made easy. Each week you’re given a prompt to list ways or things that make you happy. I gifted several of these this year for Christmas!
I know that you can be successful! Remember to set manageable goals and write them down! Seeing your goals written down will keep them in the forefront of your mind. Each month I’ll let you in on my monthly resolution and what products and tools I’m using to obtain that goal. I want to know what your goals are for this year. I’d love to know what steps you’re taking or offer advice to help you be successful!
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