Setting resolutions for the new year can be a source of inspiration and help us to focus on our happiness and wellbeing, but it’s easy to let them become restrictive. The key lies within the language and mindset that we use: instead of committing to giving something up, we can create positive pledges around what we’d like to bring into our lives.
By framing our resolutions in a way that is compassionate towards ourselves, we are able to focus on progress – not perfection. Having a notebook, journal or planner that's dedicated to your development is a powerful tool when setting goals for the future, while being organised is essential to staying on track and fulfilling those aims.
A tidy and ordered environment can help you to feel calm and focused. The Kraft notebook and filing collection from Paperchase is perfect for achieving this, with a clean and simple aesthetic that will suit any workspace. When you're ready to set your goals, start by thinking about the things you’d most like to achieve. It could be in any area of your life and be any kind of goal; for example, saving money or putting yourself first more often.
Once you have your aspirations, break them down into achievable steps, then create a realistic timeline for each one and consider how you’d like to monitor your progress. You could try bullet journalling, create a goal tracker or use a budget book.
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Revisit and review your goals regularly, noting any positive changes you've made or experienced and setting new pledges if, and when, you need to. Then, when the year draws to a close, you’ll have a record of your progress to look back on, take pride in and use as inspiration for the year to come.
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