The coming of a new year can stir up mixed emotions in people. There are those who feel sad or regretful about the year that has passed. Some choose not to care and proceed with business as usual. But the majority welcome the new year with eagerness and hope.
It can’t be denied that there is a hint of sadness that comes with the end of the year. It reminds us of how limited our time really is. It also allows us to look back at the things we’ve done and analyze how to make things better for the upcoming year. And we want to help you do just that.
We want to help you start the new year right!
Here are some tips that we’ve put together, along with the tools that can help you along the way.
1 – SMART GOALS
When we say SMART, we’re not just referring to your level of intelligence. This is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Based. It is a guide intended for setting objectives and goals in a project management perspective. But who says you can’t use it in real life?
Creating SMART goals will help you turn that list of New Year’s Resolutions into reality. This is because you need to treat these goals seriously. You are more likely to accomplish a descriptive goal than a general one.
PHOTO: MyLoveforWords.com | Don’t just create any goals… create SMART goals!
Emily of MyLoveforWords.com has a blog devoted to creating SMART goals and she put together some free printables to help you do it!
2 – MOTIVATE YOURSELF DAILY!
Life is tough. We’re sure that we don’t need to remind you of this fact because you experience this every day. This is precisely why you need to pull yourself together and encourage yourself – DAILY!
Motivation is like bathing. You’ve got to do it every single day.
– Zig Ziglar
You cannot rely on other people to pat you on the back or tell you that things will be better. You need to focus on achieving your goals and keep your passion going.
How do you do this?
PHOTO: SkinnyMom.com | Stock up on Motivational Quotes and feel free to design your home with them to keep you inspired throughout 2017
You can start by creating a positive environment in your home or office. These inspirational prints by Skinny Mom is a good way to start. In her post, she provides 60 quotes that you can download for free. Print out your favorite ones, frame them and display them somewhere you can see everyday. This will help you create the positive space that you need to stay motivated throughout the year.
Print out your favorite ones, frame them and display them somewhere you can see everyday. This will help you create the positive space that you need to stay motivated throughout the year.
3 – VISUALIZE YOUR JOURNEY
PHOTO: HouseFullofSunshine.com | Keep a Vision Board in your work area to keep you aligned with your goals throughout the year.
In Neil Gaiman’s keynote address to the University of the Arts graduates of 2012, he shared how he visualized his goal as a mountain. He said that when he was not sure what to do, “I could stop, and think about whether it was taking me towards or away from the mountain.”
Visualization is believed to be one of the most powerful mental activities a person can do. Most people, who believe in the law of attraction, think that: “When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the universe.”
Realistically, visualization helps you in achieving your goals. You need to know where you are going and where you are now, so you can plan how to get to your destination. Just like Neil Gaiman did.
And what better way to do that than through a VisionBoard?
A Vision board, helps you put your ideas together. Sometimes, it’s hard to connect the dots when things are all just jumbled up in your head so this helps you put the pieces of the puzzle together. And the vision board will help you do just that.
Start your vision board with these free printables from AHouseFullofSunshine.com and then let your creativity take over!
These 3 tools and tips will help you in starting your year right. On top of helping you in mapping out your goals, they will also let your creative side break loose, which is always a good thing.
Your printer will be one of your buddies in these creative projects, so make sure to keep it properly maintained and stocked with the right ink and toner supplies. InkTonerStore.com is offering a 15% discount this December for purchase on all our ink and toner products. Just use the coupon code HOLIDAY16 at the checkout when you make a purchase.
We hope that you enjoyed these tips just as much as we did! We will be sharing some more free printables on the next blog, so stay tuned for that!