5 creative ways to approach New Year’s Resolutions

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Another year has passed and the new one is about to begin. If you’re anything like me, you’re not too thrilled to think about any New Year’s Resolutions.

Do you feel like you HAVE to force yourself to make resolutions, just because this happens every January?

Maybe we should just all have a little more fun when it comes to reaching our goals or working on ourselves. And connecting our thoughts to actual physical objects, makes the process of reaching our goals way more exciting, don’t you think?

For that reason, I’ve put together a list of fun, beautiful and functional paper products that will hopefully help your mind get going and support you on your journey to reach your goals.

 

 

1. Figure out what truly makes you happy

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What life do you dream of having? And what changes can you make that will make YOU truly happy?

Before you even think of any resolutions, try to think of what really fulfills you in your life. Are these things impossible dreams or did others put unrealistic expectations on you? What life do you dream of having? What activities, habits or events do you want to have more of in your life? What people do you wish to spend your time with? And what changes can you make that will make YOU truly happy?

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The “little book of happy things” is a cute little notebook by HappyDappyBits. It is perfect for jotting down your thoughts on what truly matters in your life and makes you happy. You can get it here.

 

 

2. Find focus

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Focus on one goal at a time and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

So you’ve figured out what you truly want. But don’t get ahead of yourself now. Don’t try to work on ALL the things you’d like to change. This will only confuse, overwhelm and distract you. Instead, focus on one goal at a time. This will make it easier for you to stay on track. Once you’ve achieved one goal, you can always move on to the next one.

If you’re set on a specific goal, plan or idea, collecting your thoughts in these notebooks will surely bring you focus.These three notebooks have been designed by anomis (yours truly). The surface patterns on the cover were inspired by animals, (you’ll find out which ones on the inside cover). You can get them here.

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3. Stay motivated

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Remember why this goal is important to you and if you can live with the consequences of not achieving it.

Even though you’re focused on one goal, at some point it is going to become difficult to stay motivated after a while and to stick to it. It’s important to remember again why you’re working on this goal. Why do you want to change things? And what if you just gave up and got back to the old ways? Can you live with the consequences of not achieving your goals? How will this affect your life in the long run?

It also helps to have small motivations to keep you on track. This little desk calendar with motivational sayings from ToodlesNoodles surely reminds you of the possibilities of your future and will help you stay motivated.

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4. Work on the little things 

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Little by little, a little becomes a lot.

You may have one main goal in mind. But sometimes we get paralyzed when we think of this one unattainable end goal. We then often don’t know where to begin or whether we are capable of even getting it done. It then helps to break down a large goal into many small ones. Try to think of small changes you can incorporate daily. It is much easier to achieve something small in a short time and to also keep it up. This will also train your mind and get you into a habit of doing the necessary small steps that will accumulate to your bigger goal.

Use this “honey do list” note pad by PaperThinStudio to focus on your daily small tasks.

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5. Record your progress 

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You’ve made it this far – You can make it to the finish line.

When you’re in the middle of achieving your goals, it is important to see your results. Recording them in some way, will help illustrate how far you’ve come along already. This will tell you, that you’ve been capable of achieving your goal this far and that you have the ability to make it until the end.

This all year around journal (available in different designs) by NotbookNotbuk is certainly a lovely way to keep track of your progress.

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Over to you

How do you feel about New Year’s Resolutions? And how do you handle the difficulties of achieving them? Can you recommend other helpful things to accomplish resolutions? Post them below.

Simona Cellar is the founder of anomis. A designer who focuses on the element of surprise in her designs. Come on a journey of discovery and find the hidden beauty all around you. Join the mailing list here and get inspiring articles.

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