It seems like December is the time that we not only spend all our money on presents and turkey dinners, but we always begin to reflect on the past year and what we have or haven’t accomplished. For the past five years or so, I would write my resolutions in the Notes section of my smartphone, and closer to December 31st, review that list and check off what I’ve achieved. It was always the same old song and dance: lose weight, get good marks in school, keep my room clean, don’t piss off my mother.
It seemed like every year I was setting the same resolutions, or goals, I suppose, and every year I would reflect and realize I never got anywhere near perfection in those things.
Perhaps it wasn’t a problem with me achieving those things or not. It was the way I was wording my “resolutions” and what I was doing throughout the year to make sure I achieved them. What was I doing? More like the lack of doing something, I wasn’t keeping track the other 363 days of the year between January 1st and December 31st, and I wasn’t checking my progress as the year passed by. On top of that, my resolutions weren’t really trackable. How much weight did I want to lose? What did I need to do to keep a tidy bedroom? How could I get good marks in school? Most importantly, I wasn’t planning the steps in order to achieve my goals.
Though I’m a strong believer that resolutions can be set, worked on, and achieved any time of the year (for example, you would set education-related resolutions in September) and you don’t need to wait for January 1st to pull your stuff together, I do believe that there’s some sort of magic of waking up on New Year’s Day and feeling like you’ve opened the first page to a new you.
Luckily, I’ve been blessed to know one of the creators who make opening the first page on January 1st a reality. The Better Life Planner is not only the agenda I’ve been dreaming of finding ever since I stopped depending on my mother to make my schedule, but also a publication that will help me achieve the resolutions I’ve never been able to hold myself accountable for.
The first page gives me an opportunity to put my 5 most important “resolutions” for the year, as well as put on paper WHY I want to achieve them, followed by a page pretty much prompting everything that will make those goals even more realistic to achieve.
And then begins a year of being able to:
Plan each and every day hour by hour
Record something to be grateful for every day
Create weekly to-do lists
Achieve 5 mini-goals every single day
Organize a list of potential gifts for loved ones and friends
The best part? On December 31st 2017, instead of looking back at a note on my smartphone, I’ll be able to flip through the pages of a book of 1800+ (hopefully successfully achieved) goals. In one year, this will not just be another planner that will make its inevitable decent into a blue recycling box, but this will be a record of the obstacles I’ve overcome and the things I’ve achieved throughout the year, and it will hold its rightful place on my bookshelf.
Full disclosure: Buying a planner will not make you a resolution-achieving guru. Using its features and letting it help you, will. Support the start-up, help yourself tackle those resolutions, and begin your Better Life 2017 here.
What are other ways for you to list and achieve your New Year’s Resolutions? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!