Well, well, well. January, my beguiling siren, has arrived. I am always excited for the “fresh start” I imagine is inherent with the new year. Time and time again, I am coaxed into creating goals and plans, DREAMS, for the year ahead, and yet I often get side-tracked long before reaching most of the goals. Last year, I gave birth to my first child, my sweet baby boy. It was a huge wake-up call that nothing will happen unless I will it to happen.

When my husband comes home from work, I often jump up and down (literally, I dance around) telling him no story ideas, business ideas, hobbies, life changes that excite me. The brainstorming and daydreaming are second-nature. It’s the doing that gets to be tricky. So, while my dreams might be flowing, I am taking specific actions to ensure that this time next year, I’ve drawn the dreams from the floating thought bubble, and will be holding them lovingly in my arms.

One of the things that helps me stay focused is a simple, little trick: I pick my “word” for the year.

How often have you made resolutions for the year that you forget about by the time March comes around (if you’re lucky and make it that long)? No matter how many times I write my list (because it’s never just one resolution!), post it on my wall, write it on my phone, I always forget about it. I forget to check on it, I forget what the resolutions are, and why I made them to begin with. So instead, I like to choose a word for the year, a word to focus on, a word that I want to embody in the year ahead. Being just one word, it’s easy to remember. You can write it 100 times, find quotes about that one word, etc.

Having word one to focus on for the year gives you focus, and guidance. At the beginning of the day, make that your one goal. No matter what you have on your to-do list, bring that word to mind and think of how that word can affect your tasks for the day. At night, check-in with yourself. How did you interact with that word? The process of sticking to your word is gentler than a resolution.

I thought about last year, and all my day-dreaming and ideas. I thought about what I want most out of this year, and it’s to see my dreams become a reality. The word I chose for this year is “action”.

One way to make the most out of your word, is include a page dedicated to your word in your bullet journal. Unfamiliar with the bullet journal? Check out my post!

What’s your word of the year? If you don’t have one, check out my “Word of the Year Planning Guide and Bullet Journal Template” on Etsy!

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