A brand new year; a brand new journey is about to start!
Are you feeling motivated and excited? Yes? That’s awesome!! We are here to make sure we maintain this excitement and stay motivated throughout the month of January and continue bringing this positive energy onto each following month. This is why we set goals and plan in the first place. We ARE achievers!
First page of this beautiful winter month is our monthly doodle that can also be found in our Community Library as a free printable. Here in UK, we have no snow this year and I wanted to bring some cheer & joy to my journal.
Isn’t the snowman adorable? You can decorate it using any supplies you like the most or try and experiment with something new. Maybe you got a new set of watercolour pencils for Christmas and can’t wait to start practising with them 😉
Happy New Year is our monthly log that is starting on Sunday 1st . It is a great way to make notes of your upcoming events, appointments, birthdays, important tasks etc.
On the opposite page, I have made a couple of changes:
Goals & Actions have been moved to a more centered area of the page and highlighted with a border. We have 3 monthly goals (yearly goals broken down) and actions are the necessary steps to take in order to make those goals happen. Actions used to be called ‘to make it happen’ – I have changed it because ‘Actions’ get my brain really going and give that lovely push needed for taking the first step. BTS Community is our Between the steps Community (come and join us here 🙂 ) and this space will be used as a guide to what posts/videos/photos are published. I might be using the mini monthly calendar to mark off what days I have shared a picture on Instagram, or when I last checked the work email… this area is still very much open to ideas.
“Always take the stairs to reach your goals.”
~ a little quote I came up with as I was setting up this new journal for 2017
Monthly tasks are things you want to get done by the end of January. Start with the ones that are going to bring you closer to your goals. Next month’s Coming up could be upcoming events, doctor appointments etc.
Monthly tracker has been slightly changed as well – it is now in vertical style. The idea is to see the habits growing and how the strength of each habit is building up. It will create a nice graphic view at the end of the month. Monthly tracker is where the weekly tracker is transferred to and it is also in our Community library.
- What isn’t working? – throughout the month we need to ask ourselves if what we are doing is actually working. Are we making a progress or are we stuck?
- What to improve? – there is always something. Write down what it is you need to work on more, where your focus needs to be.
- Get in touch with – e.g. people we admire, an old friend, our feelings etc.
The opposite page is left blank. Why? I might use the entire page for a monthly review or combine it with ‘Moments to cherish’, hence why there is no title.
There are four weeks in January = four weekly layouts!
I was playing with four different layouts last month in December and decided I will stick to this one because it visually suits me the best. For now 😉 You know I like to mix things up, haha!
The work/weekdays are at the top, the weekend is at the bottom of this spread. On the left page, there are:
- Last week review – a sum up of how last week’s goals and tasks were met, or not
- This week outcome – a visual view of how this week is going to turn out
- Coming up – next week’s events
And on the opposite page, we can find our three weekly goals and a weekly tracker which you can print out from our Community library too. Weekly goals are steps to be taken in order to reach our monthly goals. These weekly goals are then broken down into daily tasks; these basically are the baby steps we take to get to the big picture — a yearly goal(s)! See how this is working? Yearly → monthly → weekly → daily
This is our first setup of the year 2017!
I will put some colour in eventually and post pictures for you to see how it is shaping up 🙂
List of my favourite supplies – click here