14+ New Year Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.

Each new year marks a brand new beginning full of possibilities. We often put ourselves under a lot of pressure to do the new year right and become discouraged if we fail or falter. To make sure you are planning for your new year correctly, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.

Contract & Goal Planning

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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Here is a great example of a new year goal setting. Not only can you create your goals here, but there is a contract to sign and a system of rewards!

New Year Goals

If you are looking for something more simple, then this goal layout might work better for you. This spread is simple and includes 8 different spots for goals.

New Year Bullet Journal Planning

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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Sometimes the best way to plan for the new year is to plan out how you will plan in that year. Now is the perfect time to reevaluate your planning system and make changes where necessary.

Future Planner

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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Future logs are great ways to look ahead at major events. This future log mixes a year at a glance style with something that would include more space to write in events.

Recentering in the New Year

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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The new year is also a great time to re-evaluate your self-care plans. Look at what you are currently doing, add new self-care practices that will work better and remove stuff that doesn’t benefit you.

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Another great way to plan your new year goals is to categorize them. This spread breaks down goals into six sections: other skills, physical health, mental health, career, relationships, and art & hobbies. However, you can pick whatever goal categories you would like!

Holiday & Event Planning

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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Similar to a future log, this spread mixes a year at a glance with holidays and major events. Not only are the dates listed but so is the event and the day of the week it falls on. This is a great way to plan your year out in advance.

Healthy Habit Planning

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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Another great bullet journal layout for the new year is a habit tracker. There are dozens of ways to keep track of your habits but one of the most common is the monthly style. Here is one simple example, but you can find more habit trackers HERE.

Level 10 Life

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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The level 10 life is the perfect layout for the new year. If you haven’t heard of this goal and productivity spread, read more about it here. However, its the perfect spread to add to the beginning of your planner.

Future Log Calendex

Here is my personal favorite version of the future planner. The calendex is a great visual for the year. Additionally, it is broken into months and weeks.

Creative Goals

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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I love this goal page because it is not just a list of goals. It is more creative and visual including images, color, and varied fonts. If you are interested in something more creative, then something like this will work perfectly for you!

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Important Dates Log

Here is yet another example of a future log. This one is perfect for a birthday, event, and holiday tracking.

Year At A Glance

To make sure you're planning your new year well, you ought to plan ahead. This post includes 14+ bullet journal layouts to help you plan for your new year.
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I love a good mantra or encouraging quote. This spread does a great job of starting off the year strong with a strong mantra.

Year of Bills Tracking

Last, but certainly not least, a bill tracker is a perfect layout for your next bullet journal. No matter who you are, it is likely that you have expenses that you ought to track. This is one of my favorite bill trackers and the one I personally use. in my bullet journals.

What layouts do you use in your new year spread? Let us know in the comments! Love checking out our bullet journal ideas? Get more inspiration HERE.

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An Introduction to SMART Goals | What Are They and How to Use Them

We’ve all got goals, some big and some small. While goals may be as seemingly insignificant as finishing a cup of coffee the first time without having to microwave it, goals also might be as broad as growing a business. Whatever your goal is, think about it. How did you create this goal? What are your steps to achieve this goal? I know this can seem daunting at first, but there is a way that will allow you to create worthwhile goals, just the right amount of challenging, and that you can accomplish and set out to achieve! If you’ve never heard of SMART goals, you’ve come to the right place. If you have heard of these, you’re still in the right place. Let’s dive in!

What does SMART stand for?

When creating a goal and the ways you will achieve it, using this acronym can help you get started. The “S” stands for Specific, the “M” stands for Measurable, the “A” stands for Attainable, the “R” stands for Relevant, and the “T” stands for Time-bound. These are all things to consider when coming up with your goals and how to tackle them.

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“S” is for Specific

Break down the goal. In this stage of SMART, you’ll ask yourself what exactly your goal is aiming to achieve. Come up with a list of specifics, including the exact things that to accomplish. It’s also important to recognize if others are needed to complete this goal as well as where it will take place. You can also ask yourself the “why” question of why you want to accomplish this in the first place.

Example: I want to grow my small business by taking on two new clients per month so that I can have a fuller workload and pay my rent. Doing this will involve me, my assistant, and future clients.

“M” is for Measurable

How will you know if you complete the goal? It’s essential that you come up with a way to measure your success and where you stand in your journey to achieve your goal. You will need to recognize what your future action steps are, how much more needs to change to reach it, and how you will measure success.

Example: I will know I succeeded when I have two new clients per month. To get here, I will need to set up checkpoints with myself each week to see if I made any progress. I may only be halfway there, but I know the next two weeks I am capable of completing the goal.

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“A” is for Attainable

It is finding the balance between what is challenging and do-able. You will want your goal to be right in the middle of the “This is too easy” and “This is too hard” mindsets. Just like Goldilocks, find the goal that is just right. Try to avoid jumping to extremes, but also avoid going too easy on yourself. It’s important to challenge yourself positively. Think about the resources you have or will need to achieve the goal, if it is of reasonable difficulty, and if it is something you will be able to complete.

Example: If I were to aim for ten new clients per month, I know it would be impossible because I don’t have the time to do that. If my goal were to get one new client per month, it would be too easy. Landing on two allows me to focus on my goal, and I can always edit my goal moving forward. If I focus my time on reaching out to new clients, I can reach this goal.

“R” is for Relevant

Is this really what I should be aiming to do right now? Your goals should come into play at the right time. If you’re still in school, don’t make your goal something that isn’t relevant to your next steps. Make sure your goal is something meaningful to you as well, as it will make it difficult to work towards a goal that you are just doing to impress others or because you feel like you “should” do it. We’ve all been there! You have to recognize whether or not you are willing to do what it takes to complete the goal.

Example: This goal of two new clients is something I want to commit to achieving. Others told me to just wait and let new clients come to me, but it is meaningful for me to put myself out there, and I am committed to achieving this goal.

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“T” is for Time-bound

There’s never a perfect time – but it does matter! Set deadlines for reaching this goal, or set up milestones along the way. Outline exactly when you will reach certain milestones, and come up with a plan (if you need ideas, check out my planning section here). There should always be a time frame; otherwise, it will be hard to stay motivated to get things done. Think in baby steps: what to do today, in a week, in a month, and beyond!

Example: My goal for two new clients a month needs to be reached by the end of six months. Then, I can calculate exactly how much more work I am able to take on and see if I need to change my goal. Today, I can start by reaching out to potential clients.

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In Summary…You’ve Got This!

No matter what your goals are, I hope you were able to use this introduction to SMART goals to help you see just where this method of goal creating can take you. I’d love to hear from you about your methods of using SMART goals, and if you have any tips or tricks to share.

As always, thanks for reading!

This post was written and researched by Caroline Johnson of Line Writing Co. Editing and formatting done by Elizabeth of Jihi Elephant

Are Your Finances Ruining Your Life?

There are a lot of things in life that can cause you stress. Everything from work to family to trying to keep up some semblance of a social life. However, there’s no doubt that one thing causes more stress for the vast majority of people than just about anything else. That thing is, of course, money. Now, whether we like it or not, most of our lives are ruled by money, but if you’re struggling in any way when it comes to your finances, that can start to have a seriously negative impact on your life. It can impact your general well-being, your relationships, even your health! To prevent that from happening, here are a few ways to stop your finances from ruining your life and get organized.

Deal with Your Debts

Few things create a bigger knot in the pit of many people’s stomachs than the word debt. It’s one of those things that can make it feel as though you’ve failed as a person. However, it’s important to remember that debt is just a part of modern life that everyone must learn to manage. Of course, if your debts start to pile up then that can be pretty scary. Luckily, there are ways to deal with it. Consolidating your debts with a single loan can be incredibly useful. Check out this debt consolidation loan calculator to figure out how much you could save on a month-by-month basis. Solving debt with more debt might seem backward, but it helps only to have one payment that you need to make each month.

Are Your Finances Ruining Your Life?

Curb Your Spending

Here’s the harsh truth that a lot of people want to ignore: most of us spend too much money. We end up spending far more than we can actually afford because we don’t keep track of what we’re spending it on. You might think that you’re frugal with your money since you don’t make any huge purchases but the truth is it’s the little things that empty your bank account. A coffee here, a little souvenir there, and soon those little purchases have added up so quickly that your account is empty. Make sure that you keep track of all your spending so that you don’t end up wasting all your money.

Are Your Finances Ruining Your Life?

Set Up a Budget for Healthy Finances

Do you know what your monthly income and outgoings are? Well, if you don’t then it’s no surprise that you’re worrying about money. By setting up a clear budget, you can keep track of all your spending as well as figure out where you can cut back and save money on a regular basis. One really easy way to track your money and create a budget is through the use of mint.com. Mint gathers your financial information from your bank accounts, billing accounts, loan accounts and more to help you create a doable and accurate budget as well as savings goals. Mint even offers a more centralized way to pay your bills.

One of the most important things to remember is that money often only has as much power as you give it. Sure, there are plenty of things in life that you cannot do without money, but if you spend all your time thinking about it, then you’re never going to be able to see the value in anything else. Try to adjust the way you think about money and put less of your energy into obsessing over it.

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Dealing With Financial Stress

Do you ever find yourself checking your bank account and immediately feeling tense or stressed? That’s because money is a huge source of anxiety in our lives. So if you’re anxiously awaiting your next paycheck, don’t worry—you’re part of the 72% of Americans who feel stressed about money.

Stress and anxiety can manifest itself in our bodies in many different ways. Muscle tension, poor digestion, and high blood pressure are just a few. People with high debt are also more likely to struggle with mental health issues like depression.
Thankfully, there are some self-care actions we can take daily to help alleviate money-related anxiety. From an Epsom-salt bath to meditation sessions and a tall glass of kombucha, this infographic provides self-care inspiration and money mantras for a peaceful and prosperous life.

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Why It Is Never Too Late to Chase Your Dreams

What dreams did you have when you were younger? Some people would say they wanted to be an astronaut, and others would have said they wanted to become a superhero. Children love to dream and they love to think of unique ways to live out their lives, but reality will eventually settle in and those dreams will change to become more realistic. Unfortunately, when reality hits, many people give up on their passions assuming they could not be done—they aren’t realistic.

Learn how to create effective goals here.

However, chasing your passions in at least some form is always doable. Sure, maybe you’re a little too old to become the athletic legend that you wanted to become when you were young. But becoming the coach that trains the next athletic legend is surely a satisfying compromise. Think it is too late to follow your dreams? Here are some reasons why it’s not too late.

Why It Is Never Too Late to Chase Your Dreams

Age is Not a Factor

Some dreams are going to be restricted by age, but if a 94-year old woman can go skydiving, then anyone could muster up the courage to chase their passions and dreams. Age is often seen as a biological factor that prevents us from doing what we love, but there are people all over the world defying this. They choose to ignore the unbelievers and chase what they want in life. After all, it is far better to be happy and live life knowing you tried, than to forever regret not giving your dreams a chance and living a life of regret.

Why It Is Never Too Late to Chase Your Dreams

Anyone Can Learn

If you feel like you don’t have the knowledge to follow your dreams, then stop right there. Learning has never been easier thanks to advances in modern technology. It is never too late to chase your passions and it’s never too late to see just how far you can take them. Have you always wanted to create graphics or touch-up the photographs that you take? Then sign yourself up for Adobe training exercises and resources. Want to learn how to dance or produce music? Go out there and get yourself an instrument or a dancing instructor. Do not settle for less; if you want to chase your dreams then don’t let learning be a barrier.

Why It Is Never Too Late to Chase Your Dreams

Yes, there are some physical and biological limitations that will prevent us from doing certain things. However, if you are willing to compromise and embrace those limitations, then you can achieve virtually anything. Do not let your age, your knowledge, or even your surroundings stop you from chasing your dreams and following your passions. Use whatever resources and support you have available to you and give yourself the means to live a life you can be happy with.

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How to Create Effective Goals | Includes Free Worksheet

With every new year comes new goals and hopes to achieve these goals. Unfortunately, many of us create goals that never get completed. Why is this? One reason you might not achieve your goals is that the way you wrote it is too vague, not realistic, or has no deadline. This post is all about how to write effective goals that you can achieve. This post may contain affiliate links.

Learn how to write Long-Term Goals HERE or Learn more about SMART Goals HERE.

How to Create Effective Goals

Define Your Goal

The first thing you need to do when writing effective goals is to define the goal. What do you want to achieve? This is the easy part—getting your idea written down. However, there is more to a goal than just writing it down. Your goals need to be specific, measurable, time-sensitive, achievable, and realistic.

Make Your Goals Specific

An effective goal is a specific goal. If you do not clearly define your goal using measurable terms, you will be less inclined to complete it. Your goal needs to be so specific that it might involve smaller more specific goals to achieve the overarching goal. Read more specifically about these smaller step ladder goals here.

Make it Measurable

An effective goal needs to be measurable. This means that you need to define how you will measure your goal. Are you measuring your goal by smaller tasks or deadlines within your large goal, are you measure with time or an amount? No matter how you choose to measure your goal, measure it.

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Set A Realistic Deadline

If your goal does not have a due date, you will feel no pressure to complete it. How can a goal be effective if you are not motivated to complete it by a specific time? Make sure this deadline is realistic and that you have used the specifics and measurements define above to create your deadline. Having a realistic deadline can make a goal that might otherwise not be effective.

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Is Your Goal Achievable and Realistic?

How likely is it that you can reach your goal by the dates you have set for yourself? To determine achievability, you must be honest with yourself. It’s common that our expectations are unrealistic, thus, making them unachievable. We get excited and don’t think about how our goal will fit into daily life. It’s often the issue that we set a date that is too soon so that we feel overwhelmed. It’s also common that we set dates that are too far away and we put off achieving our goal, leaving it to the last minute.

Effective goals written in this format are commonly known as SMART goals. They are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-sensitive. Follow this format, and you are sure to have an effective goal!

Now that you know how to write an effective goal, sit down with a pen and paper, and create your goal!

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How to Create Do-able Long-Term Goals

When it comes to making a long-term goal, we are often discouraged by a goal that is too broad, seems to have no purpose or no roadmap. This post is meant to provide a step-by-step process for creating a do-able long-term goal.

Having a goal to work towards is so important, I cannot stress it enough. Goals are what keep people motivated to survive. Think about it, if you did not have a goal (even teeny-tiny ones), what would you be doing right now? Nothing, you’d probably be doing nothing. You wouldn’t need to do anything. You wouldn’t be motivated to.

More About Goals

Everyone has their own unique concept of goal-making. Some people write a daily checklist or to-do list, and others have long-term dreams. Even if we don’t notice or realize it, goals exist everywhere.

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You go to the grocery store and your goal is to get groceries, maybe you have a list, maybe you are winging it—either way, it’s a goal! You go to school, your goal is to get an education, or maybe to make friends. When you lay around the house all day and your goal might be to relax after a hard week—maybe the goal is to do nothing. There is a goal motivating everything that we do.

The Makings of a Goal

There are several components to a well-written and doable long-term goal. First, you must understand what the goal is. Next, identify the purpose of your goal. Then, identify several step-ladder goals. And finally, do it!

Recognize Your Goal

To create a quality goal, you must first know exactly what you want the outcome to be. This is essentially your goal. For example, my goal is to get a Master’s degree in clinical mental health.

Your goal can be as specific or as broad as you would like it. All that is required for this step is to know the desired outcome and to write it down.

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Identify Your Goal’s Purpose

Now that you have identified your goal, you need to know why that is your goal. This is called the purpose. A goal’s purpose influences how the goal is created and accomplished. The purpose is also the factor that motivates you to achieve your goal.

The purpose of my goal (getting a Master’s degree), is to be able to work as a counselor. An alternative purpose could be to further my education.

Whatever the purpose of your goal is, identify it and write it down.

Creating Specific Step-Ladder Goals

The final step to creating an effective long-term goal is to come up with a list of smaller goals or step-ladder goals. Step-ladder goals are meant to make the main goal seem less overwhelming and more doable.

 To complete my long-term goal of getting a graduate degree, I must first complete other smaller goals. My step-ladder goals include getting into graduate school, completing my required courses, completing my practicum, completing my internship, and completing the necessary requirements for state licensure.

For the alternative purpose (furthering my education), I have different step ladder goals. These might include taking a variety of courses, building a good professional relationship with two faculty members, getting involved in at least one club, and participating in at least one research study.

Generally, step-ladder goals are very specific and include more detail than my simplified example lists. These goals are meant to make your life easier and to provide a step-by-step process to complete your main goal.

It is important to remember that you may not know every detail for each step-ladder goal right away. Sometimes other steps must be achieved before others can be identified. For my example, details to most of the goals cannot be specified until I have chosen a graduate program. Once I have chosen a graduate program, I will input the nitty-gritty details into my list.

It is also important to recognize that these steps are not set in stone. Life happens and things change, so cut yourself some slack. If you get working towards your goal and realize that one of your step-ladder goals aren’t helpful or that something else would be more valuable, then change it!

Implement Your Step-Ladder Goals

It is one thing to have your goals written down, but it is an entirely different thing to actually do them. I can provide you with a nice organized PDF to help you organize this information, but I cannot motivate you to go through with it. That is up to you and you are more than capable of doing it!

Just remember to write it down, make it realistic, and be specific.

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