Start the new year in the best way by channelling your creativity and making positive pledges with Paperchase.


Progress not perfection

Setting resolutions for the new year can be a source of inspiration and help us to focus on our happiness and wellbeing, but it’s easy to let them become restrictive. The key lies within the language and mindset that we use: instead of committing to giving something up, we can create positive pledges around what we’d like to bring into our lives. By framing our resolutions in a way that is kinder and more compassionate towards ourselves, we are able to focus on progress – not perfection.

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Achieve your goals

Having a notebook, journal or planner dedicated to your development is a powerful tool when thinking about what you want to achieve in the coming year. Using colour and creativity in this process can help us crafty types to express ourselves and feel inspired. Try Paperchase’s Agenzio collection – the bright, rainbow covers and pages with lines, grids or dots are the perfect blank canvas for you to customise and fill through the year. Setting goals is a great way to motivate yourself and help turn your dreams into a reality. Start by thinking about the things you’d most like to achieve; it could be in any area of your life and be any kind of goal, for example saving money or putting yourself first more often.

Once you have your aspirations, break them down into achievable steps, create a realistic timeline for each milestone and decide how to monitor your progress. You could try bullet journalling, create a goal tracker or use a budget book. Revisit and review your goals regularly, noting any positive changes you've made or experienced and setting new pledges if and when you need to. Then, when the year draws to a close, you’ll have a record of your progress to look back on, take pride in and use as inspiration for the year to come.

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Once you've picked up your new diary or journal from Paperchase, check out our journalling tips. There's even some free prompts and titles that you can print and stick into your new planner. 2020 is the year of planning!

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Phoebe Burt
Phoebe BurtSEO and Communities Editor, Gathered

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.

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