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5 Tips for Turning Your New Year's Resolutions Into Action

5 Tips for Turning Your New Year's Resolutions Into Action

True confession time — for a long while, I gave up on making New Year’s resolutions. Like just about everyone I know, I’d start off the year with a lofty goal. “This year, I’m going to eat healthier!” I’d tell myself. Or I’ll lose weight. Or pay more attention to my loved ones. If I was lucky, my resolutions might survive until my birthday — which is January 6. My New Year’s resolution fails turned into one more reason to beat myself up. Then I attended a training session on, of all things, how to write actionable goals for a business plan — and learned exactly what I needed to know to make New Year’s resolutions that I could keep. It’s a whole lot easier and more rewarding than you think. These five tips won’t guarantee you’ll keep every one of your resolutions this year, but they will help you turn your New Year’s resolutions into an action plan for the year ahead.Consider Your WhyThat seems obvious, but it’s one of the biggest reasons people fail in sticking to their good intentions…

How Many New Year’s Resolutions Should You Make?

How Many New Year’s Resolutions Should You Make?

A whopping 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. You might have come up with a list as golden and glitzy as your holiday decorations, but the sparkle eventually fades, and you’re left with the disappointment of letting go of those resolutions once again. Not to sound dramatic, but why set yourself up for failure year after year by setting too many unattainable goals? By thinking of resolutions as goals, you turn lofty notions into changes you really want to make and to which you’ll stay committed.Importance of New Year’s Resolutions New Year is a magical time of year for most people. You might get a period off work, spend some time with loved ones, enjoy the holidays and spring into a new year with a sense of wonderment and purpose. There’s no better time to think about what you want to accomplish in the foreseeable future. You might want to commit (or recommit) to an exercise routine, thus improving your health. You might choose to save mone…

Increase Productivity by Avoiding Multitasking

Increase Productivity by Avoiding Multitasking

There’s a good chance you’re reading this while in the middle of doing something else. With advancing technology and a nearly constant barrage of emails, texts, notifications, and attention-grabbing websites, people are increasingly resorting to multitasking as they juggle work, family, friends, and personal well-being. Although multitasking may seem like an effective tool to increase productivity, the reality is that multitasking often has the opposite effect. Multitasking not only fails to increase productivity but can also make your performance less efficient, leave you feeling overwhelmed and even lower your attention span. But fear not: Understanding why multitasking derails productivity can pave the way to developing effective productivity habits.The Problem with Multitasking Numerous studies have shown that for the vast majority of people, multitasking impairs performance on all but the simplest of tasks. The reason for this is that our brains need time to shif…

5 of the Best Gratitude Journal Prompts

5 of the Best Gratitude Journal Prompts

Many of us can get bogged down with work or school stress, negative news and worry about the future, but there is something that can help: gratitude. Research has shown that gratitude effectively increases happiness, improves physical health and even strengthens relationships. When you choose to record your gratitude daily in a journal, you’re training your mind to refocus on the positive. Passion Planner conveniently contains blank pages that can be used as your gratitude log. If you’re ready to join the likes of Oprah and Deepak Chopra (two avid gratitude journal practitioners), feel free to use the following gratitude prompts to help you get started: Who or What Inspired Me Today? When you are inspired, you feel a deep sense of passion and motivation to do something for yourself, others or the world. For a painter, inspiration might lead to filling a new canvas. A poet might take to the page. But inspiration can also be simpler. You might be inspired to cook so…

Your Guide to the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge

Your Guide to the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge

How much difference can three weeks make in your life? If it’s three weeks of consciously practicing gratitude, it could be a real life changer. The benefits of gratitude — or more specifically, of consciously practicing gratitude — are fairly well documented. If you’re looking for ways to foster a positive attitude and get more enjoyment out of life, try the 21-day gratitude challenge and find out for yourself how much better life can be when you make gratitude a priority.The Benefits of Gratitude There’s a surprising amount of research on the benefits of gratitude on health, relationships and general well being. Some of the results seem fairly intuitive - people who are thanked for helping someone are more likely to help another person in the future, for example. But did you know that people who make it a habit to cultivate a grateful attitude sleep better at night? There’s research that proves it. Or that people who express a grateful attitude are more patient and may make better…

5 Ways to Use Your Back Pages

5 Ways to Use Your Back Pages

The blank pages in the back of your planner can be transformed into so many different things that can help optimize your Passion Planner and help keep you on track to hitting your goals.Here are 5 creative ways to use the back pages in your Passion Planner!1. Make a "Books to Read" sectionUse the blank pages of your Passion Planner to keep track of all the books you are currently reading and all the books you have yet to read. One great way of keeping track is by writing all the books down that you’d like to finish by the end of the year and coloring the book in once you’re done! Not a fan of reading? Change it up by creating a “Movies to Watch” section instead.2. Draw or scrapbookGuilty of hoarding even the littlest of things? Don’t you hate it when something is ‘too nice’ or ‘too cute’ to throw away? We love collecting quirky keepsakes that remind us of some of our favorite memories throughout the year! Some of our favorite things to keep include: ticket stubs to our favorite movies,…

Get the Most Out of Your Passion Planner

Get the Most Out of Your Passion Planner

When you first see a Passion Planner, it seems pretty straightforward. It’s a planner that helps you set your goals and figure out how to get there. There’s no wrong way to use your planner, BUT.. I want to show you all a few extra tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your planner investment :) 1. Split your to-do listsIf you’re the type of person who loves to make lists, than the space provided currently on the Passion Planner might not be enough! To fix this, simply draw a line down the center of each list to create twice as many slots.2. Use your elastic band as a pen holderIf you’re like me, then sometimes you have a hard time locating your favorite pen most of the time. Well, what might look like just a regular elastic band on your Passion Planner to the untrained eye can actually double as a pen-holder! Now you’ll never have to worry about not having a pen to jot down all those thoughts and notes when you need it the most.3. Use the back pocketAlthough there…