As someone who has been making and breaking New Year's resolutions for almost 15 years I've set a lot of goals in my time and I've even reached some of them too ;) But a few years ago is when I started using my hobby of scrapbooking as both a way of recording my goals and as a way of making my goals more visible and attainable. As a result I started to notice a big difference in my attitude towards my goals and the passion with which I pursued them.
In 2011 I made my own Diet and Exercise Journal.
Not only did it's custom design make reaching my goals of eating better and being more active a little more practical, but the time and energy I put into making this journal made me that much more passionate about my goal.
In 2012 I made a goal to write in a journal and was inspired to make my own one-sentence journal.
The simplicity of this approach and my journal's one-of-a-kind design made reaching for it each day an absolute delight.
In 2013 I took the "One Little Word" approach and made this layout to remember my word and what it meant to me when I chose it.
And this year I've chosen to incorporate the recording of my goals into my Project Life approach as shown below.
This year I had a little longer list of goals than usual:
- Take more photos.
- Make more home-cooked meals.
- Read more.
- Try some of the things that scare me.
- Learn more about the things that interest me.
- Eat better and move more.
- Give Project Life another try.
As I had decided to give Project Life another try and this time to take a monthly approach--it seemed only natural to incorporate a monthly record of my progress towards these goals a long with my monthly spreads.
This approach allows me to plan the books I want to read, the things I want to learn more about and the new things I want to try, in advance each month. I'm also able to record the number of photos I take and the number of home-cooked meals I make each month along with showcasing my favorites in the form of photos.
I can't tell you how excited this project has me to tackle my goals for 2014 and to share my progress!
How has scrapbooking helped you to measure your progress and achieve your goals?