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10 ways to set goals and stick to them this year

So, you’ve got a few resolutions. Maybe you’ve got a big goal that you want to reach this year. Maybe you’re just making small changes to become healthier, more productive, or save money? Whatever your goals are for 2020, we’ve got some handy tips on how to not only stick to them, but achieve them as well, so you can roll into December knowing you’ve absolutely smashed the past 12 months.

1. Write everything down

Everything. Absolutely everything. Get a fresh new Notebook and start by writing your goal down. Write it 100 times over if you have to.

2. Find your ‘why’

If you can, you need to ascertain a rock-solid ‘why’ behind your goals. If you’ve got a goal to create a new business, think about what drives you. Where is your passion, really? Without this, you won’t have the drive to actually complete or succeed at your goal. So find it. And you guessed it, write it down (in your shiny new Notebook, of course)!

3. Set achievable milestones

The reason many people fail at their goals is because they set them too high, or didn’t give themselves enough time to actually succeed. Plan out a few milestones, maybe they’re weekly, maybe they’re monthly, maybe they’re finance-driven, maybe they’re just to do one small thing every day and create a new habit.

4. Plan your first step

Aristotle once said “Well begun is half done,” so make sure you set off your journey on the right foot. If you have big goals, starting might seem daunting, but the key is to do something that will motivate you. The best way to start is usually with something simple. No matter how small the task, they’re all important, and once one is done and ticked off in your Notebook, you’ll be surprised how motivated you’ll be to keep going.

5. Celebrate the little things

When you reach a milestone, make sure you celebrate it! You earned it. Maybe it’s a day out, a spa treatment, a meal out, or even a bottle of your favourite tipple. However you celebrate, just do it! Embrace the little victories along the way.

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6. Get others on board

It’s proven that it’s easier to achieve something when there’s someone right next to you rooting for you too. Whether it’s a close confidant who can help you rationalise and talk through any road bumps or someone who’s along for the journey with you, get recruiting!

7. Be inspired to meet your goal every day

Whatever it is you’re trying to achieve, you don’t want it to end up brushed under the rug as an afterthought come mid-February. Print yourself a motivational quote, or stick post-it notes in your bedroom, kitchen, office or mirror to remind you why you’re doing this and keep you on track.

8. Be prepared for the going to get tough

Sometimes, you’ll fall down along the way. But instead of berating yourself, remember that every time you get back up is another opportunity to succeed – keep going!

9. Create your own goal Calendar

Everyone’s goals are different. Everyone has different milestones, different daily tasks to achieve to reach their goal. Goal setting (and achieving) isn’t one size fits all. Customise your calendar to suit you. Whether it’s an excel document, a word-processed calendar or your own custom planner with specific dates, goals, milestones and rituals, make yours unique.

At, we offer a range of printing solutions, so you can create your own goal planner and print it yourself. Why not print your own personalised Poster? Or how about a custom Notebook with your own tailored pages? You could even create a Display Board checklist to keep you on track – the possibilities are endless!

10. The secret… is you

While there are plenty of things you can do to stay on track, unfortunately, there’s no magic pill to achieve your goals- it’s all down to you. So it’s important to take care of yourself. Besides pacing yourself and celebrating when you get things done, keep an eye on your own mental wellbeing throughout the year.

Congratulate yourself now and then and remember that you’re allowed to take it easy once and a while. When your mind and body are both in the right place, you’ll absolutely smash it.

Whatever your goal, we’d love to hear about it! Why not let us know over on social?! And, if you create your own goal planner or calendar, we’d love to see! Tag us in your printed creations using #ProudlyPrinted for a chance to get featured on our blog!

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