Check out our favorite productivity tips for setting and achieving your goals in 2019.

The beginning of a new year is always chock-full of aspirations and optimism, but it’s important to reflect on how 2018 prepared you for the resolutions you set for this year. Setting resolutions is about more than making a wish as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. Resolutions are a beautiful reminder that January is a clean slate, and you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

1) Write down your goals in a planner.

You’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down, and there is no better way to keep track of your life and stay organized than with a planner. We recommend our bestselling LifePlanner™, available as both a 12-month Hardbound or a 12-month Coiled option. Your LifePlanner™ is a space you can jot daily intentions, celebrate monthly milestones & get inspired to stay on track!

Whether you’re setting financial, professional or personal goals, keep everything in one colorful & wonderful space. Monthly overview pages let you make a game plan for the month ahead, while our weekly layouts help you tackle each week. 12 “mini months” at the front of the book are the perfect space to set a goal for each month of the year, so it’s easier than ever to plan out your dreams. ™

2) Start with one or two main goals.

Don’t overwhelm yourself by setting an unattainable list of items you’d love to see happen. Prioritize one or two main goals, then develop action items to accompany them. A goal-setting journal is a great way to organize and actualize those action steps. While it may seem difficult to do when you have a list of resolutions, it’s important to understand and rank which you need to emphasize.

3) Set achievable & measurable benchmarks.

If you’re focusing on wellness goals, make them about improving overall wellness and then set achievable and measurable benchmarks to accompany that goal. For example, “drink 8 glasses of water per day” or “go to the gym twice per week.” By defining and writing down specific ways you can reach your goals, it will be easier to track your progress! Make sure you aren’t setting yourself up to fail by setting benchmarks that are unattainable! You can always readjust your goals to fit once you see how well it all balances.

4) Be prepared: with goals come obstacles.

It’s easy to feel discouraged or beaten down, so prepare for and anticipate bumps on your path to achieving your goals. Plan ahead and schedule ways around obstacles and time to recharge or recover from scaling hurdles. For example, set aside time to meditate, socialize, reset your mindset with a motivational conference or simply get more sleep! If you anticipate and prepare for moments of discouragement, you can readily get your goals back on track!

5) Enhance your goals with color and inspiration!

Setting goals is one thing, but sticking to them is another! Add festive pops of color, inspirational quotes, festive stickers and pictures to your planning so you can stay positive and focus on the fun!