Keep a simple resolution by choosing a one-word focus for the year! It's a pretty simple concept really, just pick a word that helps you to achieve a certain goal (i.e. relax, family-time, fitness, unplugged, etc.) For personal use, just write it out on a square sticky note and place it on your laptop or somewhere you'll see in your office. Make it look nice by adding some artistic detail and relevant illustrations and/or doodles.
Here's a look at how a student vision square turned out:
To introduce this activity, we talked about how the beginning of each year is a time a lot of people think about what they want to do during the upcoming year. Perhaps, they have goals they want to achieve.
Maybe, there's a certain action or hobby they want to improve at during the new year.
Or, like vision boards, maybe there's a desired travel destination to go during the new year!
In my class, I use an Instagram-themed bulletin board called Leadergram because I tie it in with the Habits for our Leadership classroom. All the students received a square piece of computer paper. My headline reads: "2017 vision words to help us 'Begin with the End in Mind!'" because it gives us a purpose on our year-long journey.
Then, I had my students use the sentence starter, "________'s word for 2017 is ________"
The one word vision was supposed to be larger than the rest of the words, bolded (so it would stand out) and then, I suggested they add pictures and/or color to decorate their square papers.
So what's my one word vision this year? I chose organization! I feel like I'm always saving binders but never have sat down to take the time to setup and organize all my binders. I can't wait to reduce all the clutter of papers I have through organization this year! Here's to a more inspired and organized year!