Now the kids are back at school, I have been trying to get myself back in routine. Well, I say ‘back in routine’, I mostly mean ‘find a routine’.
I’m a disorganised person and I never know which way is up and I don’t like it very much. I’m beginning to think I need to timetable myself a bit and find a routine that gets what needs to be done, done without finding myself burned out, miserable or sinking under the pressure.
This incorporates all sorts of things and was all feeling like a bit of a marathon – I was ready to quit before I’d begun – when I remembered a post I’d briefly glanced over a while back over on The Joy Chaser. It was all about choosing your ‘word’ for 2016. Not a resolution as such, more of a theme or mantra. Something to bear in mind everyday, to centre yourself when everything gets too much, to focus on.
So I sat down with my shiny new diary and followed Michelle’s easy instructions to see if I could come up with a ‘word’ for the coming year. It was actually quite fun and reminded me a little of those quizzes you get in magazines only with less ridiculous answers and a bit more actual thought!
After a while I was left with a shortlist of five words – all contenders for my 2016 word – and I left it at that for a while to let it settle and to see if the right word jumped out at me.
The words were: Achieve, Happy, Live, Plan and Prepare
After a little over a day I knew what my word was. I’d said it accidentally more than once out loud and in my head when trying to work other things out and everything on my list of goals and ideals for the year seemed to point at this word more than the others.
So whilst I am going to keep all five of my words in mind, my word for 2016 is:
If I think about things and prepare in advance, I’m less likely to forget stuff, less likely to get overwhelmed by things, less likely to be utterly disorganised and lost. Being prepared will help me plan, let me live without stressing so much, will make me more relaxed and happy and will, hopefully, help me achieve my other goals through the year.
The worksheet Michelle designed to help you focus and find your word for the year is brilliant and completely free – you can find it here.
11 thoughts on “My Word For 2016…”
I’m not one for resolutions really but I love this idea of choosing a word! Happy new year lovely x
Happy New Year 🙂
It felt a bit less fake than making resolutions somehow, more thoughtful at least!
Oh Carole I’m so glad you found my post and worksheet useful and love your word! This post seems to have struck a chord with lots of people. I’m already finding my two words – REACH and ACCEPT – are touching me each day, reminding me, driving me. Here’s to an amazing 2016 for us all x
And thanks so much for linking up at #share the joy too! X
I found this exercise really helpful too, its such a great idea. Prepare sounds like a great word, good choice! I think mine are Adventure and Achieve, but I need to let them simmer for a little longer first :-).
Adventure and Achieve go really well together 😀
This is such a great idea, I’m definitely going to have to give it a go 🙂 #sharethejoylinky
A great word and hopefully one that will make the others happen too! #Sharethejoy
That’s my hope 🙂
Prepare is a great word -Preparation prevents piss poor performance! Here’s to a fantastic 2016 for you.
Haha yes, that should be my motto for the year!! All the best to you for 2016 too.