As we head into 2021, let's do it with a positive mindset! We've put together our top 5 ways to use the planner to help you set goals, plan and stay happy and healthy for the new year ahead.

When times are tough, it can be difficult to keep positive. But your health and wellbeing depend on it.  So it’s really useful to have a handful of strategies to help us when things are difficult. That’s where the planner can help!  We’ve put together 5 top tips for staying positive, looking after yourself and making the most of 2021, whatever it may look like.

1) Make goals and stick to them

We’re all about goal planning! The planner is designed with this in mind. You’ll notice that at the beginning of the planner there’s a goal setting page, with space to write down your goals and additional space to write down actionable steps for how to achieve them. We’ve even written a whole blog post about goal planning which you can read here, to help you get started.

2) Use the blank pages in your planner to practice gratitude

A great way to start the day is to think of the things you’re grateful for.  It could be as simple as things like a cup of coffee, or a sunny day.  Focus on all that is good in your life and it will set you on the path of positivity for the rest of the day.

3) Schedule time to connect with friends and family

We always feel better when we’ve talked things through with friends or family members, and even though we can’t necessarily see each other in person right now, we can use the phone, video calls or socially distanced meet ups outside to catch up. Often, it’s the first thing that takes a hit when you’re busy, and you’ve not spoken to a loved one for longer than you’d like. Use your planner to schedule time to call friends and family, as being connected is the best feeling ever.

4) Track your habits such as water intake and exercise

Keeping up with good habits is so important for our wellbeing and mindset and you can use your planner to to help you stay on track. It could be to schedule exercise classes, walks, or to record your steps or water intake. Do whatever helps you stay on target and motivated to stay healthy, and you’ll be on the way to being much happier!

5) Keep track of your quilting and share and celebrate your successes

We often joke that quilting is our ‘therapy’ but there are so many studies to suggest that sewing and being creative really is good for our health and wellbeing. First of all, make sure you allow time in your week for some creativity, even if it’s just ten minutes a day. Or maybe you can block out an afternoon at the weekend to spend on your projects. Then, use the projects-at-a-glance pages to keep track of your WIPs. Each time you complete a section of your project, mark it off in your planner; it’s very satisfying!  Don’t forget to share your finishes on Instagram and tag us in your posts so we can see!

Wherever you may be in the world, we wish you a happy, healthy and positive start to 2021!