Choosing Your “Word of the Year”

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The “Word of the Year” concept is one that has exploded over the journaling scene over the past couple of years.

The idea is, that each new year. you select a word that embodies what you want to achieve in the upcoming year.

Once you have the word it can be used to decorate your journal, either as the word itself or translated into numerous languages, it can also act as a focus for your goals for the year.

The difficulty for me is selecting the word itself!

As the end of 2018 is fast approaching I started to think about my word for 2019, and how I could make the process of selecting this word easier. This is when I came up with the L.I.S.T method.

I have created a worksheet for you to download and work through at home, but will go through the steps of the worksheet below and demonstrate how I came up with my word of the year for 2019.

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Step 1: L – Look back

The first step is to look back at the previous 12 months.

I want to keep this whole process really positive, so we will be focusing on the good things that have happened.

  • What went well this year?
  • What from this year, would you like to do more of next year?

Step 2: I – Imagine

Now we will look forward to the next 12 months. Picture where you will be in a years time.

  • What do you want to achieve?
  • How do you want to feel?

Step 3: S – Shortlist

Look at your answers to Step 1 and 2. Brainstorm the first 10 words that capture those feelings.

Step 4: T – Target

Now its time to look at your shortlist and target the word that stands out the most to you.

Use your gut! It is likely to be pulling you towards one word in particular. If it isn’t then I would suggest going back to Step 3 and taking a fresh look at your shortlist. Do these really capture what you have written in step 1 and 2? Using an online thesaurus with your existing list may help you get the winning word.

Hopefully this process will have led you to your “word of the year”.

The word I have selected for 2019 is “thrive” – 2018 has been a year of huge progress for me. I have made big changes to my working life to get more balance. Next year I really want to build on these changes, grow my business but also take time to travel and experience new things, after all this is what I made the changes for!

I will be using this word to focus my goals in 2019 and shall reflect back upon these as the year progresses.

I’d love for you to share with me your chosen “word”, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and Facebook @oopsadaisyuk.

Big Love

Jo xx

I live in Essex in the UK with my gaggle of furry friends including Daisy the dog. I have had lifetime passion/obsession for beautiful stationery and to do lists which has lead me to the wonderful world of Bullet journals. When I first starting bullet journaling it struck me the lack of UK based resources for journal accessories which lead me to create my own. I know have my very own webshop selling my hand made journal stencils and ship all over the world and am just as enthusiastic as I ever was about stationery and organisation!!

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