7 Ways to inspire yourself this year

7 inspirational ideas for getting stuck into a new hobby or an exciting fresh project.

1. Feel motivated.
Even when you feel tired and stressed, if you tell yourself you're up for your new adventure your energy and enthusiasm will quickly return.

2. Improve existing habits.
Even small but enjoyable changes in other aspects of your life can make a difference - a gorgeous new scent of washing liquid, a new laundry or pet basket to brighten the kitchen, a change of hairstyle!

3. Have fun.
Build up your enthusiasm and energy levels by listing things you love doing and work some of these into your week or month.

4. Set your goal.
Whether it's about home, family, work or self-improvement, make your goal a real challenge. Research what you need to do, including considering who else has achieved that goal before you and what qualities they had that helped. Itemise the steps towards your goal.

5. Set a time to work on your goal.
Committing to a set time each week to work on your project allows you to start organising the rest of your life around it.

6. Be creative.
When brainstorming, come up with 10 ideas instead of 5 or 6 - some of the ideas might not be as strong as others but it helps you develop lateral ways of approaching a task and can lead in new directions.

7. Assess your achievements.
Judge your progress against your previous work rather than competing' with others. Make a note of how far you've come by always keeping track of achievements along the way - whether in a diary, on post-it notes above your desk, or even photos on your fridge door.



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