Selecting one word for the year is a tradition quite a few people follow. It seems the planner community is a huge proponent of the practice as well, because when I start binging on planner videos, I see their words of the year mentioned frequently.
I've seen people utilize many methods to keep their word front and center.
Some journal about their word frequently. Some have a vision board covered in pictures and quotes pertaining to the various meanings behind their words. Other's have a spread or a dashboard in their planners dedicated to their word to allow them to flip to it frequently.
Up until this year, I was a planner spread type of girl. When I was bullet journaling, I had at least one if not two spreads dedicated to my word each year. In my Happy Planners, I would use stickers on dividers to attempt to look at it more often.
The problems with these methods for me involved the fact that I don't look at my planners all day. And even on busy days, I don't always flip back to the same pages. I have a short attention span. I needed more.
Now that I've been wearing my word, I've noticed a few things that make this work for me.
1. The weight. Even if I'm bundled up during another round of polar vortex weather, I can still feel the slight weight on my wrist. This could have to do with the fact that I am not a jewelry person, and aside from my nose ring, don't wear any. I'm very conscious of something on my arm. The bracelet lays flat, and is water resistant, so I don't take it off except for bedtime and showers. The constant reminder to get going and get started, has been in the back of my mind since I put this bracelet on.
2. The way the word sits. Because of the ring-style of my bracelet, the word turns slightly and sometimes the letters will get covered up. It made me notice that sometimes my bracelet says "STAR" or "TART" or "ART" and that makes me smile. I write romance. Seeing "TART" on my wrist reminds me how big of a role I want my writing to play this year too. I like that. Not to mention that I find myself turning the bracelet to sit just right. I'm constantly reminded of what I want to do with my day.
3. The shine. Because my bracelet is made of reflective material, every once in a while the light will glint off the metal and catch my attention. I obviously bought a kit, and didn't design my bracelet, but the more I wear it, the more I realize how much thought must have gone into the creation of this product. The glint of light makes me look down even more than the weight and the desire to fiddle with the word placement.
All these aspects together seem to pull me back to the intentions I made at the start of this year, and I'm excited to see the metal around the word wear naturally. I think I'm going to invest in numbers and put the year on the top of my bracelet too. I like the idea of keeping these year after year and remembering how far I've come.
Do you have your word of the year? How do you keep it front and center? Does it help you keep motivated? I'd love to hear about it!