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5 interactive workbooks to help you reach your goals

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How are those New Year’s resolutions holding up? Accomplished? Still a work in progress? Non-existent? We’re not here to judge. Whether your goals were big or small, specific or broad, health or money-minded, or completely out of left field, it’s a good time to check in on any goals you set at the start of the year. Luckily, there are some tools such as interactive workbooks that you can integrate into your daily routine to help you achieve these goals in a productive manner.

Not only are interactive workbooks chock-full of amazing information and expertise from inspiring authors, but they also hold you accountable. And their interactive nature encourages you to write things down. Stream of consciousness writing allows you to tap into what you’re currently feeling, both emotionally and mentally. It also helps to separate your needs from your wants when setting realistic objectives.

Here are five interactive workbooks, all of which tackle different themes. 

Financial Adulting by Ashley Feinstein

Whether you’re breaking open a piggy bank or looking to expand an already-robust 401K, it’s important to make sound financial decisions and plan for the future. Feinstein has managed to create a workbook that makes managing money simple and approachable as well as fun. And she does it all with a feminist approach that celebrates women in business. (Even this writer thought he had a sense of how to prepare for retirement. But this book revealed there’s so much more to do—without having to sacrifice overall quality of life.)

DBT Workbook for Adults by Barrett Huang

If you suffer from persistent feelings of stress, anxiety, and fear, this Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) interactive workbook may bring some much-needed relief to your daily routine. Offering scientifically-proven psychological insights to enhance your mood and manage worry, Huang has won over thousands of readers with a “highly personalized roadmap.” It’s made up of questions, suggestions, and mantras that guarantee improvement in mental health in just 12 weeks. And at less than $5 on a Kindle, this investment in your wellbeing is absolutely one worth making. 

The Kindness Workbook by Robin Raven

Being kinder to others should be a goal for us all. Whether it’s paying a friend a compliment or simply engaging in friendly conversation with a stranger, there are very quick and easy ways to brighten someone’s day. And little gestures make significantly big impacts. Raven’s mission is to prove in this adorable paperback that teaches you how to not only show compassion for other humans but also for yourself.

Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life by Roadtrip Nation

One of the most eye-opening byproducts of the pandemic was a collective realization that life is short and unpredictable. Many people also realized they’re stuck in jobs they simply don’t enjoy. As a result, there was a mass exodus who quit to pursue a passion or interest that may have been sitting on the back burner. For many, the next course of action wasn’t quite clear, despite just knowing they were generally unhappy with work and their trajectory.

Roadmap is a wonderful tool to help readers identify not only what makes them professionally fulfilled, but also the skills they possess to flourish in a specific career field. It can help open the mind to options you may not have thought about or may have not thought possible due to age, circumstance, or experience. It teaches you that the sky truly is the limit and that it’s never too late to excel in a field that you were—without trying to sound cliche—born to be a leader in.

Adventures from Scratch (Couples or Family Edition) by Let’s Roam

Life may seem a bit lackluster if you’re stuck in a routine and not immersing yourself in experiences and cultures outside of the norm. These interactive workbooks geared towards families or couples will help force you out of your comfort zone. You can identify bucket list items and dream vacations. You’ll also learn basic steps to improve the quality of your everyday life. Goals can be as simple as checking out a new coffee shop or going on a hike. They can also be as grand as planning a family trip to the Maldives. No matter what you put on paper, it’s an entertaining, collaborative experience shared with those you love. 

Author: Joey Skladany, Joey is a writer/editor, TV/radio personality, and author of "Basic Bitchen." In his spare time he enjoys traveling, fine dining, interior design, and playing volleyball.