Practical Uses for Custom Magnets

Isn’t it difficult to keep track of the many chores and service dates that come with homeownership? We definitely think so!

The good news is that custom magnets and stickers are an excellent way to stay on top of rotating and recurring tasks at home.

Today, we’ll share our favorite practical uses for magnets and stickers around the house.

Vehicle Oil Change Reminders

When you get your vehicle’s oil changed, place one of our no-residue clear stickers on your windshield. We’ll print a custom sticker designed by you; just leave a space where you can jot down the date of service.

Despite the importance of frequent oil changes, not all oil change service centers provide this handy, visible reminder. If your local place doesn’t, we encourage you to come prepared with your own sticker.

Water Heater Service Reminders

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If you’re like most homeowners, you can’t recall the date you last had your water heater serviced. However, we can create a reminder magnet or sticker that works well with a whiteboard marker.

All you have to do is place it on your water heater, then jot down your most recent service date along with your service company’s contact info.

Take it a step further by having us print the phone number for your favorite repair company right on the sticker or magnet.

We hope you never have a water heater emergency, but if you do, you’ll be glad you have the number right where you need it.

HVAC Service Reminders

Depending on your home’s location and type of system, your HVAC should be serviced every 6 – 12 months. Our custom reminder magnets or stickers are a great way to ensure that you remember when you last had this work completed, or alternatively, by which date you need to schedule it next.

Simply attach it to your HVAC system, then take a glance anytime you need a reminder.

Clean and Dirty Indicators for your Dishwasher

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Dishwashers are used daily in most homes, but it can be tricky to determine whether it’s been run or not—especially during the whirlwind of activity that occurs during the morning routine.

The solution is a simple magnet that you’ll place on your dishwasher. Like a domino, you’ll want one half to say “Clean,” while the opposite side says “Dirty.” Flip it 180 degrees, and suddenly it’s a breeze to figure out if your favorite coffee mug is ready to use on this rushed Tuesday morning.

If you have any custom magnet or sticker ideas in mind for your own home, Blue Bee Printing is here to create them for you! No project is too large or too small. Our extensive product offerings ensure that we’ll have the perfect material for any application.

If you have questions about your custom sticker and magnet order, please reach out to us. We love working with our clients on fun and creative personalized projects.

Custom Magnets and Stickers Replace Business Cards

Service and repair businesses need to promote themselves

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If you’re over 30, you remember the days of business cards. Most homeowners had a designated “junk drawer” with a stash of business cards near the front. When the water heater went out or the garage door was on the fritz, it was time to rifle through the cards to call for help.

We know you’ve learned the importance of digital marketing, Google business listings, and customer testimonials to guide clients to your business. However, we recommend that all service and repair companies also promote themselves with custom stickers and magnets.

Why use custom stickers and magnets for service/repair business promotion?

It is important (for all business owners) to advertise online with the goal of gaining new customers, but it’s equally or more important to retain the customers you’ve already worked so hard to bring in!

How can you effectively retain your current clients?

Stickers and magnets are an ideal replacement for business cards. To illustrate my point, I’ll share a personal experience.

Two years ago, my garage door had a broken spring. I grabbed my phone, and by a stroke of luck, I was able to find the service person who installed my garage door originally. He arrived quickly, repaired my garage door, and handed me his business card. I fully intended to hire him again; he did great work, offered fair prices, and remembered me well.

I failed to keep his business card or add his contact info to my phone.

The next time my garage door acted up, didn’t get so lucky online and had to hire a different company. While they did the repairs, they charged more, and the interaction didn’t feel as friendly or personal.

If my original garage door installer had placed a custom-made sticker on the garage door interior that included his contact information – he would’ve retained a customer and I could have saved time and money.

Most service and repair business owners are likely to have many customers who won’t be able to remember their name without a reminder. Every time you complete a repair, hand the client your business card, and let them know that you’ve also placed a sticker in a discreet place directly on the equipment you’ve just repaired or serviced.

Custom magnets work just as well if you’re working on anything metal—and can also be placed on a customer’s refrigerator.

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The goal is to have your information placed right where they can find it. Don’t let them be like me, using my phone to blindly search “garage door repair near me,” fingers crossed that I’d find the repair company I was looking for.

When your company offers fair prices and excellent service, your customers want to rely on you again and again. Make it easy for them by leaving a visible reminder of just who it was who arrived to help them out last time.

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Social Distancing Custom Stickers

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Are you the owner or operator of a community-minded business? Does your business have effective means of maintaining social distance between your customers throughout their interactions at your location? If not—we encourage you to explore our professional signage options.

Why Are Social Distancing Graphics Important?

The truth is that many people have trouble discerning how far 6 feet, or 2 meters, really is. This gap in our skill set is exaggerated when we live in crowded, urban environments. The good news is that social distancing markers like floor decals and wall stickers take the guess work out of keeping a healthy distance.

Depending on where your business is located, inspectors may even insist that you follow guidelines by installing proper decals both inside and on the windows of your establishment.

Where Should I Put My Decals and Stickers?

On your business’s front door, install a large sticker that reminds your customers of your social distancing policies. Some popular options are:

  • Thank You for Social Distancing
  • Please Maintain Social Distance
  • Stay 6 Feet Apart to Save Lives

Does your business require temperature checks? A sticker or decal on the front door is a great way to let people know ahead of time.

If you operate a salon, small restaurant, or pet grooming business, you may wish to add a “By Appointment Only” sticker.

Should I Use My Business’s Logo?

At Blue Bee Printing, we think using your logo or mascot to personalize your stickers makes your social distancing signage feel cohesive and customized for your location. While contrasting colors and eye-catching designs are useful for ensuring that your customers pay attention to your stickers, we can help you achieve this look around your logo.

Are Your Stickers and Decals Durable?

Yes! We know hundreds of people will be walking over your stickers, so it’s important that they be made from long-lasting materials. We recommend choosing thick vinyl stickers with a textured overlay to prevent your customers from slipping.

Our social distancing stickers and decals are all printed with UV-resistant ink, ensuring that they won’t fade, even in direct sunlight.

Will Your Custom Stickers or Decals Leave a Mess Behind?

Not at all. When you’re ready to remove your social distancing instruction stickers, you’ll find that they peel off easily, leaving zero residue behind. You can leave them in place for as long as you like, and they will still be a breeze to remove.

Recommended Uses for Social Distancing Stickers and Decals Include:

  • Please Wear a Mask
  • Masks Are Required
  • Masks Are Requested
  • By Appointment Only
  • Store Capacity Signage
  • Elevator Capacity Signage
  • Please Wait Here
  • Pawprint Designs for veterinary offices, pet groomers, and pet supply stores
  • Child-centered designs for preschool, school, daycare, and extracurricular activities

In addition to the suggested designs, we’ve listed today, Blue Bee Printing can create customized stickers and decals featuring any graphics and phrasing you have in mind! Please contact us today, and we’ll get started on your project. If you need your project completed immediately, we even offer one-day rush printing!

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Custom Sticker Sheets or Sticker Rolls?

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The Blue Bee Printing team creates custom stickers for any type and scale of project. Today we are going to offer some helpful tips for choosing the best type of stickers for your needs. Specifically, we’ll be discussing whether you would best be served by sticker sheets or rolls of stickers on your current project.

If you are wavering between these two (which happen to be our top two most popular items), the following details should help you make the right choice.

Sticker Rolls and Labels

The Blue Bee Printing team creates custom stickers for any type and scale of project. Today we are going to offer some helpful tips for choosing the best type of stickers for your needs. Specifically, we’ll be discussing whether you would best be served by sticker sheets or rolls of stickers on your current project.

If you are shopping for product packaging for your business, or labels for your products, roll labels are ideal. Due to their self-supporting and space-saving structure, rolls of labels are easy to store – simply stack them and stash them in a drawer or cabinet.

Do you work in a medical office (whether dental, pediatric, orthopedic, or other) and need custom stickers for young patients? For you, we recommend ordering rolls of stickers. They are easy to store in a medical setting and can be offered to a child while still on the individual backing piece, allowing them to save the sticker for later use at home.

Roll labels are also the easiest type of sticker to peel. While on a small scale this difference may be minor, it adds up quickly when your work involves peeling and adhering hundreds of stickers!

Finally, choosing roll labels means you’ll save on the cost of your stickers if you plan to order more than 500 2 x 2 labels or any square inches totaling over 2,000.

Custom Sticker Sheets

For projects smaller in scale than those we mentioned above, consider choosing sticker sheets. You’re not likely to be peeling and placing dozens of stickers at a time, which means that working from sheets will be more efficient.

Storing sticker sheets is quite easy and space-saving when you are only storing a small stack of sheets; they do well when kept in a filing cabinet, craft drawer, or in protective plastic covers in binders.

If your total sticker needs are fewer than 500 2 x 2 labels, or your total square inches are fewer than 2,000, sticker sheets are the more cost-effective option. If your business is new, starting with a smaller order and then scaling up as your customer base grows is a smart money-saving move that can help you manage your start-up costs.

Still Can’t Decide on Sticker Sheets or Sticker Roll Labels? Have Other Questions?

Please reach out to us directly! We are always happy to speak with you about our full range of products. We are dedicated to ensuring that every one of our customers is matched to the custom sticker or label design that is the best, most cost-effective solution for their project.

At Blue Bee Printing, we never upsell! You’ll never be pressured to order a greater quantity of stickers or pushed to add additional types of products to your order. Instead, we believe that by offering you the best custom stickers on the market at fair prices, our independent business will earn your repeat patronage.

Getting Back to Writing Letters: How to Use Custom Stickers with your Pen Pal

Writing letters can have many benefits. Putting pen to paper is shown to reduce anxiety, improve mental clarity, and sharpen memory. Anything from daily journal entries, a handwritten thank you note, or a birthday card with a short memory written in the margins can create a moment of mental attention. Why not sharpen this skill with practice by seeking out a pen pal? Dozens of free online services will match you with a pen pal. In addition, custom stickers can enhance your letters in many creative ways.

Envelope seals

Nothing fancies up a letter like custom envelope seals. You can use your last initial in a script font, a custom logo, or even a photo of yourself. Your recipient will love the extra touch of breaking the seal as they open your latest correspondence.

Address labels

If you’re going to be mailing to the same pen pal for an extended time, order custom labels printed with their address. Use a modern decorative font for the name and a clean readable font for the address. Your pen pal will be flattered that you decorated their address and you won’t have to look it up every time you write to them. You can also print custom return address labels that can be used for any letter – not just for your pen pals.

Story starters

Sometimes the hardest part of writing a letter is knowing what to say. Use custom stickers as story starters to get the conversation going. Print little questions on them and use them as a jumpstart. ‘What was the most fun you ever had?’ ‘Where did you meet your first love?’ ‘What was the worst job you ever had?’ ‘Where would you live if you could live anywhere?’

Closing labels

How do you end your pen pal letters? Do you write ‘Sincerely?’ ‘Your friend?’ A common pen pal closing is ‘Write back soon.’ Whatever closing you settle on, you can make it special with a custom sticker and then sign your name underneath. You can send a sheet of stickers to your pen pal in your letter so they can share the same closing in their return letter.

Time markers

How often do you plan to write your pen pal? Once a month? Once a week? Help keep on task with custom stickers that signify that this is your letter for that time period. If you’re writing your January letter, start your letter with a January sticker. It will help keep you from missing your letters and your pen pal will be able to keep them organized easily.

Holiday stickers

Decorate your letters with stickers appropriate for the holidays. If it’s close to Valentine’s Day, some hearts and cupids will warm their holiday spirit. If it’s Fourth of July, fireworks and flags are festive additions. This is especially appreciated if you’re writing to a pen pal from another country who isn’t as familiar with American culture. You can describe how you celebrate the holiday and use stickers to illustrate it.

Print Custom Holiday Stickers Online with Blue Bee!

It’s coming up on the most wonderful time of the year and we could all use a little holiday cheer! Coming to the end of one of the most stressful years in modern history, let Blue Bee take the anxiety out of the holiday season with custom stickers.

Dress Up Holiday Cards

Do you go all out for your holiday cards every year? You hire a photographer, buy props and matching outfits, spend days choosing the right layout and designing the card, then stick it in a plain envelope and call it a day? Make your cards the talk of the town!

Maybe you bought your holiday cards with the intention of hand-writing a personal note, but the season has gotten busy and you’re running out of time. Custom print a signature sticker with a happy new year message from you and the family.

If you use a photo for your card, use one of your outtakes on your return address label. Your friends will appreciate the teaser and the chance to see your candid side.

Create matching envelope seal stickers so you don’t have to spend hours licking and sealing. Bonus for no paper cuts!

Simplify Your Gift Wrapping

Why stick with plain “To/From” stickers from a big box store when you can order custom stickers with your name preprinted on them? It’ll save you tons of time when you’re wrapping to only have to print the recipient’s name. You can even order a separate set for Santa gifts so your kids will never know!

Don’t spend a fortune on fancy holiday gift bags. You can use plain bags and add your own holiday stickers to decorate them. Your friends will think you’re creative and crafty! It’s easy (and fun) to dress up plain wrapping paper with holiday stickers instead of buying special paper you then would have to store.

Be the Star of the Cookie Exchange

If you’re spending days baking dozens of cookies to share, you don’t have to spend forever on presentation as well. Find some clear containers since your cookies are their own display, and label the top with their name and the recipe.

Other food gifts are always welcomed by teachers, instructors, and coaches. Wrap them in clear cellophane and finish with a Happy Holidays sticker. Dress up mason jars with labels for lids and a holiday ribbon and fill with candy. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness.

If you like to give wine as gifts or bring to parties, you can customize the bottle with holiday stickers to make them more personal.

Stickers Make It Fun for Kids

Kids love playing with activity books and stickers. Spread some holiday cheer with a basket full of coloring books, crayons, holiday stickers, candies, and treats. Start a trend in your neighborhood by anonymously dropping off a pail of goodies with a sticker that says they’ve been Elf-ed.

While the holidays may look a little different this year, you can preserve your traditions and invent new ones with custom stickers by Blue Bee.

Every VSCO Girl Needs Custom Stickers by Blue Bee

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Why does a VSCO Girl need custom stickers?

While the majority of today’s most popular fads revolve around a particular app, meme, clothing style or catch phrase that spreads like wildfire, there is a new conglomerate of (mostly) teenage girls who are taking Instagram by storm. You probably haven’t missed the fact that they definitely have a shared clothing style along with many other traits that have made them into a cultural phenomenon of 2019. This new species, my friend, is called the VSCO girl. Just like most crazes of the current era, VSCO girls are derived straight from social media.

Maybe you’ve wholly embraced the VSCO girl persona or perhaps you’re someone who has heard the term, but doesn’t have a single clue about current pop culture trends. Here’s the good news: if you’re the first type, you’re about to get a great tip that will allow you to fully immerse yourself into the VSCO world. If you fit in the latter category, you’ll soon become an expert on the inner workings of this latest fad.

It all started with the VSCO app. The purpose of this trendy app is to upgrade a photo by adding a filter and then sharing the picture on social media feeds. You’re probably thinking that this app is essentially the same thing as Instagram, and you’re pretty much correct. One of the main differences, however, is that VSCO feels more like a photo album; people cannot like photos, comment on them, or message others through the app. VSCO gives off a different vibe than Instagram. And the VSCO “vibe” has taken off with immense popularity.

What is the VSCO vibe?

The VSCO aesthetic can be described as preppy but laid-back, trendy and “basic.” Think Birkenstocks, or beachy. Girls will dress in a “VSCO girl” outfit and then post it to Instagram using the hashtag, #VSCOgirl. Furthermore, a VSCO girl is characterized by specific brands and products including white vans, Hydroflask water bottles, oversized t-shirts, Birkenstocks, choker necklaces, scrunchie hair ties, metal straws, Puka shell necklaces, and more. VSCO girls are known to be (or at least they like to appear) environmentally conscious.

Since VSCO girls seem to have a Hydroflask attached at the hip, custom stickers with the latest saying or a trendy logo would be the icing on the cake when it comes to meeting the VSCO girl dress code. At Blue Bee Printing, we offer only the best quality when it comes to printing customized stickers and magnets. The presence of customized stickers is on the rise and VSCO girls, we are calling your name.

With a customized sticker, you can create a unique sticker that matches your personality. Now, if you’re trying to fit the VSCO girl persona, you might want a sticker with a certain saying or image. Here are a few suggestions: an ocean wave, a Birkenstock, #savetheturtles, the setting sun, your favorite animal, clothing brand, or #VSCOgirl as a die cut sticker.

You name it, we can make it. All you have to do is hop on our website and check out the options. Once you have an idea for the sticker you would like to create, you can make your own personal design. Your sticker might have the same picture as your partner-in-crime, but the beauty of a customized sticker is that you could make it a different shape or color! We encourage creativity and trend-setting here at Blue Bee, which is why we make it possible to create such a wide variety of stickers. Soon, your friends will want their own customized stickers and you’ll be the first to tell them about the latest up-and-coming trend.

Use Blue Bee Custom Stickers to Teach Fine Motor Skills – and So Much More

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“The important thing is that we stick together!” Wise words indeed, from that heroic Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear. And whether your little one loves Toy Story, or princesses, or soccer, or hippos, your wisest toddler development move could be sticking with some custom stickers featuring that childhood passion to help teach fine motor skills, ABCs, focus, logic, and countless other developmental competencies.

From the delightful juxtaposition of sticky and smooth sensations on the same object, to the endless possibilities for appealing images, stickers are ideal for engaging children. They’ll be having so much fun admiring the pictures and figuring out how to peel the stickers off the paper, they won’t even notice that they’re learning skills that will be fundamental in pretty much everything else they ever do.

Handling stickers lets children practice and strengthen their ability to press their pointer finger and thumb together in a pincer grasp that’s the basis of everything from stacking blocks and stringing beads, to using a crayon or pencil, to zippering a jacket and cutting with scissors, to getting dressed and brushing teeth, to manipulating that plastic spork. These movements all require dexterity in the small muscles in the hands and wrists – fine motor skills that can be honed with the simple custom sticker.

So don’t be a stick-in-the-mud – gather up your favorite little ones and some custom stickers, and let the good times roll with the rollicking fun in these five fabulous activities. 

They’re So Appealing: Small stickers,dot stickers, shaped stickers – variety is the spice of life, and a variety of custom sticker shapes will challenge children to improve their fine motor skills. Simply peeling the pictures off the backing is enough to entertain the youngest toddlers, but it requires complex motions that are good practice for tiny fingers. The first few times, you may want to fold the paper backing at the edge of the sticker to make it easier to remove.

It’s Poetry in Motion: Grab a stack of blank paper, and encourage children to place their choice of custom stickers wherever they want on the paper. Show them how to make sure the sticky side is down, and how to smooth the edges down so the stickers will stay in place. And don’t worry if the result ends up looking like a tall stack of pancakes – beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and your toddler has just created something beautiful for sure. As the children become more advanced, you can draw a line or even the child’s name on the paper, and help them use stickers to “trace” what you’ve written. This is also great preparation for teaching the alphabet, colors, writing, and other more advanced concepts.

Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Put stickers on the child’s feet, elbows, nose, and other body parts, naming each one as you go, then help them name each part as well. Get faster, get sillier, and get a head start on Anatomy 101 with some basic custom stickers.

Think Outside the Table: You’ll want to be sure your toddler only puts stickers where you want them – but that doesn’t just have to be on the paper on the dining room table. Put some on masking tape to see if they’ll stay. Let your little explorer practice different wrist positions by placing the stickers vertically on a piece of paper taped to a wall.

Two (or More) Can Play These Games: Remember “Concentration”? With older children, you can make your own version at home with two sets of identical round stickers that you put in caps from the same plastic bottles or milk caps. Put the caps down so the stickers are hidden, and voila – it’s a match game featuring your child’s very own custom stickers. Create an “I Spy!” game by letting your child scatter stickers throughout a notebook, then playing detective as you page through the book together. Or you can improve the age-old standby tic-tac-toe by drawing the simple grids on paper, and using custom stickers instead of those boring Xs and Os.

When you’re ready to get sticky with it, check out Blue Bee’s many options for custom stickers. Just one suggestion – because you never really know what your imaginative child is going to come up with next, make sure your stickers are low-tac, available in white, clear, or clear with white ink – the removable adhesive does not leave behind any residue. Die-cut, oval, rectangle, round, rounded corner, square, on a sheet or on a roll, you’re bound to find just the right custom stickers to improve inspire your little one’s fine motor skills and inspire endless creativity.

Using Custom Stickers to Achieve Your Decluttering Dreams

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Minimalism is a trend that’s here to stay. People are finding happiness in letting go of unnecessary possessions. Having vast collections of bric-a-brac is no longer desirable. People want open living with clean, modern spaces. Marie Kondo has tapped into the trend with her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and konmaring your life has become part of our vocabulary. It’s easy to get started decluttering your own home and custom labels can make you an organizing machine!

Sorting Labels: When you have momentum for going through your things, you can derail it pretty quickly. Don’t get bogged down finding new homes for items as you go. Instead use boxes, bins, or bags for categories of items and labels to make it easy. Some categories you may need are keep, trash, recycle, shred, return, sell, donate, and relocate. Being able to quickly make decisions about each item and addressing all like items at once will make the process easier.

Placement labels: Key to keeping any system of organization working is having a place for everything. Custom labels make it easy to know where items will ‘live’ in your home. It also helps to stop you from buying unnecessary things if you know you don’t have room for them. Here are a few areas where you can work labels to your advantage:

  • Closet labels: Label shelves and bins so you don’t have to search for seasonal or special occasion items. Keep kids’ closets organized with hanger dividers for sizes and seasons.
  • Art supply labels: Keep like items with like and label your drawers for paints, drawing supplies, glue, scissors, cloth, and miscellaneous craft items like popsicle sticks, googly eyes, and pompoms. 
  • Office supply labels: It’s unfortunately very easy to overbuy office supplies since these are items that need restocking. But how many binder clips, paper clips, and staples do you really need? After you clear out your drawers to a manageable amount you can use custom labels to separate items.
  • Tools: Why go rifling through a tool chest every time you need a screwdriver? Use custom labels to clearly mark where everything belongs and avoid the urge to throw everything together.

Label photos: If your important family photos are living on your phone you risk losing them or just never looking at them. You can easily organize your photos and create an album you can pass on to future generations. Print out your favorites and write on the back all the important information. Think of it like retro tagging. Create a label with headings and blank areas that you can fill in like names of people, date, and location. The label prevents indentations on the photo from pen and helps you stay organized.

Paperwork: Inundated with endless paperwork, bills, and tax records? Get it off your desk and file everything away. Use custom labels for each year and within the year, each category of bills: medical, credit cards, mortgage, etc. Most accountants agree that you should keep seven years of records so categorizing your papers by year will make it easier to shred the files at year eight. You can elect to receive paperless statements to eliminate some bills. Just make sure you back up your files because the bank often keeps only eighteen months to three years accessible. Don’t store those files on a hard drive only. Keep them backed up to cloud, Google drive, or on a flash drive.

Kids Toys: This is one of the most difficult areas to organize because children are constantly in motion. You may spend hours sorting toys, finding missing puzzle pieces, and matching doll outfits only to have a 3 year old immediately misplace everything. After you’ve gone through and eliminated all broken, outgrown, or incomplete toys, make it easy for your children to maintain an organized space. Custom labels are a great way to help little ones understand where everything belongs. Use large colorful labels with a picture and a word. A puzzle piece and a large word ‘Puzzles’ will help pre-readers know where things belong.

Custom labels are a great way to get started organizing your home. You can design colorful labels with modern fonts on square stickers that make you smile when you put your things away. The team at Blue Bee Printing can walk you through your label order and make sure you have the right sizes for what you need. Once you see how easy it is, you’ll be inspired to organize and simplify every area of your home.

How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution with Custom Stickers

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it can be hard to keep those New Year’s resolutions from fading from memory. How do you keep enthusiasm up when the days drag on and it’s so easy to slip back into your old routine? Custom stickers by Blue Bee Printing may be the answer you’re looking for to give you the edge to succeed.

To keep your resolution from adding to the overwhelming majority of failed ones, you’ll need to change your behavior. Research shows that permanent behavior modification is a process that takes at least 66 days. That means you’ll be well into March before your resolution stops being a force of will and becomes a habit. You can use custom stickers to influence yourself in these five ways.

  • Track your progress: Whether you use a wall calendar, a notebook, or a planner, have a tangible reminder of your progress. On days when you were successful, give yourself a positive sticker. Use a smiley face, a photo of a loved one, or something that makes you happy. Leave the unsuccessful days blank. When you start seeing fewer and fewer blank days you’ll know you’re on the right track.
  • Accountability: You can give all the excuses you want to, but when the results are in black and white, there’s no glossing over it. If you’re using stickers to keep track of your resolution, you’ll know why you’re successful or not.

 

  • Visual reminder: Having the visual aid of a calendar makes it harder to ignore or forget your goal. You can always choose not to open the app on your phone that you’re using to keep track of yourself, but it’s harder to close your eyes to a calendar on the wall or your desk.

 

  • Set mini-goals: Large goals and resolutions can be intimidating. Set smaller goals so you can feel accomplished. Mark your calendar with a new sticker when you achieve your mini-goal.

 

  • Reward: Set milestone rewards for yourself to keep motivated. But through the process, the stickers are the daily reward. There’s a reason teachers use them on tests. Stickers make you feel as if you’ve achieved something. Don’t hold out on yourself by waiting to the end for a reward. Constantly congratulate yourself for working towards your goal.

 

Here are some of the most common new year goals and how to stick to them using custom stickers:

 

Lose weight: Create photo stickers of yourself to track your progress. Start with a before photo and at each mini-goal you achieve take a new photo. You’ll stay motivated when you see how much you’ve improved.

 

Exercise more: Create fun stickers that show what activity you did. On running days, use a photo of Forrest Gump. On swimming days, use Michael Phelps. If weightlifting is your goal, use a photo of the body part you worked. This will help you keep track of your leg days and your arm days.

 

Save more money: In many cases, saving more money is a set it and forget it plan. You can decide how much money you want to save per month and have it automatically withdrawn and transferred to a savings account. However, not over-spending is where the real challenge lies. Saying no to going out to lunch and bringing a brown bag every day isn’t immediately rewarding. Use your reward stickers to highlight small victories like a no-spend day, or cancelling a paid subscription service. Set a weekly budget and sticker the weeks where you were able to stick to it.

 

Learn a new skill or develop a new hobby: Hobbies are difficult to track because they’re more open-ended. Ideally there’s no end goal, you just keep improving your skill. If you’re taking formal lessons for your new hobby, sticker the lesson days with one sticker and the days you practice at home with a different sticker. You’ll be able to see when your practice days are dropping off so you’ll be prepared for the lesson days.

 

Quit smoking: Sticker every day that you are cigarette-free and reserve milestone stickers for the first week, ten days, two weeks, three weeks, and then monthly. You can also create stickers where you can write in milestones like ‘First time going to a bar and not leaving for a cigarette,’ or ‘Refused a cigarette when offered one.’ It’s important to keep the benefits of not smoking in mind as well, so use stickers to track improvements like ‘Saved $30 this week by not smoking,’ or ‘Was able to climb three flights of stairs without coughing.’

 

Read more: Set a daily goal of how many minutes you want to spend reading and give yourself a sticker for each day that you meet it. Challenge yourself to finish a certain number of books for the year and sticker the days when you finished one. Write your thoughts on the book in your planner so you can always have a visual reminder of it.

 

If you’ve made resolutions before without success, make this the year that you change your behavior. You can stick to it with custom stickers.