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Aliya by Emine Suleyman

Aliya by Emine Suleyman

By Staff Writer

And so to 2018. The New Year is just around the corner, which can only mean one thing: making, and very quickly breaking, resolutions.

It includes a full 2018 diary, as you might expect, but its hard cover pages are also filled with a variety of other motivational tools: a journal, event manager, goal planner, habit tracker, sketch book and ideas logbook. Its primary purpose is to inspire the user into action through a mix of positivity and decluttering.

And the motivation begins on page one. Users begin by defining their life’s purpose, which Suleyman’s introduction explains as, “…putting your purpose of being and your values into words. To do this requires careful consideration of our individual existence. It poses an important question; what does it mean to be successful in my life on my terms?”.

Suleyman, the author of 2015’s Goal Setting Journal: Your Past, Present and Future, believes success, organisation and reflection are one in the same: success does not come without organisation, and organisation and reflection spurs success. Aliya sets out to encourage busy people – whether businessmen or tireless mums – to incorporate this simple philosophy (often called mindfulness) into their daily routines.

Mindfulness techniques are included. So, too, are dedicated areas where readers (“users”?) can reflect on their successes and failures.

Suleyman knows a thing or two about turning dreams into reality. She founded a sales and promotions company in her 20s that had over 400 contractors, and has mentored hundreds of budding entrepreneurs. This experience and insight shines through in her new book.

So here’s my tip for 2018. Forget the gym membership and instead consider a practical day-to-day productivity diary. Like Aliya.

Aliya by Emine Suleyman is out now in hardback and available at, priced £25.

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