How I Habit Track in my Planner

Today I want to share with you something I’m doing in my journal/planner to help me become more mindful of some important areas surrounding my general health and well-being.

In my experience the most powerful tool you can use in areas of personal growth, development and behavioral change is mindfulness. I’ve written about mindfulness before (http://www.everydayjournalista.com/12-days-of-mindful-gratitude/). About how wonderful it is for helping us become more centered and present in our everyday lives.

I think that anytime you bring awareness to your feelings, thoughts and/or behaviours the more opportunities you have to not only create more meaning and value in your life but it can also allow you to identify areas that need more focus.

An area that I have wanted to become more mindful about for a long time is the amount of sleep I get. It’s an area that I have been deficient in for years and I know how important sleep is for my overall health and wellness. It’s when our body recovers, deals with stressors both physical and mental and it’s when our mind assimilates and rests from all the stimulation of our busy daily lives. I know all this to be true and yet I tend to feel like the next task on my to do list is more important than getting my 8 hours.

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Initially I was just tracking my mood using this beautiful mood mandala I created (Inspired by one I saw Boho Berry create). And while it was nice to look at and great at encouraging me to be more mindful of my mood and feelings throughout the day, it did nothing to show me any patterns or trends related to my mood.

In an attempt to convince myself that getting more sleep should be a priority I began to track both my sleep and my mood in a habit tracker in my planner. By tracking these two metrics daily I had hoped to find some relationships between my mood and the amount of sleep I was getting.

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I chose to track my sleep and mood on the same tracker using a separate line graph for each. This allowed me to clearly see each behavior on it’s own but also as they related to each other.

Again I found this layout nice to look at and easy to use. I was able to see more of a relationship between the two but I felt that visually it still wasn’t easy to identify patterns in my sleep and mood. During this month I also realized that I wanted to include the days of the week to see how that came in to play as well.

This is what I came up with.

mandala, mood tracker, habit tracking, everyday journalista, the everyday journalista, planning, Midori, TN, Journaling, Planner insertI’m really happy with how this tracker has worked for me and how it looks visually as well. It’s pretty easy to see a relationship here between my mood and the weekends right off the bat. I’m still trying to figure out the sleep piece but I think I see a pattern of my mood slipping following a couple of days of decreased sleep.

It’s been so much fun to do this tracker and it’s something that I continue to track each day of the month. The next step will be to see how my mood changes month over month and as the seasons change.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Please do tag me @theeverydayjournalista if you post any of your tracking creations on Instagram. I would love to see them!

 

 

 

Plan with Me: March Month at a Glance

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For this months plan with me I have decided to share my month at-a-glance layout.

I generally don’t put a lot of written material on these layouts other than birthdays and travel plans so it’s a great opportunity to focus on just being creative!

I had a lot of fun creating this layout. So grab some tea and come plan with me :).

 

Plan with Me: February

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I’m excited to share this months Plan with Me video with you! I am continuing to work on the best ways for me to film and present these videos to you. I feel like each time I film I get a little closer to what I would like to see. It’s a process, but one I am really enjoying and learning from.

Today’s video has a Valentine’s feel to it with lots of pink. I had a lot of fun creating this layout so I hope you enjoy :)

 

Plan with Me: January

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2017 is here and for me it’s started as 2016 ended… busy busy busy. To keep everything organized and to help me keep my sanity I rely heavily on my planner.

For me though my planner is more than an agenda filled with appointments and things to do, it’s also a memoir of my life and a time capsule for keepsakes and special times.

I look forward to the times where I can sit down each week and spend time in my planner/journal. For me it’s a time to get creative, have fun, plan, reflect and be mindfully grateful for all I have in my life.

Below is my latest Plan with me video. So grab a cup of tea, your own planner or journal and let’s have some ‘you’ time.

 

 

12 Days of Mindful Gratitude

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December is here! This is my favorite time of the year and I am super excited for Christmas!

This time of the year can go by in a blur for many of us as we get caught up in holiday preparations and plans. It can be as stressful as it is exciting, with so much going on it can be easy to lose focus on what’s really important.

Regardless of how you celebrate the holidays it’s a wonderful time to be with those we love and reflect on the past year. A really great way to do that is to keep a gratitude journal. Keeping a gratitude journal is a wonderful way to become mindful of all the things we have to be thankful for in our lives.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to do a gratitude exercise before I would highly recommend it. It doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t have to be forever.

 

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Being a bit of a journal and planning fanatic myself, I take great pleasure in the practice of sitting down and writing about any number of things, including one thing I am grateful for each day. I create a pretty layout at the beginning of each month where I will try to take a moment each evening to jot down something (usually just one thing) that I am grateful for on that given day.

 

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If I miss a day I don’t beat myself up about it, I just carry on the next day. At the end of the month I have a list of things big and small that I can revisit if I’m looking for a little boost. But more importantly each of those days of the month I have taken a moment to shift my focus to the present and reflect on the positive in my life.

What will happen is that you start to become more present and mindfully grateful in the moments as they are happening. It’s such a powerful thing to be truly present and in the moment when something simple, good, happy, positive, or meaningful is happening.

 

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Now is a wonderful time to challenge yourself to 12 days of mindful gratitude. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

 

  • Start small: Maybe 12 days of Christmas Gratitude.
  • Start simple: It’s doesn’t have to be 10 things each day or an elaborate journal entry. Start with 1-3 things you are grateful for each day and see how your mindset shifts.
  • Of course you can get yourself a little journal and create a heartfelt entry for each day or
  • You can create one page and number it from 1-30. Then take a few minutes each day and jot down one or two things (big or small) that you are grateful for each day.
  • Another option if writing it down isn’t for you is to simply set an alarm on your phone titled ‘what are you grateful for?’ When it goes off each day just take a moment to become mindful of that question.

Remember, it’s not always going to be kittens, rainbows and unicorns. Some days it may be hard to find something to be grateful for. It’s during those times that being grateful for even the smallest thing can spark real mindset change.

 

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Find the magic in everyday! Becoming mindful of positive things in our lives helps shift our focus onto those positive things. This in turn brings more positivity to our lives.

If you decide to give this a try I would love to hear from you :)

 

 

 

 

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I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to share my planning and journaling obsession on my blog. I have started several posts but a photo step by step just isn’t that exciting. So I thought I would try share it through a video.

Speaking of videos… I LOVE YouTube. I’m totally addicted to it. From beauty to planning, crafts and drawing. Whenever I need inspiration or want to learn about how to do something I head to YouTube.

I did it! I filmed my first YouTube video! I had so much fun making this and actually can’t wait to try it again.

It’s under 5 minutes in length so I’d love for you to check it out :). I hope it brings a little magic to your everyday :)

 

 

 

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