Happy New Year! How are you? I am using a word of the year this go around and my word is "routine" aka "consistency".
So far so good and I feel like I'm balancing on a super thin balance beam and I get some steps figured out, then I fall right off. So I'm watching that and being mindful of what is working and what isn't. One of the things that has worked so well for me last year was bullet journaling and planning one week at a time/day at a time.
This is everything I use for journaling/planning.
Things I have learned:
- Plan ahead of time - I figure out what free time I even have available daily and then from there I plan out my ideal week.
- Broadly plan for the week or day - I am trying not to get too specific about what I do in the time allotted, just committed to doing it. Like exercise for example, I will say my days to exercise are Mondays and Wednesdays in the evenings. Then from there, I just go to the gym. On that day I might look at the classes available and whatnot but I am basically focused on getting TO the gym, once I'm there, I'm committed so I can choose what I want to do but the bottom line is I am there. Same thing with art, making videos, etc. Just do it and plan out the details later.
- When I "shoot from the hip", nothing gets done. Having a completely blank slate for the next day doesn't serve me well at all and I end up not being productive at all. Having BBRs (before bed routines) where I figure out what I'm wearing, get my kid's outfits ready, their lunches too, look at my schedule for the next day, etc all adds up to getting things in line for the next day and limiting the real-time decisions I have to make that day. I read this book last year, "The Power of Habit", and I learned that my motivation is highest in the beginning of the day so I try to make the best choices for what I want to accomplish. Tackle main goals for the day, drink more water, eat more veggies, move my body, do the hardest thing first, etc.
Here's a post I wrote last year about bullet journaling.
This print is available here.
Are you into planning too? Yay or nay, let me know down below. Definitely share your planning tips if you have them, I need all the help I can get.