I honestly can’t believe it is November 2020 already. It feels like everything after March has been a collection of nothingness and 2020 is a complete write off. However, recently I’ve contemplated about purchasing a diary since 2021 is just already the corner and I really want to organise my life. Have you ever considered using a wellness journal or planner?
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I purchased a wellness planner from Typo as they were having a sale. This only cost me $15 (originally $30). I have to say I am obsessed with it. [not an affiliate link]
It is blooming lovely. I adore the pink cover with the inspirational quote and I love how it’s a hardback and is really well-made.
The wellness planner from Typo also acts as a diary and has both a weekly and monthly planner. I prefer this compared to daily diaries. I don’t really have that much going on every day and a weekly and monthly planner allows you to look at tasks more holistically.
My favourite feature is the page next to the weekly planner which has:
- Goals for this week
- Top priorities this week
- Mindful moment this week (love a mindful moment for us)
- Things we are grateful for
- Mood tracker (How I felt this week)
- Daily habits
These are all important features to track on a consistent basis that I’m sure most of us haven’t really given much thought. Hence, having a wellness journal that consistently reminds you is really beneficial. Hopefully it also makes these activities more of a routine.
I know that when I’m feeling down, practising gratitude is really important. It helps me shift my perspective. I now appreciate the things that are going right for me as opposed to the things that aren’t. Goals and priorities are also very important – particularly for my work where I need to prioritise certain tasks over others. I also find that setting goals and priorities can really set you up for the week which makes you really driven and motivated with a good attitude. There’s a sense of purpose that I lack way too often.
I think tracking your mood is also really important. In a recent post, ‘10 Tips for when you feel lost in your career and life in your early 20s‘, I mentioned that journalling and documenting your thoughts when feeling lost was very helpful. I think it’s really therapeutic but also when we feel down, we aren’t likely to engage with our friends. Hence, writing down allows you to get your thoughts out whilst being honest with yourself.
I’m currently reading ‘Everything I Know About Love‘ by Dolly Alderton (which I will do a review on I promise) and I like this novel. I relate to a lot of Dolly’s thoughts when feeling lost in her early 20s. There’s a section in the book where Dolly goes to New York when she thinks that moving somewhere else will hopefully change her life and outlook. If you read my post ‘10 Tips for when you feel lost in your career and life in your early 20s‘, I mention moving to London to escape and how I felt there was nothing in Sydney any more – whoops guilty.
I know this is a tangent but hear me out. Dolly comes to the realisation that moving to a new place won’t help her situation because she is the problem and she needs to work on herself (much like myself).
Dolly fell in love with New York when she visited for the first time (much like myself), but when she revisits New York, it completely changes for her. She realises people are rude and busy and she constantly brings up how she has no money.
A week into my big New York adventure, I realised that places are kingdoms of memories and relationships; that the landscape is only ever a reflection of how you are inside. I felt more empty, tired and sad there than I had been feeling at homePage 177 – Everything I Know About Love
This is something I am working on. I know moving to London is not going to change everything and I need to work on myself. Sorry I’ve gone on a long tangent but it is important to think about these things such as mood, goals and habits. I am very big on self improvement and development.
Finally, there is also a monthly reflection where you can jot down what you achieved and what you think you can improve. I think this is really helpful because it allows you to set up for a better month. Yes, November may have been really shitty but December is just around the corner and we don’t want another shitty month.
I think it’s important to consider wellness journals and planners as an extension of your typical diary for organisation. Like I mentioned, the additional features you find in these wellness journals are really beneficial and allow you to reflect and grow. They transcend your diary from merely an organisation tool but of one with self-development and wellbeing.
Maybe even think about writing in a bullet journal if you’re conscious on price. There are so many nice affordable plain journals out there and you can take inspiration from wellness journals for your own bullet journal. Let’s be honest – you’re more likely to write in a pretty journal. Treasure it and make it your own!
For every month, there’s also a beautiful spread that includes inspirational and uplifting quotes to make you feel in power. I flipped to this month and it is absolutely gorgeous.
At the end, this wellness journal is called Just going to be me.
So unapologetically be yourself. Show up. Let’s smash 2021.