In-Depth Reflections

Maintaining Habits and Routines Through Self-Care

I recently was asked to write a guest post on the Official Bullet Journal blog (!). Reflecting on how to use self-care to maintain habits and routines, this post walks through the system I’ve developed to support myself, as well as lots of tools and resources to help you devise your own self-care based productivity routine. I’m excited to hear what you think! Here’s a little excerpt…

Too often, we can get caught up in tracking a million little things, from water intake to hours of sleep, and the process turns into something that feels weighty and full of pressure. If this is you, you aren’t alone! We’re so used to habits, new year’s resolutions, and other self-betterment techniques that feel punishing and use negative thinking as a way of finding motivation. I don’t know about you, but the habits I tried to work on because I felt I “had to” do them never stuck; instead they felt forced.

But the spirit of Bullet Journaling, where we’re about progress over perfection, has been a great way to help me rethink my habits, and I hope it can help you too. Being more reflective, gentle, and positive can make all the difference in keeping up with habits and building routine—here are some of my favorite tools and techniques to infuse that spirit into your own process and Bullet Journal…

PS. If you’re interested in this topic, I delve into a lot more detail in my ebook!

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Minimal Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

The most amazing part about bullet journaling is that you can change the design of your spreads any time you like! As someone who’s always loved graphic design, this is a big reason why the bullet journal system works for me.

I’m excited to share a few different minimal monthly and weekly bullet journal spreads that I’ve used and loved to inspire you. Also: I tend to tweak a spread throughout the time I’m using it, so feel free to try any of these out, make a change here or there, and adapt it for your own needs and style. Scroll on!