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!


How To: Sleep + Mood Tiny Tracker

One of my most frequently asked questions is about my bar graph tracker in my bullet journal, so it’s high time I wrote up a little post about how it works!


Review: Baron Fig Grow Daily Journal

I’ve had my eye on Baron Fig for a long time. After learning about their products from Jenny’s blog, The Finer Point (one of my favorite stationery writers!), I was really intrigued and wanted to try out their products, but the price point was just high enough that I never could bring myself to place an order. Silly, I know, especially as their quality seems to be top-notch, their witty illustrations are adorable, and the way they write about their products on the website are full of passion and definitely speak my language (“tools for thinkers”! they use customer feedback to iterate products!).

So I was thrilled to see an email announcing their first in-person pop-up store in New York City in late April! Sometimes it’s really tough to justify living here (so expensive, no space, so many people, the smells) but when things like this happen, New York is pure magic. I snuck out of work early to catch the tail end of their first day at the pop-up and, of course, picked up a few products to try.

Planning Reflections

One Month of Morning Pages

At the beginning of the year, I decided to try a new habit: morning pages. I’d read a lot on the internet about the benefits of this practice, and wanted to give it a shot. Read on for my take on how morning pages are working for me.

Planning Planning Basics Series

Planning Basics 3: Habits

Part of me can’t believe I’m writing a post about habit trackers because up until this year, I had no interest in habits or resolutions! But this year, there were a few things I wanted to hold myself accountable for because I knew how it would benefit me, so I decided to include a tracker in my bullet journal.

I have a few tips and tricks for keeping a habit that I share with my students. Read on to see some best practices for habit tracking!