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!

Planning Planning Basics Series

Planning Basics 2: The Two Keys

I’m guessing if you’re following this blog you already know these things, but here are some of the general planning tips and key points I share with my students, most of whom are just starting out on figuring out the best system for getting things done. Regardless of your personality type, this will help you plan better.

To me there are only two things you really need to plan successfully. Everything else is just to your taste — go simple and pure bullet journalling, use a pre-made planner, go all-digital, or decorate your own. The choice is up to you, but whatever you do, here’s how to use that system effectively.