I was not a diary person.
I wish I was.
They are so pretty and customizable
And you’re always being told the power of
And I wanted that. I wanted to get good at the discipline of recording my thoughts and adventures in one place.
So I got all up in my #giddyup and the first time I tried, I bought a Passion Planner.
Now if you’ve never seen one, I highly recommend you check them out. Their products are beautiful, their community is tight, and they are always working on the next #thing to help your #productivity #mentalhealth #reachyourgoals
But I was #terrible at it.
What took me a long time to realise, was I was using the diary on my good days.
You know the days, the days where you’ve kicked #butt
But I wanted to use the diary as a tool for growth.
To do that, it meant I had to record and have staring back at me, those moments that were hard. Or where I #messedup. Or where I chose not to live by my values.
And that was hard.
Still is hard.
At that point, I just thought it was something I should do. So I read a heap of tips on keeping a journal and started experimenting to find what worked for me.
The year ticked over and in 2018, I bought an Erin Condren.
Less goal and reflection driven, but still a beautiful blank opportunity of,
You can tailor this to how you want
**their sticker packs are #devine!!
So I tried again. But silly as it may sound, I made a plan on how I wanted to use this product.
How I wanted it to become apart of my life.
I set myself goals of
- a weekly driving word
- breathe accomplishment pause achievement conscious growth
- reflecting every month on
- words written
- moments of joy
- moments of growth
- looking forward to
- creating to do lists / appointment reminders
- reflective comments about my adventures
And you know what?
My diary makes me happy.
Even the moments that make me squirm. And are uncomfortable.
Because now I have data. I can see that in x month, I didn’t take myself outside and unplug enough. Or that I had too much on and stretched myself too thin.
I can see and plan for friends birthdays. Plan months ahead with reference to my partners FIFO timetable and my school weeks.
Do you keep a journal? A record of your growth?
Do you have a strategy for keeping you on you?
Comment below what works for you darlings,