Welcome to the kick off of Motivational Mondays, where I hope to share a bit of my weekly inspiration in hopes to inspire you as well. Today’s inspiration; arguably my personal favorite, and most helpful way to stay creative – is journaling.
Journaling can really be anything, and can start as simply as jotting down notes on an empty document or on the back of an old school schedule. However, that’s not what I’m here to talk about, or at least not exactly; with today’s creative minds personalized journals are key, and bullet journals are just that.
If you don’t know what bullet journals are you can check out my pinterest board here for a quick collection of different types of journals out there. Or you can check a few of these other posts by other bloggers about starting your own.
Simply put, a bullet journal isn’t just a diary – but also a personal log which is kind of cool for goals, record keeping, and trying to keep up with habits (like blogging).
Chances are, that if you’re reading this, you already know what a bullet journal, and are looking for a bit more of a filler for your own journal, so without further ado, here are 10 things to spunk up your bullet journal.
If you’re anything like me, you sleep for garbage, and often without any rhyme or reason on why. Simply keeping a log of when you go to bed, if you wake up throughout the night, or when you wake up in the morning, is a great way to start understanding your sleep problems. Are your bedtimes irregular? Do you always wake up at 2 am to take a pee? How many mornings are you sacrificing a nice shower to half an hour of sleep?
Maybe you sleep just fine, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get something out of tracking your sleep. Keep tabs on the nights you dream (and possibly even what your dreams are), or the nights you have nightmares. Simply recalling the dreams enough to log you had one, might be enough to keep the ideas in your head, and you might just find that you’re dreaming a bit more than you had realized.
As someone whose feelings have often been belittled from being ‘hormonal’ or only upset because it’s ‘that time of the month’, I’ve found that mood logs can be incredibly helpful.
There’s two ways to approach this, you can assign moods a color and take a more elementary school approach, or you can create a mood checklist not all that different than a chore checklist.
Now, although I personally don’t prefer the first method (given it seems silly to label a day with only one emotion) it does work, and lots of people do it that way. However, I would recommend only using that method if you also intend on jotting down why it was your over all feeling, or if you would break up your mood log throughout the day and take three or so logs rather than just one.
Personally, I just like to log what experiences I’ve had throughout the day. I check off things like crying, feeling inspired, or yelling. But then again, that’s just me.
I’ve seen many people keep a water log in their bullet journal, which is a fun way to try and keep up with your daily health (and something I need to give a better shot). However, when it comes to dietal health, water logs are just the tip of the iceberg for ways your bullet journal can help.
If you’re trying to eat more healthy in general, you can log the days that you didn’t eat out, sugar, gmos, or meat, depending on the diet you’d like to maintain. You can try the opposite and only log the things that you do (such as logging every day you eat out); however, as it’s the opposite of your goal, it would (hopefully) result in empty columns, which doesn’t lead to the same fulfilling feeling.
Don’t limit water to the only drink you log either. Maybe try logging your caffeine intake and see how it compares to other logs (perhaps you’ll realize the days you drink caffeine end up leading to an uneven sleep schedule). Or you could log every day you don’t drink soda, the possibilities are endless.
I find, that rather than logging the days you exercise, that it’s best to make a list of workout activities and pick a few of them to log. However, if you’re the type looking to one day reflect upon filled journals, this may leave man gaps and you may prefer to instead log how long you exercised that day.
Also keep in mind, exercise doesn’t have to mean you hit the gym that day. Maybe you decide to walk (or jog) around the neighborhood or play a round of tennis with your friends, exercise can be different every day.
I am someone who loves detailed lists, and I feel like chore lists only work for those types of people. My father for instance, can’t understand why on earth people need to check of chores they do daily.
Personally I feel like if you check of that you will make your bed, do laundry, and sweep in the morning you’ll be a little more motivated to do so-especially if you’re already in the habit of meeting a checklist.
What do you add to your bullet journal? Where any of these useful? Lemme know in the comments below! Also don’t be afraid to leave pictures of your journal, I’d love to see them!