A few years ago my life was a constant rush, from the minute I woke up until the second I collapsed into bed late at night. I was running an online craft shop, a job I always thought would be my dream, yet I felt completely exhausted stressed and unfulfilled. I was doing so much, but none of it felt right. It was only when I finally allowed myself to slow down and begin taking care of me, that I was able to create a more meaningful life. By embracing a few simple ‘slow living’ principles I turned my life from hectic, stressful and unfulfilled to calm, organised and happy.
Using a habit tracker is a fun, popular, way for us to learn about our habits, and stay motivated to improve them. I admit, I wasn’t very good at keeping a tracker when I first tried. But I persisted, experimenting with different ways of tracking, and I’m glad I did! There were a few things that helped me become better at tracking and, of course, improving my habits. I’m sharing those tips today to help you get the most from your habit tracking. Plus, I’ve designed a simple printable habit tracker that you can download for free and get started with straight away. It’s A5 size, ideal for adding to a bullet journal notebook or large ring bound planner.
Plastic Free July might only be a month, but participating has helped me create life-long habits. Taking small steps is the best way to change habits, and even small changes have the power to make a difference. Today I’m sharing the three single-use plastic items I refused for Plastic Free July and the plastic free alternatives that are making a difference.
Cultivating a weekly gratitude practice can do wonders for your health and wellbeing. Anyone can practice gratitude. It only takes a few minutes and doesn’t cost any money. Keeping a gratitude journal is a wonderful way to say ‘thank you’ for all the good in your life. Each week I add to my monthly Gratitude Jar, in my Bullet Journal, with the things I’m grateful for. It’s a fun, easy, way to make gratitude a habit. Having an ‘attitude of gratitude’ has seriously changed my life. Today I’m sharing my tips for practising gratitude, including a free printable version of my Bullet journal gratitude jar.
Performing a daily brain dump is a great way to empty the mind of thoughts, worries and to-dos. When we’re busy our minds become cluttered which leads to stress and overwhelm. We are unable to think clearly or work productively. Introducing a simple ‘brain dump’ exercise into your morning or evening ritual can really help. All that is required is a notebook, or sheet of paper, and a pen. It’s an exercise that works really well with Bullet Journaling. To help you get started I have added printable versions of the layouts that I use each day in my Bullet Journal to my Planner Lovers Resource Library.