Too busy to take care of yourself? Here’s how you can change that!

We all know how hard it can be to take a few minutes of our days to do something we really enjoy, especially when we’re busy and our mind is all over the place. At least, that’s how I feel a lot these days. However, there is a simple way to spend more time on things that make you feel better, make you healthy and happy. 

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My Perfect Morning Routine

My solution to this is to wake up one hour earlier.

Before I started tackling the self-care topic, I usually got up at around 7am and then spent  10 to 15 minutes in bed or on my phone, sometimes I woke up early to wash my hair, but that was it.

Now, I wake up at 6:00am, or even 5:30 am and spend that hour doing things I love. I paint, I bullet journal, I drink coffee in peace, make a tasty smoothie, practice yoga or go for a walk. It doesn’t matter whether you want to have a kick-start or a smooth start in the day. As long as you do something you love, the day will be so much better!

Also, you have more time in which you don’t have to feel guilty for not working on some thing or other. The big problem for me was that whenever I read, painted or just chilled on Netflix, I usually felt really bad about it because I’m always busy and have deadlines. But, if I wake up earlier, then nobody can bother me on the phone, on social media or via email. Nobody needs me, nobody waits for my response. It’s true “Me Time” like I simply can’t have in the evenings, even if I don’t work until late.

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How to Stick to Your Resolutions with a Bullet Journal

Why my Bullet Journal is my life coach

We all have goals and resolutions we want to stick to. Be it losing a bit of weight, eat healthier or organize better. If you’re like me, then you know that struggle is real, especially when you’re busy. Obviously, having great resolutions is only part of the deal. But actually sticking to them and turning resolutions into habits is the tough part.

My Bullet Journal is really helping me to stay focused on resolutions I have set myself. It’s actually quite easy, if you use a habit tracker.

The steady way to accomplishing your goals

Throughout the month, I keep track of my resolutions and accomplishments with a (habit) tracker. You can design it however you like, it should just show whether you stuck to your own goals on each day of the month. Since I’m just starting out and I want to keep it simple, my goals last month were to wake up each day at 6 am and drink enough water (at least 2 liters).

 

I used a simple chart to keep track of how much I drank, when I wake up and a few other small things.

Here are some designs I found especially great:

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Why it works so well

It works so great because when you don’t follow your own resolutions, you do get frustrated when you have to leave a day blank, or mark a goal as ‘not accomplished’. Seeing that every day when you write in your Bullet Journal can give you a motivational boost to do better every single day of the week!

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My First Bullet Journal: Setup

My First Bullet Journal

Hey everyone! I’ve talked a bit about my Bullet Journal before, and I’d like to show you some of the things I included in mine. As I said before, I didn’t start at the beginning this year, because I didn’t even know there were such things until a few weeks ago. :S

I started the Journal to appreciate myself more and get more confident.

I don’t know if you struggle with this, but I certainly do. More often than not, I’m too negative and self-conscious about myself, my work and my social life. I tend to over think and end up being a total, disorganized mess. 😀 So when I learned about Bullet Journaling, I decided to give it a go and make sure to use it to appreciate the little things and highlight positive moments, my accomplishments and goals, and be a bit creative.

This is what it looks like so far.

My first page and the table of contents are basically just the necessities. Really interesting for me personally was the first Goal Page. Even though I started in March, I wanted to set some goals with things I wanted to do/achieve in 2019. Some of those were to finish my bachelor thesis, paint more and to take better care of myself.

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The next page is really important to me as well. It features my daily morning routine – the ideal one, at least. As monthly goal, I’ve set myself the task of coming as close as I can to that routine. I love to take a walk right after I’ve woken up and do something in the morning that grounds me and keeps me motivated throughout the day.

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Another page I was really excited about was my habit tracker and sleeping log. As my perfect morning routine starts at 6 a.m., the sleeping log was a great motivation to actually keep rising so early! I even managed to wake up at around 6 every day except for once ( was out the night before hehe) and I’m really proud of that. The habit tracker is really great and keeps me motivated. It’s so satisfying to put that little dot on the day I did something that’s important to me.

I made that photo quite early so there isn’t much there, yet. By now it’s much fuller and it’s still a lot of fun! As you can see, the whole theme kind of revolves around night skies, stars and clouds. I do most of the coloring with water colors or water color pencils and fine liners. The clouds I make at the end with my white Uniball gel liner. I really love that pen as you can’t see through it, even when the colors underneath are really dark!

Lastly, I want to share my March spread with you. I chose a sun because it reminded me of a fresh start. I used water colors to paint it and then drew some lines with my pen for more contrast after it was dry. I love Tolkien and his work so much, I really had to include that quote on the first spread. It says “In the end, it’s only a passing thing this shadow. [A new day will come.] And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer”. It captured exactly my feelings when I first started with this journal.

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How a Bullet Journal Can Help You Stay Focused & Take Better Care of Yourself

 

Behind the Scenes

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Hey y’all! This new section about Self-Care and creativity is a big step for me personally, and I want to share my experiences and struggles with you so I might help you find a way to take better care of yourselves as well.

I was really struggling for a few months to organize myself in a way that was flexible and meaningful to me. What I mean by that is that I had a lot oft hings to do every day, but I knew only vaguely what had to be done that particular week. With work, uni and my shop, it was really hard to keep up. I was way too tired to really figure out a strategy and organize myself in a way that would make me happy and productive.

Empty Your Mind

What got me out of my slump were two things: first, my coloring book. I started a new coloring book by Johanna Basford „My Magical Jungle“ and I painted it only with water colors and it was so much fun. I spent hours doing just that and re-discovering what it means to be only focused on one task at a time. The second thing, that came much later, was my Bullet Journal.

I just discovered bullet journals a couple of weeks ago so I didn’t start at the beginning of this year but rather at the beginning of March. I started out with literally four pens and a notebook and it’s been so much fun so far! It really forced me to focus and think about myself and my goals and how to get there. I’m definitely not an artist, but it also helped me get creative and empty my mind for a bit. I even decided to try out some calligraphy! Obviously it’s not something I can learn overnight but after 4 years of writing Japanese, it wasn’t too hard to pick it up, though I still have a long way to go!

Being creative helps you focus!

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You don’t have to be an artist, you don’t have to be particularly good either. Just take up a pen and a piece of paper and start drawing. If it’s Einstein’s portrait or random stars and clouds – as long as you’re able to let go and think about nothing else, it doesn’t matter what the end result will look like.

Bullet Journaling can help you appreciate life more

You can use your bullet journal to write down a few things each week that were great. Be it a home-cooked meal with a friend, a new shirt you bought or a few hours of sunshine. Don’t force yourself to write extremely long entries. Bullet points, a small photo or a quote can be more than enough to appreciate the little things in life.

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What do you do to unwind? Do you have a Bullet Journal as well or would you like to start one? Tell me in the comments!

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