One of the things I learned this last week is that it is important to set goals for myself through this journaling process. I went hunting for a bit of journaling wisdom from other bloggers I look up to in this area and came up with a few ideas on how I can make the most of the time I spend journaling. One of the main things I want to do is create a few goals for myself before moving too much further forward with my journal. If you feel the same need to better organize your journaling purpose, how about trying a few of these out?
CREATE A VISION BOARD. In the front of my journal (or the back), I plan to add a vision board. I found this very cool free printable that I plan to use from the blog, Life is Messy and Brilliant. This is a great way to review the last year and make some tangible goals for the new year that will be at my fingertips every time I pick up my journal.
THE UN-DO LIST. For those of us who take our To-Do lists very seriously, to the point of over”doing” it, Megan from blog, Page Flutter has come up with the amazing idea of an “un-do list”. She describes it this way, “I’m not about to give up my To-Do lists! The UN-Do list is a little tactic I use to push things out of my life that don’t help my productivity or happiness.” She suggests making a page or two in your journal that list the things you want to stop letting into your life, for example:
- Bad habits
- Making excuses for other people
- Taking on too much
- Getting stuck in “Doing” mode when you need some “Being” time
- Letting other people/outside situations determine your feelings
You can check out her post about her un-do list here.
MONTH IN REVIEW. At the end of each month, I hope to add a couple of pages before beginning the new month to take a look back. Taking a few minutes to make a list of all of the things that worked, the things that didn’t work and the things I hope to improve upon (or changes I want to make) as I approach the new month will help me in keeping things on track. Making myself sit down and put these things in writing will force me to take a good hard look at my habits, the way I spend my time and the things that I have allowed to become priorities in my life as well as the things I am good at and the things I struggle with. It will also help me to better make and organize some solid goals for the month ahead.
WOMEN OF THE BIBLE. One of the things I would like to incorporate in my weekly journaling time is a character study of the women of the Bible. I believe there is so much to be learned from the female characters we are given glimpses at throughout the Bible’s pages. There is a TERRIFIC book by Ann Spangler called, Women of the Bible that I picked up several years ago. I have been through it a couple of times already, but I plan to go through it again this year with a new perspective and a few new goals in my study of it. This book is a great place to begin a character study of the women in the bible! If you want to go even deeper into the the lives of these women, there is a One Year Devotional Study edition of the book that you can grab.
Pick up your copy of Women of the Bible here:
SLEEP LOG. This is a great way to come face to face with your sleep habits. If you are anything like me, this is something that you pay little attention to. Experts say it is important to get a bare minimum of seven hours of solid sleep every night. Making sure you have plenty of sleep under your belt on a regular basis is important for a whole myriad of reasons from weight control to immunity. Use your sleep log to keep track of how many hours you sleep each night, what time you go to bed and what time you wake up. You can even log the quality of your sleep from night to night in order to pin point the things that help you sleep well and the things that keep you up.
FITNESS TRACKER. Keep close track of your fitness goals and achievements.
Moleskins make great journals!
Check out these great journaling books to get you started or for some added inspiration!