Daily Tools for Better Life

I love to imagine myself as one of those cool people who sit in a cafe and type away on their laptops sipping a cup of coffee. When taking a break from the laptop they open one of their fancy, cool looking diaries or planners and tick off things on a to do list.. That’s the picture I have been fascinated with for years, buying new diaries come every new year and of course, not using them. Then, every year end just end up throwing them out and promising myself the next year will be different and what actually happens is that my new pretty diary collects dust month after month.

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I realise the solution is not to buy a better diary every year but perhaps having enough self disciple to actually use one. However, it often feels quite overwhelming looking at the blank page and not knowing what to do with it. Plan out my day, plan my year, plan my moods, make a to do list.. Where does one start implementing these new things they want to achieve? Too many options and too many scattered ideas that never get seen through.

However, this year one of the things I definitely wanted to do is to get more structure into my day and was looking for means to do so. And although the task of planning out your days/weeks does indeed look daunting, it actually gets easier once you start. And the thing is, if you’re like me, and postpone planning because you want to use a certain pen or want to write but are not sure if your handwriting is nice enough for the notebook (I have those though all the time..) just remember that this diary/notebook/planner is here to serve YOU, not the other way around. So take this as an opportunity to experiment and learn about what works for you.

I have been using 3 tools for the past few months: two notebooks and an app. Might seem a bit excessive for someone who could not use 1 diary, but it’s like having different shoes for different occasions, you need more than one.. Hear me out:

First thing is a plain notebook that I use during my morning routine and I write in it for 5 to 10 minutes. What gets written depends on my mood and circumstances, I try and make it as positive as possible, so it would be an abstract combination of affirmations, things I want to achieve and a prayer. I try and fill a page of an A5 notebook and find that once all these positive thoughts and intentions are on paper, it’s somehow more real and sets a tone for a better day.

Then, the 5 Minute Journal App, I have set a reminder for the app on my phone which I try and fill out after I make my coffee in the morning. It’s essentially a gratitude journal in an app form: you fill it out in the morning: 3 things you’re grateful for, 3 things that will make today great and an intention for the day; and in the evening (I do it as a last thing before turning the lights off): 3 amazing things that happened today and 1 thing how you could have made today better. It’s really great, helps to carry the momentum from filling out the notebook and define the things I will focus on that particular day and it’s a great closure for the day as it kind of sets the tone for the following morning.

And last but not least it’s the Dear Diary planner. This year as every year, I was looking the prettiest diary, the only difference is that I am actually using it! (tap on the back for myself for that.) The planner itself is beautiful. But most importantly, it’s a structured system for achieving your goals. It has week to view but as well as that, little boxes to tick to track your habits and set out the goals for the week. There are little perks at the end of every week – a weekly overview and (something you could find in a glossy magazine) useful tips, recipes, or general insight into a topic. And I LOVE that, it makes me look forward to completing the whole week so I get a little reward Sunday evening when looking back on the past week and planning out the next one.

I scan over it in the morning while having breakfast after I am done with my gratitude app to make sure I have all my personal to do things in it and to start off a productive day. I make sure to tick off the habits that I have been sticking to and goals I have achieved every evening.

The great thing is, the system is actually working. And for someone who is obsessing over the right handwriting and spelling, get this erasable pen from Amazon, so you can erase the mistake(s) and keep the tidy looking journal.

Let me know what works for you and how to you keep on top of your day?

Lots of Love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gloomy Day Saviours

 

So this is the current situation outside. Miserable to say the least, however it’s Saturday (yay!). Do you also feel like it’s nice and sunny during the weekdays but come weekend and of course it starts raining and/or snowing..

However, winter in London is almost over and I am so so excited! And this weather is not going to get the better out of me because although I have to stay indoors I have a plan how to still enjoy today.

 

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To catch up on my reading list – printed media might seem outdated but there is nothing better than cuddling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a Vogue. I love the aesthetics and the feeling of holding an actual printed magazine. It’s nice to submerge yourself in an article and spend that 30 minutes to an hour just enjoying yourself. I also got Aimee Song’s Capture Your Style recently and have been loving it. Aimee’s personality shines through her writing and the book is really pretty to go on your coffee table.

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To reflect and plan the week ahead – over the weekend I like to take time to reflect on the past week – the great things that happened and not so great things and think what I could have done differently. Also take time to plan the week ahead, think about what I want to achieve and what I want to get done at work, at home and etc. This Dear Diary planner that I got for this year has little weekly treats that I like to try and implement the following week. This week’s one is to give small acts of kindness.

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To plan my holiday – this spring I am finally going to America!!! Cannot wait and I have never flown over the Atlantic. So of course, I have already started making the list of things to see, to do, to eat and of course to buy. I am going to Boston and to New York, so any recommendations would be really appreciated:)

On a rainy snowy day, daydreaming and planning are my two favourite things to do, it takes you from your reality and brings to the sunny and warm place you want to be..

Hope you are all having a lovely Saturday.

Lots of love!