Hi everyone - Simple post here. There is no prerequisite or rule to say you must have a title page in your Journal but I really like to do for a number of reasons
Each Month I will update this post, you can also follow me at Instagram to see what my pages look like and follow me into the story or journey of the month .
For example my inspiration for January came from a photo I found of a beautiful walk on Dartmoor we did as a family on New Year's Day 2 years ago. I had some health challenges at the time and the physical walk was on difficult terrain and hard to acomplish but I did it and it was fun and beautiful weather and scenery and we intend to do it again. I also wrote a message to welcome the year and remind myself that - getting out of our comfort zone is good - if we can do this in January we are starting well!
Februarys title page is inspire by both Valentines month and the Flower Essence of the month - Red Rose 🌹
I have also included one of my favourite quotes.
Lots St of Red washi tape around it makes it stand out and also helps me find it in my Journal easily.
I have also managed to find some date tabs on Etsy just to assist in finding and organising the month.
Trying to keep a theme for the month , March sees the start of spring and time out in nature so choose green washi tape, woodland and flower stickers.
April I will be having a few weeks of rest as I spend some time with the Children for their Easter Holiday break off school. Warmer days and hopefully some sunshine inspired this page. Included Easter animals of rabbits , lambs and chickens.
Another favourite quote to remind me to take some time and rest.
The hot air balloons are fun but also a reminder of one of my goals for 2017 , as the weather gets warmer here. I am determined to get a hot air ballon ride in so these pictures are a lovely reminder of this goal.
–I've come to understand if you don’t schedule time, it's very likely that you won't even start it! I also allocate – I make sure I allocate a realistic amount of time for how long it will take (if you are unsure it is better to over estimate untill you get to grips with time management,) be honest or realistic don't budget 15 minutes for a task that in reality will take an hour.
When I come to action a task I stop all whilst in this dedicated time frame , I close down my email and notifications , turn off my phone and if it's a long task make sure I have a drink and a snack available. Spending this time writing my to do list, I also take the time to Judge why I am doing it, is the way I'm planning the most effective , is there any help or support I need and act accordingly, when reviewing my day if I haven't completed the task I review it and decide is it really needed, do I
Planning ahead just a few minutes every night gives me clarity for the next day, excitement knowing what is ahead and confidence I can achivie all I set my mind to.
SHARING MY VISION PAGES
A traditional vision board is a board on display where you can see it often
I have created Vision pages as I use my Journal daily I can see them even when I'm not at my desk, it is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on my specific life goal/s.
The important part of doing these is to include as much information as makes it inspiring for you - other than that no rules! when you open your pages you want them to invoke feelings of inspiration, achivment , joy , brining alive whatever you have on the pages. Can you transport yourself there through vision. Just by looking can you think, feel, see, smell , hear , taste what you are creating ?
I will ill update this post through the year on new pages as I do them.
So my weekly pages for January look like this
They incorporate all I want to track and might need to see at a quick glance.
Starting at at the top - Appointments - the must attend ones -i.e. work days and very important to dos - usually the eat my frog 🐸 must do items (check out my blog post to understand this more if I just lost you!)
All other to dos are written in my daily sections.
Then my SAVERS routine - part of my miracle morning - just a cross off to check I have done them all ( again check out my other blog post to understand this more if I just lost you!)
S - Sitspot/meditation/sound
A - Affirmation
V - Visualisation
E - Exercise
R - Reading
S - Scribing/Journalling
Food Tracker and Water Tracker (I actually log this on my Fitbit app) but tick off here to say if I was on target or not - great to have a motivational visuial
Level 10 Goals - I set 10 goals a week one for each area of my life that I am going to work on and make happen!
Gratitude - A summary box for key things I am grateful for for every day
Big empty box for anything I like , inspiring quite a favourite photo of the week , keepsake - watch this space and we will see what it brings
I also have the date, week number , days of the week of course !
Would love to see yours so please add me on social media and share what you do and think in relation to weekly spreads.
Ok now stay with me here, I haven't got my years mixed up. i talked about this on DAY 38 of My Miracle Morning - December 2016.
In my new 2017 Journal I decided to create a spread to prepare for not only this year but also next year. As I hadn't been very organised this year in comparison to years previous. I like to do a lot of making , baking and socialising In December and yet without preparing some of the more practical aspects the season seems to be running away with me and I didn't want this to be the case next year.
So thinking about all the things I have a responsibility to action and what I want to do both this year and next. Spending some time visualising what I wanted I knew what needed to be covered.
So as I plan this years crafts and family activitys, shopping and wrapping days, social events and work commitments it will be easy to add to this spread .
I decided I would call these pages 'thank you past self love from future self)' who knows maybe this only ever needs to be done once , ever!
It's about planning to make a change and giving myself reminders and actions to complete to make this change happen. Over what is really something quite simple. Imagine reading this next year knowing there's nothing my brain needs to feel overloaded with, just actions and as I complete or remember we things this year I can add them to these pages.
Christmas this year will be great, I have no doubt about that but next year will be better again! I will be brining my visualisation alive and I'm sure my future self will really thank me!
Any questions or comments fonlrg me know - and feel free to share your ideas on an organised, stress free and fun festive season.
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Where to begin on creating a “Level 10 Life''
Dedicate some time to doing this , after reading The Miracle Morning everyday I have my level 10 life in mind ( If you haven't read this book yet and your picking up this post for the first time, pop over to the bookshelf or visit the website it really is the most life changing book and where my inspiration and motivation came from for this blog and its current format.
I'm taking positive steps both big and small towards my vision of what this looks like. Remember your level 10 life is your creation so there are no right or wrong answers and the timescales are yours to set.
Start by breaking your life into 10 categories :
Set Your Score and Goals
Then using a scale of 1-10 ( 10 being the highest and zero representing no satisfaction) Be honest with yourself after all there's no point in doing this practise if your not.
There needs to be judgement on how your scores compare to others , all you need to vision is what your level 10 life is like for you!
If your a keen on journaling like me you can click on my Journaling link to find out more and get ideas on how you can include this in your daily weekly and monthly taking action, practise, planning and record keeping. The above spread is how I created a visual, but if this not for you just give yourself a score but make sure however you do it, record it.
You then need to set yourself some goals that moves you from where you are now towards your level 10 life. I decided to allow space for 10 goals for each area. Giving me 100 tangible actions and things to do to take me a step further towards that. I wrote this down as well and will be sharing some of these with you over the next few days up and coming blog posts.
Now that I have the goals I need to take action and plan the steps to make this happen. The above is a blank spread in my journal.
You will see I have included my level 10 life - so each week I will take one goal for each area , record it here and then daily take action to make sure by the week end I have work on it or complete it.
I have also also included other things I want to record for that week such as a box to cross off to confirm I have completed as part of my routine learnt and practised from my miracle mornings (if you have not read these posts then I encourage you to go and take a look). It includes my SAVERS (personal development), little glasses to record my water in take (health/fitness), a box to record something I was grateful (personal development/spirituality) for that day, a record of food, appointments (family/career/business), to do (all areas) and a blank box to be creative. You can develop your own or use something similar if your not sure where to start with creating a journal check, out the other blog posts on this website, visit Pinterst, Instagram or YouTube or click this link to find one of the People who Inspire me.
Having goals and set plans, recording and reviewing them means that they are more than just a wish. This does not mean you can't dream big! It means you need to work towards them. They are motivation, they let us take charge and be in control of lives giving us direction and purpose to making them happen. We bring fun, excitement and ultimately fulfilment to our lives meaning we are living our level 10 life.
Calendex is the first spread in my journal after the main index. Its purpose is to record events and help me find the pages relevant to that event.
I use two pages together. My notebook is a Leuchtturm1917 A5 dotted notebook it has 12 columns, one for each month. (In this notebook each column is 4 squares wide)
I write 1 – 31 for each day vertically down the page (top tip start at the bottom and work up that way you don't have to count or spend lots of time on layouts) and the 6 months on each page horizontally across the top.
So how do I use mine?
I still use a icalander app on my phone for events so that the whole family has access to it. So birthdays, school holidays, my children's school and homework commitments. These are simply represented by coloured dots (that match my icalander) on my Calendex this is because as they occur so frequently, there are so many and whole family needs the information accessible. I don't need to record the information in detail twice but I do need to be aware that something is happening with it. So it is merely represented by a dot.
Then I revert to the method to which the Calendex was designed. Inspired and designed by a gentleman called Eddie Hope , I have included his webpage here where he explains the process further. I strongly suggest you go check out his page too.
So let's give an example of how it works. I have a meeting with a new team member on Wednesday 4th January 2017.
In my journal I am currently writing on page 42. Here I record the date, time of this meeting and write down what information I need to take along , the address of where I am meeting, persons contact details and anything else relevant, then I turn to my Calendex and in the January column next to the line dated the 4th, I write the page number 42.
Later any quick look at my Calendex instantly tells me I have an event this day and refers me to the page I need for all the information for this event.
This will later help with my monthly and yearly planning
Future log is a way of quickly recording future events all in one place without having to write out a full year diary spread. Easy to update and refer to as the year goes on this is the system that was created by a gentleman called Alastair Johnston click this link to find out more
I use his method at the front of my journal straight after my Calendex. My notebook is a Leuchtturm1917 A5 dotted noteboo. I have a row of small one dot size columns for each month to the left. Then a long space across two pages for free form writing. I have also added a column to the right with the title done , for ticking back when it has been added to my journal in a more permanent way so I have planned it in my monthly or other page/s.
It doesn’t matter if the events are not added chronologically. That's the beauty of this spread you can quickly write it down with no place to forget.
When I'm writing out my monthly spread or am ready to plan event in detail I can move these over and tick off. All I need to do is quickly scan down the column of the month, locate the dots to signify entries for that month.
I find this is a great place to store birthdays and for social reminders for example when people tell you they are 'thinking' of arranging something next month or anything that has a less than permanent plan. But I also use it to record events I book and meetings. Anything you need to for the future. Mine gets quite busy so I allow 4 pages for each year and if I run out of space just write in a differnt colour although usually I'm on my next journal by then. This is the first page of my 2017 log.
Save £1000 a savings challenge I have set myself.
Timescale one year.
I have made a journal spread to track my progress for each week. Visual so I can see if I am achieving or on track for my goal
The amounts could be altered to suit your lifestyle
You could use these numbers and save the monetary amount by either saving from your income, earning this amount extra, or avoid spending this amount for each week.
If you would like to share a journal spread with me please feel free to # on social media
#feelinspiredmagickmummy - please come and share yours layouts and sucesses with me.
The key for my original bullet journal was simple and matched that described in the original bullet journal system. Ideal for rapid logging.
Here is a copy of my original key
X Completed task
> Migrated task
< Forward task
Deleted task/or not longer relevant
! Research needed
So you might be asking why do I need a key?
Well to start with if this system is new to you, you will want something to refer to quickly until you can quickly scribble down your task and events , to do lists and so on and keep them in a clear and simple order ready for scheduling and actioning. If you haven't watched Ryder Carolls own video or been to the website I strongly suggest you do www.http://bulletjournal.com
Where in your journal is best to include it ?
Easy answer is it's up to you , for ease a quickness of finding it mine on the back page.
Let me try and explain what each one describes
Something actionable that needs to be done
X Completed task
As it suggests it's crossed to confirm completion
> Migrated task
This means the task was not complete at this time and moved to another area possibly the next day or a go do list with no dates
< Forward task
Is s task that has been scheduled to do at a later stage
Deleted task/or not longer relevant
No need to be neat and tidy in your journal ,(if you don't want/have time to be) there is a feeling of personal power to just recognise that you can cancel or choose not to complete something is totally in your hands. This is where the power of analogue systems coming in. By re writing you are reminding yourself not only that you have not done a certain task but how you feel about it, if you keep re writing it, at some point you need to ask yourself am I actually going to do it, do I want to do it , why am I putting this off and how am I going to manage this.
Something you need to go to , or a birthday, dental appointment etc
A space to record things you need to remember, great to use your journal for field notes and inspiration
As it suggests – a way of making your note stand out
! Research needed
Something you need to spend time in or want to look more into
How I use it.
After sing this system since August 2016 it has worked exceptionally well, but I realised whilst I work with these principles and organisation, I like to plan and include snippets of my traditional diary, i.e. a weekly spread , some colour coding. I practised and explore what was right for me over the last few months.
I found I wanted to add few more things as I moved into my next journal, so I can really make it sync to my personality and keep it useful and joyful to use. I really like incorporating journalling and scrapbooking in a very creative and visually appealing way so I had to consider that as well.
To me this is one of the best principles for using your journal is that you can make it your own. So after 4 months of practise I have come up with a key, I like and feel more comfortable with (toatally personsl preference) by adding in colour coding to match my level 10 goals and still keeping it very close to the same principles as I said before this system really works well for me.
Here is my new key, these are the ones that work for me which are not compulsory and may not be for everyone tastes.
You may see I have slightly changed the coding/pictorial for task and completed tasks this is purely personal choice and based on my emotions for the fact like to see a tick instead of a cross and events are dots completed in line with my colour coding (see below) so I still have and use
Deleted task/or not longer relevant
I have a colour coded section for matching my level 10 life goals with my daily tasks , to dos and appointments . After all it's all very well having these goals but sitting back and waiting for them to happen will not make it happen, action is needed! If you haven't see how I use this check out the other blog posts):
Friends and Family (Pink)
Health and fitness (Magenta)
Personal development (Lilac)
When colour coding my top tip would be to colour your pages relevant to these sections if they are specific to one area for example my debt tracker or saving challenge would be Green and my holiday planning would be Orange.
This colour coding also gives me a visual way to see what areas I'm focusing on, to keep things balanced in my life. Not everything in my life is analogue I have a nice mixture of both that supports in being productive. I also use a few different apps for time tracking and tiny icalender for sharing appointments and family events with the rest of the household but more on that in a separate post.
So I hope you get to grips with the original code and see how that works for you , then let your experiences guide you on what happens next.
Author - Linda Perry
Sharing my personal experiences of Journalling.