January 2021 is here and it is a fresh year that is hopefully going to be a lot safer and happier. A new year means it is time for a new planner, a new bullet journal or even a new notebook. I love the feeling of an ultimate fresh start that a new year brings.
A new year means a new bullet journal set up, if you didn’t already know I am using an Archer and Olive dotted journal that I was kindly gifted last year as a part of National Stationery Week. If you are new to bullet journalling and not sure how to set up your 2021 journal, I have created an illustrated guide to setting up your 2021 bullet journal and I take you through step by step.
Here are ideas that you can start using in your bullet journal for January that will not only help you become more organised but it can be a great tool to monitor your mental health.
A mood tracker is what it sounds like it the ability to track your mood. This can take many different forms ranging from simply writing down your mood next ro raw date to a creative design with a key and colour. Monitoring your mood is beneficial as understanding your moods can help you manage them and improve your mood faster. Charting your mood can help you connect your feelings to what has happened that day which will help you better understand those feelings. Mood and anxiety difficulties can sometimes be defined by how long they have had the condition, so using a mood tracker can be helpful to a healthcare professional and they will have a better understanding of your situation.
Keeping a record of your blog statistics is a task that all bloggers should be doing regularly as it allows you know more about what is happening on your site. It will also allow you to monitor where your blog is succeeding as well as where you can be making adjustments. Recording aspects like what blog posts were the most popular can highlight to you what content your audience wants to see and you can create that content and extend on the content you have already created. Having a record of each months blog statistics can act as motivator and helps you set mini targets you would like to achieve. When you start to see the hard work pay off can then motivate you further to improve your blog.
Studies show that forming habits can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days to become automatic. Habit trackers are a tool to help remind you daily of these existing or new habits. You can track these habits in a list form or in a creative table style. The notion of crossing off something on your list whether it is a habit task or a work task, it can give you a sense of achievement and productivity. Checking tasks off can invoke a feeling of motivation to achieve more on your habit or work task lists. Keeping z habit tracker is a great way to hold yourself accountable for certain actions and is a great reminder. You will feel more organised and will be more productive with your time by using a habit tracker system. Habit trackers are not only for bullet journals and you could use on in a spare notebook or paper you have.
Gratitude is the act of being thankful and the readiness of appreciation. Showing gratitude to yourself and others can be beneficial for your mental health and your mindset. Practising gratitude helps you to feel more positive emotions which then makes you feel good and can improve your mood. You can live a much better life when you are grateful because as your improve relationships to the world, you will better your body and mind. Reflecting on what you are grateful for in a gratitude journal or just voicing them can be nourishing for your mind, body and soul. Writing down one thing you are grateful for allows you to end your day on a positive note.
These pages will help you make some productive and mindful choices throughout 2021. What is one goal that you have for this year? I’d love to hear in the comments.