Planners 2020: Three Months In

We’ve reached the end of March 2020 and the EllieBeth Designs Creative Planning Team are taking a look at where we are with our planners, what’s changed since the beginning of the year and what’s stayed the same.

Despite the fact that the world has changed almost beyond recognition these last couple of weeks, my planning system hasn’t. Since last July, I’ve been using my Passion Planner Pro as a weekly schedule and my bullet journal for everything else. Now more than ever, in these uncertain times, I’m using both to help keep my head on straight. I’m planning what I can plan for, and tracking the habits that help keep me well. I’m also still stickerating, which is great for lifting my spirits. There’s something comforting about laying down stickers and something hopeful and vital in all the colour.

One thing that is new to me though is the Rhodia Dotbook that I’m using for my bullet journal. I was getting fed up with lugging heavy hardbound notebooks around, so I thought I’d try the Dotbook which has pure white paper, a soft cover and 80 pages – enough for two months’ worth of bullet journaling. I’m glad I tried it because I love it, so I shall definitely be buying more.

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

We’ve all done it, right? We’ve all decided that every day/week/month for the next week/month/year, we’re going to [insert goal/intention/resolution]. If you’re anything like me, you’ve also failed at doing whatever it was you said you’d do as frequently as you said you’d do it. Failed … ugh … I hate that word! Let’s get rid of it. Let’s remove it from our vocabulary, at least when talking about ourselves and our objectives.

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This Is How I’m Staying Well

This is how I’m looking after my mental health and continuing my recovery at the moment. In no particular order:

1. I’m waking up at the same time every day: 7am.
2. I’m getting into bed by the same time every night: 11pm.
3. I’m taking my medications every day.
4. I’m taking my supplements every day.
5. I’m meditating every day.
6. I’m reading something uplifting/encouraging every day.
7. I’m listening to my favourite music every day.
8. I’m singing in the shower every day.
9. I’m creating something every day.
10. I’m drinking enough fluid every day.
11. I’m eating well every day.
12. I’m moving my body every day – sometimes I even walk outside!
13. I’m using my bullet journal to stay on track every day.
14. I’m doing a relaxation exercise every evening.
15. I’m spending time with my family every day.
16. I’ve stopped watching and reading the news.
17. I’ve unfollowed everyone on FB/IG/YT who is talking about the corona virus.
18. I let myself check the NHS advice once a day.
19. I practice mindfulness all the time: focus, let go of distractions, refocus without judgment, repeat.