In my Reflections post (which I am always referring to because I feel like it was the start of me getting back into my blogging mojo and not just because it was January 1st, FYI), I mentioned that I had bought a new planner. The 52-week Journal is about setting weekly goals, weekly overview, weekly reflection. It also comes in different colours 😍 It is honestly one of the best things I have invested in (aside from the two pillows I bought from Primark because I need elevation, you get me?).
Before you start the planner, there are several pages with exercises that help you reflect on yourself. The goal is to plan ahead and integrate happiness habits into daily life.
I have a process when it comes to my planner. On Sunday evening, if I haven’t made plans (or if I have then I’ll do it during the day), I take some time out for my planner. It’ll start off by asking me to describe the past week in 3 words and then move onto the week’s highs/lows, what I’ve learned that week, who and what I’m thankful for and what I’d like to improve on/what I hope for.
There’s even a chart to mark how you felt during the week: unhappy/happy, bored/excited, tired/energetic, stressed/calm, unhealthy/healthy and you rate 1 to 5 how you felt. I like this section of my planner because it lets me unload what I’ve been thinking. It’s like a diary but much better because you don’t have to be so angsty.
At the beginning of each week page, it asks you to list what you’re looking forward to in the week, your personal and work goals and happy things you will do. Having weekly goals, no matter how small they are (for example even just meal prep) works for me. I especially like the happy things I will do because it ensures that I will find time to do these things, and even if I’ve had a shit week I know that I can do these things to pick me up (I mostly put down reading because that is life).
On the opposite page is a weekly layout and you are able to fill these boxes with whatever you want. For example, I mark down what I’m planning to do and then through the week I mark down whether I managed to do that task or good things that happened that day. This helps me fill out the previous section I just wrote about and go into more detail. My planner also came with chart sheets: My Goals, My Bucketlist, Change a habit in 30 days, My New Year’s Resolutions. I had a blast filling these out; I won’t delve into too many details but I definitely feel I’ve made progress, if only minimal.
Thoughts: I’ve definitely become more organised since starting the planner. I’m proud of myself for keeping up with it for a month already because I’m notorious for starting something and being too lazy to continue (re: my Doctor Who colouring book, which I got given 2 YEARS ago). The planner has helped me reflect and notice parts of myself on which I need to work on. I’m excited to see my progress and being able to looking back at the end of the year, and say, “I fucking did it.”
It’s not for everyone as people have different methods of getting their shit together (coincidentally, I am currently reading “Get Your Sh*t Together” by Sarah Knight and I am LOVING it), but I personally feel it is a good investment. It’s just really calming to be able to unload anything you may have swirling in your head and setting goals and coming back to find you’ve achieved them through determination and dedication. I opted for the 52-week journal because I didn’t want the pressure of having to start on January 1st (even though I actually did 😂).
They also have a 100-day version, Jan – Dec version and Jul – June version.