I used Evernote to create basic morning and evening routines. I took ideas from Sleep Smarter and Miracle Morning and the whole idea was from MuchelleB. As I used them I modified them. I tried to work all my habits in, and I decided I needed a midday routine as well. None of this is set in stone of course, but I’m happy with this for a basic guide. I ended up finalizing it in Word then printing and laminating it.
Drink and read to wake up (no more than 30”)
Exercise, snack, stretch
Affirmations, visualization, positive journaling
Fill water jug and eat breakfast
Get dressed and prepared for the day (ready to be on call)
Review any to-do’s and goals
Check email and apply for jobs (10″ max)
School email and announcement check
Start on school
Make any phone calls
Duolingo and Tinycards
Read intensive books
Graphic Design, CodeAcademy and Treehouse
Supper, refill water (don’t drink after 7) and any meal prepping
Check email (10”) and unfinished to-do’s
Write down tomorrows to-do’s and list daily accomplishments
Check all battery charges, check weather/work, and turn off electronics
10″ tidying, prep clothes and such for tomorrow
Put on a wash off face mask or treatment
Put on a leave on face mask or treatment
Make Sleepytime tea
Read relaxing books
Any other tips from Sleep Smarter
- Edit and better organize and back up photos (and obtain as main old photos as I can), especially in order to make photobooks
- Determine old computer issues, try to get files (those on old C.D.’s if necessary); have back up plans for current computer
- Complete all my random unfinished projects (art journals, quilt top, embroidery, shells/coral)
- Complete 24 major knitting projects from my stash (average 2 a month)
- Complete 24 major sewing projects from my project pile/stash (average 2 a month)
- Complete room renovation one small step at a time; optimize for organization, sleep, ease of daily life, and sewing
- Work on genealogy (excel sheets and family book); do free stuff first and then DNA
- Take one solo trip, even if it’s small
- Complete regency outfit in time for 2019 JA festival
Skills to Learn (I tried to put this in order of importance, the last few are highly unlikely; also, I’m not aiming for these all at the same time, right now, the first two are in my habits)
- Graphic design
- Drawing (be sure to utilize Craftsy, CreativeBug, and YouTube)
- Watercolor (be sure to utilize Craftsy, CreativeBug, and YouTube)
- Lettering (be sure to utilize Craftsy, CreativeBug, and YouTube)
- Mental Math
- Liquid eyeliner, lipstick, quick and professional hair curling/styling
- Formal Logic
- Mountain dulcimer
- Horseback riding
Work Through Several Self-Help Books (not merely read, but follow as guides)
- Sleep: Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success
- Thinking: 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
- Habits and Time Management: Miracle Morning, Atomic Habits, The Power of Habit
- Personal finance and investment books: some Dave Ramsey books as well as others
- Organization: Essentialism?
- EQ: Emotional Intelligence 2.0?
- Keep all journaling, office, and art supplies together
- Journal everyday; mark memories in calendar also
- Art journal, travel journal
- Get better at photography and photo editing, storage, and development
- Phone photo printer
Why is this the hardest thing?
Main goal: Improve habits so that overall health is improved in a sustainable way.
- Lose 30 pounds and build muscle, build flexibility, and develop good posture habits
- Eat better and make that a habit
- Set easily obtainable exercise and stretch goals
- Obtain medical records
- If I’ve reached health goals, find a doctor and schedule appointment
- Schedule dental visit and build that habit
- Schedule eye doctor visit and build habit and buy glasses for driving and for blue light
- Personal goal
- Build sleep habit and follow sleep books, particularly Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success by Shawn Stevenson
- Regular haircut habit (I don’t remember my last haircut, it’s been at least a year)
- Regular skincare habits and investments (especially SUNSCREEN)
My work history isn’t pretty. I’ve been mainly temping and will probably continue to do so for awhile, but is really not enough on it’s own. I’m trying to work on being more proactive and less dependent. I don’t know how to explain this all; I’m very tired of being given stale advice that is really opinion, and I know I haven’t tried hard enough or worked enough, but I do want something that I feel decent about, so I need to find a balance of my.own.thing and still be a responsible adult. Here are my (edited for privacy) goals in the area of finance and career.
- Pay off short term debt
- Try to earn a certain amount this year before taxes
- Fill an emergency fund to at least a certain amount and then continually build with regularly small additions
- Live off last month’s income!
- Keep and gift/experiences/travel fund (or perhaps a fund for each category)
- Private goal
- Start investing (regular and retirement)
- Generally follow a basic budget (quarterly with monthly adjustments)
- Have no debt and bills paid by end of year
- Buy a decent used car and have it paid off
- Have a stable source of income or a clear path to one by 2020
- Work on tech degree as hard as possible with a plan; I must be in a bachelor’s program by Spring 2020 semester
- Get a couple of certifications for other job options
- Work on soft-skills & genuine networking
- Work more and earn more (be proactive about looking for assignments and side gigs that suit me)
One of my resolutions this years is to add processes and products into my life to make things easier. Much of these ideas for routines and organization came from MuchelleB’s channel.
Since I got my new phone, I finally jumped on the bandwagon to using Evernote. I’m so glad I need. I put my checklists for my daily routines, weekly reset list, etc. on there.
I’m still in the middle of working my plans and such into habits, and I never have the same schedule for long, so we will see how it works, but I’m pretty happy write now. I have my daily routine sheets (I’m still need to print the one that has everything on one page), my habit chart page, and my weekly spread and those things hold all I need to do. I’m still trying to wean myself off of stickies, but I think I’m far better or maybe fine as I’m just using them for notes rather than to-do’s.
- Make Life Overall Easier
- Implement Life Admin Days (one per quarter), Weekly Reset Days, Morning Routine, NIghttme Routine. I got these ideas from MuchelleB’s channel, and I loved them.
- Make Habits Easier
- Build into routine (morning/evening), schedule appointments at appointments. I’m easing into my goals and processes. I found the way that AmandaRachLee does her habits in multiple mini calenders makes it much more appealing for me to track them. I have split my day into Morning, Lunch, and Evening and tried to work all my habits from my habits chart into this.
- Make Health Easier
- Clear floor for exercise, pick out outfits, make simple schedule
- Plan and prep meals, keep decent snacks, invest in helpful appliances (lunch warmer, crockpot, Instantpot), keep good grocery lists
- Get huge water jug (set reminder if I must)
- Make Daily Life Easier
- Set routines
- Laundry: (4 basket bin, clean/ironing basket, steamer, schedule)
- Cleaning: get proper tools and keep together
- Renovate bedroom, get more bathroom organization
- Stuff control (tips: one in one out; “where will it go?” “do I own similar?” “do I really need this?”; play minimalist game/get rid of 500 items, once per quarter?), buy safe/locked fire safe filing cabinet
- Have a place for everything & group everything by category (my sticky points: library books, current reads, office supplies/notes, quote notebook, reading notebooks, borrowed books, school, journal)
- Make School Easier
- Set up space with everything needed
- Knock out work at the earliest possible
- Make Sewing and Crafts Easier
- Set up a space
- Get better organization
- Make Fashion Easier
- Streamline underthings and basics
- Avoid items with special needs/extras (e.g. something that needs an accessory in a color I don’t currently own, something that needs extra underlayers, etc.)
- Have one wedding and one funeral outfit with shoes, accessories, under things, and outerwear
- Have multiple business professional, business casual, dressy casual, outdoors (including hiking), and dress outfits with shoes, accessories, under things, and outerwear
- Make Tech/Web Control Easier (i.e. make it easier to not be on them all the time)
- Audiobooks, audiodramas, podcasts
- I need all these to be things that I like, so for some, such as the audio ones, I might need to come up with lists since I do NOT gravitate towards them at ALL.
- Make Travel and Exploring Easier
- Travel fund
- Travel tools
- Pinpoint fears
- Go with family
- Folk school and similar planned/controlled excursions
- Map out plans, costs, and answers to fears
- Make Life Overall Easier
I’ve spent a lot of time planning, several drafts of resolutions, goals, etc. I watched tons of YouTube, mostly MuchelleB for ideas and inspiration (last year Lavendaire was the go-to YouTuber) plus lots of AmandaRachLee and others (see my Pinterest board section for more of them) for the practical, physical planner pages.
I’d decided on a lot about my physical planner system that I wanted: letter-sized (I prefer larger, and letter is more practical for print-outs here in the U.S.), dot-grid paper, bullet journal layouts, and removable pages. However, I did make some changes, I changed from Filofax to Staples Arc (I got this one), because of color mainly, but also the price (since the Staples notebook was on sale). I still have yet to get the punch for my notebook.
I then tried to research a good paper thickness. I ended up with 28lbs paper, but I definitely go thicker next/when I get the chance). I found this free bullet journal dot paper print-out (I’m going to have to work with my printer settings in order to try to get it to be perfectly symmetrical, also not sure my printer likes the thick paper).
I’m keeping my yearly, quarterly, monthly goal breakdown, but I’m trying to aim for more practical and achievable (for me personally) goals. Again, I’m not holding myself to these strictly, but if I aim and get many things partially completed and constantly readjust, I will be doing quite well. This time I also set some basic resolutions that my goals will fall under. These are:
- Achieve a basic level of financial and career security
- Make a significant improvement in overall health
- Implement systems and organizations to make life easier
- Make more serious and systematic strides in skills
My word of the year is: Security
My focus of the year is: Aiming for independence with comfort
My goals are quite long (and are the details of the resolutions) and have been broken down into categories (I’ve posted the reading ones already, I think I might make each category a separate post, at least for the less personal ones).
I’ll probably post pictures, but maybe after I get the planner looking a little prettier.