Jun 20 2017
As a longtime list maker and former stationery addict, when I began seeing the recent influx of posts on the organizational trend that is the ‘Bullet Journal’, I was instantly intrigued. Not one to follow crazes but always open to anything that is a self-started organizational tool, I started my own. Though I have always kept somewhat coherent lists and notes, often jotted throughout a tiny spiral book, what I noticed instantly about the ‘Bullet Journaling’ technique, (which I translated very loosely into a larger spiralled notebook) was that the segmentation and occasionally drawing little images to break up the monotony of the written chaos did in fact seem to help. Here are a few ways in which the bullet journalling technique has upped my daily game in concentration, prioritization and relaxation.
I feel less stressed.
Blessed with the gift of a good memory, I have a tendency to rely on it and overload my internal to-do list to the point where my present tasks take a hit, as I am pre-occupied with the up and coming tasks that subconsciously whirl through my mind.
Even if some things do not get checked off at the end of each day or desired timeframe, the mere fact that they are now residing in their respective spaces in the book allows me to clear my head and focus on present endeavours, free from constantly ‘reminding myself to remind myself to remember’.
I feel clearer about my progress.
As a visual person, it helps me keep tabs on goals, tasks, and the like by providing an image I can latch onto instead of consistently having to refer to my own chicken scratch. This way of maintaining clarity in the book also proves to maintain it in my mind. Although perhaps silly, this allowed me to take time for myself more and practice self care
My daily intentions and mantras have become more consistent.
Keeping a written recollection of the intentions and positive reminders that I strive to make a part of my everyday routine has become easier, as upon waking, I can refer to these points as a kickstarter for a successful day, even if I am feeling out of sorts or running late with a million things going through my head.
My shopping has become streamlined.
Although as aforementioned a proud list-maker, where it seems to take the wayside is when it comes to grocery lists. But employing a specific section for this entices me to actually include my desired ingredients there, and utilize it when out. In turn, my mealtimes have recently become more organized and balanced, which has helped me save money.
I feel less confused in general.
Keeping everything in one book has been a big one. In the past, I would designate different notebooks for their own specific subject, but since merging into one, I find that having one book instead of two or four has greatly reduced the impact of external disjointed topics, and in response, the internal. Unloading all of the ideas, inspirations, ‘to-dos’ and projects that come up on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, has allowed me to focus on the present moment, prioritize within them, and find a new sense of freedom even with a busy schedule.
The best thing about starting your own ‘Bullet Journal’ is that there are really no rules, just guidelines to help you design a system that works for you!
Check out this post with tips on how to start: http://creativesavingsblog.com/life-and-style/time-management/how-to-start-a-bullet-journal/
May 22 2017
We hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend as the days become warmer and brighter!
Next in our therapist ‘Get to Know’ series is Mandy Ryan. Utilizing a passion for working with women, children and families, she thrives while helping people to identify and achieve personal goals for wellness at whatever stage in life they may be. With extensive skills in a multitude of therapeutic techniques, she possesses a strong ability to treat a wide variety of conditions, from post-surgical therapy to pre-natal care and everything in between.
Read more about Mandy here: http://www.somastudio.net/mandy-ryan-rmt
Here are some thing that help her create her own personal wellness lifestyle:
What are some of your favourite ways to unwind?
I love to listen to audiobooks while walking, practice the ukulele, and cook.
Things that you must always have on hand in your kitchen?
Life just wouldn’t be the same without my espresso machine, yummy espresso beans and cream.
Preferred exercise style and why?
I see a trainer twice a week which has really improved my strength and helped to reduce pain from plantar fasciitis. And I love to walk around this beautiful city!
3 words that come to mind when you think of massage therapy?
Relax, Connect, Relief
A favourite quote?
Start each day with a grateful heart.
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