What’s so great about journaling, anyway?
Journaling is a wonderful tool for the multitasking, stressed out, homeschool Mom. Creating a personal journal is the perfect way to set aside a small amount of time for yourself on a daily basis. The time you devote to your journal can be short or long, that choice is completely up to you. Personally, I enjoy spending a good 30-40 minutes on my journal each day if I can. I like taking my time, allowing myself to add fun doodles and accents whenever I want.
If you are playing around with the idea of getting a journal for the first time, I suggest you do some looking and find the type of journal that is right for you. There are so many incredible options out there! I personally prefer an A5 binder type journal. I purchase inserts, and can easily take pages out when I’m decorating. Works great for me. Journaling really is a beautiful way to relax, get creative, and reminisce about the previous day or two. I absolutely love journaling and encourage you to give it a try today!
The art of tracking
I am a list maker, I enjoy schedule, routine, and keeping track of progress in different areas of my life. I track everything from my children’s school progress to my own personal health goals. Using trackers is such a wonderful way to get organized, keep track of your thoughts, meet personal goals, and maybe even stick to your budget!
If you thrive when things are organized, enjoy a thorough color coding system, and are an avid list maker, like me. Then, trackers will be like a tiny slice of heaven to you! If you aren’t all those things, that’s perfectly fine too! Trackers may feel a bit overwhelming or pointless at first, but hey, don’t hate something till you’ve tried it! You might just find out you love them as much as I do!!
My personal trackers
When I was prepping my journal for 2018 back in Dec, I spent some time writing down what I wanted to keep track of this year. It was a good list! Below is a list of the trackers I created for my 2018 journal.
Cause seriously, it’s never ending! I wanted to see just how much I was really doing… and let me tell you, it’s ALOT! Haha!
Things I am grateful for
I chose to make a grateful tracker because there is always, always, always, something to be thankful for. I need this reminder every single day. Especially on those rough days.
I try to eat a balanced diet and make a point to be active, but life happens. There are so many times the day just gets away from me and I haven’t taken care of myself like I should have. Having a health tracker holds me accountable. If I haven’t worked out for 3 days in a row, I have a nice visual reminder to tell me that it’s time to get up and get moving!
I started off hoping to track movies, tv shows, books, puzzles, and other random entertainment things I do throughout the month. I don’t do a ton of mindless tv watching and unfortunately don’t finish nearly as many books as I would like to each month. So, I’ve actually stopped this one for the most part. While it was a fun idea, it’s just not something I have a real need for at the moment.
Ok, I LOVED the idea of this tracker! Writing down home projects we need to complete, setting goals each month, reaching them, then setting new goals the following month. Great on paper, not so great in reality. Life is hectic and things come up. I found that most the home projects I was writing down at the beginning of the month wouldn’t even get started, let alone completed. Other pressing needs would come up and get finished first. I’m totally nixing this tracker. I may pick it up down the road when the kids are a little older and we can plan better. However, it’s just not feasible for me right now.
My favorite tracker of all. I do this one diligently. Every evening before bed I go over my check list to see what I did for myself today. Coffee? Check! On and on I go, either checking things off or leaving them blank because I just didn’t get to them today. It’s fun to look back and see how I came out at the end of the month. Sometimes I come to the conclusion that I really needed to read more, other times I’m proud because I soaked in more scripture than I did coffee! Come months end, this tracker can usually be an amazing eye opener for me.
This tracker is great as well. I track my savings, debt, and no spend days. Super simple and easy. Having a tracker like this has definitely helped me stay on track with my budget a little better.
So, I didn’t actually start this tracker at the beginning of the year. I started this one in February. One day I was feeling a bit off and it totally hit me, I hadn’t even consumed a single glass of water! I needed that to change, so I picked a goal, made a tracker, and started tracking my water intake. Now I’m up to drinking almost a full gallon of water every single day! This is a tracker that has definitely worked wonders for me.
Below are some examples of my most recent trackers. *note some are only half filled out, as they are from the current month.
My trackers aren’t perfect by any means. However, they help keep me organized, motivated, and they can be a ton of fun to create!