30 Day Challenge

So I signed up for a 30 Day Challenge.

I know, right? Me? Consistent for 30 days? Excuse me while I go get another cup of Coffee…

Ok, I’m back. So this particular 30 Day Challenge is sponsored by Coaching for Geeks and it’s all about levelling up one, just one, stat.

(This may make little sense if you’re not a geek.)

The basic premise is that participants take an outside view of themselves and select one area of their life that they want to improve. Put into a gaming context, this area becomes a “stat”. They will then try to improve this stat and “level up”, i.e. improve that area of their life to a significant degree.

I have chosen Wealth. (Yes, I’m materialistic like that.)

This one goes out to my friend Ørjan.

In practice, this means putting my business first for 30 days running. (Phew!)

Other people have chosen things like Health, Intelligence, Performance, etc. If you want to join in (although it’s now too late to sign up – sorry!) with the fun then join us in the Facebook group and help encourage us all as we try to beat bosses and level up our lives!

Oh yeah, and buy stuff from me to help level up my life. 😉 As always, you can go to my Etsy shop or send me an email for custom order.s.

BuJo-ing!

I have been completely and utterly taken in by the idea of BuJos. I know, I know, all the hype, right on trend, so unlike me, right? But it’s great!

“What’s a BuJo?” I hear you ask. A bullet journal (BuJo for short) is a specific way of journalling/planning that makes it easy to keep track of stuff even for disorganised people.

Naturally I don’t follow it to the letter. I’m way beyond disorganised; I had to find my own way to work it.

I use a completely normal notebook from some supermarket or another. It’s lined, and that’s all the features it has. Everything else I do myself. I write in a short To Do list every morning, of 2 – 4 things I want to get done in the day. I never go beyond 4, because I get easily overwhelmed and I need to keep it manageable. I also keep a Gratitude journal, where I write in three things every morning that I’m grateful for. This was an idea from Coaching for Geeks, which is a life coaching group specifically for geeks. It helps me think of positive things in the morning and helps my mood generally. As someone who is severely depressed, this is important for me!

I also have a few trackers – coffee, water, mood and a few tick boxes for various daily tasks.

Finally, I have an Achievements heading. This hasn’t been filled in as of 10.55 Sunday morning because I haven’t really done anything yet today. The idea of this section is to write down things I do that make me feel like I’ve achieved something. This can be anything from cleaning the kitchen to just having a shower on a bad day. This section helps me remember that even on the worst of days I do something that’s worth it, even that just means getting rest.

I also have a bunch of stickers!

My stickers help add a bit of colour, fun and focus. This big pile features designs from Stupidcats, Ellen Bee Makes and The Geeky Planner. It’s anything from a coffee cup to track my caffeine consumption, via “I ate my feelings today”, to mood trackers and urgent markers.

I also have a Nopebook.

I’m (kinda not really) sorry, but this punny notebook is one of my favourite pieces of stationery. I got it from Ohh Deer and it’s a lined A4 notebook with, like, the best illustration ever on the front.

Despite the big “Nope”, this is very much a big part of my newfound organisation. Inside is my monthly Habit Tracker. In this I have written a much longer list of things to do daily, semi-daily or weekly, and the goal is to track how well I stick to it over a longer period.

I refuse to show you what the list actually says, because some of it is very personal and depression based while other things are about work / social media/ etc. However you can see how it works – I fill in the squares when I’ve done something that day and I can track it over the month(s) that I do it. Gives a bigger picture of how well I stick to new habits.

So that’s all about how I’ve adjusted the BuJo idea to suit me. Do you have a BuJo? Do you use it regularly? I’d love to see pictures of your layout in the comments, or perhaps on Instagram. (I’m @destaidesign on there!)