Wondering how my Best Self Journal is going so far? I’m so glad you asked!
- Gratitude: Since I first began enjoying coming up with three different things to be grateful for each day, I have had some harder days. These actually make me like the Best Self journal more: on my really bad days, the need to come up with something to be thankful for actually can be what breaks a terrible mood.
- Daily Goals: I am realizing that I have very similar goals every day; things to do with eating healthy, actively exercising, and writing and working well. However, it has been interesting to notice that I’m starting to see other goals emerge on different days: some days, I just want to make a real impact on my coworkers and students, and on other days, I’m focused on overcoming my sleepiness and making sure I still see some successes in the events I have to do.
- Wins: I love this section! It’s making me so much more positive about myself, and it is functioning as a bit of a continuation of the lessons learned section, since I can look at the other days when I had wins and remember them. For instance, I started using the Forest App for focusing on different tasks, and I wrote about it as a win. Hopefully, looking back at the days prior will remind me to use Forest on other days.
I’m not yet making full use of the daily calendar or the Targets (smaller goals within the daily goal), but I’m working on it! It’s been really nice to have at the beginning, middle, and end of each day, especially during a week when I’ve got a lot of work to do. It can be hard to feel like these busy work days are valuable, but taking a few minutes for mindfulness is so helpful. Makes me feel quite a bit more alive.