1- A listener writes in asking about DIY/low waste planning methods. Ideas: gently used planners on eBay or your local Buy Nothing (someone else’s planner fail can be your win!), printable layouts for scrap paper (example of a brand with lots of printable options: Get to Work Book), digital planning
2- Ways to communicate with your childcare provider. We use a whiteboard + paper monthly calendar. This particular whiteboard system has been out of stock for over a year at EC — hope they eventually return! Example of a prior whiteboard (last week):
Key info: who is driving, any additional activities, and dinner!
3- Ideas for creating a 25th anniversary scrapbook from a new Hobonichi/Japanese stationery lover. Consider putting together a Traveler’s Notebook (jetpens link) filled with photos, memorabilia, and journal entries. Super fun project that you could add to over time!
Tracking Things: Good / Bad / Ugly
A list of potential things to track:
- screen time
- books read (or time spent reading)
- sleep (quality or quantity)
- food (basic or detailed)
- gratitude (3 things/day)
- new recipes to try or weekly meal plans
- habits like meditation, walking, or language app
- words written
How might you do it?
- daily or weekly with no further accounting
- fill out a longer term sheet (monthly – like in Powersheets) or the yearly pages of Hobonich
- keep various collections in a bullet journal or planner
- track in specific apps only (strava, nutrition apps, GoodReads)
- can be motivating! and fun.
- can look for patterns over time
- can compete with others or just compare yourself to yourself
- might get discouraged having too many blank spaces and want to throw in the towel
- some things you don’t have direct control over – your weight for example or podcast downloads. Those things can be especially frustrating to track!
THE (POTENTIALLY) UGLY
- some might become obsessive (eating disorders being one example)
- might make you feel bad or lower self-efficacy because you are not living up to a very arbitrary standard
REMEMBER – no one said you had to fill every box!!!
Happy Monday everyone! And thank you for the feedback last week about a potential venue for sharing all things BLP. I have Mighty Networks under investigation and I never would have known about it without you all!