Planning for Stress Relief
A kind listener sent me this link — it’s from 2011, but I found it fascinating and relevant: Happiness Depends on Stress Management. The key takeaway? At least in one study, planning seemed to be the most important factor alleviating stress. I agree.
From listener Peggy:
“You mentioned the Monk Manual in passing one episode and I looked it up and it totally fit the need I had – I wanted a daily planner with a sizable spot to doodle – I have been learning to hand letter and having the 1/3 page dot grid is the perfect place to have a quick daily practice. I use the Monk Manual to start my day with intention and it is really lovely. My family uses a lot of digital planning tools, but the Monk Manual gives me that space to focus and think through the day and start with gratitude, which I love.
In addition to the Monk Manual I am also a Sunday Basket user – I do use the Organize 365 4 sections to work through my basket, but at the end of my basket time I move all of this week’s actions that I am not completing right at that time online into ToDoist where I can assign them to other family members or put them into the days I plan to get to them. We use Google Calendar for all of our time based commitments, and I review that each week and day, but I don’t copy my daily plan into my paper planner – I use the time based part of the planner to track my meals and other habits.Peggy, BLP listener
Love all of the integrated tools!
Review: Hemlock & Oak
I purchased this planner on my own and have no relationship with Hemlock & Oak (though I would join an affiliate program in the future if they offer one, because I am obsessed).
I ordered the Undated Weekly in Honey, and the pix below are from this version.
There you have it! I really REALLY love this planner option. Time will tell re: the durability of the tabs and cover, but I adore the paper, the layouts, the gridlines, and the overall aesthetic. I’m already planning on a dated option for 2023.
Happy Monday everyone!
Edited – after this post aired, H&O provided me with an affiliate link/code for listeners to receive 10% off! I receive a small commission as well if this link is used.
Link: Hemlock & Oak
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