(I forgot to mention in the video; after customizing for what you’d like to track you can either print multiple copies and put them in a binder OR I use an app called “Good Notes” on my iPad which allows me to use this as a paper template in a virtual notebook. If you have questions, just post them in the comments.)
I don’t know about you, but my Facebook feed is completely full of advertisements for planners, journals, and diaries. ‘Tis the season!
What I have found is that while they all look really cool, I personally might use them on day one but I don’t tend to keep up with them when all of my planning tools are online, or they’re not structured in a way that encompasses all I need to track.
So, I decided to make something that was customized to my needs and was personalizable for others.
First off, just fair warning unlike most of my materials in The Land of Brand, this one is pretty ugly because I wanted to make it easy to print, and I don’t want to assume that in your daily journaling ritual you want to be looking at MY branding. If you download the template with the button above you’ll have the Word version, the Pages version and the PDF, this way you can customize it for yourself and the kinds of questions that you would want to answer every day.
What you’ll find here is what I personally track every day (so, you’re gonna get a little peek here into Hollyville 😉 ) It’s all pretty straight forward. At the top is a snapshot of the day, the habits that you’re creating, what your mood and your physical state was like and the date obviously.
The AM column is for you to set your intentions for the day, clearing any things that are on your mind that might make you distracted, insights that you want to make sure that you’re carrying forward and then your to-do list. In the PM column, you’re getting into a place of gratitude at the end of the day. “What gifts did I receive today?” Not physical, material things, but really what intangible “gifts” did you receive? What did you accomplish, even if it wasn’t everything on your to-do list, you want to end the day acknowledging what you did do. Then setting your intentions for what you’re going to get done tomorrow so that it doesn’t play on loop in your brain when you’re trying to get to sleep.
I also use this as my food journal to easily track how certain foods might affect flare ups of health issues, etc.
So, super easy, five minutes in the morning, five minutes at night. You can change these boxes to be whatever you want. You can change the habits to be whatever you’d like to track. I hope you’ll find this as useful as I have and a simple way to start a daily journaling practice to be mindful of your day-to-day life. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments. I’d love to hear how you are using the journal!