Last summer while housebound after ankle surgery, I started journaling each morning. At first they were rambling entries until I focused on intention, priories and gratitude.
Intention was my word of the year in 2019. Each morning I choose an intention for the day: rest, lead by example, set the pace, etc. Even if I don’t use the intention as a mantra throughout the day, it does inform my actions.
Priorities. I write three priorities each morning. Most days my priorities are an extension of my intention (that rhymes) and also encompass my to-do list. A priority might be to tidy up and the to-do list will include cleaning tasks. No more than three priorities otherwise your risk diluting your intention.
Gratitude. I won’t spend a whole lot of time selling you on implementing a gratitude practice. Each morning I write five to ten things I’m grateful for. These are often memories from the day before and have been fun to look back on. Again this helps me focus my day to acknowledge small moments of joy.
Not as part of some New Years change binge, but as a focus on productivity, I’ve deleted Facebook and other social media from my phone.
Today is day two without social media on my phone and I’ve chosen to use Adobe Spark on my phone to build graphics for blog posts. While I grabbed my phone multiple to scroll today, I redirected my time to taking novel notes or blog planning.
I do check social media once or twice a day on my laptop, but I do it in my downtime and not when I should be focused on other tasks. Any bets on how long it will last?
“Don’t want a doll, no dinkey tinker toy
I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy”
Jon Jefferson Rox
There are a few things I’d love to find under the tree:
Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Dot Grid Notebook. My journal of choice for all the writing things. Love the feel of the paper, the utility of the dots and the versatility of this little book.
Pilot Namiki Ink Refills for my fountain pens. Where would I be without a pen?
Research materials. I try not to bog myself down in research because the story comes first and research is just flavor and backstory.
Bookmarks. Who doesn’t need a few beautiful bookmarks instead using crumpled receipts?
Socks to keep my toes warm while tapping away on my laptop.
Time. Give me time to dream and write. I know this is a big ask. Maybe clean the house or bring me curry.