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12 Powerful Ways Our Curation 2019 Diary Can Help You Mindfully Master Your Year

by Alex Phillips September 18, 2018

12 Powerful Ways Our Curation 2019 Diary Can Help You Mindfully Master Your Year

 

I know what you’re thinking.

How can a diary “change my life” and help me “mindfully master my year”?

What does “mindfully mastering my year” even mean?

Well, it’s about living more consciously with intention and pursuing what lights you up, without compromising your wellbeing in the process.

Let’s be clear — this isn’t an ordinary diary.

What we’ve designed is an empowering set of tools that can help you stay organised, grounded and mindful in your daily pursuits. More than the standard planning functions of a weekly diary, there are over a dozen ways our Curation 2019 diary can help you mindfully master your year.

 

Prioritise your wellbeing by default

Making your health a #1 priority and checking in with yourself on a daily basis is the single most beneficial thing you can do for yourself and those around you.

We know it’s a challenging habit to build, especially when you’re experiencing pressure from other “urgent” tasks and commitments. It’s often in this busy haze that we forget just how important our health is and the impact it can have on our overall quality of life.

We’ve been there — we’ve hustled aggressively, neglected our wellbeing in the process and paid the painful price of self-neglect.

To help you prioritise your wellbeing by default, we’ve included dedicated space on the weekly spread so that you can schedule daily activities that rejuvenate your mind and body. This might be as simple as a 20 minute guided meditation or 10 minute full-body workout.

Consider this a reminder to put yourself first — to listen intently to the needs of your mind and body and act accordingly.

When you start looking after yourself consistently and proactively, you’ll cultivate the physical and mental stamina required to tackle and overcome whatever challenges come your way.

Curation 2019 diary - Habit Curator

Update your internal OS (habits)

We may not have superpowers, but the habits that contribute to our definition of success are the closest thing we have to it.  

Habits can propel you forward or hinder your progress. They can empower you or sabotage you. The trouble is, adopting behaviour patterns that support your goals and erasing routines that are simply destructive can be problematic without the right tools at your fingertips.

How many times have you made a mental note to start exercising daily or go to bed earlier?

We’ve tried it too — mental notes don’t exactly have the greatest track record, when it comes to reconfiguring habits.

That’s why we created the Habit Curator to help you stay accountable and disciplined as you work to reprogram your various habits.

There are two parts — the first section requires you to uncover the reasons why building this habit is important to you. Not only does this help you clarify your intentions and highlight exactly how this routine or ritual will add value to your life, it creates a very empowering source of motivation — which is particularly useful when you’ve detoured away from your intentions.

The habit tracker on the weekly spread also provides you with a visual display of progress and an additional source of motivation. Ticking off your habits is immensely satisfying and every single tick you achieve is visual proof that you can do this. More than a series of ticks, it makes you more mindful of how you’re spending your day. So many wins! 

Here are some of our daily habits.


Eliminate hangry decision making

Think about all the times you’ve been hungry, without anything remotely nourishing in the pantry or fridge to fill your belly.

How long did it take you to decide on a meal?

Also consider the frustration and temporary rage that ensued because, well, you were hungry. At this point, 2-minute noodles, fast food or cereal for dinner look like pretty good options. We’ve all been there.

Planning your meals in advance is a pretty solid hangry-proofing habit. You’re not 100% immune, but it certainly alleviates decision fatigue when you’ve just returned home after a long day at work and the exhaustion is already settling in.

The Weekly Meal Planner located on the Pre Week Planner provides space for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack planning.

You don’t have to plan every single meal, but planning your dinners, for example, can eliminate stressful decision-making in the evenings and encourage more mindful food choices.

Let’s face it, we tend to be a lot less mindful when hunger becomes a dominant feeling — speaking from personal experience, of course.

Prioritise effectively and mindfully

We are huge advocates of planning in advance. There will always be unforseen “urgent” items on the agenda that inevitably pop up and require a reshuffle of priorities, but for the larger part, planning your week in advance gives you the opportunity to prioritise your time effectively and mindfully.

Instead of frantically trying tofindtime for your personal commitments, you can block out time for your goals and organise your week around your intentions, like reorganising your wardrobe, sorting out the details for an item on your bucket list or finishing that book on your bedside table.

This ultimately gives you greater control over your week — not only do you have a birds-eye view of the next seven days, you’re able to manage the day-to-day tasks alongside your long-term goals.

Yes, this methodology does require an investment of time which you would probably rather spend on Netflix or YouTube, but once you experience a solid return on investment, it will likely become a weekly ritual.

Instead of suffering from a case of decision fatigue and switching aimlessly from one task to another, you can begin each day productively, with a strong sense of purpose.

 

Free up your mental RAM

When you’ve got a hundred tabs open on your laptop and 19 applications running at once, what happens? It begins to freak out, right?

Well, we may not have a colourful spinning wheel in our frontal cortex, but we can certainly feel our brain power diminish and the mental fatigue settle in.

Free up your mental RAM by downloading your mental to-do lists. The weekly Drawing Board is ideal for this. Once you’ve sufficiently downloaded your most important thoughts, you can identify your priorities and schedule your tasks accordingly.

The simple act of writing down your intentions is like shutting down the excessive number of brain tabs and relieving yourself of the pressure to remember it all.

Unlock the door to a world of possibilities

There’s nothing more refreshing, enlightening and liberating than new experiences that unleash newfound confidence, joy and a sense of accomplishment. However, there’s often a hefty price tag attached and it’s not always one we’re willing to accept.

The thing is, the fear and the doubt we experience when we enter unfamiliar territory (like when we’re pursuing our goals) can only be diluted when we voluntarily step out of our comfort zones.

To coax you out of your shell and help tear down those mental barriers, we’ve included a series of optional weekly challenges.

Just remember, that incredible feeling of accomplishment, pride and fulfillment you might be craving can only be activated when you feel the fear and do it anyway!

 

Create an epic roadmap for your goals

Let’s face it, keeping your goals and intentions isolated in your mind amid the various other “tabs” that are open, isn’t a helpful strategy by any means.

Forgive us for sounding like an infomercial, but If there is a free and proven way to increase your likelihood of achieving your goals, you would do it, wouldn’t you?

According to a study conducted by Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, writing down your goals makes you 42% more likely to achieve them. We like those odds.

Yes, you could write down your goals in any old notebook or on a piece of paper, but the question is, are you going to revisit that old notebook or random piece of paper?

Using the Mission Statement framework to define your goals, formulate a grand plan of action, set milestones and track your progress in the same beautiful diary that is used for planning your daily agenda not only keeps everything in one place, it keeps your intentions top of mind, encouraging you to take action on them every single day.

We’ve strategically incorporated a Mission in Progress section into the Pre-Week Planner, so that you can actively review your goals and bring yourself closer to fulfilling them each week.


Find the fuel that drives you forward

Staying motivated and following through with your mission is no walk in the park.

That’s why we’ve included space in the Mission Statement framework for you to flesh out your biggest reasons for pursuing each goal. It gives you the opportunity to dig a little deeper, beyond the surface and be really honest with yourself.

It may be helpful to ask the following questions:

Is this what I really want?
Am I doing this to please someone else?
How does pursuing/reaching my goal add value to my life?
How does pursuing/reaching my goal add value to others?

When the idea of quitting begins to anchor you down, you can revisit this list and remember why you started. The “why” can often reignite your fire and launch you into the next step of your journey.


Debunk your fears

Naturally, the pursuit of any important goal or mission will manufacture its fair share of fear, doubt and anxiety. In fact, fear of failure was the most commonly cited struggle associated with setting and pursuing goals, according to Curation 2018 users.

These fears become problematic when they hinder our ability to move forward and deplete us of motivation to the point that we decide to abandon the ideas that once excited us.

Having encountered a truckload of doubts on our own personal journeys, we decided to incorporate a journaling element, which has been particularly valuable during periods of uncertainty.

Curation 2019 diary includes five journaling prompts to help you debunk your fears, identify the cost of inaction and clarify your reasons for pursuing any given goal.

The ultimate objective is to help you readjust your self-talk and overcome the mental barriersthat emerge at any point in your journey.


Visually track and celebrate your progress

We are just as guilty as the next person when it comes obsessing over the finish line, but how can we fully enjoy the journey, let alone appreciate it if we’re always fast forwarding to the end?

Curation 2019 diary includes a number of goal-tracking features — weekly Habit Tracker, Mission Statement progress bar and Savings Curator progress bar — that encourage you to celebrate your milestones, both large and small.

After all, without these mindful observations of growth and progress, achievement and success have no meaning.

Acknowledging your small achievements will not only unleash joy, excitement and all those happy feels, this positive reinforcement will instill confidence, top up your motivation levels and strengthen your commitment to your goal.

When you can see that you’re making meaningful progress, you’ll find that your fears and doubts will begin to dissipate and faith, confidence and motivation will fill its place.

 

Make a big difference

Did you know that we donate a percentage of our profits to Beyond Blue and R U OK?

This means your Curation 2019 diary is not only an investment in your personal wellbeing and daily productivity, it’s raising much needed funds for two non profit organisations who are dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by mental illness.

We understand that connecting with people who are struggling can be difficult, especially when you don’t know what to say or where to begin.

That’s why we’ve included A Guide to Starting the Conversation by R U OK? — so that you can feel empowered to start the conversation with your loved ones and ignite a very powerful chain reaction.

Remember that these honest conversations can change someone’s entire world and it’s by connecting with others on such a vulnerable level that we become stronger, more compassionate human beings.


Alleviate decision fatigue

We’ve covered decision fatigue from a weekly planning perspective, but another daily decision which may be relatively new to you is deciding how you’re going to practise self-care. For some, it may come quite naturally. For others, this is completely new territory.

If you prefer to switch things up throughout the week, you’ll find the Self-Care Menu extremely helpful.

The Self-Care Menu is designed to make the art of putting yourself first easier on you by giving you space to list and organise your favourite routines and rituals.

Whenever you’re stuck for ideas, flip to your menu and choose an item from your curated list. Yes, it still does involve an element of decision making, but it certainly avoids the "hmm… where do I even begin" which often turns into "hmm...I’ll just skip it today."

 

So there you have it —12 powerful ways our Curation 2019 diary can help you mindfully master your year. Just remember — Curation only works if you do.  

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Alex Phillips
Alex Phillips

Alex is the Co-Founder of Saint Belford and a strong mental health advocate. You'll often find her on the yoga mat, rummaging around the kitchen contemplating her next meal or planning her next world adventure.