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A Guide to Using Curation 2019

What is Curation 2019?

Signature Black Curation 2019 Diary On Desk

More than a 2019 diary, Curation contains a unique set of lifestyle tools to help you unleash the best, most vibrant version of yourself, without compromising your wellbeing in the process. This how-to guide will demonstrate how to use your Curation 2019 diary to its full potential.

 

Step 1: The Pre-Game Plan

Use the following features to set your intentions for 2019. 

 

Step 2: Game Time

Use the following features to prioritise your time more effectively.

 

Step 3: Post-Game Reflection

Review the year that's been so that you can establish priorities for the year ahead. 

 

Self-Care Menu

Curate a personalised list of self-care rituals, routines and habits that are mentally, physically and spiritually rejuvenating.

Consider this your personal self-care directory. Categorising these activities makes it easier for you to choose an activity based on your current needs and how much time you want to dedicate on any given day.

Naturally, there will be activities that belong in all three categories. To avoid duplication, consider how each ritual makes you feel. What category of your wellbeing does the activity contribute to most? For example, yoga is celebrated for its many mind, body and spiritual benefits. However, the mental health benefits may be of greater significance to you.

Begin by creating a list of practical self-care rituals that you can complete in:

10 minutes or less: These are quick and simple activities that can be done anywhere, at any time.

30 minutes or less:These activities require a little more time investment and may need to be pre-planned and scheduled into your day. Some of these activities can be done during your lunch break or form part of your morning ritual.

60 minutes or more:These activities require the most time investment and generally need to be pre-planned and scheduled into your week.

Self-Care Menu

Tips

  • Include activities, rituals and routines that have yielded positive benefits in the past. Having a reliable set of habits and routines in your diary reduces decision fatigue, allowing you to focus on elevating your mood and overall wellbeing.
  • Use the notes section of the Self-Care Menu to list resources, such as your go-to YouTube channel for workouts, or your favourite apps for guided meditation. This is your “bookmark” for listing online and offline resources.

Resources

 

Bucket List

Map out the adventures, experiences and activities worthy of adding to your 2019 memory reel. Consider the following categories: travel, adventure, education, family and physical. Will you be flying solo or do you need a partner to join in the fun?

Use the date column to mark in tentative or actual dates of completion. The former gives you a timeline to work towards. The latter provides a record of your bucket list achievements.

 

Tips

  • Keep it realistic by assessing the time and financial investment involved.
  • Personalise your list and keep it relevant to your interests, goals and values.
  • Include a combination of small, medium and large goals.
  • Share your list with others to keep you socially accountable.

Resources  

 

Mission Statement

Review and define

Decide what you really want to achieve in 2019. Review the following areas of your life: career, family, health, personal growth, and use the Mission Statement section to record your goals and intentions for the year ahead. A study has shown that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals simply by writing it down.

Debunk your fears

Identify the fears that may currently or eventually manufacture roadblocks of doubt and hinder your progress.

The “worst case scenario” exercise allows you to transform your fear of the unknown into something clearly defined and manageable. Once you rationally analyse these scenarios, it becomes clear that there are many things you can do to prevent or repair the potential damage. It allows you to also see other viable pathways to your goal.

Taking the time to evaluate the cost of inaction can be a powerful source of motivation. It can reveal the emotional, physical and financial impact of abandoning your mission.

Dig deeper

Think about why you want to pursue each goal. Dig deep to uncover your true motivations. When in doubt, you can flip back to this section of your diary and remember why you started.

Break it down

Determine the primary steps you need to take in order to complete your mission. This can be relatively broad steps or more specific to-dos. Setting realistic target dates will help you prioritise and focus only on what is most important, allowing you better manage your time.

Celebrate your progress

Set realistic milestones. This allows you to break down your mission into smaller goals. Reaching each milestone is an indication of significant progress which should be acknowledged and celebrated.

Tips

  • Set SMART goals - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
  • Seek out people who have already done what you want to do and learn from them.
  • Stay open minded and flexible in your approach. Be prepared to modify your plan of action. Your mission may change as you grow and that’s okay.
  • Use theMission in Progresssection located on each Pre Week Planner to break down the larger steps into smaller tasks.

Resources

Habit Curator

Review and define

Observe your habits and identify what changes you would like to make. Use the Habit Curator to define the habits you would like to build.

Dig deeper

Elaborate on why each habit is important to you and why it deserves your time and energy. Consider the benefits you stand to gain. The reasons listed will help keep you motivated and determined.

Set your criteria

Set a daily or weekly minimum. Determine the minimum amount of work you will need to complete in order to earn a tick.

Establish rules and boundaries

Go one step further and establish practical rules and boundaries. What will you do when you are sick or on holidays? If it is not possible to follow through with your habits, you could mark S to represent a sick day or H to indicate a planned holiday.

Use the Habit Tracker on each Weekly Spread to track and record your progress. A tick is earned when your minimum criteria is met.

Tips

  • Assign each habit a number or letter so that you don’t need to rewrite your habits on each weekly spread. Alternatively, shorten the description.
  • Start small. Taking the “all or nothing” approach can lead to self-sabotage.
  • Announce your intentions to family and friends to keep you accountable and enlist their support.

Resources

 

Savings Curator

Whether you have a specific savings goal in mind or you are just looking to grow your pot of gold, use the Savings Curator to provide an overview of your current financial situation and create a practical savings plan.

Review your finances

Once you’ve reviewed your bank/credit card transactions, listed all your monthly expenses in the Actual column and calculated your Current Monthly Surplus, the next step is to optimise your budget.

Analyse and optimise

Analyse your monthly expenditure and search for expenses you can realistically reduce or eliminate. Add these revised expenses to the Desired column. For example, if your average monthly takeaway expense is $100 and you decide to reduce it to $70, you can add $70 in the Desired column next to Takeaway.

Once you have a clear overview of how much you can realistically save each month, calculate your Desired Monthly Surplus and decide how much you are willing to contribute to your savings goal.

Take realistic steps

List the actions you are willing to take to achieve your Desired Monthly Surplus. For example, bringing lunch to work instead of eating out may save you an average of $140 per month and cycling to work instead of catching an Uber may save you $160 per month.

Track your progress

Take note of your monthly deposits and visually track your progress using the progress bar provided. The act of shading in the progress bar can serve as a healthy source of motivation and help you stay on track with your goal, especially since the finish line is visible.

Savings Curator

Tips

  • Use a grey lead pencil to complete this section of your diary so that you can easily erase and adjust the figures.
  • Set up scheduled transfers or reminders in Curation once you decide how much you are willing to contribute each month. 

 

Monthly Planner

Use the monthly planner to mark important dates, key events and monthly reminders. This provides you with a visual overview of what to expect in the coming months.

Tips

  • Use your Curation Sticker Set to make your monthly planner more meaningful at a glance.

 

Pre-Week Planner

Taking the time to plan your week before Monday comes around allows you to reflect on the previous week and mentally prepare for the next seven days. It’s a great opportunity to identify your priorities and allocate your time strategically.  

Tips

  • Review your to-do list from the previous week to determine if there are any remaining tasks that still need to be ticked off.

 

Drawing Board

The drawing board is your space to define. Use this additional space to scribble your thoughts, write a gratitude list, brainstorm ideas for a new project or sketch a weekly masterpiece.  

Other ideas:

  • Weekly journal entry
  • Shopping list
  • Meeting notes
  • Affirmations or favourite quotes
  • Track your workouts

 

Your Cue

Jump out of your comfort zone and try something new each week with Your Cue (your weekly challenge). It may challenge your current routines, habits, rituals and way of thinking, but it’s an opportunity to grow, broaden your perspective and possibly add to your knowledge bank.

 

Tips

  • Schedule it into your week.
  • List the post-challenge benefits you are likely to experience. This can be your fuel for following through.
  • Share your experience with us using #yourcue

 

Mission in Progress

Review the goals you’ve chosen to pursue this year. Are you on track? Do you need to modify your plan of action?

Refer to the steps you’ve listed under each mission and identify the sub-tasks that you can realistically tackle in the coming week. Write them down in this section. These are your priorities/goals for the week.

 

Tips

  • Consider the time investment required and schedule these tasks into your weekly spread to keep it top of mind.

 

Weekly Menu

Plan your meals in advance to save yourself time, money and mid-week tantrums. Planning your meals in advance can reduce daily decision fatigue and help you make more mindful food choices without the pressure of a grumbling belly.

The weekly menu provides adequate space to plan your breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks.

 

Tips

  • Turn this into a weekly ritual. For example, you could plan your meals every Sunday morning as you eat your breakfast or sip on a cup of tea.  
  • Use your weekly meal plan to generate a shopping list.
  • Consider using leftovers from dinner for lunch.
  • Prepare a list of your favourite breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack ideas that you can use as a reference to avoid starting from scratch each week. You can create this list under the Notes section of Curation.
  • Be aware of the preparation and cook time. Consider your daily agenda and choose your recipes accordingly. For example, if Tuesday is going to be particularly busy, try choosing a recipe that doesn’t require a long preparation and cook time.

Resources

 

Weekly Spread

Use the Weekly Spread to record personal, family and social commitments, to-dos, events and reminders.

Tips

  • Use the left side to record social events, meetings and appointments, and the right side for your daily to-do list.
  • Create custom headings above each column to complement your planning style.
  • Use your Curation Sticker Set to log weekly commitments, events and milestones. These visual cues help make the weekly spreads in your diary more meaningful at a glance.

 

Daily Self-Care Planner

Strategically positioned at the very top of your to-do list, the heart symbol is your reminder to schedule in a daily self-care activity that focuses on nourishing your mind and body.

 

Reminders / Notes

This space can be used for reminders, like paying your vehicle registration or picking up your dry cleaning. Alternatively, you can use this space for weekly mantras or motivational words of wisdom.

 

Habit Tracker

The Habit Tracker provides a visual display of your progress and draws awareness to the habits that require a bit more attention. Checking off your habits is not only rewarding, it can be a daily source of motivation when you open up your diary.

 

2019 Reflection

Reflect on the year that’s been and perform an 80/20 analysis, using the journaling prompts provided. This exercise will provide a new wave of clarity which will help you establish priorities for the year ahead.

Tips

  • Don’t rush it. Invest an hour or two, free from distraction, to complete this section of your diary.
  • Be 100% honest with yourself. This can be a private exercise.

 

Ready to make the pledge? Click here to order your copy of Curation 2019.

If you’ve found other ways to personalise your Curation 2019 diary, let us know at hello@saintbelford.com.au so that we can share your ideas with fellow Curation users.