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.
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Use the following features to set your intentions for 2019.
Use the following features to prioritise your time more effectively.
Review the year that's been so that you can establish priorities for the year ahead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use the Weekly Spread to record personal, family and social commitments, to-dos, events and reminders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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If you’ve found other ways to personalise your Curation 2019 diary, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can share your ideas with fellow Curation users.