On Journaling

In a digital world where we are always connected to others, it can be all too easy to become disconnected from ourselves. The world is full of noise, both literally and figuratively, and sometimes, it can be so loud that our own thoughts feel like too much to deal with. After all, we can only think about so many things at one time.

The thing is, with the information-overload that we face on a daily basis, it’s easy to feel as if our brains are simply overflowing. I know that personally, this usually sends me into a state of minor (read: sometimes, not-so-minor) panic. It gets a bit much.

Something I’ve been using on and off for the past year or so as a way to cope with my ever-busy brain is journaling. I’ve recently been taking some time on a more regular basis, to write things down and clear up some space in my head. It’s been really beneficial to me, so I thought I would share some practices you can use if it is a method you’re interested in.

01. / Start slow

Don’t put huge amounts of pressure on yourself to write pages and pages daily. Start slowly, and ease into it. Do whatever feels manageable and helpful to you. The minute it starts becoming stressful, and feels like a chore, it defeats the purpose of the exercise.

02. / Be flexible

Don’t try too hard to make it pretty or to always use your best handwriting (If that is something you enjoy, make that a separate journal). Make it feel low-effort and write in a way that feels comfortable, natural and easy for you.

03./ Set a time

I am aware that this slightly contradicts point 2, but hear me out. By introducing some journal time into your schedule a few times a week, it turns into a lovely, meditative and calming ritual to help you de-stress. You may find that you’ll look forward to the time you get to spend reboot your mind.

04. / Keep it safe

By keeping your journal in a place where you know no one will read it, you’re giving yourself peace of mind, and the freedom to just write and let your thoughts flow. Don’t worry too much if it doesn’t make sense or if it seems a bit messy. It is meant solely for your own benefit.

I hope you find these pointers helpful. Journaling truly is a lovely analogue way to deal with busy minds in a busy world.

Nabeela x

Make A Plan / Get To Work Book

I truly believe that one of the best ways to put your mind at ease and deal with stress is to have an efficient planning system that works for you. I am a lover of the new digital world, but my brain works best when using a physical planning system. Nothing beats putting pen to paper. Over the past month, I’ve been using my Get To Work Book. Today I’ll be chatting about what I love, what I don’t, and everything in between. (This is part two of the two-part blog post series on the Get To Work Book).

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As a student, its vital for me to have a place to clearly note down all my deadlines, assignment and important events throughout the school term. Having tried many planners over the years, GTWB is right up there.

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What I love

I love the simple, monochromatic design. As a person who is both a lover of colour and monochrome, if I feel like a colourful spread, I can just add washi tape, stickers and doodles. For other weeks, I can stick with the monochrome. It has just the right amount of structured goal-setting and reflecting spreads without it feeling as if it takes up the whole book. I also really enjoy the vertical design of the days in the weekly spreads -perfect for long lists of tasks. The monthly calendar is also a huge bonus – its so hard to find a planner with one nowadays. And the perforated monthly print/calendar is just an added bonus. I’m not usually a fan of ring-bound books, but this binding is super sturdy and strong.

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What I love less

The only criticism I have of the book is that it is a bit big and heavy to take to school every day. However, on days I really need it, it isn’t too bad, and I find a way to make a plan. (Seriously the only thing I don’t love about the planner).

If you want to invest in a high quality, effective and aesthetically pleasing planner, Get To Work Book is a goodie. As far as I know, their January – December 2018 planner is sold out, but the July 2018 – June 2019 planner drops in April.

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All in all, the Get To Work Book is the perfect addition to your organizing tools, and I’d highly recommend it!

Its almost February – have a good one!

Nabeela x

 

 

Point Taken: Bullet Journal 

Hello

2017 is fast approaching and so naturally I’ve been trolling Pinterest looking for some planner inspiration. And then I came across the bullet journal. 

Now, I’ve heard the term before, but I never knew what it was. After reading one cheat sheet, I was so confused! What on earth is a future log?! And an index? In a planner?!
 But, it seemed to be popular, and ‘easy’. So I did some more reading and checked out the official website, bulletjournal.com 

So, the question I guess is, what is bullet journaling? The answer? A customizable planning system that is based around bullets. Yeah. That’s it. And it’s AWESOME 

It’s described as the analog planner for the digital age.
What intrigued me is how customizable it is. You write as you go along. You add what you need. You take out what you don’t. You use just the amount of space necessary.

If you’re like me, the ordinary planner just doesn’t do it! Some days there’s too much space, other days not nearly enough. The bullet journal is perfect if you change your system as the year goes along, and if you find yourself making little notes and lists everywhere. 

Here are the basics of Bullet Journal: 

The Index 
All your pages are numbered and you fill in the index as you go as a quick find for any of your notes. 

The Yearly Log 
This is your typical year at a glance. 

The Monthly Log
Your typical month at a glance.

The Daily Log 
Your daily notes, events and tasks.
 
Modules 
Other spreads such as book lists, goal lists, etc. 

The Symbols 
The system is based around these symbols used for what is known as rapid logging: 

•task 

-note

<scheduled 

>migrated 

*important ( signifier) 

I’ve just started bullet journaling and I love it! 

It’s practical and functional. You can use any notebook. It’s a new kind of organized.

I’ll write soon about how it’s going! 

Nabeela x