35 Motivating Fitness & Wellness Bullet Journal Layouts

35 Motivating Fitness & Wellness Bullet Journal Layouts

Keeping up on our health and wellness is incredibly important and useful. However, getting started can be super challenging. I find that starting simple and keeping a group of people or one person to help you out to be the easiest way to get going. Speaking of health and wellness, here are 34 amazing fitness and wellness bullet journal layouts to help get you motivated.

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Fitness Layouts

These super motivating fitness layouts are built to track fitness, plan out fitness, and motivate your fitness! They are amazing!

“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.”

Michael John Bobak

Exercise Log by @journals_cloud

This first layouts is like a calendar and similar to a habit tracker. However, it is more specific because it focuses on exercise. I also love the use of quotes and words.

Workout Tracker by anjahome

I love the color scheme of this workout tracker. Additionally, the doodles and lettering are phenomenal. My favorite thing about this tracker is its simplicity. There are only a few workout options and tracking their completion require some simple coloring.

September Fitness Tracker

This layout is one of the first fitness trackers I ever created. This one is more intense than some of the other ones I’ve featured here; though, it was by request. This layout has sections for cardio, strength training and has a water tracker at the bottom! Keep reading to check out more water trackers!

Exercise Tracker by @aimighani

This layout features a very unique quality. Next to each exercise is a doodle demonstration of how to complete the exercise. I think that the simplicity of a layout like this one is super motivating.

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Exercise Tracker

This fitness tracker was created for a client and is meant to mirror the year in pixels mood tracking layout. However, Instead of moods, the spread tracks exercise categories. The layout also features a little motivations quote.

Jogging Tracker by  unknown creator

I never thought about using a jogging tracker before. Most trackers focus on steps or general fitness. I love that this track hones in on jogging. Small goals but way easier to stomach for someone like me who struggles to get out and exercise.

Unfortunately, I could not find the original creator. If you believe this is your work I’d love to give you credit, shoot me an email with proof!

Workout Plan

For some people, tracking is too time consuming and daunting. Maybe an alternative could be a plant instead. Creating a universal plan to refer to coud be a great alternative.

Stats and Workout Plan

I did a 21 day program and this layout is my tracker. The right is the workout plan. I would highlight the workouts which I completed. The left page is were I track my measurements.

Weight Loss Trackers

These amazing weight loss trackers help you track your weight loss. Additionally, they help you to track, plan, and record goals and rewards!

“Weight loss doesn’t begin in the gym with a dumb bell; it starts in your head with a decision.”


Toni Sorenson

Weight Tracker by @littlemissrose

I find this graph incredibly cool to look at! Not only does it track weight, it also tracks water intake, exercise, and food intake. I am inspired by this layout!

Body Measurements by @grey.and.copper

body measurements are a common weight loss tracker to be paired with weight tracking. This one is cool because it features a drawing of a body to write the measurements along side of.

Weight Loss Tracker

I created this weight loss tracker for Katrina, a client of mine who purchased a custom bullet journal inspired planner. This layout is meant to represent a board game. In addition to rewards, there is a start and finish. Each square represents a milestone!

Weight Loss and Fitness by @reenshayjournals

How gorgeous is this weight and fitness tracking duo!? The black and white minimal bold feel catches my eyes. What a cool way to pair these trackers.

Water Logs

Getting enough water is essential. If you are looking to improve your health and wellness be sure you are drinking enough water. According to HealthLine, the recommended amount of water is eight 8-ounce glasses of water. It is sometimes difficult to keep track of how much water you’ve drunk. Use one of these gorgeous water trackers to help you reach your water intake goals!

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

charles r. swindoll

Water and Step Log by @sharonajournals

Water logs don’t usually take up a ton of space. Additionally, some other trackers like steps logs and sleep trackers don’t require much space. This clean layouts is the perfect pairing or water and steps logs!

Drinking Tracker by @bullet.journal.page

I love that this layout is a drinking tracker but also provides a list of ways to get more water! These tips are super helpful. I will definitely need to take some of this advice!

Water Tracker

I created this layout for another client! This one has a column of eight water drops for each day of the month. This layout is effective and was requested; however seemingly crowded. Perhaps the droplets should have been smaller.

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Sleep Logs

In today’s society, we value sleep less than ever before. However, getting enough sleep is a must! According to HelpGuide.org a normal adult should be getting 6 to 9 hours of sleep each night! Here are soem sleep logs to help you keep track of your sleeping patterns and motivate you to get more sleep!

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.


Carol Burnett
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Sleep & H2O Tracker

Here is another combo tracker featuring a sleep log and H2O tracker. This layout is a weekly tracker, unlike most which are monthly. Again, this is a client layout created by request.

Sleep Log by Tiny Ray of Sunshine

Alot of layouts similar to this one use highlighting or colored ink to show sleep. What I love about this layout is that it uses black and white boxes instead of color! Great work by @tinyrayofsunshine.

Sleep Log by @journal.it

This sleep tracker is really pretty. I like the way the header peeks through some flowers. Additionally, each day is labelled with each hour for the day. I personally don’t prefer it this way. However, this method does make filling in the layout far easier.

Sleep Tracker

I created this layout for another client. The sleeping doodle is super cute in my opinion. Then the graph or grid style tracking keeps the layout simple. I prefer a sleep tracker like this one, but there is nothing wrong with the other methods.

Meal Planning

Do you struggle planning out your meals? Or maybe you love meal planning and want a really cool way to plan out your meals all in one place! Here is a ton of meal planning, meal tracking, and grocery list layout ideas! If you don’t already meal plan, these layouts might motivate you to get started!

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.


Og Mandino

Dinner Menu by @sheylara_shen

This dinner menu is absolutely adorable with the little doodles on half of the days. This menu is super cool and ultra simple. This layout is fun to look at and hugely inspiring.

Meal Plan by @my_journaling_corner

I love everything about this layout. The black and white color scheme adds to its effectiveness. Also, the doodles and clean lettering make this meal plan layout beautiful.

Meal Plan By @emschwartzrdm

I believe that this meal planning layout is a weekly layout. The left side appears to be the plan for each day and the right side appears to be a grocery shopping list. The straight-forwardness of this layout makes me want to recreate it for myself.

Grocery Planner

I created this layout be the request of a client. She told me exactly how she wanted it and assigned the colors to each category. I believe that she was using a simila meal plan to the one I recently tried in March. This helps you to organized your groceries according to specific categories. Thus, allowing you to be sure you have enough of everything you need.

Meal Plan & Tracker

This layout is my own version of the previous one. They relate to a similar meal plan where the food groups are categorized by color. The previous layout is for groceries. For this layout, I was tracking how much of eat food group I ate each day for that week.

Period Tracking

If you are a woman then you probably experience the dreaded period! Keeping track of your periods and symptoms is incredibly useful for a million health reasons. It is also nice to be able to predict when your period is coming. The period tracker is one that I personally use. Additionally, I use a pill tracker paired with it. Here aer some inspirational period trackers.

A lot of people would say ‘sexy’ is about the body. But to me, ‘sexy’ is a woman with confidence. I admire women who have very little fear.


Allegra Versace

Minimal Period Tracker by @abulletandsomelines

I love period trackers which use simple dots to keep track. This is similar to mine except the bordering and headers are far more creative. I love the geometric feel with the simple lettering.

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Blue Period Tracker

This period tracker is very similar to a year in pixels layout. Each box representing a period day is colored in. The color is likely red, however, this will be up to the owner of the planner. Additionally, this layout is another one created for a client.

Strawberry weeks by LittleBearCreations

Ive’ seen the phrase “strawberry” weeks around in bullet journaling for a while now. I love that the different shades of pink represent flow. This really elps you get a clear visual.

Pill and Period Tracker

Here is my pill and period tracker. I got my layout inspiration from @bulletjournalnoob. Further, I love the minimal feel to it and a simple key style. I keep these trackers next to each other because of how well they play off of each other.

Other Wellness Trackers

Not every wellness layout fits into the previous category. So, here are all the other wellness layouts! Additionally, some of these layouts include routines, medical trackers, symptom trackers, etc.


Wellness is the complete integration of body, mind, and spirit – the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being.

Greg Anderson

Good Morning & Good Night Routine & Hygiene Plan

Keeping a routine or hygiene layout is a great way to be sure you are getting everything you need done each morning and night. These types of layouts are becoming more and more popular. I am tempted to create one for myself!

Blood Pressure by unknown creator

For some, blood pressure is a super important aspect of their health to track. Regardless, blood pressure is probably something worth tracking. Here is a super well-done and creative blood pressure tracker!

Unfortunately, I could not find the original creator. If you believe this is your work I’d love to give you credit, shoot me an email with proof!

Symptom Tracker by Pinecone Papers

Do you experience a lot of symptoms? Your bullet journal is the perfect place to keep track of all your symptoms. Because of this layout, I considered doing a symptom tracker for my headaches, back pain, and wrist pain. This layout has motivated me to add one!

Doctors Appointments by Crafting Is My Life

It is easy to forget about your doctor appointments, particularly because you often schedule them so far in advance. So, here is one idea for how to keep a visual of your appointments all in one easy-to-use place.

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Health Tracker by @bulletjournalnoob

I love this habit/health tracker created by @bulletjournalnoob. She does amazing minimal work. Also, the hand lettering done here is phenomenal.

Wellness Tracker

I created this spread for a client. They wanted several different trackers and I found that they all fit nicely into one set-up. Further, the wellness trackers involved include symptoms, medications, pain, and sleep.

Morning Routine by Zig Zags and Zebras

This morning routine layout is really inspirational for me. I want to create something just like this! Additionally, you can’t hate the tropical backdrop!

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Daily Activities That Can Help Raise Motivation

Motivation in human beings is incredibly important. It is the thing that makes most things in our lives happen. In other words, if we don’t have the will to do something, we won’t do it at all. And motivation is what drives our will, what makes us do things to change something in our lives.

That’s why it’s essential to master motivation on a daily basis, to be able to inspire ourselves even if sometimes nothing goes our way. Motivation is what will move you to create new experiences and grow as a person. So, you need to know how to evoke motivation through a number of daily activities and help yourself.

1. Eat some chocolate

The effects that chocolate has on our brains are no myth. The release of dopamine it causes increases your heart level, which then increases your motivation. And not just that – it also increases serotonin and phenylethylamine that bring you both calm and the much-needed stimulation. So, in just one minute after eating chocolate, you’ll be feeling positive effects.

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2. Surround yourself with green

We all know certain colors affect our mood, and in only 10 minutes you’ll get a boost in motivation if you surround yourself with color green. And how can you do that when you need it? Well, easy – go outside! Take a short walk in your garden or go to the nearest park. Just go to a place filled with bushes and trees, and you will feel the motivation rising in you

3. Connect motivation to good feelings

It’s hard to feel motivated if you’re doing something you don’t like. The trick is to connect that annoying activity with something positive, like a favorite song. So, every time you need to do something you’d rather skip, just play your song and soon the feeling you get when you listen to your favorite song will prevail the feeling of annoyance because of the activity, and you’ll start feeling motivated.

4. Change the question

Sometimes when you get stuck, and your mind runs out of ideas, an easy solution could be to just change your focus. And in order to change focus, you need to change the question you have been asking yourself. It is usually a negative question, for example, “What is wrong with this situation?” or “What am I doing wrong?” Of course, you’ll find tons of answers to that, meaning just listing negative things and you won’t get motivated that way. Instead, change it to a positive question, like “What is good/right about this situation?” You will quickly start finding all the good things about it and slowly feeling your motivation is back.

5. Split your to-do list in half

If you take on too many things to do on a daily basis, you are bound to be disappointed, demotivated and angry at yourself. You need to be more realistic about how many things you can get done in one day, so the road to success is to cut that list to half. That way, you’ll enable yourself to do all of the things on the list, which will make you feel good about yourself and instantly motivate you to take on the tasks of the following day. It’s easier to be motivated when you have already achieved something and empowered yourself.

6. Move your physical boundary

To be a complete person, you need to awaken your motivation when it comes to testing your physical limits, no matter how small they are. Start with giving yourself a task on a daily basis that includes, for example, crossing a bicycle route that you’ll frequently change and maybe even make longer as the time passes. To avoid any problems like a flat tire (that will affect your mood and, of course, kill the motivation flow) and bad terrain, you should be prepared for all conditions. Buy high-quality tires, carry a bike pump with you and get a good mudguard – there won’t be anything to interrupt you daily motivation route.

7. Get your focus

This modern tech time brought us 24/7 connection with the whole world, making us constantly swarmed with messages, emails and video calls. The internet and all the gadgets we carry in our pockets and keeping next to us while working distract us from what we are trying to do, interrupting our chain of thoughts and preventing our motivation to spread its wings. So, next time you are trying to do something meaningful and are in need of motivation, disconnect from all the sources of unnecessary information and fun and get to work. Focus.

Final words

Small tricks that you do in 5-15 minutes can do wonders for your everyday motivation. Of course, they won’t all work with the same intensity for you, and maybe some of them won’t work at all. You just need to find out which ones do you well the most.

Meet the Author

This post was written by Audrey Taylor. Audrey was born in San Francisco and moved to Adelaide at the age of five. Marketer researcher and social media manager on hold, full – time mommy of a cheerful two-year-old. Graduated from Queensford college, worked in a couple of marketing agencies across Australia, eager to learn more about business and share her experiences. Traveled across Europe. Her hobbies include home decorating, fashion, travel, music, old movies.

Keep Productive All Day With These 7 Tips

Being productive throughout the day can be such hard work when you got to organize your day and plan your day thoroughly (which takes time). But really, it isn’t! Sometimes, even if you don’t feel productive in those days, try to experiment with what works best and what doesn’t and keep it a daily habit in your life.

Tips to Stay Productive All Day

Don’t be afraid when you missed a day or two. I know it took me some time to get used to the habit and when I failed to do so, I start again and continue on these habits. Seriously, I’m only just a student! Sometimes, work can build up, and I have to have late-nighters writing up two essays equalling up to 2500 words and a project that I need to complete within the next week. But the reason you’re here is that you want to find out ways to be more productive throughout the day and end the night feeling accomplished.

1. Wake up early

The recommended time to wake up is 5 – 7 am. If you want to wake up early, then you got to sleep early (that’s how it works, folks). I’ve tried waking up at 5 AM before, and the end result came to me finishing off more work than I usually did waking up at 8-10am.  Oh yeah, I also got more time to myself later in the afternoon, and I felt much more accomplished. And can we talk about watching the sunrise? It’s so uplifting to see the sun waking up with you. Oh, nature. And when you use an alarm, make sure you don’t snooze or hit that snooze button!

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2. Use a Planner with a To-Do List

Having a planner is a great way to keep you on the right track when it comes to planning out your day. You can either use a physical, digital or even just a piece of paper for writing down your to-do list. There are plenty of free digital planners that are available in the app stores that can be installed on your phone and computer.  I personally like to use physical planners because I don’t have to worry about losing my data if my phone or computer crashes (this actually happened back then when I forgot to back up my data. Oops).

3. Eat a Good Breakfast

Start the day off by making breakfast with food that is high in protein like eggs, beans, dairy products and meat and add in vegetables and fruits (of course). You got plenty of time to do this because you’ve wakened up early. Protein helps repair cells, builds tissues in our system and is important for our bones, muscles, cartilage, blood, and skin. With Protein, you’re also inputting energy into your system so you can focus on what you’re doing.

7 Ways to Keep Productive All Day

4. Meditate after you wake up

Ever since I started meditating at 6 AM each morning, the way I handle my day better improved. It helps to reduce anxiety, stress, and insomnia that I use to have. Start meditating in the morning after waking up because you’re well rested and ready to start the day. Everyone is still asleep giving you a reason to have peace & quiet with no distractions.

5. Exercise

Exercising releases adrenaline, keeps you fit and makes you more motivated and more likely to be productive. Say, go for a run, jog or stroll in the morning or later during the day. I take a stroll later in the day because depending on the weather, mornings are always freezing! You don’t have to go to the GYM all the time (unless you want to). You can exercise at home using free apps or looking up on Pinterest.

6. Make Your Bed

We can agree than organizing, or spring cleaning is like the best way to feel motivated, confident and happy. Being organized can also increase your productivity. You will start the day off more accomplished since you just did your first task; making the bed! Decluttering helps you reduce anxiety. It involves physical activity, so you’re keeping fit. Decluttering is also mindfulness because it doesn’t take a lot of thinking and creates confidence and self-efficacy.

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7. Set a Goal

Lastly, set at least 3-5-day goals or make a weekly goal that you want to achieve that day. The purpose of setting a goal is to make yourself feel accomplished, motivated, satisfied, focused and confident. Confident that you could achieve anything as well as point you in the right direction toward being more productive. Isn’t that what life’s purpose is?

I always set a weekly goal and write down things that I have accomplished every Sunday. Sundays are like my only days off, but depending on you, you can either do this at night or whatever time fits you best.

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Meet the Author

Bio: This post was written by Ellen of ZyraKuma. Ellen is a blogger and owner of her lifestyle site ZyraKuma. She writes posts about lifestyle, self-care and blogging tips. She is currently a student in Australia who is pursuing a career in Illustration or Graphic Design. Ellen loves to draw, play video games, read and help people. She also has a pet duck. You can view more from ZyraKuma on Instagram, Pinterest and, Twitter

How to be Productive When You Don’t Want To

Being productive when you do not want to be is one of the hardest obstacles to overcome. Finding the motivation to complete the tasks you need to might ultimately come down to one thing: taking care of yourself. A lack of motivation might also be a lack of interest. This article will give you everything you need to be productive when you do not want to be. This post may contain affiliate links

Routine | Create Habits

One of the most effective ways of being productive when you don’t want to is to create a routine and build habits. If you wake up at the same time every day for an extended period, it will become natural, and after a while, it will be more effort to vire from your routine than to wake up as usual.

Create a regular routine. For example, every day I am up between 7:30 and 8:30 AM. At this point, I get up, use the restroom, wash my face, and get ready for the day. Once I am dressed, I make my bed and open all of the blinds to let in the fresh sunshine. At this point (Usually approaching 9 AM), I make myself breakfast and boot up my laptop. I go into each morning with one large task in mind to complete, I then finish that task first. I then close out my day with dinner around 7 PM, yoga for 20 to 60 minutes, and a shower.

Having this routine for a long time, I have begun doing this without even thinking about it. Before I know it, I am productive and following my regular plan. Building this routine was not easy, it was hard, but one day something just snapped, and it was more uncomfortable not to follow my routine than it was to be productive. Create a routine that fits your needs and practice it until it becomes a habit.

Self-Care | Take Care of Yourself

Taking care of yourself is essential to being productive. If you do not take care of yourself, and as a result don’t feel good, you will not want to work. I am at my least productive after eating a bunch of junk food, not having slept well, or skipping my regular exercise.

What makes you feel most sluggish? Whatever it is, cut it out—Do NOT do it anymore. Make a point to find a replacement. For me, I replace candies with yogurt and fruit. I replaced soda with carbonated water. Find alternatives that work for you.

Additionally, it is essential to have a self-care plan. You need to work this plan into your schedule. Some items on my plan include washing my face every morning and night, eating a healthy breakfast in the morning, doing daily yoga (even if it’s only for 15 minutes), watching YouTube videos before bed, and getting to sleep at a decent time. Create a self-care plan full of things that make you feel better, and implement it into your routine!

Need more self-care ideas? Check out my 30-day challenge or these 10 quick self-care ideas!

Positive Quotes to Brighten Your Mood

Enjoyment | Positive Outlook

One of the biggest hindrances of productivity is a lack of interest in what you are doing. If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, you won’t want to do it. Makes sense right? So what do you do about this if what you need to do is your job or required? Try to look at everything you find aweful with a positive twist. Reward yourself for completing these tasks. If you have boring paperwork to complete, try telling yourself that once you complete the paperwork you can get up and take a lap around the office, or you will get that raise you’ve been waiting for. Set up a reward system for completing boring or menial tasks.

If you think that you might be burnt out of your job or if you hate your job as a whole, consider talking to a career counselor about possibly changing up your career. Finding satisfaction in work is incredibly important for a fulfilling and happy life. People spend a large majority of time at work, more than they spend doing anything else. If you hate it, perhaps you need to find a different place to work or look into going back to school in a field that you will actually enjoy—there is absolutely no shame in this! It is essential to find a positive outlook about your tasks to be able to complete them productively and if you just can’t be positive, look into changing up your career!

If you just don’t want to be productive, combat it by creating a routine, taking care of yourself, and looking at your work with a positive frame of mind.

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20+ Positive Quotes to Brighten Your Mood

It is so incredibly easy to fall into a slump of anger, sadness, or anxiousness. The world can be so depressing and hard to deal with. If you are in a slump or looking for something to brighten your mood, check out these 20 positive quotes!

Brightening Quotes

“Life is better while laughing.”

unknown

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”

thich nhat hanh

“Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.”

anonymous

“Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections”

bob marley

“Smile often, think positively, give thanks, laugh loudly, love others, dream big.”

unknown
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“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”

albert schweitzer

“Stay positive, work hard, and make it happen.”

anonymous

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

groucho marx

“Kindness is a wonderful way to let another struggling soul know that there is still love in this world.”

unknown

“Stay positive, work hard, and make it happen.”

anonymous
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Happy Quotes

“Whoever is happy will make others happy.”

anne frank

“Be kinder to yourself and then let your kindness flood the world.”

pema chodron

“The darkest nights produce the brightest stars.”

anonymous

“I’m choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.”

elizabeth gilbert

“Happiness is not the absence of problems it’s the ability to deal with them.”

unknown
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“Hey little fighter, soon things will be brighter.”

anonymous

“Choose happy.”

unknown

“Regardless of how anyone else feels about me, I am going to choose to be happy and completely love myself today.”

unknown

“I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.”

unknown

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

albus dumbledore
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Positive Quotes

“If you want happiness for an hour—take a nap, If you want happiness for a day—go fishing, If you want happiness for a year-inherit a fortune, If you want happiness for a lifetime-help someone else.”

chinese proverb

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”

winnie the pooh

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

abraham lincoln

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

buddha

“Happiness is a warm puppy.”

charles M. schulz
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Conclusion

Not all of these quotes are perfect for every person who reads them. I hope that you have found some quotes that resonate with you. These quotes are meant to brighten your mood and help you find happiness. Keep these positive quotes as reminders in your journal, on your desk, in your locker, or in your planner for when you are feeling down.

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Easy Steps to Create a Stunning Home Study Space

I don’t know about you, but I always found it easier to concentrate when I’m in a pleasant environment. In fact, being comfortable, and having an organized and personalized space around me seems to help me keep my mind focused and get much more done. With that in mind, you may be considering creating a space dedicated to study and work in your home. However, before you do check out the advice below for some help.

Choose A Location

Before you can put in a study space, you need to pick where it will go. You have to be pretty smart about this as well. You want to be smart because you don’t want to be stuck getting distracted all of the time. To this end, an area such as the attic or basement can be the perfect spot. These secluded spaces make it more difficult for people to find you and distract you. This more private space means you will get left alone most of the time to concentrate.

However, before you go ahead with installing your study space, you need to ensure that the area is suitable for long periods of time. That can mean installing basement waterproofing, heat, and light into a subterranean space, or cleaning out an attic room. Also, remember to make your that the floor is sturdy enough to hold the furniture you need.

Easy Steps to Create a Stunning Home Study Space

Pick Furniture

The next step on most folks’ lists when creating a study space is to pick out the furniture that the will need to get work done. Usually, this is a desk and chair and sometimes some books shelves and draws to keep things organized as well. Find your space becomes cluttered fast? Check out these tips.

Make sure that the items you pick are not only fit in with the decor you want but are also comfortable and sturdy. After all, you will spend quite a bit of time in that space. So, the furniture you pick needs to fit the space.

Otherwise, you could end up with a painful back for being in a chair that isn’t supportive of your posture, or even developing RSI if you don’t have your desk at the right height for your computer keyboard.

Add Personal Touches

To finish off your study areas and make it your own it’s nice to include some decorations and personalized touches. What you pick is entirely up to you of course, and many folks are happy enough with a few photos of their family and pets on the desk.

However, if you want the space to have a more cohesive look, you could choose colors that fit in with the broader scheme. Plants in metallic pots are in style this season. Additionally, hanging decorations like the paper pom poms that you can DIY are an easy decor choice.

Follow these tips and you will have the perfect study space to encourage productivity in your studies.

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How to Boost Productivity Working from Home

More and more people are choosing to work from home. Whether you have a home-based job, you run a business from home, or your employer offers flexible working options, it is important to be as productive as possible. There is an assumption that working from home is easy, but this should not be the case. Working from home suits many people, but others prefer the structure and formality of an office. If you are switching to a home office or you are spending more time at home, here are 3 simple ways to fulfill your potential and maximize productivity away from the office.

Establish A Routine

When you have an office job, you know that you have got to sign in and sign out at certain times. With a home-based role, there is more flexibility, but that does not mean that you should throw routine out of the window.

Most of us work better when we have set patterns in place. Establish a routine that works for you. If you are an early riser and you are more productive in the mornings, start early and tick off the most arduous or complex tasks first. If you do not feel alive until 10 am, consider a later start and work until later in the day.

You may also need to factor in time zones. If you negotiate with clients in different countries or states and the other person’s schedules. Similarly, if you participate in meetings or catch-ups with colleagues on a regular basis, take note of time zones when establishing your routine. If you are not used to working at home, it may take you a few weeks to figure out what works best for you. But you may find that this more flexible approach to working hours suits you perfectly.

Get Your Working Environment Right

When people say they are working from home, it is easy to envision them lying around in loungers with a laptop balanced on their knee and the TV on. The reality is that you are not going to be able to make working from home work for you unless the environment is right. No matter what you do and how much time you spend out of the office, you need an area that is geared towards work. This space should be a place that affords peace and the ability to focus, concentrate, and enjoy some privacy. Spare rooms, attic rooms, and garages can all work well as home offices.

Once you’ve chosen a space, think about how you want to decorate and present it. Choose furniture that will provide comfort, as well as a style. Add touches that will help you feel relaxed, but also energized. You might add houseplants or a scent diffuser machine. If you can, position your desk close to a window, as natural light is proven to increase productivity. It is also a lot more pleasant to look out over fields, ocean waves, or a garden than it is to stare at blank walls.

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Be More Organized

When you work from home, you need to be organized. You can use the same scheduling tools as you do at the office, or you can use a wall planner or an in and out tray system that will enable you to keep track of what you have done. Establish a list of tasks and jobs every day and work on them. For more information about office organization check here, and for more information about time management check here.

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It is perfectly possible to be as productive at home as you are in office. Simply apply these tips, and you will be cruising through your to-do list in no time!

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Take Back Control of Your Life

It is time to take back control. This could be your finances, your home, your fitness, your career, your anything—your everything. Here is a list of tips, tricks, and bits of advice that could help you take back control in your life.

There is nothing more magical than seeing the world through a kid’s eyes. It’s that unabashed Disney outlook where everything is possible and nothing – nothing – is out of reach. You can be who you want to be, live where you want to live, think beyond the confines of everyday logic. You chase dreams so wild you go from being a ballerina in space to a friendly dinosaur that just wants to own his own coffee shop in the castle grounds.

But as we get older, this magic starts to fade and we start to realize there is no pot of gold at the bottom of the rainbow, there is no tooth fairy and that none of us has much control over our own lives.

Well, using the motivation that is the month of January, it is time to make changes relating to anything and everything you feel the need to take back control of in your life. It could be your finances, your home, your fitness, your career, your anything—your everything. So, here is a list of tips, tricks, and bits of advice that could help you slay the dragon and finally embrace that childlike wonder we all wish we had never let go of.

Take Back Control of Your Life

1. Have a Regular Sleep Schedule

Sleep until you feel fully-rested which, you may or may not want to accept, is 7-8 solid hours a night. Some of you may be looking at those numbers and telling yourself that you need at least 10 hours, but that will be feeding into your feeling fatigue. It is not just about getting seven or eight hours, though. It is about getting into a regular routine so that your body knows when it is bedtime when it is time to get up and that the full forty winks have been had. To get all sciencey, it is about allowing your brain to maintain a “healthy circadian rhythm”. Sleep the first step to having more structure and order and this translates into control. A regular sleep schedule is great for time management, read more here.

2. Scare Yourself Every So Often

Baz Luhrmann may have been a tad excessive when he said, “do one thing every day that scares you,” but he was certainly onto something. Life is a terrifying place, it is. It has to be. After all, we are mortal. But, all too often, our fears prevent us from doing the things that we may love; the things that we want to do and achieve. But fear is nothing more than a projection in your mind and very different from danger, so once you get into the habit of facing your fears, you’ll find they have no control over you anymore. That’s when you’ll find wings appear on your back and the self-imposed cage around your mind disappears, leaving you to be as free as you like.

3. Take Back Control of Your Home

We mean this in every sense possible. If you have kids and their toys have started to take over every single room in your humble space, then dedicate a day to cleaning up and create a playroom for your kids.

If you think you have some pests, then it could be time to call in the rodent control professionals. Or if your home is just cluttered, then it is time to start organizing what you have. Mess causes stress. Not only that but the more stuff we have, the more we are shackled to it. We start feeling like the clutter owns us instead of us owning it.

4. Stick to Renting

We live in a society where we feel we should own the home we live in. There are financial advantages to home owning. But there are also big advantages to renting. For example, you know exactly what monthly costs are going to be; no baseline interest rates going up, no emergency repair costs to do battle with, nothing. Owning a home simply means having 515% of your net worth tied up in a single investment. If, however, you rent, then you can diversify your investments. Basically, owning a home – or anything for that matter – means owning a fair amount of responsibilities and obligations too.

Also, when it comes to taking back control of your life, the chance to move somewhere new and change your life at a moment’s notice is something that shouldn’t be overlooked.

5. Delete “Social” Apps

If you want to take back control of your life – like really take it back – then you need to stop wasting time on the rabbit hole that is social media. It is a time-vacuum. It sucks up the most valuable commodity any of us have. Instead, you should use the time you spend on social media to do something else, something worthwhile, something that is enjoyable.

Think about the last time you were scrolling mindlessly through social media. It wasn’t even fun. Don’t get us wrong, there are some amazing benefits to social media, such as chatting to friends and staying in contact with distant loved ones, but you should not be on there, for no reason. Check it once a day and then look up and live.

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6. Save What You Can, When You Can

Magic can happen when you have some money tucked away. You could be treating yourself spontaneously without sleeping with regret from your spending. You could go on holiday with your friends, or buy your loved one a surprise. Having money in savings means financial stability, and that means a huge amount of stress has been lifted.

Saving is all about living beneath your means to prioritize other things in your life. It becomes less about making money and more about being able to have experienced. However, to really make this work, I recommend making your savings automatic. Take the temptation to spend and out of your hands by setting up a process where money leaves your current account and enters your savings account automatically without you even noticing. That’s the best way to be sure you are saving regularly.

7. Drop Anything You Do Not Need

We all own things we do not need and we all do things that do not add any value to our lives, so, what you ought to do is to get rid of these things. Get rid of all those objects that are taking up space and tying you down. Stop going to those activities you may have once enjoyed but no longer do. Cut ties with anyone in your life that is chock-full of negativity. Life is too short to do things that do not make you happy and there certainly isn’t space to do things that make you unhappy. Instead, focus on making room for the things that are important to you. Make time, make space, and make emotional energy for these things. You will find yourself in a much better headspace if you do.

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8. Make Choices – Take that Control

There are very few things that are set in stone, physically impossible, and totally lock you down. You more often have a choice. You have the chance to say you can do something instead of thinking that you cannot. You also have the chance to say no to something, regardless of your reasoning. It is all a matter of choice and knowing what you want.

Break the cycle of automatically saying you cannot do something and you will find that you are in a way more control of your life. That is the trick though. You have to take the time to pause and think, you have to sit down and think about what your options are, what choices you have and then deciding based on those. Do not allow yourself to automatically think something is impossible; that is a surefire of losing your control over your life.

Now that you have more tools in your belt to take control of your life, pick one and implement it today!

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Why It Is Never Too Late to Chase Your Dreams

What dreams did you have when you were younger? Some people would say they wanted to be an astronaut, and others would have said they wanted to become a superhero. Children love to dream and they love to think of unique ways to live out their lives, but reality will eventually settle in and those dreams will change to become more realistic. Unfortunately, when reality hits, many people give up on their passions assuming they could not be done—they aren’t realistic.

Learn how to create effective goals here.

However, chasing your passions in at least some form is always doable. Sure, maybe you’re a little too old to become the athletic legend that you wanted to become when you were young. But becoming the coach that trains the next athletic legend is surely a satisfying compromise. Think it is too late to follow your dreams? Here are some reasons why it’s not too late.

Why It Is Never Too Late to Chase Your Dreams

Age is Not a Factor

Some dreams are going to be restricted by age, but if a 94-year old woman can go skydiving, then anyone could muster up the courage to chase their passions and dreams. Age is often seen as a biological factor that prevents us from doing what we love, but there are people all over the world defying this. They choose to ignore the unbelievers and chase what they want in life. After all, it is far better to be happy and live life knowing you tried, than to forever regret not giving your dreams a chance and living a life of regret.

Why It Is Never Too Late to Chase Your Dreams

Anyone Can Learn

If you feel like you don’t have the knowledge to follow your dreams, then stop right there. Learning has never been easier thanks to advances in modern technology. It is never too late to chase your passions and it’s never too late to see just how far you can take them. Have you always wanted to create graphics or touch-up the photographs that you take? Then sign yourself up for Adobe training exercises and resources. Want to learn how to dance or produce music? Go out there and get yourself an instrument or a dancing instructor. Do not settle for less; if you want to chase your dreams then don’t let learning be a barrier.

Why It Is Never Too Late to Chase Your Dreams

Yes, there are some physical and biological limitations that will prevent us from doing certain things. However, if you are willing to compromise and embrace those limitations, then you can achieve virtually anything. Do not let your age, your knowledge, or even your surroundings stop you from chasing your dreams and following your passions. Use whatever resources and support you have available to you and give yourself the means to live a life you can be happy with.

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How to Create Effective Goals | Includes Free Worksheet

With every new year comes new goals and hopes to achieve these goals. Unfortunately, many of us create goals that never get completed. Why is this? One reason you might not achieve your goals is that the way you wrote it is too vague, not realistic, or has no deadline. This post is all about how to write effective goals that you can achieve. This post may contain affiliate links.

Learn how to write Long-Term Goals HERE or Learn more about SMART Goals HERE.

How to Create Effective Goals

Define Your Goal

The first thing you need to do when writing effective goals is to define the goal. What do you want to achieve? This is the easy part—getting your idea written down. However, there is more to a goal than just writing it down. Your goals need to be specific, measurable, time-sensitive, achievable, and realistic.

Make Your Goals Specific

An effective goal is a specific goal. If you do not clearly define your goal using measurable terms, you will be less inclined to complete it. Your goal needs to be so specific that it might involve smaller more specific goals to achieve the overarching goal. Read more specifically about these smaller step ladder goals here.

Make it Measurable

An effective goal needs to be measurable. This means that you need to define how you will measure your goal. Are you measuring your goal by smaller tasks or deadlines within your large goal, are you measure with time or an amount? No matter how you choose to measure your goal, measure it.

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Set A Realistic Deadline

If your goal does not have a due date, you will feel no pressure to complete it. How can a goal be effective if you are not motivated to complete it by a specific time? Make sure this deadline is realistic and that you have used the specifics and measurements define above to create your deadline. Having a realistic deadline can make a goal that might otherwise not be effective.

How to Create an Effective Goal

Is Your Goal Achievable and Realistic?

How likely is it that you can reach your goal by the dates you have set for yourself? To determine achievability, you must be honest with yourself. It’s common that our expectations are unrealistic, thus, making them unachievable. We get excited and don’t think about how our goal will fit into daily life. It’s often the issue that we set a date that is too soon so that we feel overwhelmed. It’s also common that we set dates that are too far away and we put off achieving our goal, leaving it to the last minute.

Effective goals written in this format are commonly known as SMART goals. They are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-sensitive. Follow this format, and you are sure to have an effective goal!

Now that you know how to write an effective goal, sit down with a pen and paper, and create your goal!

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4 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Office Space

Whether it’s a whole room in your house or apartment, a carefully proportioned square in an office building, or something in between, odds are you’re spending a substantial portion of the day in your office. Because of that, your office space – like you – has a lot of work to do. It has to be a productive space, but also one that inspires, keeps you healthy, and is generally as pleasant to be in as possible.

There’s no reason to spend 8 hours a day in an unpleasant space. So, if you feel like your workspace isn’t all it should be, read on to find out a few areas you can look to for improvements.

Hang It Up

First things first: No matter how big or small your office is, one thing you’re always in absolute control of is what’s on your desk. And if that’s a bunch of clutter, it could actually be hurting your productivity. Learn more about decluttering your desk here.

One way to fix that is adding storage, of course. But if you’ve got limited space, and no room for shelving? Try hanging things up – keys, headphones, and similar items can go straight onto hooks. Get a hangable container for your pens and other writing utensils. Anything that helps you get the random items off your desk immediately improves your workstation. 

4 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Office Space

Write It Down

In some ways, this is a lifestyle change. I won’t spend a lot of time convincing you; I remember a time in my life when I laughed at people for being so organized to carry a planner. Now? My planner never leaves my side. Let me at least say this: Writing things down gives your important tasks a physical space and keeps them from zooming around in your mind all day.

This is another simple upgrade because it’s hard to start writing things down if you don’t have the materials. And those materials come in many forms: a planner, a calendar, sticky notes – it’s all a matter of what works for you.

Feel like you’re wasting paper? Try a whiteboard for your lists. There’s nothing more satisfying than erasing items one at a time until everything’s cleared.

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Add Some Life to Your Office Space

This isn’t an organization technique – it’s a way to improve your mental state. You could take this literally, and grab yourself a potted plant. If your office lacks much light, a shady plant is great – alternately, it’s hard to kill a cactus.

Of course, pictures take a lot less effort. You could hang up scenic photos, an image of your favorite painting, or even a movie poster of one of your favorites.

Adding life could mean adding bits of your own life, too. Try dedicating a space in your office to some personal effects. Photos of hobbies, a statuette of a musical instrument you play. For me? It’s a small shelf just above my desk with a handful of my favorite novels that I’ve read dozens of times.

Get creative with your space, and it’ll be a much nicer place to be.

Take A Stand – Or A Better Seat

On a more sobering note, the research is in – and sitting is truly terrible for you. To that end, I can’t stress enough the wisdom of investing in a standing desk – or, for flexibility, an adjustable one.

Still don’t like the idea of standing? You can at least make sitting healthier and more comfortable. If your back is hurting while you work at your desk, it could mean you’re not sitting correctly. Sitting properly depends on a number of factors, and it can at least be partially addressed by getting a better chair. So, make yourself comfortable in your office – it’s good for you.

Is your office space hurting your productivity? Pick at least one of these simple upgrades to implement into your own office!

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25 Self-Love Quotes

Self-love is such an important topic and practice. And no one is able to love you like you can. These quotes are meant to help you with your own self-care in a little way! Everyone is important and needs some pampering, that includes yourself! Try adding these quotes to images on your wall, write them in your notebooks or on your calendar, they are an awesome way to remind you of your importance to this world! I hope these self-love quotes can inspire you to love yourself more!

Self-Love Quotes

She took a deep breath and let it go.

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Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.

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If you realized how beautiful you are, you would fall at your own feet.

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I am Grounded. My spirit is grounded deep in the earth. I am Calm, Strong, Centered, and Peaceful. I can let go of fear and trust that I am eternally safe. And I am worthy of all things beautiful.

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Darling don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first

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Self-Love Ideas

  • Take some time off
  • Take a bath
  • Get a massage
  • Eat some Chocolate

Self-Love Quotes

Be kinder to yourself and then let your kindness flood the world.

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I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.

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Inhale. Exhale.

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Worrying won’t stop the bad stuff from happening it just stop you from enjoying the good.

eleanor roosevelt

Be with those who help your being.

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Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.

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Self-Care Ideas

  • Write yourself a love note
  • Take a walk
  • Treat yourself
  • Go out with friends

More Quotes

Admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.

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Maybe it’s not always about trying to fix something broken. Maybe it’s about starting over and creating something better.

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ast does not equal the future. It does not matter that you failed yesterday, or all day today. What matters is what are you going to do, right now?

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None of us come to this earth to gain our worth; we bring it with us.

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Forgive yourself for not having the foresight to know what now seems so obvious in hindsight.

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You’ll never be happy if you continuously hold onto things that make you sad.

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Want more self-care ideas? Check out these fundamentals.

One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.

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Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.

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Chin up beautiful. Don’t let it get to you.

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Choose Happy

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Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.

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The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.

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5 Time Management Tools You Need To Be Productive

We live in a fast-paced society surrounded by incredibly busy people. And when you are an incredibly busy person, it is hard to keep everything straight. A lot of the time this internal chaos is the result of poor time management. This article provides 5 tools for improving time management.This article utilizes Amazon Affiliate Links

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#1 Sleep

The first step in time management improvement is to get enough sleep. When you are running on less than the recommended 7 hours of sleep your brain isn’t functioning at its highest capacity. Because of this, you become more easily overwhelmed, exhausted, and lazy feeling. Learn more about designing your bedroom to get a good nights sleep here.

When you are able to get 7 hours of consecutive sleep you will feel amazing! You will be more capable of handling the crazy chaos each day brings.

To Do

#2 Daily To-Do List

There are a million ways to improve your time management and one of the most common methods is a daily to-do list. While I prefer a planner with everything all laid out in one portable spot, a to-do list is super simple and easy for anyone to use.

A to-do list doesn’t have to be anything fancy or costly. All you really need is a pen and some paper.

When it comes to utilizing a to-do list, I recommend referring to it each morning. Before you get anything done, read over your to-do list and revise it if you need to. Now you know what your goals are for the day and you can get started!

#3 Planner

My favorite time management tool is my planner! There are, again, a million types of planners. You can use a bullet journal, premade planner, notebook, or an app on your phone or computer.

Bullet Journal & Notebook

I currently use a bullet journal (see my 15 simple bullet journal page ideas post or the bullet journal beginners challenge for more detail). Before making a bullet journal, I recommend looking at other bullet journals to give you some ideas. You can see a wide variety of page ideas over on my Planners and Calendars Pinterest board. Once you have figured out how you want your journal to work, you’ll need a notebook. I highly recommend the Essentials Grid-lined Notebook.

The bullet journal is one of the most customizable planner options. A notebook is very similar though. If you choose to go the notebook route, then good for you! Each person is different and the important thing is that you find something that works for you and your needs.

Premade Planners

The third option is a pre-made planner. There are a million brands and styles out there to choose from. Check out these planners by At-A-Glance, there are some great options!

Apps & Websites

The final option is phone or computer apps. There are so many apps nowadays that it is hard to keep track. Some apps that I use and love for time management assistance include myhomeworkapp.com, Google Calendar for Android, and Microsoft OneNote.

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myHomeworkapp.com

I like myhomeworkapp.com because it is explicitly for homework and delivers customized notifications to my phone to remind me to get my projects done on time. Myhomework is also amazing because it works on both my phone and my laptop, providing me with access to my homework no matter where I am. Lastly, the myhomework phone app is amazing because it comes with a widget that displays my homework right there.

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Google Calendar App

Google Calendar for Android is nice because it links right up to my google account making it accessible both on my laptop and on my phone. I used this app more before I discovered bullet journaling but still tend to keep it around for the reminders feature.

Microsoft One Note

One Note

OneNote, like the other two apps, is mobile and laptop friendly. Here I can make quick notes or to-do lists from my phone when I do not have access to my bullet journal. I can then see these lists on my laptop.

With all your lists, to-do’s, and appointments in one place, you are now better prepared to take on everything the day wants to throw at you.

#4 Calendar

This next time management tool was already touched on a little bit, but I’ve decided to talk about it separately because of how useful it really is. Calendars provide a nice monthly overview and can include a variety of things and come in a variety of shapes.

Like I mentioned, I use my bullet journal calendar and Google Calendar for Android. However, my most-used calendar is a whiteboard. I’ve had my whiteboard calendar for so long, I don’t have a single clue where I got it. However, I was able to find a similar one, you can check that out here.

My whiteboard calendar is a life saver. I love it because it doesn’t waste paper, mounts right up on the wall with Command Strips, and can be easily accessed by everyone in my household. I usually put appointments, work schedule, and events up on this calendar, so it is less about detail and more an overview.

#5 Have an Organized Space

The final time management tool is having an organized space. If you are living in clutter, then you will feel cluttered. Having a space that is designated for your work and has all the supplies you require within reach is essential. If you would like to learn more about how to declutter your workspace head on over my 6 Ways to Declutter Your Desk Space post.

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How to Create Do-able Long-Term Goals

When it comes to making a long-term goal, we are often discouraged by a goal that is too broad, seems to have no purpose or no roadmap. This post is meant to provide a step-by-step process for creating a do-able long-term goal.

Having a goal to work towards is so important, I cannot stress it enough. Goals are what keep people motivated to survive. Think about it, if you did not have a goal (even teeny-tiny ones), what would you be doing right now? Nothing, you’d probably be doing nothing. You wouldn’t need to do anything. You wouldn’t be motivated to.

More About Goals

Everyone has their own unique concept of goal-making. Some people write a daily checklist or to-do list, and others have long-term dreams. Even if we don’t notice or realize it, goals exist everywhere.

To Do List

You go to the grocery store and your goal is to get groceries, maybe you have a list, maybe you are winging it—either way, it’s a goal! You go to school, your goal is to get an education, or maybe to make friends. When you lay around the house all day and your goal might be to relax after a hard week—maybe the goal is to do nothing. There is a goal motivating everything that we do.

The Makings of a Goal

There are several components to a well-written and doable long-term goal. First, you must understand what the goal is. Next, identify the purpose of your goal. Then, identify several step-ladder goals. And finally, do it!

Recognize Your Goal

To create a quality goal, you must first know exactly what you want the outcome to be. This is essentially your goal. For example, my goal is to get a Master’s degree in clinical mental health.

Your goal can be as specific or as broad as you would like it. All that is required for this step is to know the desired outcome and to write it down.

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Identify Your Goal’s Purpose

Now that you have identified your goal, you need to know why that is your goal. This is called the purpose. A goal’s purpose influences how the goal is created and accomplished. The purpose is also the factor that motivates you to achieve your goal.

The purpose of my goal (getting a Master’s degree), is to be able to work as a counselor. An alternative purpose could be to further my education.

Whatever the purpose of your goal is, identify it and write it down.

Creating Specific Step-Ladder Goals

The final step to creating an effective long-term goal is to come up with a list of smaller goals or step-ladder goals. Step-ladder goals are meant to make the main goal seem less overwhelming and more doable.

 To complete my long-term goal of getting a graduate degree, I must first complete other smaller goals. My step-ladder goals include getting into graduate school, completing my required courses, completing my practicum, completing my internship, and completing the necessary requirements for state licensure.

For the alternative purpose (furthering my education), I have different step ladder goals. These might include taking a variety of courses, building a good professional relationship with two faculty members, getting involved in at least one club, and participating in at least one research study.

Generally, step-ladder goals are very specific and include more detail than my simplified example lists. These goals are meant to make your life easier and to provide a step-by-step process to complete your main goal.

It is important to remember that you may not know every detail for each step-ladder goal right away. Sometimes other steps must be achieved before others can be identified. For my example, details to most of the goals cannot be specified until I have chosen a graduate program. Once I have chosen a graduate program, I will input the nitty-gritty details into my list.

It is also important to recognize that these steps are not set in stone. Life happens and things change, so cut yourself some slack. If you get working towards your goal and realize that one of your step-ladder goals aren’t helpful or that something else would be more valuable, then change it!

Implement Your Step-Ladder Goals

It is one thing to have your goals written down, but it is an entirely different thing to actually do them. I can provide you with a nice organized PDF to help you organize this information, but I cannot motivate you to go through with it. That is up to you and you are more than capable of doing it!

Just remember to write it down, make it realistic, and be specific.

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