Day 148: starting flexible journal

After contemplating for a while, I finally decided to give bullet journal a la Sarah’s style a try. Few reasons:

  1. Writing down the daily tasks help to reduce anxiety as I get to decide to include what’s feasible/important and leave enough space for non-work related tasks that bring me joy.
  2. Focus. Knowing exactly what are the important tasks I need to conquer first so I can shift to fun things make me focus even more.
  3. Habit tracker and goals. Writing them down every morning remind me what habits and goals I want to accomplish. I don’t track habits that are effortless to me such as workout, but those that I want to develop as second nature. Therefore, these might change from month to month.
  4. Time record of this crazy time. I am surprised that we’ve survived this living condition for almost 5 months already, how did we manage? This journal and blog will allow me to remember it in the future.
  5. Visually pleasing. Recently I found crafting brings me joy and calmness, and writing the journal with a cup of tea and colourful pencils for 10-15 min could also serve as a “crafting” activity.

I plan to do reflect after few weeks. Currently, I’m following Sarah’s layout as I am not very creative and I find hers a good guide start.

Reflection on meal planning

  • I overestimated amount of leftovers. Realistically I only need to cook maybe 3 or 4 dishes max per week, paired with vegetables instead of 7.
  • I can’t follow day-to-day meal plans as it depends on my workload and mood to prepare something fancy or simple. So I’ll go back to meal ideas instead of meal plans.
  • Make only 1 or 2 new recipes per week. No matter how simple is the new recipe, the unknown part makes it sound like more elaborate thus requires more mental energy.
  • I like repeated meals. I don’t need novelty everyday. i could eat the same meal over and over again and still very happy about it. A testament is my morning breakfast oatmeal bowl.

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Sharing a wining combo for girls’ dinner last week that they have 5 out of 7 nights. Soup + cheesy quesadilla. Last week I made green pea soup, carrot soup, and corn chowder, all welcomed by the girls, especially Sofia. She likes to dip the quesadilla to the soup.

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Sofia teaching Lizzy to do runner’s lounge 😀


Gratitude: I am grateful that my girls are adopting habits that will serve them for a long time such as joy of exercising, vegetables make us strong and we don’t need to kill anyone, reading, showing love with physical hugs. I liked a quote from podcast yesterday “we parents teach all the time, sometimes with words”.

One thought on “Day 148: starting flexible journal

  1. Good luck with the journaling! I’ve never really adopted that style of journaling though it is intriguing and sometimes I feel like it would be fun. I already do my gratitude journal entry plus what I call a “highlight journal” where I write a paragraph each morning outlining everything I did the day before in a special graph paper notebook. Plus, I have my habit tracker I check off plus I have my dayplanner with some to-do lists, etc. So I don’t really have time to do any more journaling! Haha.


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