Do you wish you had the opportunity to use your diary more? You know the drill, you buy a gorgeous diary and then sometimes it can sit there for a week without you needing to use it. You longingly gaze at the unopened pages of the diary with its equally gorgeous pen resting on top. It is such an amazing piece of stationery, you wish that you could use it more. Well now you can. Your diary does not have to be reserved for appointments only. There are so many other ways that you can use it. Let’s have a look at how to use a diary to its full potential.
How To Use A Diary To Its Full Potential
Your diary is a fantastic space to plan anything and everything to do with your life. If it is inked on the page in front of you, then it is hard to ignore.
Meal Plans: After a long day it can be hard to come up with fresh and healthy meal ideas. So take some time to create a meal plan in your diary and remove the need to think about it after work or school. Either plan the week ahead in one sitting, or make it part of your daily routine. You could also write yourself a shopping list for the ingredients you need to make the meals.
Exercise: Do you keep missing those classes at the gym? Or maybe you just want to be a bit more regular with your activity. Then write it in your diary. You are much more likely to stick to your plan if your consciously plan out your routine.
Finances: Plan out your financial week or month. Note down any bills that need to be paid, or regular deductions from your account so that you don’t get caught short. You can also keep track of your budget so that you know exactly how much money you have to work with.
Going hand in hand with planning is tracking. And your diary is a fantastic place to track your progress on any number of things…
Goals: A goal without a plan is just a wish. Break your big goal into manageable bite sized chunks and keep yourself on target by tracking them in your diary. You will be able to see your progress throughout the year and if you are falling behind on where you need to be.
Food Diary: Keep a record of the things you eat. This can be for a weight loss journey, a health kick, or just to document the meals that you loved and when you ate them. If it was a really amazing meal, you could even jot the recipe down in your diary for future reference.
Mood Tracking: Become more aware of your feelings and what causes them by tracking your mood. This can allow you to pick up patterns, or irregularities in your mood. The additional insight can be helpful to treat symptoms of depression, bipolar or even PMS.
You don’t have to have a seperate space dedicated to journaling. You can use your diary for the same function to keep a real record of your year. Note down the highs and lows, your feelings and activities. Memorialise your days in a time capsule so that you can stroll down memory lane at year end, or years in the future.
Note down a single memory from the day, fill the box with a little doodle, document something funny that someone said, or even record the musings of your subconscious. You can also use your diary like a mini scrapbook, adding in great photos, ticket stubs, or flyers.
Practising gratitude has so many benefits for the mind, body and soul. So use your diary to note the things that you are thankful for. Regularly giving gratitude can change your life in a few short weeks. You might start to see improvement in your health with a boosted immune system, less aches and pains, and a better quality of sleep. You will also see the emotional benefits of positivity, optimism and happiness.
Gratitude also helps to strengthen your relationships and allows you to value what you have. So it is a bit of a no-brainer to track it every day. And if you track it right there in your diary then you have a constant record to refer back to.
Ta Da List
Sometimes you feel like you are making no progress, or that you haven’t achieved anything. Change that by keeping a ta da list in your diary. What’s a ta da list? Well, it is a list of all the little and large things that you have achieved.
Keeping a record of those achievements in your diary will let you see what has made you proud and the results you have managed. If you find yourself having a moment of doubt then you can look back on these moments and realise that you are having a great, successful year.
The Best Tool For The Job
If your diary is going to become the central hub for your life, you want to make sure that you have one that is up for the task. I would recommend the Traveler’sNotebook. Not only is it sturdy and well wearing, but it is a beautiful piece of stationery.
Start with a diary insert and choose from daily, weekly or monthly pages. Then you can build it up with a selection of refills to suit your needs. Whether you like the blank space of a bullet style journal, or the flexibility of grids and lines, there is a refill for you. Whatever you are after, we have it available for you to order. Check out our Traveler’s Notebook range here.
So have you been using your diary to its full potential? No longer is your diary restricted to boring things like meeting times and doctor’s appointments. Use it to keep a real record of your year. The things that happened, the things you loved, what you are most grateful for and the goals your achieved. So the next time you find yourself wondering how to use a diary properly, use some of these ideas to fill those pages and create memories.