Ideally, I find quiet time on Sunday to plan the upcoming week, but I’m inherently a Morning person and am most “clear” when I first wake up so most weeks I end up doing my planning on Monday morning. This morning I woke around 3:15am and got to work. This is the basic 2-page weekly spread I’ve settled on and I really like it.
I have enough room on my daily pages to do my task lists and daily appointments. If something doesn’t get done, I just leave it unchecked and I still see it for the next day. No need to rewrite or migrate uncompleted tasks until the end of the week. I also create a “Love List” section which is my secular version of a Prayer List. People I want to think about throughout the week, people I want to send love to in some way, even if it’s in quiet meditation when I glance at their name. I also have a mindfulness section where I write mantras or notes or reminders for the week to help keep my anxiety at bay. I have a “buy” section to jot down things we run out of for my next grocery trip, and I have a miscellaneous section for the random notes, reminders that I don’t know where else to put.
Finding ways to manage anxiety is a very personal and unique journey. We all feel stressed and uneasy sometimes, but it’s incredibly important to take time to check in with your thoughts and feelings if you begin to feel overwhelmed. One of my friends likes to use cannabis to help ease his anxiety. Nowadays there are so many ways to smoke weed no pipe necessary that he often switches up his mindfulness routine. If you are contemplating using herbal methods to treat your anxiety, then remember to consult a professional for advice beforehand.
As for me and my diary, the week never looks too full when I finish my Monday morning planning session, but it does look more active.
My plan is to document this page Sunday night as well so you can see how the week fills out. Things always get sloppier, that’s for sure. I stop caring so much about order and just want to make sure THAT I DO NOT FORGET ANYTHING. So my writing gets more frantic as the week goes on.
But for now? I’m ready. Bring it on.