Earlier this week, I made a mental note that one of my resolutions (outside of the style resolutions) will be to have a more positive outlook on life, and be thankful for the little things.
For example, my typical Monday morning thought is: “Ugh, I’m so tired. Today is going to be such a busy day. Is it Friday yet?”
Is there a reason to voice that? I mean, it’s pretty much a universal truth that Monday is not only the busiest day of the workweek, but also the day you feel the most tired. Instead of voicing that and starting my day off with a complaint, I’m choosing to look at the positive side. Sure, I’m tired on Mondays and they require a lot of energy, but I’m thankful for waking up and having a stable job to go to with good working conditions.*
So how does this mini reflection on Mondays relate to this post? Well, I have 3 tools that will help keep my life on the positive, organized track:
- Positive Things Jar
- Life Binder
- Wall Calendar
I should point out these 3 things don’t have to be DIYs, but mine are because I like to make things.
DIY #1: Stay Positive – 2015 Positive Things Jar
What is it? It’s a jar (or any container of your choosing) that holds all the positive things that happen throughout the year, no matter how big or small.
How do you use it? Well, it’s simple. Whenever something good happens to you, write it down (along with the date) on a strip of paper and toss it in the jar. It can be something as big as getting a new car or a new job, or as small as a doing a good deed of the day or getting a nice text. When the end of the year comes, you can look back and read all the positive things that happened.
How do you make this? It’s super easy. I actually have a DIY post on this (read it here) that you can read to get a little more detail. All you need is a container of some sort, paper for your notes, and markers to decorate your homemade label.
Can you buy this instead? Sure! In fact, a very similar thing in book form is One Line A Day, which I also own and use in conjunction with the jar. It’s a 5 year memory book in which you write one thing down each day, and as you get to the same day on the following year, you can look back and read what you wrote the previous year. The main difference between the jar and the book version is that the book version is daily, whereas the jar version is more sporadic and doesn’t need to have something each day.
DIY #2: Stay Organized – Home and Life Binder
What is it? Simply put, it’s your life in a binder.
How do you use it? Anything you need to keep track of–home, fitness, projects–keep in the binder. You can fill it with lists, schedules, spreadsheets, anything you can think of.
What do you need to make this? All you need is a binder, dividers, and paper. If you prefer printed items as opposed to to everything handwritten, then you’ll also need a printer and printer paper. Just for reference, I have my binder broken down in the following categories:
- Calendars – I keep monthly and weekly calendars in this section.
- Home – In this section I keep home-related items like grocery lists, project ideas, and things I need to do around the house.
- Finance – This section keeps all my finances. My mom influenced me to stop relying so much on online banking, and instead do my own checks and balances. I feel like this section has really helped with determining where I spend most of my money, as well as about how much I use per month on certain things.
- Fitness – In this section I keep a food journal. I like to keep track of what I eat because it’s challenging to eat enough when I’m eating healthy.
- Blog – I keep everything about my blog in this section, primarily ideas that pop in my head to write about in the future.
Can you buy this instead? Yes, there are a lot of great “life planners” out there if you aren’t the crafty type. Here’s one I found that motivated me to make my own, since I like a little pizazz. I also keep a planner to use with my life binder. I actually just ordered the Day Designer today, which totally fits my style.
DIY #3: Stay Positive and Organized – 2015 Monthly Wall Calendar
What is it? This is your standard, run of the mill monthly wall calendar. It’s customized to include a variety of backgrounds and a positive quote or phrase for each month.
How do you use it? I actually don’t write much on my wall calendars. They’re used primarily for added wall decoration and to see the current date.
How can you make it? Hobby Lobby has all of your supply needs. Seriously, this entire creation occurred because my internet was out months ago and I felt like making something, so I went to Hobby Lobby for ideas. They have this 12-month calendar template already bound in two different sizes. In addition to that, I bought four sets of stickers: one filled with numbers to use as the dates, one filled with the months, and two with quotes I liked. Lastly, I bought a pack of their decorative paper to use as the background of each month. All I did was cut and glue the decorative paper to fit the calendar size, and then picked a quote to stick overtop.
Can you buy this instead? Sure! There are plenty of wall calendar options for you readily available at office stores, bookstores, and Target. If you’re wanting the creativity without having to make it yourself, why not try Etsy for cute calendars?
Those are just a few of the tools I’ll be incorporating into my life this year. Do you have any items or projects you like to do to keep your life organized and positive?
*Note: It's still probably best to hold off on conversations until I've had my coffee.
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