Do you have a Lifebook?
For me, creating a lifebook is the love-child of both; my obsession with stationary and my obsession with planning and documenting my life.
I love journals (Moleskine in particular).I have so many journals. So many! And sadly, most of them are unused. I don’t even want to use them for the fear of wrecking them. Journals are something that I both don’t need and desperately need simultaneously. Ick!
I finally found a good use for my beautiful journal. A lifebook.
So what is a Lifebook? A Lifebook is your personal workbook for your life.
For me, it is the perfect balance between art and productivity/planning. I like art, but not always enough to fill an entire journal.
I’m going to pretend you find it as fascinating as I do, and tell you how to make your own life book!
First of all you need to buy a beautiful blank journal. Decorate it how you wish. Make it beautiful!
Here are some suggestions of pages and topics I use in my lifebook:
Books read: A list of books you have read this year, along with a rating for the book. If you are a movie lover, you could also have a “Movies watched in 2012” page too.
Weekly meal plans: Every Sunday night, make a plan for what you plan on eating every day of that week.
Weekly themes: What is your Life Theme of the week? What area of your life would you like to focus on upgrading this week? How do you plan on doing it? Identify the title. Then make a list of: 1. the things you need to do in order to fullfill your life theme. 2. What habits would you need to acquire to fulfill this life theme? 3. What improvements would you like to see in this area of your life?
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, read this my blog post on Life themes.
Monthly Habits: It’s nice to work on developing one new habit a month. That’s 12 new good habits a year. A pretty good way to re-write some of the unconscious hard wiring of your life. It takes around 21 days of consistent action to create a new habit, so try a 30 day trial of new habits to see how they fit in your life. So, every month, take a moment to decide what you habit you want to try out – and every day for that month, make it your priority to make sure that habit happens! Examples of habits are: Cleaning, cooking, networking, rising early etc etc.
Goals: Your goals for the year are an absolutely essential component of your lifebook! Along with writing out your goals, you could also have separate pages for tracking your progress. For example, if your goal was to read 25 Novels in the year, you could also have a page to keep track of the books you read in the year.
Weekly Achievements: A couple of years ago, I not only made a list of my goals and resolutions for the year, but also a list of all the cool things I’ve achieved in the previous year. Some were small private accomplishments, and some were bigger and brighter. But they all represented success in some form. In the new year, I could set my new year goals and also exercise gratitude for all the great things I have experienced, the goals I achieved.
Then for the next year I stopped doing that, and then on new year, I felt like I achieved nothing all year. It was a great feeling..NOT.
It’s important to document our successes as well as our goals. We need a To-Do list and a Done list. Every week, make a small note of little accomplishments you made in that week. Most of the time they may be small like “I finished my book _____”, or “I consistently studied for 3 hours” every day”, or “Called an old friend that I haven’t spoken to in 3 years”.
Creative Projects: I randomly get ideas of things I want to do, things I want to create, projects I want to start. It could be things like blog posts I want to write or recipes I want to try or simple DIY craft projects I want to create. Here’s a personal example. Recently I’ve become absolutely obsessed about drinking milkshakes (and other drinks) from a jar. It sounds weird and kind of unimportant, but it is important to me! I think it looks pretty, and interesting!
How awesome does that look? It looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it! Other examples would be to create a Photobook, bake cinnamon rolls, photograph myself every day to see how I change , write an e-book, create a short film, take part in the 365 photos (one photograph a day) challenge etc.
It’s important to me to write down these ideas, because often when I get them, I don’t always have the resources or time to act on them right away. So I keep them in storage for a rainy day. They make me happy.
Intentions and Focuses: Set aside a couple of pages to write down your intentions and focuses. Areas you want to improve and focus on. Goals for your mind and spirit. Things like “Be more positive” or “Set boundaries on my time, resources and energy”
Gratitude page: A list of things you are grateful for. Maybe do 3 a day?
Magical moments: Eeach time you experience a moment in your life that is magical and meaningful, take a moment to write it down. It could be something funny/touching that your child tells you, or a special date you went on with your boyfriend. Moments that reveal the magic in your life.
Most Important Tasks: You can also use some pages in your lifebook to write down your three most important tasks of the day the night before. In the morning, you quickly review, and make it your life-purpose to complete these three most important tasks before the day is over. It helps you focus on what’s important.
Relationship goals: A monthly anniversary is usually too short to celebrate in most relationships, but I like to take each monthly anniversary with my love to think about 3 changes I could make to make our relationship stronger and better. I write these down in my lifebook so that I can review them next month and see how well I stuck to them.
**Generally I don’t write my daily to-do lists in my Lifebook. I don’t want to clutter it up too much. I use a different book for this.
** I start a new Lifebook every year.
** Remember to make your Lifebook your own. Add more pages, change some pages, make it beautiful, and get creative. Fill it with doodles and quotes and colour and prettyness. Lifebooks make great memories to look back over the previous years.
How about you guys? Would you like to make your own life book? Do you have a similar system? What do you use to plan, organize and document your life? What kind of creative ideas do you have? Do you have any questions?
And now…I’m late for class.