Well, this needs some improvement…
My plan was to use my tool of choice, my laptop, to create my journal since I find it easier than writing it out longhand. The other benefit to using the computer is that I can read it later. Since part of the reason for journaling is so you can go back later and see your successes (and failures) to learn more about what does and does not work for you. If you can’t read your own sloppy handwriting, you can learn from your own past.
For some reason, I am just resistant to this process. I know that it is something I need to do, but doing it is a hurdle for me. I do spend all day on the computer for work, so that is part of it. Also, by the end of the day I am just tired and ready to unwind, doing something mindless like watching television, reading or catching up with friends.
I need a new plan. One of the things mentioned in the Mediterranean Fasating Lifestyle chapter on journaling was the different types of journals. I have decided to try the bullet journal format. This will allow me to keep a notebook on my desk during the day and as thoughts pop into my head I can make a note immediately.
This approach will eliminate the feeling of “another task to do” at the end of my workday. Hopefully this will be a more successful attempt. Knowing that something will help you is not always enough to make you do it, is it? If it was, we would all be at the gym regularly, eating properly, avoiding everything the experts tell us can be harmful to us and shorten our lives (smoking, consuming alcohol, not getting enough sleep, etc.).
Do I think this will work for me? There is only one way to find out.
I have several things to improve besides the journaling. Over the holidays, I did not adhere as strictly to my better food choices as I had been. I didn’t do too bad, but I did allow myself to cheat a bit. Going to the gym fell off as holiday preparations and end of the year work cycle kicked in, and the Covid hit my household, so I stayed home to prevent giving the gift of Covid to others for Christmas.
This weekend I will clean out the fridge and pantry, so I can see what is on hand and update the info in my app and generate next week’s meal plan and grocery list.
Time to ring in better habits for this new year. I have 365 chances to get it right!