Welcome to this month’s post in our series designed to help you do your Month Reviews!
Monthly reviews help you see what worked well and what didn’t in the past month. This helps you prepare for success in the next month. Doing monthly reviews regularly can help you stay on track with your goals and priorities.
In this monthly review series, each month has a new theme. You can pick the theme you like best and do that every month, or you can do the new theme each month, or pick and choose the elements you like from each month’s theme to do your monthly review. Remember, this is all about you! Do what you find most useful.
This month’s theme is self-care. Self-care means, well, taking care of yourself. This includes eating healthily, getting plenty of exercise, and getting enough sleep. It means switching off and relaxing when you need to, so you can recharge and come back refreshed.
There can be a fine line between self-care, indulgence, and unhealthy/ unhelpful practices. Where that line sits depends on your circumstances. Obviously things like smoking, drinking and/ or eating to excess are unhealthy. But what about a glass of wine at dinner? For some people that is a relaxing form of self care, for others that’s an unnecessary indulgence, and for others depending on their health or other circumstances a glass of wine can be unhealthy or unhelpful. Another example is going to get your nails done at a salon. Some people find that enjoyable and relaxing, and a form of self-care both for their appearance and their emotional well-being. Some people consider it an unnecessary indulgence. And for other people who are on a strict budget, a non-essential expense like a professional manicure is counterproductive to your financial goals. It all depends on you.
Look back through your planner, journal, and/ or bullet journal for the past month and ask yourself these questions:
How did I take care of myself this month?
What did I do that was helpful for my:
What did I do to relax and recharge this month?
What did I do that was indulgent/ unhelpful this month?
What did I do that was unhealthy this month?
In the upcoming months, how can I do more healthy and helpful self-care, and less indulgent, unhelpful and/ or unhealthy practices?
How can I incorporate healthy self-care into my daily and weekly routines?
The Life Noted planners have monthly review pages and are designed to help you plan and track your goals all year. They are available in academic year or January-December formats. Click the links for more information including where to buy.