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Today I want to spend some time talking about sleep. When I do not get 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep or if my sleep is interrupted, I generally don’t feel my best. The afternoon slump tends to feel like it should be an afternoon snooze-fest. It robs me of productivity. With all that I need to get done each day, I need to stay on my game. That is plenty of incentive for me to protect my sleep.
Now I know I can’t be the only one to feel like this when I’m not getting enough uninterrupted sleep. That’s why I am sharing my surprising experience with the bullet journal.
When I first began to use the bullet journal, I expected it to be my one notebook to record all things I wanted to remember. I expected I would remember appointments, stay on top of big household chores, keep track of my goals and personal growth, and document my days in general. I did not expect it to have an impact on my quality of sleep.
I’ve spent some time thinking about the bullet journal, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the way I use it is the key to why it helps me protect my sleep.
I use my bullet journal for just about everything. I track my to-do lists, my daily thoughts and notes, my daily gratitude, and any other odds and ends that I don’t want to forget. I use it all day every day, but I specifically use it to wind down before bed.
When I pull out the BuJo in the evening, it signals the start of my evening bed-time routine. More specifically, it’s what I do with the BuJo that matters. I complete all outstanding sections in my journal (gratitude log, line a day/journaling) and I review all my tasks for the day.
I reflect on each task whether it was completed or left undone. I think about the importance of each task and how it improves my day/life. If an incomplete task is considered important, I will migrate it over the next morning when I plan my day. If an incomplete task is no longer considered important, I will cross it off the list. I do not spend any time beating myself up because it didn’t get done.
By planning in the morning, using the journal all day long, and reflecting in the evening, everything is there in the journal. When my head hits the pillow at bedtime, I’m ready for sleep and I am likely to remain asleep. To date, I’ve only woken up twice in the middle of the night since putting all of these practices into place.
My Question of the Day: OK, now I am curious. If you keep a bullet journal, have you also noticed any improvements in sleep quality? If yes, why do you think it’s helped you? (Please feel free to respond in the comment section)
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