Gratitude Grid…


I’ve written about keeping a Gratitude Journal before. When I last decided to keep one, I realized that writing a page or even a paragraph started to seem like a daunting task and I just gave up on it after a while. Even journalling a whole lot sometimes seemed cumbersome and something I wasn’t in the mood for when I had tiring or down days. But, I so believe in the positive effect of both – writing a journal of your day or feeling and giving thanks. So this year, I decided to start a Gratitude Grid in my Hobonichi Techo.

The Hobonichi Techo is a small, simple notebook from a Japanese company. The website is worth a visit or, better a Google image search will turn up all the wonderful ways people use this little notebook. Last year I bought one in April and started drawing, doodling, writing quotes in it. The pages are made of lightweight Tomoe River Paper that I love, and I really enjoyed using it. This year I’m going to do much of the same, with two major updates. I will journal in it and I will use the monthly grid layout to write what I’m grateful for. Since the spaces are not too big, it won’t seem like a chore at all.

So here’s a tip, a good way to keep a gratitude journal is to use a monthly grid calendar (or make one) and write just one simple thing that you’re grateful for or one positive thought each day. Trust me, you’re gratitude grid will make you feel better.

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I am not affiliated with any of the products mentioned. 



New Year’s Resolutions?

Yesterday, I sat and did something that I haven’t done in years. I actually made some New Year’s Resolutions. Now, I know I gave up making resolutions a while back because I never really worked on them and come March I would forget what I even resolved. Most of the times, it was things that were way beyond my control or things I knew I couldn’t change immediately. Yet I would list them anyway. Few weeks later, the list would seem so daunting and unbelievable that I would be glad I could just throw the list out.

But this year, I’ve decided to list some goals… which is just another way of saying I made some resolutions. I listed out 10 things I want to achieve this year but none of them are involve things like get that degree in Astrophysics or buy a ticket to Mars. I decided to write out things that are more achievable and that would make my life better.

For example, I wrote down… Travel. Something I didn’t do in the last two years. Now, instead of actually putting in a destination, a budget or timelines, I just wrote travel. For now it’s a vague goal and in a couple of months, I intend to build on it by setting smaller goals / tasks around it e.g., shortlist a few destinations, check out flights/ routes, etc. I have included monthly check-in’s on my calendar so I don’t forget to review them.

So there you have it… an easier, less daunting way to make New Year’s resolutions and keep them.