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How to Practice Self-Love and Self-Care Daily

How to Practice Self-Love and Self-Care Daily

Two recent studies have revealed that young adults spend more than six hours a day feeling stressed out and seven in ten young people have experienced "work burnout." That’s why practicing self-care shouldn’t be seen as self-indulgence but rather as self-preservation. With Passion Planner, it’s easy to schedule in daily self-love and self-care practices to lift your spirits and change your life for the better. From making your bed first thing in the morning (we promise it’s worth it!) to spending some time outdoors, here are some self-care ideas to get you started.Make Your Bed In a commencement speech that went viral, Navy Seal William H. McCraven advised wide-eyed university graduates, “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” The statement may sound bold, but here's what he meant: By beginning your day with a simple goal like making your bed, you establish momentum to make time for other goals, tasks and practices. Even if all your achievements…

Techniques to Measure Progress on Your New Year’s Resolutions

Techniques to Measure Progress on Your New Year’s Resolutions

Even when the New Year has barely begun, panic and disenchantment about resolutions can set in making you wonder why you bothered to set these goals in the first place. True change — like what people promise themselves with their New Year’s resolutions — doesn’t happen overnight. Rather than falling into despair, you can measure the progress you’ve made thus far to reinvigorate your aspirations. Stay on track with the techniques listed below for measuring your New Year’s resolution progress.Is Your Goal Measurable?Before you attempt to gauge progress on your New Year’s resolutions, you have to ask yourself if the goals you set are truly measurable. Are they specific enough that you can respond with a definitive “yes” or “no” if someone asks if you’ve accomplished them? If not, it might be time to redesign your resolutions. Saying “I want to lose weight” or “I will be more organized” aren’t good New Year’s resolutions because they lack specificity. Instead, you need to say, “I’ll hit th…

​ Letting Go of Perfection — New Year’s Resolutions and Embracing Setbacks

​ Letting Go of Perfection — New Year’s Resolutions and Embracing Setbacks

Is there anything more depressing than staring at that shiny list of New Year’s resolutions and realizing you’ve already broken at least three of them? New Year’s resolution fails bring their own peculiar sensation of failure — and the fear of that failure is often enough to keep people from even making them. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. New Year’s resolutions setbacks can actually help you move closer to accomplishing your goals. It just takes some reframing of your understanding of “failure” and a little advance planning.How to Start New Year’s Resolutions — Get Over the FearThe very first step in accomplishing absolutely anything in this world is getting started, but some people find that first step almost impossible. So how do you make yourself actually start doing all those wonderful things you’ve decided you’re going to do this year? According to Psychology Today, there are three major reasons people put things off, and the number one thing is — wait for it — bein…

5 Tips for Turning Your New Year's Resolutions Into Action

5 Tips for Turning Your New Year's Resolutions Into Action

True confession time — for a long while, I gave up on making New Year’s resolutions. Like just about everyone I know, I’d start off the year with a lofty goal. “This year, I’m going to eat healthier!” I’d tell myself. Or I’ll lose weight. Or pay more attention to my loved ones. If I was lucky, my resolutions might survive until my birthday — which is January 6. My New Year’s resolution fails turned into one more reason to beat myself up. Then I attended a training session on, of all things, how to write actionable goals for a business plan — and learned exactly what I needed to know to make New Year’s resolutions that I could keep. It’s a whole lot easier and more rewarding than you think. These five tips won’t guarantee you’ll keep every one of your resolutions this year, but they will help you turn your New Year’s resolutions into an action plan for the year ahead.Consider Your WhyThat seems obvious, but it’s one of the biggest reasons people fail in sticking to their good intentions…

How to Build Healthy Habits

How to Build Healthy Habits

New year, new Passion Planner, new you…well, maybe. With a new year here and everyone around you making resolutions, it can be difficult to avoid jumping on that bandwagon. Change is hard, and it takes way longer than the 1960s assumption of 21 days. According to a study at University College London, researchers discovered creating new habits actually takes 66 days, although individual times ranged from 18 to 254 days. Don’t get discouraged – while true change takes time, self-determination and your Passion Planner will help you along the way.Get to Know Your Habits When you look to build healthy habits, you want change; but first, you must take a minute to observe your current habits. Do you leave a pile of dishes in the sink until it is overflowing? Do you wait until the last possible minute to study? Do you start going to the gym for a week only to quit for the next three weeks? Look for patterns in your behavior and become aware of what things you’re doing probably witho…

How Many New Year’s Resolutions Should You Make?

How Many New Year’s Resolutions Should You Make?

A whopping 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. You might have come up with a list as golden and glitzy as your holiday decorations, but the sparkle eventually fades, and you’re left with the disappointment of letting go of those resolutions once again. Not to sound dramatic, but why set yourself up for failure year after year by setting too many unattainable goals? By thinking of resolutions as goals, you turn lofty notions into changes you really want to make and to which you’ll stay committed.Importance of New Year’s Resolutions New Year is a magical time of year for most people. You might get a period off work, spend some time with loved ones, enjoy the holidays and spring into a new year with a sense of wonderment and purpose. There’s no better time to think about what you want to accomplish in the foreseeable future. You might want to commit (or recommit) to an exercise routine, thus improving your health. You might choose to save mone…

Increase Productivity by Avoiding Multitasking

Increase Productivity by Avoiding Multitasking

There’s a good chance you’re reading this while in the middle of doing something else. With advancing technology and a nearly constant barrage of emails, texts, notifications, and attention-grabbing websites, people are increasingly resorting to multitasking as they juggle work, family, friends, and personal well-being. Although multitasking may seem like an effective tool to increase productivity, the reality is that multitasking often has the opposite effect. Multitasking not only fails to increase productivity but can also make your performance less efficient, leave you feeling overwhelmed and even lower your attention span. But fear not: Understanding why multitasking derails productivity can pave the way to developing effective productivity habits.The Problem with Multitasking Numerous studies have shown that for the vast majority of people, multitasking impairs performance on all but the simplest of tasks. The reason for this is that our brains need time to shif…

5 of the Best Gratitude Journal Prompts

5 of the Best Gratitude Journal Prompts

Many of us can get bogged down with work or school stress, negative news and worry about the future, but there is something that can help: gratitude. Research has shown that gratitude effectively increases happiness, improves physical health and even strengthens relationships. When you choose to record your gratitude daily in a journal, you’re training your mind to refocus on the positive. Passion Planner conveniently contains blank pages that can be used as your gratitude log. If you’re ready to join the likes of Oprah and Deepak Chopra (two avid gratitude journal practitioners), feel free to use the following gratitude prompts to help you get started: Who or What Inspired Me Today? When you are inspired, you feel a deep sense of passion and motivation to do something for yourself, others or the world. For a painter, inspiration might lead to filling a new canvas. A poet might take to the page. But inspiration can also be simpler. You might be inspired to cook so…

Your Guide to the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge

Your Guide to the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge

How much difference can three weeks make in your life? If it’s three weeks of consciously practicing gratitude, it could be a real life changer. The benefits of gratitude — or more specifically, of consciously practicing gratitude — are fairly well documented. If you’re looking for ways to foster a positive attitude and get more enjoyment out of life, try the 21-day gratitude challenge and find out for yourself how much better life can be when you make gratitude a priority.The Benefits of Gratitude There’s a surprising amount of research on the benefits of gratitude on health, relationships and general well being. Some of the results seem fairly intuitive - people who are thanked for helping someone are more likely to help another person in the future, for example. But did you know that people who make it a habit to cultivate a grateful attitude sleep better at night? There’s research that proves it. Or that people who express a grateful attitude are more patient and may make better…

What's Passion Planner Pro?

What's Passion Planner Pro?

Hi #PashFam! We are excited to announce that moving forward all Passion Planners will be available in one perfect size. At 7 x 10 inches, the new Passion Planner Pro is a medium-sized notebook with room for everything you want to write, record, and create. Why mid-size? Our #PashFam frequently tells us that choosing between the Classic and the Compact sizes can be a paralyzing experience. Passion Planner is here to help you simplify! By offering planners in just one size, we are making it easier for you to focus on what really matters: achieving your goals and living your best life. Plus, due to popular demand, limited edition colors will now be available for both Sunday and Monday start dates! No matter when your week begins, you will be able to select the best planner for your personality and lifestyle. If you want to stick with the Classic or Compact for a little longer, Undated planners in Timeless Black, Cosmic Rose Gold, and Paw Print Brown will be availab…

Can Writing Improve Your Mental Health?

Can Writing Improve Your Mental Health?

Overthinking is stressful. Perhaps you experienced a traumatic event or a major life change, or maybe you’re caught up in a pattern of stress and it’s difficult to find your way out. Ruminating on the stress just makes it worse, so use your Passion Planner to transform that inward pressure with an outward activity. According to The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, using expressive writing as a tool to deal with challenges improves our ability to manage stress and our internal and external communication skills. Your Passion Planner has built-in tools to help you maintain an expressive writing routine. Writing Without Borders Expressive writing, often also called journaling, is the process of writing about an event or emotion that affects your life. The trick to writing expressively is to avoid perfectionism – do not worry about grammar or spelling. Use your Passion Planner’s journal and gratitude log as your own intimate and reflective space…

Customize Your Passion Planner

Customize Your Passion Planner

One of my absolute favorite things about Passion Planner is that there’s just enough structure to keep me on track, while giving me TONS of room for creativity and customization. Passion Planner is essentially a blank slate that can be customized by the user to fit perfectly to their own lifestyle and needs. Here are a few ways that you can customize your Passion Planner! 1. Draw on it! When it comes to drawing on your Passion Planner, don’t limit yourself just to the pages. You can draw on the cover, on the sides, on the spine, anywhere really! The possibilities are endless. If you’re not the best artist, adding stickers and printing out photos from the internet and creating collages are also great alternatives. 2. Add washi tape to the pages Washi tape is a decorative color adhesive tape that comes in several different colors and patterns. Before Passion Planner, I never knew that washi tape existed, but now I’m obsessed! Adding a bit of washi tape to your weekly or…