Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor, had a habit of writing notes to himself. Like you must have written the notes to yourself. Like expected, those were pretty raw, and Marcus must have thought they’d end up with him in his grave.
But his notes were gathered and studied. Surprisingly, they became the foundation of stoicism.
Such is the importance of making and keeping notes.
As a preface to this post, you must be interested in reading Journal Writing: One habit you need for a better life
Being a student of stoic philosophy, and reading the likes of contemporary stoics eg Ryan Holiday, Robert Green, Tim Ferris, etc, I started keeping a journal where I write down one lie every day – a lie that I have been telling myself since long.
To up this game, I designed a 100-day Self Care journal, where I mentioned 100 different activities – writing prompts – that I’d be writing one per day for the next 100 days.
I had the option to use Evernote and keep everything digital, but I remember the teachings of my school teacher: “The more you write by hand, the more you’d remember what you’ve written.”
So I took help from a few of my friends – who specializes in creating handmade crafts – team adorablecrafts – and asked them to design a handmade journal for me.
I shared this idea with a few of my friends, and one of them asked one journal for himself too.
And he said, “Why don’t you share it with others too?”
Then after a long conversation with the art team, and we all finally agreed on launching this 100-day self-care journal as an MVP.
To get you familiar with this journal, I have created this FAQ.
Q: What is 100-day Self Care Journal?
A: It’s a journal with 100 unique self-care activities mentioned in it, which one is supposed to do. One per day.
Q: What if I don’t understand or have any doubt/query in any of the activity?
A: You can drop an email to email@example.com , and your query would be resolved ASAP.
Q: Can you give me details about activities?
A: The activities were designed keeping in mind that one needs to focus on one’s physical health, mental health, and financial health – for complete self-care.
If I have to add bibliography for these activities, I might add The Secret, The Magic, The Obstacle is the way, Ego is the enemy as top books.
Q: What are the conditions to fill this journal?
A: Instructions :
- Everybody loves surprises. So don’t look ahead in the diary. Let every page of this diary be new for you every day.
- Don’t leave any page empty. Try to fill every space left in the diary. The more you fill it, the better results you can expect.
- If you don’t understand anything, please drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and your query will be answered ASAP.
- Be honest to get the best results.
- Set a punishment for yourself. If you don’t write in this journal for a day, how’d you want to punish yourself? Be hard on yourself. I’m going to donate 1000Rs if I miss a day writing in this journal… what about you?
- “What gets measured, gets managed.” So while writing down your goals for the next 100 days, be as specific as you can. Eg- Instead of “I want to be a better writer”, I have written my goal as- “I want to write at least 1 blog post every week.” Keep your goals trackable and as much specific as you can make them.
Q: Is it handmade?
A: Yes. And you’ll find a lot of cute drawings and real art on almost every other page. And all the journals have different covers.
Here’s how my journal looks like:
Q: What are other designs available in covers?
A: Here are a few designs we have made in the first slot.
Q: Where can I buy it?
A: Here’s the link https://www.instamojo.com/dipanshurawal/100-days-self-care-journal
Q: Any discounts… please?
A: Use coupon code “SELFCARE” for an instant 30% off.
If you have any queries, please let me know in the comments below!