Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Daily Gratitude Reflections for Perspective and Clear-Minded Productivity (Journaling)

Oscar Wilde is quoted as saying: There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

I don't know about you, but I live those words! In my experience, the "high" or happiness for each new experience and accomplishment is short-lived. No one plugs away at the daily tasks without problems. You will have strife whether you get what you've always wanted in life or not. No one is constantly ecstatically happy. Contentment takes effort. Daily gratitude reflection is an excellent way to work toward it.

When you're feeling constantly overwhelmed and unhappy sometimes reflection is needed.

Writing what you're grateful for daily helps you reflect on what you've accomplished rather than the never-ending to-dos in your life. When you just look at what you've yet to do, you can feel defeated. It's nice to change that up and look at your progress instead.

Writing what you're grateful for daily improves your mood and helps you look at your home and work environment with new eyes and a clear mind.

It's too easy to get wrapped up in all the things you WANT to do, feeling like what you've accomplished and the things we have aren't good enough. With social media we can too easily compare ourselves to everyone else instead of accepting where and who we are now with gratitude.

I dumped a bunch of gratitude in my notebook and feel refreshed and ready to work with improved perspective. I'm committing to writing things I'm grateful for every single day and if you're in the same currently-overwhelmed-by-life boat with me I highly recommend you join me!

What techniques or tricks do you use when life gets overwhelming to get back to center? This post + the gratitude journal reminder popped in my on a head-clearing neighborhood walk and I had to share it ASAP; just felt right! I hope you try it if you're having a tough time, too.
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  1. What a cute notebook! I have a big notebook that I use as a to do list/planner and I get to check a box with a pretty pink pen once I've tackled one of the items on my list. It makes me feel that I actually do pretty much in a day when I look back in the book. It's a nice thing to focus on the positive and be happy with the things you have done, rather than worrying about the things you feel you still need to do!

    1. I got it from my booth mates at Renegade Craft Fair, it's the size of a match box, I love the portability :) I use little tricks like that (cute notebook! stickers! pens!) to get myself through the work day too. I've been using a dry erase board for my to-do list, making it a goal to erase everything on it!

  2. I so agree with the benefit of a gratitude journal, Vanessa:) I bought the KonMari journal and have been pretty good with writing down all the things I'm grateful for at the end of the day. It's really helpful when I'm having an off day. Looking at the positive makes you appreciate all the little things, you know?

    1. I need to check out that KonMari journal. I wish we had all of her books in the U.S I'd read 'em all ;)

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    1. Same here! The gratitude journaling does help though, big time.

  4. You are so right! While I don't always write it down I do think of what I'm grateful for each day. Self-respect and self-honor is important to me and helps me overcome the tough times.

    1. Just thinking it definitely helps too :) I need more self-respect and honor instead of self-blame for not getting an impossible task list done, haha.

  5. I love the idea of writing down things we are grateful for, although I don't do it.

    1. It's helpful just to think of it for a mindset shift. :)

  6. When life gets overwhelming it's usually because I've added too much to my own plate. I write down all of my current projects that are in motion and I mark off anything that isn't working for me in terms of time and money and abandon it. The problem is, I'll let something go and then I'll wind up re-inventing and adding it back to my plate! LOL

    1. I feel you on overfilling the plate over and over, I do the same! I keep trying to improve in this area.

  7. Such a great post.. i agree.Though it's usually easier said then done.

    1. MUUUCH easier said than done, haha. Since writing this I've fallen off that wagon several times.

  8. I can completely relate to this post rn. And I love the OW quote you live by, I hadn't heard that one before.
    When I need to recentre I make an effort to slow down, practice yoga, write for my blog and meditate. I love your tips too, practicing gratitude is a great way to come back to the present moment and recentre. Happy Gratitude Journaling! x

    1. I need to make the same efforts to do yoga, meditate and slow down, big time!

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