If Lizzo,
Queen Lizzo, is not above burnout and all
of this bullshit, who is? So can we talk about how Lizzo did
an instastory on Sunday about how, I think her words were, “Life is not
all champagne and big booty twerks?” She did a story about how her career
and her life has just been blowing up lately, and from the outside it
looks like everything is awesome, and she just checked in with
her fans to say, “listen, it’s exhausting and I’m burned out.”
If it happens to Lizzo, that truly is proof that
it happens to everyone. But you can still do as much
as you can to prevent it. Uh, so today I am talking a little bit about
the importance of getting organized with self-care and creating systems. I’m even taking you inside my to-do lists
and my Evernote account and my bullet journal, so you can see what it actually
looks like for me to create systems for self-care, to give you a little
bit of ideas for creating your own. So if this is the first
time we’re meeting, I am Brittany Berger from workbrighter.co
and this is the brighter broadcast, your 10, 15 minute ish tip to work
brighter and live better this week. I want you to tell me,
uh, what is one self-care activity that
you wish you could make time for more consistently than you currently do? I won’t get into like the nitty gritty
of habit building today because there is a whole unit on that and a whole mini
course on that inside the work brighter clubhouse. But I’m going to talk about like some
of that tools and the habits that I use for creating self care habit.
Um, if you know my story, you know that my self-care and sort of
journey started when my multiple chronic illness diagnoses just became too
much to manage. And part of that, a big part of that,
was my workaholism. And one of the reasons it was always
so hard to pull me out of my flares was because I would just
forget to do the very, very basic things I needed
to do to take care of myself. I would be so engrossed in work that I
would just straight up forget to eat, to drink water, to take my meds, sleep. I realized that my workaholism was such
an issue and it was so bad at that point that the only way I could start treating
self-care with the seriousness that it required was to treat it like work.
I kind of tricked myself. I still tell myself this: “self care is my side hustle.” It is a
job that I have to do for everything else to happen. And so I started treating
it like I treated my blog
and my newsletter and my day job I started getting
organized in planning. Planning is my coping mechanism. So I started getting organized and I
started creating plans and doing all the strategy that I would do
with things at work. Uh, and that mind set shift was magical. I created recurring tasks and to do it, I created templates for
mental health stuff. I started investing in apps and SaaS
tools and software and even IFTTT and Zapier automations for myself care. These are all things that we use
in our lives so much already, especially if you work in tech or
startups or owning your own business. I bet most people watching this have
some kind of project management tool in their lives, but has it ever occurred
to you to use that for your health? That’s how I slowly started getting
healthy and shifting my mindset and controlling my workaholism.
Well, the self care system that I use have
definitely changed over the years and they’re always changing. It’s still something that is
super core to how I stay healthy, how I stay balanced and how
I stay mentally well, well
as mentally well as I get. I am going to show you what I mean
today by talking about the three biggest things that made a difference for me
and I’m even going to be showing you the current system. The first organized system that I like
to think of a was putting recurring tasks for important activities
into my task manager. So you can do this whether you use Trello
or Asana or the built in app on your phone, whatever. Pretty much all
tools that you can add a task to, you can add a recurring date to nowadays. And recurring tasks or
how habits get made. I used to do this for my personal tasks. I have recurring to do this for everything
from like taking my meds on a daily basis to refilling them
at the end of the month. I also have like weekly and
monthly routines that are
more around mental health and anxiety than day to day personal care.
So for example, I have a weekly to do to check in with
my online therapist because I realized that that was something I was forgetting
to do even though I was paying for it and God knew I needed it. And I’m actually going to show you inside
the Self Care Project and my todoist to see what it looks like nowadays and
how I’ve kind of set things up and the type of tasks that I put into it. So here is my self care project. And to do this, uh, you can see that it’s
broken up into a few different sections. The main section that I live out of is
that my daily routines and they’re all overdue since I purposely didn’t cross
them off today so I’d have them up to show you so you can see that I remind
myself to do things that like to take my meds,
ate breakfast and drink water. Is it kind of sad that I need to put
that on my to do list? Like maybe, but it’s what works and it’s what
got me healthy. So it’s what it is. I am more than happy to do it. Things like my evening routine, which that’s when I journal these days
checking in with my therapist and then I have just similar routines
for weekly and monthly. Um, inside wellness I have some other
stuff like that’s where this will go eventually. Like all of the different
ongoing appointments that I need to do, things that I need to make.
Just like got to call my insurance. I’ve got to reschedule my
colonoscopy that’s supposed
to be happening this month. When something, when I think
of something, I write it down. I put it in a planner just like I
would with my business. So yeah, that’s what my self care to do. Thath’s what this project looks like.
That thing is so magical. I swear it’s like kept me out of
the hospital. I used to be, um, I would have to get treated for
dehydration and go to the Er really, really regularly.
Um, because just stuff around my health and
it’s why I have it in my to do list and I was forgetting to drink water and
getting so dehydrated that I would have to go to the hospital. And so a
simple recurring task and to do us, I can credit for keeping
me out of the hospital. The second thing that I want to talk
about is making it easier to journal regularly. But I feel like a lot of our ideas around
journaling or like spending 30 minute rewriting and beautiful print
and the gorgeous notebook, and I’m not gonna lie like I
have the gorgeous notebooks, we’re going to talk about them
in a second, but when you really, really need to be journaling and needed
to be getting thoughts out of your head, you’ve just got to make it as easy
as possible for that to happen. I don’t do anything fancy like morning
pages or a long journaling prompts or even writing in complete sentences.
I just write straight up bullet points. But since anxiety is such a problem for
me and there’s just so much in here, I needed a way to quickly get those
anxious thoughts out of my head wherever I was,
whatever I was doing. So what really helped with me when
I was first starting to get into the journaling habit was
just doing it digitally. If I knew that I’d forget and you know, couldn’t remember or didn’t feel like
writing a whole page down and a physical journal every day, that also didn’t
fit with some of my triggers. Like sometimes I would really need to
journal when I was in a cab or something like that. So I went digital and I actually worked
out really awesome processes for this, to the point that now, even though I do write in like kind of
more big important ritual type stuff in my physical journal, I still do do
a lot of digital journaling as well. And so there are two tools
that I recommend for this. Um, the first one is called day one.
Day One is specifically a journaling app. So it has really awesome features for
things that you’ll need around that. Um, so you can put it on both your phone
and your computer and it makes things really simple, especially if you’re working
on your computer all day
already or on your phone a lot because it’s just already
right there when you need it. And a, you can even create templates to get into
the habit of using certain journaling prompts or are following a
certain journaling routine, which I’ll show you in a
sec. Yeah. And what I really, really loved about day one is that there
was actually a menu bar app icon thing. So, um, you know, right up at the top of your computer
where it shows like the time and your Dropbox think there would
actually be day one. So I could just click that,
right. Whatever thoughts were
distracting me in my head, get them out of my head and then go back
to my words without even opening the full app or leaving the
APP I was currently in. And especially like when
I just am really anxious. Well I work just something brain dumping
my thoughts out there really quickly is so helpful.
So I really like to day one. Uh, the only reason I don’t use that one as
much any more is because I use Evernote for journaling instead. And it’s really just because
I use Evernote for a lot
of other things cause it’s already open all day, but it’s
really just whatever works for you. I already had Evernote open all the time
and so it was the easiest place for me to journal. So I have templates in there
just like I have day one that helps me, just kind of, almost like filling out a form or a
survey of like my own mental health every day. And it’s really helpful. So let me share
my screen again so I can show you that. So you can see here is what my template
for like a monthly reflection looks like. Very Emoji filled,
just to make it fun for me. The last thing that I’m going to
talk about today is habit tracking. So this is a really great
way to measure your progress, hold yourself accountable,
get motivated if you’ve ever heard of, it’s actually attributed to Jerry
Seinfeld, but it’s not Jerry Seinfeld. The don’t break the chain where just
like having the visual reminder of the progress and all of the days that
you’ve done something in a row keeps you motivated to keep going. I won’t go into the specifics of building
habits because there’s a whole mini course on it in the clubhouse
and you can join that at anytime. We would love to have you,
but no pressure. I want to get into specifically the
tracking your progress part of it. So I personally use a bullet
journal habit tracker, but not one of the fancy ones that you
might see like on Youtube or Instagram. That’s like a gorgeous piece of art
that also some helps your productivity. Um, I simply just draw out
grids and color them here. You’re looking at the ones for journaling
and meeting my step goal everyday. So they’re just simple grids.
They’re colorful, but they’re still minimal and simple
and I just really like having them. I sit at the end of the day and watch
some TV and I color in my bullet journal. So it’s just like instead of a coloring
book, I have those little things. And that’s just kind of my
evening activity is just
going through and the habit trackers can also just get a
blank printout of a calendar. Like you could use something like
this and just do x, x, x, x, uh, everywhere that you need to and
keep track of things that way. Um, I know a lot of people that do
that. Um, just uh, I love this idea. I think Megan Minns has shown on her
YouTube channel a habit tracker that she has in her bathroom to track working out.
And that’s because when you’re, you finish working out
and like you’re sweating, you’d go into the bathroom to wash up. And so that would be a really easy place
to put a habit tracker for workout or, or something with like waking up,
uh, cause you go into the bathroom to
brush your teeth in the morning. And so it’s right there. And so it’s really important to think
about where you will easily come across this stuff to keep yourself motivated. Cause something can’t motivate you
if you never see it or notice it. And so that’s why I like
using a physical one. A, you can also use a digital option if
you think that that would keep you accountable enough. Most simply you can just use a calendar
app or a spreadsheet or something like that to just write down when you do
things and keep it super simple. Uh, but there are a few fun habit
building apps that I like to use, but I’ll show you this app that I
want to show you is called aloe bud. It is specifically a self care app where
you can build a dashboard to remind yourself to do things that I
have on my dashboard is hydrate, motivate and move health and fuel.
And so that’s to um, check in and I just tapped the dashboard
icon to log every time I take my meds or move slash exercise. And so stuff like that, it’s specifically a self care app that
reminds you and lets you log activities for different just self care activities.
And I love it so much. Another one that I liked the
look of includes Habitica. So this I think is um, web only.
It’s not an APP technically, but if you like RPG and
really gamified stuff, I think you’ll like Habitica. Uh, it
is very much gamified and RPG inspired. And another good one that I like is
called strides and it’s like a monthly subscription and I think
it’s about $1 a month. And that was just a really easy app to
check in to different activities as well. And it creates a calendar of how
long you’ve kept the streak going. And so I really like,
uh, all of those options. And then the last thing that I wanted
to say today as I’ve mentioned the Work Brighter Club House a few times,
it is my favorite place in the world. It is the uh, self care community that I run for
entrepreneurs and side hustlers and freelancers who want to avoid burnout and
really build self care into their work life. And all of this stuff
that we’ve talked about today, I like to think of myself as your,
as the, as the self care cheerleader
of the community. So it looks like that’s
everything for today and yeah, I’ll talk to you all later.
Self care out.

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