What Is A Checkin Notepad and 5 Amazing Benefits

We’ve all heard the term ‘checking in with yourself’, or referred to as checkin in, but what exactly does it mean and what is the benefit of it? We look at the exercise for checking in, also the benefits associated with it, and the tools you can use to help.

What is Checking With Yourself

The definition of a check in might be more commonly seen as showing your ticket at an airport so that you can board a flight and know exactly where you are sitting on the plane. However, if you think of a check in in terms of the mind and your wellness, the exercise of checkin in means to know what emotions you feel in the moment, and if any action is needed.

Checking in (or checkin in) with yourself simply means to tap into your current thoughts, emotions, and feelings in that particular moment. Do you feel happy, positive, or excited? Perhaps you feel confused, anxious, or lonely. Checking in with yourself is a safe and non judgemental way of first being aware of how you feel, and secondly assessing why you might be feeling that way. The exercise of a checkin allows you to clear your mind, identify goals, and structure your time in a more efficient way. It is the perfect form of self-care you can perform on your own.

Checking in with yourself needn’t be a laborious task, but instead can be a great way to start and end your day. This should be an exercise to prioritise yourself and your emotions.

Checking In With Yourself In The Morning

Using this simple exercise in the morning can help assess how we might be feeling that day and why. You might have an upcoming meeting that day and feel anxious. Identifying this may allow you to combat the anxious feeling through additional meditation, a short walk, breathing exercises, or repeating affirmations. You might find that you are excited about seeing a friend that day, and being aware of the feeling of excitement can help to energize you at the start of your day. The exercise of a checkin makes it easier to start your day with purpose and drive. It creates a clear mindset and allows you to better identify goals and tasks you need to perform that day.

Checking In With Yourself In The Evening

Using the checkin process at the end of the day is perfect for unloading what is on your mind. Again, there may be something occurring in your life that is causing you additional stress, and by looking at this in the evening will give you the time to relax and combat this feeling. Doing so will allow you sleep better due to not overthinking problems.

What is a Checkin Notepad or Checkin Journal

The Checkin Notepad

The Checkin Notepad is the perfect tool to use as part of your morning ritual. The notepad is great to leave on your desk and performs as a visual cue each time you sit down each morning to work. 

The notepad has an area at the top of each sheet to write down 3 emotions that you are feeling, with enough space to elaborate on why you might be feeling that way. The rest of the notepad is designed to help identify your tasks for the day once you have performed your daily checkin. The notepad is filled with 100 sheets that can be torn out after you have completed each sheet, or left as a whole so that you can refer back to certain dates in the past. Keeping your filled in notepads is great to refer back to, and you can create a library of your checkins from over the week, months, or even years.

Benefits of Using The Checkin Notepad

The benefits of using a checkin notepad are:

  1. Helps to clears your mind
  2. Helps to identify your emotions
  3. Helps to identify triggers that result in certain emotions
  4. Helps to identify tasks and goals
  5. Helps to increase self-awareness

The Checkin Journal

The Checkin Journal is a more substantial tool that lends itself well to be carried with you when traveling. The hardwearing PU leather cover withstands being transported in your bag, while still looking like a beautiful journal. The Checkin journal works in the same way as the notepad, although it does offer additional goal setting and task planning through monthly and weekly page views. The journal also lasts for 6 months. In the same way as the checkin notepad, the journal can be used to reflect on previous checkin entries.

Emotions to Choose When Checkin In

When you come to write down the emotions you are feeling, you may find it hard to clearly identify these. We’ve made this simpler for you by compiling a list of the most common answers below. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to feel when checkin in with your emotions or mindset. You may feel a mixture of positive and what may be perceived as negative emotions - this is ok.

  • Positive
  • Happy
  • Hopeful
  • Stressed
  • Nervous
  • Anxious
  • Determined
  • Lonely
  • Low
  • Confident
  • Restless
  • Relieved
  • Scared
  • Guilty
  • Sad
  • Energetic
  • Overwhelmed
  • Insecure
  • Confused
  • Proud
  • Safe
  • Bored
  • Tired
  • Hurt
  • Angry
  • Excited
  • Irritated 
  • Disappointed
  • Content
  • Negative
  • Annoyed
  • Inspired
  • Grateful
  • Frustrated
  • Calm
  • Strong
  • Neutral
  • Regretful

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