Creating a Check In Jar


I talk a lot about checking in with yourself with my clients. It’s hard to know if you are on the right path, if you never stop to ask questions.

If you don’t realize you are tired and stressed, it’s easier to chomp on that donut. If you never ask yourself what you need, how will you get those needs met?

I have a jar on my desk filled with questions to look at and ask every hour or two. Sometimes I use them throughout the day, other days I forget. But, it’s all good.

Check In Jar

I got this idea from someone at Jen Louden’s Comfort Cafe. And some of these questions are from her Life Organizer. I cut up a few old cards and put them in a jar I had.

I love how intentional, conscious and aware checking in with myself makes me.

Breathe a few breaths. Take a question and read it. See what comes up for you and if there is any action for you to take or mindset you want to change.

Some questions to ask:

  • Where is my heart right now?
  • Are my expectations reasonable?
  • Am I holding any tension in my body?
  • What is my soul saying?
  • What am I procrastinating on?
  • How can I savor this moment?
  • What is the next right thing to do?
  • What am I feeling?

I created a pdf with questions I use. You can print it out on cardstock or paper and put in your own jar.

Check In Questions

 *update* Originally it was saved by using only system fonts, so people that didn’t have that font ended up with blurry lines instead. I have updated the file, so everyone should be able to see it now.

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  1. Linda says:

    WOW! Marvelous. Thank you so much! And thanks to Jennifer Louden too, of whom I have long been a fan!

  2. Awesome, I am excited to create my own “check in a Jar”.
    Thank$ a Million,
    Betty Perryman

  3. Maria from Australia says:

    What a great idea to have a CHECK-IN JAR . Thank you for the cards . . They could would only add to clutter for me so will put them in a file on PC to refer to DAILY

  4. Pam K. says:

    I tried downloading, and all I got was a blurry blue line where the wording should be. Don’t know what I did wrong. I hope I can download it, as I’m looking forward to using this.

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  7. Rae says:

    What a wonderful resource, thank you for sharing! I’ve just written mine out on different colour papers and will be decorating them. I like the opportunity to exercise my creative muscles :) Such a simple, yet effective technique to keep ourselves on track. You’re a star!

  8. Beth says:

    Glad you got right in there Rae.

  9. Meg says:

    I still get the blurry lines…any suggestions?

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