What kind of challenge do you want?

I am looking at doing another challenge in the middle of January.

My question for you is this:

Would you rather have “5 Days to Increased Creativity” or “5 Days to a Better Planner”?

Leave a comment and let me know.

The 5 Second Journal: A Review

I’ve been seeing this journal mentioned all across social media. I caught it on sale and thought I would try it out.

As of right now, I’ve been using it for a little over a week. And I like it.

Developed by Mel Robbins and her team, it plays off of the 5 Second Rule. Count backwards from 5.

5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Get [Stuff] Done!

The journal came wrapped in plastic. It’s an off-set hard cover journal that lies flat. There’s a short introduction that explains some of the science behind it and an example of it’s layout. Then it starts right in.

The top of the page is the setting, followed immediately by how you feel. There’s a space for you to write three reasons for why you feel that way. It’s followed by a space for what you can do to be more energized.

After that, you jump into what I consider the meat of the journal. Your project for the day. This includes why it’s important to you and one thing you can do to move forward. You also decide what time you’re going to quit working for the day. There’s a space for other thoughts in case there’s something that pops up while you’re deciding on your project for the day.

The second page of the daily layout can be used as a calendar/schedule. Or you can ignore the times on the right side and use it just for notes and brainstorming.

It is easy to set up and quit to use. All told, I think I spend less than 5 minutes a day on this. It is not meant to replace your daily planner, but is intended to be a supplement to it.

I like that it’s ease of use lets me focus on what I need to get done. Because you don’t have a lot of room for extra writing, you’re forced to cut through the excess and figure out what is the most important thing to do that day.

In addition to some pictures of the blank journal, I have included a couple images of pages that I have filled out. I think that gives you a better idea of how to use it than just the diagrammed example provided the front of the journal.

Plan Your Writing Schedule (video)

Last week, I shared a video from Sarra Canon of Heart Breathings. This week, I’m doing it again. She has good information for writers, no matter how long you’ve been at it.

In this video, she talks about setting up your writing schedule for 2019 and being realistic about your goals.

Planning for 2019

Creative Commons via catchingcourage.com

It seems strange to think that there are only two weeks left in this year. I actually had to check the calendar after I typed that. Yes. Two weeks.

The other day, I was thinking that it was early to be planning for next year. When I look at the calendar and realize that, though? It’s not too early at all. In fact, I kind of feel some pressure being applied.

But… I’m good.

I don’t have everything in place that I want for 2019, but who does? Not only am I not that organized, I don’t want to be that rigid.

My planner setup for the year is in a purple Carpe Diem A5 6-ring binder. I’m doing a hybrid method using a traditional calendar (week on two pages layout) and Bullet Journal methods. I’ve been giving it a trial run for the past couple months and it’s working out great.

I already have my goals lined up. I will be tracking them per quarter so I’ll better know where I stand with what I’m wanting to do. I won’t share them here just yet. I will let you know some of them as they come along because it involves new books, courses, and reviving my podcast.

It’s more than keeping on keeping on. It’s growing and improving and loving what I do so that I will have more things to share with you, too.

Have you started planning for 2019 yet? What kinds of content do you want to see here (or hear on the podcast) that would help you reach your goals?

Spotlight on Create Your Own DIY Planner

The first draft of this book was written in a notebook while I was at various doctors’ appointments. At the time, I was keeping a Bullet Journal. I had several people ask me how to do it.

I repeated myself so often, I decided to write a book. It’s not very long, but it doesn’t have to be. Please be aware that in this book, I’m not talking specifically about the Bullet Journal Method. That is the intellectual property of Ryder Carroll. I am, however, talking about ways you can create your own DIY planner. Because of that, I have no doubt there are some similarities.

Because of it’s brevity, this book is only available on Kindle.

Price: $3.99

As with all books in the spotlight, it will be free starting Friday, November 9 and ending Tuesday, November 13.

Oops! – Create Your Own DIY Planner Promo

I was looking at reports on Amazon about my books. I noticed something that made me go “Hmm….”

I forgot to set up the free promo for Create Your Own DIY Planner! That’s fixed now. Instead of ending on Tuesday, it will run from tomorrow (Sunday) to Thursday. Grab yours while you can!

Spotlight on Create Your Own DIY Planner

This week, we’re going back to nonfiction.

For a while, I was really into the Bullet Journal trend. Then I discovered I was making, basically, a traditional planner but with pages and trackers I need. I had people asking me if I would write a book about how to do what I did.

And here it is.

Blurb:

Create Your Own DIY Planner will help you develop your own planner that works best for you. It is a flexible system that allows for forgetting. Just turn to the next blank page and start again. You will learn the key components to your planner, common styles, and other elements you can include, such as collections, lists, challenges, and trackers.

This book is available on Kindle only.

Price: $3.99

It will be free starting Friday, October 26 and ending on Tuesday, October30.