If you follow my Instagram you probably know that I love my Passion Planner. I started using one last year and it has helped me stay more organized in my life. I do use the calendar section for all my appointments both professional and personal, but I use the blank pages the focus on my life outside of work, mostly because I use an online task management program for my projects at the office. I love tracking my home life offline though.
One thing I’ve started is a “Today” section. Before I go to bed I go through the day, check off what I’ve accomplished, and write out my desks for tomorrow. I’ve kept it simple. I focus on my meals, a to-do list, workouts, and writing. I have a few rules to keep it manageable and productive.
- I don’t assign myself more than three tasks in any section and sometimes I only assign one or two. This helps me from overwhelming myself like I tend to do when I’m overly ambitious.
- If I don’t complete something I don’t sweat it. I save it for the next day.
- I make sure to include something I really want to do and treat it with the same level of priority as something I “have” to do. Trust me I’m a lot more motivated to do laundry if I know that working on an article is something that is just as important.
I’ll be sharing more of my bullet journal hacks throughout the year.
Howdy! Sorry for all the silence. I’ve been busy on the personal and professional fronts and to be honest it has caused me some writer’s block so I’ve been neglecting this blog and some other writing projects the past couple of months. At least at this point, I’m trying not to sweat not posting. Don’t get me wrong I love this blog and I love that you read it but this first and foremost is a project I do for myself. I recently read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic and at one point in the book, she makes a similar statement around hoping the reader enjoys and gets something out of the book, but that she really wrote it for herself. I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time doing what others like or at least what I think they would like that doing something for myself is quite a liberating perspective.
While I’ve been blocked on this and some other writing projects that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been writing at all. I’ve been making notes, scribbles, and journal entries. Most of these I’ll never publish and that’s okay. These writings were about unblocking myself and finding hidden nuggets of interest.
Whether you’re a writer, an artist, a tax attorney, or have some other profession most of us suffer from some sort of block in our professional and/or personal lives at one point or another. Here’s what I’ve been up to during the past few months to get over this feeling of being stymied:
Read: If you’re stuck it can often be helpful to read or watch something inspiring. Since I’m a writer I’ve been reading several books recently on creativity and on finding one’s true passion. I mentioned Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic which is a wonderful book on the creative process and living life as a creator. I highly recommend it. I have also recently enjoyed Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass and Martha Beck’s Finding Your North Star. I also reread Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost. If you ignore the rest of my suggestions that’s fine but please do yourself a favor and read everything Ms. Solnit has ever written.
Get Moving: I run and do yoga which I still love. You don’t need to be a gym rat…because lord knows I’m not to get moving. I find taking a walk in the park or even just around the block when I’m strapped for time helps lift my mood and clear my head. I also recently took a Feldenkrais class. It wasn’t really about breaking a sweat. It is much less intense than yoga or pilates but it is great for learning more about your flexibility and equilibrium.
Meditate: Meditation is less about visualizations for me and more about getting my mind to quiet down. I’m lucky enough to work in an office with a weekly meditation group and one of my yoga instructors does a Yoga Nidrameditationn after her class which is a wonderful way to wind down on a weekday evening. I also listen to some guided meditations at home particularly around sleep because I’m a hyperactive sleeper and have found this to be a great tool for helping me get more shut eye. There are a lot of different apps out there on mindfulness and meditating. I personally have been using Insight Timer on iOS. It has recorded guided meditations and a timer if you’re practicing a different meditation on your own.
Journal: You don’t have to be an elegant writer to keep a journal. You actually don’t have to write period. Aside from keeping a traditional diary I also keep a visual journal. I cut out quotes and images from magazines that inspire or spark something in me and paste them into a blank book that I go back and flip through when I’m feeling stuck.
What do you do to get past blockers in your life?
I’m a bit of a journal junkie. I will find any excuse to buy a new notebook. Journaling and notetaking are great practices for both creativity and reflection. Everyone has their own system that works for them. I know a lot of people who keep one notebook for everything. Everyone has their own system that works for them. I know a lot of people who keep one notebook for everything. I personally keep several notebooks for different purposes and that works well for me. I also keep these books in their own locations. It helps me to concentrate on one particular thing at a time. I keep a personal journal by my reading chair, a notebook for work ideas to brainstorm at the office, I keep a notepad on my nightstand to write down random ideas that wake me up a night (otherwise I can’t fall back asleep), and I keep a mini notebook in my
Everyone has their own system that works for them. I know a lot of people who keep one notebook for everything. I personally keep several notebooks for different purposes and that works well for me. I also keep these books in their own locations. It helps me to concentrate on one particular thing at a time. I keep a personal journal by my reading chair, a notebook for work ideas to brainstorm at the office, I keep a notepad on my nightstand to write down random ideas that wake me up a night (otherwise I can’t fall back asleep), and I keep a mini notebook in my purse for article ideas and other thoughts that come to me on the go. I realize how obsessive and crazy this sounds, but it’s my way of compartmentalizing different areas of my life.
I now have yet another journal to add to my list. I started keeping a notebook to reflect on my yoga practice. I log my workouts, reflect on how I felt during each class, and keep notes on poses I want to improve on, yoga books I want to read, etc. I purchased Chronical Books’ Yoga Journal because I loved the layout, but anyone could do a similar practice with a blank notebook. I store it by my meditation area in my apartment so I can get into the practice of ending meditation time with this reflection on days I do yoga.
Do you keep a journal(s)? Please share any creative practices you have.