We are now approaching the end of the first month of 2018, doesn’t time fly! I wanted to check how your plans are coming along and also share a few tips to see if they could help you.
I find that it doesn’t take long for my carefully laid-out plans to be derailed by … well life really. Anything from illness, unexpected demands on my time, family commitments, just one conversation or email can easily throw me off course. Tell me I’m not the only one! Sometimes things happen which are just unavoidable, but other times I allow myself to be too quickly carried along with someone else’s plans. Writing this post reminded me of one of my favourite quotes:
“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs” – Farrah Gray
However, I’ve been taking steps to try and really protect my plans this year. I spent a long time thinking about what I want to achieve and as such, these plans are really important to me.
Here are some of the steps I have been taking:
I’ve been reminding myself of my goals at every possible opportunity. I look at them with my morning coffee, read them at lunchtime and reflect on them in the evening. This has made me SO much stronger when faced with other people’s requests. Here they are again – see, I can’t get enough of them!
I also have a copy of my vision pages that I shared in my last post right above my desk. I tell you, there is no escaping my plans this year.
Another thing I have been doing is keeping very careful track of where my time is going. It’s important to be really honest with yourself if you decide to do this (no point pretending!). You could keep track of your time in your journal, on a scrap bit of paper, or on an free app like Toggl. I’ve been using Toggl for a while now and I print a report off at the end of each month to see if I have been spending enough time on the areas that count. If I haven’t, I put plans in place to re-balance my days and get back to my priorities.
The final step I have been taking is to track my progress. For the first time in January I included a Projects Dashboard page in the monthly setup of my bullet journal.
I have found this really motivating as I no longer have to consider a task or project just completed, or not. I have used progress bars that I colour in as I work through each project. I consider anything that is going to take me more than a couple of days to be a project, in any area of my life. I try and work out roughly how many steps each project will take and then draw out a bar with that number of squares in it. I find that a visual page of my progress really helps.
When I come to the end of January and complete my review I can acknowledge all of the work that I have been doing to move my projects forwards, rather than feel despondent about having to migrate some of them to February’s plans. I have just released my February Plan with Me video on YouTube showing how I set these pages up if you would like to check it out. This can be found here.
I hope this helps to give you some new ideas and inspiration to keep moving ahead with your valuable plans.
“Little by little, a little becomes a lot.”
I thought I would round up this blog post with a quick update on what I’ve been up to during January.
On the 1st January my interview with the Daily Mail was released. You can find the article here.
I started running creative journaling workshops in my local art gallery.
I was featured on the Cult Pens blog, showing a workshop I ran with them just before Christmas.
My journal pages have also been featured in two books which I will share with you very soon. So exciting!
I think that will just about do for one month, but I’m already very excited to see what February will bring. I hope your year has got off to a fantastic start and I look forward to chatting with you in the comments below. I would love to hear about your progress and biggest challenges so far, Helen xx