There are a gazillion posts on habits and morning routines of successful people. They all say similar things.
- They exercise on the regular.
- They meditate daily.
- They read daily.
- They set a goal for the day.
This all seems easy to do in theory but it’s really hard to put into practice. I’ve been struggling to get into a routine because something or someone always breaks the flow.
If get to work early so I can run after work, a kid calls from the school and needs to be picked up.
If get home early to write my daily blog post, my husband will call and ask me to pick up the kids
If I leave early to go running at home, an accident will happen on the freeway cause a delay.
My dog that needs walking.
My kid will forget her jazz shoes
Or I’ll just be too damn tired to open up the laptop.
It’s always something.
It’s hard to get your shit together when your life is always chaotic.
But I found some tools to help get things under control.
I recently bought a Passion Planner after trying just about everything else.
Don’t you dare ask how many organizers, planners, and notebooks I’ve tried throughout the years. I will never tell.
And I’ll never tell how many Moleskine notebooks I went through trying to create the “perfect” bullet journal. A few minutes on Pinterest and I would quickly get “bullet journal” envy.
The Passion Planner is a little bit “bullet journal” and a lot about calendars and goal setting.
Out-of-the-box you can use the planner to set goals with out needing a ruler and lots of creativity.
The Passion Planner includes:
- Weekly motivational quotes to inspire you every week.
- Weekly challenges to help keep you productive.
- Gratitude log to jot down all the good things in your life.
- Sketchbook pages to give you space to sketch, obviously.
- Monthly reflections to record your progress.
- Extra printable templates you can download from the website.
The planner is void of heavy graphics and fancy fonts. This makes it easier for you to interject your own personality into the planner.
How I Use the Passion Planner
The monthly calendar section is reserved for recording my daily gratitude and to highlight any important dates like conferences and important due dates.
I use the weekly pages track activities and appointments for the day. I also use this section to track my weekly writing progress. I record how many words I write/type on a daily basis.
Sadly, some of the days are blank, but I’m going to reach my goal of writing 100,000 words by the end of the year.
I downloaded the habit tracker printable and tapped it to the weekly pages to track some of the habits I’m developing this year.
Meditating, walking the dog, running, working out, writing and eating plant-based foods are all things I’m trying to do more of this year. It’s a work in progress.
Getting My Sh%$ Together on the Blog (this blog)
There is nothing worse then sitting in front of the computer and having nothing to write. Except for sitting in front of the computer and 59 seconds later your interrupted by a kid or a barking dog.
I keep repeating to myself, “You are a writer, so just write.” But the curser sits there blinking at me. Damn you cursor!
I use Trello to track my blog post ideas. Any idea that pops in my head gets recorded for review later or to write later. I have installed all my connected devices, phone, iPad and computer.
Currently my cards are labeled: Ideas, In Progress, Ready to Edit, In Production & Design, and Ready to Post.
By the time 2019 rolls around, I will be running my sh%$.