Reflections on Blogust

Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing. No matter how many mistakes you make, or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.  – posted at 60 Empowering Quotes to Help You Get Things Done

Today is August 31. I am so proud to say that I made it through Blogust! I honestly have no idea what I am doing, but I have started and that is an accomplishment in itself.

For the past year, I have tried to get inspired, motivated, and disciplined enough to post to this blog everyday and get it going, but I just could find the magic formula to get myself to do it. I am so glad that I got the idea to do Blogust, because at least for the month of August, that did the trick!

I absolutely love writing, and have been writing for myself, to myself, for the past several years, but was too afraid to share my ideas. I know that I have A LOT to learn about blogging and writing in general, but I have to remind myself that just doing something puts me so far ahead of the version of myself that just did nothing. continue…

hipster-planner

Daily Planner in Your Pocket: The Hipster

Planners have been an obsession of mine for quite some time. My first “hipster” was given to me as a birthday present a few years ago. The idea of a hipster is that you can completely customize a compact collection of information that you want to carry around with you at all times without the organizational limitations and expense of buying a planner.

I personally still like to call my system my “hipster” even though I have now transitioned to a digital platform, mostly because I think the name is cute and cool. Anyone could create their own homemade planning system and call it whatever they want. The point is to create something that you want to use, because that increases the likelihood that it will serve the purpose it intended: to make your life more simple, efficient, and peaceful.

Originally, my hipster was paper-based and had many categories. At the time that I first started using it, I did not yet have an iPhone. I had previously been using a Franklin-Covey planner system, and although I loved my planner and lived by it, my life felt extremely chaotic. Don’t get me wrong, my hipster wasn’t responsible for removing the chaos from my life, I did that after extensive personal reflection and carefully planned out choices, but the hipster now plays an even more effective role in my life now that I feel more connected to the categories it contains and the types of information I allow to get recorded in that place. continue…

Evernote Organization

I took some time to go through my Evernote files and pare my categories down to the most basic and broad. I am proud to say that I am currently down to 4 notebook stacks. I didn’t take a before picture, but I believe I used to have closer to 10 stacks.

When I first started using Evernote, there were 2 levels of organization available: notebooks and notes. A notebook is a collection of notes. It bothered me that there were only 2 levels at first, because I really like to group similar items together and felt like I needed one more level of categorization. If I am thinking about my blog, I don’t want to have to scroll through items related to my job. I keep them separate. Now, with the ability to create stacks, I can happily group my information into small number of broad categories, and then group like sub-categories of information within each stack. continue…

Organizing on Autopilot

Once I figure out how a regularly occurring tasks fits best into my life, it kind of goes on autopilot and I don’t have to keep thinking about how or when to do it anymore. I guess a good example for me is keeping the house straightened up. I grew up with piles of papers and things everywhere, and when I moved out to live in my own apartment, I still had a lot of clutter to deal with. I finally bought a filing cabinet with 2 filing drawers and was pretty proud of it, but still didn’t have a grip on completely having a system of keeping the paper clutter under control.

Besides papers, there are countless things that can clutter up a home, such as dirty clothes, dirty dishes, things to take back to the store, items to fix, and just “stuff” in general. When there is not a home for an item, it can quickly turn into clutter. I have had fun (and help) getting organizing systems established in my home so there is no clutter. Having no clutter in the home makes me feel more calm and peaceful. That is the real goal of organizing for me. continue…

Procrastinators Annonymous

Right now I have a notebook in my Evernote called “Post Drafts” with 120 notes. This is where I have been keeping ideas for blog posts for over a year. As I am writing this, I am up to 121 notes.

I set out to participate in Blogust around the beginning of this month, with the goal of posting to this blog each day throughout the month of August. I have missed about 5 or 6 days, although I posted a quote as a placeholder for each day that I missed and will be going back and posting to those days before the end of August.

A Procrastinator’s Confessions

Why oh why do we procrastinate? Maybe I shouldn’t say “we” because I am sure not everyone procrastinates, and even those of us who do procrastinate are probably really good at getting certain things done quickly. That is, certain things we either actually enjoy doing or have figured out how to do with confidence. Despite all the good advice and information I have read about getting things done and not procrastinating, I still manage to do it. continue…

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