How Bullet Journaling Can Improve Your Business Mindset

Whether you’re finding it difficult to keep up with your scheduling, or you have multiple notebooks or journals already, bullet journaling can help you make positive changes. Bullet journaling is a combination of a planner, calendar and journal that’s actually quite effective in getting you and your business organized. In fact, keeping a bullet journal can be beneficial for helping you reach your business and personal goals.  And don’t we all want that?

Bullet Journaling Helps with Mindfulness

Far too often, people move from day to day without ever stopping to appreciate the little joys in life. Not only are they failing to feel and express gratitude for the many wonderful things that that are happening in their lives, but they’re also overlooking a number of tremendous, learning opportunities. Using a bullet journal allows you to see and track what is happening in your life and helps you to stop and reflect on seemingly minor events that might otherwise go overlooked – which is what makes it so powerful.

The practice of being mindful isn’t just about noticing the positive things in life either, you will also be better able to spot negative habits and be able to institute positive changes. The bullet journal system is designed to help you take note of any events that happened during the day, this is most likely where you will start to notice certain patterns. Creating trackers in your bullet journal allow you to monitor any changes you wish to make and also the outcomes.

So now you are able to be more mindful about what is happening in your business and your life and the bullet journal system supports your efforts.

Bullet Journaling Helps Encourage a Positive Mindset

When you keep a bullet journal, you have the power to fill it with any type of material that you choose. Ideally you will get the best results if you can make it a daily habit to record in your journal. Recording your gratitude, spending time reflecting on the small blessings we encounter each day can help you turn a negative mindset into a more positive and therefore, more proactive mindset.

Each of us has our own struggles, but we also have the ability to focus on the good things we get each day. Even if you are swimming in debt, or struggling in your inter-personal relationships, you also have the ability to walk, run and jump, which is something that many others do not have. We are all struggling with something  – we all have strengths and weaknesses – but by focusing on the good we can learn to control our reactions to bad situations.

So in addition to expressing your gratitude, consider making a list of traits that make you stronger, smarter, and more enduring than any problem you’re currently facing (or may face in the future).  Using your index, make sure to refer back to that page in your bullet journal often and remind yourself that your have you the strength, and the right attitude to keep pushing forward.

Bullet Journaling Helps You Set and Track Your Goals

Bullet journals are also great tools for overall life and business planning. If you’ve ever wondered how some people seem to have their whole lives figured out, you should consider the fact that these individuals may be using the bullet journaling system. The bullet journal allows you to create your goals, have a handy place to review them often, and use trackers to make sure you are working towards your goal(s).

The best part about using a bullet journal to establish and pursue life goals is the fact that this process can be as formal or as informal as you would like. Your journal can be a simple platform for bouncing ideas around and helping them take shape. Then you can make the goals more concrete, or if you already know what your goals are, write them in your bullet journal and then add the steps you need to make it happen.

I use a weekly spread to track my goals and commitments for the week. You will want to find what works best for you, daily, weekly or monthly tracking. I found that daily was too much, and monthly was not often enough for most things, but I do still use monthly trackers for certain aspects of my business.

Bullet Journaling Can Enhance Creativity

I am not artistic, even my stick figures are barely recognizable, but when I add colorful pen choices, stencils and stickers to my bullet journal, I feel more creative. Just the act of journaling and tracking can be a boost to your creative process. Think about it, you are keeping track of not just what has already happened, but you are also planning for the future by using the bullet journal system. As you think and plan for what you want to achieve in life, your imagination is engaged, allowing for infinite possibilities.

Recently, I was doing some planning that I was not excited about, so I got some stickers and added them to my bullet journal pages, and it helped me be more excited and interested in planning, it also opened some path in my brain that helped me to think outside the proverbial box. So it may not just be the words you are writing down that make your bullet journal effective, but adding some color and style, may help your mind be more creative the next time you are planning.

Just don’t get so caught up in decorating your bullet journal that you forget to use it for its intended purpose keeping you and your business organized.

Bullet Journaling Can Help You Improve Your Communication Skills

In the very long list of benefits that bullet journaling can provide, better communication skills is hardly the least. The practice of writing about your thoughts and feelings will make you more adept in issuing thoughtful responses. It will also improve your emotional intelligence, thereby making you better able to respond to the wants and needs of others in an empathetic way. Bullet journaling also teaches you to be  -brief in your entries, this helps you to better communicate in less words – I love the challenge of learning to say what I need in as few words as possible.

One of the reasons I love using my bullet journal so much since it is completely customizable it can meet my needs at any given moment. I’m able to know if I’m staying on track for the goals I have set for myself. I’m able to keep track of my finances. I am also able to have a place to write down all the ideas I have during the day, rather than all those scraps of paper, and post-it notes I used to have everywhere.

If you would like to learn how to use a bullet journal in your business check out: 

 

The Power of Admitting to Your Mistakes

We all make mistakes. How we respond to our mistakes is where the real power lies. Owning up to a mistake can be very hard – and very stressful. No one likes admitting to their mistakes – especially if you know there will be repercussions.

No wonder, many of us make excuses and try to keep our mistakes secret. Sometimes we even believe ourselves – we weren’t really responsible – it was someone else’s fault.

While this might seem easy in the moment, it’s actually very bad for you, especially in terms of self-development and self-confidence. Sometimes you simply have to face the music.

The Power of Taking Responsibility

Everybody makes mistakes and no one can get everything right every time. This is the first and most important thing for you to understand. This also means you do not need to punish yourself for making small mistakes and as long as you learn from your mistakes – they aren’t really mistakes are they?

If you shy away from taking responsibility though, then you are actually being dishonest with yourself. This will weigh on your mind – and if you can’t trust yourself your will have trouble convincing others to trust you too. In a business setting this can be a serious issue.

If you make a mistake on a client project, you want to alert them as soon as possible, and let them know what you are doing to fix the problem. Be honest.

By putting your neck on the line then, you can gain the respect of your colleagues and you will be more likely to be trusted in future. And you will gain a reputation for not shying away from any issues that arise, this will make you very attractive when asking others to be affiliates for your products. This can make a difference to your bottom line for years and years.

Being Responsible Will Help You Grow

It may be hard in the moment, but it is important to realize, taking responsibility will actually makes you stronger in the long run.

Keep learning from the mistakes you make and you will start to make less mistakes. You will learn to trust your instincts. Your confidence will grow – and this will attract more clients and customers to you.

When we make mistakes, it sticks in your mind and it provides us the opportunity to do better next time. Review what went wrong and make a plan of action, but don’t keep rehashing the mistake – this is what keeps you from moving forward.

I know that I don’t like making mistakes – and I like admitting to them even less – but the more I accept responsibility for my actions – the better person I become. Admit your mistakes and find the freedom to grow your self confidence and self worth.

I’m Lori Winslow, the Organized Solopreneur.  I help new and transitioning solopreneurs get their business and their life organized.   A great way to work through your mistakes is with a bullet journal. Try Bullet Journaling for Online Business Owners to help you set up your own bullet journal today.

7 Simple Ways to be More Productive

We all want to be more productive, but often feel like we have more to do and less time to get it done. But, the truth is, the more you get done each day, the more success you can experience.

By being productive you also give yourself the opportunity to have more free time. Time always seems to be in short supply. If you get more out of your day, you’re making better use of your time.

Increasing your productivity can have a positive effect on your business and personal life.

Use these tips to get more done in less time:

1. Plan your day. To get the most out of any day, it’s important to know what you’re going to do before the day begins. Decide how you’re going to spend your day the night before. That way, you can get busy accomplishing things first thing in the morning.

2. Turn off social media alerts. Social media is a time-waster. Set aside a time in the day to take care of business – but avoid wasting too much time on this type of activity. It’s a huge mistake to engage in social media during work hours. You have more productive things to spend your time on. Use social media for friends and family outside or your working hours.

3. Say, “no” more often. It’s easier to be productive in a meaningful way if you’re attempting to do fewer things each day. Be willing to say no to tasks, obligations, and people that get in the way of your productivity. Make it a point to leverage your time as well as you can. Saying, “no” can mean you waste less of your time on meaningless activities.

4. Get as much done as possible early in the day. If you can get a lot done in the morning, the rest of the day will go well, too. However, if you struggle to accomplish anything early in the day, the rest of the day usually goes poorly also. This is part of the reason why it’s so important to have a plan before you get started.

5. Stop multitasking. Multitasking is for people that don’t want to be productive. Choose one task, complete it, and then move on to a new task. Many studies have shown that multitasking is ineffective.

6. Focus on the most important task or steps. Avoid just doing the easiest or most enjoyable tasks. Focus on completing the most important tasks, and you’ll be much more productive.

7. Take regular breaks. You might get less done in the short-term, but you’ll undoubtedly accomplish a lot more over a day of work. Taking regular breaks refreshes your brain and makes it easier to focus. You’ll be much more effective in the afternoon if you’ve been taking breaks earlier in the day.

How productive are you? How would your life improve if you got more done each day?

Most of us could use a couple more hours each day. Unfortunately, no one has found a practical way to alter time. However, you can learn to make better use of the time you have. You’re probably not as productive as you could be. Spend a month being more productive and see how it changes your life. Join Connie Ragen Green’s Productivity Challenge – this no cost 30 day challenge will help you increase your productivity and stay focused.

Entrepreneurship Requires Discipline

I believe discipline is more of an issue for people who started in a traditional job before deciding to follow their entrepreneurial dream of being their own boss – thinking that it doesn’t require work to build a business – but it does.

When you were working at your 9-5 job you dreamt of being able to work from home, the problem is for most people, the dream was about being home and work wasn’t actually part of the fantasy. Being an entrepreneur can be more financially rewarding that working for an hourly wage, and it can allow you to be flexible in your schedule and location, but at the end of the day, what is really required is work.

I feel like I have just uttered a four letter word in a room full of young children – did she just say W-O-R-K?

Yes, I did. Read More →

Bullet Journal Creator Ryder Carroll Interview

I found this interview of Ryder Carroll the creator of the Bullet Journal system and wanted to share it with you. I found it very interesting and I hope that you do too.  I loved hearing that he uses a combination of his bullet journal and technology, just like I do. I love my bullet journal but would be lost without my Google Calendar to send me reminders.

He’s of course promoting his book:

If you are a fan of Bullet Journaling, you want to get a copy of this book it is awesome! He has an interesting story and it helps to understand the concept of how to use a bullet journal for yourself.

 

3 Essential Types of Written Content for Online Business Owners

Content creation is an essential part of any online business, but let’s face it, written content is still king. I believe that there are three forms of written content essential to market your business, grow a relationship with your community and show off your expertise. And I also want to share some ideas on how to create all this written content day after day and week after week.

Blogging

Let’s start with blog posts. When people think about online content most people think about blog posts. Blog posts can by any length you need to convey your point, long or short. You can share tips, ideas, customer comments, pictures, stories and just about anything else related to your online business on your blog.

When you are creating content to share on your blog, you should keep two goals in mind. You want to share content that attracts new visitors that might be interested in your products and services, and grow your relationship with your existing readers. Of course, not every blog post will be able to that, but strive for a balance. Read More →

What Is Compelling Content and How Do I Create It?

Compelling content is what makes the difference. Compelling content helps your reader find a solution, and compells them to take action. When you regularly create compelling content and share it on your blog and with your email list, then your community will begin to flourish. And a flourishing community can often lead to an improving income.

Here’s what sets compelling content apart from ho-hum content:

Compelling content serves a need.

The best content meets a real need for your audience and connects with their problems. For example, if you’re a wellness coach that serves busy moms, then you know your clients struggle with making food that’s quick to prepare while still being nutritious.

You could take this information and create a blog post about twelve healthy meals busy moms can make in their slow cookers. You could also share tips on how to use a food processor or blender to cut down on time spent in the kitchen. Read More →

5 Steps to Help You Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

By this time in January, the majority of people have already dropped the ball on their New Year’s Resolutions. What seemed like such a great idea/plan on January 1 has already been abandoned – so how can you avoid the same outcome?

To help you have a better chance of sticking with your resolutions, you will need to dig a bit deeper into your motivation and also to show yourself that you mean business – because let’s face it, we can be hard on ourselves and also let ourselves slide on our commitments all too easily.

Step #1. Understand your Motivation

There are 2 types of motivation:

  • Intrinsic – this means your motivation comes from inside. For example, you prefer jogging, going to the gym, or shopping by yourself because you like how you feel afterwards.
  • Extrinsic – you’re pushed forward by actions outside your personal scope. In other words, you prefer working out with your friends, and work harder when there’s a reward system in place.

Once you figure out your motivation type is, then all you have to do is put yourself in situations that make you more excited to accomplish even more. Read More →

3 Ways You Can Use Bullet Journals To Transform Your Business

Bullet journals have become a popular organization tool. They can be simple spiral bound notebooks or specific planners that have a dot grid pattern. These dots or grids make it easy for you to design beautiful pages that help you keep track of the various areas of your business and life. Here’s 3 ideas to try in your business.

Make Blogging a Regular Habit

As a busy business owner, blogging can too easily be pushed to the back burner. I know I am guilty of this too. I need to spend time working with my clients, and working on product creation is important. I also have a few niche sites that sometimes get my “writing brain” so my main site doesn’t get the full attention it deserves.

But at the end of the day, the truth is these are all excuses – it is up to me to make sure that I find a way to keep my blog regularly updated.

This is where bullet journaling comes in. I create a tracking page in my bullet journal that allows me to make notes as to whether I have written and scheduled a post for that day, or if I just have a topic idea – this way my content is planned in advance. I don’t blog daily except when I’m involved with a blogging contest or challenge. On a “regular” month, I aim to blog 3-4 times each week – a bullet journal tracking page will help me reach this goal. Read More →

Have You Ever Tried Time Blocking?

Time Blocking is a concept that works for a lot of people, but can be a struggle to get started. This article from The Yarnpreneur Society discusses how to get started with time blocking and offers a great bonus tip!

As the author explains:

While the concept of time blocking is simple, it can be difficult in practice. It requires planning to get the schedule right for you and it requires discipline to stick with it long enough for it to become a routine. I recommend trying it out in small increments at first, so it’s not a shock to your system and current routines.

Her bonus tip explains how to use “buffer blocks” – read the full article How to Time Block Successfully here.

I’ve not tried this method before and plan to start with a 2 hour daily block for content creation. What would be (or is) your first idea for a time block? Share in the comments below.