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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.

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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 →

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 →

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 →

4 People Who Would Love to Get a Bullet Journal as a Gift

Many people choose to start bullet journaling because of the unique combination of being a planner, a calendar and journal.
For example, it can help you to de-stress because everything is in one place, no need to go looking around anymore.
Others start journaling because they believe they can learn more about their life through various tracking methods.
While some people buy a journal for themselves, a bullet journal is a very thoughtful gift for
someone special in your life. Here’s just a few people that may love a bullet journal
as a gift.

#1 New Parents

Bringing a new child into the world is one of the most life-altering experiences
that a person can go through, and a bullet journal can help them keep track of all those
new doctor appointments, and also record those special moments, while still
keeping their work life up to date.

Regardless of whether this is the person’s first child or fifth, the act of creating
a life and being responsible for raising that child successfully to
adulthood can be overwheling, having a place to write down all those questions and track all those milestones
is priceless. A bullet journal can also be a great place to write down all the emotions
that go along with being a parent. And a bullet journal can be shared with their children
when they are older.

I like this bullet journal for the new parents, since the pen stays with the journal:

 

#2 High School and College Students

High school and college years are some of the most formative years of their lives. They are
transitioning into adults. Each person has a unique journey to adulthood and a bullet journal
can help them keep up with classes and their social life all in one place.

More than that, the stress and drama associated with the transition into adulthood can stir
many emotions. Teens and young adults may be able to use their journal to explore their feelings
and to gain great insight about who they are and what they stand for.

This is my recommendation for students.

This bullet journal set includes stencils and pens to get those creative juices flowing.

#3 Seniors and Retirees

The analog design of the bullet journal appeals to many seniors, who feel that
this is when their life is truly beginning. Retiring is a new and exciting chapter for many
people, filled with experiences of being a grandparent, of traveling to new
places and meeting new people along the way. Bullet journals can also be great for keeping
track of the seemingly endless number of doctor appointments that seem to be a part of the
aging process.

Many older adults also understand that younger generations may want to learn more about
their life at some point. A bullet journal can be used to preserve thoughts and even to
share memories from many years or decades ago. These volumes can even be handed down from
generation to generation so that their experiences become a part of family history.

Since the older folks on your gift list may not need more instructions, try this:

 

#4 Online Business Owners

The reason many online business owners like the bullet journaling system is that they already spend
so much of their time online, it is nice to be able to work offline sometimes. Bullet journaling is
a great way to keep track of all the moving parts of an online business, and to keep up with their
personal life too. The ability to completely customize a bullet journal makes it appeal to many people.

Show them that you support their business efforts:

When you give a bullet journal to a friend or relative, you are showing them that you care and are trying
to be supportive. A bullet journal is a place for them to plan, dream and track.

There are many different reasons why you may give the gift of a bullet journal to someone
special as a gift. Journaling can be an enriching experience for all ages, but the
gift of a bullet journal could also tell that person that you find them fascinating and that you
know that they have many things to track and share across the pages of their journal.

3 Tips to Use a Bullet Journal to Organize Your Business

As you already know, I love bullet journaling. I have my own course, Bullet Journaling for Online Business Owners that teaches you the basics of setting up your own bullet journal.

In the course, I showed you that a bullet journal can help you make lists for the future, track various aspects of your business, manage your finances, and this will ultimately reduce your stress level. The bullet journal is so completely customizable that you can let it help you organize your entire life.

Everything you need to plan is in this single journal, so there is no trying to look around for the right one or having Post-it notes lying around all over the place. It becomes a personalized planner that you create based on your own needs. Read More →

Focus On What’s Important To You

Having a good reason to be confident, brave, and courageous can be a huge help.

As I have mentioned before, I am a huge tennis fan, and today was an exceptional day in the sport for the wrong reasons. During a Grand Slam Championship match the umpire took exception to being called a thief (for previously awarding a point to the other player) and this time gave a whole game to other player.

The 2 participants in this tennis match were Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka. The person that was in trouble was Serena. The trouble all began when she was given a warning about on court coaching, which is not allowed during the Grand Slam tournaments. Serena was most upset that she would be perceived as cheating, not that she was being reprimanded. Read More →

How Do You Define Time Management?

We all hear about time management, and we are told it is important. It is also said that a person who does not respect time does not respect his or her own self and that may be a bit harsh, but also holds a grain of truth. Time management is so important that today’s parents often teach the values of it to their children so that they can grow up to be better individuals. Learning time management skills at an early age can help children better reach their goals as they mature. But don’t worry if you didn’t start as a child its not too late to try to take control of your busy schedule.

How would one define time management actually? Is it about making a timetable and abiding by it? Or is it about allotting a specific time to do your daily tasks? Or is it about separating time for work, play, food and everything else that a human needs to do? Read More →