The Zen-Journal Productivity and Mindfulness Blog
If you had a magic wand like Harry Potter and just waved it over your planner, wouldn’t it be great if.. like -POOF- your schedule became lighter and you felt less overwhelmed? Guess what, there is…kind of!
Welcome back! This is the second post in a series of three on mindful planning.
In the first post, I wrote about how most planning systems get it dead wrong when it comes to how they rank tasks. Most instruct users to rank tasks according to importance and urgency.
I also demonstrated how urgency and importance are limited and lead to task stacking and ultimately over-scheduling. [Read more…] about The One Change You Can Make in Your Planning that Will Change Everything
Are you tired of trying every new planning system on the market and still feeling over-scheduled, overcommitted, and overwhelmed?
I don’t blame you because that’s my story, too. After reading this article, it won’t be a problem any longer.
This is the third and final article in a series about mindful planning using the Zen-Journal approach to planning and scheduling that actually eliminates all the negative aspects of scheduling and planning.
If you’re in that camp, you need help
One of my favorite bloggers wrote a while back week that she was using a Midori Traveler’s Notebook for journaling and my reaction surprised me.
It made me cringe.
It’s the same reaction I have when I read about people having one notebook for their personal life and another for their career/work. When I read that blog post I felt disappointed inside, as if she were suddenly an addict who started using again. How could she? (My best guess is that she’s experimenting after years of solo journaling.)
Before I start getting unsubscribes and hate comments (kidding, you are free to disagree with me…I’m used to it…I used to be married), I don’t deny anyone the right to use whatever notebook they choose. [Read more…] about If You Use More than One Journal, You’re Asking for Trouble
Here’s a quick list of my top ten tips for using the Zen-Journal system for more mindful life planning:
Tip 1 – Everyone needs to have, and know how to use, a system such as Zen-Journal
I consider it my mission to spread the word about Zen-Journal not only because as I created it, but as I’ve used it I’ve become aware of how superior it is for those who want a more mindful life management system.
Zen-Journal is far more than a planner. Its benefits lie in its simplicity and adaptability. If you want to mindfully manage your life without your management tool getting in the way, Zen-Journal is perfect.
Mindfulness is the moment-to-moment awareness of what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and what your intent is. Zen-Journal, with its twice daily mindfulness reviews, helps bring more purpose to your daily planning.
Tip 2 – Buy a pen/pencil and notebook that you love
Zen-Journal’s main appeal is that you can work with what you’ve got on hand. No more spending hundreds of dollars on fancy leather binders with an odd number of rings that fit nothing else but the planner…unless you want to. If you prefer a No. 2 pencil like my friend Susan does, Zen-Journal can work for you, too.
Zen-Journal’s secret sauce is in its use, not its appearance. What it looks like, feels like, or how decorative it has no bearing on its function. That being said, I’ve seen some lovely personalizations on Pinterest to how other use notebooks using decorative tape and artwork. [Read more…] about 7 Tips for Using Your Zen-Journal for More Mindful Life Planning
A simple format fits my personality
As a Practical Buddhist, I follow the Buddha’s eight-fold path for living. The second aspect of the eight-fold path involves holding the appropriate intention. Intention can be thought of as that which undergirds our actions. So, you might say that if I hold the appropriate intention, my actions will also be appropriate. At least that’s the goal.
My Zen-Journal is very simple in its organization. Each day’s entry begins with a heading that includes the date, the day of the week, and sometimes a little note about the significance of the day. I don’t use any decorative tapes or colored pencils because they get in my way and delay my progress into planning.
For some, the artistic approach to their planning system totally fits their personality. I’ve seen some beautifully illustrated notebooks on Pinterest and elsewhere. But for me and my personality, simple works best. I’m about getting things done in a mindful but natural way. [Read more…] about Zen-Journal’s Simple Format Provides Surprising Depth