My Planner Supplies and Sticker Storage System

I've got a lot of pretty planner products. I've gotten supplies by being on teams, I scrapbook, I've got a kit that comes my way every month, and let's be completely honest here, I can't resist pretty washi!! All this pretty stuff could get really overwhelming, but I've got a system. Without this system, my beautiful studio would be in chaos!

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If you are overwhelmed by product and planner goodies, follow my system, adapting it to fit your needs. You don't need an entire room. You may only have one cupboard to store you planner goodies. Whatever your storage, you need to keep it organised to keep yourself sane, and your space chaos-free. Try my 6 step system below:

  1. Know how and how often product comes in. Do you shop in spits and spurts? Or do you binge buy every blue moon? Or maybe you have a kit subscription. Knowing when and how things are coming in will dictate how you organise it.

  2. Have a spot for new and exciting products. A basket or drawer of your new, fun goodies will be your first stop when you go to decorate. If they are all in the same place, it will save you time and energy instead of having to root and sort through every thing you own.

  3. Similarly, have a spot for the stickers and things you use on almost every spread.  This will also save you time and energy. Simply having products that you use on a regular basis will also help save you time because it takes the decision out of it.

  4. Know how you look for things as you create. Do you plan with kits? Are you forever looking for just-a-little-something-turquoise? Or a flower? Or pretty icons? Knowing how you look for things will tell you how things should be sorted. If you are often looking for something pink or turquoise etc. then store your goodies by colour. If you need a flower or a bow, then store your things by theme. If, of course, you are decorating by kit, then store by complete kits.

  5. Once things no longer seem new, move them to your regular stash. This could be after your next shopping trip and you need the room for your newest goodies, or when the items in the 'new' basket just don't feel as exciting as when you first bought them.

  6. Have a place for items you are no longer digging. A basket, box or drawer specifically dedicated to things you no longer need or love, will free up space in your storage. When it's full, you can give it away to a planner friend,  a hospital or a pre-school.

In this video, I show you my Alex drawers and give you a peek inside. One of these drawers holds my 'new' things, others hold my products from Carpe Diem and Paper House. Hit play and have a snoop!

 

This video is from a few months ago, if you haven't seen it yet, I take you on a tour of my craft room! Grab a cup of tea and come on in!

 


28 Habits of Successful People

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Last week I gave you a list of 10 ways to create habits that stick. Now, I've got some ideas for you on what habits you can start creating!

First though, let's talk about the word 'success' for a sec. For me, being successful doesn't only me rich, powerful or famous. For me, the true meaing of success is to be living the life you want and loving it! To be successful is to be truly happy in your life, doing the things you love.

So consider that when you are deciding on what habits you would like to create.

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There is no magic formula! Different habits work better for different people. If you google 'habits for success' you are going to get a large variety of habits and different conbinations of them too. Different habits will have worked differently for the different people who wrote the articles/made the YouTube videos/wrote the books that come up in your google search. You need to choose the habits that work for you and for what you want.

But where to start?

How do you know which habits to choose? I say start with just one. Start with the ONE on this list that jumps out at you the most. Or maybe, as you read the list, you'll get another idea for a different habit that's not even on the list - go for that one! If you've got a few that appeal to you, just pick one. This isn't rocket science, eeny meeny miney mo will work just fine ;)

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Once you get one habit solidified (again see last week's post), then you can start on a second habit, but make sure you give each new habit enough time to really become second nature before adding in a new one to the mix or you risk losing that first habit.

Ok, let's get to the list:

  1. get up early
  2. be a life long learner
  3. read everyday
  4. learn things outside of your general interest
  5. focus on one thing at a time
  6. batch your tasks
  7. journal everyday
  8. write down your dreams
  9. turn those dreams into goals
  10. exercise on a regular basis
  11. feel the fear but do it anyway
  12. put your phone down
  13. know that you will fail
  14. be persisitant
  15. surround yourself with happy, glass-half-full friends
  16. stay organised
  17. pay attention to the details
  18. be grateful
  19. have a morning routine
  20. know how to say NO
  21. be adaptable
  22. plan!
  23. look for the beauty in everything
  24. meditate
  25. go outside everyday
  26. have music in your life
  27. keep your stress levels down
  28. do work that you love

If you'd like more details on each of these 28 habits watch this week's video below. I go into some of the habits that I find difficult and I have a challenge for you!

 

Let me know in the comments below the ONE habit from this list that you are going to start with.

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10 Ways to Create Habits That Really do Stick

A question that we often ask ourselves is 'How do I break bad habits?' Since I'm more of a cup half full kind of girl, I think a more positive, self-affirming question that we should be asking is 'How can I create good and healthy habits?'

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Creating good habits leaves little room for bad habits. Healthy habits can also replace the bad and improve your productivity, organisation, health, mood and more!  I've got 10 tips for you to start creating a new healthy habit today that will make it stick!

I've got a free printable cheat sheet for you too, so make sure you read to the end to get yours!

Here are your 10 tips:

  1. Know your Triggers
    Charles Duhigg says in his book the Power of Habit, that we are triggered to action to get a certain rewards that we are looking for and that's why we carry out our routine habits. In the evening you always sit on the couch and end up watching too much Netflix and staying up too late re-watching The Crown. Or because it's on your way home from yoga, you swing into the Tim's drive thru for breakfast. Or what about the good habits, maybe you write out your to-do list for the next day every night after you do the supper dishes because your planner is in the kitchen. The trigger sets the action in motion so that you can get your reward. Time and  location are two categories for triggers or cues, says Duhigg, so when it's evening time, that triggers your habit to watch Netflix so you can get your reward of entertainment and relaxation. It's the location of that Tim Hortons that triggers your habit to buy a yummy rewarding breakfast and it's the time and location of finding your planner in the kitchen after supper that prompts you to write your to-do list so you'll be rewarded with it waiting for you the next morning.

    If we know what triggers us, whether to do something good or not so good, we can take action to change. In creating a new habit, we can keep the old cue and reward and simply swap out the routine or habit. Knowing that the Tim's drive thru being on your way home triggers you to stop after yoga is half the battle. You can decide to take a different route home or pack something to eat and bring it to yoga.

  2. Attach new habits to already well established habits.
    If there is something that you do everyday, it's a lot easier to add a new activity to that one, then to start from scratch. Let's say you want to decrease the clutter by your front door and most of it is junk mail and flyers. If you pick up your mail on the way up your driveway after walking the dog, then that habit is already established. So adding the extra steps to take the junk mail directly to the recycling bin is a lot easier to start doing than choosing another random time of day to pick up the junk mail off of the table by the door and bring it to the bin.

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  3. No Excuses!
    The first weeks of a new habit are critical. You have to be diligent and not offer up any excuses in the beginning. My husband was trying to create a morning running habit. I, on the other hand, have been doing pilates every weekday morning for years. We had a midweek holiday a few weeks back and I decided to skip my workout, but I encouraged my husband to go for his run to help solidify the habit. Because my habit is well established, it was easy for me to get up the next morning and do 4  blogilates videos, but if he had skipped his run, it would have been a whole lot harder for him to get up and out the next day because his habit was so new.
    So stick with it! No skipping allowed for the first 3 weeks and then it will get easier as it becomes second nature.
    I hear you, loud and clear, you're saying 'But, it's so hard NOT to skip!' I know, I know, I've been there. New habits are HARD! But, if you can stick with it for 21 days, then it'll be mostly smooth sailing... mostly... after that. These next set of tips will help you stick to that new habit.

  4. The 5 Second Rule.
    I recently finished this book, The 5 Second Rule, by Mel Robbins and it's a game changer! It's one of those must reads... or must-listen, the audio version is pretty great. I'll give you a quick summary here while you wait for it to download on Audible.
    Your brain only needs 5 seconds to talk you out of something. If you don't get out of bed right away to go for your run (fit in 30mins of crafting before work, be up before your children, have time for breakfast, or whatever you've planned to do) your brain will start telling you how warm and cosy your bed is. It'll come up with excuses, anything to make you roll over, hit snooze and skip your run. After 5 seconds your brain will tell you that one little cookie is ok, it won't hurt your diet, that you'll behave tomorrow. 
    Mel Robbins describes launching yourself out of bed like a rocker ship, 5-4-3-2-1! That's all it takes to quiet the excuses and move into action - to get out of bed and pulll on your Lululemons or to have a banana instead of that cookie. You can use 5-4-3-2-1 to turn off Netflix and read a book instead (the 5 Second Rule, maybe), to declutter your kitchen or to make that phone call (Introverts, are you with me? I hate the phone!). Only make sure you count backwards because if you count up to 5, then you will just keep going 6-7-8 and the excuses will make their way in.

  5. Don't Break the Chain.
    Jerry Seinfeld came up with this one. The idea is simple, for everyday you complete the habit you are trying to instill, then you get a big checkmark (or you colour in a square, flower or heart on your tracker or get to add a sticker). The idea is to do it every day or weekday, week, etc. depending on the habit so that you make a chain of checks (coloured squares or stickers) in your planner. If you miss a day (or week or whatever) you break the chain and mess up the pretty pattern. Which of course doesn't look nice, and since you don't want that to happen you'll be motivated to keep going and not break the chain.

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  6. Give Yourself a Reward.
    Nothing too extravagant but something that will make you happy. The little stickers from Tip number 5 is a fun and perfect as a daily reward. Maybe, you love to have a cup of peppermint and liquorice tea after supper and you've been wanting to get those supper dishes out of the way in the evening so they aren't waiting for you the next morning. Well, save that tea until after the dishes are done! It would be a great little treat to motivate you to do them. Some other rewards would be a 10 minute break to work on a favourite craft project, reading a chapter of your current book, or for a bigger reward, re-watching one episode of Game of Thrones or Outlander as you wait oh so impatiently for the next season. Only one episode though, no binge watching!

  7. Track Your Progress of Established Habits alongside the new.
    Like in the break the chain example, if you track what you are doing, you will be motivated to colour in more squares as you SEE the tracker start to fill up. Track multiple habits in one tracker for a colourful addition to your planner. Here's a big tip: track a habit of yours that is already well established. That way you'll be consistently seeing progress and you'll be motivated for the new habits by the success of older habits. As I said before, my workout habit is pretty much set in stone, but I colour in a little square every weekday anyway. It makes my tracker prettier and I have something to track everyday even if I've been struggling to make progress on the other, weaker habits.

  8. Same Time Same Place, Same Circumstances
    While creating your habit, make sure that you do it at the same time, in the same place and under the same circumstances as often as possible. This is critical as you are instilling a new habit for the triggers and muscle memory. You'll know that when you come back from walking the dog that you pass the mail box, take the mail and you will train yourself to head to the recycle bin. You'll know that when your dishes are done in the evening you can grab your planner and sip your liquorice and peppermint tea while you write out tomorrow's to-do list. Once your habit is solidly engrained in your mind, you can change it up every once in a while and it won't matter too much. You'll be able to come back to the habit easily, but in the early days, it's essential to you create consistant conditions to really make that habit stick.

  9. Have Someone Keep you Accountable.
    Tell someone (or lots of someones) that you are embarking on the creation of this new habit! The more apt that person is to ask you about your progress, and to call you out when it looks like your about it skip a day, the better! Post it on Facebook or Instagram, where all your family and friends can hound you motivate you and keep you focused.

  10. Don't Give Up!
    Stick with the habit, until it becomes automatic., even after those 21 days, when a habit is said to be made. I'll play devil's advocate here because I've had many new, and still weak, habits that have collasped back to nothing because I let up after 21 days. I thought I had it down, but in reality it wasn't entrenched in my brain deeply enough. Don't give up, don't slacken the reins until you are doing this new habit without thinking, until it's practically second nature. If you do skip a day... and there will be days when you will skip, whether it's because you need to for a valid reason or because you simply 'failed' to do it... If you do skip a day, whatever you do, DO NOT beat yourself up for missing a day or for 'failing'. It's not failing, building habits is hard work! If it wasn't hard, everyone would be doing it and leading perfect lives. It's absolutely normal and completely ok to mess up during the process. The key is to not to let the mess-ups get you down. Try and figure out why you messed and learn from that. Did you skip your run because it was raining? Maybe do a yoga video in your living room on rainy days. Or maybe you've written 500 words a day, everyday for almost 2 weeks, but that one day that you skipped got you off track. If you understand that you missed that day because of a stressful meeting at work, then you'll know that stress affects your writing and next time you'll have a back up plan, write something else, a letter or email instead of working on your novel, it all counts! Or if you're blocked completely, get inspired by a walk or some music. Do something, anything, related to writing in the time that you've alloted yourself to write. 

Phew, that was a lot to take in! I know that it can be overwhelming so I have some things to help you out. 

You probably won't want to come back to this post every time you're stuck with a habit, so I've created a printable for you to stick into your planner. It's a Cheat Sheet with the 10 tips listed. It'll be easier to flip to that page and check rather than come back here every time. You should also bookmark this blog post so that when you do need more of a refresher than the list on the printable you can find it easily.  Click on the image below to get your free printable Cheat Sheet:

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I've also created a YouTube video, if you are more of a visual learner. It's a summary of the tips that I shared here, so you can go there if you are stuck as well. I want you to nail those habits so I've created these great resources to help you succeed!


 


My Favourite Planner Clips and How to Make Them

Planner clips are a fun and fast way to make your planner look more decorated - instantly! I really enjoy making my own. The clips here are some of my favourites and I thought I'd teach you how to make them.

The first is a quick and easy - but oh so fab - clip. All you need to do is punch a chipboard piece out of the packaging, all the while keeping the backing intact and stuck to the back of the chipboard piece. If you peel back just enough of the backing, you can squeeze in a little bit of hot glue and push a clip in between and presto!

Hop-sneakthis fab clip was made with chipboard from Simple Stories's crafty Girl collection

A bit of warning, these aren't the heartiest of clips, the backing can be a bit slick, so the hot glue can pop off. It's fine for me as I don't use them outside the house, so they aren't getting knocked around in my bag. I'm careful when I do use them at home, but I've still had to do a bit of re-glueing. Still they are fast, simple and fabulous!

This next one is bang on trend! I was prompted by my latest Get it Scrapped assignment to borrow this look from home decor. You can see that post HERE. You can mimic this trend and add a dipped look to any of your clips!

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For a complete tutorial for this clip, grab your favourite embellishment, some paint and hit play on the video:

This last clip is also a quick one, all you need is a wool ball, your craft knife and a glue gun. Slice a short but deep slit in your wool ball and make sure your clip will fit before going onto the next step. Pinch the ends of the cut to open the slit and slowly squeeze a small amount of hot glue into the hole. Then quickly add your clip and you're done!

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For more tips and tutorials, I've got an entire class at Big Picture Classes, called Planner Clips! Pop on over there: 

Planner Clips!

 

 


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Habits!

You get to decide who you get to be!

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Everyday you are making that decision, in the choices you make and the habits you've created. 

What you do - day in and day out - essentially make up who you are. In other words HABITS dictate your character and personality, not the other way around.

I love this quote from Gandhi:

Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive, because your thoughts become your behaviour.
Keep your behaviour positive, because your thoughts become your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because your thoughts become your values.
Keep your values positive, because your thoughts become your destiny.

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And Brian Tracy says:

95% of everything you do is the result of your habits, either helpful or hurtful.

If you are someone who scrolls on her phone a lot, then basically, you are a girl who scrolls on her phone. If, instead, you dream big, take action everyday towards your goals, then you are a dream chaser. The actions don't have to be big, the habits don't have to be big, they just have to be taking you in the right direction.

It's time to take a look at your habits and see what kind of person you are. Is it in line with who you want to be?

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If you want to go a little more in depth with me about the importance of good habits and what in the heck Lego has to do with it, hit play on the video below.

 


Creative Lists for Planners - How to Make it Your Own

Taking a new class is always fun, but sometimes it can be a bit daunting to then try and figure out how to put your own individual spin on things. To be able to take the lessons and techniques you've learned and incorporate your own style and personality is a whole other level of creativity.

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I've been talking about my super cool Creative List for Planners class a lot recently, in it I help you create a wonderful book for all your random lists and bits of info that don't have a home in your regular planner. It's a compliment to your planner system.

I help you out with an entire lesson dedicated to helping you make your List book your own. I teach different background techniques and suggest different ways to decorate your pages with doodles, stickers, washi and other embellishments. There are lots of ideas that may appeal to you more than what you see in the my examples, something other than my style.

This specific lesson includes:

  • 2 video tutorials to add backgrounds to your Creative List Book pages
  • Tips and tricks to make these techniques perfect every time
  • Decorating ideas to make the page you create fit your personality
  • Simple ideas, requiring minimal supplies that you probably already have on hand, yet make a big impact on your pages

Other cool things are included in this class:

  • 10 video tutorials that'll guide you step by step.
  • Directions for setting up and maintaining your own List book
  • Lists of ideas of what to keep in your book
  • Countless ways to add a little more organisation and craftiness to your otherwise boring lists

Click here to check out the class now! If you don't have a Big Picture Classes membership, you can sign up for a free, two week trial. That's just enough time for you to take my class!

CREATIVE LISTS FOR PLANNERS

If you are in a travelers notebook, or simply want to keep your List book in a notebook, then you can fully customise your inserts (or that notebook). In this week's YouTube video, I'm giving you an inside look at one of the video tutorials from my class. It steps out what you need to do to make (and customise) an insert for your TN. Grab your favourite papers and hit play!

 


All the Lists I have in My Bullet Journal and Ideas for Yours

Last week I shared my book I created to give all my random scraps a home. You know those little pieces of paper with lists and notes and bits of inspiration.  They were written down on whatever paper I had to hand, torn bits of notebooks, backs of envelopes or receipts. There were stickers and business cards that I wanted to keep too. I kept them all in a pile on top of my planner or tucked into the back cover (this was way before decorative planners, so mine had no pocket). Neither spot was ideal, they would slide off the planner onto the floor or fall out of the back cover almost every time I picked it up. 

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So I created a book where I could write in all these lists and notes, stick in the stickers and cards and my children would even draw pictures in it for me.  I simply called it my Book of Lists, and now it's evolved into Creative Lists for Planners.

I created a new class at Big Picture Classes to help you create a book like this. It's called Creative Lists for Planners.

This class is full to the brim with ideas and inspiration! You'll learn how to set up your own List Book, I'll give you ideas on what to add, what to list out and things to track. There are fun projects for you to try and I've got video tutorials on how to make it your own with paper, paint and, the planner girls's favourite, WASHI and more. I've also got tips and tricks for you to keep it going and keep it fun. 

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As a sneak peek today, here's a 'list of the lists' (and everything else) that I'm keeping in my current Creative List book:

  • A List of Big Dreams
    Summer Dreams and To-Do's

    Books I've Read in 2017
    A Running List of the Books I'm Reading in 2018
    A List of Big Projects
    My Morning Routine

    A List of the Ways I Relax
    Summer Vacation Papercrafting Projects
    A Spread from a Class I Taught at Studio Calico
    A Motivational Spread
    Back To School To-Do's
    Back to School Shopping Trip Memories
    My Children's Sizes
    Home Renovation Projects and Shopping List
    Lists of Lists and Tracking Ideas and Other Fun Things I can add to my Book.

You can see all these page in action in the video below! Watch me flip through it and get a better understanding of what one of these books could be. Take an idea that you see and love and try a page today!

In this photo, you can get a few more ideas of the types of things that you can add besides lists and tracking.

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My book has evolved from a simple pencil scratched notebook of lists and notes, with things stuck into it, into a fully decorated book that makes me so happy when I look through it. You can find a style and method that works for you an do any variation you'd like. Make your book as unique as you are and really have fun with it!

Click here to learn more about my class, Creative Lists for Planners. Big Picture Classes is a membership site, if you do not have a membership, you can take a free 2 week trial, which is just enough time for you to take in all the content in the class. 

See you in class!!


How Many Lists do You have Scribbled on the Backs of Envelopes and Napkins?

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Do you have lists upon lists on Post-itsĀ® and the backs of envelopes? Project ideas, shopping lists, and spur-of-the-moment ideas that don't have a place in your day-to-day planner?

I used to, and they were cluttering up my kitchen counter, falling on the floor and generally just getting on my nerves! These scraps of paper needed a HOME!

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I've got a fabulous solution for you to give your homeless but important things a home - and you'll get creative doing it! I've got a new class coming soon to Big Picture Classes called Creative Lists for Planners where I share how I created space for my lists and found a way to express my creativity, experiment with new ideas, and capture and preserve the memories of my everyday life at the same time - and how you can too!

I'll guide you through setting up your own list book, ideas of topics to list or track, techniques for making it your own with your favourite supplies, and tips for keeping it going and keeping it fun! Add a little more organisation and craftiness to your otherwise boring lists with Creative Lists for Planners!

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This class will be available next Monday, but in the meantime, I hope you've enjoyed these little sneak peeks. As well, I've got a video for you with a quick project to get you ready for class. It's a little pocket folder where you can collect those bits of paper until class begins! See you on Monday!

Stay tuned! To make sure that you don't miss a thing and to get a notification when the class goes live, simply add you email in the green tag below:


I Always Want to Skip THIS and I'm Always Glad I Don't

Argh! 

THIS is always the step I skip. It's not fun for me so I'm reluctant to do it, and I put it off, or avoid it altogether. However, when I do make the effort and do it, I'm always really glad that I did.

What in the heck am I even talking about!?

REVIEWING your Successes!

I've mentioned before how important reviewing your progress is, especially for a recurring event like Christmas. But, just because I think that something is important, doesn't mean that I have to like it! It's like eating kale, just plug your noes and do it.

Today, I'm going to talk about reviewing your progress as you work towards your goals, big and small. Looking back and reviewing how far you've come can do wonders for your self-esteem.Wonder woman

You get the LOOK AT WHAT I DID! sense of accomplishment. Often times we almost forget what we've already done until we stumble across it some how. A photo of your cousin's newborn baby (who is now 12) wrapped in the blanket you knit for him, or a folded poster from your High School's production of the Romeo and Juliet when you played the nurse. Those female roles were really hard to come by in Shakespeare's plays! Or maybe it's looking through last year's planner and realising you have quite the knack for decorating.

If we don't look back, it's easy to forget about all the things you've accomplished. Instead you end up focusing on how much you have left to do and how far behind you are towards your current goal. Quit doing thatInstead, celebrate how far you've come, celebrate the small, even the tiny wins and successes!

In this video I decorate a spread in my Wonder Woman planner from Paper House. I've designated this planner as my place to celebrate my wins and accomplishments. After all we don't need to fell a church tower single handedly to be a wonder woman. 

Looking back at what you've done so far also shows you that you are actually making progress. Without a reference of a finished project or goal, it can be difficult to see your progress. Reviewing allows you to see how far you've come towards your goal. Take my reading goal for 2018, I want to read 52 books, one for each week. If I look at my April books so far, I'm at ZERO! I haven't finished one book yet this month! And that's because I'm currently reading the 6th book in the Outlander series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes and this thing is 1157 pages long! However, I am almost 2/3 of the way through it. That's about the same as 2 average sized books.

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Now, if I was to only look at the fact that I haven't finished any books in April, I may get discouraged, but if I look at how far I've come in the book and if I look at my count for January through March (19 books!), I can see that I've made great progress towards this year's reading goal. Sometimes there are parts of your progress that will just take a bit more time and effort.

All this celebration of you and your accomplishments really reves up the old self esteem and that in turn motivates you to keep going. It lights a fire under you and you end up doing better work going forward. 

Reviewing can also hit you where it hurts, it is not always sunshine and rainbows, a big part of the reason I dislike reviewing so much is that I don't like rehashing and reliving my mistake and where I've been lacking. BUT this is extremely helpful beccause you can take what you learn and apply it going forward. 

Maybe you learn that you really can't read a book a week and adjust your goal down to 26 books and come December you'll be able to celebrate a win instead of being disappointed with yourself. 

Or like me, you may realise that 10000 steps a day too much. For May, I'm going to reduce that down to 8000 so that I can celebrate that win a bit more often. Adjustments are not failures, they are setting you up for a win and the resulting motivation to keep going.

You can do some course adjustments if you review as you make your progess toward a project or a goal. If you wait until the end of the process it may be too late. By catching it early you may nip a big mistake or wrong turn in the bud.

There's an entire lesson on reviewing and adjusting as you plan out projects and goals in my Play Your Dreams class at Big Picture Classes, you can check that out here: 

Lesson 5 - The Adjustment Bureau

Let me know in the comments what wins and successes you have had recently.


The First and Most Important Step in Achieving Your Goals

I recently came across my very first 100 dreams list from five years ago. If you've taken my Plan Your Dreams class either at Big Picture Classes or in person at PlannerCon Europe, you know what I'm talking about. For the rest of you, in my class I stress the importance of dreaming big and writing down 100 dreams so that you can flesh out the really good dreams after you written down the 'should dreams' and the 'supposed to's'. 

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It was so fun to read through what my 5-year-ago self had on her heart. Honestly, I was a bit surprised by how many things I have already accomplished from that list. So of course, I counted and I could cross off 22 out of 91. (Yes, 91... I apparently didn't even make it to 100! Oops!) Twenty-two! That's a LOT of action and goals met in 5 years! 

There were only a few (5 or 6) that were no longer big dreams of mine (I really don't want a pink Vespa anymore), other dreams have changed slightly and a big chunk of the rest, though I can't yet cross them off, I've made progress towards. 

Last week, I went to Scotland! Eeeeeeee, it was a trip of a lifetime and I will definitely go back some day. I'll move there if at all possible. 'VISIT SCOTLAND' was on my list 5 years ago, it was number 58. When, I taught Plan Your Dreams at PlannerCon in October, it was on my list I created for that class, though it had moved up to number 8. I talked about this dream in class, I don't dream of going to New York city, like many people. I don't feel like I 'should' go to New York just because that's what everyone dreams. Not me! The thought of all those tall buildings and crowded streets gives me the heebie jeebies. My dream was the wide open spaces of the Scottish Highands and it was just as amazing as I had dreamed

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Dreaming really is the first and most important step in goal setting. And it's my favourite step too! How can you set a goal when you don't even know what you really want? Writing out 100 dreams truly does reveal the big juicy ones, the ones that you were put on Earth to accomplish and share with the rest of us! Have a go at it, see if you can come up with 100 dreams and then pick one that gets you the most excited and set a goal to make that dream come true.

If you've already made a list of 100, pick a new dream off of your list. If you'd like some inspiration to come up with your 100 dreams or if you are looking for more information on goal setting, check out my class Plan Your Dreams at Big Picture classes and if you are looking for a great planner to not only house your dream list but also to help you break down your goal and really make it come true check out my latest YouTube video, my review of The Freedom Mastery Law of Attraction planner.

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