“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end” – Seneca
Last year was very busy and exciting. It was filled with travel, workshops and opportunities to learn and grow in my photography, which included launching this website (Huge step for me).
Through some of my most recent readings and podcasts I have learned that ‘list making’ can actually help with accomplishing your goals. I have already made a few changes this year to see if they do in fact help me along this journey. Here is a list of my new acquisitions to help me stay organized, inspired and productive in order to continue to build my website and expand on my photography skills. The idea is to try a new and different approach to stay on track but also keep notes on my progress throughout the year. Do you have experience with any of the following?
Baron Fig 2018 Planner: Even in this digital age, I still like writing down my day to day plans and assignments. I like being able to flip through pages quickly and jotting notes like reminders, appointments, sketches/doodles, affirmations or ideas for blog posts 😉
The Five-Minute Journal: “The simplest, most effective thing you can do every day to be happier”. Recommended by a friend of mine and says it is highly effective in his life. Who does not want to be happier? This is a quick way to start and end the day with gratitude.
The Artist Way: I have had this book for a while and I am now reading and trying out some of the exercises. The primary exercise that I have done so far and have found to be a great addition to my morning ritual is the “morning pages”. Doing this every morning has taken the noise out of my head, leaving room to focus on my list for the day, week, month.
Future blog will reveal how effective these tools have developed for me and how they can possibly help you. But if you want to follow along with me on this journey, gather your tools and let’s do this together!
As always, thank you for your support and for visiting my website!
~ To new beginnings ~
I personally have a hard time keeping a journal. However, I am a fan of lists…. Some of the organizer gurus suggest making your lists before you go to sleep at night to allow your mind to rest better. Who knows?
Over the years I have amassed a rather large collection of journals that have been written in for a few days or weeks only to be set aside when whatever it was that was causing me to seek journaling ceased to be important. I have discovered after 20 plus years of attempting to add journaling into my daily routine that the thing keeping me from being successful is my lack of interest in routine. So here is to forgotten journals, Evernote accounts, email drafts and emails sent. These thoughts that were important enough to put pen to paper or keystrokes to data are active attempts at making sense of our lives and that active process is what is important…even if it is intermittent.
Thanks for the comment Cris. Yes, I think the key word you have used is “active” …. Active attempts, active process- It seems that if we just maintain the “active” part in motion- active living, active practice, active listening, actively creating that perhaps we will see more of the results we dream of come to fruition.
Wishing you the best!