My daily adventures in writing things down

If you’re at all like me, you write everything down and there’s so much that the notes seem overwhelming!

My focus this week is to simplify and uncomplicate my processes so that my projects are easier to track. I often take on too much at once, which of course doesn’t help at all. Focusing more of my attention on less work means my individual processes and projects will get more attention.  This has felt amazing so far. Whenever I feel myself reaching out for more, or planning something new, I stop and refocus. I am immediately drawn back to the project I am currently working on. 

I am trying to make less notes as well, and to keep them all in one place. This process is made much more simple by having one binder I write things down in. All of my notes go in one place, and are broken down into different categories or sections as needed. 

What simple note taking system do you have that works? Have you ever used a bullet journal? I love this method. I’ve never found a system that’s already created that i love, so I work off of a daily template and just write as i go. I still pre-plan my weeks and schedule, and tasks etc. What really helps a lot is pre-planning content, and time blocking …..although I often find that the time I have blocked off is never enough, and I usually run over schedule when I’m really inspired. I usually go with the flow when that happens because I don’t want to lose whatever awesome inspiration has just come over me. 

What are your secrets in tracking and pre-planning? I’d love to hear them!

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Why taking on too much is actually bad for you

I constantly over commit myself. Constantly. I always try to work on too many goals at one time. This is never good because I never get everything done, and then I get behind in my projects, and then I feel bad about not being able to get more done. I always feel like I have so much to do, and no time to do it, which makes me feel stressed out.

So, a new task of mine is going to be to cut down on my goals, and focus on less at one time.

Right now I have 5 major goal categories, with 8 sub categories……each of these sub categories has multiple goals in them…..this is great for planning what I want to do, but there is way too much in there to focus on and become excellent at.

From today on, I am going to pick my top 3 goals for each month, and work on those.

What are your monthly goal plans, and what do those look like?

Do you love your life daily? I do!

I am so excited about life these days! Honestly, I just feel so happy about the path that I’m on, and I wonder why it took me so long to find! The important part is I’m here now, and I’m so grateful 🙂 *Insert huge happy smile here*

Seriously though, what’s better than having a life you love to wake up to every day, and a career that you love to work on? I mean really love, with passion. So much that after a long day you want to go home and work some more so you can share new information or make someone else’s life better! This is what I’m experiencing now, and it’s AMAZING.

Want to know what I did to get there?

You can get here too! With a clear vision, goals, time, and elbow grease you’ll get there! I have been building this life, and working towards it for some time now, about two years actually. It has taken me this long because my vision wasn’t quite clear at the start. I knew I wanted change, and I knew what I’d like my life to look like, but I didn’t know quite how to get there. I’m still working on my daily routine! I’d like to have something that maximizes the efficiency of the hours in my day 🙂

Even with a clear vision and knowing what you want, you have to make the effort and just rip that band-aid off! It’s hard, I know! At first, it’s almost a bit scary, but once you start and see results, you’ll get more motivated. Until I was ready to put the work in to make changes happen, I was kind of in limbo between where I had been, and where I wanted to be. Picture a change purgatory, where we go to figure out our path, before we get to our beautiful new lives 🙂

So once you get really clear with yourself, it’s time to make some change! Maybe you’re already in the change process like me, and you’re feeling like all of the pieces of your vision are coming together? Congrats if you are! What a great place to be! If you’re not quite there yet, that’s ok too! You’ll get there if it’s what you truly want. And despite popular belief, there’s no real time limit for this kind of thing. It’ll happen when you’re good and ready. So get ready, get your hands in there and let’s make change happen! 🙂

If you need a little encouragement, or you’d like to share your story (I’d love to hear it!) comment below! I’m looking for some guest bloggers so I’d love to hear from you!

Have an amazing day!

Buckling down in a Bad Economy – #MotivationMonday

Good afternoon! Are you feeling any kind of insecurity about the current Canadian Economy? I sure am. Layoffs are everywhere! I am absolutely grateful to have my job still. I am noticing however that money is so tight, there is nothing extra. I’m really not sure what I would do in an emergency actually…..which is a pretty stressful feeling.

I’m working on a plan to make this situation a little more bearable, so I thought I would share it with you 🙂

I am creating a very minimal budget and way of living:

  1. Cutting out expenses I don’t need
    • no more lattes or eating out
    • not going to entertainment events, or outings (watching movies on Netflix is way cheaper! 🙂 )
    • trying to cut expenses I have, even though they are minimal already
  2. Using what I have at home before buying anything new
    • Cooking at home and making freezer meals
    • Trying to sell extra things I own to recoup some cash
  3. Only buying essential things on sale, or using coupons – being frugal
    • Buy in bulk!!! – I like Bulk Barn (saves on packaging too!)
  4. Pushing off some expenses, and paying them later such as hair color or cut (non-essential, but still needs to be done)
  5. STICKING TO THE BUDGET!!! This is a big one. Unplanned expenses kill the budget (put that latte down!)
  6. Saving for emergencies – this is next to impossible right now, but still a good idea
  7. Trying to earn extra money through a second job – in this case it’s building my Juice Plus (Facebook Page Here) and Epicure Selections (Facebook Page Here) businesses
    • Residual income is perfect for savings or paying debt
    • I can eat healthy at a discount!

If it’s not in the budget, I don’t get to buy it!

The plus side to all of this is that I’m practicing some wonderful tools and techniques to building a better life. Having a solid budget and sticking to it is a vital step to creating financial security. Learning how to save money, live efficiently and somewhat frugally are important steps to preparing for the things you do want to spent money on (and have budgeted for). IE: New car tires or upgrades, a vacation with your family, those expensive lattes we cut out above ; )

What is your plan? Share your comments and suggestions below 🙂

Improving Life – Week 1

Week 1 of my life cleanse has gone well. I’m concentrating a lot on how I want life to be and what kind of people I want to surround myself with. Im looking forward to another week of improving how I live. I’m slowly changing the way I eat and emptyig my cupboards of the things I don’t want. Continue reading