When Lorna Bailey discovered planners, it changed her life. She created a web site to help people through the choices and offers practical tips to fight the overwhelm. In this interview, she shares how to start with journalling and planners.
Just Make it Messy
[00:01:15] We recorded this podcast in February. By this time some of us have started journalling–and given up. But journaling is like any other good habit. If you can link it to another, established habit, then you’re more likely to keep it up. Lorna says if you want to get started, don’t try to do it like everyone on Pinterest or Instagram. “Just make it messy…You’re going to figure it out as you go along, and that’s ok. Everyone has to start somewhere.”
[00:04:20] What goes in a journal? Whatever you want! “Just start like jotting things down in your planner. You’ll be really surprised at how fun it is to like look back and see what you done what’s going on in your life and where you’re at now.”
Make a Routine
[00:07:20] Lorna shares her morning planning and journaling routine. Yours doesn’t have to look like hers, it just has to work for you.
[00:09:42] There are many types of planners. Lorna went over a few here, and you can find a wide variety of planners on her web site.
[00:11:24] Lorna tells her story. When she started journalling, it was a way to take control of her time and her future. “A lot of that,” she says, “was because I was really intentional with my time, and really intentional about ‘OK, what’s something I can do that’s a quick 10 minute task that will get me closer to my goal?’ Because if you look at big dreams and big goals, they’re really just little consistent things we do each day.”
[00:13:31] There is a passionate community around journaling and planners. Lorna’s passion for planners led to a blog. That community has a host of ideas and approaches. There’s sure to be some approach that works for you. “I really encourage people to just not get discouraged about there’s no such thing as the perfect planner.”
[00:18:48] Lorna and her husband visited a paper shop that claimed to have planners. But in reality it had just two. That experience was disappointing, but it helped drive Lorna to build what she calls “the planner index.” She wants to share the amazing variety available. Her advice is to keep trying until you find the one that works for you. “It does take some stumbling and bumbling around sometimes, so give yourself permission.”
Stay Focused for Success
[00:20:54] Digital planners are powerful, but they come with distractions. Again, you have to find what works for you. Focus is a key to success, so make sure your choice of planners helps you to do that.
[00:24:46] Lorna shared three keys to journaling:
- Make it messy. This is for you and no one else. It doesn’t need to be perfect.
- Dream. Think about where you want to be in five years. What do you need to do to move toward that each day?
- Place your journal or your planner somewhere where you’re going to be triggered to use it every single day.