Why you need a task backlog

One big reason most existing journals just do not work for me, is the fact that they make you figure out your daily tasks in the morning.  This means that you are having to use some of your seriously precious brainpower for decision making; when you should actually be...

Darken the page, best advice for rookie journalers

Journaling should be a part of your daily routine. The 13-week journal allows you two moments of specific journaling time each day. The first moment should be in the morning. Before you do anything else. Before you check your email, your social media streams. And,...

Soon available; a 13-week journal by BetterJournaling

We're one month into the "1-year challenge"; and the first result is almost here.  I have just submitted the 13-week Journal to Blurb – a printing-on-demand service for self-publishing and expect the first issue to be in my hands within the next two weeks! Announcing...

How to find your mission and set a vision for your life

Problem solving is my unique ability. Taking a step back or ask questions, seeing the big picture and connecting the dots. Having so many ideas is crucial to finding the right solutions or new insights to new problems. I can't believe we are  halfway through January...

The art of the week-review (and a free template)

We all know we should do a week-review, right? Looking over the past week and see what we've done right and what we've could have done better. We've read about the benefits of reflection and learning from our mistakes. Yet, in most cases we skip the review as soon as...

Review and plan, it is the season to…

The holiday season is upon us.  It is the season to review and plan! Yes, don't get swamped with chores that have you run from shop to shop to get groceries or presents. Spend you time wisely, shop online like I do; and spend the extra time on yourself. Turn off your...

Best hack for more happiness in life

Buddhists believe that friction in our life causes suffering; and suffering leads to unhappiness (yes Yoda, it does). Friction is everything we reject. Things we don’t like, don’t appreciate, or are frustrated about. Like waiting in line, stuff that breaks, being sick...

Why is journaling so important?

I know Jim Rohn did it and so did John D. Rockefeller, George Patton and both Ben Franklin and Thomas Edison. Of course the meditations of Marcus Aurelius is big example of journaling. So many blogposts and business books emphasize why you should be journaling, if you...

How can you not know? Think about it!

I was listening to a Dutch podcast the other day and it featured Michael Pilarczyk. A former DJ and successful business person that now shares his insights and lessons learned, through masterclasses and books about mindset. The topic of the conversation with the...

Why one year? (and other questions)

Yes, one year is a big commitment, but I have learned that to make or do something that creates impact takes time. I've done a lot of side-projects to learn that side-projects ask little mental and physical commitment: no harm done if you fail, but nice if you...

Introducing the 1 year challenge

Summary: I will be hosting an event on januari 5th 2018 with 8 speakers who will dedicate 2017 to do something remarkable on a personal, business or social level. Will you be there or will you be on the podium with me? This post is a short recap of the past year and a...

Idea #004: A better journaling app

For a while I have been trying different journaling applications, in search of the one app that will help me plan better and track my progress. In the previous post I mentioned the problem of goal setting, this solution I found is to be the base of the "Day by day"...

The problem of goal setting

Goals and goal setting. Things we want to do to achieve lasting change. The big stuff. Not loosing 10 pounds or run a 5 mile race. The big stuff that you are dreaming about, where you lie awake over. Like most of us, I never had any problems with setting goals. I was...

Creating your own app: Jonnie Hallman on Cushion

Maybe I've told you before, but I have a passion for dashboards, pretty dashboards with charts and graphs that illustrate stuff I need to feel empowered. Cushion is on of those dashboards for freelancers. I've had it on my radar for quite a while, particularly because...

Designing and selling functional stationary: Dave Seah interview

Many years ago I found Dave on the internet as the creator of the Emergent Task Planner, a printable productivity form. Since then he has developed a side business for functional stationary on Amazon, time for me to catch up with him. Hi Dave, tell us a bit about...