4 steps to get your side-project done, even with limited time

In the past I have struggled with my side-projects and time-management. I just never felt that I had enough time and was always too busy for anything. Don't get me wrong, I had a clear vision for my side-projects; but I just found it too hard to keep focus. Between...

Insights after two months; an improved design!

I have now been using the 13-week journal prototype for two months and still have one month ahead of me until the first cycle completes; but I've seen enough improvements to be able to go ahead with v2.2 - this journal is currently in print. What is the 13-week...

hardcover Yea or Nay?

Using Day by Day; the 13 Week Journal is so much fun for me, especially as it is my very own production. It makes me proud, and reminds me daily of my focus, abilities and perseverance! As a passionate user of notebooks, in all shapes, sizes and sorts; I have a...

The power of thoughts

"Everything starts with a thought", my mentor said. "Your behaviour, your actions and the outcome; is all dependent on the quality of your thoughts". I already know how devastating negative thinking can be.  After being depressed for many years, I've managed to change...

Small actions trigger self-discipline, so start small

Steve Pavlina wrote a beautiful six-part series on self-discipline. He talks about the five pillars of Self-discipline: “A WHIP”. Acceptance Willpower Hard Work Industry Persistence We've shared these articles before, just in case you never got a chance to read them...

Getting comfortable with failure

This is a story about getting comfortable with failure. Most of us don’t feel comfortable releasing projects to the public that are not perfect. It’s a fear of failure. Trying so hard not to fail, we strive for perfection; and, if we cannot attain perfection (because...

Giving the 13-week journal away gave me this massive insight…

A few weeks ago a box of 13-week journals arrived and they are all gone already. But I sold none of them. I gave them all away. One of them I tried to give to my UX buddy Dimitri. We had discussed accountability and scalability before; and I was eager to show off the...

Super Savvy Organiser Corrected…

Hi, I'm Sian; and I am Tanja's virtual assistant.  As a super savvy organiser, with a love of Trello, I thought I had it all worked out…  But, that was before Tanja sent me a copy prototype of the Day by Day; 13 week journal! I have used the journal for just two weeks...

Celebrate your wins!

Every time I start a week review, I ask myself; "what are my 'wins' this week?". It will likely seem like a weird question to ask yourself, especially if you are unfamiliar with celebrating your wins. A while ago, my coach asked me about my recent successes; "what is...

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...