20 second rule to break bad habits

A while ago I read about the '20 second rule', it states: "If you can make the positive habit 3 to 20 seconds easier to start, your likelihood of doing it rises dramatically. You can also flip this for negative habits by doing the same thing. Watching too much...

What side-projects can teach you

What I have noticed is that most of us have a lot of ideas and a passion for completing side-projects; but, we just don't know how or where to start. The first thing you need to figure out: why you want to do this side-project? What is your desired outcome? Define...

Other people’s side-projects: 1. writing a book

This week I spoke with Marrije Schaake, who with her partner owns a internet agency in Utrecht, Eend. Marrije is no stranger to side-projects as some years ago Eend & friends created onzelootjes.nl. A “secret Santa” website that has become quite popular in the...

Should you type or write for journaling?

Paper journals are definitely on the rise. Guided journals, just like the 13-week journal are becoming more popular. So, this begs the question – should you be journaling by paper and not with a keyboard? Let's face it: paper is not interactive, not intelligent; and...

Are you waiting for the right time to start?

A good friend of mine once said: "there is no such thing as the right time for anything". And it's true, if you are waiting for the right time to buy a house, change job, have kids, write a book, start a business (etc) you can wait a long time: in fact, you could be...

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...