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...

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...