Other People’s Side-Projects 2: Paper Toys

Other People’s Side-Projects 2: Paper Toys

Gratitude… that is what I felt for being fortunate enough to be able to interview an another inspiring person like MCK: Matthijs Kamstra about his side-projects. But, where to begin… You may know MCK from his paper-toys projects. This all started with his fascination...
20 second rule to break bad habits

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...
What side-projects can teach you

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

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?

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;...
Are you waiting for the right time to start?

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...
hardcover Yea or Nay?

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

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...
Small actions trigger self-discipline, so start small

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...
Getting comfortable with failure

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...
Celebrate your wins!

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...
Why you need a task backlog

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...