Journal + Adult Coloring Book = Productive Bliss

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The other day I was tagged on Facebook by a friend.  Generally, friends tag me with the latest horse meme or video because I’m an avid fan of all things horse. I own a couple horses and love trail riding. Surprisingly, she tagged me for a video about something I had never heard of before – bullet journaling. I watched the video and fell in love. It is like a mash-up between a journal and an adult coloring book. And I can tell you from my experience (a full one week and counting) it is productive bliss. Not only does it produce productive bliss, it fills in the gaps my goal planner has.

My all-time favorite goal planner

My all-time favorite goal setting planner is the Daily Greatness Journal. I love it so much I have an affiliate relationship with them and offer it here.  It has all you need for setting a vision for your life, annual goals, quarterly and weekly action plans. Also, it includes progress checks, a small space for gratitude, affirmations, and some other daily reflective questions.  I even love that they have created planners with different areas of focus. They now have a personal, business, parenting, yoga, wellness and training version.

However, it was missing a few things. First, I love to journal (thus the idea behind this blog) and other than a small space for a few sentences, it doesn’t offer a lot. Second, I like to keep notes of things that are happening all in one place. That could be client notes, notes from a book I’m reading or a video I watch on youtube. And lastly, I also like to gather my thoughts. Whether that’s on a blog I’m writing, a project I’m working on or even a family party I’m planning. And with all that in mind, I was already using a simple Plan.Write.Remember journal for keeping track of all that.

It’s more than coloring your world

While, as you watch the video link above, you may think it’s just about making your journal colorful and pretty. However, I can tell you it’s way more than that. Adult Coloring books have been all the rage for a couple years now. Psychologists and other experts tout they are excellent for your mental, intellectual and emotional health. My first published book was about anxiety (aka fear, worry) so I’ve tried everything under the sun to conquer anxious thoughts. I’ve even purchased several adult coloring books. However, it just didn’t feel right to me and I didn’t find myself taking the time to color when I was anxious. It seemed like a frivolous waste of time. Chocolate is so much easier.

My moment of bliss

To be sure, I’ve truly enjoyed my end-of-day planning in my new bullet journal this past week. Writing out my plans for the next day while adding some color and creativity to the page has been a relaxing way to prepare for a great nights sleep. However, my true moment of productive bliss happened yesterday.  I found myself anxious and seemingly running in circles (not very productive!). After a few moments of thought writing in my journal, I discovered that the root of the anxiety was a new project that starts next week. A project that has many action items to be completed. So I decided to take a few moments and colored myself a pretty banner “New Project Checklist” and then began to write out all the things I needed to accomplish. In the final analysis, I saved time by not running in circles any longer, saved calories by not gorging on chocolate, got myself organized and on track, and left behind the anxious feelings in a matter of 10-15 minutes.

Grab your journal; it’s your turn to grow

Take a few moments and reflect on your own productivity

  1. Are you as productive as you’d like to be?
  2. What gets in the way of your productive and what steps can you take to eliminate those roadblocks?
  3. What methods do you have in place for when you are sidetracked by anxiety?

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