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Moleskine 101: Goal Setting
Of course there are many reasons to write in your Moleskine but here goes another one. Goal setting can be a major help in increasing productivity as well as a general life hack. The thing about setting goals is the provide you with guideline and milestones to let you know you are on the right track and more importantly heading the right direction. It really does not matter how fast you are running if you are running in the wrong direction. I have heard that saying or something close to it in about six different languages all from different cultures; therefore, there must be something to live by no matter how you were brought up.
Your Word Is Your Bond
Many people say the number one cause of stress is broken promises, especially those promises made to yourself. A good way to ensure you are keeping yourself stress free is to keep your pledges to yourself and others as if your life depended on it… because it does… stress is a powerful killer.
So the first ting to know about goal setting is to stop calling them goals. Goals are a thing you attempt to do and you know as well as I do we all need to stoop attempting and actually do it. I have made a conscience effort to to reframe the word goals to pledges or promises. I actually spent about ten day with Bill Bartmann a Billionaire Entrepreneur. He drilled in my head this idea of making promise cards what basically amounted to a set of 3×5 cards to carry with you daily and to be refereed to several times a day until the things you want to change are second nature.
I use my Moleskine for this. In your pocket journal sized notebook save a hand full of pages at the front or the back for you Promise Pages(Sorry Bill cards are too messy for me). The full system is an entire blog post by itself but here’s the Cliff Notes version:
Write down the six things you need to do this week
Write down the six things you need to do this month
Write down the six things you need to do this six months
Write down the six things you need to do this year
Then you look at this list six times a day and check stuff off as you go if you don’t do it move it over the the next list, if you move it six times you need to reframe, rethink, refocus or you’ll regret it. Ok i made the last part up but it works for me.
This system has a lot more to it and I’ll surely get in the details in a later blog post but start with stop calling the goals first. They are Promises! Promises to yourself that should never be broken.
The size and ubiquitous nature of the Moleskine pocket sized journals or smaller are a great place to do a little life planning and course correction. Let me know how you set your goals opps promises and what tricks if any can you share. Leave a comment and don’t forget to follow In My ‘Skine or Doc Rock. You can check out my personal blog Sleeve of Wizzard at http://mrdocrock.com
Moleskine 101? Yeah 101 because many people buy Moleskine Legendary Notebooks or some other lame ass journal and keep it blank for ever. I know this is true because when the big box bookstores started selling journals in the front of the store as an impulse purchase item I bought plenty of them.
Linen covers, Faux Suede covers, plain paper, lined paper and grid paper it didn’t matter I kept buying them because they were like $4.99. Hell you could get them for $1.99 right after Christmas season, in fact both Borders and Barnes & Noble both still sell the cheapy Faux Textile covered journals right in the fro of the store and they are still cheap.
The major issue I had with these books is they were too nice. Ok wait no they weren’t Moleskine nice but they we a far cry from the $.88 composition books from the Five and Dime. Since these books were so nice I thought they need to have my best finished creations, ideas, plans or outlines in them. So I never used them opting for a metric crap ton of post-it notepads or free notebook I picked up from various computer trade shows.
This left me in big trouble because with random notebooks my brain dumps were all over the place or I could never seem to find the right stuff when I needed it. The second issue is I ended up with countless notebooks never filled with anything because I was waiting for the big fish or to be struck by the creative shit storm lighting bolt. It never happened.
Moleskine to the rescue, well sort of, it was actually some random dude I met at B&N who gave me this little nugget of wisdom and I took it to heart. He explained to me right after you buy a Moleskine or any other journal for that matter write something in it right away like before the crumpled up plastic wrapping unravels in your trashcan.
Now when I purchase a new journal I craft a few words of wisdom in the cafe of the bookstore over a cup of burnt overpriced fashion coffee.
If you are a chronic empty journal owner it’s time to fess up and leave me a comment. You know owning up to the problem is the first step.
If you have any suggestions, questions or feedback please let ‘em rip.
My good friend @Yoon001 and I Introducing my latest project: In My ‘Skine (inmyskine.com) is about the Fanatic appeal of Moleskine Legendary Notebooks and One Wanna Be Author’s journey to create his first book in 30 days.
We talk a little bit about GTD, David Allen, Notebooks and yes even the Mead Trapper Keeper.
So What’s it all about… Writing, GTD, Brain Dumping, Free Writing, and Creativity