Not long ago, I discovered Leonie Dawson. She is so upbeat, and works hard to motivate people. Because of my horrible memory, I do not remember whether I got this idea from one of her blog posts or a YouTube video, but a notebook was brought to my attention.
One of the things that I like about her is that she supports creativity. In fact, bringing color and little doodles into my business makes it a lot more fun for me. I am feeling far more motivated these days and, though I am not artist, I used to be a doodler. It is fun, and breaks up the monotony of otherwise plain tasks, such as brainstorming.
This notebook helps me to brainstorm ideas, for the most part. It keeps all my basic thoughts and plans in one place for me, until I have finished brainstorming and create my projects or whatnot.
My notebooks, so far, looks like this: (More will be added over time.)
One of the pages in my notebook covers what I want to learn more about, in order to move forward. For instance, I need to know how to market fiction, and practice my photography skills. I also enjoy learning about the success of others. How they made it.
And my What I Really Want to Do page is one of my favorites. (See below)
As you can see I want to do things like travel, pay off my medical liabilities, spend more time with my adult daughters who live away, help others, and enjoy life, among other things.
I’m also planning, and have begun, a small reinvention of the freelance business. It is exciting! And will have more detailed blog posts (like this one!), will talk more about success, include more eBooks, eCourses, etc., and I intend to have far more fun creating it all.
It is my intention to keep on creating!
And I also want a mega awesome office, though how I intend to put one together is a mystery.
I want to keep practicing photography, and find something to do with the good shots. Sell them to publications or publishers? Have my own site set up for selling the nature shots? I am not sure yet, but it will be something grand.
I am also planning a personal retreat for myself. It will (hopefully) last 3 or 4 days, and will be a rejuvenating experience. You should take one as well. Be watching for an article discussing my plans in the near future.
And there is a planning page for each blog, where I am listing general ideas for what I may create to sell or give away. The back of the notebook holds a two page spread for each, where I am doing a more detailed version. Really setting some plans in place.
As you can see, I’m enjoying the addition of color to my pages. It makes things more interesting.
If you were to create your own notebook, what would it look like? What types of pages and information would you add? What types of projects might you plan. Share with us in the comments, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I reply to all emails.
Shannon L. Buck
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