My Notebook: How it Helps. What it is Helping With

http://www.examiner.com/frugal-living-in-bangor/shannon-buckNot 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.

A notebook for dreaming, is what I came away with. Click To Tweet

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.)

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015One 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.

Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015My Dream Assistant pages are a collection of personal and professional qualities I want in my future assistant.

And my What I Really Want to Do page is one of my favorites. (See below)

Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015

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.

Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015I’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.

Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015By more fun I am referring to being outside more, and writing about topics I enjoy. I love to work outside! It is wonderful to sit in the sun or under a tree and brainstorm ideas or write articles.

It is my intention to keep on creating!

Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015I want to experiment with new ideas and new creations, and do what makes me happy. To enjoy the process.

And I also want a mega awesome office, though how I intend to put one together is a mystery.

Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015I 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.

Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015I 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.

Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015I even have a list of rewards in my notebook, and I get to choose one each time I hit an important milestone. Who does not like a reward once in a while?

Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015And 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.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015And I have my education page, where I will record exact things I need to learn to pull everything off.

Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015For instance, I need to finish reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris…

Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015… and the 2015 Guide to Self-Publishing. This book is put out by Writer’s Digest, and is packed with useful information. I am taking notes!

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 shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I reply to all emails.

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Shannon L. Buck

About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.