Here we go with July! If your June was a hectic getting-ready-for-what and now you have time to reflect – or if you reflected in June and now you want to get things happening in the otherwise-hazy days of July – here’s your planner.
See, I’ve been here before, in July. One of the reasons I started doing this project was because I was so bored of spending a week of July, as I did three years in a row, sitting in an Adirondack chair, drinking alcohol-free beer, reading books, writing, and thinking, thinking, always thinking…
“How am I going to get to there from here? Because this is not my ideal vacation, and I’m not even sure this is my ideal life. In fact, I know I can do better, but I don’t know where to start.”
The shortest, most succinct answer to that question is pick a couple of big goals, from 2 – 5. Pick 3 smaller goals that get you closer to those big goals. Then make a quick plan to start on one or two of those smaller goals.
Start. And do a little bit every day.
That’s how I came up with Life’s Battle Plan, or its first version (“Jane’s Creative Vision,”) in the month of July.
In fact, it was just like this, in 2012, I created the predecessor to the Tactical Chronograph – a simple monthly agenda to help you plan, do, record, and celebrate.
Here’s what one of its subscribers had to say:
This time last year, I was trying to find the perfect agenda, and settled for bullet journaling because I could personalize it. However, I think I can use more reminders and prompts, and I really love the design of your agendas. It’s really helpful for me to have todo lists and priorities brought forward for the month and for the week. Then they don’t get forgotten. I also like the habits checklist (but often forget to fill it out. At least it keeps me thinking about good habits.) Looking forward to continue using them!
– Beth Darrow
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