Current Reading and a 2015 Planner Update

The Reading Plan

Since November has been focused on creating and hacking my 2015 DIY Planner (more hacks below), I decided it would be a good idea to focus my reading plan on execution and and action. Let's put that planner to the test in December and make sure the workflow actually flows from idea to action.

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky sounded like the perfect book to help me do just that - what I've read so far is already making me tremble with excitement. I'll try to save my comments for the next Book Blurb, but I may not be able to contain myself.

The author of Making Ideas Happen, Scott Belsky, is the founder of BeHance and 99U and he has dedicated his career to helping creatives focus on action so they can can move their good ideas out of their heads and into the world. My current plan is to read all of the 99U books in order:

  1. Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming Obstacles Between Vision and Reality
  2. Mange Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
  3. Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career
  4. Make Your Mark: The Creatives Guide to Building a Business with Impact

If you want to join me, leave a comment and let's read together. We can have our very own (and very informal) reading group.

I wish you could read the Dove wrapper, but I didn't get the focus right. It says, "Happiness looks great on you."  I love my Dove!

I wish you could read the Dove wrapper, but I didn't get the focus right. It says, "Happiness looks great on you."  I love my Dove!

Planner Updates: Again!

I want to have a step-by-step planning process for managing this blog. I've been blogging for ten years, but its always been a haphazard process. I would be inspired to write every day for a month, then uninspired for six months, then something would happen that I had to share and I'd reboot the thing.

The truth is blogging like that was exhausting because no matter what was going on I had this little voice in the back of my head saying, "You should be writing. You should be blogging. Why aren't you posting? Don't you have anything to say?" Listening to that nagging internal dialogue would sap any energy I had for writing and I'd end up playing Candy Crush or W.O.W. for two hours instead.

One of my Cored Desired Feelings is Connection. This blog is inspired by my desire for connection so I want a plan - a map - to make that real and keep me on track. I've been scouring Pinterest and Etsy for the perfect blog planner and I found  a few things I really like so I moved the doodling section out of my notebook to make room for the blog planner. I usually carry a sketchbook in my bag anyway - and, I always have my iPhone with ArtRage installed for creating art on the go.

I found two fantastic and FREE resources for blog planning:

The Blog Content Printable Planner from The Native New Yawker - I'm test-driving this one to help me map out the structure of my posts. I like this worksheet because it helps me think through the writing process.

The Free Blog Planner from Living Well Spending Less - this is the guts of planning posts and content with a publication schedule. It also asks me to think about things I've never thought about before - like tracking metrics regularly. Who knew!?!

Thank you, Ruth (Living Well Spending Less) and Laura (Native New Yawker) for your inspiration and guidance.

Here are the pics: (Gotta love iPhoneograpy!)

I had to make new divider art. 

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The cover page of the Living Well Spending Less Blog Planner. Lovely colors! On another note - I went back to Staples yesterday and bought myself large discs for the Arc Notebook. These are 1.5 inches. I'm not using them to capacity so I may switch out to 1.25 inches which would still be an upgrade from the 1 inch discs I started with.

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This is the monthly spread for publication planning and goals.

MonthlyBlogPlanner

And here's the week detail on the left and the Blog Content Planner on the right.

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That's the scoop. Do let me know if you want to join me and read Making Ideas Happen. I would love to get a dialogue going.