With the clock ticking + B-School’s shopping cart closing tomorrow (March 4 at 3PM EST), I thought I’d put together a speed round of frequently asked questions + common objections + infamous hesitations. I’ll keep all these anonymous to respect everyone’s privacy, of course.
I’m a bit hesitant to “put myself out there”. I’m not very comfortable taking about my life in public. Is B-School right for introverts like me?
B-School is not gonna change the essence of you. It’s not gonna transform you into this fake person that’s loud + posts #selfies of herself in order to gain more fans + fame + popularity + money. Actually the opposite is true. B-School mutes the “what will they think” noise + turns up the YOU volume. For me if was accepting that I loved to make videos with my yellow ukelele, but not so much sharing pictures of myself wearing a bikini. Set healthy boundaries is a beautiful thing.
I’m crazy busy as it is. I’m concerned with falling behind on the lessons + wasting hard earned money.
Excuse me. If there’s someone in this planet who understands worrying about falling behind + not doing things perfectly is this little Panamanian artist right here. I’m super competitive with myself + was the type of Hermione Granger kid who always had to do her homework + then the bonus. Not turning in an assignment on time was unacceptable to me. I felt like I was gonna let my teachers down… my parents down… myself down.
That being said, there is really no “ running behind” in B-School. You receive what you need. And I needed to let some of my perfectionism go in order to expand my tolerance for growth. Thanks to B-School I adopted a “Done is better than perfect” attitude. And I’ve never been happier. And freer.
I cannot predict the future, but I suspect you’ll enjoy your B-School pace. There are so many B-Schoolers with full time jobs + kids + big commutes + demanding cats. You’ll feel right at home. I surely learned to love giving it my best, even if it was just 75%. That has already taken me beyond placed I ever imagined. Don’t let the fear of “falling behind” get in the way of your best intentions.
I know I want to join B-School, but I don’t know which bonus to choose. Is your bonus the right one for me?
Ours. Duh! No but seriously, pick the one that’s a perfect fit for your type of business under construction + who is led by someone who you like + trust + is living it though values you respect + admire… someone who you would invite to your slumber parties + have a tea party with. I know it’s hard not to go for the shiniest one, but at the end of the day the fit + lifestyle is what makes the different between a bonus that consumes mega bites in your computer + one that helps you make the most our of B-School.
If I join B-School through your bonus will I also get Marie’s bonuses?
OF COURSE! When you B-School you get absolutely EVERYTHING. There is no fine print. You get all the perks. And when you join B-School though our affiliate link you also get access to Operation World Domination. The goodies just add up, nothing subtracts.
I joined B-School through you guys last year, is there anyway to get in be a part of the Operation World Domination bonanza? I need that mug!
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org + I’ll send you all the details.
I don’t feel 100% ready for B-School this year. Should I wait until next year?
If you wait until all your ducks are aligned, you will never leave the house. You don’t see Mama Duck wait for all her duckling to line up. NO! She starts walking. She knows they will follow.
If you wait until you “feel ready” you will let life pass by you. You aren’t ready “now”, but you will be. Start walking. Your ducks will have no option but to pick up the pace.
I would love to take B-School, but I don’t have enough money.
This is one of the most harmful + disempowering things you can ever tell yourself. That you don’t have enough money. Why? Because it’s simply a fallacious load of diarrhea. Here’s the truth that might piss you off a little. If you tell yourself you don’t have enough money to invest in “the thing you want” it’s only because you really don’t want it bad enough. “I can’t afford it” is simply a convenient exit to take when you don’t want to move forward. What it really means is that you don’t want to work that hard to get it.
“I don’t have enough money” is a poisonous thought that can become a self-fulfilling prophecy that destroys your life, if you let it. Don’t. Instead, replace “I don’t have enough money” with “I am choosing not to buy right now”. That’s much better.
I’m in financial debt. Is B-School really worth the money?
My honest advice? I don’t think you should join B-School if you’re in financial debt. As much as I LOVEEEEE B-School, I don’t think people should go into debt to take it. First make sure you can put food on your table + pay for a roof to cover your head. THEN consider investing in yourself to radically improve your future.
And yes, B-School is really worth it. And I took B-School back in the day when there weren’t any of these affiliate bonuses. Still, it was a steal. Program paid for itself in less than 3 months + it gave me the tools to pursue a creative project that made me an extra 75K.
Do I have to take B-School?
No. You don’t have to take anything. Your life is certainly not gonna end if you don’t do B-School. Your business won’t be ruined. Nothing bad will happen either. Nothing. Nada. Can you learn the skills on your own to make it online? Yes. Abso-freaking-lutely. Will it take more time? You bet. How much more? I dunno. Will it require a period of trial + error? I would assumed, yes.
Honestly, I wasn’t in a very comfortable position to wait. I was barely covering my operational costs, plus I wanted start my life with David + not worry if the organic strawberries were $8 a pack. If you’re in a financially comfortable situation + have the social support of your family + loved ones, then you’re not in a hurry. Take the scenic route if you’d like. Why not? More power to you girlfriend!
How is Marie gonna teach B-School if she just had a baby? Are her helpers teaching the program?
Wait what? Marie didn’t have a baby. Marie herself teaches her course + she has amazing guest experts to cover specialty topics. April + I are also the ones 100% leading our Operation Word Domination bonus. There will be no minions doing our job.
I have an idea, can I pay you to teach me the material for half the price?
Is that a bad joke? Of course not. That’s the most ridiculous + offensive idea I’ve EVER heard. Not to mention, illegal. Go away!!!
If I have a question that we didn’t get to can you help?
You bet. Simply e-mail me at email@example.com + I’ll give you the truth + the whole truth + nothing but the truth, which is the very best I’ve got.
If you’ve already decided B-School isn’t for you… congratulations on knowing what’s right for you + sticking with your intuition. You won’t be added to Santa’s “Naughty” list just because you said no to Marie Forleo. B-School isn’t the right fit for everyone.
If you’ve already decided B-School isn’t for you, but you keep perusing Marie’s free training series + asking on Facebook who’s joining + blaming the economy… stop beating yourself up. Investing in B-School is a bold + audacious move that will change the way you live + love + work + parent + look at yourself in the mirror. Stuckness + self-sabotage is part of the process. You’re not crazy.
If you’ve gonna join B-School with our bonus or anyone else’s really… we can’t wait to see you shine. Get ready. Your life + piggy bank is about to explode.
If you’ve been on maternity leave or on a Himalayan expedition for the past few weeks + don’t know what B-School is, but you have suspicions it’s either a cult or Disney’s new theme park… click here to find our more!
Disclaimer: If you decide to invest in B-School through our affiliate link, we receive a commission. Yes, the money is a nice perk for spreading the word, but we really do this because we believe in the program. We’re both proud grads and ambassadors. That’s the truth.
It’s been an internet-less week at the Mayi Carles HQ. Hagrid ate the ethernet cable (BAD boy Hagrid) + with the entire country paralyzed due to “Carnavales”, there hasn’t been much I’ve been able to accomplish, which explains the extra paint stains in my pajama. What? I’m bored.
I hear though that, those fortunate enough to have WiFi, are experiencing an avalanche of e-mails + Facebook updates + Instagrams + tweets + blog posts… all talking about the same thing: Marie Forleo.
It seems like the B-School phenomenon has taken over the interwebs. It’s overwhelming. Like Christmas decoration. If you’re feeling like the Grinch, it’s okay.
You don’t want to drink the egg nog? That’s cool. That’s cool. I still know that beneath that green fur there’s a part of you who wonders what it tastes like. Why so many people LOVE IT? Why everyone + their neighbor is wear the B-School badge so proudly? Why everyone is decking the social media halls with Marie Forleo memorabilia?
Makes you ponder, doesn’t it?
I celebrate B-School because I did it, not once but THREE times in a row. I’m a proud grad + apostle. Marie is THE reason, THE person who helped me move from barely making my operational costs (yet alone be in the position to invest 2K in any program), to being able to put a down-payment on a beach front condo + afford organic strawberries.
Look, I know you’re at the verge of making a BIG potentially life-changing investment. Perhaps, like me three years back, your heart is racing at 1000mph just by the thought of joining B-School. But it does’t matter at what stage of your business you’re at, I know, you’re not ready. No matter how much you desire it, “now” is NOT the perfect time.
I’m not a witch. Remember, I was there.
The way I see it is this: When you think about where you are “now” + try to make a decision from that frame of mind, of course there’s no way in hell you can afford anything, so your default response is always: “I’ll pass. Maybe next time, if I work harder or win the lottery. Or a pony.”
When you’re thinking about investing in something GRAND that will change the way you live + love + work + parent + look at yourself in the mirror, you can’t let the actual version of you that’s not there yet make the call. Hellz no. That decision will be made from a place of scarcity + short sight + limitation + contraction. Dangerous.
Let’s try this one more time.
When you’re thinking about investing in something SO BOLD + AUDACIOUS IT HURTS that will change the way you live + love + work + parent + look at yourself in the mirror, you need to bring forward [insert your nickname here] Fierce (you know, your alter-ego?) or the you of the future, the one you dream of becoming – a more fearless + wiser you that’s traveling back in time to rescue you from yourself + your current stuckness + self-sabotaging trolls.
You want to sell out your next program? You want to make an extra 5K a month? You want to double your list size? Then you have to invest like a person who sells out her programs + makes an extra 5K a month + has a list double your size, not a person who has no program (yet) + hasn’t turned her passions into profit (yet) + has a mailing list of 3 (for now), one of which could or could not be her mom.
See what I’m sayin’ sistah?
When you make investments based on where you want to be + who you want to become rather than where you are “now”, you tell the Universe, “I’m coming for it”. And just like that, by cosmic synchronicity, you attract the unimaginable.
The progression from dreaming about B-School to joining B-School is a funny one indeed. Look look look… I even made a poster. I told you I’ve had too much time in my hands.
Raise your hand if any of this sounds too familiar. If so, in what stage of the process are you?
For my biz partner April Bowles-Olin + I, B-School was the most nauseating investment of our lives. With a paper bag in hand we made the sky dive together. We’ll talk about our behind the scenes B-School stories + spill the jelly beans about real numbers (like how much we made before B-School + how much we made after) + answer your questions at our next Happy Hour. Click here to RSVP!
In the meantime, here’s what I want you to take away from today’s post:
- Trust the messy middle.
- Having a nervous breakdown is part of the process.
- Get comfortable with the discomfort.
- Be smarter than your brain chatter + act in spite of being afraid.
- Do something today that your future self will bear hug you for.
- You never know true boredom until… your WiFi dies.
- When in doubt, paint something pretty + turn it into a blog post.
Remember: You aren’t ready “now”, but you will be. You were born to ease your way into READY!
If you’ve already decided B-School isn’t for you… I applaud you for knowing what’s best for you + sticking with your intuition. You won’t be added to Santa’s “Naughty” list just because you said no to Marie Forleo. B-School isn’t the right fit for everyone.
If you’ve already decided B-School isn’t for you, but you keep perusing Marie’s free training series + asking on Facebook who’s joining + blaming the economy… stop yourself before you wreck yourself. Thee’s a natural evolution to B-School. When in doubt, please reference illustration above.
If you’re considering B-School but still you have questions… send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org + I will tell you the truth.
If you’re joining B-School… check out our B-school bonus – Operation World Domination: A B-School Mastermind for Creators and Innovators. No, it’s not another “bundle” valued at one million dollars according to the Illuminati, but it does include the cute mug you see in today’s post. Click here to learn more + get ready, cuz your life + piggy bank are about to take off.
If you’ve been on maternity leave or on a Himalayan expedition for the past few weeks + don’t know what B-School is, but you have suspicions it’s either a cult or Disney’s new theme park… click here to find our more!
Last week, dad + David + I went to go see Alejandro Junger LIVE, the Uruguayan M.D. who created the Clean Program. If you’re not familiar with his work, I totally recommend a Google search. Doctor, one of the very few I listen to these days, is absolutely brilliant.
So, I made Clean Glazin Raisin Pretzels in his honor. Just in time for Valentine’s Day.
You can steal the recipe below.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour or flour of choice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
- 2 tablespoon firm coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 3 cups of warm water
- Extra flour, as needed
Step 1: Heat the almond milk + maple syrup in a measuring cup to around 110 degrees F. Sprinkle the yeast on top + let it sit 5 minutes. If your yeast is good, it will bubble.
Step 2: Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together the flour + salt + sugar. Cut in the coconut oil, using a fork or a stand mixer. Then stir in the raisins. Thoroughly combine this mix with the yeast mixture, using your hands or a stand mixer, then knead dough on a floured surface or in the bowl for 5 minutes, adding more flour as needed to keep it from being too sticky to knead. I mixed dough in the bowl + added a total of 6 tablespoons extra flour by the end of the 5 minutes.
Step 3: Lightly grease the mixing bowl. Set dough in the bowl, cover the bowl with a towel + put the bowl in a warm place for 50 to 60 minutes or until it’s doubled in size.
Step 4: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F + lightly grease a baking tray. In a long + shallow container or dish, dissolve the 1/3 cup baking soda in 3 cups of warm water, then set aside.
Step 5: Get out the risen dough. Punch the dough to deflate, then form evenly-sized pieces (8-10 large pretzels or 16-20 smaller ones). Roll each section of dough as thinly as you possibly can (the thinner the better), then twist into a pretzel shape. Dip each into the baking soda water, shake to dry, then arrange the pretzels on the baking tray. Pretzels are done when they have turned golden-brown + you can smell them (about 15-18 minutes).
- 1/4 cup yogurt of choice
- 2 1/2 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup to taste
- 1 tablespoon almond milk, adjust to control thickness
- 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Stir together all ingredients. Apply glaze to each pretzel directly before serving, or use glaze as a dip instead.
I Need Your Help
Since I can no longer watch the news or anything remotely stressful because baby Olivia starts kicking real hard in retaliation, I need your help filling up my movie wishlist. I’m talking about no-suspense (or drama of any form), feel good films. Or documentaries. Something I can pair with these Clean Glazin Raisin Pretzels + won’t give me indigestion, if you know what I mean.
I can tolerate a bit of crying if the ending is like BOOM, pure magic. But no Titanic or La Vita è Bella sh*t, please. Even Animal Planet is becoming a little too extreme for us.
If you’re an AppleTV + Netflix junkie, will you help this 5 month pregnant lady pick out some happy movies?
Thank you soooo much!
Life is Messy Kitchen, the printed book, comes out March 2. Holy Batman + Robin!
Be sure to pre-order your copy at www.lifeismessykitchen.com if you don’t like paying full price.
In the real world, as in not my parallel Universe where I take over the galaxy in my stretchy pregnant lady pants on top of a pink unicorn, today marks the final workday of January. One month down, eleven more to go.
Today, most companies are looking at their balance sheets + hyperventilating + crunching numbers + paying their employees + panicking… yada yada. You know the drill. Unless, of course, you don’t.
Wait WHAT? You don’t know your numbers?Really? I’m not talking about rough estimates, I’m talking about cold turkey numbers: How much money you made this month; and just as importantly: How much money did you spent?
Let me get my cape. I’ll be right back. This monkey business has got to stop. Time to go pro my friend.
Captain Mayi to the rescue. (If I get a little bossy today, please blame the Hulk Waffles I had for breakfast. They are making me feel fierce.)
Alright, so I hear you get nauseous when you have to talk about money. I get it.
When I thought of writing this post, I got very nervous (picture lots of nail bitting). I’m still in the process of owning my financial strengths + improving my weaknesses + ditching my upper limit scrips. I’m still deciphering how I feel about things like debt + shopping sprees + earning big money + self-worth + hiring an accountant + doing my taxes + paying my bills + everything in between.
To tell you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, I still got way more questions marks than conclusions, but I know ONE THING for sure + it’s this: Not thinking about money doesn’t work. It’s a lie. Pretending that this isn’t important is a myth we tell ourselves to avoid confronting our money gremlins.
So today I decided to do something brave (or stupid, depending on how you look at it). I’m gonna show you, exactly, how I deal with my money, every month. My Money Tracking Ritual revealed.
My method is so ridiculously simple, anyone can do it. Including moi, the President of the Math Sucks Club. You don’t need a gold trumpet or an expensive application. You don’t need a NASA certification or to block out your entire weekend to get it done. I’m talking easy + to the point, cuz who has time for the encyclopedic version, right?
So here goes…
This is my End of the Month Money Tracking Ritual:
- Put on my money party glasses.
- Grab my Hello Kitty calculator.
- Download + print my Income Tracker.
- Download + print my Expenses Tracker.
- Insert data.
- Crunch the numbers.
Here’s what it looks like when you put it all together:
Set Yourself Up For Success
Here are a few tips + tricks to bulletproof your Money Tracking Ritual:
Know where to look. In terms of gathering my “Income” data, I don’t obsessed myself with looking everyday at my PayPal balance. I would end up in an insane asylum if I did that. Instead, I know where I have to go at the end of the month to grab my numbers – my Etsy dashboard + my admin panels for all my Life is Messy products + my Harvest account for my client commissions + etc. I also have a list of all the fantastic retailers I work with + I contact them to see if they have a check for me + jot down the number. When you know where to look you are not digging numbers like a crazy person the last day of the month.
Data collection is easy when you make it easy. I have a little folder in my inbox called “Expenses”. Every time I pay an affiliate + purchase a plugin + pay my Adobe membership fees + invest in professional photos + hire a copy editor or whatever, I file it there. It’s a habit. At the end of the month, it’s such a breeze just to scan through + plug in the numbers into my Expenses Tracker.
Get yourself in the mood. Do I need a Hello Kitty calculator? Of course not. Does it help make the process less painful? You bet sistah. Do I need to download my cute trackers? No. Does it make me feel like I’m playing Monopoly? Ahem… YEAH! Are the party money glasses really necessary? Maybe not. Do they make me feel like a money goddess? The answer is abso-freaking-lutely. Money can be boring, but only if you make it boring.
Expand your tolerance for abundance, both ways. I joke that I love counting my money. I’m great at receiving money. GREEEAT. The giving it away part, not so much. I’m working on it. I’m one of those people who still dances every time a new order comes in, as if it were my very first sale. Sometimes though, I struggle with being as graceful investing in premium software or professional services. My stomach contracts + I worry, “Can I really afford this?” I’m slowly learning that it is just as important to bless the money than comes in as the money that’s going out into the Universe. The other day, I tried something crazy. As I was getting ready to write a check, I said a little prayer, “Thank you so so much for allowing me to purchase this BEA-U-TI-FUL bamboo floor for Olivia’s nursery.” I instantly felt grateful, instead of stressed. It made all the difference. Try it next time you send money back into the world.
Don’t skip through+ pretend no one noticed. You noticed + you are someONE. It’s like pretending that by not doing the dishes, the pile will magically disappear. Oh no, it will only get bigger. You might turn your face the other way, but sooner or later your pile of dirty dishes it’s gonna come + bite you you know where. You might tell yourself you don’t care. You can try to convince yourself that money isn’t that important, but until you sit down + know what you have you will always ALWAYS feel scared. If you want to attract more money, you can’t do it from a place scarcity + ignorance. Knowing your numbers is one of the most empowering things you will EVER do.
Every quarter, sit down + analyze your data. What is selling like hot tamales? What products are just sitting in the shelves accumulating dust? Where is your bucket leaking? These quarterly analysis help you make smart decisions moving forward, like what projects should get fired + which deserve a bit more spotlight. This is what I call proactively being BOSS, instead of a passive victim of “the economy” or whatever other bullsh*t story we tell ourselves.
Freebies For You
I believe you deserve to live a rich life, so I’ve decided to make my Income Tracker + Expenses Tracker available to you, for FREE!!! If you’re feeling generous + want to return the favor, just share this post with someone who really needs it.
When you know your numbers:
- You know your business’s minimum break-even point.
- You know what you need to charge for profitability.
- You know how to charge what you’re worth.
- You know how to expand on what’s working.
- You know what to stop doing what’s sucking.
I believe money is the seed of money. You want money? Enough that you don’t have to worry about money? Well, you gotta plant the first seed + give it water when it’s thirsty + make sure it’s getting proper sunlight + care for it, if you want to see it bloom. Actually… money is what you make of it. It can become a soggy plant or a gorgeous garden of Eden. It can become your worst nightmare of your BFF. It’s always your choice.
The first step is to KNOW. Know your money. Knowledge is power.
I hope you take advantage of the cosmic timing, not only the end of the week, but the culmination of the first month of the year, to start fresh.
Deep breaths! I promise you is never as bad as it looks. You might discover that you might actually be able to afford a fancy deep tissue massage weekend, or perhaps a new cookbook (wink wink).
All our lives we’ve been told the things we should + shouldn’t do:
- Paint inside the lines.
- Eat your veggies.
- Memorize poems.
- Put your opt-in box at the right hand side of your website
- Follow the recipe.
- Read the instructions before assembling.
- Brush your teeth.
- Call your mom.
- Comb your hair.
- No rollerblading inside the house.
- Elbows off the table.
- Stop crying.
I decided to put together this blog post instead. Hopefully I’ll provide enough guidance to kickstart your best year ever + leave enough wiggle room for your big juicy creative imagination.
Keep on reading if you care to steal my black belt planning moves. Ka-POW!
First things first. I can’t stress enough the importance of having a robust system you can trust – a calendar where you can collect all your “I wills” + turn them into “I dids”. This is not only the place where you jot down your action items, but also track your big picture landscape. Be sure to pick a calendar system that you like + goes well with your style and personality.
Today, I’m gonna talk specifically about how to use my Life is Messy Planners, but you’re welcome to use these guideposts + adapt them for your own management workflow. No judgement.
To tell you the truth, from the very beginning (my gosh, has it really been 5 years since I first conceptualized these planners?) there hasn’t been an official rule book to operate my Life is Messy Planners, and I did that up purpose.
Traditional planning has always felt quite artificial to me + irrelevant to real work, which is why I’m guessing most people drop their New Years resolutions by the time February shows up. Sad. I didn’t want to create another calendar solution people feel chained to. No way Jose!
I envisioned more like a roadmap, a lighthouse that provides just enough direction for your journey to the top of your metaphorical Mount Everest:
- Enough structure to take your brilliant ideas from light bulb to done without becoming a correctional facility.
- Enough wiggle room to unleash your unique gifts + honor your most valued forms of currency freedom + happiness.
That being said, here are some humble tips to get started that don’t make you feel like a military sargent is shouting in your ear that your lack willpower:
- Go to www.lifeismessyplanners.com to purchase your planners, if you want to (wink).
- You’ll get an instant e-mail with your link to download your planners.
- Set your printer to fit the entire page.
- For your visual delights, use a color printer.
- Preferably, print on 8.5 x 11 inch paper or cardstock.
- Fill in directly on your computer, or
- Fill in with your fave writing + coloring instruments.
- To keep your sheets tidy, use a ring binder.
- Hole punch your sheets.
- Divide your sections with cool tab dividers.
- Get your hands on fun washi tape + stickers.
- Pin your urgent sheets to a corkboard for easy reminding.
Now let’s jazz it up!
Getting The Tools You Need
Over the years, I’ve gathered a short but might powerful list of my favorite supplies + tools + equipments to use alongside my planners. And here they are. Mayi’s favorite thing (that are not expensive at all):
I mean, you don’t really need any of these, but then again you don’t need a superhero cape + yet you kinda want one, don’t you? With your initial n’ all. I know!
Organizing Your Planner
This is how I intuitively categorize + organize the sections in my Life is Messy Planners, in case you’re curious:
- Goal Generator
- Goal Getter
- Habit Tracker
- Resolution Tracker
- Daily To Do Planner (2)
- Weekly To Do Planner
- Monthly To Do Planner (12)
- Month At A Glance
- Yearly To Do Planner
- Mental Detox
- All Out Of
- Chore Chart
- Don’t Forget Contacts
- Happy Birthdays
- Home Improvement
- In Case of Emergency
- Oh Happy Day
- Party Planner
- Password Keeper
- Personal Avatar
- Recipe Cheat Sheet
- Shopping List
- Trip Planner
- Weekly Fitness Planner
- Weekly Meal Planner
- Blog Planner
- Customer Avatar
- Idea Picker
- One Page Business Plan
- One Page Project Planner
- One Page to Newsletter
- Super Power Finder
- Sweet Spot Finder
- Yearly Money Tracker
- Creative Brainstorming Pages (5)
- Decision Maker
- The Stop List
- Things To Do
- This is a Checklist
If you dig my method, you can totally borrow my Messy Tabs to help keep things tidy. You’re very welcome!
Tips To Rock Your Planners
You may wonder how I maintain my system up n’ running. How I keep at it, in spite of the day-to-day resistance. Well, it’s not always as pretty as I would like, (please ignore the tower of dirty plates in my kitchen sink) but here are some tips I’ve found trigger all sorts of success fairies:
- Buy a planner that you absolutely LOVE – the style + the size + the shape + the format + the colors, so that you take pleasure each time you use it. Your planner should make you smile, not cringe into a fetal position.
- Put EVERYTHING into your planners – names + dates + notes + appointments. Consider it information central. Your brain isn’t stupid, if it knows you don’t keep everything there, it will not take your planner seriously.
- Have a place where you open your planner + work on your planner – a workstation with the appropriate furniture + tools to serve as a central cockpit of control.
- It doesn’t hurt to designate a special pen to be your companion during this mission. Every time I get out my Hello Kitty pen, I know it’s time to conquer the world.
- Maintain ONE, and only ONE planner.
- Recite the mantra, “If it’s not schedule, it doesn’t exist.”
- In your planner, keep schedule of appointments, including appointments with yourself.
- Block out time each day to work on your planner + plan the next days Daily To Do Planner sheet.
- Take your Daily To Do Planner (or your Oh Happy Day sheet) with you EVERYWHERE you go.
- Use tabs to organize your sections + stickies to mark important items that need your attention.
Now, that’s what works for me.
What is working for you? Do you have a magical marker to scribble your tasks? Do you spill pancake syrup on your sheets for good luck? What is it? Tell me how you set yourself up for epicness, in the comments below.
See you in the chat!