Healthy Productivity Feb 2020 | Part 3

Y’all ready?

Part 3 of our Healthy Productivity series drops today…

And today is a good day, ’cause we’re about to dive into the cooling waters of


Planners & Journals

I love a planner.

But I don’t believe they should be frou-frou…

because then that’s just another thing you have to do.

Depending on who you are and what you’re going for, I’ve got several to recommend:

First: The SELF journal
Made by the Best Self Co, these 90-day planners are designed for someone who wants to make and complete three specific goals over a 90-day period.

  • The self journal acts as an accountability partner
  • monthly, weekly, and daily sections for keeping track of the details that fall underneath each of your three goals
  • it forces you to write (and rewrite) the same three goals every day, which is extremely helpful to keep your eyes on the prize and avoid “shiny object syndrome”
  • I have used it for a year straight and I love it.
  • It is beautiful, with pleasing color options and a lovely texture on the cover.
  • it is totally nondescript (so people won’t know what a planner geek you are)
  • Hint: if you love it after trying it once, order a pack of 4 to get you through an entire year, and save a few bucks.

Second: The Desire Map Planner 
Created by goddess Danielle LaPorte, this is a more soul-focused approach to planning.

  • In essence, this is also a goal-oriented planner, with the difference being that the goals are how you want to feel, rather than tasks or projects you want to complete.
  • I love Danielle’s approach to goal-setting, and recommend picking up one of her planners if you’re less interested in specific to-dos, and more interested in feeling more energetically aligned.
  • For instance, if you’ve been feeling lack-luster, depressed, or not yourself lately, this would be a good way to go, as you’ll begin with making a decision on how you want to feel this year.
  • From there, you’ll plan accordingly.

{Hint: if this perks your interest and you haven’t yet read “The Desire Map”, grab a copy on her website, at your local bookstore, or from your local library and get to reading. You’ll love it!}

Third: The Morning Pages
This is not a planner, or even a specific journal, but rather an approach to journaling that I absolutely freaking love.

  • The Morning Pages are a part of the curriculum for “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron (also highly recommended!)
  • TMP entails three free-form pages each morning, preferably written by hand, in a paper journal of your choosing
  • they are intended to be done first thing in the morning (after you brush your teeth maybe, and either before or after a meditation)
  • the brilliance of TMP is that its not about planning, or editing, or judging or second guessing what you write
  • this is meant to be stream-of-consciousness writing that helps you to purge the contents of your brain every morning…
  • which in turn helps you to feel less stressed, have more clarity and increased focus

If you’ve not played with TMP before, give it a try!

Reading “The Artist’s Way” actually changed my life, and I consider ‘the Morning Pages’ one of the most valuable tools in my holistic wellness toolbox.

Another Journaling Method 
I’ve heard is wonderful:

  • Bullet Journaling

And my favorite blank, unlined journals
for all kinds of doodling, journaling, note-taking, course work, mind-maps, morning pages and more, are:

  • Fabriano Journals
  • Flexi Sketch Journals
  • Shinola Journals

Friends, that’s what I have for you for Part 3!

Hit reply and let me know your thoughts!
– What did I miss?
– What other questions do you have on the topic of Journals and Planners?
– Did any of those recommendations hit home for you?

Can’t wait to hear your feedback on this series!

I created these emails out of a pure need and request coming from some of my favorite people out there who asked me to dish my secrets…

And stay tuned, because upcoming in our series we’ll wade into the often-murky and foreboding waters of Tech & Apps!

(Technology, and apps, and devices, OH MY!)


BUT, just to keep things interesting…

I’ve got some musical content coming up in the next couple weeks for you!

(because you know, variety is the spice of life)

Talk to you soon, dear ones!

Delighting in our delightfully healthy productivity,




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