Welcome to a new month, a new blog series, and my favorite time of the year in the planner community which happens to be #Onebookjuly2020. This year I had grand plans to start on July first, but there have been a few bumps in the road. While I normally only have one book as a planner (my EDC Van Der Spek Touch Me in personal size), I purchased the Cultivate What Matters Powersheets for the second half of the year during their summer refresh to start setting some major personal, and relationship goals for both my fiancé, and myself. However, the delivery is taking longer than expected. Cultivate What Matters has been very helpful in this matter, has expedited a new shipment for me, and it should be here ASAP. As soon as the items come in I'll be doing an unboxing on Youtube, and posting photos on Instagram. The other part of onebookjuly2020 that I am taking part in is the read-a-long that Carie Harling is doing with the book The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. Along with the read-a-long I am writing down my favorite quotes, and tidbits in my brand new Leuchtturm Commonplace Book that I also started for this challenge. If you are taking part in the #onebookjuly2020 challenge I hope your first week is going well, and if you aren't....WHY NOT?
Let me know in the comments below: What did you do for the July 4th holiday if you celebrate?
Do not go past the mark you aimed for. In victory learn when to stop.
I did not know much about this topic, and though that as planners it was natural to go above, and beyond in our actions such as projects, goals, and life goals. I want to learn when enough is enough, and how this law can help us as planners to accomplish greater things.
By doing further research into the topic I can better assess myself as a planner, and give insight to other planners like myself about goals, and goal planning. This topic is important to study because most planning people are goal oriented, and once they meet one goal they try to aim higher, and higher. It is important to find out whew as planners do this, and if it really helps to aim higher or if we should make completely new goals based on reaching a singular goal. This study will advance new knowledge and new ways of understanding because making goals, how we set goals, how we plan, and how to move forward are important to the planning community. I hope that this case study will shed light on how these things can be updated, and how planning in general can be changed to be better, and lead to better, more powerful planning sessions and life goals.
QUOTES ON LAW 47
"There is nothing more intoxicating than victory, and nothing more dangerous."
"Understand: In the realm of power, you must be guided by reason. To let a momentary thrill or an emotional victory influence or guide your moves will prove fatal."
"When you attain success, step back cautious. When you gain victory understand the part played by the particular circumstances of a situation, and never simply repeat the same actions again and again."
"History is littered with the ruins of victorious empires and the corpses of leaders who could not learn to stop and consolidate their gains."
"Success plays strange tricks on the mind. It makes you feel invulnerable while also making you more hostile and emotional when people challenge your power."
"Power makes you less able to adapt to circumstances. You come to believe your character is more responsible for your success than your strategies and planning."
"The powerful vary their rhythms and patterns, change course, adapt to circumstances, and learn to improvise."
"People who go past the mark are often motivated by desire to please a master by proving their dedication."
The moment of victory is often the moment of greatest peril. In the heat of victory, arrogance and overconfidence can push you past the goal you had aimed for, and by going too far you make more enemies than you defeat. Do not allow success to go to your head. There is no substitute for strategy and careful planning. Set a goal, and when you reach it stop.
As a planner this law is completely contradictory to everything I stand for as a planner. Why do we plan higher after reaching our goals? I started planning in my late 20's and had so many goals for myself. As I keep setting goals for myself I kept feeling like I needed to acquire more stuff for my planner. At this point I am around seven years into planning journey, and the amount of stuff that I have accumulated is pretty crazy. I currently set goals for several areas of life including home, school, and relationships.
The 48 Laws of Power contributes the three laws that this case study is based on. This book explains the meaning of the laws, historical significance, and how the laws can be applied in life.
Illimitablemen.com has done extensive research into the 48 laws, and how they can be applied. The book does not include any information on how to succeed through use of the laws, but gives historical references to look back on, and dissect. There is not much research done on the topic unless you delve deeper into machiavellianism. While reading excerpts of "Management" by Richard L. Daft I found ways of setting goals that companies would use, but can definitely be used as personal goal setting. The Harvard Business Review also has many articles about goal setting, planning, and how to be most effective. However, throughout the HBR Podcasts it was never brought up to exceed expectations, but to focus on issues at hand, and not feeling guilty if you fail. The HBR classic article by Jim Collins talks about how companies should use, and keep up to date on catalytic mechanisms. This specific article can be related to personal use as well.
Catalytic mechanisms are to visions what the central elements of the U.S. Constitution are to the Declaration of Independence-devices that translate lofty aspirations into concrete reality."
"Catalytic mechanisms share 5 distinct characteristics:
CREATE A CATALYTIC MECHANISM
Don't just add, remove.
Create don't copy.
Use money, but not only money.
Allow your mechanism to evolve.
Build an integrated set.
CATALYTIC MECHANISM QUOTES
"Take 3M for decades, its executives have dreamed of having a constant flow of terrific new products. To achieve that end, in 1956, the company instituted a catalytic mechanism that is by now well known: Scientists are urged to spend 15% of their time experimenting and inventing in an area of their own choice."
"A catalytic mechanism should be a idiosyncratic adaptation, if not a wholesale creation, for a unique situation."
"New catalytic mechanisms sometimes produce unintended negative consequences and need correction."
"One catalytic mechanism is good; several that reinforce one another as a set is even better."
"Catalytic mechanisms alone will not create greatness; they need a dream to guide them but if you can blend huge intangible aspirations with simple tangible catalytic mechanisms then you'll have the magic combination from which sustained excellence grows."
"Personal catalytic mechanisms have all the benefits of organizational mechanism: They put bite into good intentions, dramatically increasing the odds of actually being true to your personal vision instead of letting your dreams remain unrealized."
I selected Law 47 to study because as someone in the planning community this law seems to go against common thoughts and beliefs that are held among planners. The strategies that I have used to research this topic includes the internet, reading the book The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene, and from reading several other books related to Law 47 as well as online articles or studies pertaining to this book or specific law.
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW PODCASTS
563: Escape Your Comfort Zone
504: Achieve Your Goals Finally
IMPORTANT QUOTES FROM THESE PODCASTS
"What's much easier for your brain to do is to do replacement behaviors."
"What happens is we set goals for ourselves and then we choose actions all day long, everyday that support those goals, and often, those choices we're making are not fully conscious choices. Our brains are guiding us because your brain knows what your goals are."
"We're constantly making choices to try to get closer to all of our goals, and a lot of them run on autopilot, but in order for your brain to make good choices about what to do at every point during the day-again, largely unconsciously we're making these choices - it [your brain] really needs to know very specifically what it is you want to achieve."
"It uses a lot less willpower to follow through on a plan you already have than it does to try to spontaneously make the right choice in that moment when you are vulnerable."
"Goal setting and planning how you're going to reach a goal should always be a process that is an evolving process."
SPECIFIC GOAL SETTING STEPS
- Planning is the most fundamental of the four management functions.
- A goal is a desired future state that the organization wants to realize.
- Planning is the act of determining goals and defining the means of achieving them.
- A plan is a blueprint specifying the resource allocations, schedules, and other actions necessary for attaining goals.
The research problem I have been investigating is the 47th law of The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene which states: "Do not go past the mark you aimed for. In victory learn when to stop." I have done extensive research about goal setting, and my own experiences not only as a planner, but as a goal setter.
While reading parts of Management by Richard L. Daft I found that personal and organizational goal setting criteria aren't all that different. Even listening to multiple episodes of the HBR Podcast and interviews nowhere does the information say to reset goals. On the contrary, why should we stop goal setting, and how do we set higher goals if we have to stop? Are we going to plateau, and "be all we can be?" These findings were pretty unexpected because it is burnt, and trained into our brains at a very young age that we should always aim higher with our goals after we have achieved them. We do this with weight loss, saving money, and many other goals that we might have in our lives. Lets see how this translates to goal planning in general.
-Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton "Mastering The Management System", Harvard Business Review (January 2008) pg. 63, 77.
My conclusion to this case study is that law 47 of the 47 Laws of Power is justified in saying to stop once you have reached your victory whatever that may be. All of the research that I have done for this post over a few years time have shown me that nowhere in planning content that I have seen about goal setting does anyone talk about resetting goals for higher achievement.
Let me know in the comments: Do you normally keep reaching for new achievements after reaching a goal or do you start a whole different goal?
Welcome to the last post in the Conversations With My Planner Girls Self blog series here at Createyou86. I wanted to do a quick post, and let you know all of the planners that I have been using for June.
Let me know in the comments: Have you ever taken part in #OneBookJuly ?
Welcome to another post from the Conversations With My Planner Girl Self blog series here at Createyou86. If you are new to the planning community this post is specifically to you. This post will tell you how to set up a planner. It will be something that I wished that I had when I first started planning in one simple post. Most bloggers make it near impossible to find the meat and potatoes of their post, but here it is!
HOW TO SET UP A PLANNER IN 7 EASY STEPS
How simple was that? I wish I had something that was as simple as that when I was setting up my first planner. I searched YouTube for hours looking for the "right setup" for me when it was as simple as putting things where I needed them. I hope that this is helpful in your new planner journey. Your Planner Style Podcast Episode
Let me know in the comments: How long have you been planning? Did you wish you had something like this as a new planner to help you?
Welcome to the second post in the Conversations With My Planner Girl Self blog series here at Createyou86. This post will be all about my new Homebinder. What is a homebinder? You might be thinking. I consider a homebinder a catch all for anything that has to do with my home or vehicle. This is a planner that will be staying at home. This planner is A5 so that I have plenty of room to write, and log any pertinent information. For my binder I purchased a Carpe Diem A5 binder for $10.00. Carpe Diem was having a spring clearance sale, and I purchased a pack of monthly dividers for $2.00 which I taped together to create my 12 dividers, and a pack of three clear bookmarks for $1.00. Twelve dividers may seem like a lot of dividers, but I am using all but one of the sections. I used the Carpe Diem tab sticker pack to rename the dividers. Here are my sections
Let me know in the comments below if you have a home binder, and what yours consists of.
Welcome to a brand new blog series here at Createyou86. There will be four installments. One for each week in June so make sure you come back to hear some of the things I have conversations with myself about my planners. The first time that I did one of these was on The Createyou86 Podcast. You can check that out HERE . This series will be an opportunity for me to get deeper into why I plan, what it does for me, and when I need planning the most among other things.
I started planning in 2014 after a photo came through my Instagram feed. I saw a planner with some stickers on it, and a Filofax hashtag. I purchased my first Filofax, and the rest is history. I still have that red Filofax Domino. Planning evolved from there for me into something that I could do to keep control in my life. Not only for myself, but for others around me. I used stickers, and decor all over. Looking back at memories that pop up on Facebook or Instagram I tend to laugh at what kind of decor I had used. I still use stickers, but I haven't used washi in a long time, and I have more than I know what to do with. While in this strange time I am still trying to keep up my planning even if it is for the most simple things. I have found this meme in every planner group, and it kind of irks me.
This irks me because some weeks I find myself planning more than I had in previous weeks, and months. I know people are homeschooling so that's a tons of stuff to put in your planner, and people working from home is another reason. People are also ordering a ton of stuff off of Amazon, and other sites so they have plenty to keep track of. I am super guilty of this. I have ordered shelves (2), makeup, desk organization, and a few other things. Boredom, and late nights get the best of me. I ordered planner items from Wish one morning around four AM. My planner is still very useful to me. Come fall it'll be even more useful when school starts back up for me. I have tried several sizes, and styles of planners, but I always return to my favorite which will always be personal size. Planning will return to normal soon, and planner spreads will be full of appointments again. I plan to stay sane, and I plan to move forward when the rest of the world is standing still.
Let me know in the comments why you plan. Let's be honest with out planner girl selves.
Welcome to another post here at Createyou86. This is an annual post as of December 2018. I don't think it matters what month it is posted in because things change in the planner community so frequently that favorites, and dislikes change frequently as well. You can hear the podcast episode where I did my first Planner Anti Haul HERE. A Planner anti-haul is just a list of items that based on my current likes, and dislikes are products that I will never purchase from the planner community or items that I have purchased that I was disappointed in or regret purchasing. Some of the items remain the same, but some have changed. My list is as follows:
Let me know in the comments below. What are some of your planner anti-haul items so far for 2020?
.Welcome to another post here at Createyou86. I wanted to talk about some of my must have planner items for 2020. This will differ for most people, but I always find myself reaching for the same products over and over again. While I am definitely a decorative planner I consider myself a minimalist in that I use the same products almost every week. Of course there are tons of shops that I love, but I tend to stick to ones I truly enjoy, and purchasing from them only once or twice a year, and I try to keep everything as affordable as possible. I created a list of my top five essential planner items that I have reached for repeatedly in 2020.
2020 Planner Essentials
I know that these items will never be essentials for every planner out there, but they are good starter items, and even after years of planning I still find myself needing or wanting the essentials that I started with. I hope that if you are a new planner that this post has helped you with what some essential items might end up being for you.
For those seasoned planners, and new planners alike let me know in the comments what your planner essentials are at this stage in your planning journey.
Welcome to another post here at Createyou86. I wanted to do some self-reflection on the way that I plan. While I consider myself very consistent, I did go back to 2018 to see how things have changed as the seasons of life have changed over time.
When I was planning in my Personal Filofax Malden I was still using horizontal Filofax WO2P inserts, and using stickers.
I bought the wrong inserts at the end of 2018, and for $3.55 I decided that I would give them a try. I found the placement of the boxes to be very confusing. I used a personal wide for a full year in my Foxy Fix Spice Leather, and I loved the experience.
This is truly my comfort zone even when there isn't a ton to plan. I never find that I run out of room, there is plenty of room to use stickers, and those stickers keep me organized, and let me focus on what is important within that day.
I can honestly say that my planning is very consistent. Even with school being the busiest seasons for me I will always enjoy horizontal inserts. This is just how my brain works.
Let me know in the comments what your favorite layout for your planning includes.
Welcome to the Createyou86 Blog. The last time I posted here was January 1, 2019. It has been almost a year and a half, but to be fair I was feeling a little burnt out with a few different projects I was working on. I was also recovering from a spinal fusion done on June 12, 2018 which failed, and lead to other issues. It was recommended by my lawyer to cease most social media postings, and because of my injury I cannot return to my previous job sector so I decided to go back to school, and I only have five more classes until I receive my Associates Degree in Drug and Alcohol Counseling. As soon as that ends i'll swiftly move onto my Bachelors, and so on. I am still planning. I think I always will. It keeps me sane.
The world is a very different time, and space right now with COVID-19 running rampant. This girl here was actually tested, and it came back negative thankfully.
I am currently using a Van Der Spek Touch Me in personal in the color Tabac. The same week I also purchased a personal Original Filofax in nude. I LOVE the Filofax WO2P inserts. I know a lot of people don't, but I always have so those are the inserts that are currently in my VDS. This past weekend I purchased some review process printable inserts from Kendra Bork. I am newly obsessed with her Youtube Channel. Here are a couple of photos of my new VDS planner. You can find more on my Instagram profile @Createyou86.
I hope that you enjoyed this post, and that you are as excited as I am about seeing more posts each week. What are you doing during quarantine to keep up with planning? Let me know in the comments. I know this is a hard time for planning, but there is still plenty to be planning!
Welcome to another product review here at Createyou86. This product is really great for someone who might need or want a deeper understanding of the Bible, but who is not wanting to, or doesn't have the time in their busy lives to deep dive into re-reading the Bible itself. This book will give that person a deeper understanding in only 15 minutes a day!
This book is broken down so that anyone can easily understand the Bible. Some of the features that I think are great include:
I have included some photos from the book to showcase some of the study guides, and self tests that are available in each chapter.
If you or someone you know are struggling with understanding different themes within the Bible I highly recommend this book. If you are looking for some more information about this book I also recommend checking out this short YouTube video. You can find this book for $19.99 which is a great price for something that simplifies the bible.
If you found this post useful definitely share it with someone who you feel could benefit from it!
LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW: What topic do you struggle with most in studying the Bible?
I was provided this product for free from Flyby Productions in exchange for an honest product review.
Welcome to another Blog post here at Createyou86. It has been a while since I posted anything about planning, and organization, and there is good reason for that. I have been back in school, and still in recovery from surgery, but mostly school. The amount of work was out of this world, but I finished off the semester with a 3.566 GPA which is very exciting.
Tonight I had an amazing conversation with Lucinda from Organized Planner Chic on The Createyou86 Podcast, and the conversation was all about our 2018 Planner Anti-Haul. This episode is all about items that we will never purchase in the planner community, and things that we don't really understand within the planner community. I got this idea from The Planner Girl Chatter Podcast and I not only thought that it was extremely funny, but I liked the conversation that was had surrounding the planner community. I had so much fun doing this episode that I decided that it needed an accompanying blog post. My anti-haul list, and the full podcast episode is posted below.
I really hope that you enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed creating it, and podcasting about it. This is a great post if you are looking for gift ideas for your planner friends for the holidays, or if you might want to create your own anti-haul list as well.
If you loved this post share it with a friend who you think would benefit from it!
LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW: WHAT IS YOUR #1 ANTI-HAUL ITEM?
Welcome to another product review here at Createyou86. This product is such a beautiful book. It is 365 days of devotionals for young women. If you would like to learn more about this beautiful book for young women please keep reading.
Welcome to another product review here at Createyou86. I can't believe that it is already December! Where has the year gone? December is a great time to pick up a new Bible for the new year, and to gift give Bible's to younger children for the holiday's too. I have more information about the number one Bible for kids if you keep reading, and it is one of the best Bible's that I have seen so far!
Welcome to another special product review here at Createyou86. I am in love with these journals. They all have their own personalities, and would each be perfect for the art lover in your family. For those of you that love Bible journaling these art journals are perfect. I will be reviewing each of the three journals in this post including photos, and my thoughts on each.
Welcome to another product review here at Createyou86. The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible brings to life more than 40 Bible stories that help readers understand that God’s Spirit has been with us since the beginning of time and continues to be with us today. From the glory of creation through the powerful letters of Paul, God’s Spirit is living in his people. Old and New Testament stories such as Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, the Baptism of Jesus, and Pentecost come alive with dramatic illustrations by Fernando Juarez and moving text by Doris Rikkers. With a cover that sparkles and shines with foil, this is a special storybook Bible that will appeal to both children and parents alike.
Doris Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles. Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens, and her family and friends.
Spanish artist Fernando Juarez illustrates children’s books and works as an art supervisor at the Madrid studio Ilion Animation. The company produces 3D feature films for children. Fernando has three kids himself, and if he has any time left after work and family, you might catch him playing guitar in a rock band.
6 Reasons i love this Bible:
I have really enjoyed this product, and i highly recommend it for young children who are learning to read as an introduction to the Bible that they can read on their own, and create their own stories with pictures if they aren't reading yet. If you are interested in purchasing the Bible visit this link to learn more, and view a FREE sampler of the book itself.
Let me know in the comments below: What is your favorite version of the Bible? Mine is ESV (English Standard Version.)
Welcome to the second post of the September Studies Blog Series here at Createyou86. I am very excited to be doing this post because i am very excited to be back in college. I am doing distance learning through a Nevada College., and i am taking three classes this semester. I am taking two right now, and the third starts in October.
There are four items i have purchased for every class (all of which can be purchased at the dollar tree), and i will continue to purchase these four items for each class i take until graduation.
1. I created a three binder for each class by putting a photo of the cover of the required textbook in the clear window front of the binder, and typed the name, and number of the class, and put it in the spine of the binder.
2. I like to have a labeled one subject notebook for each class even though i am doing distance classes i am required to do a lot of definitions, and writing them down before typing the assignment out will help me study. I also store the notebook in each binder, but not on the rings.
3. Sometimes i like to print articles, or other papers for classes so i like to keep a 2 pocket folder in the binder front folder for later use.
4. Lastly, i intend to keep all of my papers that i write for each class even though they will be done on the computer, and submitted via the computer. I will print each main paper out, and put it in the page protectors for later use.
I hope that these are useful tips for you this semester, or even for your kids if you have them. This system really helps me to stay on task, and know where all of my papers are for any class, at any given time.
LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS: Are you back in school this semester? Or do you know someone who is?
Welcome to the first post of my favorite yearly blog series September Studies. This series holds a special place in my heart because September is my blogiversary month, and i always look forward to celebrating. This is also the beginning of the change into the season that i love FALL! I love pumpkin flavored, and scented everything except for pie, and i love fall colors, and weather. I can't wait to put a hoodie back on.
This September i find myself in a new season in life. I have gone back to school at 32 years old. You might be asking why i have done this, and the hardest, and most honest answer is because i can't rely on my body to do what i want it to do anymore. What does that mean? I had spinal fusion surgery twelve weeks ago, and i am scared that i may not be able to continue to do the job that i have been doing for 13 years. Childcare. Let me explain. When you think of a daycare teacher do you think of a glorified babysitter for your kids or other's kids? Well we don't think of ourselves that way. We go into work everyday excited to see each kid no matter who they are, or if they give us a hard time throughout the day. We are excited to teach young minds new things, and watch them group throughout the year. However, the job is grueling. You are constantly moving, bending, lifting, and twisting. These are all things that i have been restricted from doing for the last twelve weeks, and it really puts things into perspective now that my body may not work for me in the same way that it has in the past.
I am pursuing a Bachelors in Social Sciences, and began classes this week. I am excited to continue my college experience. Lets hope that school #5 is the lucky one!!
I hope that you stick around for the September Studies Blog series, and that you enjoyed this post.
LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW:
Did you go back to school this week? How are you feeling about planning out the semester?
Welcome to the second post for June on the Createyou86 Blog. The month of June has been quite a journey. On the 12th i had major back surgery, and i am now two weeks post-op. I have been using a walker, and had my followup doctors apt. today where the doctor said everything looks great, and that i should just keep up what i'm doing currently. My recovery will be around 3 months.
On the other hand i have been wanting to do an updated mood board because i haven't done one in quite a while. Below you will find my updated mood board. The colors are kind of all over the place, but i really love fall a lot more than i do summer. All photos are linked so feel free to click through them, and check out where they came from .
Thanks for checking out my updated mood board. Be sure to stick around for #onebookjuly2018 which will be taking place over on my YouTube channel next week.
LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW: What is your favorite color palette above?
Welcome to a planner update here at Createyou86! I know...it has been a long time! I have been in, and out of work with an injury, and i am finally having surgery next week. I have decided that my planner collection at this point is just that....a collection. I have so many different brands, colors, and types of planners, and i love it. We will be moving soon, and hopefully i will be able to display them behind my desk at some point.
This past month (April/May) I decided that i wanted to get some planners that i have had my eye on for a long time (my planner unicorns!) I had some extra money, and took the leap!
First I purchased a Filofax personal Malden. This planner is literally beautiful beyond words. I have wanted it since i started my planner journey, and I am currently using it as my personal planner where i keep all of my appointments, and schedules etc. I really do love the Filofax inserts (I know tons of people don't), but i have never had an issue with them, and i actually prefer the setup of them over any other planner setup that i have tried.
The next item that i purchased for myself was a Foxy Fix Travelers Notebook. I purchased this TN because i have wanted to try a Foxy Fix since forever ago when i found out about their company. I purchased a B6 Lush Black Beauty Couture. Both of these planners are an investment, and beautiful all at the same time. At this point i am secure enough in my planning that i know i love personal, and B6 planners.
Here is a secret that nobody else knows. After my surgery next week i will be releasing a new exciting e-mail list. I am working on Createyou86 as a business, and increase my knowledge as an entrepreneur, which i can't wait to unvail. If you don't follow my Instagram yet be sure to follow for some fun updates. You can also join the Planning With Createyou86 VIP Group
I hope that you have enjoyed this post, and that you are looking forward to some changes coming to Createyou86.
Let me know in the comments below: WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PLANNER?