I have dreamed for many years about writing a book.
I have several manuscripts that are partially finished. It seems that I make significant progress on them and then life kind of takes over for a little while. I hope to finish some of these longer manuscripts in the future to share some of my own thoughts on life.
Some of these checklist items are left a bit open-ended. I personally use my "personal development" time to do my Bible study & prayer time. Some people I've talked to are using this time to read for a certain length of time or a specific amount of pages in a book.
My household chores include emptying the dishwasher and starting one load of laundry.
Next to the morning checklist is a place for the reader to share five things that he or she is grateful for. On the bottom of this page is a place to note a "highlight" and "challenge" from the previous day. It's really just a time of reflection and rememberling.
I've been really pleased with the positive feedback regarding the journal and I can't wait to share with everyone my next book (and eBook), set to release in the beginning of August! If you have purchased the book and have found value in using it, please consider leaving a positive review on Amazon so others can find it a little more easily.
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So grateful for everyone's support here at the farmhouse,
The book is basically the written version of the writing class Lamott teaches.
I've always felt the pull to write.
and someday -- a novel.
So this is me committing to this idea in writing...to you.
I want to write a novel.
I've dreamed about it since high school. When I was teaching third graders about the writing process and helping them learn to become better writers, in the back of my mind, I was always composing my own stories.
I have started so many times.
I get through a few chapters or get through developing a character or two, and I kind of fall off of the wagon and halt the process.
Six months later, I start again.
I'm giving myself the gift of done.
And hopefully, giving the world (or at the very least, my daughters) some sort of written gift in the process.
Typing away here at the farmhouse,
Last year, I set a goal of reading 30 books in 2019.
I probably met this goal, but I can't say that with 100% certainty because I didn't track my books after about January 15th.
This year, I'm using Goodreads to track my books and I've already finished book number 1.
My first book of 2020 (which I will admit, I started in the last few days of 2019) was Outer Order, Inner Calm.
About the book from Gretchen Rubin's website:
One of my biggest take-aways from the book was this quote..."Nothing is more exhausting than the task that's never started."
I am the queen of systems and procedures and lists.
Sometimes my "task list" includes upwards of 100 items.
After reading this book, I went through my list and moved most of the items to a specific scheduled block on my calendar.
This simple act was a relief because by giving each task its own specified time, I "started" the process of marking the item off of my checklist.
The piece of advice to schedule time to work on tasks is just a very small example of the wealth of knowledge Rubin shares in this book and I would highly recommend it.