I’m quite a goals-oriented person. I like to have something to work towards, I’m just not very structured when it comes to figuring out how to get there or reflecting on my various methods. So when Focused Fox sent me one of their Goal Notebooks* to review, I saw this as a learning opportunity.
Prior to receiving this notebook, I was planning on writing a blog post at the end of the year noting my (lack of) progress from the start of the year (see 2018 goals post) and setting some new goals for 2019, likely rehashing the ones I hadn’t managed to achieve this year, without thinking about what I could do differently.
What’s fantastic about the Goals Notebook is that it features a combination of template pages, helping you to narrow down your goal, track your journey and regularly review your progress. It’s about the journey rather than the destination, which it turns out is something I needed reminding of. Failure is ok, especially when you learn something about yourself along the way.
If you clicked through to my 2018 goals post just now, you will have seen that I set a fair few goals at the start of the year. I wanted to use this notebook to help me tick some off in the remaining weeks of 2018 but the notebook only allows you to work towards one goal at a time. It turns out that, upon closer inspection, a lot of my goals have a common theme: time. While time management sounds quite boring and corporate, I’m sure a lot of people would like to be more productive with their time, particularly fellow working mums and/or bloggers with a day job.
A couple of weeks ago I was starting to get a bit down about my lack of ‘me time’. I’d recently increased my hours at work and suddenly found that all of my time was spent either at work or looking after Jenson. Evenings previously spent blogging were now spent sleeping due to sheer exhaustion and I knew something needed to change. I decided to try and build more self-care into my week and tracked how I did (see my week of self-care blog post).
My lack of self-care ended up being an interesting record of how I spend my week and a great starting point for my Goal Notebook review. I transferred my notes to the notebook and reviewed my progress.
This then led to a week of identifying gaps of time where I could be more productive or, rather, tracking how ridiculously early I fell asleep and trying to figure out a way to stay awake and actually get shit done. Which then led to tracking what I ate and drank for a week to see how that contributed to my energy levels and, in turn, my productivity.
So, regardless of how productive I actually was, each week’s notes and progress review taught me a little bit more about myself and how I can make improvements. I’m going to use the notebook for a few more weeks to see if I can work on a better balance and hopefully pick up some more tips along the way. I’ll post another update when I’ve completed the final review stage in a few weeks.
The Focused Fox Goal Notebook is available online for $29. It features 16 writing exercises, seven visual exercises, 135 work pages and nine progress reviews across a total of 224 100gsm pages. It’s 10x16cm, hardcover with two page ribbons and an elastic closure. And it’s a fantastic tool to help you work towards a key goal.
*I was sent a notebook for review purposes and all thoughts are my own