Goal Worksheet

The Keep It Super Simple goal-worksheet (pdf) is here!

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  1. Choose goals. Look at life areas you might want to improve.
  2. What do you want more of in this area, and how will you increase it?
  3. Say it SMART: make it specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound.
  4. Break it down into action steps.
  5. Know your why. Because you: believe in something, want to solve a problem? What will success make possible?
  6. Picture it! Keep it visual & visible, and track it.
  7. Commit to it.
  8. Get Goaling!

Stay on track with regular reviews: the Weekly & Monthly Review Tracker is now available at An Annual Review.

Learn more with the ebook “Get Goaling: the simple guide to set and achieve your goals.”

Reading Record Punch Card

How can libraries create excitement about coming into the library to check out books or other items on a regular basis? I’m thinking a monthly drawing with really neat (but not too expensive) book related prizes. When patrons check out (at least) once a month, they get a monthly punch on a Reading Record Punch Card, and can enter their name for the monthly drawing. If they get a punch each month they can enter their card for the annual grand prize drawing. This is aimed at adults only, no kids allowed! (why should they be the only ones having fun?!) Actually, school librarians could modify the idea a  little and have fun with it too.

You could even set up a selfie photo booth. A word bubble could say “Check me out! I checked this out at the library!” with a checkerboard background.

There are so many great possibilities for prizes. There are a lot of book lovers out there! Here are some of the prize ideas I’ve come up with so far.

See lots of ideas at this Pinterest BoardPinterestLogo

  1. Color Your World at the Library: an adult coloring book & pencils.
  2. Sweeten Your World at the Library: hot chocolate & chocolate trail mix.
  3. Organize Your World at the Library: a Household Binder Notebook.
  4. Light Up Your World at the Library: a book light & this mug.
  5. Rock Your World at the Library: a music CD or gift card, or vintage record label coasters.
  6. Game On! Level up Your World at the Library: a big wooden scrabble letter sign that spells READ or scrabble letter fridge magnets from PBS.
  7. Caffeinate Your World at the Library: a coffee mug & Starbucks gift card.
  8. Turn Up Your Creativi-tea at the Library: Novel Teas.
  9. ACT-ivate Your World at the Library: a movie quote mug & CD of great movie soundtracks or popcorn.
  10. Carry On at the Library: a Where the Wild Things Are tote bag or pouch. Or a Keep Calm & Carry On tote.
  11. Relax & Read at the Library: a literary pillow or a Keep Calm & Read On mug.
  12. It’s Time to Read at the Library: a literary clock or a Book Lover’s Calendar.
  13. Annual Grand Prize: maybe a literary garden sign post, or a Once Upon a Time lamp.

I looked for things that might appeal to anyone, and most cost around $10 or $15. It would take a little bit of a marketing budget to pull off. This idea might also work for bookstores looking for a way to encourage customers to return on a regular basis. And those in search of great gifts for book lovers, of course these things would totally work. Which ones do you like the best? What should be used for the annual grand prize? Let me know your thoughts at the Daily Planit Facebook page.

Here is a Reading Record version of the punch card:

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Goal Skills

How to Be a Black Belt Goal Setter

There are many skills involved in the art of goal setting. Learn how to move from the white belt level to become a black belt goal setter with a free printable Goal Mastery Levels. (pdf)

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Purpose: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” –Lewis Carroll

Choosing: There are so many options! Learn how to choose top priority goals.

Planning: Know where to start with a game plan.

SMART goals: Know the rules of goals based on science. Goals need to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time sensitive.

Visible & Visual: Remind yourself of where you want to go and why. Life is full of distractions to take you off course!

Inspiration: Get inspired with Audio & Video, Quotes & Books

Motivation: Give yourself a motivation boost when you seem to have lost it somewhere.

Discipline: Self-control and grit are key to the ability to power through when the going gets tough.

Time Management: Make time for your goals with effective time use.

Acting: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” -Will Rogers

Persistence: It can take a lot of determination to keep going.

Reviewing: Monitor progress with weekly reviews, monthly reviews, and an annual review.

Learn more about setting and achieving goals with a free tutorial and the eBook “Get Goaling: A simple guide to set and achieve your goals”

 

By dailyplanit Posted in goals

To (Always) Do Today

Think you’ve already got enough lists in your system? I recently added another one that I call my To (always) Do Today List. This new list was inspired by a quote from Benjamin Franklin: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

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I added this quote from Brian Tracy: “Make progress (not excuses)”

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Plus my own observations about the importance of making today count and choosing a personal growth mindset.

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My To (Always) Do Today List looks like this:

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What’s on your To (always) Do Today List?

 

The Not So Big Life

Remember Tom Hank’s character in the movie Big, who wished that he was bigger?

When we are young, we naturally want to grow bigger and stronger. We see the world as an exciting place that we want to explore. We enjoy going on adventures and learning new things. Somewhere along the path of time, these natural tendencies can get left behind and replaced with a preference for staying in our comfort zone. Yes, there are dangers and setbacks if you choose to go on this adventure called life. But the alternative, choosing to just stay home, can lead to a less than big life.

The ideas in Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset are powerful, and the article “Is it time for a personal growth mindset?” in Scientific American suggests applying these ideas to adopting a personal growth mindset. Here are a few beliefs for a personal growth mindset.

Personal Growth Mindset

  • I am the architect of my life. It is up to me to build it.
  • The more I learn, the stronger I am and the better I will be able to succeed and thrive in life.
  • Continuous personal growth is very desirable.
  • I love to explore ideas and learn new things.
  • Change can be hard, but I can do it if I choose to. I use strategies to overcome procrastination and work toward my goals.
  • Work is not a four letter word. Meaningful work is awesome.
  • I am worthy of love and belonging. My worthiness is not attached to things or accomplishments, no matter how awesome (or not) they are.
  • Mistakes are opportunities to learn. I am not my mistakes or my accomplishments. I am me, and I am loved.
  • Learning and growing is a fun adventure. I continue to grow and learn always.
  • I am resilient: I bounce back when faced with adversity.
  • I have grit: I work hard for the things I believe in, and I persist in pursuing them no matter what happens.
  • I build the skills I need to overcome hardships.
  • I invest my time to do what is meaningful to me.
  • I am creative and use my imagination to solve problems.
  • I read books and articles that spark ideas.
  • I follow the practices that studies show will increase well-being.

Free Printable PersonalGrowthMindset (pdf)

Do you want a bigger life? Maybe it is time to go BIG or go home.

What to do after being slimed

Have you been slimed lately? Recently, watching the news often leaves me feeling that way. Whether it has to do with politics, terrorist attacks in other countries, or shootings in ours, it seems like there has been nothing but bad news. Watching what is going on in the world makes me feel like I am covered with a thick green slime of depression and helplessness. What can be done to fight back against the slime?

The song “Move” by Mercy Me reminded me of what to do: take action!

Whatever happens, keep moving.

Here are the things I need to remember: Keep doing what you can, where you are, with what you have.Work out to train your physical body for the fight, and do what strengthens you spiritually. This may include more time in nature, listening to uplifting music, reading inspirational works-seeking comfort and strength wherever you may have found it. Remember what you can change, and what you can’t, and even though we cannot make others think or do what we might want, you can speak up, persuade, and maybe even sway or influence outcomes. You can vote and sign a petition for term limits. You can be kind to others, volunteer to teach others to read, financial literacy, or simply read to a child. Even small actions can spread ripples. Choose love over fear, and remember the good, like the person who leaves $100 bills in boxes of diapers. (By the way, I haven’t seen the new Ghostbusters, but do believe being equipped to fight slime is important for everyone.) How do you fight the slime?

Insight Out by Tina Seelig (Book Review)

The book “Insight Out” by Tina Seelig describes a framework for getting ideas out of your head and into the world called the Invention Cycle.


https://medium.com/@tseelig/inventure-cycle-e89579b328da#.u09ptpfm6

Imagination: Engage & Envision to identify passions

  • Be curious: explore and engage in experiences that may lead to passions.
  • Generate ideas and use your imagination to visualize how you will solve the problem that has captured your passion.

Creativity: Motivate & Experiment to explore challenges

Innovation: Focus & Reframe to generate unique solutions

  • Make time to focus, keep workspace uncluttered.
  • Look at ideas from different perspectives.

Entrepreneurship: Persist & Inspire to bring your ideas into reality

  • Push through the point where others stop by developing grit.Understand that challenges and mistakes are to be expected. Take steps that are the right size: neither too small nor too large.
  • Manifest your ideas by sharing your dream. Inspire others to join or support your cause by telling stories. Tell stories that inspire emotion and provide a clear path for action. See Kurt Vonnegut’s story shapes, the story spine and more about storytelling on Pinterest.

Tina Seelig’s TED Talk: A Crash Course in Creativity

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How to Increase Flow

You’re running at a good pace, listening to music with a good beat, taking deep breaths, feeling the strength and energy in your body, and it feels good. Sure, it hasn’t been easy getting to this point, but you’re here now, and you feel pride in what you have accomplished by challenging yourself. You’re in flow. Whether you reach the experience of flow through recreational activities or work, it involves become so absorbed in what you are doing that you lose all track of time.

Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi, one of the co-founders of Positive Psychology, wrote the book “Flow: the Psychology of Optimal Experience.” He also gave a TED Talk, “Flow, the Secret to Happiness.” He describes flow as “being completely involved in an activity for it’s own sake.” The time we spend in flow is an important component of happiness.

10 ways to increase the time spent in flow:

1. Have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve. Set goals that are challenging, yet still attainable. Learn How to Set Goals with a free tutorial, and more with my “Get Goaling” ebook.

2. Find and use your strengths. Strengths include natural talents, skills you’ve developed, and character strengths that are important to you. The free ebook, How to Start a Fire (pdf) includes ways to identify strengths, and you can explore in more detail with the “On Purpose” course at Udemy.

3. Try new activities you might like and expand your comfort zone. While you might try different recreational activities, flow often comes while we are working on something. Savor the activity itself while engaged in it.

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4. Look for the sweet spot where skill and challenge are in perfect balance.  The article “Flow Makes Life Better” at success.com talks about the sweet spot and points out that it’s a moving target as skills increase.

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5. Be ready to concentrate and focus your attention.

6. Design an environment that provides what you need. Listening to classical music or nature sounds can help focus.

7. Eliminate distractions and turn off alerts and notifications that might interrupt you. If thoughts about other things intrude, write them down on a notepad.

8. Become completely absorbed in the activity. When you lose all track of time you are on the right track.

9. Pay attention to the results to get immediate feedback.

10. Feel the intrinsic rewards of the activity.

Learn more about flow:

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Make Today Count!

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Time = Life. Therefore, waste your time and waste your life. Or master your time and master your life.” -Alan Laekin

You may have heard the saying “time is money,” and we all know it is valuable. Yet it is often wasted. It is all too easy to put something off until tomorrow, when we will have more time… and maybe we will. Each day 24 hours is credited to our account, and we all receive the same amount. But it can so easily slip through our fingers, a treasure stolen away by procrastination, interruptions, and indecision. We attempt to measure it with clocks and watches, but cannot save it up for another day.

We all have fixed time expenses such as working, eating and sleeping. Usually there is some discretionary time each day that we can spend as we choose. If we cut spending time on non-essentials and time wasters, it can be invested where it counts the most: on the things that are most important. A well-balanced time budget includes time for priorities in different areas of life. A good starting point is to do a time audit. Learn more about using time well at Time Management 101.

We only have the gift of so much time, so make today count!

A Keep It Super Simple Book Discussion

MoviesBooksI love movies, I love books, and I really love discussing an outstanding movie based on a terrific book. I couldn’t find a discussion group, so I started the Screen and Page at Goodreads and Facebook. If you love discussing movies based on books too, you are invited to join.

Keep It Super Simple book discussion group guide

I’m trying to Keep It Super Simple! If you want a simple way to start a book discussion group, the following ideas and resources might help.

Getting Organized

  1. Choose a topic: Fiction (new & popular? award winners? classic? mystery?) or Nonfiction (business? self-help? history?).
  2. Select a name that reflects the topic.
  3. For an in-person group, choose a time and place to meet, and decide on how many members (a good number is generally 8-12).
  4. Whether in-person or online, send invitations.
  5. At an organizational meeting, decide on guidelines, book selection, and whether to have snacks or not.

Moderator or not?

Also decide whether to have a moderator lead discussions, and if so, how they will be selected and what the duties will include. A moderator can help keep the discussion on track, and could also look for specific discussion questions or resources related to the book online. It can also work to simply take turns and use generic discussion questions like the ones below. Or everyone can write a comment or question on an index card and just select from them at random to discuss. Or you can roll dice to choose a discussion topic. (here’s an online dicer roller)

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Pair this with the printable Fiction discussion questions below.

  1. Miscellaneous
  2. Author
  3. Characters
  4. Dialogue
  5. Originality
  6. Pace
  7. Plot
  8. Setting
  9. Structure
  10. Style
  11. Theme
  12. Ideas & Thoughts

Generic Discussion Questions

Online Tools for a Reading Group

  • It was easy to set up a group at Goodreads. MakeUseOf has a helpful Unofficial Guide to Goodreads. Here is Screen and Page on Goodreads.
  • You can also set up a Facebook page for your group, and add the Goodreads app. Goodreads provides prompts when you set up your group. Here is Screen and Page on Facebook.

Guidelines

Example Guidelines for a Book Discussion Group in person – These are the Screen and Page guidelines.

  • It’s best if you read the book and watch the movie! But if you can’t manage it, come anyway.
  • Consider taking notes as you read the book and after watching the movie. BooksMoviesNotes (pdf)
  • Try to stay (mostly) on topic.
  • Everyone is invited to participate…One at a time please!
  • Opinions may vary, and all are respected.

Example Guidelines for an Online Book Discussion Group – These are the Screen and Page Rules:

  1. We expect respect. DO be respectful & kind. NO spam, profanity, or obscene language is allowed & NO personal attacks or abuse. Any inappropriate content will be deleted and the poster blocked.
  2. We expect opinions will vary. Consider explaining how the work made you feel and supporting your views by mentioning a scene from the movie or a passage from the book. Please mark *spoilers* with astericks.

Meeting Agendas

  • Greetings – a few minutes for welcomes, introductions, icebreakers if desired. Update the contact list if one is maintained.
  • Idea List for Future Reads – review, add suggestions, and vote for next month’s read.
  • Moderator – choose for next month if you use one. (draw straws?)
  • Discussion – reminder of guidelines
  • Conclusion – Thanks for joining!

Book Selection

Add suggestions to a list of ideas for future books to read. Promising titles for interesting discussions have…

  • Characters that are amazing.
  • Original or unique approach.
  • Themes that are complex.
  • Emotions or thoughts inspired.

List Options: Listopia at Goodreads,  List.ly (although I quickly hit limits with the free version), maybe Litsy if you are an ios person. For Screen and Page I’m creating a shareable spreadsheet in Google Drive. A feature of Goodreads is a way to take a poll of Goodreads group members to vote on future reads. Consider having the next two books selected, so people have plenty of time to read the selections.

More Resources

Printable Reading List from Money Saving Mom

Guides for Starting a Book Club

By dailyplanit Posted in Books