My Monday Mindset

Sometimes I can work smart. Sometimes I work hard without being smart about the project. Sometimes I fail for lack of working hard and smart at the same time.

I dubbed 2022 the year of “Easier, not harder.” That will be my only litmus test. Is this easier or harder?

My current project failure is organizing my daily dairy to reflect what I need to accomplish each day to nurture, feed and grow my emotions to broaden my life this year as that life grows shorter as I age.

I must ask myself: What daily discipline(s) would make this goal a done deal? How do I master efficiency? The answer to that question will tell me what habit(s) to install. If I can condition and maintain those habits, I’ll very likely achieve my goal.

This will take time. I will stumble and fall back into old habits. But I’ll keep trying—I won’t give up on myself.

I have been carrying around a beautiful, red Oak Journal and ignoring it since November 2020.

The journal is beat up and sad from riding around in my work bag unloved and ignored for two years.
November 2020
November 9, 2020
December 10 & 11, 2020

“Success consists of going from one failure to the next, without losing enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill
February 2, 2021
April 5, 2021

I used it for a few days in November 2020 and three days in December. I did not take the journal out of my messenger bag again until February 2021 when I used it for two days. On April 5, I grabbed it again and managed one day to sort of plan my garden.

The page for planning your daily routine is overkill for me. I am doing good to put on pants.

The Oak Journal has a place for almost every thing that I need.

  • A place to set a business, personal and relationship goal each 90 days.
  • A place clearly state the goal and make it S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound).
  • A way to define the milestones that need to occur over the next 90 days to make sure these goals comes to fruition by creating a roadmap that includes any resources required.
  • A daily structure designed based positive psychology and neuroscience.
  • A place to list three things that I are grateful for that day.
  • A place to state my intention for the day.
  • A place to write my three M.I.T.s (Most Important Things) to be accomplished that day.
  • Check the boxes for completing my *10/10/10, tracking habits, and the morning/evening routines.
  • Space for notes, drawing and doodling.
  • Every week finishes with a reflection on the progress made while looking ahead to what needs to be accomplished.

*10/10/10 = Take the first 30 minutes of every morning and break it into 10 minutes blocks of meditation, reading, and journaling.

I have not succeeded…yet. And yet can be a powerful word when you need to exhibit resilience or grit in whatever it is in your life.

I started again last Monday in a new black Oak Journal with the simple goal to own the process each day, one step and one task at a time.


I completely finished 5 out of 7 days. I combined Friday, Saturday and Sunday into one day. Friday was a snow day.

What gets tracked gets done.

I got to build that grit and resilience muscle like I’m trying to do right now. I’m not giving up until I figure this out, until I find a way to make this journey work.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s