Managing a business and everyday life can be difficult for everyone! This week we are sharing with you how Emma Marty, of Emma Marty Jewelry manages her schedule with the help of her planners and journals.
After college, once I started “adulting”, I began to carry a notebook everywhere I went, my colorful zippered journals always seem to be within an arms reach. They are the main force in keeping me organized, on time, productive and all around sane. Among jewelry sketches and design doodles, I take my journaling in the form of compulsive list making:
- daily to do lists
- weekend planning
- future planning,
- notes from meetings, workshops or classes
- grocery lists
- packing lists
- jewelry material lists
- pricing lists
- you get the idea…
I love the idea of traditional journaling and using the space to log personal thoughts, feelings and goals, but I’ve never been able to get into the habit. Despite my inability to commit to drafting lengthy entries, I’ve realized that my collection of lists are in fact documenting my life. Flipping back through years of my handwritten notes, I can see what projects I was working on, the challenges I was facing and who I was spending my time with. Between the bullet pointed lines, I see the progression and achievements in my business. I recognize the leaps and bounds in my professional career and the nurturing and growth within my personal relationships. I’m not one to give myself a lot of credit and I can often let the losses over shadow the wins. However, reading pages from even a year ago I am forced to take pride and appreciate the progress I’ve made.
Within the past six months I’ve added a new practice into my noteboking. Every morning I start my workday by writing down a quote by a powerful and inspiring woman (*** with the exception a few stand out men). I chose these based on what speaks to me in that moment and on the intention I want to set for the day ahead. My favorite author, Cheryl Strayed says it best:
“I believe in the power of words to help us reset our intentions, clarify our thoughts, and create a counternarrative to the voice of doubt many of us have murmuring in our heads.”
I’ve never fancied myself as a writer and so I’ve adopted my favorite female voices to articulate my inner thoughts. I love this morning ritual not only because I now have a collection of inspiring and thought provoking quotes but because I also get to spend a little time researching, learning and honoring these impressive women.
I think that no matter what form or shape, how eloquent or short hand your journaling becomes, just do it. Take a bit of time in the morning or evening and get into a routine, even if it’s just for 2 minutes. I hope it helps everyone find a bit of joy, reflection and self-love.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” –Maya Angelou