Day 2738 – How To Have Mental Clarity And Achieve Your Goals

Oh friends, it has been quite a week. We traveled thousands of miles by plane. I worked almost double what I normally work (in four days). I ran countless errands and generally just ran around. Thankfully, this is not my normal life. All of these things are very rare and most of the time, my life is pretty chill.

Yesterday, I finally got to catch up on things and it got me thinking about mental clarity. I realized while talking to Bret why I have somewhat decent mental clarity – I write things down and then they’re out of my head. The way I write them down varies depending on the task or thought, but I have a plan for pretty much everything I think about.

My #1 reason for having mental clarity is Asana. The ability to make lists, add due dates, add images, spreadsheets, etc AND that it’s free with no size limit, makes my little organized brain SO excited. I have three Asana accounts, one for each of my clients and one for myself. In my personal Asana, I have hundreds of reminders and tasks saved. I have a project for writing where I can put down random ideas for future books. I have a project for our finances that reminds me to pay bills and check different things. I have reminders to renew library books. I typically have 30-50 books out at a time, so it helps to have a system to make sure I don’t get late fees! I have business ideas. I have freelancing job sources. I have a travel bucket list of places we want to see. Have I told you how much I love Asana?

Another thing I do is have a printed, weekly to-do list. I tried to step away from physical print out a time or two, but it just works for me, so I’m keeping it. I did rejigger it to make more sense to my brain. Instead of just random tasks at the bottom and room to add more, I’ve broken it down to have the top projects I’m working on – my devotional including a few marketing tasks I want to do, my road trip book, our Journey With The G’s project, a list of “heads up things” and a spot to add tasks to Asana.

What about you? What ways do you achieve mental clarity?



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About 365 days of marriage

I started this blog in April of 2011. At the time, Bret and I were wedding photographers and it was a way to share how marriage is more about the day to day and so much more than the wedding day itself. For about 5 years, I blogged about the joys and sorrows of the Christian walk, marriage, work, family and friends. I’ve blogged every day since a few weeks after I started. In May of 2015, we photographed our last wedding. Now, I have become passionate about simplicity, particularly in marriage, Christianity, business, travel and life. For a number of reasons, we have become minimalists. I’ve found that having simplicity makes life so much deeper, refreshing and joyful. I hope that this blog will help others see the benefits of living simply.

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