The first planner in our series is The Mindful Strategist - a journal specifically designed for people who spend a lot of time thinking at work. Incorporating the principles of curiosity, reflection and noticing, this observation journal supports and encourages a daily habit of mindfulness
So why journaling? Why not a productivity planner?
"Once the domain of teenage girls and the literati, journaling has become a hallmark of the so-called self-care movement, right up there with meditation. And for good reason: Scientific studies have shown it to be essentially a panacea for modern life. There are the obvious benefits, like a boost in mindfulness, memory and communication skills. But studies have also found that writing in a journal can lead to better sleep, a stronger immune system, more self-confidence and a higher I.Q." Source : New York Times
While most of this science is focused on personal journaling, I can't help but wonder how this might apply to professional journaling?
There was a lot written 5-7 years ago about 'work diary' benefits, but in the years since, the rise and rise of social media and prevalence of mobile tech means that we are more connected and 'always on' than ever. This takes a toll on our ability to be creative, to think uniquely and deeply, to innovate and it impacts our personal growth at work. Planners that focus on productivity are just another way that we stay wired to our 'fast thinking' to-do list. How often is 'spend time noticing' on your to-do list?
This is why I created The Mindful Series. We aren’t for time-management hustlers or hyper-productivity pursuits. The Mindful Strategist is not designed as a traditional date-book or productivity planner. There are no dates, check-lists, appointment reminders or time management tools included in this journal. Instead, we designed this as a guided observation experience, with dozens of different daily mindful writing prompts that encourage you to find space in your work day (as little as 15-20 minutes per day) to be present, to ponder and to pause.