Social entrepreneur, yogi and strategist, Nicole Cardoza, shares her perspective on teaching children the power of being present, approaching her social good ventures as a practice, breaking down the stigmas that surround mental health, and applying her knowledge of tech to the development of Yoga Foster, a national nonprofit that empowers educators with yoga for the classroom, and Mental Health League, an impact organization on a mission to get the world to rally around mental health.
Thinker, creator, and maker Matthew Knight shares his learnings from years as a hybrid strategist-creative and how he has given birth to scores of ideas that foster curiosity, community and creativity. Whether you're considering venturing out on your own, have a side hustle you'd like to breathe life into, or simply want to get the best work from your team, this conversation is rich with insight and practical advice.
In our first episode of the podcast, strategist and entrepreneur, Geetika Agrawal shares the story of how seeking mindfulness at work led her to take a remote year and to start her business, Vacation With An Artist. She shares her learnings and advice for staying curious, traveling mindfully and the power of adventures in the day-to-day.
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.
As I write, we are so close to being ready to open the doors and take pre-orders for The Mindful Strategist. After so many month of preparation, it feels a little surreal.
Our Mindful Design
The story behind our brand and our cover design is mindful (of course!).
The underscore in our brandmark rests quietly beside our brand name as a reminder to take pause. We exist to support your mindful practice, encourage you to take a beat, to intentionally create space in the day and then mindfully use the space you’ve created.
You’ll also notice we use a single dot (or circle), in various sizes, throughout our branding. To us, this is another way to signify creating space - finding the time to think, create or make - and also the act of recording what happens as you do this.
The tale of two covers
On Nov 1, we are launching with a limited time opportunity: the first few hundred orders will have the ability to choose between two covers. Why? Because at this early stage in our development, we’re curious to know which of these two covers will resonate with you the most. Whichever cover flies off the shelves the fastest, that will help us to decide which cover design will become the basis for future volumes and the rest of The Mindful Series.
The first design is yellow with a white circle, and comes in a matte laminate finish.
The matte finish means you might be able to write a personal mantra or quote inside the white circle on the front. We simply love the feel and texture of the matte cover. Our designer friends would vote for this one. But we are also curious to see how the matte cover wears with daily use, as it may be more easily marked or scuffed.
The second design is white with a yellow circle, and comes in a gloss finish.
The back of this cover option is full yellow, and the gloss finish means this cover will be a little harder to mark or scuff. We love the clean simplicity of this cover design and we think it captures the eye and serves as a visual reminder to find space in the day.
Which do you prefer? Tell us with your order of the first edition of The Mindful Strategist!
We’ll keep you updated with the direction we take.