Never Forget Your Ideas Again

Hello everyone, and a happy Wednesday to you all ❤

This post ended up being long (sorry for that), so grab yourself a drink, set the mood 😉 and enjoy reading.

I tend to forget a lot of things, things I was sure my mind will capture but sadly it didn’t. So I learned to write everything down and capture all the things I need to do, want to remember and just ideas that float in my brain. I think we are all experienced at some point, having a great idea (the best idea) pop to our head while we’re doing something, and as soon as we are about to go write it down, the idea is long gone.

Studies show that our brain can hold in our immediate memory bank about 6-7 thoughts and adding more information will just get lost in the sea of thoughts or will get replaced by another item in your memory bank that you held onto from before.

I know it sounds weird but it’s the truth an more so if you are suffering from any memory problems like myself, but still need to function as normal. But there are a few things that can help us all, whether or not you have any memory problems, these tips will help you capture any thought or ideas you wish to capture.

Pick one place for it all

I have many notebooks for a lot of things: I have a planner, a bullet journal, a dream journal, a tarot reading journal and many more. But for capturing our immediate thoughts or ideas I suggest using only one item if it’s a notebook you can carry around with you everywhere or an app on your phone.

There are so many ways and apps today that designed to help you capture ideas like Trello, Google Drive, Evernote, Milanote, Goole Keep and many more… What you choose is up to you. I used them all because I love trying out new ways to improve my work but I always find myself going back to the same tool and for years now I am using Google Keep and I just love it ❤ I have it everywhere and it syncs with my computer, laptop and phone easily and you can add pictures, voice memos, drawings to your text, and even add another person or your team to your specific note.

Google Keep, Coffee n' Notes, Capture Notes

I also use Milanote for a more visual aspect of my goals and ideas.

Not all ideas and thoughts are made equal, but you should still capture them all

Make it a habit to capture everything that comes through your mind. Ask anyone who really knows me, they will tell you straight away that if it’s not written it doesn’t exist, hehe:D If you do it every time you have an idea and make it your habit, you will be able to focus better and with less stress.

Categorize your ideas 

I have a few categories I add my notes to (like home, recipes, husband, me, my mom, my writing projects, my blog, Instagram, things I want to buy and many more). Adding categories makes things easier to search.

Color Code

Besides categorizing, I also color-code my notes and just by color I will immediately know what the note is about, (Blue is for everything related to home and my husband, Green is my for my mom, red is for writing, yellow is for important, and purple is my blog and social media).

Needs more work or done

What I love most in google keep is the ability to pin the cards that are important to you and you can archive the cards to your “categorized file or label”and this way you can organize your ideas and thoughts in so many ways to help you get the most of your ideas and never lose an important idea.

What I do is: what’s important I pinned-up, what I need to go through is in my home feed, what I archived is all done, every category but my writing, hehe. Once a week I go through them all and see what to keep, organize, or trash.

Revisit – Go Through your notes

Writing your ideas is the perfect way to never lose them but you also should go through them from time to time and revisit those old ideas and see if they still serve you in any way or not.

This is kind of like a kanban board of To Do, Doing and Done. This is not to keep forever and for all eternity, it’s just to help you keep your ideas and your immediate thoughts but also to go through them and work them through.

But Galit, I had a great idea in the shower how do I remember it before it’s all gone?

Well, I know this all too well, hehe. Our best ideas are always coming to us while we in the shower, driving home or even in our dreams. I found the google assistant to work well for me while I’m driving. I am more and more using my google assistant, hehe to make calls, and voice record my ideas while I’m doing other things.

If I’m in the shower and I get an idea I start to elaborate on that idea… Let’s say I got an idea about a book, I see a character doing something… I start asking questions and try to write in my head the idea with as many details as I can. As soon as I get out of the shower I quickly jot down my idea with all the details I could remember, that way the spark of the idea is not gone.

Braindump before you fall asleep

I am especially using the word braindump and nor brainstorm because it’s what we need to do before we fall asleep, more so if you are having trouble falling asleep.

Take 5 to 10 minutes and just write down everything that goes through your mind. Just brain dump your thoughts, your worries, needs and wants, tasks, ideas and everything else that comes to your mind. If doing this every day doesn’t work for you, that’s okay but I still recommend to do this at least 3-4 times a week. You will be able to fall asleep faster and sleep better.

Sweet Dreams

Remembering our dreams is not an easy task, but if you do want to make your creative well even more bountiful, keeping a dream journal will help you not only fight your daily battles more easily but also help you build a creative well that fills up every single night 😀 Especially after you braindump all your worries and ideas of that day/week.

If you made until the end, thank you so much for reading, you are amazing ❤

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What is your best method to remember an idea or a thought?

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Hello…

Hey everyone, I am so happy to be back and I hope you all having a good day ❤

I missed blogging so much, that I even had a dream about blogging in last night’s dream 😉

I am slowly getting back my groove back and starting doing slow yoga, a bit of tarot and crystals (I missed my crystal so much, hehe), and the most important I got back to my writing/editing and reading.

I am doing different kinds of art or creative endeavors, and I think that’s what made the switch in my brain to finally work on my book as well 😀 I am ready for real-life now and I am ready to work hard again on the things I want and need.

So, I wanted to share this with you so you will know I have not forgotten about you all and I can’t wait to read your posts again 🙂 I missed reading them a lot.

A new post will be up tomorrow 😀 See you then ❤

How’s your week so far?

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Writer’s Log: How To Show Up For Yourself (+Happy Birthday To Me)

Hello everyone, and happy Saturday to you all ❤

I can’t believe we are at the end of this Writer’s Log series, wow… This was such a fun series to do (I hope you enjoyed it too) and this last post falls right on my birthday week 😉 is an amazing way of finishing the Writer’s Log ❤

My birthday was on Thursday 6.6 and it was a very normal day at home, we didn’t do anything special as I mostly like being at home, hehe. But turning this much was a huge change that started to ripple its effect on me. overall it was a good birthday, I’ve received a lot of birthday wishes that made me very happy and I got to rest a lot – which made this birthday just perfect, hehe 😀

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For the last (almost) 5 years of blogging I’ve learned so much on how to be more consistent with what I choose to do and just by showing up to do it. But I’ve learned so much while doing this series of the writer’s Log (almost 2 months), more than all the 5 years of blogging, lol, wow.

I’ve made this series to build up my passion for blogging again while I’m in constant chaos around me and I am so happy I was able to bring that spark of joy and passion to this little corner of ours. But even more than that, I was able to bring back the conversation again, something that I’ve missed more than I thought I did. You showed me just how much I do miss writing, blogging and sharing my boring life with you all, hehe 😀

But you showed me that the conversations that made their way in the comments were something I truly missed here and I am looking forward to our conversations 😉

Now, let’s get back to our post…

Here my 3 tips on how to show up for yourself and do what you truly want to do:

Know what you want (your goal) and do it for a short time

This helped me a lot, to just have a true idea of how I see this happen. Saying that I wanted to try this but only for a small period of time. (It was 14.4-6.6, so 54 days) So I set my goal to try to blog mostly every day for 54 days. Now I was sure I won’t be able to blog every single day due to all the other things I need to do in my life, but I did try my hardest 😀 and this brings me to the other tip…

Set a realistic goal

As I said in my previous tip, set a realistic goal for yourself and a very realistic timeline. Just by knowing what you think you are capable you automatically can predict if the goal you set for yourself will really work. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to post every single day but in my head, I was aiming for about 3-4 times a week to meet my goal.

There were weeks that I was able to meet this goal but there were weeks that I couldn’t and this happens but I wasn’t bitting myself up for it because I knew that life could do that but I still tried every day. This leads to my final and most important tip which is…

Show up for yourself and for your work

Showing up for yourself, which means if you chose to blog every day, sit down next to your computer and write some posts, or going through your pics… every day. Even if you don’t post every day, you are still showing up for your passion/work and you are doing what you need and want to do. If it’s research, writing, editing. You are there, trying to make it and trying to work on that blog posts. Just by showing up you are already ahead of the game.

This is something very new that I’ve learned by actually doing. I always knew this rule but I let life push me where it went so in most cases I never did what I wanted to do. Now this series changed my pov (point of view) on the fact of just showing up

Saying goodbye to this series feels weird but I enjoyed doing this and I’ve learned so much. I can’t wait for the next one 😉

*** Btw, before I go… I am starting a new series over on my patreon so if you go and be part and click on your choice 😉

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Writer’s Log: June Goals

Hello everyone, and a wonderful Sunday to you all ❤

Wow, I’ve just noticed that we are closing in on the end of the Writer’s Log series, only 2-3 more posts… Wow 😀

So I think you may already know but I failed in 2 goals in May, but I am so happy that I had the chance to write, declutter a lot of things, edit and meditate… Overall, it was a good month. I still hope to do better this month 🙂

Waking up at 5:15 am

LOL, I can already hear your laughter in my mind. But I still want to try… Waking up at 4 am didn’t go so well, so I hope that waking up at 5:15 will be a bit easier 🙂

Write 15K

I am slowly getting back to my writing and to my editing which feels amazing. I am more determined and much more willing to give up on everything in order to just write, edit and finish these books. So as you’ve seen in my Building a Road Map (5-Year Plan), I didn’t plan on writing at all up until June, because I wanted to focus more on decluttering and organizing but now… Now I am ready to get back and write and my goal is to write 15K.

Finish Reading

I’ve still haven’t finished reading the books in my May TBR, so I want to focus on that as well and finish reading those books.

Keep Decluttering

I want to also focus on decluttering our home, as I am far from finished, hehe but I will do it slowly as I am more focused on my writing this month. I want to finish decluttering our big white closet this month.

Blogging

After my birthday and after we will be finished the Writer’s Log series, I will know better on how much to post in June. But if you want you can comment below if you liked me posting almost every day (and work more on every day) or 3 times a week or less.

Journaling

Summer is here already with days of 38 degrees Celsius and we are yet officially entered summer. I want to pick up journaling again because this summer I don’t know why but it’s becoming much harder for me to function in this heat, and I know that as we push further to the hotter days of 45-49 degrees Celsius, I know that my illness will act up and I am afraid I will lose my memory again, so I want to make sure that I am well organized and start journaling now my every day, so if something would happen, I will already have a good reference to look at and not get to stressed.

Well, that is it for my goals for this month, there are a few hard ones and a few easy goals, but I hope I will be able to achieve most of them 😀

What is your goal for June? Did you choose something to focus on this month?  let me know in the comments below

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Writer’s Log: Building The Road Map For Your Life

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday to you all ❤

This will be a bit of longer post than my usual Writer’s Log so grab yourself a nice drink (I’ll wait) and keep reading 🙂

So I think that most of you get a sense of who I am, but I am sure that most of you don’t know my age… In June which is my birthday month, I land on a number that both excites me but also scares me to death, as the life I’m living right now may be good but it’s not the life that I want to live as I grow much older. I love my family and my husband so so much but as I said before I need these changes to happen as I enter the second phase of life.

In June I am turning old, hehe, and growing old is something that happens every second and in most birthdays until now, the number made no impact on me, but this time it hit me hard. This time, I want my future to be easier and better for my family and for myself.

I want to have a better vision of my life in 2020 or 2025, I want to know that my life is leading in the direction I want and not let life push me to where it wants. I may be old than a lot of blogger and YouTubers out there but I still want and need to see my life as it should be and not as a circumstance of life that happened to me, is that makes any sense? (I hope so).

I pulled out my eraser board and started planning. At first, I just brainstormed all the things that are on my mind… What I’m worried about, my thoughts, my wishes and my plans for our future.

After that, I wrote down the entire 2019 month after month in my bullet journal. I started with a look ahead, how will be Galit in the next year, 3 years, and 5 years… what I see that truly important to me and what I really to see happen. This process was an eye-opening moment, to say the least. It made me realize what I truly needed and wanted. These are some of the things I need to start taking more seriously and find what I need in my life not just objects that I declutter or keep, but what I need to make out of my life.

Most of us don’t like to think that far in advance, but I have to and that is why after I’ve visioned and brainstormed my plans, I started to do them immediately, and things started to shift to the right direction. For example, my journey to live my life in a lower waste living (not zero) and being more mindful of what I surround myself with. I just wrote them as a goal but soon after that, it became my reality and the start of my journey towards a somewhat minimal lifestyle.

So after tons of rambling hehe, I decided to share these steps with you in hopes that it might help you as much (or even a little) as it helps me 🙂

1. Years ahead: Write a small yearly plan for the next 5 years. Yes, lol, that sounds a bit too much but I promise you this is the game changer. Trying to think that ahead. Think of how your life will be in 2025 (Wow that’s a big number) and also to try and plan in a bit of detail each year so you will know what to really plan for every month since now.

2. Months ahead: Write down the 12 months from this month (from now till May 2020), don’t wait for the next year to start and don’t even wait for the month to end. Think of what your life could be like the next year after you worked on the things you really want and need.

3. Details: Under each month write things you want to work your butt off in order to accomplish those bigger goals you wrote under the years. Sometimes life will change things for you but you can always adjust to your new situation in life and try to achieve the things that you can with what you have and where you are right now.

4. Weeks/Days ahead: Put inside your planner or google calendar the goals you want to work on each week, this way when you do your daily planning you already know what to do and all that is left is for you to just do it.

Here is my plan for the next 5 years 🙂

My Bullet Journal, 5 Year Plan, Coffee n' Notes

I started planning this in mid-February 🙂

I wrote in the middle of the page, 2025 because this is how far I wanted to plan ahead. and also wrote the year up until 2025 and under them wrote some goals or big projects I want to finish until the end of that year. From there I planned the months of this year accordingly as I already had thoughts of how I want my year to progress. From here I opened my google calendar and started planning my weeks in advance, and if something will interrupt my planning (as it usually happens to me, hehe) I just plan with that interruption in mind.

Even though I planned to start my writing/editing in June, I’ve already started to do some editing 😀 I think that by decluttering and planning ahead helps a lot with clearing my mind which helps me feel more creative and work on my book ❤

Oh btw, I saw a video over at Kalyn Nicholson second channel Koze about planning your next 3 years and we did the same layout, how cool is that lol. Anyways check it out, I am sure you will enjoy the video and learn even more about planning ahead 😀

Where do you want to see your life in 5 years from now?

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Writer’s Log: What My Clutter Say About Me?

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a good weekend ❤

Today’s post is a reply of some sort to a video I saw about minimalism and clutter. What would my clutter say about me? OMG. The thought of it alone is too much sometimes.

As Ronald said in his video, people in our life that love us… Mostly if not totally will say kind and wonderful things about us, but clutter will never lie and clutter will tell the honest truth even if it’s the last thing I want to hear, hehe. Btw, you should really watch his videos they are so informative and fun to watch 🙂

As I go through our belongings and sort our things of what to keep, donate or throw away, I see how it slowly changes my thoughts about our ‘Stuff’ but I never gave a thought of what the clutter could say about me, but I think that in my heart I knew.

So here are a few things Clutter would say about me if he could, lol:

  • I am trying to please people and not myself.
  • I try to live someone’s else’s life.
  • I buy too many things I don’t really love or need when I’m too stressed and overwhelmed.
  • I use clutter as some sort of protection (now this was a huge wow moment for me as I wrote it down in my journal… HUGE).

After realizing these things and understanding that I don’t want these things to be said about me, even if they are the truth of some sort, I still need this to change. I now have a better understanding of how clutter represents me and how I want my life to be.

This clutter that surrounds us all in some form is just another coping mechanism to the stuff that happens to us if its stress or sadness or any negative feeling we might feel. Even by just understanding this little bit already helps to put things in a better perspective and that leads to a better understanding of what I want to accomplish by decluttering this or that room. It makes things much easier to remove the items I kept holding onto “just in case” and move forward to the life I want for myself and for my family.

Anyways, just some random thoughts I wanted to share with you in this short post.

What your clutter would say about you?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: Finally Writing

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday to you all. I hope you are having a good day ❤

If you been following these posts series of Writer’s Log so far then you know that I am working hard on decluttering our home as much as I can and try to more mindful of what I keep or throw and how much plastic I use, or even trying to figure out how to reduce our waste.

Since this Sunday I’ve decluttered over 2000 things from papers I organized to items we held onto for far too long and books. For my husband this process is a hard one, he really doesn’t like to throw out things (just in case he will need something, someday). I truly know how he feels because I was the same just a few months back, so happy that I am o longer in that place 😀

From time to time, our home is in complete chaos with all the decluttering that is going on, but I still feel lighter than before. I gave so many clothing items away, books and blankets that we already starting to having more space for the things that were left in our home. Finally, I can breathe, but I know that there’s much more to do. When we finally have every item in its own “home” he’s the right place then I will know that I get closer to what I want.

On the low waste department, I am doing better but not as much as I want. We got Brita the water filter to help reduce the plastic water bottle we buy each week, and today is just our true first day of using it.

Today I even wrote for a bit, and just jotted down ideas of some problematic scenes and it felt amazing. It’s been a while since I sat down and wrote or edited and I missed it a lot. It feels like a muscle just after a workout after a while that you didn’t work out, hehe. It was hard getting into it but after a few minutes, I was started to get into it and felt better after editing a few lines. With all the holidays, doctors and decluttering our home, I barely go sit and write or edit so having the opportunity to do that felt just right 🙂

Btw, almost finished reading Again but Better and so far I have mixed emotion about this book but I will let you know in this weekend in my review.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: Holidays Are Over

Hey everyone, happy weekend to you all ❤

I am so happy that the holidays are finally over. Yesterday was the last major holiday here and we can finally get back to some sort of normal life. I can’t believe it’s over (YAY!).

I was so busy with family, doctor appointments and friends during these holidays that I need a break, just be… So this first weekend feels even sweeter. All I want to do this weekend is rest and not move, hehe 😀

This week is a busy week but I am still so happy that the holidays are over and I can fall back into some sort of a routine and start pushing my writing/editing to the highest priority this month.

Btw, has any of you seen Lucifer (season 4) yet? It’s the best season ever, so happy they made this season, it’s amazing. I will not spoil you the show, but I will say again…

IT’S AMAZING

Also, started reading Again but Better by Christine Riccio the amazing youtuber, and so far it’s going great and I love her writing style ❤

Blurb:

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.

Well, that is all for this short post, just a quick update 😉

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Writer’s Log: Universe

Hello everyone, hope you are having a good day ❤

As you probably know already I’ve started my journey towards Low Waste and Minimalism, this journey will take a long time and from to time I’m confronted with the opportunity to buy more cute things and just let things be as they are (as some people tell me I should do), but just at that moment when I am debating on what to do the universe sends me a line, a picture or a “sign” that I am actually on the right road for me. It may not be for others but for me this where I need to go.

I used to be minimalist before I met my husband, my apartment was almost empty but always very clean and my room itself was small with just the bare necessities and always in good order and clean and I still have amazing dreams of that small room and even about the small closet I had with just a few clothing items in it.

I remember it so fondly because I was very productive, creative in that small room. There were some bliss moments like that in the old apartment (that my husband and I lived in) and I still remember the small piece of land I took in the smallest room, with only a table and a simple chair and every night I lit a candle and started writing.

Just yesterday, I’ve seen a YouTuber that I like to watch that has nothing to do with minimalism or low waste and I was struggling with some items (to keep or not to keep…), she started talking about the overwhelming of things and how she wants to start and change that, and I know it sounds cheesy but I literally started to tear up and I looked at that item and it was clear as daylight that I need to give it away, as it no longer serves a purpose in my life.

I love these little pockets of time that just hit you out of nowhere and send a message just for you. If you believe in these things or not, it really doesn’t matter… What matters is only the fact that the universe sometimes truly has your back and slowly steers you in the right direction 😉

That is all for today,

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Writer’s Log: May Goals

Happy Friday to you all and I hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend ❤

I can’t believe that we are already in May, this year flew by so fast. I have a few goals this month that is a continuation of April 😉

So let’s start…

Wake up at 4 am every day but Saturday.

So far it is not going well, lol, but I still want to keep trying. After all, it takes at least 21 days to form a habit so I will keep trying.

Write 5K.

I want to just start writing again. I am slowly finding my “groove” again and I want to start writing again, so my goal is to minimum write 5K.

Edit 2 chapters.

I really want to try and keep editing and revising my book. I would be happy even with 2 chapters edited. I want to keep my writing/editing goals small so I won’t get overwhelmed and I would be able to stay motivated… Hopefully 😉

Read 3 books.

I am in a huge reading slump. I read a book in every few months, so I want to get back to reading and ease myself to reading more. I still haven’t picked up the books I want to read but I hope to do that tomorrow so I will let you know tomorrow 😉

Blog (mostly) every day.

Okay, I think I did really good with the goal on April with a few days I’ve missed posts, but in May I want to try and really do better 😀 So far I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to share all my insights on June as I finish this challenge.

Declutter the house.

Did a great job on April with decluttering my house but I need to work much harder on declutter our closets and bookshelves in May.

Meditate 4 times a week (at least).

I was doing well with meditating almost every day in April but by the end of the month, I neglected this and I want to get back to meditating and that is why I thought it will be a great idea to add this as a goal for May.

Well, that is it for my goals for the month of May, there are a few hard ones and a few small goals, hehe but I hope I will be able to achieve most of them 😀

What is your goal for May? Did you choose something to focus on this month?  let me know in the comments below

 

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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