How often do you change direction? Jeep has a commercial  based on the idea that we have to recalculate our lives.  We have to break society’s expectations and pursue our own.

cover by Deranged Doctor Design
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That commercial looks great, doesn’t it? Here’s the thing, though. What will you recalculate when you consider what is important in your life? What will direct your resolve to transform?

The 2 * 0 * 4 Lifestyle planner will NOT direct your transformation.

No one should. That transformation is up to you.

But 2 * 0 * 4 can help you clarify your goals and remind you daily to focus on them. Every six weeks, you can renew your focus or recalculate your direction.

Here’s the Jeep commercial:

And here’s the planner:

Guess which one is less expensive?

Open the planner and find ~

* The Raison d’Etre: explaining the purpose of the lifestyle and providing assistance with necessary diet changes–feast and fast, eating real food and avoiding bad fats and sugars.

* The Yearly Pre-Set, a goal-setting exercise for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Body.  Accomplishments to Achieve creates lists in each area for you to consider throughout the year.

* Seasonal Pre-Set then Re-Sets, reviewing previous victories and challenges, specific goal setting, anticipated challenges, and obligations to come.

* The weekly spread, undated, with a panel for reflecting over the week, daily gratitude and meditation, upcoming goals, an inspirational quotation, and a place to note your weekly weigh-in.

* At the six-week mark is a new retrospection and prospectus, considering challenges and new ideas about your goals.  After the first two six-week marks, you will encounter progress meters for these goals.

* Calendars of important dates from 2019 to 2023.

* Notes and Looking Ahead pages, Gifts and Wish List, and My Lists:  films, restaurants, books, tech, places, hikes, music, and vacation spots.

What other planner combines heart and soul, mind and body?  Make the decision to live a whole life with 2 * 0 * 4.

In our last blog, on 13 Sparks for Creativity, I talked about the right brain needing time for free-flow thought.  To give that right brain the time that it needs, you need to keep your left brain engaged in other tasks.

The whole purpose is to let your finished project have some “sleep” so you return to it refreshed, creativity ready to be sparked

Remember, there’s a difference between a finished project and a completed one.  We can’t complete a project unless it has had its winter sleep.

Continue reading “Think / Pro: Working Right and Left Brains”

Here’s a first look at the Teatime version of the 2 * 0 * 4 Lifestyle planner.

21 days to break a habit.

66 days to make a habit.

I’ve always envied the English their afternoon tea.

cover by Deranged Doctor Design
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It’s not the tea and the biscuits (cookies in American) and savory little sandwiches with the crusts cut off.

No, it’s the “institution” of a quiet break before we must re-gird ourselves for the remains of the day.

The Spanish have their siesta, another wise institution, especially in hotter climates.

But afternoon tea draws me in.

Some might liken this afternoon break to stopping at the local bar before heading home.  I don’t think so.  Stopping at the local is only grabbing something before heading off to consider the day done and over.

Teatime is not really the end of the day.  We still have a couple of hours of work still to do.  Tea–or coffee if that’s your preference–keeps us perfectly sober, in our selves and the world but stepped back a little.  Our bodies have time to relax; our minds have time to de-stress; our hearts, time to consider those around us, and our souls, time for quiet contemplation.

What more can we want?  A method to keep us on track.  To check our progress.  To remember all the parts of ourselves with the rapid pace of the world is clawing us into tattery shreds.

66 days to make a habit of quiet contemplation, to keep us de-stressed, to help us be considerate, and to relax before we tackle the last push of the day.

2 * 0 * 4 is designed for these 66 days.

Divided into 6-week and seasonal increments for re-setting your goals and activities.  An undated weekly layout so you can start anytime.  If life interferes, you can pick back up where you left off.

And a beautiful cover celebrating teatime, to remind you that a daily spark will save you from the mud of life.

Get your gratitude on.

13 Ways to Spark Creativity

Tilt your head sideways ~ 1.

This means to think unconventionally.  Look for unusual connections.

Play a game to find different ways to match up things that aren’t normally match-able.  Ink becomes tattoos become hieroglyphs becomes spiderwebs.

Another form of this is to transform the use of a common object.  For example, turn a brick into a bird feeder or a pencil holder or a kitchen trivet for a hot pot.

Mind Maps and Free-writing ~ 2.

Both processes follow where the brain leads.  Do both with pen/cil and paper, not on computer.  Using the hand awakens the brain.  Drs. Carrie and Arron Barron discuss this in their book The Creativity Cure.

Continue reading “Think / Pro: Creativity”