Today I’m posting a review of the ‘Inspire Now’ journal that lots of people have been asking about! And I’ve also filmed a quick video to tell you more about it if you would like to see it ‘in the flesh’!
The ‘Inspire Now’ journal is a productivity journal designed to help you focus on your long-term and short-term goals, and to translate those into daily and weekly actions so that you actually achieve them! It acts as a fantastic alternative to a bullet journal if you struggle to find the time to create your own spreads, and is really well thought out and put together.
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Goal Setting and Weekly and Daily Routines
The Inspire Now journal has plenty of useful content at the beginning of the journal to give you good advice on how to set your long-term and short-term goals effectively. I think that the information there is very succinct, but it is quite valuable information and actually will really help you out when it comes to setting your goals. It’s like a summary of all the information you might find in an entire book on productivity and goal setting!
The pages for recording your long-term and short-term goals are divided into specific categories, designed to cover all the most significant areas of life. These are: career and finance; health and wellness; personal development and learning; family and social; physical environment; and spiritual.
There are also helpful pre-filled examples which you can refer to for some inspiration if you’re struggling to think of something for each category!
There’s also space in the journal for setting out your morning and evening routines, and those spaces are right next to where you set your goals, which is a great idea because it helps you to focus on what you need to achieve from your morning and evening routines, and why exactly you’re doing those things.
So for example, if one of your long-term goals is to run a marathon, maybe you short-term goal will be to run a half marathon, and you could translate that into your morning routine by getting up half an hour earlier and going for a run.
After your goal setting and morning and evening routines, the Inspire Now journal has space for setting out each month in a calendar format. Everything in here is undated, so it doesn’t matter if you miss out a month or want to start in March or whatever, and it’s great to have that flexibility.
It’s also got a birthday list page which is always handy, and then at the back of the journal there’s even more space for things like a savings chart, debt management pages, project lists, a list of books to read and movies to see, a fitness plan, travel checklists and itineraries, space for your contacts and space for notes. Basically it has all the spreads that you’d usually find in a standard bullet journal!
On the inside of the back cover of the Inspire Now journal there’s a little pocket where you can keep any little bits of paper you might want to keep hold of. Just like the rest of the book, it’s nice and sturdy and good quality, so you can be confident it won’t start to tear off as you fill it up.
Weekly and Daily Planning
The main part of the journal is made up of your weekly goals, your daily plans, and then your weekly reflections.
So first of all you’d set your weekly goals, maybe on a Sunday evening. The spaces for those goals are divided into the same categories as the long/short-term goals, the idea being that you refer back to your bigger goals and keep your weekly goals relevant to them – so you keep moving closer to them every week!
Then you have some space to fill out a Habit tracker, so that takes care of the more mundane things you might want to achieve each day, like if you want to keep track of your water intake, your fruit and veg consumption, or how many times you work out (here are some great ideas for habit trackers if you’re struggling!). At the end of the weekly page there’s a space for you to think of what your reward will be for achieving your goals at the end of the week!
Then you turn over to the daily pages – we have an undated page for every day, and each day asks you to specify one task that you must complete before all others, followed by your top three tasks, followed by your other actions and tasks for the day.
Having it set out that way keeps you really focused, so rather than have a massive to-do list that just feels out of control and overwhelming, you can really hone in on what’s important and what’s really going to make a difference – so you’re being much more productive overall.
As you can see in the photo, the daily pages also give you space for general notes and reminders, and a space to list the things that you’re feeling most grateful for, as well and your health and well-being actions.
At the end of each week the Inspire Now journal has a page entitled ‘Past Week Reflection’, where you look at your achievements from the week, what helped you to achieve them, what might have held you back, and how you’re going to use those lessons for the following week.
Overall, I’d say that the Inspire Now journal is an amazing tool to help keep you focused on your goals (and to set the goals in the first place), and to increase your productivity overall.
I prefer to use my Inspire Now journal over a bullet journal at the moment because I want to spend my time focusing on how to achieve my goals not on creating actual daily and weekly spreads – but of course that could also be a downside for you if you really enjoy the creative aspect of keeping a bullet journal.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little review of the Inspire Now journal and that it’s been of some help if you’re trying to decide whether or not to purchase one. The journal is priced at $24.97 on Amazon (or click this link if you’re in the UK) – if you do get one I would really love to know what you think!
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