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Big goals are exciting. At the start of each year I love setting a few big, audacious goals to aim for over the following 12 months.

But big goals have downsides, too. They can set us up for failure if we set goals that are too big to achieve, or if we don’t break them down and work towards them systematically.

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Sonia Thompson, founder of TRY Business School, says big goals and high standards are a recipe for…


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My second (and last) Hobonichi order arrived this week, so I’m finally all set for 2017. I’ve changed my mind a few times in the past couple of months about what setup I want for my 2017 planners, and no doubt I’ll change my mind throughout the next year, as well. But for now, I’m set on what I’ll start the year with, at least.

Warning: image-heavy post!

Roterfaden A5: journalling


It’s been nearly a year since I wrote about how I use Todoist to manage my tasks and projects. This post has been one of my most popular this year, so I wanted to do a follow up to explain how I’ve changed my process recently.

I’ve bounced around to other task managers briefly, including Wunderlist, TickTick, and Remember The Milk, but always end up coming back to Todoist. …


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I received a new toy to play with a couple of days ago, called a Jibun Techo. It’s a planner from Japan that’s competing with Hobonichi, but it seems much more rare to see these in the wild, so I’ve had lots of questions about it.

I’ve filmed quite a long video walkthrough as well, which you can watch below:

Warning: very image-heavy post ahead!


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I’ve been making a few small changes lately to my daily habits and how I set up my day. While each of these is a small change, altogether they’ve improved how productive I am, and reduced my stress levels.

Google calendar emails

I use Google calendar for all my time-based appointments. To make sure I never forget something I have scheduled, I turned on a handy Google calendar feature that sends me an email every morning with my schedule. You can find this in the notification settings for each of your Google calendars:


I create sketchnotes as part of my research process when working on articles for my freelance clients. See all my posts about sketchnotes here.

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Finished article: Prioritise your work using the Eisenhower matrix

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P.S. Check out my course and book, Productive Habits, to learn about working smarter, not harder.

Originally published at blog.bellebethcooper.com.


I create sketchnotes as part of my research process when working on articles for my freelance clients. See all my posts about sketchnotes here.

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I wasn’t too much into blogs when they were a big deal, initially. I’m quite late to the party, I guess, but I really like the idea of everyone having their own blog, and using posts to reply to other posts, and using RSS to keep up with all your favourite bloggers. I’m fairly disillusioned with social networks, so perhaps it’s how different and old-school personal blogs feel that makes me like them better.

I use RSS fairly heavily, and I really enjoy discovering new personal blogs that cover topics I’m interested in. …


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I’ve had a couple of people ask on Instagram how I’m using my different Midori Traveler’s Notebooks, and I promised I would write a post to explain my current setup.

I’ve been putting this post off because I wasn’t quite set in my usage until now. I wanted to try using my passport TN as a wallet, and I wasn’t sure if I would still keep notebooks in it or not. I’ve since tried the wallet setup, but found it was too big and too thick to use comfortably, since I carry my wallet in my back pocket, and was coming from a smaller, very slim wallet. …


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Since I’m currently taking on new freelancing clients, I’ve been talking to various people about how I work. I have a fairly standard spiel that explains my rates, my process for working with clients, and how I handle payments. Explaining this so often made me realise it might be useful to write up a blog post that explains all this, both for the benefit of prospective clients, and for other freelancers who might find it useful.

I won’t publish my actual rate here, as it’s subject to change and there’s every possibility I won’t remember to update it in this post. I will say, though, that I work with a flat fee per article. This rate covers my time to research the article, work on outline, draft the entire piece, and edit it before sending to the client. My rate also includes one round of editing, so once the client receives my final draft they can send it back with feedback and I’ll create a revised version. This is important when working with many clients, rather than as an employee, because my clients will always know their audience and their content goals better than I do. …

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Belle Beth Cooper

Co-founder, @HelloCodeCo. iOS developer and writer. http://bellebethcooper.com

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