(This isn’t sponsored, but I was gifted a copy of Hero’s Journal for donating to Nanowrimo.)
I received a Hero’s Journal during Camp Nanowrimo. And I was pretty stoked about it. You know me, I love a good notebook. Especially (gasp) a goal-setting notebook that is specific to my writing.
This journal has been all over the internet. People, let me tell you, love this thing. And now that I’ve played with it a few weeks, I can see why.
But I still ended up giving it away. So I thought I’d talk a little bit today about what I liked about the Hero’s Journal, and why it’s not for everyone.
When the journal arrived, it came with fanfare. I opened the container to find it was packed in a delightful box covered in art that reminded me of the Bone comics. I was charmed right off the bat.
Inside, I found the start of a journey, with a whole mythical motif. I started with writing out my goals, and actionable steps to reach them.
The next thing I found was the daily pages. And this is where I think the magic happens. There’s room for hourly planning, goals for the day. A good amount of room for notes.
My favorite part, however, was the space to consider your allies and enemies for the day. An ally is something that’s going to help you through the day. An enemy is going to stand in the way of your goals. So if I were going to fill out this section for a day, it might look like this.
1. A good night’s sleep last night.
2. Good coffee in my brand new fall travel mug.
3. Monday vibes. (This post was written on Monday)
1. Overtime hours at my day job.
2. I have a ton of editing and posting to do tonight.
3. I want to read Hollow City and not be productive at all.
Taking some time to consider what might get in my way, along with what I can lean on to help me, has kind of been a game-changer. If I know what is likely to sneak up and bite me, I can prepare for it.
After 30 days, there’s a little review process. And you all know I swear by monthly reviews. No organization method is going to be half so productive if you’re not taking time to see where you are, and what’s working.
I love the artwork that flows through the whole book. I love how it makes goal setting feel like a journey. It’s an adventure.
If you’re struggling to find a way to keep your life in order, get the Hero’s Journal. It’s a little extra fun and it will probably help you reach your goals. It’s got just enough structure and just enough free space.
Now let me tell you why I’m not going to be using The Hero’s Journal. It comes down to one thing.
It doesn’t do anything to me that bullet journaling doesn’t already do, or that I can’t incorporate into my bullet journal. But there are a lot of things that my bullet journal does that the Hero’s Journal cannot.
This isn’t to say that just because I don’t use it, no one with a bullet journal will find it useful. I just have already incorporated my writing journey into the rest of my life. They cannot be separated. I wake up, walk the dog, brush my teeth, sit down to free write, get dressed. I make my to-do list for the day, and it includes dishes, word counts, laundry, and blog posts. I am a writer, and after seven years I cannot tell you where the writer begins and the woman ends.
I consider this ideal, but it’s not for everyone.
Honestly, I’d suggest giving the Hero’s Journal a try. Especially if you find goal setting rather boring. It’s a clever concept executed well.