Lover of words, coffee, and life. An eternal optimist. Founder of Kaizen Journaling. www.dollygarland.com
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We all know that as soon as January 1st arrives, there will be a lot of people making new year’s resolutions, and for the first month at least there will be a lot of chatter about that. And then…well, most of those resolutions will be forgotten.

I don’t like resolutions. They seem gimmicky. But let’s call them goals, and I am on board. I must admit, I do like the tidiness of a new year, or a new month, or a new week to start something. So planning for a new year is always fun. But if you want a…


Ruminations of an average walker

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Day 14. Miles walked 49.48/1000

Preamble

Let’s get a little of the back story out of the way because it’s relevant. For most of my life, I was an almost couch potato. In 2016, I somehow fell in love with exercise, which then started me off on other activities, including signing up to walk London to Brighton, 100km continuously. I finished that in 2017 and to this day that remains one of my proudest achievements. But that didn’t turn me into an ultra-sporty, super disciplined person. …


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Let’s get straight into it. You are in lockdown, or in a semi-lockdown. You are spending a lot more time with yourself and in your own head. You want to journal, but don’t know what to write about or how to get started. No problem. These prompts will get you going. Just pick one at random, or use them in order. Use multiple prompts in the same session or do one a day. It doesn’t matter. Just go with it, and enjoy the process.

Journaling prompts

  1. Have you enjoyed spending time in your home during the lockdown? Why or why not? Be…


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I use journaling to face just about any problem in life. It’s my first go-to solution, and it has worked for me for years. I use journaling to focus on my personal growth, my mental health, and my professional growth to name a few areas. I also use it for my ever-changing hobbies.

Last few months have been hard for everyone. We suddenly found ourselves in a strange world. We found our global world retreating within stately borders. While we’ve all been in the same pandemic, we’ve not experienced it the same way. Some people have lost their loved ones…


And why we care about that difference

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A little while ago, I wrote an article about content design. The editor changed the title and replaced “Content Designer” with a “Writer”. Their point of view was that people don’t like these “new” terms and that people don't know what content design means.

That’s fine. And completely valid.

Except, that it was still misleading and wrong to replace it with “writing.”

Content Design is a rapidly growing profession in the UK, particularly in the public sector, and speedily spreading to the private sector. There are a few other branches of this. …


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If you are a content designer, I’m sure you’ve experienced this at some point in your career. You’ve been asked to work on a service or a product, that’s already been designed, or mostly designed. There are words on every page — but you are just hearing about it.

This is more common than it should be. A content designer’s job is to convey the information to the user in the best possible way. We can’t do that if we are not involved early enough to understand user needs.

The common problems are:

“Content design — what is that?”

This has been a genuine hurdle in a lot of teams…


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I like to achieve things. I am also guilty of measuring my worth in achievements. While I don’t discount the blessings of living a life where you have a roof over your head, never go hungry, and have people who love you — it is not enough.

If you are reading this article, it’s likely not enough for you either.

But here’s the tough truth: you can’t improve all areas of your life, with complete dedication, all at once. There is simply not enough time and energy.

When I focus on my fitness goals, my writing goals slip.

When I…


Besides just wallowing in self-pity

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I’m not good at being depressed. In fact, I’m really bad at it, because feeling depressed totally pisses me off. At my self. I’m not talking about clinical depression or any other form of depression related to serious mental health issues where you do need outside help. I’m talking about the kind of depression that most people experience from time to time.

I’ve spent most of this weekend feeling depressed. I’ve achieved nothing. I have hardly even touched my to-do list.

I know sometimes, it just happens. We feel down for no reason at all…


Fuel the fire and get those words out

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Whether you need to recover from a writer’s block, or just want to keep your creative instincts finely tuned, these five books will teach you and inspire you, and most importantly, make you want to write.

A Way of Being Free by Ben Okri

A collection of essays gathered in this volume, on creativity and story-telling blew me away. The writing is awe-inspiring, and the contents make you think about creativity and story-telling from a much deeper perspective. It makes you ponder about the relationship between creativity and humanity. …


Get inspired and start writing

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Feeling an oncoming spell of writer’s block — or do you just need a kick of encouragement? Either way, we turn to some of our favourite writers for a healthy dose of motivation and inspiration to get your pen on the page again.

Let’s start with the first quote from the man who has successfully brought fantasy into the mainstream across books and TV in today’s competitive market:

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.’—…

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