Episode #211 with Catherine Lavery of SELF Journal

Episode 211


In Episode #211 Ari welcomes Catherine Lavery, co-creator of the SELF journal - a mindfulness and planning journal with tens of thousands of backers - to the podcast. Listen as Ari and Catherine talk about goal-setting that works, managing to-do lists and how to achieve the things you want to.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 17:15 – Welcoming Catherine to the show
  • 17:30 – The Self Journal - a 13-week goal planner
  • 18:20 – A means of breaking down a goal into steps and tracking performance
  • 19:00 – Focus on one thing at a time
  • 19:40 – Catherine’s own goal-setting
  • 20:20 – Taking a huge goal and breaking it down into daily tasks
  • 21:50 – How do you choose the right goal for that framework?
  • 22:30 – Find an emotional connection to your goal - how will it affect your life?
  • 23:30 – The journal: write your goal every day and set targets
  • 24:00 – Writing wins at the end of a day
  • 24:40 – At the end of the week, reflecting on the goal and progress
  • 25:20 – Catherine’s journal page for today
  • 27:30 – The importance of checking in, morning and evening
  • 28:36 – What’s next? An app?
  • 29:00 – Developing products to complement the journal
  • 29:50– Top 3 Tips to be More Effective:
    • Ask yourself how each ‘to-do’ relates to getting where you want to be
    • Know what’s draining for you and what’s energising
    • Look at what you’ve achieved
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Key Points:

  • Work on one goal at a time, and constantly check in with how you’re getting there
  • Understand why you want to achieve your goal. What difference will it make in your life? If you don’t have an emotional connection it’s easy to give up.
  • Look at what you’ve achieved as well as what’s left to do.
  • Goals become achievable when you break them into daily tasks.


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