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3 simple tips to reset

When nothing is going how you believe it should and you are frustrated, the solution is simple. Reboot. Writer Anne Lamott shared this at her TED talk back in 2017 and it went viral at the time for good reason. She said, “almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. That includes you.”

Did you do it?

Ok, so you’ve reset, but things still aren’t going well and you’re frustrated. You may be searching for that perfect planner, special software, or magic formula to make things right. There are reasons why it’s difficult to simply start, that’s ok.

Here’s another quote to help you get started. Arthur Ashe said it best: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

Here are three very simple tips to help you reset the planning part of your life.

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Tip One – Draw a line

If you keep a daily log, simply draw a line across the page and begin again. Super simple. Everything after that line is new and fresh. It’s a bit like a childhood line drawn in the sand. All the old is behind that line. There are new possibilities on this side.

Tip Two – Turn to a fresh page

Turn to a fresh page in your notebook. If you’re using the back of a page, turn completely to a new one. This allows you to visually shut off the before.

Tip Three – Hard reset

Start a new notebook. Set the current book aside. Start fresh. In time, you may find that you want to return to that book, either to review or to restart. Whatever you choose that’s ok.


Yes, that’s it!

When I’ve spent far too long beating myself up for not finishing a task properly or promptly, or find myself frustrated for other reasons, I take a few moments for myself (sometimes more) and then jump back in following this reset.

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This post was published in 2019 and has been updated for 2023.