Mar 31

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Thinking INSIDE the box

I must admit that I haven’t been quite as focused on doing my posts here for the last several weeks because I’ve been working so intensively on this online course I’m taking.  The good news about that is that I’m developing SO much new material to share with you in the coming weeks and months (check out the note below to learn about my FIRST big presentation with all the exciting new material!)

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you one of those silly little things that would be so easy to overlook as a miracle.

I keep a stack of paper at my desk that’s been printed on one side.  I use the blank side for making notes. For years I’ve been doing the same thing – after using a piece of paper for a couple days, I’ll look at it and realize that I have no idea what half the notes mean because I’ve taken notes about seven different projects with no indication of what belongs with what.  In addition, I’ll have turned the paper in half a dozen different directions to write in any available space.  Your eyes could cross trying to make sense of the madness.

Occasionally I’ve tried to keep a more organized sheet of notes, but it always devolves into the same mess pretty quickly.

Until last week!

mistakesLast week I was trying to print out some business cards on my laser printer and I was having a hard time getting everything lined up correctly.  So I made one sheet that had just the grid borders for the business cards without any text in them – trying to figure out where I was going wrong with my formatting.

I finally got the business cards straightened out and forgot about the whole thing.  Until a couple days later when I pulled out that sheet with the grid on it and started taking notes in each of the boxes.

Voila!!!  Instant organization!!!  I can get as crazy as I want taking notes, as long as I keep each box dedicated to a single subject.

I’ve now printed out a bunch of pages of grid paper so I can start making that my go-to note taking paper.

Miracle = a mistake that answers a problem you didn’t even know you were trying to solve!
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If you’re interested in trying it, you can download my grid by clicking here.

Today’s miracle – Sometimes thinking INSIDE the box does my brain good.  🙂

Before you go: If you’re local (northern NH/VT), I’ll be giving a keynote presentation at the Center for Collaborative Energies’ Spring Health Conference.  I’ll be presenting all this delicious new material that I’ve been working on FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!  For more information and to register, go to http://collaborativeenergies.com/

About the author

Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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  1. Lisa LaPlante

    Brilliant! Truly and Inspired as well!!! I may have to consider the LARGE SQUARE MAILING LABEL sized grids, since my handwriting is often like drafting, sketching and drawing, but a cool idea for sure!!! =)

    1. Leah Carey

      Heehee – whatever works, Lisa!!! 🙂

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