Paula Gardner on Show #2: Journaling, Books, Films, Notebooks and Paper Based Planning 

Journaling, Books, Films, Notebooks and Paper Based Planning with Paula Gardner, PR Consultant and Marketing Coach at Paula Gardner PR.

Listen to the Show Below and Here’s What We Recommended:


  • Insight Meditation – a meditation app (really!)
  • Zazen Meditation – another mediation app that Paula recommends
  •  – an app to enable you to manage your money via your smartphone
  • Duolingo – an app to enable you to learn a language via repetition and regular daily practise; also available via their website


  • Autofocus by Mark Forster – we mentioned this as a productivity process that Jo used in the past where you have just one paper list that you work through and update all the time


  • The Artist’s Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self by Julia Cameron that was originally meant to be about ‘unblocking’ for creatives. She suggests an exercise called ‘Morning Pages’. You get up and first thing you do is handwrite write three pages of anything. Paula says “it works on a on a psychological level, it’s like a brain dump, can get rid of all the rubbish. It works on a creative level, because I find it just gets things flowing”.
  • Before than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin
  • Getting Things Done (GTD) by David Allen – a well-known and established productivity system, often referred to as GTD
  • Therese Raquin by Emile Zola – a clinically observed, sinister tale of adultery and murder among the lower classes in nineteenth-century Parisian society
  • Pollyanna by Eleanor H Porter – classic children’s literature
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome



  • Routines – Routines are important: Paula really enjoys doing a bit of yoga and meditation in the morning
  • Notebooks – Paula says that she’s “quite old school and I like notebooks” for her to do lists. She uses a desk diary and a notebook for each client project and recommends buying them from Waterstones’ Stationery or Liberty’s
  • Mindfulness – Paula talked about how she swims to create an opportunity for mindfulness
  • We discussed how important sleep is for health and wellbeing
  • Paula said that “other people telling you how your business should be is not the way to go. You’ve got to look inside and see how you want it to be”, not do what somebody on a bookshelf says.
  • Paula talked about a concept she has heard of being able to “stop at the first arrow”, so letting things go rather than ‘replaying’ the issue over and again and feeling the pain each time.
  • Living More for Paula is all about ‘balance and actually being very content’



To Contact Paula

Tweet: “That stuck with me actually, that whole thing of ‘stop at the first arrow” @paulagardnerpr

Tweet: I’m a big fan of notebooks, I have a notebook for each individual client, a notebook for each individual project.

Tweet: I’ve recently come across an app called ‘Duolingo’, which I’m really loving. I’m doing a bit of Italian every day.


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