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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Worksheet Wednesday and Self-directed study

The other day, Theresa Robinson of Right Brain Planner posted a supplement to her 2017 Planning Kit for the people in her facebook group*. I've been subscribing to her pages for a couple of years now, and I love them. She's been talking about Self Directed Study for ages in the group and on her blog, and I liked the idea, but I think I didn't quite get what it meant until she made the pages--and then it was like a light went off in my head.

Inside those pages, she has some great printables, but since my printer is still broken, I decided to make a suppliment to her supplement for myself, and it worked so well, I decided to type up what I've been using and offer it to you guys. 

There are no straight lines.**

It's simple, able to be used alone, but meant to be used as another page with her pages.

The first page is the main thing: I've designed these boxes to sort of catch the stuff floating around in my head so I can see it, and so I know what's going on with me now when I'm in the future looking over my notes. The second page is just a lined notes page, and the third is a blank notes page. 

Each day this week, I've been writing up the boxes; not all of them get filled every day, but it helps me to know that there's a place for those items when I need to put them somewhere, and it helps harness both what's already in my head and where I want to go with it. It also, and this is the greatest revelation to me, uses all the study skills I learned in school for something that's for me--I don't often get to study things when I'm between schools***, not really in a study sort of way, but this uses those skills and I love it.

I think that page would work as well for school as it does for self-directed personal enrichment.

And then I pick up the book I'm reading--right now, Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd****--and I read through it, copying out quotes and names and phrases and vocab words until I've filled one page. I could do more, but since this isn't actually school, I don't want to make it a chore or take up too much of my time for it. I've been getting through 2-5 pages a day this way, and that's enough to pick up a point to mull on as I go through the rest of the day and all the stuff I need to do in it.

If you want this worksheet for yourself, for free, sign up for my mailinglist under the pic here to get access to my brand-new and kind of empty but growing Freebie Library! I'll try to update it once a week or a few times a month, depending on my schedule and my health*****, and as long as you're signed up, you'll get access!

How do you corral your brain for teaching yourself things and enriching your own personal experience? Share in the comments, or come tweet with me @pirategirljack and we'll get everyone's ideas in one place!

*It's a closed group, for the people who subscribe to her monthly planning pages, but it's SO WORTH IT. Not much monthly cost, lots of support, and awesome printable pages that are half planner and half guided journal.
**A straight up 12 Monkeys quote that has become sort of a mantra for me, so thank you for your weird wisdom, Terry Matalas and co.
***This is literally how I think of it. School is where I feel most like myself, and I fully expect to keep going back every few years my whole life.
^Point of fact, there's a Gaelic Studies course in CBU and a Linguistics-Anthropology course in Simon Frasier University, both in opposite sides of Canada, that I want to go to and am trying to figure out how.
****I bought this book like a year ago and it's been sitting on my shelf all purple and not very big, waiting for me to get that spiritual itch for the Divine Feminine back, and I guess it's back!

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