Medium Top Authors Interviews: 10 Questions with Jana Bergant

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Do you have a morning routine?

My morning routine is my anchor. It grounds me. Sometimes I fly high and think I’m a superwoman. At other times I feel like I’m all alone, forgotten with no hope. But my morning routine has my back. First, I exercise; then, I journal. I write down everything that comes to mind. Sometimes it’s dull, occasionally full of emotions. Sometimes a revelation comes, and sometimes I keep rambling about the same problem, the same relationship.

What is the number one habit/routine you attribute the most to your success (online and/or offline)?

This is a simple question; it’s not giving up. And I measure my success only by comparing it to myself, not the big fish.

What is the number one productivity item you can’t live without?

I use Trello, Grammarly, Pomodoro technique and Visual Studio Code.

Can you tell us about your use of journaling and goal tracking?

I’ve been journaling most of my life. On and off. I love to see moments when my journals change a theme. That means I’m over some problems. I try not to beat myself down when I don’t achieve my goals. I prefer to set higher goals and achieve half of them. But I like to set them. If I have my goal written down, it’s like a map, a direction for me to pursue. I don’t feel lost. I also like to plan my weekends. Having a good plan for hiking or visiting some beautiful places in nature gives me something to look forward to.

The One Book you recommend for self improvement and/or productivity?

I would recommend The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It’s the book I’m reading right now, and it resonates with me on a deeper level. It also has some practical exercises and suggestions to try out.

What advice do you have for people who struggle to actually start working on the projects they have?

I would ask you two questions. They come from a great book, Tools of Titans from Tim Ferriss (another great author about productivity). He asks all the right questions.

How important is time off for you, and what do you do when you take time off?

I’m over 40, a single mom with a 5-year-old and autoimmune disease. I need time off. Without it, I would burn out, get sick, and get depressed. I was there, and I don’t want to go back.

Investing in yourself is key to success. What is one of the most recent ways you’ve invested in yourself?

I enrolled in two online programs from Marie Forleo. It cost me a fortune, but they were good. They also showed me how to do online courses better. I take all sorts of online courses, and I read tons of books.

On marketing. Some people say the classic newsletter/email list model is dying when it comes to generating more online business. What is your opinion on this?

People are used to being on social media and to using chat applications. I would say the future is to engage with people there.

If you could have a coffee and talk about anything with a personality (dead or alive) you admire, who would it be and why?

I want to meet Brooke Castillo. Somehow I started listening to her podcasts. She works a lot with the mindset. I would love to be in her mastermind group and meet with them regularly.

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