The Creator

ERINA little bit about the creator, Erin Herle:

I am a multi-tasker. Not the organized kind where I plan everything according to my priorities. But the kind who will start one thing, find something else more interesting to do instead and then go from there.

I write for Gracie Magazine. I finally finished my English degree after seven years. I train to compete. I have multiple entrepreneurial endeavors (Handmade by Erin, Pulling Guard Zine, People of Jiu-Jitsu, Erin Herle Photography).

The only way I can keep track of everything is by writing it all down.

The most important lesson I learned is that keeping a constant to-do list that is organized by my priorities is the only way I can get everything done.

You know the overlapping to-do list? You don’t get something done so it ends up on the next day’s to-do list?

Oh, you don’t keep to-do lists… I don’t blame you.

I created the Jiu-Jitsu Journal as a way to stay on track with my responsibilities but also tying in the mat time because Jiu-Jitsu is a lifestyle. As soon as you start training, it becomes a priority. You make sacrifices to get in time on the mat and you change your bad habits. In turn, you gain healthy habits, friends, self-defense, confidence and lots more. But you know all the benefits.

Treating Jiu-Jitsu as a priority is a common thread we all share. The Jiu-Jitsu Journal is designed for this reason. Write down all those work, school, family obligations and also write down your “mat goals.” Track your drilling as much as you track your water intake and errands you have to run each week.

I used my Jiu-Jitsu Journal for travel when I flew to a new city every week while managing college courses. I brought it with me to Houston, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington D.C., Montreal, Abu Dhabi and Beijing. I aced my papers because I allowed myself just enough time to procrastinate.

You get the idea.

Write it all down, put your plans on paper, prioritize your goals and keep track of your progress in life– on and off the mat.

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