Monday , June 27 2022

Welcome to Ikigai Notes—Deal with Your Life Tasks, Find Your Ikigai in Life

Hi there? My name is Denver Mishima, I’m the creator of Ikigai Notes (as featured in Kickstart). Wherever you are in the world I hope you are healthy and doing good. I know, the world is in such a precarious situation right now. What with the virus, climate change, and ever-increasing natural disasters around the world, one couldn’t help but think do we really have what it takes to take on all these seemingly impossible tasks.

The simple answer is, yes, we do. You and I have what it takes to tackle any problem. However, if you think about it that way —as if just by working hard today everything is going to be suddenly ok tomorrow— that’s not going to work and you’ll just be disappointed. The world and life, in general, don’t work that way.

Of course not all is bad. There are many things good and worth being grateful for in this world. But to get what you really want in life, you’ll have to take things one step at a time. As I’m writing this sentence now, one character at a time, I know that there are so many things to do. But I do understand that I can’t do everything all at once. So I just hope I can change the world even with one character in each moment in time. There is just no other way.

Fortunately, we don’t have to do it all by ourselves. It’s OK to ask for help from others. It’s also OK to use a tool to help you go through your tasks in life.

And that’s the main reason why I created Ikigai Notes. Simply put, Ikigai Notes is a life tasks planner and a journal.

At first, I intended to use Ikigai Notes as a life guide for myself, and maybe for my team at work (I lead and manage around 20 people at work). But as the work with the planner progressed, I began to think this could actually help other people out there who need some kind of life guide. I never expected it but Ikigai Notes became a nifty life tool —a kind of Swiss Army knife for dealing with life challenges. There are many things you can do with her, some of those things are: 

  • Clarify and prioritize your most important daily life tasks
  • Journal your progress every day
  • Track events and organize work schedule
  • Create and execute your vacation plans
  • Build and keep better habits
  • Clarify your vision and goals in life
  • Objectively evaluate your life situation

A Life Muse You Can Depend On

Besides being a nifty tool, Ikigai Notes can also be your life buddy or a guardian muse you can refer to anytime. It will provide you with life advice as you progress throughout the year. You could tell her what’s on your mind. You can refer to her table of contents to search for the topic you’re interested in and she will provide short but pertinent advice on the topic.

As I build this website (one step at a time) I will provide extensions to the topic advice found in the Ikigai Notes books. Here on this site, I will not only elaborate on the advice given on the books, but I will also interact and deepen relationships with Ikigai Notes users.

The thought of people out there using my Ikigai Notes Life Planner fills me with so much hope and excitement in life, I couldn’t wait for everything to be in place. But, as I said above I will have to take it one character at a time. I wish you will support me as I go through this difficult path in life and hope we will meet somewhere in the middle.

A Parting Note

As a parting quote for this first post, let me use these lines from Tolkien as it always fills my heart with lightness even with so difficult task ahead:

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with weary feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

The Road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
Let others follow it who can!
Let them a journey new begin,
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening-rest and sleep to meet.

J.R.R Tolkien

 

 

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