Boho Berry Challenge – August is Productivity Month!

Well hello there, Sunshine! I’m thrilled to be unveiling this month’s theme for the Boho Berry Challenge… productivity!

This month, in addition to the information provided on the #BohoBerryChallenge page, I wanted to take some time to explain my thought process behind this month’s theme.

I’m also going to give you a bit more guidance when it comes to the prompts themselves.

>> PSST… For the full instructions on how to participate in the challenge, be sure to head over here.


Productivity is a topic that is near and dear to my heart, so I’m excited to share this journey with you this month! That being said, productivity and I haven’t always been on the same page so-to-speak.

If getting things done is the angel on my right shoulder, then procrastination is definitely that little red devil on the left. Procrastination is by far the biggest hurdle that I’ve had to overcome when it comes to accomplishing my goals — and I’m willing to bet that it’s one of YOUR biggest hurdles too!

I spent a long time putting together the #BohoBerryChallenge prompts for this month, and a lot of thought went into what topics that I chose to explore.

The challenge prompts this month (as always) are completely open to interpretation, but I’m hoping that a little bit of extra guidance might help you to get more out of the challenge this month.

Are you ready to boost your productivity this month? August's Boho Berry Challenge is tackling 31 different prompts to help boost your productivity. Come join in the fun!

AUGUST PRODUCTIVITY PROMPTS – EXPANDED

  1. INTRODUCTIONS – Every month we begin with an “introductions” prompt. This is your chance to introduce yourself to the community and get to know others who are participating in the challenge.
  2. MY PRODUCTIVE TIME – When are you most productive? How do you structure this time to get the most out of your day?
  3. MY SYSTEM – What is your system for staying productive? What tools, apps, etc. do you use to maintain your focus?
  4. MORNING ROUTINE – How do you start your day? What routines do you have in place to make the most of your morning?
  5. EVENING ROUTINE – Do you have a nightly routine to help you process your day? How do you prepare for the following day?
  6. THIS MONTH – What are some big projects that you would like to accomplish this month?
  7. THIS WEEK – What are you doing this week to work towards completion on those projects? Is anything throwing you a curveball?
  8. TODAY – What are you working on today? Is it driving you towards your desired outcome?
  9. TIME MANAGEMENT – How do you segment and manage your time each day?
  10. ACCOUNTABILITY – Do you have anyone or anything to hold you accountable? If not, today would be a great day to leverage the community and find an accountability buddy :)
  11. PROCRASTINATION – How do you manage the urge to procrastinate? How could you improve in this area?
  12. FINDING BALANCE – Productivity is great, but finding a balance between getting things done and having some down time can be equally important. How do you find that balance in your life?
  13. BIG GOALS – What are some of your big, long-term goals?
  14. SMALL GOALS – What are some of your smaller goals? Are there any that you’ve been putting off that you could start to work towards?
  15. ACTION STEPS – What action steps can you take TODAY that would bring you closer to accomplishing one or more goals?
  16. ANALOG TOOLS – What analog tools do you use to help with your productivity? Pens, paper, planners, journals, etc.
  17. DIGITAL TOOLS – What digital productivity tools do you use? This could include apps, digital calendars, and more!
  18. BRAINSTORMING – While traditionally a group activity, brainstorming can be a great way to get all of that clutter out of our minds and onto paper. Try brainstorming a project or goal that you’ve been putting off today.
  19. TRACKING PROGRESS – How do you track your progress towards your goals or big projects?
  20. FOCUS – Let’s face it: distractions are everywhere. How do you keep your cool and maintain focus while you’re getting things done?
  21. THE 80/20 RULE – Also known as the Pareto Principle, the 80/20 rule states that 80% of your results come from 20% of the actions that you take. What are you spending that precious 20% of time on that is creating big results?
  22. NEW TECHNIQUES – What are some new productivity tips that are on your radar that you haven’t tried yet?
  23. TAKING BREAKS – How do you feel about taking breaks from getting things done? Do you schedule these breaks into your day or just take them as you can or as you need them?
  24. CHALLENGING TASKS – We all have those tasks that are challenging or time-consuming. How do you handle them? Do you tackle them head on and get them out of the way first?
  25. QUALITY VS. SPEED – There’s a good argument to be made on both sides here. Which do you value more? Quality or speed?
  26. MY THOUGHTS ON MULTI-TASKING – What are your thoughts on multitasking? Do you believe in it?
  27. KEEPING IT FUN – What are some ways that you inject a bit of fun into your work or productive time?
  28. DEALING WITH INTERRUPTIONS – We get interrupted in so many ways on a daily basis. How do you manage or eliminate interruptions while you’re in the zone?
  29. LESS IS MORE – Do you ever find yourself doing more than you know you should on any given project? What are some ways that you could practice “less is more” in order to move on to the next task?
  30. MY FAVORITE PRODUCTIVITY BOOKS – What are some of your favorite books on productivity? Are there any key takeaways from each one?
  31. LESSONS LEARNED – What lessons have you learned during this month of focus and productivity?

It’s my sincerest hope that my breakdown of each one of these prompts will help you to get more out of the challenge this month. Remember, one of the best parts of this challenge is engaging with the community and learning from one another.

Would you like me to expand on the #BohoBerryChallenge prompts each and every month? If so, let me know in the comments below!

PS – You can find the full challenge graphic, printable, and instructions for how to participate right here.

Kara Benz
Kara Benz is the artist and author behind Boho Berry, where she inspires her readers to lead a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life. Kara also runs a successful sticker shop on Etsy – Boho Berry Paperie.

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  • Samantha Lunt

    Hi Kara,
    Thanks for these, I think they’re really helpful. Personally I think it would be great to have this extra detail every month :)

  • Hope

    I really like the extra detail, and definitely needed it in June! I remember I wanted to do June so bad but did not think I had the time and I definitely did not have the knowledge of prompt interpretation, so my June 30th page says “What does this mean? :( HELP!” using coral, aqua green, and navy blue. July’s prompts ended up being something I want to do, and August appears to be the same!

    I have a couple of ideas for fellow Bullet Journalists as well:
    1. If you like to handwrite your prompts ahead of time but also like writing it down that day, incorporate them in your calendar layout (depending on the type of layout) or make a separate page/spread for it.

    2. If you get behind although you don’t like to, try putting them in your daily or weekly spreads.

  • Phelan K.C.

    My entire schedule is messed since a few days ago; the prompts evening routine and morning routine might be the ones I need to reevaluate my priorities and how I want to start and end my day. I’ll make sure to copy these prompts when setting up my journal for August and enter! :-)

  • Aponi

    i really like the extra snippet of information to go along with the prompt. pleaseee do this next month!!

  • Lisa Kelly Yablonski

    Love the extra snippet of information. Sometimes I get really stumped as to what to write. I don’t always share on Instagram but rest assured that I am doing the challenges and love that you help with these!!

  • Yes! Kara, thank you for expanding a bit on these prompts, and giving us a little more insight into what prompted the prompts. I also just watched the first video in your “One Month in my Bullet Journal” series, and found that really helpful, too. It’s making me want to try Bullet Journaling again, so I’m excited for more additions in that series as well. :D

  • Luisa Morgan

    Thanks a lot for the monthly challenges. Love this one!

  • Karen Balch

    Yes, please, keep explaining the prompting behind the prompts. It is very helpful for getting the best from the prompts. Other challenges are ok with many various interpretations but I feel this one is more than just practicing a disappearing skill.

  • Emma Probst

    I loved doing the July challenge (didn’t manage to finish June) but wasn’t sure about August as I don’t really know much about productivity theories and don’t have any books (number 30). Today I decided that actually maybe I will do it as this way I can learn about things like the 80/20 rule etc. The extra notes are going to be helpful and if you want to mention the prompt each day in your daily August videos then I won’t be complaining :-)

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  • Jocelyn Orieux

    Awe man, I am the queen of procrastination! This is going to be a tough challenge for me this month. But, I am looking forward to reading others answers. Maybe I will find the key to stop procrastination in its tracks. Thanks Kara for all of your hard work!

  • YES – the breakdown is SO very helpful. I’ve tried the challenges before and felt so lost I gave up. This is of huge value. :-)

  • notamirror

    I found the additional guidance really helpful. Do you think you could include it in a printable next time? That would allow us to stick it in our journal and write more easily on the go.

  • Laura B

    Kara, I love your blog comment policy! :)
    Thank you for creating this challenge–and yes, keep the added prompt desc. They truly help. I’m working on losing the fear of posting my responses…completed all in June and July but didn’t post. These really help me improve areas of personal production! THANK YOU for EVERYTHING you’ve done to be such a positive inspiration to us out here!!!

  • Beatrice Luiza Mosor

    I can’t tell you how much the expended prompts helped me. Please do this next month too ! Awesome theme for this month btw.