I Was Lost, But Now I’m Found

Two notebooks, one purple with a pen clipped to it and one black spiral notebook under the purple one

If there is anything I want to remember, I write it down. I had started an editorial calendar in the purple notebook in this picture.

I finished working in it one day and “put it up.” Okay, let’s be real. I put it in a tote bag that I use a lot.

The tote bag got moved. I have another one I can use. (They call me the bag lady for a reason.) No big deal.

At least, no big deal until I started looking for that notebook.

“Just get another notebook. It’s not like you don’t have enough.”

“Just use your phone like everyone else does. ” (No, nobody really said either of these to me.)

But I needed that notebook because of some things I had written in it. Plus, another notebook was with it. My crochet notebook. I really needed that one too.

And I’ve tried just keeping things in my phone. It doesn’t work for me. There’s something about the contact of pen with paper that I find necessary.

This morning, I saw the original tote bag with both notebooks inside. I feel like I’ve been found.

Or at least part of my brain has been.

Question of the day: Do you write everything down on paper or put it in your phone? Why?

Are You a Planner?

Once upon a time, there was a girl who didn’t like to plan anything. If she wrote something, she flew by the seat of her pants. (Also known as a panster.) If she  made something, it was the same thing.

One day, a time came where she couldn’t remember what she was going to do. Work was stressful. There was a lot going on there and the pressure of it took its toll on her memory. So she started writing thigns down.

Writing things down led to planning.

The girl was no longer a panster. Oh, sure, she stayed flexible, but she learned the value of planning. And she tried several different planning methods until she found one that worked for her.

Then, due to the fact that there wasn’t a whole lot going on, she stopped planning. Big projects she wanted to do started to suffer and languish for want of attention. She kept getting clues that she needed to start planning again.

The clues got bigger and bigger. Finally, she realized if she kept ignoring the clue sticks, she would soon get hit with the whole clue tree.

It had happened before and signs were pointing to it happening again. Still, she hasn’t et taken time to sit down and plan.

That needs to change.

In case you haven’t figured it out, the “girl” is me. I’ve fallen off the planning wagon. Things are starting to suffer fo it. I have a big project I need to finish but I haven’t. Why? I haven’t sat down and carved out the time to do it. 

I’ve started an Etsy shop. There is a single item in that shop. Why? I haven’t taken the time to take the pictures I need and stock the shop.

What will it take to get all of this done?

Planning.

Since I know this, why do I avoid planning it?

What is something you need to do that you keep avoiding? Hold me accountable to getting my plans written out this weekend and I’ll hold you accountable for whatever it is that you need to get done.

January Wrap-Up

Is it just me or was January both the longest and the shortest month ever? I didn’t quite meet all of my goals for the month, but I did pretty good.

My theme for the month was “content.” As in, creating content. To help with this, I participated in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I ended up not completing the challenge, for a variety of reasons. However, I did get more posts up than I usually do in January. That’s a win itself.

Other things I did for January is

  • 5 Days to Increased Creativity challenge
  • 5 Days to Planner Peace challenge
  • Signed up for and started a Tunisian crochet class with Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts.
  • Finished two crocheted shawls.
  • Planned out the next JEN Enterprises Presents title (hybrid planning).

January was a challenging month, but it was ultimately a good one. I’ll have another wrap-up at the end of this month too.

And the Winner Is…

I wanted to wait until both challenges were finished before I announced any winners.

Since this was my first time running challenges, there weren’t a lot of people participating. That was to be expected. As I do more and get my name out more, I expect there will be more people participating.

Without further delay, the winner of the 5 Days to More Creativity challenge is Vidya.

I will be sending her a message via Instagram DM so I can get her prize to her.

Unfortunately I was the only one to do the 5 Days to Planner Peace challenge, so there is not a winner for that one.

Thank you to those who did participate. There will be more events and challenges in the future. Announcements will be made here and in my newsletter first.

I’ll get back to a regular blogging schedule tomorrow.

#PlannerPeaceChallenge WrapUp

Congratulations! You completed the 5 Days to Planner Peace challenge.

If you participated in the challenge by posting your pictures on social media and using the hashtag, you will be entered in a random drawing for one of the prizes.

If you got behind, don’t worry. I’m waiting until Monday to be sure all pictures are posted before I do the drawing.

In the meantime, here are the corresponding blog posts in case you missed anything.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

The links above will open in a new tab or window, depending on your settings.

The process outlined in the challenge is the process I used to develop my current planner. Admittedly, it took me longer than a week to put it together, so please realize that this is just the tip of the iceberg and could well take you longer.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment or send me an email.

#PlannerPeaceChallenge Day 5

You made it! This is day 5 of the 5 Days to Planner Peace challenge.

Like I said at the beginning, this challenge will not give you planner peace in and of itself, but hopefully it got you on the right path to it.

For today, show us a picture of your whole system. This means your planner, your favorite planning pen(s), highlighters, sticky notes, and even your stickers and washi tape (if you use them).

Share it on your favorite social media platforms and use the hashtag so we can find you.

#PlannerPeaceChallenge Day 4

With the prevalence of smart phones and tablets, I understand the appeal of only using a digital calendar. I know it doesn’t work for me. Out of sight, out of mind.

I do better when I use a combination. I put dates and notes in my phone and then write them in my planner later.

What about you? Do you use strictly paper, digital, or a combination?

Take a picture or screenshot and share it with us with the hashtag.