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.

How to Prioritize Your Creativity

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In my last post, I talked about the importance of being consistent and developing routines to help you be consistent. Something that goes along with that, I believe, is making your creativity a priority. How do you do that?

In the guest post I did for Tierra Wilson’s blog (Why Every Entrepreneur Needs to Start a Writing Practice), I suggested for people to make an appointment with themselves to do a writing practice. The thing of it is, this also helps you prioritize your creativity.

Do you have a blog post that you have to get written and posted today? Put it on your calendar. Seriously. Mark yourself as unavailable for anything else during that time, unless it’s an emergency. This is an important appointment with yourself that you have to get done.

So you don’t have a post that you need to get out there, but you haven’t created anything in quite some time. The same thing applies. Put it on your calendar/in your planner. Make an appointment with yourself. KEEP IT!

After a week or two of this, prioritizing your creativity will start to become a habit. Not only that, you will start to develop a habit of consistency that people — and you — will come to expect. That helps in many ways.

I would recommend a paper calendar/planner (and not just because I have one now) because you generally don’t have something concrete to hold and see if you use a digital calendar. Yes, you can see it on your phone or your computer. For me, though, there’s something about holding that calendar, holding a pen, and marking it off as done.

Sometimes it’s the little things that help make prioritizing something important.

Happy creating!