Late last year, I hosted a challenge to help people get out of a creative rut. It seemed to go okay.
Late December, I asked which kind of challenge you would prefer: one to increase your creativity or one to have a better planner. The results were evenly split.
So we’ll do both.
First up is “5 Days to More Creativity.” It starts on January 10, so this is pretty short notice. It will run through the 14th. I will post an image with prompts soon.
Second, “5 Days to a Better Planner” will run from January 21-25. It will be the kick-off event for the launch of a new JEN Enterprises Presents title on how to develop a hybrid planner tailored to your needs.
It’s a busy month. Are you ready to get to work?
I see so many people talk about what apps they use for productivity. So much so that I almost dismissed this idea as a post. But… Here we are.
These are the three apps I use to help keep me on track and productive. Of course, the disclaimer is “when I use them.”
Trello Trello has apps for your desktop and smart phone. You can create lists and have cards for tasks under each list. You can add notes and deadlines to each card. I’ve tried to use Trello before, but now that I’ve figured out how to make it work for me, I love it.
Pomodoro Timer I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of the Pomodoro Technique or not. The idea is you work in 25-minute increments with a 5-minute break. After four of these increments, you can take a longer break. I use this to get started on tasks I really don’t want to do. Once I get in the flow of the work, I ignore the timer and just keep going.
Canva I wish Canva had a desktop option, but it is either web-based or an app for your smart phone. If you need to create infographics, flyers, or social media images (just to name a few) and can’t afford a pricey software, Canva can help you. There are some premium options that you have to pay to use, but it’s very functional even for free
There are several more apps I use for productivity purposes, but these are the three I use most often.
What are your favorite productivity apps?
I know you can set goals and meet them at any time of the year, but there’s something about the beginning of the year that just seems appropriate. Maybe because it’s an external frame of measurement. Regardless, I do goals instead of resolutions and it works for me.
To provide a frame of reference for my goals, I choose a word for the year. Last year, my word was “Prosperity.” This year, I have two words. The main word is “Intentional” and a supplemental word of “Consistent.”
That said, my goals for the year are:
- Launch courses: 40 Days to Creativity and Journal Your Way to Creativity.
- Release 12 JEN Enterprises Presents titles (one per month).
- Publish RealmWalker: New Beginnings with The Wild Rose Press.
- Podcast every other week.
- 1 YouTube video a week.
- 2 public speaking gigs.
- 4 coaching clients.
Every year, I hesitate to make my goals public because “what if I don’t do them?” But the fact that they are public provides some external motivation to get them done.
That’s where I am for goals this year. They are listed in my planner with steps and plans to achieve them.
What about you? Do you make goals or resolutions?
Why do I say “New-ish?”
It’s still writing. It’s something I’ve thought about doing. But I’m finally doing it.
What is “it?”
I have been collecting ideas for short ebooks that I want to do. Then I started looking at the files on my hard drive and it hit me.
I have a good variety of articles that I have written but were either never published or published to a small audience. Why couldn’t I make those into ebooks to get this started?
So I am!
They are under “JEN Enterprises Presents.” So far, there is Why You Need a Writing Practice, BOP Your Way Through Writer’s Block, and 3 Keys to the Kingdom. They are all 99-cents. They are only on Kindle, though I will soon have PDFs available for sale on this site. I want to have at least five available before I do that, though.
In the meantime, if there is a writing/creativity subject you would like to see covered, leave a comment or send me a message using the comment form here.
I know I am well overdue for a blog post. I’ll get to that this week. For now, I have a quick announcement.
I have opened an Etsy shop. It’s Made by JEN Enterprises. I have:
- books (including the 2018 Project Planner for Creatives and Create Your Own DIY Planner, all digital downloads)
- planner pages (all digital downloads)
I will be adding more soon. I will include:
- more necklaces
- more books (digital downloads)
- knit/crocheted items
- photos (digital and print)
- cards (print)
- crochet patterns (digital downloads)
Here’s the link to go check it out.