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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
We’re at the halfway point. How is it going?
Today, I’d like you to think about what other sections you need in your planner. For an example, see this post I did a while back about my planner for 2019.
Share a picture of either the list you come up with or the section dividers in your planner. Remember to use the hashtag so we can find you.
I suppose a planner doesn’t necessarily have to have a calendar, but it’s certainly helpful.
Today’s prompt is to start with your calendar. You don’t have to draw it out yourself unless you want to. Pre-printed calendars are fine. I use one from Handy Forms LLC that I ordered from Amazon.
Share a picture of your calendar with us on social media. Remember to use the hashtag so we can find you.