Everyone who uses a planner is looking for planner peace. It’s elusive, but it’s attainable.
Let me be clear, this challenge itself will NOT get you to planner peace, but it will get you started down that path.
Here are the prompts.
1. What houses your planner?
2. Start with your calendar (pre-printed is fine).
3. What other sections do you need?
4. Do you use print, digital, or a combo?
5. Your whole system
If you participate, post on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the above hashtag. Check my blog daily for the prompts and a brief description.
Participants will be entered into a random drawing for two prizes:
1. 1 x scholarship to 40 Days of Creativity ($147 value)
2. 1 x Create Your Own DIY Planner ebook ($5 on Kindle)
That’s it. Happy planning!
This is it. This is the last day of 5 Days to More Creativity.
Today, I want you to put your inner critic in jail for the duration of your current project. Draw a representation of him/her/it. Write down things it usually says to you. Tear that page out of your notebook, put it in an envelope, and put it in a drawer. Tell it you will let it out of jail when your project is done and it’s time to edit/evaluate. Then it can have its say, but not before.
Next to giving yourself permission to create, this is the second most important thing you can do for your creativity.
Before you put it in jail, take a picture of your inner critic and share it with the hashtag.
This is probably one of the most important things you can do for your creativity.
Nobody, not one single other person, can give you permission to be creative. The only person with that power is you.
Here is a sample permission slip you might want to use.
I, _____________, do hereby give myself permission to be creative and to explore my creativity regardless of what form it takes.
Keep it at the front of your notebook or tape it to your bathroom mirror or your refrigerator.
Show me your permission slip. Share your picture on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the #morecreativitychallenge hashtag.
We’ve made it to the hallway point.
Day 3’s prompt is to write every day. Call it a journal, writing practice, or Morning Pages. Even call it scribbling if you want to.
Daily writing, whether you are a writer or not, keeps your creativity primed. It makes it easier for you to tap into your creativity when you need it.
When you post your pictures today, you don’t have to show a close up of what you’ve written. An overhead shot of a written page is fine.
Day 2 is about knowing what’s in your toolbox. It doesn’t have to be a physical toolbox. You do need to know what’s in it, though.
For example, as a writer and fiber artist, my toolbox has:
- Word processing software
- Crochet hooks
- Knitting needles
- Stitch markers
- Row counters
And so on.
What is in your toolbox? Show me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook using the hashtag #morecreativitychallenge.
First, I have to offer an apology. I intended to start this challenge yesterday. I kind of had a blond moment. (I am blond, so I’m only poking fun at myself.) I went through most of the day yesterday thinking it was Wednesday. So now the challenge will go from the 11th to the 15th. Everything else is the same.
Day 1: Carry a notebook with you at all times.
This is true even if you aren’t a writer. The notebook is a tickle file where you put all of your ideas, even lists and conversation snippets, so you won’t forget them.
Your assignment for today: Post a picture of the notebook you intend to use. Use the hashtag #morecreativitychallenge.
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?