Are you ready for 2019? I am! I have my plans in place (though flexible) and ready to go. This blog is part of that.
I took a break for the last weekend of the year, but now I’m back in business.
In the last few posts, I talked about various challenges. This blog is no different. I am participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I’ve been pretty good at posting daily, but this challenge will help me up my game with that.
Tomorrow I’ll talk about my goals for the year.
Before I go, answer this for me: What are you looking forward to the most in 2019?
A few days ago, I shared a video from Sarra Cannon of HeartBreathings where she talked about different ways to fill a notebook. At the end of that video, she mentioned a challenge she is doing for herself and anyone who wants to participate.
What’s the challenge? To fill one notebook a month in 2019.
Why am I doing this?
I have a lot of little, pretty notebooks. I start them and don’t finish them. Or I don’t write in them at all because I don’t want to mess them up.
And then I bought more. The picture is a few of them. The first one says, “living my best life.” The second says, “Anything is possible with confidence and cute shoes.” The last one pictured says, “Just put on your favorite lipstick & deal with it.”
I think I’m going to start with the best life one. As for what I’m going to put in it, I need to get back into daily writing practice, so that’s what I’m going to do.
I thought about this one for a while. I wasn’t going to post about it, but I’ve had several people asking about my planner, so here it is.
I’m using a Bullet Journal/traditional planner hybrid as my main planner. I’m also using Fresh Start 2019 by Amber McCue to help me get things set up the way I want them to be and 5 Second Journal developed by Mel Robbins and her team as a supplement to my planner. (I talked about the journal in a separate post a couple days ago.)
For my actual planner, I’m using a Carpe Diem A5 6-ring binder (in one of my signature colors – purple) with a printed calendar insert. Before that, though, there are several other sections with dot grid paper.
Section 4: Idea log/brain dump/notes to self Section
Section 5: Calendar Section. This is where the pre-printed calendar with a week on two pages lives.
Section 6: Info for contacts (email, phone, address, industry, etc.)
I also have a thin notebook in one of the pockets that’s for my content calendar. I’ve already started filling that in.
Note: I don’t put my to-do items in my planner unless/until I have a specific date or week for it to be done. These dates are either external (appointments) or internal (self-assigned deadlines). I use my NNL (Now, Next, Later) lists in Trello to hold all those.
One thing I think is important to remember is your planner is for you. No one else has to see it. It doesn’t have to be pretty/perfect as long as it works for you.
So this is what I’m using for 2019. I’ve actually already started using it and it seems to be working well. It’s easy to adjust if not. If you want more information on setting up your own DIY planner, check out my book, Create Your Own DIY Planner, or email me about a consultation.
You need a gift and you need it fast. But you don’t know what to buy for your brother/sister/friend/cousin who is creative/artsy/a writer.
Settle down. We’ve got you covered. Here are five ideas you can pick up just about anywhere.
This is a staple necessity in any creative’s toolbox. There can never be too many notebooks. If all else fails, a plain one will do. If possible, though, get a pretty one. You can find them inexpensively at places like Walmart and Dollar General (or other department/dollar stores).
A package of pens.
This is another necessity. Your favorite pen runs out of ink just at that crucial moment when lightening strikes and you KNOW beyond the shadow of a doubt what your next masterpiece/opus will be, but you needed to make a note to yourself.
These are fun and not exactly a necessity, though they can certainly be helpful.
Depending on what the person you’re buying for does, this might be another staple item. It’s almost as handy as a notebook for just about everyone, but probably handier for visual artists and designers.
A gift card. Everyone likes a gift card to their favorite store. Your creative friend is no different. If you know them, you know which store sings their name in a siren call that’s difficult to resist.
Counting today, there are five days before Christmas. Maybe you can find a gift idea from this list.
It seems strange to think that there are only two weeks left in this year. I actually had to check the calendar after I typed that. Yes. Two weeks.
The other day, I was thinking that it was early to be planning for next year. When I look at the calendar and realize that, though? It’s not too early at all. In fact, I kind of feel some pressure being applied.
But… I’m good.
I don’t have everything in place that I want for 2019, but who does? Not only am I not that organized, I don’t want to be that rigid.
My planner setup for the year is in a purple Carpe Diem A5 6-ring binder. I’m doing a hybrid method using a traditional calendar (week on two pages layout) and Bullet Journal methods. I’ve been giving it a trial run for the past couple months and it’s working out great.
I already have my goals lined up. I will be tracking them per quarter so I’ll better know where I stand with what I’m wanting to do. I won’t share them here just yet. I will let you know some of them as they come along because it involves new books, courses, and reviving my podcast.
It’s more than keeping on keeping on. It’s growing and improving and loving what I do so that I will have more things to share with you, too.
Have you started planning for 2019 yet? What kinds of content do you want to see here (or hear on the podcast) that would help you reach your goals?