Real life is… a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible; but the world of pure reason knows no compromise, no practical limitations, no barrier to the creative activity.”
~ Bertrand Russell
Hi かわいい + creative family!
I’m VERY excited that my 2018 has taken off with creativity!
Now let’s talk about a major creative entrepreneur key …
Keeping up with an already heavy (and growing) workload can be difficult.
But the answer to that is organization!
EVERY creative entrepreneur needs it … especially us artists (of almost any medium), cuz whoa chile can WE (yes, me too!) procrastinate >.<
So here’s my top 5 essential organization tools for creatives + a bit about how I use them ^.^
💗 📚 5 Organization Tools ✨
We creatives keep a LOT of ideas in our head.
Unfortunately, while it is a common practice, it’s also a barrier that hurts and hinders most of us from getting the bag 💰💸
However, the truth is that …
to successfully move ideas into real life, every creative MUST find a compromise between the ideal (our visions/ creative ideas) and the possible (our IRL limitations) ~
A good organization system helps you see where that compromise can happen.
This is a process that takes time, just like anything else new.
🤔 💭It’s taken me about 1 year (+ a few good friends) to stay the course and get through the muck of organizing so that I can see my business flourish. 💬
BUT with these 5 key tools and practice I guarantee that any creative can get and STAY organized – both daily and organically.
Really. What else would you doodle with?!
Seriously, we walk around all the time with all the ideas stuffed in our head (said that earlier ✔︎) …
But you have to make room for new ideas. Otherwise your brain gets crowded, you become forgetful, and there goes THE idea that would get you the bag 💰💸
I know we think we’re doing something to make a text note or tell Siri to remind us. But there are serious benefits to be tangible.
Here are some other benefits of (actually) writing your ideas, goals, and visions ~
(💆🏽♀️makes you breathe, whoosah, and say ohm)
✔︎triggers your brain to pay CLOSE attention
(just a shot in the dark that you’ll probably want your brain to know your ideas? 🤷🏽♀️)
✔︎coordinates the left + right sides of the brain
(🙋🏾♀️ much-needed for artist/ owners like me)
✔︎boosts cognitive skills and memory
(yup! making room is real people!)
(🤦🏾♀️ you’ll probably have more ideas 😅)
You read what writing triggers … CREATIVITY !!!!!
Which, I’m sure it’s a very strong possibility that you’ll be flooded with more ideas while writing.
It’s also likely that you’ll get more ideas while working, coming & going, grocery shopping, talking to friends, out drinking … you get the point.
So keep an idea book and just let the ideas roll!
Eventually, find some tine to come back to them.
I usually revisit my idea book EVERY time I have a “new” idea … because it’s probably crossed my mind before. But maybe in less detail.
It’s easy to take all the ideas that you have and create goals and/ or intentions.
But things can also get forgotten or overlooked when you haven’t put the specs to those goals – making them more specific, time-oriented and measurable.
So you’ll need a vision map. It’s a vision board + mind mapping, made fun!
A huge advantage to vision mapping is visualization. Because that is where your ideas start to become tangible … you can almost reach out and touch them!
And that’s where we all want to be in order to brand (anything) with intention ~
I guided my 2017 with a vision map. And I’m happy to share that I met all my goals with a couple of months left to spare. ^.^
You can see my process, facilitated by success coach/ customer-friend, Mike Powell here
I strongly recommend every creative do at least one for the year, at the least. Make it big + bold. And hang it somewhere visible so that you can see your road map, daily.
This is where you can dump all of those dates for your goals …
the ones from your vision map!
That’s gonna be helpful since your vision map will be hanging in a stationary place.
If you put your goal dates in a calendar with your daily rituals & routines, you’ll be able to better see what’s ideal vs. what’s possible.
(O hi balance + compromise! 👋🏾👋🏾👋🏾)
Another strong suggestion about keeping a calendar is to WRITE it DOWN!
Why?! … memory. 🙌🏾 Nuff said 🙌🏾
A tip to writing your calendar is to color code things.
Pens + highlighters are magical ✨ and help train your eye to guide you quickly through your many tasks in one day ~
And if you are a content creator of any kind, an editorial calendar works wonders!
My editorial calendar includes blog/ vlog posts, meet-ups, + merch drops for Little INKPLAY Shop
But I have to move things around so much (ah ~ life!)
So I translated my editorial calendar to cute post-its that I can move around on top of my daily calendar. It’s like art imitating life 🤣
Last but not least, a journal to keep track of your brain and its inner workings is the best thing ever!
Journaling is meditative and introspective. A great self-care tool for creatives ^.^
It’s also a practical way to show and measure your goals’ success.
And visualize your ideas + intentions.
If organizing overwhelms you or you need a helping hand to get through the muck, join my group mentoring program, created with love for creatives just like us!