Designed with the creative entrepreneurial spirit in mind, these planner pages will provide any writer, artist, or social media manager with the right tools to get their project ideas out of their head and into a tangible working plan. If this sounds like just the thing you needed, keep reading.
I was asked recently what I was doing to further my goals for the week, particularly concerning this blog. My immediate response was unclouded and intuitive. I said, “In this new week I will be focused on my organization …not just in project, but in mind.” Whenever you find yourself expressing such an instinctual, resolute, and perceptible idea in passing conversation – you know right away that it’s something that deserves your direct attention.
So, I went to building a template for a set of organizer/planner pages that cater to the purpose of putting one’s own chaotic thoughts pertaining to content creation, online presence building, and artistic endeavors in order. The goal of course is for creatives to be able to pluck those ideas out of their streaming consciousness, where it has built up into a swirling cloud of confusion, and place them down in front of their eyes to gain a clearer picture of how things connect and where they should be going. Essentially, this means compiling organized lists and planning schedules. But doing this in a way that feels more free flowing, less boxed in, and that drives more creativity is important to me. The best way to get started doing this is to just keep it simple.
The mind of a creative can be a very overwhelming place. We go to bed with notebooks by our bedside because ideas come to us as we’re drifting off and writing them down is often the only way we can get to sleep. We wake up planning strategies for upcoming or ongoing projects – sometimes because we were working on these things in our dreams. You other creatives know, I’m not kidding about that!
We have note apps on our phones and voice recorders for capturing thoughts throughout the day. And, as if that’s not enough, we usually have multitudes of notebooks and folders scattered throughout our homes and offices. And this is all just in reference to the ideas coming out of our thought-stream – that doesn’t include the variety of unfinished projects we may have scattered about as well; stuffed in corners, set up in back rooms, or in saved files glaring back at us from open windows on our computer screens.
There are a lot of planners out there and even more downloadable page sets, but most of them are complicated fluff containing a lot of unnecessary elements that just end up being space wasters. Many of them include pages that most of us wouldn’t use anyway. One thing I dislike about most of them is how every inch of your writing space is defined for you. I prefer having more blank spaces available, so as to better personalize how my own ideas and details are presented on paper.
There is a process to getting your mind organized and the first step is simply to get the swirling bits of information out of your head in a coherent way without distractions. The best was to accomplish this is by starting with a grouping method. In this set, each page represents a different grouping of information or ideas. You decide whether you need a start/end date or further labeling. Nobody knows better than you what your plans and projects are or in what way they connect. For this reason, I’ve included the editable files, just in case you need to make changes or add more pages.
Once you’ve laid out your ideas and plans by grouping them all into sections, which brings everything into better focus, you will be better prepared to formulate more detailed plans of action for each project on your list. Or, if that’s too much planning for you – just continue to use these pages for recording new data and referring back to them as needed. This alone will vastly increase your level of weekly and monthly productivity.
Keeping it simple, these pages are not crowded with large borders or gaudy colors because that’s not printer friendly – it uses too much ink! While not void of color, the design will still speak to a love of minimalism and elegance.
So… if you appreciate simplicity, free-flowing organization of thought, and just a touch of highlighted color, then this set may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this pack, I’m giving away 4 sample pages. These are completely free to use and serve as a small way for me to say Thank You to my readers.
If you like them and decide you want all 35 pages, then you’ll be pleased to learn they are available for instant download for only $5.00. When you purchase the full pack, you’ll also receive original .pages editable files – you can use these to alter colors, input different page titles, and create additional matching pages that are personalized for your thought-stream, goals, and projects.
If you like this set, please share it! Your support means a great deal. Thank you. And, if you’re looking for a particular kind of planner, organizer, or journal set, please let me know in the comments or via message – I would be happy to create it for you.
Also, members of my Patreon receive full downloads like this one and other creative freebies according to support tier. Please check it out and consider joining me in my creative wanderings – you will receive many exclusive benefits and get a first peek into all of my upcoming projects.
Interested in learning more about how to keep your thoughts organized and be more productive? Go check out my recent post about How to Better Organize Your Thoughts and Why It’s Important!