Christmas has been on my mind for some time now and this along with Halloween, which celebrates the end of the harvest season, have led me to thinking about 2018 and ways that will help me stay creative.
Being so busy with the family means that to remain creative, I need to be super organised, or at least that is always my intention – it can be difficult.
For me being creative involves having a little time and the head space to focus on a particular job and as many of you will understand, these things are hard to achieve when you have young children.
There have, of course, been several other distractions over the last few weeks; car accidents, family holidays and physiotherapy appointments to name but a few. Keeping track of everything has been like having a full time job in itself. So, for 2018, I have resolved to take a new approach to the way I remain organised and creative – I’m going to use a diary.
Not rocket science, I know, but using and yes keeping a diary is something I have never really done properly. Calendars that hang on the kitchen wall are a great way to make sure the family and myself don’t miss parties, appointments and the like, but I want something a little more personal.
I want something that I can use to be creative and not just to list of things that need to be done, Although I’m sure there will be plenty of to do lists written in there along the way as I love using my daily planner – I want a creative diary.
So, here is what I intend to do. First, resist the temptation to input all the important family dates and reminders like birthdays. Instead, fill the diary with reminders about events that may inspire me, like International Women’s Day on the 1 March for example.
Next, I am going to make a concerted effort to keep my diary close to hand at all times, this way when I have a creative idea, I can make a note of it or draw a little picture to remind myself – the idea is that I will build a diary that is not simply blocks of notes written with a biro, but something rich with spider diagrams, sketches, notes and pictures.
Cutting out pictures from magazines, newspapers and printing things out I find on the internet and photo’s I have taken myself, will play a huge part in making my diary interesting to look at. Pictures relating to fashion, health, nature, places to visit and things to do will all be included, oh and food.
For this I think that I am going to need a page a day diary, probably A5, although I’m not certain about the size yet. What I do know, is that it has to be big enough to fit everything in that I want to put in, but at the same time not to be too bulky and therefore portable.
My hope is that much of the content in the diary will translate into ideas that I can write about. So, here’s to 2018, getting inspired and being creative – all I need to do now is actually go about buying one.
How are you hoping to stay organised and creative in 2018?