February’s theme is creativity, and in that spirit, we’re jumping head-first into this month’s challenge!
January flew by and here we are in February for a new theme: Creativity!
What does being creative mean, especially in terms of productivity and planning? I’d say few people would naturally associate the two concepts with each other. Creativity usually makes us think of art: making something, often visual, or maybe in writing or music or dance. Productivity and planning makes you think of work: tasks to get done, projects to complete, people and places and things to keep track of. The right side of the brain and the left side.
For me, though, creativity is the base of my productivity practice, far from a tool to decorate a journal and more an essential way of mind when I plan and work. I can’t be productive without being creative, and vice versa — and that’s the concept I’m focusing on this month.
Congratulations: We made it through the first month of 2020!
This first month of the year, I wanted to focus on being present. I knew that would be hard for me because I love to plan ahead and I love to reflect, so I set myself (and us!) a challenge to meditate to help me get in the zone.
Read on for a reflection on meditation, suggestions you shared for being more present, and how this all relates to planning!
I’m joining the ranks of some of my favorite fellow planners on Instagram: I’ve got a ton of planners I’m using this year… and contrary to being stressed, I’m actually really excited about it!
If you’re curious about why I’ve got five (!) planners this year, read on!
Every two months, I’ll create a bookmark with some tiny calendars and space for you to write notes, important dates, or a favorite quote!
Pro tip: Cut out and customize this bookmark as you like! I purposefully left the grey tab on the top of the bookmark blank so you can write “Today”, “This Week”, or any other text that works for you!
It’s time for my second ever printable, and I’m so excited it’s a tiny calendar future log!
I’ve got two options for you. First, if you’d like a (really) tiny log, or one that you can cut out and paste on your pages as you like, I’ve made a spread on one 8.5 x 11″ page. Or, you can print out each half of the year on a full page for a total of two pages, if you’d like them a little bigger.
January’s theme is to be present, and in this friendly challenge I wanted to share with you my most favorite way to teach myself how to stay in the moment.
Happy 2020! I can’t believe it’s the start of a new decade. In the past, that’s struck me with some amount of horror at the pressure to make the most of the year, but this year, I just feel excited at the prospect of turning a new page and continuing to do my best each day – creating, doing good in the world, and trying to be kind to myself.
That’s the very spirit behind this little Unfolding the Year project! For this very first month, the theme I chose is simple: being present.
Unfolding the Year: 2020 is a special series of thematic content and downloads I’m creating each month here on my blog and on my Instagram, where we’ll inspire each other to be reflective and creative as we get things done this year.
I’m so excited to share my very first printable: a cursive practice and reference sheet!