I’m so excited to introduce my seasonal wall planner which I’ve designed with creative souls and heart-centred business owners in mind.
The seed for this planner was planted in my mind amid all the early January noise, resolution setting and general hustle. I wanted to create something which presented quite the opposite of all that; a productivity and planning tool which was all about nurturing ideas and valuing a more gentle approach to growing a sustainable business.
When it comes to planning, I really love a good notebook, but I find that if it’s not visible to me every day, I simply forget and find myself feeling a bit lost. Intentions and goals are too easily buried in a notebook which is why having something on the wall appeals helps me to stay on track – and it appeals to my visual learning style. It means that as soon as my mind starts to wander, I can glance up at my plan of action and bring my focus back to exactly what I should be working on that week.
Of course, there are no set rules or guidelines for using my planner but if this simple and seasonal approach speaks to you too, you may find it useful to know my thought process and some examples of how I intend to use it myself.
Week by week planning
The coloured boxes are designed to help you plan for your business or life goals over a twelve week period, with colours chosen not only to line up with the season but also to catch your eye. Use can use these boxes to write the one main thing you need to do that week to get you that step closer to your goal. I find the best thing to do is to set some time aside to set your overall goal – then, break it down into smaller actions which span the full twelve weeks. This way you’ll end up with a really clear set of stepping stones. The boxes are large enough to include micro-actions or additional goals if you have more than one thing you’re working on – use the space however you prefer – the most important thing is that you’ve taken the time to plan in advance and have at least one action clearly written in each box so that when your eyes land on your planner at the beginning of the week, you know exactly what needs to be done to move you forward in the direction you want to go.
I have included a box for you to write your intentions for the season. Intentions are different from goals as they focus on how you want to be in the moment as you work towards your goals. It’s a great way to check in with yourself to make sure you are living your values through your work. It’s SO important to enjoy the journey rather than always keeping your eyes on the destination!
So, to give you an example, my goal is to sell X number of wall planners – but the intention I’ll be setting for myself is to inspire as many people as possible by sharing my own creative planning process and style. Even if I sold very few planners this first season, rather than feeling deflated I’ll have grown new relationships and made lots of valuable new connections. I also intend to wrap each planner with care and heartfelt appreciation for the person who will be using it, grateful that I could help them in a small way on their creative journey.
Why it matters
I find it helpful to check in with myself from time to time and just remind myself that I’m building my creative business for a reason which is more than financial reward. I think sometimes we can get caught up in the surface stuff and simply forget. By articulating the reason you’re doing what you’re doing and looking at it every day really help to move you forward on those days where it all feels overwhelming and pointless.
Words of support
There’s a space to write words which someone has said to you which you have found to be particularly encouraging or, perhaps you could choose words of your own which you know you would appreciate days when you might need a lift in your spirits.
Word for the season
I’ve seen so many people adopting a word for the year – if you’ve not come across this before, the idea is that you choose an anchoring word which acts as a reference point to guide your actions. I absolutely love this idea but I have to admit that I find it quite difficult to take things on for the full year so, I’m trialling a more seasonal approach. Once you’ve come up with yours, there’s space to write on the planner to keep it fresh in your mind.
The word I have chosen for summer is growth.
Simple changes tracker
Rooted in the idea of calm creativity and organic growth, the planner encourages constant movement and small steps taken every day. It’s also a tool for making simple changes, reflecting and refining our processes. The small coloured boxes on the right-hand side are there to help you make small adjustments in blocks of 30 days. This could be a specific small change in your work patterns or setting new habits for self-care. The boxes hold you accountable (with yourself!) for 30 consecutive days which will help you to set your new habit.
Thoughts and Ideas
I’ve included a column for you to record those wonderful and exciting creative ideas that float into your head as you move through the season. By recording them on your wall planner, they are captured as you think of them and giving them space to rest and settle. At the end of the season (or maybe earlier) you can decide if you want to proceed with them, file them for another time or just let them float on by.
This section is to remind yourself how you are choosing to simplify your life. Use is to jot down reminders for things such as spending time with your family, shopping ethically, pursuing artistic projects, visiting a new independent wholefood cafe, attending gatherings, noticing the moon, going on a stargazing walk or giving wild swimming a try (that’s basically my list right there!).
There will, of course, be a new planner for summer, autumn and winter to follow. In a few weeks time, I’ll begin sketching blooms and choosing a dusky and soothing colour palette for the summer one.
Are you drawn toward a calm, intentional and organic approach to your creative planning? If you’d like to get started with a fresh page for the summer, you can order your seasonal planner over in my Etsy shop.