Sometimes you have to change the environment in which you work. Sometimes it is because you want to. Sometimes it is because you have to.

Today was one of those have to's. I had to change my work environment because we are experiencing an ice storm in Knoxville, TN. It's meant that I have had to work in close proximity with my hubs. And the Maternal Unit. And the dog. And the bird. Yup, all of us are hanging out together. I am working on a TV tray and trying not to be distracted. It's been difficult. But I'm surviving, for the most part. It's been a little challenging sharing the bathroom all day since I'm used to working in my private office with my own bathroom. But the change has been good.

My creativity is flowing and I've been working on some website updates as well as a super fun blog post about my top five reasons you should be on Twitter that will be posted tomorrow. How does changing your environment affect your creativity and workflow? Let me know in the comments, I would love to know! This topic will probably spark a longer post in the near future.

Oftentimes, changing your environment can help spark your creativity. Other times it just means you have to wait in line to use the bathroom. Or tolerate hub's mountain biking videos all day. But you're creative. You'll adjust.

Check back next Monday for another post and don't forget multi-tasking is a myth!

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Do you ever feel like you've become stagnant? Like you've lost your mojo, your umph, your creative spark? I know I sure have. Sometimes it's just a little creativity blockage and if I whip out my pens and coloring book, it opens up the creative flow in a few minutes. But sometimes, I'd feel like my creative flow had run completely dry and nothing could fix it. But I did eventually figure out how to fix it. And it was easy!

What was this magical fix, you ask? Getting outside my comfort zone. Oh, it sounds simple, doesn't it? Just hop right out of that comfort zone and your creativity starts flowing like Niagra Falls, right? Not so fast! Here's how it might work for you too. The next time you have a blockage in your creative flow or you can't find just the right words for that blog post you were so excited about writing five minutes ago, try doing something you have never done before. And before you start thinking I am suggesting you give skydiving or swimming the English Channel a shot, think about a small thing that is outside of your comfort zone. Maybe try that yoga pose you've been thinking you couldn't do. Or work on that photography technique you read about the other day. Perhaps you could just try writing with your pen in the opposite hand.

Changing things up disrupts your brain. The disruption sort of jumpstarts it and gets things flowing again. So the next time you feel like you're losing your mojo, get outside your comfort zone and see what awesome things happen! If you want to keep your creative spark sparking, get outside of your comfort zone every day. Not only will you be continuously disrupting your brain, but perhaps you'll learn something new or discover a cool new technique or develop a fresh style.



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How do you keep track of your tasks, to-dos and crap that just got to get done?

I love my new Day Designer planner for a lot of reasons, and one of them is the fabulous section for daily tasks. I have found that making of the things that have to get done each day, and most importantly noting the top three, keeps me on track of my tasks. Here is a visual for you...
This is an example of how I use the task/todo list in my planner. Because it is so long, I have plenty of room to write down everything and even have a separate section for follow up/calls/emails/etc. We'll talk about time blocking next week, but in the meantime, think about how your task tracking is working for you now, and how you might improve it. Leave me a comment with your method!

For a limited time I am offering FREE 30-minute strategy calls to work through your number one burning issue and give you an action plan to give your creative business an instant spark! This is a great opportunity for us to chat and see if we'd be a fabulous fit to work together. Schedule your strategy call today! I can't wait to ignite your spark!

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So, how is it? Is your productivity level where you want it? If it isn't, maybe it is time to focus on one task at a time rather than trying to multi-task your way through your day. Not having any focus to your day means you don't have a plan for what you need to and want to accomplish. Some days may be filled with appointments. Some may be filled with creating the handmade items you sell. Some days may be spent running errands. And some days you might just want to have a little downtime to read a book. 

For the last four months I have been using the Day Designer planner to help me be more productive and use my time wisely. For the months of October through December, I used the planner page you can download from the website and then when my 2015 planner arrived, I started using it. Blocking out my time has really helped me get more done in a day AND allow for time for the things I want to do, like working out and spending time with my husband and friends. There is a section at the top of the planner page for the three most important tasks you want to accomplish and this in itself has been amazing at keeping me on task. I can use the section with each hour broken down to plan work blocks and the section on the right is where I make my to do list. Everyone uses their Day Designer a little differently, but the design will work for almost everyone, no matter how they use it.

This is the planner cover I chose! It's called Carrie Floral and it features my two current fave colors- pink and teal!
Below you will see the Day Designer planner page that you can download for free on the Day Designer website. The planner that you can purchase features the same page, but with the date (unless you buy an undated version) and an inspirational quote for each day. Using the planner pages for a few months before purchasing my 2015 planner helped me determine how I was going to use the planner.
Another reason I wanted to share about my productivity solution is because I spent countless hours designing my own planner only to realize it was going to cost quite a bit to print it and the Day Designer was pretty darned close to what I designed.

The other tool/system I swear by is a blogging editorial calendar and I will share about that in next week's Multi-Tasking Monday post.

Just a reminder that multi-tasking really doesn't work and maybe time blocking won't work for you, but don't get discouraged. Keep trying different methods of getting things done until you find the one that works for you!

I would love to know what tools or resources you use to stay productive! Share yours in the comments!

For a limited time I am offering FREE 30-minute strategy calls to work through your number one burning issue and give you an action plan to give your creative business an instant spark! This is a great opportunity for us to chat and see if we'd be a fabulous fit to work together. Schedule your strategy call today! I can't wait to ignite your spark!

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