Getting Down the Ideas as a Creative Practice

Planners. Idea books. Date books. Scrapbooks. Art pages. I like them all. I like a good planner with quotes, inspirational imagery, and blank pages ready for all my ideas to come to fruition. Unfortunately, I’m not a consistent planner user, at least not yet. One way I’ve decided to engage my creative practice is to have an idea, brain dump planner book. It’s the un-planner, but it’s just enough to help me plan, dream, and execute ideas.

I tend to be an idea person. I may not always share them with people, but I dwell in realms of possibility. Using a planner would be a bit overwhelming for me to plan out how all the possibilities can exist in real life. Since I don’t want to lose ideas nor forget them, I write them down. This year I’ve been using my brain dump planner book of sorts. It’s simply a composition book. It’s far less expensive than me spending money on a resource I won’t use, and I actually like what I’ve come up with so I can keep up with myself.

Today I’m sharing a couple of snapshots of my little planner idea book. It’s kind of like my creative practice library, and I think it’s important for me to catalogue, even if random, all the ideas pulsing through my heart. It doesn’t mean they’ll all get the benefit of air time, but it does mean that having them written down means I can come back to them later.

I am a word lover, so I fill my planner with words to affirm myself, quotes, and action oriented questions. When I revisit the pages, I remember and get a fresh dose of motivation to continue moving forward. I also randomly practice lettering my ideas, listing goals, and reflecting on where I’ve been and where I want to go. Reflecting is a powerful way to gage progress and adjust steps towards dreams and goals.

Make your own idea, brain dump planner book. It can be whatever you choose for it to be. Since I’m focusing on creative practices in this series, I can tell you many of my art ideas and explorations are held with the pages of my books as well as things I want to do to branch out elsewhere. Giving ourselves other ways to process what we’re thinking seems to be a good way to deal with the mental overwhelm of all the ideas. Maybe that’s just me. You do what works for you. There is so much planner inspiration available online. You just have to find what works for you that’s feasible, usable, and implementable.

I encourage you to craft a creative practice and means of cultivating your deepest ideas. They are worth caring for and fleshing out. You might surprise yourself and what you can achieve. Curate your ideas, question, thoughts, and bid dreams. Give them life, and watch the beauty that unfolds.

Are you into planners, ideas books, and collecting big dreams? Tell me your stories. I’d love to hear them.

In the month of October, I’m participating in the #Write31Days challenge. I’m focusing creative practice in the ordinary everyday mundane. Each day (or whenever I write) for the series I will post the link on my page for my #31DaysOfCreativePractice. Come along and read.


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