Creative Organization

When Life Gets BuZZy, Make Honey


Life has recently gotten super busy.  Some of the busy-ness comes from bee-ing ready for more in my life.  More ease.  I feel as if a screen with a pattern on it came down in front of me and is insisting that I fit my life into its shape in order for me to go in the direction I wish.  I could stay where I am or go some other way, but if I want what I want, I must shift into this new way.

So the new way means being better at some of the things I struggle most with.  Left brained kinda stuff.  You know, task oriented activities, organization, numbers, structure.  All those things that just aren’t the way of a supra-creative….or at least not this one…yet.


But, I can see that getting a few practices in place can lift me to a new level of existence.  There is an underlying anxiousness that buzzes just below the surface that the ordering of life tends to subdue.

And so, I am adjusting my surroundings and my procedures to help quiet the part that needs that.  I have been cleaning out file cabinets, throwing out and recycling the unwanted and unneeded bits, have set up space for my the essential oils in my studio and bedroom, am taking an ecourse (Counting Abundance) to help me fall in love with my bookkeeping.  Already, I can feel great relief.  I feel stronger, more capable, and serene.

Using Essential Oil for Organizing

One of my partners in this overhaul has been a grounding blend of essential oils.  It helps sooth my calm my mood as I work through complicated projects, helps me focus on what is important, calls me towards more balance in my life, and smells delicious!

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Creative Organizing Tips

Guide to Life

Keeping myself organized is a task I like to approach with creativity.  I love to blend fun with functional, play with practical.  And when I can, I go DIY on proven practices that help projects pop!

Mind Maps

Mind Map

For me, organizing my creative projects begins in my sketchbook.  I just couldn’t make it without Mind Maps.  These graphic idea generators are the perfect way to wrangle restless ideas so that they become a static picture.  It is amazing how a HUGE jumble of ideas can settle down into manageable clusters when they are categorized and connected this way.

Favorite Tools

creative organizer

Another favorite tool of mine is the simple manila folder.  These folders often show up in my art work, so it isn’t surprising that they are a go-to office supply that help keep my wild ideas in check.  I don’t go crazy decorating them for every single subject, but I have been known to make a folder stand out a bit if it is something I think deserves a bit of positive energy or if it is a concept I am excited about.

File Folder Art

I also like to use folders to organize projects.  I have an old file cabinet next to my desk that I use as a magnet board.  I often pair folders with sticky notes to create Action Charts which allow me to physically add and re-arrange ideas.  Sticky notes are also the super stars of my organizer. I love them because they are easy to move from one place to another and the same note can start in one place , like the Action Charts, travel to a Personal Organizer for the day, and end up in a file folder created as an archive.

Archiving for Future Projects

I use sticky notes within folders to help me keep track of actions I need to take or have taken.  For example, if I have a project I am doing that I know I may tweak and do again in the future, I can let the sticky notes help me keep track of the steps involved in the process.  That way I don’t have to reinvent the wheel, and I can use my energy for just making the wheel more awesome.

I also like to use on-line tools to help me stay organized.  I use Google Docs to create spreadsheets for links I often refer coaching clients to and use Trello to help me keep track of links I want to access for certain projects.  For example, with Trello, I had a board for links I needed for my road trip including airbnb, the retreat details, the fundraiser for Africa I attended, and my Google Maps.

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