Plan To Scribble Time

This article explains my SCRIBBLE time planning method to encourage you to start NOW and start SIMPLE to make a plan this year to share your creativity this year. You don’t have to have all your ducks in a row. You don’t have to spend money or spend time learning how to use a professional Time Management program to get started. I’m sharing my scribble method with you because it’s simple, quick, inexpensive and it works. I have used it for years and still do because I prefer to move away from the computer and technology and scribble to problem solve and plan.

Last week I encouraged you to Create, Share and Repeat your creative something, whether it be writing, poetry, craftwork, painting, drawing, photography or another creative talent. To share your creativity, you need to GET ORGANISED. No matter how big or small your creative goal is, you need to organise your thoughts and time around the tasks that you need to complete to reach your goal.

I use two large A4 size Month View calendars and an A5 size Week View Diary. Then in January, I use one of the calendars to scribble a plan for my poetry (creative) goal for the whole year. First I go through the calendar and block out days I don’t work on my poetry e,g, weekends, holidays, pre-arranged events, work outside of poetry.

Then I go through and scribble in the squares the titles of existing poems, or themes of poems yet to be written, that I will be publishing for the coming month. I aim to have poems ready and scheduled to publish one month in advance. I work long hours at my computer, from Monday to Thursday, and do not budge from my strict schedule. My weekly goal is to edit and publish 2 poems each week. This gives me peace of mind and flexibility to be spontaneous over the weekend to relax, enjoy my free time away from the computer and scribble out a new poem.

I use the other A4 calendar as a mouse pad on my computer desk. I scribble poetry (creative) tasks to be completed for that day and week ONLY. Then at a glance, I can keep track of the current poetry (creative) tasks that need to be finished by the end of the week. Having it visual on my desk keeps me focused on what I must do NOW.

At the end, or at the beginning of each day, I record phone calls, that I made or received, details of creative and personal activities, in my diary.  Many times this has been very helpful and an important resource when I need to recall, months or even years later, what and when I did this or that. I can quickly recall the exact date and the details. This task takes only a few minutes but is such a time-saver later on.  

An A5 diary is small enough to carry yet it provides room to briefly write my thoughts about any challenges I faced during the day e.g. did a task or activity frustrate, challenge, excite or satisfy me etc. I use a separate notebook when I need to dump my thoughts about something that’s troubling or challenging me. Recently I have been audio recording these thoughts, as it’s quicker and easier to record them in the dark, in the middle of the night, which is when these thoughts usual chatter away in my head.

At the end of each year, the diary becomes a written record of my life journey that year. I keep my diaries as they are evidence of how I reached my goals for the year. I have often looked back over them to check when I did this or that. It’s amazing, rewarding and exciting when I look back through the diary at the end of the year at how much I was able to achieve. My diaries became a great resource of referral when I was writing notes for my life story, The Wilted Rose by Kate Kelsen, which is soon to be released in paperback.

I use the free Google calendar for personal use, which is synced to all my devices so that no matter where I am I have my schedule with me. It is easy to learn and use. I colour code the different activities, outings, holidays, bills to pay etc. I use the notification function if I need an audio reminder for anything. I set up the repeat function for regular weekly or monthly activities. If I don’t get something done on the scheduled day, I can shuffle it to another day or delete it off my calendar if I decide not to do it.

I use the free Timesheet App on my phone, to keep track of the number of hours I spend working on my poetry. I include an hourly dollar value. It helps keep me accountable for my time. Over the past two years, I have spent thousands of hours working to reach my poetry goals. At present, I do everything myself, so I need to be as efficient as possible with my time. I chose these particular programs because they had good reviews, were user-friendly and had generous free programs without annoying ads interrupting while using them. Don’t you hate that!

I like to scribble out a mind map to create a visual map of a whole project from beginning to end.

This is my scribble mindmap for 2021 of how my poetry would flow from my website to social media platforms.

Once I have finished my scribble mind map for the new year, I create a computerized Mind Map of it. I use the Free Google Drive Mind Mup. Then I screenshot it and add it to my screen saver images so that it pops up on my computer screen as a reminder of my creative goal for the year.

Google Drive Mind Mup App – 7 minutes

I also create a Free Trello Board at the beginning of the year. This image is of my poetry sticker board for 2021. Every poem I have ever written is listed here. At the beginning of each month, I check the board and rearrange the poems, moving them to a different list or archive the poems that have been published. This board allows me to see at a glance which poems are still to be published.

I used to be the type of person who spontaneously dropped whatever I was doing to help other people. I still help a lot of people, but not at the expense of my goals. I realized that I needed to take control of my time otherwise I would never get around to working on, let alone completing my creative goals.

I have used my scribble time planning method over the last eight years to complete formal studies and online courses, learn about and create my website and profile pages on other platforms I use to share my poetry. Scribble, scribble, scribble all the way.

So, what are you waiting for? It is never too late to start something new in life. I was over 50 years of age when I started sharing my poetry with the world. If you are ready to start sharing your creative something with the world, keep your time management method simple, quick and easy so it doesn’t take time away from the pleasure of creating your creative something.

Beverley Joy © 2022 of Simply Create 2 Share

You may enjoy my poems about time A Scribble In Time and A Rose Of Time at Simply Story Poetry

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