The DoCoJo Method | 5 Essential Organization Tools for Creatives + How To Guide

Real life is… a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible; but the world of pure reason knows no compromise, no practical limitations, no barrier to the creative activity.”

~   Bertrand Russell


Hi かわいい + creative family!

I’m VERY excited that my 2018 has taken off with creativity!

Now let’s talk about a major creative entrepreneur key …

ORGANIZATION!

my muck

Keeping up with an already heavy (and growing) workload can be difficult.

But the answer to that is organization!

EVERY creative entrepreneur needs it … especially us artists (of almost any medium), cuz whoa chile can WE (yes, me too!) procrastinate >.<

So here’s my top 5 essential organization tools for creatives + a bit about how I use them ^.^

💗 📚 5 Organization Tools ✨

We creatives keep a LOT of ideas in our head.

Unfortunately, while it is a common practice, it’s also a barrier that hurts and hinders most of us from getting the bag 💰💸

However, the truth is that …

to successfully move ideas into real life, every creative MUST find a compromise between the ideal (our visions/ creative ideas) and the possible (our IRL limitations) ~

A good organization system helps you see where that compromise can happen.

This is a process that takes time, just like anything else new.

🤔 💭It’s taken me about 1 year (+ a few good friends) to stay the course and get through the muck of organizing so that I can see my business flourish. 💬

BUT with these 5 key tools and practice I guarantee that any creative can get and STAY organized – both daily and organically.

Pens/ Pencils

Really. What else would you doodle with?!

HOW TO : Gather a variety of your favorite pens. You’ll use them for EVERYTHING ~

Seriously, we walk around all the time with all the ideas stuffed in our head (said that earlier ✔︎) …

But you have to make room for new ideas. Otherwise your brain gets crowded, you become forgetful, and there goes THE idea that would get you the bag 💰💸

I know we think we’re doing something to make a text note or tell Siri to remind us. But there are serious benefits to be tangible.

Here are some other benefits of (actually) writing your ideas, goals, and visions ~

✔︎calming, meditative (💆🏽‍♀️makes you breathe, whoosah, and say ohm)

✔︎triggers your brain to pay CLOSE attention (just a shot in the dark that you’ll probably want your brain to know your ideas? 🤷🏽‍♀️)

✔︎coordinates the left + right sides of the brain (🙋🏾‍♀️ much-needed for artist/ owners like me)

✔︎boosts cognitive skills and memory (yup! making room is real people!)

✔︎inspires creativity (🤦🏾‍♀️ you’ll probably have more ideas 😅)

Idea Book

You read what writing triggers … CREATIVITY !!!!!

Which, I’m sure it’s a very strong possibility that you’ll be flooded with more ideas while writing.

It’s also likely that you’ll get more ideas while working, coming & going, grocery shopping, talking to friends, out drinking … you get the point.

So keep an idea book and just let the ideas roll!

Eventually, find some tine to come back to them.

I usually revisit my idea book EVERY time I have a “new” idea … because it’s probably crossed my mind before. But maybe in less detail.

HOW TO : Take a small notebook + a pen EVERYWHERE you go ~ Have an idea? Write ideas down as you see them , ONLY. Short words to trigger memory are ok too … but NO other details ~

Vision Map

It’s easy to take all the ideas that you have and create goals and/ or intentions.

But things can also get forgotten or overlooked when you haven’t put the specs to those goals – making them more specific, time-oriented and measurable.

So you’ll need a vision map. It’s a vision board + mind mapping, made fun!

A huge advantage to vision mapping is visualization. Because that is where your ideas start to become tangible … you can almost reach out and touch them!

And that’s where we all want to be in order to brand (anything) with intention ~

I guided my 2017 with a vision map. And I’m happy to share that I met all my goals with a couple of months left to spare. ^.^

You can see my process, facilitated by success coach/ customer-friend, Mike Powell here

I strongly recommend every creative do at least one for the year, at the least. Make it big + bold. And hang it somewhere visible so that you can see your road map, daily.

HOW TO : Identify 5 intentions and write them, outline all of the action items (as SMART goals) needed to complete one intention. IF you’re having a hard time finding a start to identify your intentions, refer to your idea bank ~

Calendar

This is where you can dump all of those dates for your goals …

the ones from your vision map!

That’s gonna be helpful since your vision map will be hanging in a stationary place.

Start making a habit of writing your goal dates in a calendar with your daily rituals & routines. You’ll be able to better see what’s ideal vs. what’s possible.

(O hi balance + compromise! 👋🏾👋🏾👋🏾)

Another strong suggestion about keeping a calendar is to WRITE it DOWN!

Why?! … memory. 🙌🏾 Nuff said 🙌🏾

HOW TO : Take the due dates from your vision map and record them in your daily calendar diary. You’ll be able to see what is truly realistic with all you already have going on.

shout out to dat editorial calendar keeping me on task y’all!!!!!! ^.^

A tip to writing your calendar is to color code things.

Pens + highlighters are magical ✨ and help train your eye to guide you quickly through your many tasks in one day ~

And if you are a content creator of any kind, an editorial calendar works wonders!

My editorial calendar includes blog/ vlog posts, meet-ups, + merch drops for Little INKPLAY Shop

But I have to move things around so much (ah ~ life!)

So I translated my editorial calendar to cute post-its that I can move around on top of my daily calendar. It’s like art imitating life 🤣

Journal

Last but not least, a journal to keep track of your brain and its inner workings is the best thing ever!

Journaling is meditative and introspective. A great self-care tool for creatives ^.^

sometimes I doodle my feelings to decompress …

It’s also a practical way to show and measure your goals’ success.

And visualize your ideas + intentions.

I keep (& share) my goals every month ~

Check out my 2017 journal year-in review here and full journal kit + tools here.

HOW TO : Keep a separate journal or life book to record success, failures, feelings & finds. You’ll be able to have an easier retrospective moment when measuring what works for your business/ brand  ~

Welp! That’s it ~

Now you know my secret …

The DoCoJo Method

5 (basic) tools for optimal ceativepreneur organization ^.^

Try implementing them and let me know how it goes ~

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Gambare, minna!

🎨☀🌈💗💕✨

Love, Imani (イマーニ)


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