Creativity Tip: Use Your Planner as an Art Journal

It’s easy to let your brain stop creativity before it starts. We tend to overthink what it means to be creative instead of letting it happen in small, manageable spurts. Here’s a quick and easy tip that will help add a bit of creativity to your day.

Use your daily planner as an art journal (in a small, manageable way). 🎨📅

Think of your daily planner (or to-list) as a blank canvas for creativity. You can add small bits of creative inspiration that no one else will see, keeping it a judgment-free zone. Tapping into your creativity every day in small ways keeps it closer to the surface for when you need it in bigger ways, whether you’re solving a problem at work, embarking on a large creative project around the house, or writing a poem.

Not sure how to use your daily planner as an art journal? Check out these easy action items to add a little creativity to your daily agenda:

  • Add doodles along the border of the squares that mark off each day or event. 
  • Draw a circle or square at the top or bottom of each day and illustrate the weather, your mood or color for the day, or an important moment. 
  • Write a favorite quote using different kinds of lettering – it doesn’t have to fancy! You can alternate colors or move between all caps and cursive. 
  • Look around your work area or home and copy a pattern you see into an unused space of your daily planner.
  • Write down your mood in block letters and fill in the block with color, doodles, or a design that describes the feeling.
  • Trace your hand on a previous page and color over the day’s events, or trace it on a new page and write over it.
  • Use interesting tape to stick momentos from the day into your planner.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Whatever you do, don’t wait to create. Your daily planner gives you a safe, simple way to start building your creativity practice. You’ll be amazed at how these little doses of creativity positively impact the rest of your day.