How to Stay Focused as a Creative

If you’re like me, a creative, it can be difficult to stay focused and organized.  Doesn’t creativity mean being scattered?  Okay, I’ve told myself that long enough.  Enough is enough.

There are a lot of planners and people to turn to.  I want to share with you what I am using this year to achieve my goals, and why I picked it.

I decided to use Bonnie Christine’s new Flourish Planner for 2020.  I have watched Bonnie grow her business and achieve her dreams.  When she said she had a planner that comes along with video tutorials on how to organize your year, I was on board.  She has figured some things out, and if she’s willing to share that knowledge, I’m ready to learn and apply.

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Inside the planner there are places to track daily habits, set goals at a glance, and then get more detailed by month and day.



One of the things I like most about this planner is keeping track of my daily habits.  Because I have a box to check if I have done certain things each day, simply knowing I will either check the box or leave it blank helps me do my daily habits.  Weird, right?

I remember learning that Benjamin Franklin did something similar.  He wrote a bunch of habits he wanted to work on, and then put a mark for each day of the week that he practiced it.

Here’s Benjamin Franklin’s habit tracker:

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Not a bad idea, Ben.  Not at all.  In our own, modern way, Bonnie included a place to do something similar.  Each month you can write habits you want to work on, then you put an X for each day you do that habit.  It has been surprisingly helpful!

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Here is a glance at a few other pages from inside the planner:

Another huge help is that this planner comes with a class.  There are a series of videos where Bonnie walks through how to use your planner.  It’s like having a personal mentor helping me get on track.  Here’s a screen shot from one of her videos.

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Besides a planner, I also have a large calendar on my wall that Bonnie designed.  I love having something I can glance at that reminds me of my deadlines and what things I have around the corner.

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When the year wraps up, I’m excited to write another post on how my year played out and how the planner plaid a role with that.

We’ll see if I achieved my goals!


  1. Add value to membership (studying how to make membership best as possible)
  2. Plan and host a large retreat this year.
  3. Exercise at least 4 days a week (yes, I count this under my business, because it helps me be more productive).
  4. Add at least 1 video tutorial to my YouTube channel per month.
  5. Write at least 3 blog posts per month.
  6. Get my patterns all in paper format.
  7. Reach out to Pattern Distributors and have my patterns carried with them.
  8. Enter at least 2 quilts for QuiltCon in the Fall.

How about you?  I would love to hear what you use or do for goal setting.  Do you have something you’ve found that works?  If so, please share in the comments.  I would love to hear about it!


2 thoughts on “How to Stay Focused as a Creative”

  1. Thank you, Elizabeth. Didn’t know about that planner. Maybe for next year. I opted for another planner. This will be my first year to use one in a very long time.
    After reading your post, I really believe that I will be more successful this year in accomplishing more goals. I hope so!
    Thank you,

    1. Yay! What planner did you go with for 2020? I am a planner nerd, I love a good planner. And I totally believe you will accomplish more when you plan things out. I’m excited to see what you accomplish!

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