Do you have a zillion ideas, a never-ending to-do list, and feel like your head is about to explode? Are you so overwhelmed with life that thinking up stuff for your business doesn’t seem possible?
Years ago I learned about “morning pages” – writing 3 pages every morning, kind of a mind dump, if you will. In my marketing mastermind with Ronnie Noize, she suggested doing morning pages each day about my business. What a great idea!
What do you write about? Here are some questions to get you started:
- What is my vision for my birth business?
- What three things can I do today to get my business organized?
- What is eating up my time and energy (people, commitments, habits)?
- Who can I connect with today/this week to expand my Team 100?
- What new marketing action can I take today?
- Who is my ideal client?
- What are five ways I can connect with my ideal client?
- Who can I collaborate with and attract clients for both of us?
- What marketing strategies are not working for me?
- What marketing strategies are working for me and how can I do more of that?
- What can I do today to build my business skills?
- How is my business affecting my family life, and what can I do more of to create more balance this week?
Something that wasn’t working for me was calling this practice my “morning pages”. I wasn’t getting up early enough to do my pages and I didn’t always do three pages, nor did I do them daily!
A woman in my local coaches mastermind group inspired me to create what I call my “Creative Spark Journal.” If you haven’t already noticed, writing is a favorite form of expression and creativity for me. By calling it my Creative Spark Journal, I no longer feel pressured to do this in the morning. I’ve dedicated a simple spiral-bound notebook and wrote “Creative Spark Journal” on it with a Sharpie. I carry this journal wherever I go and write whenever I’m inspired, at any time of day. It’s a way for me to download ideas I have at any time. It’s also where I do free-form writing of random thoughts, ideas, workshop outlines, frustrations, and self-coaching.
What’s equally valuable is that I often get ideas for blog posts, workshops, information products and articles. I can store these ideas somewhere and revisit my journals in the future when I’m ready to bring these ideas to life.
So what if writing is not your thing? There are many moments of inspiration while I’m driving (and as a mom I drive A LOT). I discovered it’s not so safe writing while driving, so I began recording my ideas on my iPhone as I drove to record my thoughts. I know others who use a portable digital recorder. At home, of course, you can come up with a number of recording devices.
If you’re more visual and don’t like to write, how about expressing yourself through art or create vision boards with pictorial representations of what you want in your business? Some people like to do mind mapping as a way to see how words ideas relate visually.
By finding ways to express your thoughts and ideas about your business, you may begin to see opportunities present themselves, power partners who appear at the right time and place, more peace, more focus, and ultimately, more clients.
If you already have a practice like a Creative Spark Journal, I’d love to hear about it. If you feel inspired to start a new practice, I’m excited to learn about your experience with this.
My challenge to you is to find a way today to light your creative spark.