journal-planning guides

page view: Right Brain Planner™ “Resiliency” Journal-Planning Guide

preparing my journal-planner with panels and art from Right Brain Planner™ “Resiliency” using a grey, 5″x8.25″ softcover Moleskine Cahier for gluebooking [collage] my creative notations and plans for September

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift. -Mary Oliver

➡️ “Resiliency”
[focus: grounding within self-compassion]

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This topic can prove to trigger the urge to “try harder” so let’s approach it as a means of stabilization & observation:

To notice emotions and habits, and continue to live [life as art] + let’s begin with the goal of noting & practicing what enhances grounding: [self-compassion; ease; rest; mindfulness; self-nurturing practices; sequence; being in nature; creative order in our daily environments]

Resiliency - Right Brain Planner™ -page view

page view: Right Brain Planner™ “Resiliency” Journal-Planning Guide

Decision is risk rooted in the courage of being free. -Paul Tillich

 ➡️ “Resiliency”
[focus: grounding within self-compassion]

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A huge component of the process of making art is the making of meaning — taking stimuli, sorting it, reconstructing it and communicating it. -Nicoletta Baumeister

  • This is my guiding quote in crafting the Right Brain Planner™ pages. Each month I research the theme topic, and then design and create art and content for the final pages. My goals are to foster a vision and practice reflective of:

1 ) honoring your pace of progression and, 2 ) noticing your sectors of development within your hours & within your choice of priorities.

preparing my journal-planner with panels and art from Right Brain Planner™ “Life as Art” using a red 5″x8.25″ softcover Moleskine Cahier for gluebooking [collage] my creative notations and plans

 ➡️ “Life as Art”
[focus: being mindful, noticing habits and list-journals]

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page view: Right Brain Planner™ “Life as Art” Journal-Planning Guide

 ➡️ “Life as Art”
[focus: being mindful, noticing habits and list-journals]

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  • Life is an art: a practice; the application of your imagination + your ever-developing skill set; the intention to notice beauty + create everyday masterpieces on the canvas of 24 hours.
  • Allow yourself to make observation {noticing, mindfulness and list-journals} your art;  allow your daily living to be your masterpiece, your work of art — devoted to your dreams.
  • You are the expert. Your life experience qualifies you as a expert and master-artist of your wild and precious life.

You must take some small step or the ideas will remain jammed up and the creative pressure behind the jam will continue to escalate. … quiet your mind by gently siphoning off its overflow, not adding to it. –Julia Cameron

July pages clues of procrastination - stargardener

coloring page from Right Brain Planner™ “Procrastination” guide & journal-planning pages

art from Right Brain Planner™ “Procrastination” guide & journal-planning pages

Right Brain Planner™ pages may be used as an art journal + planner, or the panels and worksheets can be incorporated a bound journal or planner for gluebooking, brainstorming and mind-mapping experiments.

A huge component of the process of making art is the making of meaning — taking stimuli, sorting it, reconstructing it and communicating it. -Nicoletta Baumeister

This is my guiding quote in crafting the Right Brain Planner™ pages. Each month I research the theme topic, and then design and create art and content for the final pages. My goals are to foster a vision and practice reflective of:

1 ) honoring your pace of progression and, 2 ) noticing your sectors of development within your hours & within your choice of priorities.

 

polar circle planningEach monthly issue of Right Brain Planner™ pages include a themed guide, hand-drawn visual planning art and worksheets + week-at-a-glance and monthly planning pages.

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way — things I had no words for. -Georgia O’Keeffe

Creative planning is a uniquely individualized practice, a practice that develops over time as you discover what “feels” best and is most appealing and useful for you.

  • To see examples of creative planning pages, you are cordially invited to join the Creative Planning Lab on Facebook. 

The annual kits are designed to be a stand-alone creative planner that can be bound -or- incorporated into a binder with the monthly pages.

The concept of a Right Brain Planner™ is to experiment with determining what works best for you + allow time and attentiveness for:

  1. 10-15 minutes daily for journal-planning
  2. noticing personal actions and habits + how hours are spent
  3. being intentional about aligning actions and habits with goals {wishes and want-to’s}
  4. considering journal-planning as an experiment; trying new techniques each week
  5. incorporating creative expression as a means of documenting personal progress

How that is accomplished is as varied as people who utilize creative planning {graphic organizers, art journaling, visual journals, altered books, etc.}

February 2016 artwork

Right brain planning is not as much as about planning as it is about allowing one’s life to become like art on a proverbial canvas. To observe and utilize the time for living out loudliving free — even in the midst of the unknown.

Right brain planning is about creatively documenting your story as you live it — and how you hope and wish and dream of living it.

The official beginning of Right Brain Planner™ was in 2007 when I began to document my “collage planning” process. The first planning page sets were offered in 2012.

This site and the planning pages have continued to develop alongside my own creative journal-planning practice evolution, focused on incorporating flexibility and a gentle, personal accountability as I adapt and life free within the realities of living with multiple sclerosis.

2016 planner notesScheduling time each week to be still {for minutes} at a time, to pause and ponder challenging details of daily minutia and the dreams whispering {sometimes screaming} within.

Week 32 spreadMy weekly plans begin with a week-at-a-glance template; I add my “to-do & done lists” + color + collage elements as a point of noticing and noting my dailies, desires and dreams.

Here are posts to my art blog with ideas and examples of gluebooking {collage} and free-will art, which I consider to be the foundation my own right brain planning. I also host a private group on Facebook.


Right Brain Planner™ Annual Planner Kits and monthly page sets are elements of an ever-evolving system designed to support a creative planning practice.