My Day Designer has definitely made several appearances over the past few months — It has completely changed the way I work and has been the main inspiration in creating balance in my life. It has not only increased my productivity, but as helped streamline my life ( which I love! ) and it’s cute to boot. It’s a planner, editorial calender and life coach all in one!
Whitney English, the mastermind and creator of the Day Designer, is a gal full of so much inspiration and heart. I have been following her for awhile and I’m amazed by all the incredible things she is doing to help improve the lives and productivity of us creatives. I am beyond thrilled to have her over today sharing insight on how the Day Designer came to life as well as tips and advice on living a well-designed life. And the icing on the cake… Whitney is graciously giving away a black 2015 Day Designer to a lucky reader!
Who is Whitney English and what are some of the things that make your heart sing?
Whitney English is a believer in authenticity, growth and grace and gratitude, who strives on a daily basis to just love. Things that make my heart sing: my kids ( when they aren’t making my brain scream, ha! ), my favorite pens ( Pilot G-2 ), cozy days and warm pajamas, a bubble bath, a date night with my sweet husband, a good book, a workshop with other creatives.
The Day Designer has become incredibly popular among the blogging community. What inspired you to create it?
Frankly, I created Day Designer to solve my own organizational frustrations. It was the first planner of it’s kind, featuring a two-column page: one for to-dos and the other for the daily schedule. I definitely still can’t claim to be perfectly organized, but Day Designer definitely helps keep me on track, helps me find focus, and helps me create balance in my life.
How do you, personally, use the Day Designer to manage your own creative life?
In the morning, I try to look at my Day Designer before I look at my phone. If I look at my phone, I’m opening my day up to distractions, and everything that happened on Instagram while I was asleep. :) If I look at my Day Designer, I can take a few minutes to put some order to my day. I actually use my iCal with my Day Designer. So if I haven’t made out my schedule for the day yet, I’ll hop over to my digital calendar and pull those elements into my day. Then, I’ll look at my to-do list, and try to cross off stuff that just doesn’t matter. And lastly, I’ll try to set a focus for the day by defining three tasks that need to get done. Throughout the day, I’ll try to use my Day Designer to make notes, as well–so many of my pages look very scribble-y! And last but not least, yes, I am one of those people who will do something, and then write it down, just to put a check mark beside it. Check marks make my heart sing, too!
Do you have any tips and/or advice for others to fully take advantage of everything the Day Designer has to offer?
The most important tip I would give you is to forgive yourself. If you don’t use your Day Designer daily, it’s fine. If you still use a digital calendar, it’s fine. If you’re religious about it, and you’re writing stuff down the first thing every morning, it’s fine. One of the things I love about Day Designer is it’s flexibility. You can use the boxes and sections on the page for whatever fits your lifestyle best. It’s like a calendar that gives your life a flexible framework to work and adapt. So don’t be afraid to write in it, don’t be disappointed in yourself if you don’t use it every day. At the very least, use it if you are feeling frustrated or overwhelmed–it’ll work wonders.
What motivates you to continue creating beautiful things to help the creative community live enriched and productive lives?
I had to laugh when I read this question, because the answer is actually my own disorganization! I love creating systems and processes that solve problems for people, and sometimes the best way to solve problems for others is to fix your own. I still fight disorganization, so as I discover tools that help me streamline and add beauty to my own life, I’ll definitely be excited to roll those out and share them with the Day Designer community.
As such an inspiring & creative entrepreneur, do you have any advice for those of us who are also following our passions?
Yes. I would tell you not to follow your passions. :) Follow yours strengths, your gifts, your innate abilities. Follow growth, and learning and always trying to be a better version of yourself. Follow wisdom and gratitude and humble confidence. I personally believe that following your passions leads to burnout, and that passions are better reserved to refuel and re-energize you. My passions are sacred, and are things that I turn to when I just can’t handle life throwing anything else at me. (For example: chopping onions. I love to make a mean Italian red sauce.) There’s a huge trend in creative entrepreneurship that says if you follow your passions, you’ll be happy. On a personal note, I’m not looking for happiness. I’m looking for fulfillment, and I only think that comes from making a difference in the world around us. And that’s my mission, not my passion.
So many thanks to Whitney for sharing her insight and thoughts with us! I am so excited and can’t wait to hear how you would use your Day Designer. Enter the giveaway below and remember, the more entries you complete, the better chance of winning!
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The details: This giveaway will be running through until 11:59 PM PST on Monday, November 3rd and is open to US residents only. The winner will randomly be chosen and contacted within 48 hours after the end of the giveaway.