I mentioned I would share more details about my CNP (Creative Necessities Pouch) in my last post which featured an updated look at my Filofax. These two items play a big part in my time management. You might be wondering how a cutesy owl pouch filled with essential items such as a Hello Kitty 6-Color pen and a plethora of fun stickers might be so important in terms of time management. I have said this before and I’ll say it again (and again and again): Find what works for you! People may find your means unnecessary, trivial, silly, fancy, plain, excessive, minimalistic, etc. The list can go on indefinitely about all of the faults people will find with you and how you do things in your life. The truth is that it really doesn’t matter what others may think, because if it works for you, then it works, period. I also have a habit of reiterating that what works for me may not work for you. Sharing our differences, big or small, is what community is all about, because it is in learning by example that we figure out what we like and don’t like and what we need and don’t need. For me, a big part of time management involves brainstorming, planning, jotting lists, and making notes. All of this interests me a lot more when I can approach these tasks in a way that speaks to me creatively. As it turns out, I’ve found that having a cute owl pouch with a 6-color Hello Kitty pen and colorful owl stickers suits me. In keeping with my sharing is caring motto, here is a more in-depth look at said owl pouch and its contents.
The Owls Accessory Pouch was actually a gift from a subscriber last year. She found it at Barnes & Noble. Sadly, the exact pattern is no longer available online (you might still be able to find it in stores), but I’ve found similar pouches with the exact same measurements other places. I even have a few Jonathan Adler ones I picked up at Barnes & Noble that I keep different journals in. I find the 7″ x 10″ pouch is the perfect size for my CNP, because my favorite Moleskine Large Volante Notebooks and Cahier Notebooks fit perfectly inside as well as other small office supplies and creative necessities.
As for the CNP contents, there’s a few general note-taking and list-making tools I keep on hand. There are also some less “practical” ones, but they are no less useful to me. I keep a 5″ x 8″ Ampad Writing Pad and Large Moleskine Cahier Notebook (top left) for the aforementioned notes and lists. I apologize that I cannot remember where I found that large rubber band that I have around the Cahier Notebook. I thought I purchased it at The Container Store, but I couldn’t find it online. I use it to keep the notebook and the loose papers I have tucked inside it intact.
I have a spare Filofax A5 Ruler, as I love making charts and lists with dividers, as well as a black ink ballpoint pen, a fine-tipped Sharpie, and the ever creatively necessary 6-Color Hello Kitty Pen (top right). I like being able to make lists and notes with different colors and this one allows me to do so without having six additional pens. I also keep a Toddy Gear Smart Cloth for easy device cleaning and some extra cash, since I’ve taken to traveling with my CNP and like to have money stashed here and there just in case.
I’m a bit of a sticky note/flag junkie (if you’ve seen my recent Desk Drawer Organization video, you’ll know this already), and like to keep a nice variety on hand in my CNP for anytime and any purpose (bottom left). Post-it’s is my favorite sticky note brand! I also have a few Oli Magnetic Paper Clips I found at The Container Store. These come in handy in a pinch when traveling as well!
Last but not least, STICKERS! It’s the little things, you know? I’ve been an avid sticker collector since I was a wee little one. I honestly don’t think you can ever be too old for stickers. I don’t believe you can be too old for anything so long as you’re not hurting anyone by your actions. I use stickers in my notes, on my calendar, on snail mail, cards and gifts. There’s nothing like a cute sticker to jazz up anything on paper! No, they’re not essential to making lists. Really, all one needs to take notes is a pen and some paper. Why not add some colorful ink, a few bright sticky notes, and a cute sticker or two if it brings you joy?
It’s all about what motivates you. Finding a way to be productive and use your mind is part of the human experience. Some people, like my husband Don, for example, don’t need CNP‘s filled with note-taking supplies to get the juices flowing. He prefers a large whiteboard with different color dry erase markers. It is a Creative Necessity to him, because it keeps him motivated and on top of the things he’d like to accomplish. I use the term “necessity” loosely here. Is it essential to our existence to have colorful dry erase markers or owl stickers? Of course not! Are they important tools in our creative processes? Why, yes! When I find something that helps me stay focused in a creative way, I stick with it no matter what someone else might think. Being creative is a necessary way of living life to its fullest for me. What do you use to help fuel your creativity and focus? I’d love to know if you care to share!
*I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own.*