In this episode of the Freelancers Teabreak, Emma Cossey talks with Anj Cairns, an ADHD coach, who shares her creative approach to managing and cultivating ideas. She introduces her system called “Creativity Crops,” which involves planting and nurturing ideas like seeds in an Ideas Barn. Anj emphasizes the importance of prioritizing, managing expectations, and celebrating wins along the way. With a touch of fun and a supportive community, Creativity Crops offers a unique and engaging way to bring ideas to life. So, grab a cup of tea and join Emma and Anj on this exciting farming adventure for your creative endeavours.

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A fun way to track ideas and projects!

On the podcast this week, I’ve got Anj Cairns on to talk about her unique way to approach idea and project tracking, especially if you have ADHD! Here’s Creativity Crops! Follow me on Instagram – @EmmaCossey Email: Come join us in the free Freelance Lifestylers Facebook group – Want more support?

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In a recent episode of the Freelancers Teabreak podcast, Emma Cossey talks with ADHD coach Anj Cairns who shared her unique approach to managing ideas and bringing them to life. With her system called Creativity Crops, Anj provides a fun and effective way for freelancers and individuals to track and nurture their ideas. This blog post will summarize the key points discussed in the podcast and highlight the benefits of implementing Creativity Crops in your own creative journey.

Summary of Main Points:
1. Anj’s Background and Freelance Journey: Anj, a former teacher and CEO of multiple charities, discovered her passion for coaching and supporting individuals with ADHD after her own diagnosis. She decided to embark on a self-employed journey, utilising her skills and experiences to help others. This led her to develop Creativity Crops as a tool for managing ideas and projects.

2. Coping with Ideas: Anj discussed her previous approach to handling ideas, which involved impulsively pursuing them without considering timing or feasibility. This often resulted in unfinished projects and a sense of overwhelm. She recognized the need for a structured system to capture and prioritize ideas effectively.

3. Introducing Creativity Crops: Creativity Crops is a system that treats ideas as seeds to be planted, cultivated, and harvested. It involves creating an “Ideas Barn” where all ideas are stored in one place, allowing for easy access and organization. The system emphasizes the importance of prioritising, planning, and celebrating progress.

4. The Farming Analogy: Anj uses farming metaphors throughout Creativity Crops to make the process relatable and enjoyable. Concepts such as weeds (limiting beliefs), distraction squirrels (shiny but unhelpful ideas), and pests (uncontrollable external factors) are incorporated into the system. The analogy adds a playful and engaging element to the process.

5. Overcoming Challenges: Anj highlights common stumbling points in the idea cultivation process, such as fear of taking action, managing expectations, and sustaining motivation. Creativity Crops provides tools and techniques to address these challenges, including reflection, celebration, and support from a community of like-minded individuals.

6. Harvesting and Sharing: The system encourages individuals to celebrate their accomplishments and share their creations with others. Anj envisions a future platform where farmers can sell or showcase their harvested crops, fostering a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Call to Action:
If you find yourself overwhelmed by ideas or struggling to bring them to fruition, consider implementing Creativity Crops in your creative journey. Visit Anj’s website (link below), or follow her on Instagram @adhdingwithanj for more information and to join the Creativity Crops community. Embrace your inner childlike curiosity and cultivate your ideas with joy and purpose.

Creativity Crops offers a refreshing and playful approach to managing ideas and projects. By treating ideas as seeds and providing a structured system for cultivation, Anj empowers individuals to bring their creative visions to life. Whether you’re a freelancer, artist, or simply someone with a passion for exploring new ideas, Creativity Crops can help you navigate the creative process with clarity, focus, and a touch of whimsy.

Links from the episode:

Instagram: @adhdingwithanj

Facebook: @adhdingwithanj

LinkedIn: anjcairns


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