Creating An Inspiration File

Creating An Inspiration File

create a planner Feb 15, 2022

Creating a planner should be one of the most fun experiences you have. Allow yourself to get creative. Find colors and prints and designs that inspire you.

One of the best tools and resources you have at your disposal to find inspiration for your planner is Pinterest. Pinterest is a premier resource for finding gorgeous and creative photos. You will want to create an inspiration file.  Get super clear on what you like and what you don’t like across all facets of your PWJ - cover, binding, paper, contents, etc.

If you are looking for a place to start looking and you are curious about our own Lean Out Method planner for some inspiration this Pinterest board is filled with the best of the best final product for our planner.

Lean Out Method Planner Pinterest 

Inspiration can and often will come from anywhere and anything without you even realizing it's happening. Allowing yourself to scroll and search and build the picture of your planner in your mind as well as see what else is out in the market is so helpful. While you don't ever have to be like anyone else when you make your planner it can be helpful to see what planner trends are out there and what is the most popular with customers so you know you are serving your future clients exactly what they want.

PWJ Inspiration Board

This is a fun part of the process that is also extremely helpful in knowing exactly what you want, avoiding costly mistakes, and fast-tracking your results.


If you have been anxiously awaiting the release of the digital version of the Lean Out Planner - it's here!  Designed to be used on iPad or your Android tablet with pencil, check out the new digital planner and get yours.

Digital Lean Out Planner 


Have other questions about creating a planner?

Inside our Planner Academy you get access to both a packed curriculum AND weekly Q&A calls where we discuss everything you could possibly need to know about creating, designing, printing, and selling a planner. Here’s a few of the questions we recently covered in one of our Q&A calls:


  • What to include and exclude to keep costs low and quality high
  • How to add embellishments like tear-offs and tabs cost-effectively
  • A big mistake people make when selecting their printer that keeps them stuck and having to charge way more than they wanted for their planner
  • When to launch the planner for maximum sales potential
  • The 2 pieces that take the longest and how to fast track them
  • The behind-the-scenes process I followed to create my Lean Out Planner 


There's a lot more inside the Planner Academy too - check it out to learn more.

Want to learn how to scale your business with a planner?

Then you want to watch my free masterclass where I share:

  • The top 5 mistakes people make when creating a Planner, Workbook, or Journal for their business
  • How a planner can be leveraged to help you scale an existing coaching, consulting, or service-based business
  • How to get your planner created in the next 90 days

Click here to register for instant access to the masterclass.

by Crista Grasso

Crista Grasso is the go-to strategic planning expert for leading global businesses and online entrepreneurs when they want to scale.  Known as the "Business Optimizer", Crista has the ability to quickly cut through noise and focus on optimizing the core things that will make the biggest impact to scale a business simply and sustainably. She specializes in helping businesses gain clarity on the most important things that will drive maximum value for their clients and maximum profits for their business.  She is the creator of the Lean Out Method, 90 Day Lean Out Planner, and host of the Lean Out Your Business Podcast


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