It’s time for another Tuesday Tip!
It seems that we quilters/crafters/makers have a lot going on. We’ve usually got several projects going at once & many times are working under deadlines, even if this isn’t our “work.”
I think I’ve used almost every kind of planning system out there & I’ve recently discovered one that works best for me (so far!)
The post-it note on a whiteboard system (like my super fancy name?) finally gave me everything I needed in one place.
I simply write each individual project on a post it note & the note on the upper left hand corner has 1st priority.
On each note I quickly jot down the big bullets of the project & any pertinent notes I need to be aware of. For example, let’s say I was working on a quilt where I making the entire quilt- from choosing fabric to binding. These would be my bullets:
- Choose fabric/quilting pattern
- Piece quilt
- Longarm quilt- XXXX design
- Bind quilt
- Invoice quilt
Whenever I come down to the studio I can quickly assess what needs to be done that day & I can shuffle projects as needed. I love how this gives me the flexibility to move projects around as deadlines change (which let’s face it, happens everyday).
It’s also very visual for me, a key piece I’ve learned in helping me stay organized.
I’ll add that I got inspiration for this from Pinterest but that I really simplified what I saw. They made this very complex with different colored post-its, & categories & I have no idea what else b/c at that point my eyes glazed over. I can see how it would be very easy to make this a “super duper organizing board,” but I noticed that when systems get involved like that, I can’t keep up. And if my organizing system creates too much for me, well that’s not very helpful is it? So simple & boring it is. And it works for me. Hopefully it might work for you too!