I'm about a month late with this post BUT one of my goals for 2014 is to organize my life. Since starting the biz and this blog it seems like my mind is always racing 24/7 and it can become extremely overwhelming if I let it get out of hand. I'm still trying to figure out exactly what works for me but these three things have been helping me keep it all together pretty well so far. 1. Use a paper planner. I don't trust technology at all and even though I adore my iPad and iPhone, I have had my fair share of things randomly being erased. I know I have talked about my love for my planner all up and through this blog before but it has definitely been a lifesaver. This year I decided to try out the Erin Condren planner after hearing a lot of great things about it from other bloggers and biz owners. It is a bit pricey but it has most definitely lived up to the hype. The only issue I have with it is the weekly pages are small and I write rather big. But that is more of a personal issue =/ Since I'm a little Type A I have things color coded to also help me keep up with things that I need to get done (blog posts, new orders, interviews, etc) and things I should be expecting (bills, "that time of the month", events).I'm a paper product hoarder in every sense of the word and I am currently trying to make my life seem important enough so I can try out the Whitney English Day Designer I keep hearing about..but again personal issue :(
2. De-clutter. Nothing worse than going to look for something and then realizing you can't find it due to all the crap that has piled up. I'm the worst at de-cluttering but have recently began finding specific spaces to keep all of my paper work, receipts, clothes and jewelry supplies. I've been using the plastic drawers (similar here) to keep all of my craft supplies in because they come with wheels which makes it easy to hide in the closet after I'm done. For any receipts or paper work that I HAVE to keep (emphasis on HAVE to) I use a 3 ring binder that's sectioned off by months.
3. Keep a different folder/notebook for each project. I got this idea from another business owner but it has worked wonders since Ive started. Instead of piling all of your ideas and notes for EVERYTHING you have going on into one notebook, try keeping each of your projects in a different notebook or desktop folder. It makes looking for specific ideas or notes a lot easier to find later on. For example I have a separate notebook for all things concerning this blog and another for Eclectic Star and another just for design ideas.It sounds excessive but trust me it helps! And I def don't use any type of fancy notebooks either. I bought a couple 5 subject notebooks from Target for around $4.
What do you do or use to help you stay organized?