Before I get into today’s project, I want to shout out a big ol’ THANK YOU to those of you who have taken the time to complete the survey I posted on Monday. I was really nervous to post it, out of fear that no one would take it. But you have…lots of you!!! You’ve shared your thoughts and comments with me and it’s been WONDERFUL! I’ve read every bit of praise and constructive criticism, and your thoughts have invigorated me in ways I never would have imagined. I’m going to do a survey results/reflection post soon – but honestly friends – THANK YOU so much! And if you haven’t taken my reader survey yet, you can do so HERE (nudge, nudge 😉
Okay! I know the blog world is decorating for Christmas (and I should be too!), but I’ve got organization on the brain. We’re decorating for the holidays this weekend, and I’ll share our holiday home with you soon, but this is a project I just put the finishing touches on and am antsy to show you! With some writing opportunities that have come my way lately, I have found myself struggling to balance my assignments for other websites with my projects for THIHM, often feeling like I am either completing things last minute or left in a lurch with nothing finished enough to photograph and post (and now, thanks to your survey responses, I know you’ve noticed too 😉 With my recent desire to grow personally and expand what I do here on THIHM, I have found myself yearning for a system to keep everything from my blog posting schedule and Etsy orders to my my free-lance assignments on track. I am SUUUUCH a visual person (shocking, no?), and I had a hunch that a board similar to my Magnetic Menu Board might just do the trick. After some playing, brain-storming and re-purposing, I have a new system indeed!
Here’s a bit of background story. A few weeks ago, I showed you all some updates in our living room. Some of you might have noticed that a particular Magnetic Learning Station was no longer in our play area…
I made the adorable Magnetic Learning Station very shortly after we moved in 2.5 years ago (you can read all about it HERE!); and while it was and IS a fantastic concept (the neighbor kids love it!), it wasn’t something Henry played with all that often. (Although interestingly, now that the board is down and the magnets are back on the refrigerator, he plays with them all the time!). I am constantly on a quest to keep every space in our little home as functional and usable as possible, so when I wanted to hang our new art, this un-used space seemed like the best option.
So the magnetic sheet came down, the new art went up, and I had a way to bring my magnetic organizational system to life without having to go to the store!
My process with this task board was actually quite similar to when I made the Magnetic Menu Board years ago. I thought and thought and thought about what I needed to organize and how best I could track everything visually. I ultimately decided that (once again) color-coded magnets were the answer. This time, though, instead of printed magnets, I needed re-writable magnets. Next week, I’m going to show you exactly how I made these dry-erase magnets and share a printable file in case you want to make a set for yourself!
The board features two sections. The top white portion is a “calendar” of sorts. There are no dates here…just the days of the week and two (swappable) magnets that say “This Week” and “Next Week.” I chose to do this because, as I said, deadlines were sneaking up on me, so seeing two-weeks at a time is ideal (I can’t work THAT far in advanced 😉 As one week finishes out, I can clear out the writable magnets and switch the week labels to start building/planning the next week. I also spray painted some magnets gold to function as visual flags – hard deadlines, orders that must be filled etc. My schedule can often be very fluid, but because I do now have some set deadlines, I wanted a way to make sure I saw them easily!
Down in the pink section of the board is my “corral” of tasks, projects, orders, and ideas that are essentially on my “to do” list. These might be projects that are done that still need to be blogged, projects that are in progress that aren’t done yet, up-coming assignment deadlines etc. As I have gaps or openings or deadlines in the 2-week calendar above, these magnets get moved up and moved around as needed.
I’ve only been using this system a short while…but so far so good! I absolutely LOVE seeing what’s coming up so I can be sure to buy supplies, start projects that might take longer to complete, or get finished projects photographed so I can get them up here on the blog (and hopefully, avoid delays in posting!)
So…that’s my new little organization creation. As I mentioned, I am planning on sharing how I made my magnets and this board next week (you can even see “Magnets” as a green/blog deadline for next Monday on my board 😉
Unil then, who is puzzled about where these photos were taken in my house? No pulled back photos yet…but there may have been some re-arranging going on in the office/craft room in recent weeks. Stay tuned!
I will certainly keep you posted on how this system works out for me. Fingers crossed it helps me stay on track and stay a little more consistent around here for you guys! If you’re not a writer/blogger, you may be wondering how you might be able to use a similar system in your life? The color-coded categories could be customized to track ANYTHING! Not only could the colors be the various tasks or projects in your job, but this system could also be used to keep kids/families on track. For example, each color could represent a different family member and you could track practices, games, concerts, doctor’s appointments – everything – on a bi-weekly basis! The possibilities really are endless!
Alrighty friends, have a great weekend! I’m off to decorate for Christmas…really I am 🙂Posted In 1 - Organization, North Carolina, Organization