Hi everyone! I'm Erin and I'm a self-employed web designer, blogger, and I also run a subscription box service. Oh, and I'm getting married. If you're wondering why I'm telling you all of these things, it's because I wanted to share how I help keep track of everything going on in my life! I have a small apartment, but I created a little space for me to work in, and then recently updated it with a bunch of whiteboards that list my monthly, weekly, and daily to-do lists! Here's what I use each one for:
Whiteboard OneThe first whiteboard on the wall next to my hanging folders is where I jot notes and stick things up. It's always kind of messy. I keep things like my blog schedule, postcards, and lots of random stuff on this board. I'm debating over making it a yearly-goal list.
Whiteboard TwoThe first whiteboard on the wall above my computer is for my monthly goals. I write them all out, and they generally include things like "make a WordPress theme" and "make two Blogger templates." These goals are pretty broad and kind of vague. One of my goals from a previous month was "move all websites from old server to new server."
Whiteboard ThreeThe next whiteboard is for my weekly goals. These are a little more focused than my monthly goals, and often include things that came up during the past week (like client projects). An example would be, "follow up with client X about X" or "email all of next month's Indie Gift Box artists to confirm participation." One of my goals from a previous week was "move eef-etc.com to new server," which was just one of the sites but part of my monthly goal. I also put my check boxes for my daily workouts on this board. I just X out a box once I've worked out! Once I get 5 I can wipe them and start over (after a 2-day break!).
Whiteboard FourThis whiteboard is for things that I need to accomplish on that day. I typically choose a few things from my weekly list and break them down into more steps (if necessary) and knock them out in a day. I also put date-specific items on this list, right now I have "send york-law.com their weekly website traffic report" on my list. I also frequently have things like, "list new Blogger template on Etsy" or something similar on this list. You can kind of see the huge list I have for all the steps of moving eef-etc.com in the above photo. This was a multi-day process and I broke it down into a few days.
Crossing OffI like to cross things off my list during the day/week/month and then wipe them off at the end of the day/week/month so that I can see everything I've accomplished. I find when I wipe them off immediately after completing them I actually don't feel like I got anything done. The visual reminder of what I've accomplished really helps! It also helps me keep track of what I've already done for multi-step projects like website server moves. I wrote down everything I needed to do, and some things had to be accomplished in a certain order, so having the list still visible helped keep me on track and the right part of the process. I also love having my monthly and weekly goals out and visible. I'm able to break them down into daily tasks and work toward completing them. Before when I would just write out my goals on my blog they wouldn't stay in my head and I would forget about them!
What do you do to stay organized?
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