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Organization Is Your Friend

Too organized

Holy cow you guys!  I. Love. This!

 

I’m super excited due to finding one of my favorite organization tools in a vertical format!  The following are some of the ways, and things that may help keep you and your business on track!

Electronic Organization

There are so many amazing programs out there now!  Personally I choose One Note and Google Keep.  Why 2 programs?  Well… I can’t even begin to explain myself    😉


Google Keep is great for the phone, it’s like a sticky note, and then organizing, and properly (and regularly) using One Note on the Computer in the office seems to work well.


We are all different, our needs, and our comfort levels are different.  Likewise, note-taking programs have different learning curves and offer different abilities.  So for this one, directing you to an article that I found is probably best.  This article shares a wealth of information on several different programs and even includes screen shots!  7 Note Taking Apps.

The Places

Being a creative person, I tend to actually NEED visual nudges to keep me from wandering away from my daily goals, and below are some fav’s!  Naturally they serve different needs and are used in different ways and in different places.

 

Break down the places that you need to organize.

 

Places where I need organization include:

The Office, is where a lot of my time is spent.  It is here, that I am typing to you from right now, and where my organizational goals kept falling short.  I’ve tried a calendar desk pad, but that quickly became a jumble of notes and was eventually swallowed up by the piles of samples and stuff that I find myself trying to ignore.  This is the location that requires my electronic organization from #1 above, plus a wall calendar, AND a task board.  I’ve found that I can’t easily pile “stuff” on top of things that are hanging on a wall. Brilliant!

 

The Shipping Station in the shop.  A shipping station requires a place for quick and temporary, on-the-spot notes.  It also helps to have a calendar nearby.

 

The Staging Room.  This is where images are taken and bulkier items are displayed and stored.  In there, I need a dry erase board at minimum.  It helps remind me where I left off and what’s up next, etc.

A clip board with a compartment like this one clip board is great to carry from room to room.  Even if your workspace is small, this fantastic for keeping reference items.  In mine I keep my SKU sheets, color charts, and then notes that need to go from one room to another on top.

 

So depending on your uses, your needs will vary and hence this post.

This calendar board is amazing.  It comes with a cork section and dry erase pen with an eraser cap.  I just found out today that it comes in both horizontal AND vertical! You know I have to get the vertical now, and that’s what will be going in the shop shipping station.  Update:  Apparently the vertical version is available on and off.

This isn’t overly large (18″ x 7.5″), but large enough to write on.  The horizontal version is in my office, to remind me to promote various items in various places, notes on trends that I’m seeing, etc.  

 

The vertical one will be used with my easel for notes about stock, products in/out, special requests, and orders on hold, Postal holidays and so on.

Desk or Tabletop Organization

Great for a shipping table or desktop.   Jot down quick inventory checks or write down a product number, etc.  These also makes a really cute props for product images!  They’re mostly for short term reminders and basically I love them because they’re adorable    🙂

Oh man!  Check THIS one out!  ...a person can never be too organized right?!?

Oh my goodness you guys!  I just received this and I absolutely LOVE it!

 

The top is glass and you can write to your hearts content!  There’s a pen holder across the top and a little drawer.  The drawer can be used on either end, though mine didn’t have one for both ends.  I suppose we don’t have room for a drawer to pull out on both ends, but still.  It is perfectly tilted so that you can see it easily while you work. Currently I have little sticky notes stuck to it until they’re no longer relevant.  Yeah, it’s totally awesome!

Naturally now we need colored Dry Erase Markers… to organize our note topics.  I’m thinking these, because… color.

Well, at the risk of sounding like a bunch of mini product reviews… which I suppose this was… I hope that you have a little insight on some organizational options and maybe even some ideas why you need them.

 

And just for the record, I did all of this shopping through Amazon because I love Prime!  It’s almost as good as being in the store.  Also, I almost always shop around for pricing first and still end up buying from Amazon.  If their price wasn’t good, I simply would not link it.

 

The links here, as stated in the faq page (linked below), are affiliate listings.  It costs you nothing to use them, but I may receive a little credit if you do, so if you wouldn’t mind, shop my link please and thank you!

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