I love organization. When I listed it as one of the things I admire on my about page, I really meant it. I am slightly OCD about it, and believe that it helps my personal life as well as my business. So when I found this organization idea on Jen Hewett’s blog, well, I had to SHARE. Lately I have all these projects and To Do lists, but they are not organized.
I love this idea so much, I went out to purchase post-it’s and a notebook ♥
I don’t carry my laptop with me, but I can definitely have this notebook to keep my TO-DO Lists regarding clients shoots, getting my photography stuff organized, as well as photography projects, goals, equipment, etc.
Below are Jen’s instructions on how she set’s up the notebook:
1. In one notebook, I set up two facing pages for each of my clients. A spiral notebook is best because it lies flat when open. I have a separate notebook for my art stuff, but could easily incorporate that into one notebook if I wanted to.
2. Every time I have a new task that needs to be accomplished, I write it on a post-it note. If it’s pressing, I put it on the left page. If it can wait a couple of weeks, I put it on the right side. The beauty of this is that if I’m working with one client and think of something that needs to be done for another, I jot the task on a post-it, flip to that client’s section, and stick it on the appropriate page.
3. When I sit down to work for one of my clients, I open my notebook to their special section. I can see laid out in front of me everything that needs to be done. As I complete a task, I remove the post-it note and throw it away (ah, closure). The goal is to have an empty page by the end of the day.
4. After I’ve completed a bunch of tasks, leaving the left page almost clear, I can start moving post-its from the right page to the left page.
5. On the inside back cover of my notebook, I stick a bunch of blank post-it notes so that I always have them handy. This notebook travels with me from one client site to another.