Going into the New Year I've decided I need to get more organized with this blog - the direction, goals and plan. Right now I'm still in "brainstorming mode" and honestly I'm all over the place. Like an eager puppy, I'm scrambling from thought to thought and easily distracted. Little scraps of notes are everywhere but it's time to pull it together so the wheels can stop spinning. I was thinking through how I should go about this and knew that an inspiration board was the answer. Since this idea came to me during naptime the other day, leaving the house wasn't an option (inspiration leaves me spontaneous and impatient). I scurried around the house to gather my supplies and set to work.
Everything I used in this project came entirely from my house so in reality it cost me $0. But even if you have to purchase a few supplies this can be done with minimal expense.
I started with a plain old cork board that had been shoved in a basement closet. I'm a girl who likes pretty things so a "plain old cork board" wasn't going to cut it for me. In a drawer we had a few of these removable chalkboard stickers from our coffee shop days. If you don't know about these they are awesome! They feel like contact paper and you can stick them to nearly any surface. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and you can write on them with chalk or my favorite thing: chalkboard markers (this way you don't get that messy chalk shadow or dust). I lined two of them down the middle and attached them directly to the cork.
Next, I pulled out my big tablet of scrapbook paper and found a design that had just enough color to give the board a little pizazz. I measured the area between the chalkboard paper and the edge of the board and cut out strips of paper according to size. All I needed to do was tuck the paper into the frame of the board and use a glue stick for any areas that were popping up. (simple)
My biggest need is an area where all my brainstorming can be organized. I have four categories for my writing so four lists is what I made. This seems simple but now when a post idea comes to me I can just jot it on the paper - everything is in one place. All I did was hang that paper on a thumb tack with a pretty binder clip, two per side.
Lastly, I created two lists on the chalkboard paper.
1) On one side is a to-do list that is broken down into weeks: Week 1 & 2 - these are the things I want to complete during the first half of the month. For me it was blog posts, education, learning more about how to run my site, signing up for classes, etc.
2) On the other side is a monthly to do list. Here is a list of all the posts I want to put together in the month, this way if I happen to have a little extra time I can work ahead. This is also where I've made a list of books I want to read.
My mind can be a swirling mess! And when it's swirling it has a hard time moving forward. I knew that I needed something concrete that would help me stay focused. If you design a memo board to help you stay organized in 2017 I would love to see it! Post a picture in the comments section below.