Thursday, November 15, 2012

Organizing All Those Great Ideas

Now that I'm blogging again and getting around to other people's blogs more, my good ideas list has been building up lately including papers that I've printed out, files in my email box and bookmarks on my browser.  In the past I've had two different hard copy storage options.

2 digital and 2 hard copy storage spots is not a recipe for efficiency and this week I hit my limit on the disorganization.  I consolidated everything into one binder with labeled tabs.  I printed out all the emails with ideas I was thinking we would use.  I pulled out some loose lists that had gotten stuck inside books, grabbed the sheets stuck on my inbox shelf, and got rid of other redundant files.

I know a lot of people are now using Pinterest as their digital idea file.  For me it's a great visual reference but I've never figured out how to get it store all my booklists or digital web rings.  Also, when I actually sit down to do someone else's activity with the kids, I need the directions printed out.  If I have to print it out anyway, I'd just as soon not wade through all my digital files.  I'm not a Luddite, but I'm definitely one of those people who has better retention from reading something on a piece of paper than on a screen.

If you have a great idea, or a tutorial for digital organization, or a good old fashioned hard copy method please share it.  I need all the help I can get!


Heidi said...

A think most of my idea organization falls into "the ugly" category! I am sure I have missed using some great ideas that I had found...because I didn't remember them or couldn't find them! Thanks for sharing with us over at NOBH!

toady mama said...

I think we probably all struggle with ugly. Gives us a reason to get up in the morning!

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