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Are You Creative but Disorganized? Help Is Here

Updated on September 23, 2017
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Terrie is a creative person who likes to be organized. She enjoys helping others to organize their life, at home or in business.

Sometimes being creative doesn't work well with being organized. Organizing, prioritizing and sorting out the important from the less important will help you be more efficient. When you are done reading about how to organize and put it into practice, it will be easier to keep things organized. No more searching for important parts of a project or losing pieces that you need to complete one. This is the best system to organize your home office and business projects. Even if the projects are your hobbies, you will benifit from following the information to organize any creative space.

All these items can be organized and filed.
All these items can be organized and filed.

Supplies Needed To Organize Your Projects

  • Notebook or paper
  • Day planner or pages supplied here.
  • Pen and highlighters
  • Sticky notes
  • Tab sheets to print labels
  • File folders and tabs
  • Clear project protectors
  • Binder, coded for easy viewing
  • Image board (optional)
  • Tacks or pins and paper clips
  • Program for e files
  • Scanner or printer
  • USB or storage card
  • Bankers box for project storage, or a plastic bin with a lid

Use This Guide To Set Up Projects

Number each page according to importance and due date.

 

Use a color code system. Highlighters work well for color codes, or use colored tabs.

 

Decide if you have too many projects; scale back  or put some on hold if needed.

 

For larger projects, use a file or tab folder.

 

Projects that make income should be under your important projects.

 

Include Images, they help you envision the whole process.

 

Make a reminder, set up a schedule, with a calendar.

Ways To Organize Important Projects

My binder and letter size envelopes for organizing my home office projects.
My binder and letter size envelopes for organizing my home office projects.
Don't forget the highlighters to make filing and identification of projects easier.
Don't forget the highlighters to make filing and identification of projects easier.
Use The filing system even for portable offices. If you go to trade shows or business markets, it works great. This is mine.
Use The filing system even for portable offices. If you go to trade shows or business markets, it works great. This is mine.

Mark Project Tabs and Files with Colour Codes

Colour Coding and Organizing:

  1. Use Coloured Stick tabs or tags.
  2. If you have a printer, you can print the folder tabs.
  3. Text or write on each folder tab.
  4. Use a Coloured highlighter to prioritize.
  5. Match the colours used to their content form.
  6. Coloured pop up tags are good for making notes. Use the same color as you did for each project. This saves you time when adding info to the main project file.
  7. For multiple file, large projects use a bankers box and file in coloured tabs under the entire project. Mark the box using the same colour you used to mark the files.

Sample colors for coding files

with highlighters:

  • Pink
  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • Green

Forms To Help You Prioritize

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Use  for keeping notes on each project. Then add then to the corresponding file.Keep by your bed or make multiple copies. you can use it whenever an idea comes to you.
Use  for keeping notes on each project. Then add then to the corresponding file.
Use for keeping notes on each project. Then add then to the corresponding file.
Keep by your bed or make multiple copies. you can use it whenever an idea comes to you.
Keep by your bed or make multiple copies. you can use it whenever an idea comes to you.

Use This Table To Set Priorities

Project Name & Priority Number
Colour Code Choice
Due Date
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Use this example to organize and set the priorities for all your projects. Whether they are hobbies, Home projects or part of a business. Organizing it all will help keep it all together and in order, making your life easier to manage.

Why You Should Prioritize And Plan

An Idea without a plan.

Is like a dream, without goal.

One piles up on your desk.

The other clutters up your mind.

Sort through it and organize it all.

Your plan will lead you to the goal.

Dreams and ideas will become your reality.

Keep A To Do List

The to do list will help you keep track of everything you need to get done.
The to do list will help you keep track of everything you need to get done.

Include A To Do List

Set Your mind at ease and use a to do list. This will allow you to organize and prioritize, without spending a lot of time thinking about what to do next. Once you have gone through and set your project priorities, the to list will be easy. To keep organized use the to do list everyday, it will become a habit. The to do list is included in the provided lists and project forms. The to do list should include all things you need to get done, not just the projects you are working on. To customize the forms go to one note or your office program and change them to suit your needs. Once you start to use a list, you won't believe you ever survived without one. Organizing, prioritizing and getting the project done will be easier than ever before. Make sure you add a to do list to every folder. Take it out and fill in while setting time for that project.

For Visual Projects.

The cork makes it easy for visual projects. Add, remove and rearrange at your will.
The cork makes it easy for visual projects. Add, remove and rearrange at your will. | Source

Image Boards Work Well For Visual Projects

Most creative people are visual. Making a image board can help you gather all information for each project. You can use cork board or a fabric covered board. Either will allow you to pin or tack all parts of the project you are currently working on. An Example of items are, photos, thoughts on sticky notes or colored paper and fabric. What ever is part of that project gets added to the board. When all your ideas are there and you sort out the project. Then you can complete it and file it all together with the colour code system and file box, depending on how big the project is. A binder with file folders and tabs works well for smaller projects.

If you do all your projects online file them together in an electronic folder, colour code it and add the project name. If the file is large use a stick or USB drive for storage and keep your computer clean and running smooth. You can also scan items and add them to the proper file. Organizing everything this way makes projects easy to find and add information as it's needed. If you are filing and organizing your business this system will help you too. Everything you need to present a project to a customer will be at your finger tips.

Scan To Make Online Files

Scanning is a great way to get organized.
Scanning is a great way to get organized.

Whether You Use a Printer or Scanner, Prioritizing Works

Whether you are scanning to add to a computer data base or printing papers to file your projects, you will be more organized. The day will go smoother and everything you need to do will be lay-ed out. It may seem a bit daunting, but once the organizing and prioritizing is done, the rest will be easy. Some scanners are only a small bar and more convenient then the one you see hear.

For Computer storage use a USB and download the forms and list I have provided. Use a program like I have suggested and you can add or remove any information you want. All the information you need to complete any project will be easy to access, file and complete. Below is a list of suggested programs that make life easier.

Going Paperless? Use Electronic Notes Instead.

Here are a few helpful online programs:

  1. Notes on a mobile device, basic lists and notes you can check from anywhere.
  2. To Do List, allows you to add and check off lists as you complete them.
  3. Calendars and Reminders, used to set up dates and send reminders.
  4. One Note, used to create different tables, graphs and note pages.
  5. Microsoft office and slide presentations.
  6. You can also import photos and add them to your project files.

© 2017 Terrie Lynn

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      Terrie Lynn 5 weeks ago from Canada

      Thank you, Demas. I was hoping this would be very helpful. There is a lot of really creative people that could use some help organizing. You are welcome and thank you for commenting.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 weeks ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I'm coming back to this tomorrow to clear my desk and get really organized. Thanks. D.

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      Terrie Lynn 5 weeks ago from Canada

      Thank You, Kenna. That is so true. The plan and suggestions have to be put into action. Have a great week.

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      Terrie Lynn 5 weeks ago from Canada

      Thank you, Jackie, I wanted to lay it out as clear as possible. I hope I did that. Thank you for reading and I hope it helps.

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      Kenna McHugh 5 weeks ago from Northern California

      Great suggestions! My only thought is having a strategic plan and applying these actions as tactical.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow this looks like a plan! I am so not organized. Great instructions.