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Sep 8, 2011

Revealing the Inner Nerd {Organized Sewing Planner}

Sep 8, 2011
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Ok, here it is.  On one hand, I can't believe I'm about to show you this blatant display of nerdom.  On the other hand, I thought maybe everyone has a little bit of this obsessive organization in their sewing.  After all, we already like our seams pressed a specific way and store our fabric on mini comic book bolts.  Who's to say you can't have a planner exclusively  for sewing??

{it's not that far fetched from my notebook with weekly grocery lists or the calendar of school functions, soccer practices, guild meetings, and toddler classes or storytimes.....}

How else are we women supposed to remember everything???

So here it is.  My little sewing planner.  It's cute and fun, and less than $10.  I don't have a budget for fancy electronics that begin with i.

planner outside

First, I organize by month.  As a general rule, I like to post 3x per week and try to keep a stack of 4-6 posts ready for publishing in draft in blogger.  This tremendously helps me to stay ahead of the game since I don't have time to write on a regular basis (especially when you include all the other stuff like photoediting that goes with it!).  If I'm really on, I'll sit down on Sunday and write the whole week's worth of stuff.

The monthly outlook helps me schedule out the Follower Friday interviews.  Also if I have a finish, I'll save that post for Mondays so I can link up to Sew Modern Monday and Fabric Tuesday.  Does anyone else scheme to only do finishes early in the week?  Other topics usually fall mid-week.


planner month

Here's where the fun stuff is.  The weekly "to-do" list grouped into categories.  Posts, Projects, Misc/Emails, Etsy, C-bus MQG.  I feel like I have accomplished something when I cross something off the list.  The Projects category is always a mile long, as there is just not enough time to sew everything I want to sew.  But I absolutely love adding new stuff there.  It makes me excited to look at my options and think "What should I sew today?"

Post ideas sometimes come to me at night or in the shower, so I keep a list of stuff I'd eventually like to write.


planner week

What do you think?  Is it nerdy?  Do you love it?  How do you remember all the creativity inside your head?
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31 comments:

  1. I have to print out a calendar so I can easily see the days of the week and the date. I'm not as disciplined about it as I'd like, but I'm glad to see what other bloggers do...and to know that it isn't as effortless as it looks!

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  2. I actually admire your organization! I forget so much and flounder around not getting much done. Your way would work so much better (but then i would have to be able to find the planner...)

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  3. This is a fantastic system. Love it! (even if it is a little nerdy.)

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  4. Didn't you hear, Nerds sort of rule the world now, where would we be without them :-)

    I was thinking of getting a calendar for my sewing/guild stuff too as it's all up in my head; but I feel the urge to get it down in some sort of paper form. Thanks for letting us take a sneak peek inside your little world.

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  5. Oh, you rock! Love it. I have an overall notebook for everything "to-do" -- writing, sewing, blog, life, etc. ... but I also have a small quilt ideas notebook just for jotting things down that strike me.

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  6. I only wish mine were that small! I have a 9 x 12 3-ring binder with a calendar, and filing tabs behind that for lists of projects, extra notes, and then a complete separate calendar for blogging, and another complete book for keeping track of what I did each day (so I can look back if I need to) and yet another book for my real list of projects. Guess that makes me a SuperNerd! And I do use them and they get updated, reviewed and written in daily! At this point, I'm not sure I could function without them.

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  7. I admire your organizational skill! Sadly, I was absent the day they handed out that skill. Mostly my organization amounts to a pile of papers, stacked willy-nilly that drives my engineering husband up the wall:)

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  8. I think it's great & when I'm really 'on', have a calendar where I write things - including deadlines. At least starting posts in draft forms helps when I have a thought/topic/phrase I don't want to forget. So I usually have several draft posts that I finish up the day I publish them. As busy as life is, I don't see how you blog w/o doing something like what you do.

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  9. I think it is a super idea. thanks for sharing.

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  10. I need to do that! What a great idea. I really need to get more organized. Way to be a nerd!

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  11. This is actually a great idea! I've been using a huge wall calendar to plan out all my posts, but it would be so nice to have a smaller, pocket organizer to carry it around.

    The other day I was thinking about the level of work that goes into blog posts. Even if you don't post videos, if you are posting daily it's really at least a part-time job! So it really makes sense to keep everything organized and steadily moving.

    Cheers! Leah

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  12. Oh I LOVE it. I keep all my notes and todos for sewing and blogging in a spiral notebook and then write out what I want to accomplish for the week on a day-to-day basis but this is better. Might have to copy you AnneMarie!
    :)

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  13. I love it! I so wish I could be that organized. Having two little ones under 5 tend to force me to be more flexible with my sewing time. Maybe in a few years! ;)

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  14. That's interesting! I've never considered a paper planner for my crafting, but I usually do make those digital sticky notes on my computer, or I'll send myself an e-mail list of sewing projects!

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  15. I do the same thing. . but my schedule is not that intense!! lol :) I think I like the fact of crossing stuff off the list you know? It's good to make progress. I've been debating on getting a planner.

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  16. Yes this is totally nerdy, and yes I love it!! Don't you just love the satisfaction of crossing something off on your to-do list?!?

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  17. I do have one of the "i" electronics but still like writing things in a book and keeping my sewing projects organized. I have taken a little break from blogging due to a family (my mom's) injury, but love writing my sewing projects in a list. I write what they are in a composition notebook, the bees, the swaps, the gifts and the me projects,. I write when they are due and then take a big pink highlighter and cross them off when they are complete and mailed away. It feels good to be organized.

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  18. Nope, don't do that! I think it depends if you are blogging for fun or blogging to turn yourself into a business. I am the former so I blog spontaneously when I have something to show or share. Sitting down and writing a whole bunch of blog posts in one go would mean taking out the fun of blogging about quilting.
    Interesting to read how others organise their blogging though. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Um, love it! I carry around a folded piece of yellow notebook paper that has all the projects I want to do. I add to it everytime I see something I like. Very little gets scratched off, but at least I feel a little tiny bit organized. Maybe I need to graduate to something with actual pages!

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  20. I think it's genius! And I go so far as to write in something I've done that day, even if it wasn't on the original plan, just so I have the satisfaction of crossing it off. Keep up the great work!

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  21. I have a notebook that I keep by the computer so I can make notes while reading blogs. I have different sections for different things.

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  22. I love this post. It is time that "nerds" take pride in their nerdiness. Your organization is most likely directly related to your successes. Nerd Power!

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  23. Love, love, love it! I need one... I keep forgetting things!

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  24. I love it! I have been struggling with how behind I got on everything at the end of summer and now that school is back in I am trying to get caught up. This is right up my alley and while I do have one of those i things I still feel the need to write things down to really stay organized. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  25. I think it's a great idea. We have to do whatever works for us, don't we? (depsite what others do or think!!)

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  26. This was great to see. Never even thought about doing this for my blog. I would love for it to be fun, because, well, for me staying organized is work!! I am much more random and sporadic. *sigh* I so want to be organized. However, this is a great idea. It actually helps to see what you have done...and that not everything gets 'crossed off'. Hugs!

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  27. I totally love it! : ) I'm a list girl!

    I use the "sticky notes" program that came with my mac laptop. I have digital stickies all over my desktop with to-do lists on them. I find it's helpful to have them where I KNOW I will see them each and every day! And they beat real stickies. : )

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  28. Love this idea! Not nerdy at all!
    I have a stack of papers in my purse with notes, so this would be a great way to consolidate! I'll have to find the "i" electronic version, though, bc that's the one thing I always have with me.

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  29. I have a planner specifically for my projects and blog, too! I need everything written down or I forget it... I had a great memory until I had kids :) I love that you have 6 posts ready at any given time. I would love to get to that point.

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  30. I think that is perfect! Will be more easy to work!

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