Every so often I like to feature some of my favorite Instagrams from people who post their GSD notepads to Instagram. So if YOU have some of my notepads (if not, you should probably get some here) post them to Instagram and make sure to use the hashtag #GSDgetshitdone so I can find them and possibly feature them!
June 9, 2015, by Meg Biram
Being an entrepreneur with multiple different businesses and projects (this blog, The B Bar, my YouTube channel, ebooks, a podcast possibly in the future, photo styling and consulting clients, and more), organization is necessary. I’m not saying I’m always the most successful at staying organized — but I do my best to keep up with everything.
My old system — using one notebook for all of my notes for everything I was working on — was getting too complicated. I ended up flipping through the notebook all the time to find different information about different things and it was driving me nuts — so I decided I needed to take it to the next level.
As much as I try to do everything as digital as possible, I also like to write things out, take notes in meetings, during client calls, sketch out ideas, etc. I also love beautiful office products (who doesn’t) so it was a good way to fill up the new black binder I had recently purchased.
I had one of these light pink notebooks and LOVED it so I decided that I wanted one for each project/business I was working on. I got out my trusty label maker (I’m totally a nerd like that) and made labels for the notebooks and I keep them in a binder (which has chic black patent spine).
Having separate notebooks for each project also helps me focus on just that project while I’m working — whatever notebook I have out, that’s what I’m working on. Then I put it away and switch it out. Now, I always know where I’ve written something down. I just prefer paper to a digital folder system in this particular case.
I bought extra notebooks so I can add more when necessary or when I run out. Also all the pages are perforated so I can tear them out when I’m done and change the notebook over to a different project if needed.
Tell me — How do you organize all of your projects?
Photos by Meg Biram
April 21, 2015, by Meg Biram
This month over on The B Bar’s blog, The Well, our word-of-the-month is balance. Victoria and I wrote posts about how we balance social media and email. For the full version of this post, check it out here — but the here are 7 main tips for how I balance social media and email:
1. Only check social media and email at certain times during the day (not all day long).
2. Don’t open email until you finish the main project or task you want to accomplish that day. (For me it means sometimes I don’t open my email until lunch time).
3. Don’t leave your email open in your browser all day (this goes along with #1).
4. A trick I picked up from Suzanne — just touch it once. When you open an email try to respond with whatever you need to right then, so you don’t have to go back to it and deal with it later.
5. Use canned responses to give a a quick and effective reply to common emails.
6. Batch schedule social media posts to amplify your blog content (this way you aren’t going back to twitter and Facebook to update all day).
7. Turn off all notifications on your phone!
Tomorrow I’ll be talking about work/life balance along with the linkup we are doing at The B Bar — but I want to know how you balance your email & social media? Please tell me what works for you in the comments!