Recently in one of our online member chats, we got to talking about the tools we use to stay organized. So good! We couldn't keep these juicy tips to ourselves, so we are sharing them with you!
Next month we will be holding a six-day online summit called The State of Making. As part of this online webinar series we will be exploring how the year has impacted makers and what they can do to prepare for the holidays and beyond. Interested? You can sign up here to be alerted about all the details.
Today's post is from one of our summit speakers and #ashasmember Michelle of Four Letter Word Cards. Her year had some, um, unexpected challenges in it to put it mildly.
It's summertime and the craft show H is O (heat is on ;))! And it's not just the weather that can get uncomfortable-- sometimes customers and booth setup can have you losing your cool. Which is why we asked Nicole, one of the founders of Dear Handmade Life and Patchwork Show, to talk about ways to not burnout out on selling by the end of summer!
It's now February (eeps!) and that planner you were so enthusiastic about using has just sat there-- with only a week or two that was actually filled out. That's we have someone on the blog today who knows how to actually fill one out. And isn't that what we all eventually want-- well used planners? That's why I am excited to have Kristan Kremer, an organizer extraordinaire, share with us how to best use our planners!
Every year, one of my favorite things was always going and picking out a planner. I had a really specific week-at-a-glance one that I enjoyed using (though, that beast was heaving and took up a lot of purse space). I've now gotten into a system that uses my phone calendar, Trello, lined sticky pads and a legal notepad. It's not as sexy, but it gets the job done (I will say after reading this post I am very interested in a Sugar Paper planner I saw!).
We thought we'd ask our members for recs on planners since it's that time of year. If you are devoted to particular planner (we know some of you very much are!), let us know about it in the comments.
When we posted on our Instagram about still struggling with certain areas of our business, we asked you what you struggle with. A lot of you said planning and focus. This made me think of one of my favorite podcasters, Elise Blaha Cripe of Elise Gets Crafty. She's been EXTREMELY organized and strategic about how she's tackled her product and making.