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    Do you make lists?

    I keep a little notebook listing all of my projects, ideas etc. it helps me keep track of QALs, due dates, etc. i recently started to make a list of what i want to accomplish during the week. For example, i know there will be a block of the week so i write that down. Then perhaps i need to make a backing or a binding. I set weekly goals for WIPs. Boy this has helped so much. Don't always get it all done but it sure keeps me from staring off into space wondering what i should do next. I make the weeks list on Saturday nite. Keeping track on a computer spreadsheet doesn't work for me. With my list and notebook in front of me, i can roll along.

    Does anyone have a method to stay organized on a short term goals? I'd love additional ideas!

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    I have a shelf dedicated to staged projects so I don't lose or use something needed for that project. If dates are important, those projects are on top with a post-it pinned to it, or in the same clear bag. There is a list on the same shelf were completions are crossed off. that part is gratifying ;-)
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    I stopped listing what I had to finish, too depressing. I start a list at the beginning of each year and add each finished project, it is much more encouraging.

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    I know too many people who are so 'list obsessed' they never get down to doing what's actually listed. I keep track of deadlines and progress in Outlook, just as I did when I was working, but I'd much rather be accomplishing something than listing it at this point in my life. To each their own.
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    I have a notebook too! Of course there are many times I don't complete what is on my list, but at least I have an idea of what to work on next...I guess it is old age..if I don't write it down, I would never remember to do it

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    Yes I make list for just about everything EXCEPT quilting. I only make a list for quilting when I'm needing supplies or take swatches with me when I'm trying to match fabric.
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    I think its great that we all have different systems that work for us. I'm enjoying hearing about how each of you works.

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    the only lists i make are my shopping lists
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    Back in the early 90's, the corporation I worked for bought us a Franklin Planner and sent us to class to learn how to use it. Your entire life info was in there, everything was planned and organized. Now I just use steno pads and sticky notes.

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    I have a dry erase board that I list the projects I hope to finish. It's kind of nice when I mark things off the list. It also helps keep me focused on my projects. That being said - I've never let it top me from doing something else.

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    I don't make lists of projects very often. Christmas crafting time I do. I also have a new OCD candidate --my list of gotta haves for my Bernina 380 ---- made a list of what is available, marked off what came with the machine and have been marking off as I purchase more. LOL I think everyone has a style they develop through experience. We may not write it down, but generally we have some sort of method in the madness to which projects we are working on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jo C View Post
    I keep a little notebook listing all of my projects, ideas etc. it helps me keep track of QALs, due dates, etc. i recently started to make a list of what i want to accomplish during the week. For example, i know there will be a block of the week so i write that down. Then perhaps i need to make a backing or a binding. I set weekly goals for WIPs. Boy this has helped so much. Don't always get it all done but it sure keeps me from staring off into space wondering what i should do next. I make the weeks list on Saturday nite. Keeping track on a computer spreadsheet doesn't work for me. With my list and notebook in front of me, i can roll along.

    Does anyone have a method to stay organized on a short term goals? I'd love additional ideas!

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    For quilting, I use 3 x 5 cards to tell myself what I need to work on next. I also use them remind myself that I have to take a picture of something that is done. I can put them on the bulletin board in the sewing room or just leave them sitting on (or near) the sewing machine. Works great.

    I also make lists of other stuff too. Movies coming on in next week, things I need to tell my sister. All kinds of stuff. You should see me getting ready to go on a vacation.... Yikes. There goes another tree.
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    Yes, I keep notes on all my quilting projects. Materials and where I get them. I keep notes how long it takes me and for whom the quilt is for. I also take pictures of quilts from the pile of material, cut out, pieced, laid out, and the final product. Then, I upload the pictures to either Snapfish or Shutterfly and make a book of the progress on the quilts with notes about each one. I have made 2 books over the last 1 1/2 years of quilting. With coupons from these companies (only do it with specials and/or coupons), I now have books with my quilts in them and a record of dates and name of the quilts, and who they were created for including me!
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    I make a list at the beginning of each weekend of what I want to achieve. As I "do" I cross of each item - sometimes I am happy as to just how much I have achieved and others well !!!!!!!!

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    Since we office in our house, there are lists all over, can't throw a piece of paper away, it may be someone's list.ha. I do make shopping lists. DH makes lists all the time on fool's cap.

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    Lists? NOTEBOOKS filled with ideas, most of which I will probably not live long enough to complete
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954 View Post
    For quilting, I use 3 x 5 cards to tell myself what I need to work on next. I also use them remind myself that I have to take a picture of something that is done. I can put them on the bulletin board in the sewing room or just leave them sitting on (or near) the sewing machine. Works great.

    I also make lists of other stuff too. Movies coming on in next week, things I need to tell my sister. All kinds of stuff. You should see me getting ready to go on a vacation.... Yikes. There goes another tree.

    I love this idea! Talk about a visual!

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    Quite a variety of how to make lists!

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    This summer I made a list of everything I needed to complete by the time school started. I make my own Christmas cards and except the verse those are finished. I have one book I made that I need to put together. My Quilting projects I have to finish by Christmas are done. Now, I am working on crazy quilt blocks for pillows for gifts.

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    I am retired. No more lists or deadlines. I sew when I want to and I like it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    . I start a list at the beginning of each year and add each finished project, it is much more encouraging.
    What a great idea!!

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    its how i keep up with everything lately i have so many list lately that i have trouble finding them lol. thank god for post it notes and scrap paper it seems like the one list i can keep up with is my quilting supply list. hmm i wonder why that one is more important ??? i have lists everywhere at work too.
    carla

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    i love lists---my favorite is my new year wish list a recent entity put it up where you see it dayly you will be suprised how many ticks are on it at the end of the year[not always ticked off by you birthdays etc] label it well with your name + be reasonable with your wishes

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    Oh, did this ring a bell with me! I was super organized when I worked outside the home-out of necessity- and since retirement border on slugdom. Thinking I might look at a more middle ground! But I do love to be at my place behind the sewing machine or at the cutting table

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    I've been using Microsoft OneNote to track my Christmas quilt projects. I have a chart that lists quilt name, who it's for, start and (eventually) finish date. Then I have a separate area where I have a separate page for each quilt, where I list things like size, how many blocks of each color/size, and usually throw in a .jpg of the quilt from EQ. Eventually (when I get my DH to take a bunch of photos for me) I intend to add real photos of the quilts. It'll be interesting to see the EQ design right next to the real thing and see how close they came out.

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