A friend of mine suggested that I take a look at a YouTube video by OrganizedJen, a professional organizer who shared this idea on her channel. And boy am I happy I watched it!
I have A LOT of things on my plate right now and projects I am currently working on and new projects coming up. I also have a million gazillion notebooks and journals all over the place and post it notes hoarding in all of my purses. My ideas are basically ALL OVER THE PLACE. It’s hard to keep track of them when they are all scattered about. So, I decided to make myself a “Project Management” notebook like OrganizedJen uses everyday.
The Project Management Notebook can be used by anyone in any professional or lifestyle. You can be a entrepreneur, student, housewife, blogger, designer, artist, whoever. This organizing tool is helpful and the best part is your can make it so that it is functional just for you!
My Project Management Notebook is designed to help me organize personal and professional projects for myself and TheStylishDork.com.
Now, I will explain the process of making the notebook and its functionality. Take a look!
Here is what you will need:
Moleskin Notebook-Volant (They come in a pack of 2)
Stickers or any type of decorations you want to use to personalize your notebook.
Before I decorated the cover of my notebook. I created small tabs for the categories I wanted to divide my notebook in. I suggest for you to buy actual tabs and place them in your notebook. I had to do some extra cutting and sticking with my SMASH tabs. (Long Story LOL)
Once I affixed the tabs in their designated spaces, I went ahead and labelled each tab with a category. The Main Categories are at the top: Goals (6months), Project MGMT and TheStylishDork Blog.
The tabs on the sides are Sub-categories for TheStylishDork Blog. Each section will be where I write down my ideas and projects for each category. It’s easy to just flip to each tab to see what I want to do next or jot down an idea.
I used a ruler to make my lines nice and straight inside the notebook. (Want it to be nice and neat 😉
Instead of making my notebook yearly, I decided to do it for 6months. As you can see the Goals section will consist of PROFESSIONAL and PERSONAL goals. I also have them color coded so that I can visually differentiate the two. On the side I have a section to place a CHECK MARK to keep track of my progress 🙂
Under the Project Management tab, my projects will be organized monthly. So every month I will jot down ideas, plans and projects. The entire notebook is organized this way. Even the sub categories on the sides.
On the inside pocket of my notebook I added two cute little envelopes (Micheal’s Craft Store) to house extra tabs and to put my random folded up post it notes in. I used double-sided tape to keep them neatly in place.
Then I went to town and decorated my new
PROJECT MANAGEMENT NOTEBOOK!
I made this notebook last month (September was so busy for me I didn’t even have time to write in the notebook 😦 But, this is a new month and I will be putting this baby to use. I’m excited!
If you decide to try this out, let me know what you think and useful it has been for you in organizing your projects.