Tuesday, January 17, 2012

post 100! and useful tools for organizing

Didn't realize it until I got ready to post this entry that my blog has hit 100 post! niffty!

The list of useful tools to organize your thoughts and projects.

Websites for organizing:

Productive Flourishing: Free, download-able, well thought-out calendars for freelancers and bloggers.

Evernote: Free note collecting tool, good for brain dumping as recommended in "Getting Things Done"

Just Bento: Free meal planners, works for more than Bento style lunches. I really like how the meals are planned based on food group.

Ravelry: For the fiber arts world this is a must have membership. Ravelry allows users to organize projects, patterns and stash with ease.

Google Reader: Part of Google+ this feature allows you to keep track of all the blogs you like to follow.

Outright.com: Provides resources for organizing your online business. Easy to understand interface and integration with etsy, paypal etc...

Audible.com: Audio book treasure trove. Don't have time to sit and read? Plug into audio books and have someone read to you.

Tactile Tools:
The older I get the more I realize how important having proper tools is. Surprisingly, good quality doesn't always mean super high prizes. Most of the time I find that spending less than 10 or 15% more for an item can equal far better usability. Example knit needles, yarn and pens. Buy things that you can feel the quality in when you pick them up (this theory works for cloths too). Tools that have a comfortable feel to them will be used more and for longer.

Graph paper note books: my brain works better when I use graph paper to organize my ideas. The half sheet size books seem to work best for me. I don't know if the extra vertical lines help me focus or what but I'm totally sold on using graph paper for everything but long tracts of writing.

More:
These are the sites we always suggest to folks who come into the shop looking to expand their skills but don't have time for a sit down class with us.

KnittingHelp.com: Free, well organized videos on how to knit. Includes both Continental and English styles of knitting.

Ravelry.com: Besides having an awesome organizational use this free website offers a whole community of crafter who are as varied as the locations they come from.

YouTube.com: Have a question on how to knit or crochet a stitch? Or even a random folk craft question? YouTube has tons of videos on about any topic.

happy crafting!

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