Temporary notes for your business can be as valuable as formal documentation. I’ve written before about my notes to self. I often laminate these long-term reminders, but know that more ephemeral notes are important too. What kind of notes are these? They’re the quick reminders that need an extra nudge, such as a note to “order more shipping supplies” stuck to your monitor.
This post will explore two different types of temporary notes that I rely on. The first is my white board, which is at an easy to access location in my work area. The second is a planning grid that’s on the back of my door which I can see from my desk.
My white board
I don’t write meeting notes or often do big planning on it. This is where I record long term dates and projects that would get lost in my planner or log book. I also take advantage of the magnetic surface and put important things there; part labels, print-outs, and knitting swatches all end up here.
On the back of my door (which is almost always shut) I have a large sheet of paper that is essentially a hand drawn planning grid. The columns are for the days of the week, and the three rows are “this week”, “next week”, and “soon”. I then use sticky notes to list the big things I shouldn’t forget … or neglect. Maybe one day technology will let me replace this with a digital board, but this works very well!
I hope these ideas help you to think of ways you can help keep your business moving forward.