Whiteboard with project notes, last order dates, and various items attached via magnet, knitting swatches and pieces of paper are visible.

temporary is important too

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.

Whiteboard with project notes, last order dates, and various items attached via magnet, knitting swatches and pieces of paper are visible.

Planning Door

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!

hand drawn planning grid. The columns are for the days of the week, and the three rows are "this week", "next week", and "soon". sticky notes show some appointments and projects.

I hope these ideas help you to think of ways you can help keep your business moving forward.