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iluvmysix
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Hello! I have not been very active in the forum here, but I would really love to know if any of you have a solution for this problem. There are soooo many great blogs that have various challenges, using a specific sketch, or a specific color scheme or technique or even a word. I think they are great fun and add an extra layer of creativity to a wonderful hobby. But HOW on earth can a person keep them all straight and remember the deadlines for more than one or two at a time? Thanks so much for any ideas you may have!


 
Sneezy1956
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In response to iluvmysix

Jill the owner just started a class if you go to the top of the page you should be able to follow the link


 
dwelch
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Couldn't you do something as simple as setting up a Rolodex by date? You could jot down the website address and minimal notes about the challenge. Or maybe a dataebook like a Daytimer or Franklin Planner. You could even get creative and color code the cards/pages for technique, sketch, color, word, etc.


 
iluvmysix
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I did see the free class offered (and signed up, in fact, just read the first week's lesson). I thought it would only be addressing organization of my physical work space. Do you think/know if it will cover things like organizing deadlines for challenges? That would be terrific! Perhaps I just need to be patient for that lesson to show up in my inbox?


 
chocolateaxel
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When I was active in the swaps and challenges, I went online and copied a calendar page for each month, then for each swap or challenge I would mark it on the appropriate due date and highlight the date it needed to be mailed. Then I posted those on the bulletin board next to my craft table so I could always see at a glance what was to be done and coming due.


 
Crafting Marfa
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When I started entering challenges I tried to enter as many as I possibly could. As you say, there are so many! What I found out was that trying to enter a lot of challenges ended up stifling my creativity. I started doing things to enter the challenges, instead of doing what I wanted and find a challenge where it would fit. Pretty soon I stopped having fun creatively. Finally, I gave up the idea of entering a lot of challenges. Now I enter a couple of challenges a month, usually when I really need inspiration or when my project fits into a challenge already. That's my advice.


 
iluvmysix
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In response to dwelch

Now that has me thinking! I probably have an unused recipe box somewhere. I could make tabs with 1 - 31 for the days of the month and then file an index card with the basic requirements of the challenge. That may just be the answer I was looking for!! Thanks so much!!


Edited by iluvmysix on 05-01-13 08:29 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
iluvmysix
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In response to chocolateaxel

I like the idea of having a list of dates handy to see at a glance. Not sure how I could combine that with the file box idea. Definitely want to keep it simple.


 
iluvmysix
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In response to Crafting Marfa

I think you raise a very good point. It would certainly be possible to get too crazy trying to participate in EVERY challenge. Maybe I will set a limit for myself.


 
anda11
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I bought a cute tablet at wallys that was pink glitter...a lined one.. I use it to keep track of stuff like that. I also used notebook paper in the past in a cute pink notebook.


 
kiyawinn
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Don't know if you have a smart phone but my first thought was to make notes in my iphone....
It will actually give you sound reminders when a deadline is approaching...


 
iluvmysix
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In response to kiyawinn

No, I'm pretty low tech. I did wonder if there is anything online that would help with this type of thing. I have done some looking but so far haven't found anything I love.


 
iluvmysix
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iluvmysix
In response to anda11

I like the simplicity!


 
SuperAllyFan
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I used to just type the challenges and date they were due on to Word and keep the document on my desktop ... easy peasy.


 
meezerpleaser
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In response to SuperAllyFan

That's exactly what I do - put it on Word and keep it on my desktop. Since most of my challenges are due at the end of the month, I don't have to worry about dates that much - just the requirements of the challenge!


 
RedSquirrel
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In response to meezerpleaser

I keep a spreadsheet. But I'm a geek.


 
iluvmysix
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iluvmysix
In response to meezerpleaser

I don't have Word. I know, that's weird.


 
iluvmysix
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iluvmysix
In response to RedSquirrel

I don't know how to USE a spreadsheet -- and I don't have Excel. I know, weird.


 
SuperAllyFan
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Can't you just write a list?


 
aquabunny
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Okay, do you have Notepad or any other text-editing program? I keep tons of notes on my desktop in Notepad text files.


 
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