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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
I used the monthly calendar in my planner...in addition to marking them down in the daily to-do list (both on the due date AND plotting out X amount of time to dedicate to X project leading up to due date. Many also require a personal blog link, where you talk about the project you made; so I had to plot out those activities, too.
Get some folders or large plastic bags. Tape a label (removable) on them with the name and due date. Print the requirements for it and any other info you need and place that inside the bag. Then add anything that goes with it like photos, card stock, die cuts, etc. Keep the bags in order by date and when you complete a challenge, you can remove the label and reuse the bag for the next one.
I use Google docs. And I can put sticky notes on my desktop. I have tried the sticky note thing. It just didn't seem to work very well for me. I will probably try the rolodex/index box idea. But if I'm honest with myself, I have to acknowledge that a system will only work if I keep up with it.
OK here's another suggestion; a free app called Wunderlist.
Not only can you use it for shopping lists on your phone while you're out grocery shopping, but you can also set up lists with items with due dates, and alerts, and reminders. It will work on Android phones, iPhones, iPads as well as your Windows or Apple computer. You can have a list on your computer which will sync with your cell and you can update it on either.
You can also share your lists with other people (such as husbands and mums who might be out duplicating your birthday presents ) and it will synchronise on all devices at once.
Or if you don't need any of that, it can be used as a simple list of things to do, that you can set due dates and drag into the order you want.
I made a list of the challenges i would potentially do ( i use a computer but you could write it and make copies).....most all of the challenges are monthly and can be combined with other challenges. he i just write next to it any additional info....like....
If it requires checking in
Of say for example the 4 categories challenge....i write down the category for that month
Etc....you get the idea
Makes it very simple
I do mostly sketch challenges - just love those! copy the image into word, then add a note re: where it's from and when is it due, then print. same with color of ingredients challenges - put the description on a sheet and print it out. then it's hanging on a clip at my desk and I can easily tell what's in the works. toss the sheet out when I'm done, or cross it out.
Edited by OlesyaK. on 05-02-13 10:36 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.