Friday, November 16, 2007

Organizational {Friday}

First, I want to welcome all of my new blog members. I know a lot of you have joined my blog for the Scripture Challenge I will be hosting in 2008. I am so excited to have you, and I can't wait to get started on that challenge! You will also find on my blog that each week I post an Organizational {Friday}. I have been posting it for a few months now but I am sure I will run out of ideas/topics someday. I also hope that you will find other things here to inspire you and keep you organized. I love to help!

Anyway, last week I mentioned that we would talk about keeping track of magazine and contest submissions. Well, my scanner is broken, and I really want to be able to show you a copy of my Excel file. So, I am sorry to say but I will have to put that topic off until I can get a decent copy of my file for you to see. So, for this week, let's talk about scrapping goals for 2008. Did you make scrappy goals for 2007? If so, how do you organize and keep track of those goals? I make goals every year. I do it to challenge myself and to see if I can beat the previous year's goals. Yes, I guess I am a bit competative but only between me and myself. Ha!

To keep track of my goals, I purchase a small calendar that I keep on my scrap desk. On the inside cover, I write down my page goal from the previous year. Then I write down my goal for the New Year. I keep track of lots of things but I truly only set a page goal. Here is what my first page looks like:


Then for each month, I keep track of the different page sizes I complete, and the altered items and cards I make. I use a letter system because it is easier for daily recording. For instance, if you see A.1 on a page, that means I did one 9x9 page that day. If you see C.3, that means I completed three cards that particular day. I then total everything at the end of each month. Here is a partial month to show you:In the back of my calendar, I compile a running total for the year. I transfer the monthly totals to the back of my calendar. Then it is easy to see my running total for the year. Here is my page:

I know this may be a bit much for some of you. But for those of you that know me, I am an organizational freak. So, yes, I take things a bit far sometimes. But I love to look at my totals. And I do hang onto these calendars each year. It is fun to see what I have done each year. And this year I discovered that I haven't done ONE 12x12 page. Wow! I guess I have been completely converted to 9x9 pages. I love that size! Anyway, I would love to know how you keep track of your scrappy goals. Feel free to post links in the comment section if you have something to share. Have a joyous Friday everyone, and have fun setting those goals for 2008!

7 comments:

Jenna Franklin said...

This is fabulous! I haven't kept track for a few years now, but when I did, it was a MUCH bulkier system of writing down everything (page title, size, products used, etc.). I'm now keeping most of that information separately for submissions (which are also separtely kept on an Excel file as well, lol) but love the idea of the goal at a glance there! Thanks!

jill said...

i've been thinking about my scrap goals for 2008. actually overall 2008 goals. in the past i've altered small journals to make notes and keep track. it's worked so far so I'll probably do that again.

Linda said...

I don't keep track of my my goals. Everytime I try to I'm good for a couple weeks and then I forget to write it down. But that's okay stuff is still getting done.

Tina said...

Love this - I really think I'm going to set goals this year. Can't wait to see that spreadsheet too!

Ginnifer said...

I use a 5x7 spiral bound index card book thingy. Nothing fancy. Every month has it's own card that I just number and put the name of the layout on one half and have the other side for a numbered altered/card side. Then at the top I keep a running yearly total.

Nikki said...

I am so unorganized but this system looks like it would really work!

Paula said...

This is a great idea! You sound like me being in competition with myself!

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