I watched an "Etsy Success" livestream video yesterday. It was hosted by Michelle Ward. It was the first livestream video I'd ever watched. :)
Something really resonated with me and it was about index cards.
Just index cards.
I've been fortunate to watch my Etsy shop receive more traffic. The downside to this is that I frequently have too many irons in the fire.
Am I disorganized? I didn't think so. I have Excel spreadsheets and online calendars and several spiral-bound notebooks floating around between my loom and sewing machine. My problem was this: I wasn't organizing my work in a way that suits me. I am a paper and pen person. I did not grow up with a home computer. I took handwritten notes all the way through graduate school.
I realized yesterday after watching the video discussion that it was OK to rely on an organizational method (paper/pen) that suits my style and abilities. I'm a tactile and visual person and it is no longer enough for me to rely upon a keyboard stroke - or worse - my memory to complete the work that I have in the queue.
So here's the PDF worksheet I came up with to help organize my custom order requests
It is just a simple worksheet. But I think that it will work better for me. In fact, I know it will work better for me. Maybe it will work for you, too.
Tweak as necessary for your own shop.