• Shannon Marie Ferguson

HOW TO: Stay Organized (for Creative People!)

Updated: Oct 26


Organize that workspace and get more done - creativity needs room!

For those of us who work independently - from a home office, using a shared space, or on the go - keeping organized and on top of important tasks can be a daily challenge. Especially for creatives, who can at times being messy and disorganized by nature (like me!).

Here are some tips that may help you get more organized, and hopefully stay more organized.

Header Photo by Arnel Hasanovic.

1. KEEP A SCHEDULE IN WRITING (WITH A DAILY TO-DO)

The most important habit I established for myself when I first started freelancing was keeping a written schedule. I tried for years to get into digital scheduling, but it seems like an entirely separate task just to open up an app and type things out. There's something really satisfying about a nice pen and paper and writing things down - and even more so when I can scratch out or highlight a completed task.

If pens and paper are weighing you down and you'd like to keep it simplified, check out this post on Zapier which breaks down the best digital calendar apps you can try (including those that are totally free, purchasable in the app store, or have a monthly subscription).

If you want a monthly calendar you can just print out yourself, I also have some print ready designs on Etsy that you can use from your home office! (Or use to create your own commercial or gift calendar).

*HINT* If you're on a budget and are looking for cheap office supplies like file folders and highlighters, I make a monthly trip to Target to peak in their dollar bins!

Having a schedule and a clear list of objectives can keep you on task.

Photo by STIL.

2. KEEP A LIST OF PROJECT IDEAS