We've been slowly renovating our house over the past couple of years. We do it ourselves (my hubby mostly, I have to admit); so things need to happen in stages and we often have temporary solutions in place. I love them though, because they help us figure out if the solutions will work permanently or not, and what we can do differently if they don't.
There is a space in our hallway which will be used as a family command centre ... after we repaint the hallway and replace the doors. We're planning to cover the space with a sheet of metal and paint it with chalkboard paint.
On the last day of the year, I decided to create an over-sized calendar and hang it in this space. This calendar will corral all our family and my business activities - yes, ONE CALENDAR for everything. That's one of the temporary solutions and it already helped me figure out how the future command centre should look like.
- There is no way a whole year calendar will fit in that space (that's what I originally wanted)
- We will be able to have only 3 months at the time on this piece of wall and each month will need to be printed on a sheet of paper; so we can remove the month passed and add new month underneath
- I like the large windows for each day since they fit a lot of writing
- Recurring appointments and meetings will be written permanently
- If a meeting is booked tentatively, it'll be on a sticky note which we can moved around
- I have planned my business blog posts for the first half of the year and put each topic on a sticky note which, again, can be moved around if needed
What I wanted to say in this post is that you don't need to pressure yourself into finding the right solution on the first try. Sometimes it's good to make a low cost "prototype" and test it out before you start spending money on expensive tools, apps, and containers only to find out they don't work for you.
Have a Happy and Productive 2015!