Getting things Accomplished.

Do you ever have a hard time getting jobs done?Β  If I don’t write things down I tend to get sidetracked and put them off, so when Grady brought a chalkboard home I decided to use it for a to do chart.Β  So far it has been working well, granted some days I still put jobs off, but at least I can break everything up and not feel like I have to get them all done on the same day!

Do you have any tricks to staying ‘on track’?


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About Erin Phelan

Born and raised in western Michigan, Erin came to Polyface first as an intern in the summer of 2009. While here she met and got to know Grady Phelan, an apprentice at the time. The next spring they were married and after a couple years in Oklahoma they are back, working as sub-contractors for Polyface. Erin keeps herself busy with the jobs of a wife and mother, as well as helping with the animals, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, knitting and reading.

13 Responses to Getting things Accomplished.

  1. Leilani says:

    Oooo …. I like the chalk board idea. I make lists but this does not always work well. I am prone to putting too much on them and also to misplacing the list (having one notebook to write them on would solve this) so they are not as effective as they couple be. With a chalk board in the kitchen I could divide into days and have a side for the bigger ongoing need to do list so it would be there every time I walked by.

  2. The chalkboard is great – nice and big too. I tried a white board for this same idea years ago, but the one I got was far too small. These days I make lists, and lose them, just like Leilani…Do you use the colours for any kind of code, or just to pretty it up?

  3. Tracy says:

    I like the blackboard too. I use a notebook to write a list in each morning and it seems to work for me. The blackboard looks much cooler though.

  4. daisyglitter says:

    Great idea, Erin! I use a dry erase board on the fridge. It has 4 categories on it: to do, to buy, to call and a box that says what’s for dinner that day. The kids always come around and check out the “on the menu” corner of it. πŸ™‚ It keeps me reminded of things I might otherwise forget or procrastinate. When something is on that board, I have this overwhelming urge to get it done and erase, erase, erase. It’s probably OCD, but it works. πŸ™‚

  5. I recently ran across a great idea. Take every chore or task to be done and write each one on an index card. You could also sort them into low, medium, and high priority. Then you simply pull out a task, and then throw it away when it’s finished. I like this one because it is flexible. Sometimes when a chore list is rigid you don’t want to do any of it…

  6. Loretta Sheets says:

    You know that chalk board at the bottom of the stairs at Joel and Teresa’s house? That was the chore board for all of us kids at the beginning of this Polyface farm – and it worked like a charm. We didn’t always have everything erased by the end of the day, but when we did it was a great feeling.

  7. I need help in learning how to use this one old antique looking like a canner it doesn’t have a regular weight it has that copper or brass looking thing on its place so if anyone can help me with it please I will take anybody’s advice thank you so much Janie and Reyes