I find a lot of inspiration online, but mostly during work hours, unfortunately. Since I don’t have a permanent computer at school, it’s hard to keep track of the different articles and DIYs I come across and maintain some semblance of organization. I came up with a method that looks a little like this: Lists, Email, Feedly, Bookmarks, and Pinterest.
I live on post-it notes. Pretty much every teacher has them in their desk, but I keep some with me just in case. I admit that I email myself a million things to remember, but the post-its are a nice way for me to take time to organize my thoughts. The post-its allow for more than a minute’s involvement, whichkeep me more organized in the end. Most of the information houses in these mediums are ideas and to-dos. Sometimes, I tend to doodle…
Emails look like this: ‘deodorant, trash, bills, run’. This method works best when I am on the go or don’t have time to assemble anything coherent. That means most of the time. Once I have time to pull them back up, I sort links and ideas into their appropriate spots (Bookmarks/Pinterest). Boyfriend makes serious fun of me because I receive more email from myself than anyone else.
This is where the ideas find a foothold. For instance, I follow tons of blogs on Feedly and often find information on there about how to carry out my ideas. It’s not super specific (Pinterest is better for specific searches on DIY). Feedly makes it easy for me to organize those blogs and find inspiration at my leisure.
Once I find an article or a product I like, it gets arranged into bookmarks on my home browser. Usually, this process happens after I’ve emailed myself an article from Feedly that I saw during work hours. Note: it always feels so much more efficient to go from Feedly straight to Bookmarks or Pinterest without the inconvenience of my Email middle man. *I should just start lugging my computer to work. From here, if I have some extra cash, I just browse through my ‘Shopping Addiction’ bookmarks. Similarly, I can easily pull up info on how to make a salve out of eucalyptus from my section on herbs.
This is similar to Bookmarks, except that it’s my mobile form of it. The fact that it adds a picture to the mix eliminates the chance that I might click on the link and realize it wasn’t what I thought it was initially. I am slowly migrating all of my bookmarks onto Pinterest, so I don’t have to be on my computer to access them. This will eliminate the email step completely, causing my boyfriend to find other avenues to tease me (not hard).
How do you organize your online inspiration?