Whether your project is a craft, a term paper, a work event, or a birthday party, there is a feeling of relief when it is done.
After all, you use a planner at least partly for the satisfaction of checking off tasks, right?
But is it really done? Have you completed everything necessary to move on?
Once a project is complete, there are three steps that you should take before moving on.
1. Delete from the Projects section of your planner.
As you can see in the picture, I simply delete projects that are complete with a squiggly line. That way, I have an archive of what I have accomplished.
TIP: If the completion date matters, add that next to the squiggly line.
Don't have a Projects section in your planner or on-line in a system like OneNote or Evernote? You should consider creating a system.
Find out how to make a system in your planner by clicking here.
2. Toss the project notes/folder/things if the project will never repeat.
If you will never do this project again, toss all the non-reusable stuff.
For example, when my child makes his First Communion this year, I'll have lots of tasks - renting a suit, sending out invites, making a special dinner, going to practices, ordering and wrapping a gift. But he is my youngest child, so I will never do this again.
After the project is complete, I will never do it again. Almost everything about the project can be tossed - the planning pages, the file of prayers to practice, and the guidelines about what to wear.
Note that even for a non-repeating project, some things won't get tossed.
I will keep a picture of the planning pages (in case my sister needs a template when her kid has First Communion), the file itself (emptied out, to file the next project in), and the silver gift wrap (to wrap wedding gifts). I will also keep the receipt for the tux with my receipts to track in my budget.
3. File or put away things that you are required to keep a record of or that will be reused.
If you will repeat this project (say, the annual report of the budget) or if you need to have a record (for example, yearly tax returns), have a good filing system.
My Project pages from my planner, along with my monthly and weekly planner pages, go into a decorative boxes like these.
My files go into a simple file box.
If it's a craft, have a nice place to store the reusable or extra supplies. I have drawers in my coffee table that are perfect for extra crafting supplies, but a shelf or closet would work well, too.
TIP: If you are hiding craft supplies in a new-to-you location (or if, like me, you are getting forgetful), create a File page in your planner for "Locations." Jot the location there.
For example, you can write, "craft paper and crafting glue - 3rd left desk drawer, under extra manilla folders."
At this point, you are TRULY done with your project. Congratulations on completing something!
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