Taming the PIN

How to stop pining and start doing!

By now most of you know that I am a self-professed Pinterest addict. And by some of the activity I see, so are some of you.

I love getting up in the morning and scrolling through my homepage to see what inspiration Pinterest has for me today. Only after feeding children, changing nappies and, if I am lucky, making a cup of tea! But I have come to realize that I have committed one epic Pinterest FAIL. I pin but I do not do! Yikes! Actually feels kinda good to have that off my chest.

Go on, admit it. We have all fallen pray to the ‘pin now, do never!” So I have decided to put together this little guide to help myself (and hopefully you) to make use of all those beautifully categorized pinned delights!

Step 1 – LIMIT YOUR PINNING TIME!

I can feel myself going into withdrawal already but if I am ever going to find time to actually make that magnetic make-up storage board out of a cookie tray, I need to spend less time pinning. I can commit to limiting to 15 minutes a day – no less! See Step 4 for an exception!


Step 2
– PICK A PIN OF THE WEEK

Every Sunday night, spend 5 minutes scrolling through YOUR PINS ONLY and select one pin to use that week. It might be a new recipe to try, something to sew, a book to read or an outfit to source. If you find you have time to complete more than one, than do it! I find that limiting myself to one task at a time can really help me not to feel so overwhelmed with ideas which stops me from ever starting anything!


Step 3
  – MAKE IT HAPPEN

Make a plan to do it! Pick a day and time to complete it and block the time out in your calendar. Set a reminder on your phone or tablet if you need to. Add any materials to your shopping list or source what you need to start. If it’s an ongoing project like planning a party – select one idea that you can make happen that week ie. Make a banner or order/make invitations.


Step 4
– GIVE YOURSELF PINSPRIATION TIME

What I love most about Pinterest is how inspiring it can be. When I am not looking for anything in particular just flicking through and being inspired by colours, interiors, quotes, ideas for the kids and even recipes (although I am definitely not a cook). Give yourself one good block of time once a week just to absorb what the world is pinning!

Before beginning ticking off all those pin-to-dos why not have a pin cleanse? Apartment Therapy has a great cheat sheet on making your pin boards more functional – check it out here!

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