I'm rarely the smartest guy in the room, so early on I had to find a way to compensate for my B-student brain. It turns out intellectual shortcomings can usually be overcome by good organization and hard work. In beekeeping, that means I carefully track, log, and plan my activities. If I just dove into my hives every week without forethought, it would waste my time and probably leave the bees in poor shape. In the photo above, I'm doing a mental manipulation of each hive before I actually crack any of them open. A few minutes before this, I was reading through notes in my log book to remind myself what's been happening for the last several weeks. A few hours before that, I was reading my white board (shown below). My white board is basically a visual aid to tell myself what's on the docket for each hive, and when I need to deal with them. It's hard to overstate how much of a crutch the white board is for me. You can pick them up for about $15, and then use Chartpak tape to create your columns and rows. Then--as long as you actively keep it updated--you'll be amazed at how much it simplifies your weekly planning.