If you saw my Staying Motivated – Tips & Advice post from last week, then you might have noticed I finally managed to plan out my blog posts for the next 3 months! How crazy/awesome is that? Honestly, I’m surprised at how long it took to actually get around to it, especially with how organized I like to be. That just goes to show how busy I’ve been lately between my day job and blogging!
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I’ve had people say how organized I am before, but for some reason I received quite a few messages and comments asking me to teach them my ways and show how I managed to plan out my blog stuff, so here it is! Just as an FYI – I made all of my charts/calendars/etc. myself via Microsoft Word. Nothing fancy, but it’s definitely more aesthetically pleasing (to me anyway) than a handwritten chart or list. It took me maybe 10 minutes to do everything, and I’m not the most proficient person when it comes to that sort of thing! Which means you can easily do it yourself!
First, I compiled a huge list of post ideas. I organized them down into general categories/topics I write about on my blog: Adulting/Advice, Products/Things to Love, My Life/Work, Travel/Misc. Series. My post idea list is on-going, so I never run out of ideas to write about! I then assigned each category a mini post-it color. This way, if I change my mind last minute I can easily move things around. From there, I printed out my calendar (that I made myself) and started planning like crazy!
While I was planning, I made sure to to keep the time of year in mind. Since school is about to start, I planned a few school-prep posts. But for next quarter, I have Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas – all big things I could “theme” some posts around. So keep the time of year in mind when you’re planning things out!
I also made sure to plan out posts for each of my series and any regular monthly posts (like my Currently Loving posts and favorite southern recipes). Using my posting schedule of 3x per week, I make sure to keep all my topics balanced, planned the big stuff first, and just filled in the gaps!
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In addition to my content calendar, I also managed to get the rest of my “Blog Binder” organized and set up. This is where I decided to keep all my important blog-related documents/notes/lists. Sponsored posts, expenses, and a hard copy of my post idea list and find there home in my disc-bound notebook (Arc system by Staples). It’s a really nice binder/notebook that I couldn’t bear to get rid of (and it’s in my favorite color) so I decided to hold on to it when I finished with school. Thankfully I managed to re-purpose it for a blog binder!
I’m definitely one of those people that like having hard copies of stuff in front of them rather than read off of a screen. So while most of this stuff I also have on my computer, having a hard copy within reach makes it easier to reference instead of finding a document, waiting for it to load (my computer is super slow!), etc.
For my blog expenses section, I wanted to have a place where I could (obviously) record all of my blog-related expenses. Stuff like hosting costs, subscriptions (tailwind for example), email, etc. would all be in one place so I wouldn’t have to go looking for the charge on my card or search through my emails.
Next I have my blog post idea section. You can see how I organized everything into categories. I also keep an electronic version of this list on Evernote, so I can add things to it on-the-go.
For my payments and sponsored post section, I wanted a place I could keep track of due dates, payment amounts, if I’ve actually been paid or not, etc. I have yet to land a sponsored post so this is more of a wishful thinking section, but decided to get it all done while I was feeling inspired/motivated to do it!
And finally I have my blog to-do list. It gives me a place to write down all of my blog to-dos and keep them organized, rather than keep them all in my mind.
And there you have it – how I manage to stay organized!
So how do you stay organized?
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