I feel like my life is a never ending quest to be more organised, but recently I've started to feel a bit more on top of things. The past few months haven't been too busy as I'm only working part time at the moment, so I've had a bit more time to spend working on things like my blog... or the latest series of my chosen show. In 2016, however, things will hopefully be changing and *fingers crossed* I'll be returning to university. In light of this I've been trying to properly nail my organisation for both my life and my blog, and at the moment I'm feeling pretty happy with the systems I have in place when it comes to this little space on the internet!
A lot of my organisation relies on writing things down, I just work better that way. I'll never be the kind of person who has a completely digital calendar because I just forget to check it! I am a devout fan of to do lists, so my to do list pad from That Lame Company comes in very handy on a day to day basis. I keep this on my desk and start a new list every day, carrying over anything that still needs completed from the day before. I also use a weekly desk pad from the same shop to give me a rough overview of what I have on that week and when I have some time to spare. Having everything written down so that I can quickly see what needs done or any commitments at a glance really makes things easier for me!
I used to plan the majority of my blog content using an editorial calendar I fashioned out of a spreadsheet, which was colour coded to show what posts were published, scheduled or needed writing. This worked pretty well for me as it helped me figure out what I needed to do for my content for the month ahead, so I've got a similar system going on at the moment using Google Calendar. I have a calendar for personal, work, blog posts, YouTube videos and one for blog events which means I can quickly switch between views to focus on one area at a time or I can see them all at once to figure out how it all fits in together. It works for me at the moment and allows me to access my calendar on the go using my phone or at home using my computer, but I still like writing things down...
So I bought a blog planner.
More specifically, I bought The Blogger Journal by Stephanie from Cocochic. I'd spent so much time investigating different planners both in general and those targeted at bloggers, but none had really clicked for me until I found this one. The Blogger Journal is jam packed with space to plan your blog posts, track your stats, keep a note of your income alongside motivation quotes, blog post ideas and monthly goals. It covers all the bases I need, but doesn't take up a ridiculous amount of space and could easily fit in my bag if I'm working on the go. It's already made a pretty positive impact on how I work so I'm glad I decided to pick it up.
Another "planner" I picked up on a whim is the Badass Blog Planner by Sarah Morgan. This had been sitting in my Amazon wishlist for a while, and after I received a voucher for Christmas I decided to finally try it out for myself.
This isn't really the diary style planner that I had expected, it's more a book of practical worksheets that aim to help you define goals for the year based on what you want to achieve, what has worked well in the past and what your readers react to. It's quite interesting and I've found it a useful tool in setting my aims for the future. There are some handy tips in it too, but nothing ground breaking. There are probably hundreds of the worksheets kicking about online, but having them all compiled in one book makes them more accessible for me! Alongside my reader survey this has helped me properly cement my potential ideas based on what the stats say work well, and what my readers have commented on.
I'm planning on going in to a bit more detail about what exactly I have planned tomorrow when I'm discussing the results of my reader survey, so if you want to hear more about it then make sure to come back tomorrow ;)
Do you have any specific systems for organising your blog?
I'd love to hear about what works for you!