Hello everybody! How are you doing? I hope everything is going well for you! On today’s post, I’ll be sharing how you can easily organize your blog with a planner. I have to admit that I’m very picky with planners. They need to have a perfect size, enough space for notes, the main color should be white or very light, a calendar for every month and so on. Also, I can’t forget the price! TJ Maxx is my best friend in that regard. They have beautiful planners and affordable prices! That’s the best combination. Am I right?
I’ll be going through the process on how I add everything to my planner. Remember the post about How To Plan One Year Of Amazing Blog Content In 7 Days? This is related to that one! I have all my posts for the year on my One Note app. Once I know what I’m writing about during the month I try to set my schedule for the month.
I have to add that I use the planner for only business related things. For the personal related events like birthdays and doctor’s appointment, I use my phone. For those things, I need reminders and alarms to know when things are going to happen. It’s so easy to lose track of time!
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When a new month is going to start, I like to decide when I will publish the posts, a week before. One, because it gives me enough time to decide which titles are the best fit for a certain blog post. We know the importance of SEO, so I make sure to take a look at different keywords. A tool that I love and helps a lot is the Free Headline Analyzer From CoSchedule. It’s so useful! We know it can be a little hard to find the right keywords, but spending some time on my titles is something I can’t forget. It makes me happy when here and there I hit the jackpot when I write the perfect titles and a lot of traffic comes to my blog.
- Related: 4 Tips To Go Viral With Blog Titles
And two, it gives me an idea of how my month will look like and I can set a writing schedule. It also helps if I need to take pictures or buy materials if I need to make a DIY project (btw, I haven’t done one in forever! You can take a look to all my past projects here). It’s good to know all those things in advance!
As you can see, I have the posts I want to write for the months of August and September (and the pasts ones from July). I don’t have an official title for those post ideas nor the dates I want to publish them. Just a guideline that helps me set up everything for the month.
So now, I grab my planner and write those possible dates I want the post to go live. Sometimes the inspiration is not there so I have to change those dates. In the end, it’s just a guideline I like to follow. I allow me to be flexible with those things. You can’t put pressure on creativity.
Take a look at my full calendar for the month of August where I write down the posts for the month. I like to write one per week and that works okay for me. Sometimes I add my travel dates so I know where I will be. That way I try to set the dates for my posts depending on my blog and travel schedule. For example, if I had to travel during the second week of August, then publishing a blog post about Instagram spots in Santiago wouldn’t be the best idea if I’m not going to be in the city.
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There are a few things I do every month, like making a planner and habit tracker for my subscribers (download your free printables here!) and reply to comments on my blog. So I make sure to write down those tasks first.
I’m a little messy with the way I organize my week, but it works, so there’s not much to hate. Every Sunday or Monday, I start planning my week, I add the things I didn’t do last week plus other tasks I need to do. Those new tasks will depend on different things. For example, I have a goals list for Quarter 3, so I take a look at those goals and add the ones I want to achieve during the month. This August I want to start a new product so I write down everything that involves creating that.
Now take a look at the picture. This is what I did in a week. As you can see, it’s pretty simple. I write down what I need to get done, and next to it I add a number depending on the priority of the task. Whatever is the higher number goes last, so if I don’t finish that at the end of the day, I can do it the next day and I won’t feel stress out.
I have to add that I try not to work during the weekends, and if I do is early on a Saturday. I like to read and do fun things with my family and friends. Also, I’m not that productive those days unless there’s something important. So why to push it I know it just doesn’t work?
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Another thing I wanted to talk about is those extra sections many planners have, like notes. Those pages are super important to me! Sometimes I have ideas or new things I want to do and the best place for writing them is there. That way I won’t lose those ideas. Another thing I write down there are the things I learn from free webinars or Live videos.
Take advantage of those extra sections! I used to dislike them and thought they were only using extra paper for nothing, but it’s interesting all you can do when you make a habit of using everything your planner offers.
Tell me, how do you organize everything related to your blog? Do you use a planner or you prefer your phone? Let me know in the comments!