Another classic post I’m jumping on. But I’m an organisation f r e a k. I love keeping everything organised and scheduled and having a system. And I know that, staying organised as a blogger can be a struggle to keep organised. Especially when you’re tackling jobs or studies at the same time. I’m currently jugging 4 part time/freelance gigs and it kind of made me realise how I need a system. So I think I’ve tried basically every organisation regime and products there is, and finally found the ones that works for me.
Thus, here we are. I’ll take you through my own system and what I use to keep organised, so if you’re like me and love stationary and keeping organised you’re going to have a field day reading this. Obviously everyone’s way of doing things is different, and this is juts my way. But I think it’ll be a way that works for many people.
So, a little context to get us going. For ages I tried to force myself into an organisation system which weren’t working. Especially bullet journals. I loved my bullet journal for a good few months, and I still think it’s a fab way to keep organised. As you literally create your own layout, so I thought it’d be perfect for someone like me. However it was just too much time. And I know that’s kind of the point, however when I want to jot things down and plan content I don’t want to have to be fussing over drawing tables first.
I now use the Ponderlily undated planner. And I don’t think I can rave about this planner enough holy cow. I bought this about a month ago and I’ve fallen in love with it. The one thing I wanted in a planner was to have a monthly overview and then a weekly overview too, which most diaries don’t have. But this has exactly that, with space for weekly to-do lists, notes, positive habits. And then a monthly round up at the end of each month and a notes section. Halle-fucking-lujah. It also has a cute quote at the beginning of each month with is just the sweetest touch.
So each month I plan out when I’m posting content, when I’m shooting or going to events. And then any personal bits or if I’m working on other jobs. And if I suddenly think of ideas for say December (yes I’m planning Christmas content in August and what) I just whizz to the notes section at the back of that month and keep it under a ‘blog thoughts’ section. So at the beginning of the month I can also consult there to plan content or see what brand deals or specific things I need to do. I then plan each week as it comes and breakdown each day with what I’m doing.
I do also use the diary on my phone. Less for content planning more for what I’m doing day to day. So all my personal bits or events get put on there too. Simply because I don’t always carry around my planner so if I need to look at my schedule I still have it with me. And I just keep everything colour coded so it’s easy to see what’s going on.
Then I also have a notes section on my phones specifically for my blog. Containing a collection of my latest blog post links, as it makes scheduling tweets 10x easier (life hack). I also have a section for any blog post ideas I may have. As, I don’t know about you but they always come to me at the most random of times. And then any other random thoughts or links to refer to later.
THE DAILY JOTTER
For day to day I have a journal to write down my daily to-do lists and write down any notes or thoughts whilst I work. It’s just a handy notebook to write everything down on and I can plan my blog posts or right any quick notes in. And it keeps everything in the same place. A rather small but necessary item to have my friends.
MY BLOGGING RESOURCES
There are a few resources I have for just blogging which I thought I’d pop in at the end. The first of which is a blogging income spreadsheet. They’re perfect if you make money from blogging and want to keep a record of what’s coming in and out from blogging each month. If you just search in google ‘blogging income spreadsheet’ so many posts with free downloads will pop up to save you the hassle. Likewise, I also have a separate spreadsheet of all my raised invoices. Just the invoice number, amount, who it’s sent to and when and then the deadline. And I colour code it so I can see what’s been paid when and what hasn’t. As for my actual invoices I keep them all in a file so they’re easily accessible if I ever need them.
I could go on forever about organisation. As I bloomin’ love it, and I’m so happy with the system I have right now. And I know this is very intricate how I do things, but I find it makes life so much easier. I’d love to know if there’s any specific way you like to keep organised!