I've got my cute little clipboard because I use that to just jot quick ideas when I'm not ready to sit down and write a post. Basically, I keep a running list of blog post ideas. I also use a sticky note on my computer and an inkpad app on my phone for when I'm not by my clipboard.
The calendar is something new. I typically use a planner when I'm in school but when I'm not in school, a calendar page is better for me.
I use all the highlighters, a black pen and at least one other color pen.
This calendar is only for blogging. If you have a calendar that is for multiple things, I suggest using different colored pens to color code everything. It's important to be consistent when you do this so that you know, month to month, what each color is for.
Since this one is only used for blogging, I'll show you what I do. I made this calendar in Microsoft word and I made it to fit as many weeks as I could, starting with the day I made the calendar, so that's why it doesn't actually line up with any of the months.
I use the highlighters to make color coded boxes. This way, I'm able to just glance at the calendar to see if i have too many of the same types of posts in a week. So, if I see more than one orange box, for example, I know I need to tone it down on reviews and sponsored posts.
The next thing I do is go through and write all of the main posts of the month. These are things that I'm hosting or a giveaway or just some important posts I have specific dates for. Then I go through and color those boxes.
After that, I go through my list of blog post ideas and just plan those out with the rest of the days. I only post Monday-Friday unless I just have something specific I need to get out on a Saturday or Sunday.
I use a different colored pen to go through and schedule the other blogging "To do's" like answering emails or writing sponsor spotlights and things like that.
I also go through with my black pen and write the days those sponsor spotlights are going to go up across the top of the calendar page.
Then, when I'm done with the calendar for now, I hang it up on my filing box on a bookshelf that is near my desk.
I actually have another post planned to show you what that is used for, but for now, I'll just tell you that I like having this calendar right here so I can just glance at it and see what is going on. I also go through as I write the posts needed to write and check mark them so that I know they are written and scheduled.
It seems to be a system that works pretty well and I hope I've inspired you to get more organized with your blog! It is so nice to know when things are coming up and not get overwhelmed with a ton of things to do at once!
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