I am such a planner. It really is just part of my personality. I always have had these really intensive color-coded planners and to-do lists for school. And I learned really quickly that planning is also the only way I can successfully keep up with my blog. When I started blogging I had no clue how time consuming it would be—and I think that’s true for a lot of bloggers. It really is like another job.
So this is a little show-and-tell post of how I plan. It’s broken down into a couple different layers. Having a lot of different formats is what works best for me. I can admit to being really neurotic and type a here. This might not work for everyone.
I create a spreadsheet each month on my drive. It is probably the most concrete and important part of my planning and is really what keeps me accountable and on schedule. I try to plan out the whole month at once. It is a bit easier since I have some posts—Monday Motivation, Released This Week, Top 5 Wednesday, This or That Thursday—that are weekly. Then I have my haul at the end of the month as well.
It works really well as a way to see what is coming up in the week ahead and mark if I finish a post ahead of time. I put the scheduled date and time for each post and then kind of a status. I like color coding the status kind of like a stoplight. It just lets me know what is taken care of and what I failed to meet this month.
This is a binder planner that I just started using this year. So far I like it. This is a shot from a spread I had back in February—becasue ever since I went on spring break in early March I’ve been slacking with my planner to be honest. But as you can see, during the week I have different events I have to attend color coded as well as my homework listed by class and highlighted when completed.
Then in the notes section in the bottom right I created a checklist of the blog posts I had to do for that week—checking them off when they were written and scheduled. This works for me because I look at my planner pretty frequently for school, events, and homework. It’s just another reminder.
I am a to-do list queen. I love making lists. I find them really satisfying. I use these little list tear sheets all the time. I make at least one for every day. I usually mix my life, school, and blogging goals together in the order they need to get done—starring anything urgent.
my blog journal
I start a new section in my journal for every month. The spread that designates a new month kind of works as a catalog of what books I have to read and which books I have to review. It works really well for keeping me on my toes when it comes to ARCs. It also works as a space that I draft posts and reviews when I am not around my computer so I don’t forget them. I like it because sometimes I’m at work or commuting or wherever and have time to sit and write out a review but don’t necessarily have my laptop. It works really well to have me write the posts out then type them because I just have so much non-computer time out there.