I’ve never realized how difficult it is to establish an effective organization system until I actually tried implementing one. There are so many different ways to organize your daily life, it can be confusing trying to figure out where to start.
After numerous trial and error attempts, I think I’ve finally found the system that works for me and I’m going to share the whole process with you from start to finish!
Why You Need To Organize
As a blogger you have to be disciplined because unless you’ve hired someone to run your website, everything little decision is at your discretion. Establishing an organization system that works for you not only helps you stay focused and on track with what you want to get done, but provides your readers with consistency. When your readers know what to expect, they’re likely to return for more, which translates into increased traffic for you!
Organization is also essential in your personal life as well as your professional life. I find that when I take a few extra minutes to write everything down that I need to accomplish on the home front, it’s a thousand times easier to actually get done because I’ve laid out the groundwork. Wouldn’t you love to be able to say that you had a productive day AND got to spend quality time with the family?
What You Need To Be A Successful Organizer
For me, these are the four essential items I need to keep myself on track every day.
How To Establish An Effective Organization System
Step 1. Have a daily schedule for tasks
I like to do the same things at the same time each day. This makes it easy for me to know what to do next and helps prevent my mind from wandering. I made a super simple schedule with a column for link up parties. This helps me keep track of the link ups I attend regularly.
Step 2. Follow a to-do list
Your schedule is different than your to-do list in the fact that a schedule will not change much from day to day. However, your to-do list will change constantly. That’s why I’ve created this simple daily to-do list that you can re-use week after week.
Step 3. Plan future blog posts in advance
Knowing what posts you’re going to write for the next month is a HUGE time saver. That way when it comes time to actually write the post you’ll already have a topic chosen and just need to add the details.
I’m not going to show you a picture of mine because then you’d know about all the exciting things I have in store for you.
However, Sarah Avila at My Joy-Filled Life has an awesome 2015 blog planner. I have been using the large two-page monthly editorial calendar because I like that it has a place for stats, and you can mark off social media channels as you schedule your blog posts to them.
Step 4. Make a personal calendar
Add appointments, meetings, family outings and activities, meals, parties and anything else you don’t want to forget. I keep this totally separate from my editorial calendar. Personal use only. Knowing what activities are scheduled for the week prevents me from over booking myself. I downloaded this calendar from print-a-calendar.com.
“The point of planning isn’t to load your schedule with obligations. It’s about getting the important things done and still having time to be human.”
-Ellis, Dave. “Becoming A Master Student.” 2015-
How do you stay organized personally and professionally? Leave me a comment and don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive content not featured on our blog.
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