Pen and paper, planners, electronic calendars, alarms- there are so many ways to stay organised nowadays, it’s all just about finding a system that works for you. Although for day to day I prefer using iCal on my phone to stay organised, when it comes to my blog I’ve actually found that using an old school divided planner system is the most effective. Sometimes there’s just nothing more satisfying than putting pen to paper, you know?
Colour coding: Purple = Style posts | Green = Beauty posts | Blue = Lifestyle posts
The first tab in my planner is a monthly view calendar where I map out all of my posts for the month. On The Sunday Mode new posts go live on Thursdays but if I posted multiple times a week obviously this calendar would be a lot more hectic! To keep things very clear I also colour code everything, that way I can clearly see where there are gaps in my content and when it comes to writing new posts I know exactly which categories I may be lacking content in.
Probably not the most accurate name for this section of my planner but this is basically where I list all of the changes I would like to make with my blog (big or small) and all of the things I’ve been meaning to do but haven’t gotten around to yet. Whenever I have some spare time and I’m feeling motivated, I’ll flip to this section of my planner and see what I can get done.
Any content ideas I have, I write them down here. Usually I’ll just jot point down my thoughts on different topics and then whenever I’m lacking inspiration I’ll take a look at this section and see which ideas jump out to me. Even if ideas sound silly or overdone I still write them down- I feel like an idea is an idea and in future one silly idea might spark a really interesting notion for a new post. Wow, how many times did I just say idea?
This section is my blog’s bread and butter, without it I’d be all over the place. I use this little check list system to keep track of the progress of all of my posts and to figure out what I’ve already done and what I still need to do. Once I’ve started drafting a post I’ll write it in here, then as things get done I’ll tick them off my check list. If I haven’t said it before, ticking things off a list is really satisfying.
This is where my degree in Film and Television (and control freak nature) majorly kicks in. I’m so used to planning shots in films that I can’t help but plan out my blog photos. Once I start writing a post I’ll usually always have an idea of what kind of photo I’d like to accompany it so I’ll either draw or jot down my ideas in this section. I don’t always stick to the shots I plan but doing this does really help motivate and inspire me to take photos, then once I’m actually taking them I might change things around to whatever looks best through my lens.
And that’s it!