When I starting blogging a year and a half ago I wrote what was on my mind as it came to me. I did a project and blogged about it the next day, pretty easy to keep up. As my blog grew I needed a way to keep track of my ideas, posts, and deadlines.
I started with a simple day planner from Target. It has worked well up until this fall. The pages are too small and it’s just not cut out to be a true editorial calendar. In addition to this planner I have extra pages to track my monthly stats, income and expense, and lots and lots of project ideas.
There are so many amazing planners out there, quite a few specific to bloggers. I looked at a lot but couldn’t find one that encompassed everything I wanted. What I wanted was space to plan, track, and stay organized. So, I decided to create my own.
I am excited to share this planner with you today, and how I am using it to keep my blog organized and on track.
Not a blogger? Not to worry, there are parts of this planner that will work for you too.
Here is what I included in a 1 inch 3 ring binder:
- Pretty cover page
- Monthly calendar pages
- Weekly planning pages
- Project Tracker
- Income and Expenses Tracker
- Blog Statistics
- Social Media Post Checklist
- Password sheet
Prior to this planner I had most of these pieces floating around. They usually sat in a pile or folded in my little planner. I needed something that I could see and use, a 3 ring binder was the perfect solution.
One of my favorite parts of this planner are the weekly planning pages. There is a page for each month, I printed 4-5 pages of each depending on the number of weeks in each month. This format allows me to lay out my week and see exactly what I need to do.
- The Blog Stats page is a place where I can take in a year to date view of how my blog is performing. Sometimes it’s nice to have this on paper versus having to pull it from Google Analytics each time.
- I am so glad I actually need an Income and Expense tracker. Not only is it nice to have a little income to track, it’s important to have accurate accounting come tax time.
- The Social Media Post Checklist is something I created earlier this year. It has helped me efficiently network my posts to get a high level of exposure for each one. I used to keep a version of this sheet in a plastic sleeve so I could use a dry erase marker for each post. This was effective, but it was usually stuck in my pile of stuff and not always used. I still use the plastic sleeve but keep it in the binder so it is always on hand.
I am excited to put this planner to use in 2015! I have started using many of the features already and love it. Just having it all in one place is a huge improvement.
I want to share my planner with you!
I hope this planner can help you streamline and organize your blog too.
You can download the monthly and weekly planner pages here.
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