I started writing this blog a little over 5 years ago, when I didn’t go back to my office job at the end of my maternity leave.
Back then I had no idea what was really involved in running a blog. I was completely unaware of all the work that was involved, all the different things I’d have to learn and the endless to-do list I’d end up trying to keep on top of.
5 years down the line and I’m still learning, and still working on finding ways to get to the bottom of that to-do list. There are a few things I’ve picked up though that can help with being more organised as a blogger.
1. Create a schedule
I do have a weird resistance to this and it’s taken me a long time to accept that having a schedule of sorts is actually really helpful in getting my blog life organised.
Knowing what content I’ll be publishing when and where takes away the stress of trying to come up with something on the spur of the moment.
The editorial calendar plugin for WordPress is a huge help in getting my blog posts scheduled. It lets me put in drafts of posts which I can then drag around the calendar to the days I want to post them. Then once they’re ready to go I can schedule them to go live whenever I want.
Having a schedule for blog posts is one thing, but it’s only one part of the puzzle. Another key factor in getting organised as a blogger is to set up a social media posting schedule. You can keep this as simple as planning out what content you’ll share on which channel in a spreadsheet, or you can use something like ContentCal to make life even easier for yourself.
You can get all your social media posts drafted out and then schedule them to go live at a set time each week, or whenever you want them to be published. Having a social media plan instead of scrabbling around each day wondering what to share can make a big difference in how organised you feel as a blogger. Saying that, it’s something that I’m still working on getting on top of!
2. Batch your content
This is something you’ll hear productivity experts talk about all the time, and it’s because it really works.
What it means is that you do a load of the same type of job at the same time. So when you’re in the mood to write, you sit and write out drafts for your next 4 blog posts. If you have amazing light in your house one day, then you spend a few hours getting all the photos you need for the next few weeks taken in one go.
When we stick with one type of activity we get into a state of flow, and are so much more productive than when we chop and change and jump from one activity to the next.
3. Keep a notebook handy
One of the simplest ways to get more organised as a blogger is to just keep a notebook handy.
You can have just one that you keep on you, or have a few dotted around the house and in your bag so you can jot down ideas whenever and wherever they come to you.
Whether it’s a brilliant idea for a blog post series or a note to remind yourself to reply to an email or take a photo of something, you’ll need somewhere to record all the thoughts that pop in your head throughout the day.
If a physical notebook doesn’t work for you then you can try using the notes app on your phone, or downloading something like trello or evernote that you can sync across all your devices so you can access all your digital notes wherever you are.
Hopefully these tips will help you to feel more organised as a blogger.
I’m hoping if I keep trying to take my own advice I’ll feel on top of everything one of these days!
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post