Staying organized as a writer and blogger can be one of the most harrowing parts of the job.
From deadlines, to content ideas, to meetings… there is a lot to track and keep organized. I’m someone who genuinely enjoys making lists and staying organized (much more than I should), but that’s not always fun for everyone else. So, I thought I would pen a post all about the simple tips and ways I stay organized as a writer and blogger.
1. An Organized Google Drive
The most essential web application in my toolkit is definitely Google Drive. All of my idea documents, photos, and spreadsheets are sorted and grouped together in one spot. Plus… it’s free.
If you already have a Google Drive, make sure you’re organizing it! Create and use various folders. Keep blogging documents separate from school essays. I also like to make folders for specific blog posts and topics. Sorting everything is the key to staying organized.
Google spreadsheets are also perfect for budgeting, tracking hours and projects, and making a content plan for your blog.
My last piece of advice is to upload all the documents you have on your computer. I have all of my old school essays, screenplays, and short stories on my laptop, but using Google Drive is a great place to store a backup of everything.
2. Whiteboard calendar
One of the essential things you need to stay organized is a good calendar! I personally like to use my phone’s calendar and a hard calendar that I can physically write on as well.
I’m also a firm believer in writing things down multiple times in multiple places. The more you write it down, the less likely you are to forget about it. I’m a perfectionist at heart, and I loathe scribbling and scratching things out. So, aesthetically, a whiteboard calendar is really great.
3. Bullet Journal
If you’ve never seen or used a bullet journal before, all you need to know is that it’s a notebook full of blank pages, except it’s dotted instead of lined. I definitely prefer this for creative purposes because the dots make it easy to draw and create designs. The one I bought also comes with lots of cool tips and tricks for using your bullet journal.
I use my bullet journal for scrapbooking and organization. I mostly use it for brainstorming lists – like my travel bucket list and content ideas. You can also use a bullet journal as a planner. There are tons of ideas all over Pinterest for bullet journaling! The best thing about a bullet journal is the creative freedom you have to make it into anything you need.
4. An Organized Planner
I completely relied on a traditional planner in school, and that hasn’t changed in my post-grad life either. I like to use my planner for everything – from personal things, like trips and doctor’s appointments, to all job and blog related work. It’s basically the guidebook to my life, and I’d be utterly lost without my planner.
A lot of planners also come with a contact page and areas for goal setting, which I especially love!
5. Color Coding
I love color-coding. I used to color code my closet and bookshelf, but I’ve come up with a different system for those now. As for writing and blogging, I find color-coding to be a great way to stay organized. There are a few different color-coding systems you can use, but I like to color code based on subject and urgency.
Come up with a color code key that works for you and aids in organizing your thoughts and deadlines! Even if you’re not working with strict deadlines, it’s good to come up with a consistent posting schedule for your blog and color code the publishing dates. Within my content spreadsheet, I also color code the months and stages that a post is in – from drafting, to proofreading, to adding links and photos, to finally publishing.
6. A Thinking Journal
Find a notebook, any notebook, and completely dedicate it to brainstorming ideas.
This can easily be within your bullet journal, or it could be separate. Another great space for a “thinking journal” is in your notes app or a document in your Google Drive. The goal is to have a place where you can brainstorm and create mind maps of unfiltered thoughts. Any spark of inspiration can be scribbled down for later!
This is where and how I come up with most of my ideas. It’s a designated space where my thoughts don’t have to be organized right away. I’m terrible at actual “brainstorm sessions”, and most of my content ideas come to me while sitting at a restaurant with friends or driving in the car. And even if you do traditional “brainstorm sessions”, a Thinking Journal can still be a great place to keep all your ideas and thoughts.
What are your favorite ways to stay organized?