I'm always in search of a way to be more organized when it comes to blogging. I often have a general idea of what I want to post each week, but I don't always have those posts scheduled in advance. I've written before on how I use May Books to brainstorm and plan out posts, and those have been invaluable in helping me stay on top of everything going on with my blog. But lately I found myself wishing for something else!
I wanted a clean, simple (but cute) single-page planner where I could see in a glance what I needed to do for the blog. I'm a huge fan of lists, so I searched Pinterest and etsy for some sort of printable to do list worksheet. Everything I found was so generic, and I wanted a worksheet that was geared specifically towards book blogging.
With a daily to do list planner as my inspiration, I got to work creating something that combined the look I loved with the book blogging categories I wanted. A couple hours later, and I was seriously so excited about the result! I've been using it for the last week or so, and I'm totally in love. Sure, it's basically just a pretty to do list, but I think having something that looks nice can make a huge difference in your attitude about getting it done. The worksheet is broken down into six categories:
- Book Reviews
- Weekly Features
- Monthly Posts
- Review Copies
- Discussion Posts
- Random Thoughts
I'm able to see, in a glance, exactly what I need to work on for the blog. If I need and/or want to have the post done by a specific date, I've got the column there to remind me. And there's nothing like checking off one of those little boxes once I'm done! My goal was to make it specific to book blogging but general enough that almost any type of blog post could fit in the categories. Why did I want it to work that way? SO I COULD SHARE IT WITH ALL OF YOU! Duh.
The look of my to do list was inspired by a daily to do planner I found, which was created by Miss Tiina (check out her etsy shop!). After I finished creating it, I realized that I wanted to make it available to any book blogger interested in downloading it. So, I emailed Miss Tiina to ask for permission to share what I made. Thankfully, she was so nice and had no problem with me posting it for y'all. YAY!
I love having this fun thing to keep me on track, and I'm really excited for y'all to use it, too. Truthfully, I hope it's helpful for you because I'm determined to show everyone the benefits of getting organized! You may not color code your calendar just yet, but I'll get you there in time...