One of the important things I needed to do when planning for All Things Beautiful relaunch was create an organisation system that worked. I knew I wanted to post every other day but for me this just isn't possible without a great system that I enjoy using and that keeps the content flowing. I've always loved print outs such as checklists and tables to fill out with a bunch of pretty coloured pens, but I am a perfectionist and as I was filling out one of the sheets for the 7th time with my bin slowly filling up with scrunched up pieces paper I had deemed 'not good enough' (spelling mistake, smudged ink, handwriting that became massive as I went down the page...) I realised this was never going to be productive. So I turned to my MacBook Air and properly linked my iPhone to the iCloud and tried to work out how I could use the two to have a fluid system that I could access wherever I was.
This is what I did.
- Utilised 'Pages' to create a content plan for each month with the topics I want to blog about, so as I think of a new post idea I can write it in the relevant topic for the month I want to post it.
- When it comes to planning the posts for the month I can create an editorial calendar on 'Calendar', filling in which posts from the plan I want to post on each day.
- I also use 'Calendar' to fill out when an essential task needs completing by. You can change the colour of the events so you can separate blogging and personal things. I like being able to see them both together so I know if I have a lot going on one week I can move blog bits around to fit in with it.
- I use 'Numbers' to develop a stats table so I can access it and work out where I am towards each goal and easily input information at the end of the week/month.
- 'Notes' can also be easily synced to your phone for recording sudden inspiration. Whenever you get an idea for a post or series you can jot it down and transfer it to your content plans later.
I feel like there are so many advantages of using technology in the way that's most useful to you that it's a no brainer to choose it over files and paper and notebooks. Once you have set up a system that works the same way that you think and can be accessed from anywhere at anytime you'll be surprised with the difference it makes to how you blog and think up new content.
If you're a blogger what do you use to organise and plan content? Or if you're not, how do you use technology to help organise your life? What have you tried that hasn't worked? I'd be really interested to know so feel free to leave a comment or tweet me here.
"Organise your life around your dreams and watch them come true" - unknown