Today is another installment of Behind the Blog! As a refresher, I’ve teamed up with some amazing bloggers from several different niches to share what happens behind the scenes of our blogs. Today’s post focus on blog planning and organizing.
When it comes to organizing my life, day job, consulting business and Twin Stripe, there are so many tools for planning and organizing, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to stay on track. I’m always up for trying out tools and tactics to organize my blog, biz and life. No matter how many different tools I try, I have a few favorites I come back to time after time. These tools help me keep my to do lists in check, my ideas in one spot and my calendar in order. Without these tools, staying organized on a daily basis would be a struggle, but luckily they are easily accessible for anyone looking to plan ahead and get organized.
I love a good to do list, which is why I love the digital to do list app, Todoist. I can break my tasks down into categories – Twin Stripe, business, life, etc. – and check them off as I go. I can set due dates and reminders that I can choose to receive in my email or on my phone. I can even email other users tasks if we are working on a joint project. There is a Todoist app for pretty much every platform, see them all here. Best of all, the free version Todoist is pretty great!
I am always coming up with new ideas for blog posts and collaborations on the go. I document all of my ideas in list format in Google Keep which you can access on your computer, smartphone or tablet. The app interface is very visual and includes features like color coded notes, image storage, list formatting and more. I use Keep for getting an idea down quickly before I forget!
As much as I love a digital calendar and to do list, I love being able to write things down. There are so many amazing planners on the market, but my favorite as of late is the Get To Work Book created by Elise Blaha Cripe of the blog, enJoy It and the podcast, Elise Gets Crafty.
I love this planner for a variety of reasons. The weekly pages are my favorite – there is plenty of space to keep your daily schedule, highlight your daily to dos and take notes. There are also built in pages each month to keep track of projects and goals. It is beautifully designed with motivational sayings like, “Big things happen one day at a time,” each month. If you are looking for a paper planner, I highly recommend the Get To Work Book.
When I need to take longer notes or write blog posts, I use Evernote. It’s a great way to organize my thoughts (and my Keep notes). It’s easy to stay organized with Evernote because I can access it on all devices. I divide my notes into different notebook categories and subcategories – which are all searchable. So, even if I misplace a note, I can easily find it. I can also clip notes from webpages and save PDFs to Evernote. I love that I can keep all of my resources organized in one easy to access place. I highly recommend checking out Evernote today.
What are your favorite planning and organizing tools? What keeps you on track each day?
My lovely friend, Jennifer of The Life of Jennifer Dawn organized this series – so a major thanks to her! Stop by Jennifer’s blog to find more information about the series, up coming topics and more information about all of the bloggers participating.
And, don’t forget to visit the other blogs in the Behind the Blog series!
Planning & Organizing Fun Blog Posts | The Natural Homeschool
Behind The Blog: Organization, Planning And Balance | The Speckled Palate
Printable Blog Planner | The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Behind the Blog: Planning & Organization | Twin Stripe