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If you're a new or aspiring blogger, it's important that you know up front that organization is one of the most important things to blogging. If you lack organization, you'll become easily overwhelmed and nothing will be as good as it could be.
A year and a half after starting Coffee With Summer, I realized that I had to choose to crack down and get organized. I always had tons of content ideas and dreams for the future, but with lack of organization, I couldn't keep track of anything. When I got serious about getting organized with blogging, I immediately felt a weight lifted off of my shoulders.7 Tips For Staying Organized As A Blogger Click To Tweet
If you're a new blogger or someone who's thinking of starting a blog, I want you to learn from my mistake from the get-go. If you're a seasoned blogger, it's good to reevaluate the way you're organizing things.
Today, I'm sharing some great tips for staying organized as a blogger. Here, you'll find some basic tips, as well as some that are brand new to you!
TIPS FOR STAYING ORGANIZED AS A BLOGGER:
1. Have An Editorial Content Calendar // First things first, you've GOT to have an editorial content calendar if you want to stay on top of your content. When you plan out your content in advance, it automatically helps to create cohesive consistency, grows your authority, and it also saves you time and energy. This is something you don't want to skip out on maintaining.
What should you use as an editorial content calendar? I highly recommend keeping an electronic content calendar. For me, I use the calendar on my desktop. Being able to drag-and-drop blog post ideas is hugely helpful whenever you need to switch dates around. You can't easily do that in a regular handwritten calendar.
2. Keep A Planner // In addition to your editorial calendar, you should always keep and use a planner for everything else. From launch dates, webinars, email newsletters, photoshoots, and more, you'll want to keep a separate calendar or planner for all of those plans. If you have too much in your electronic editorial calendar, it'll be easy to overlook something.
In my planner, I jot down everything that's set in stone and has a little chance of changing. I use the monthly calendar in my planner as a place to keep track of dates and times. I don't jot anything down until the start of the week that's in front of me. This is simply so that once I write everything down for the week, I don't have to through and remove anything. It's just my personal preference.Bloggers! You need to stay organized. Keep a content calendar & planner! Click To Tweet
3. Set Deadlines For Yourself // Friends, if you want to be a blog boss, you actually have to be your own boss. I'm not saying to be hard on yourself, I'm saying that you need to kick your butt into gear and knock out your goals. You need to learn how to work hard and how to hustle well. One great way to do this is to set deadlines for yourself.
Choose to set deadlines. Choose to take the necessary steps you need to meet them. When you set deadlines and follow through with them, you're helping yourself stay on top of things. When you're on top of things, you're staying organized.If you want to be a blog boss, you first have to be your own boss. Set standards for yourself. Click To Tweet
4. Use Dropbox For Storage // Dropbox is pretty much a holy grail service for me. It's how I transfer my photos to my phone, as I have the Dropbox app on my phone! I used to Facebook message my photos for Instagram to my sister and get them on my phone that way, but that was simply no bueno. It would distort the quality of my images and it'd annoy my sister, haha. I can also keep important documents and resources there, so that I can quick access them if I'm out and about. Dropbox is free up to 2 GB of space, which is great for current files.
5. Utilize Notepads & Sticky Notes // Many might think that having many notepads and sticky notes might go against your organization process, but it's the opposite for me, and for some other bloggers, as well! At this moment, I currently have 3 notepads/sticky note pads sitting on my desk filled with pitch ideas, to-dos for the day, and random ideas that pop into my head. At the end of the day, I try to check everything off that got done and reorganize for the next day. This might not work for everyone, but I definitely encourage you to have some kind of notepad on hand for any "lightbulb" moments.
6. Use Google Drive // Choosing to use Google Drive has been such a stress reducer for me. There were so many times I'd need access to a document while I was away from my computer that was only on my desktop. Google Drive allows you to have pretty much everything (forms, documents, sheets, and more) in one place. It's a huge help for sure!
7. Add GMass To Gmail // If you're a blogger who's constantly in contact with brands and other bloggers for collaborations, this is a tool that you need to be using. Email is such an important thing to keep organized at all times, as you can easily become overwhelmed by it if it's not. Make sure you consolidate anything and everything that you need to with GMass. From being able to send out mass emails at a time to tracking opens and more, GMass is an awesome tool to utilize to keep all things organized on your blog's email front.Blog Organization Tip: Use GMass to keep everything consolidated and where it should be! Click To Tweet
What are some ways that you stay organized as a blogger? What are some of your favorite tools? Do you use GMass already? If not, what creative ways would you use GMass? Let's chat blog organization!