Are you feeling overwhelmed with the unlimited amount of tasks you need to get done daily for your blog? Are you finding it hard to stay organized? Don’t worry, we feel that way at times! Today I will be giving you a run down of what I do to stay organized and I hope you find some useful tips that you could start incorporating today. I know it could be hard to stay organized and productive while working from home. So here are my 5 tips on how to stay organized as a blogger! 🙂
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Track Your Expenses & Income
If you plan on turning your blog into a business, it’s important to stay on top of your expenses and income right away. That way when tax season comes by, you will have everything set and ready. I write down all of my expenses and income on Microsoft Excel and this helps me stay on track on how much I have spent and how much I have earned.
Something else that is important is to save receipts of all your blog expenses. So make sure to save all your paper receipts and email receipts for future reference.
Another tip is to make a list of all the companies and brands that you are affiliated with so that you could log in once a week and check how much you have been getting paid.
Create A Weekly Blog Schedule
I have a planner that I specifically use to schedule in my blogging tasks for the week. I use the Productivity Planner and it helps me stay on top of my blogging goals and blogging tasks. You can read more about the Productivity Planner and why I recommend it here.
Create a weekly schedule that is realistic and will work for you. Here are some tips and tools:
- Schedule Blog Posts: Consistency is key, so have designated day(s) for when you will publish your blog posts. For example, I post once a week on Mondays and I use an editorial calendar to schedule my posts. You can use the editorial calendar plugin for WordPress (It’s FREE!) 🙂
- Schedule Your Newsletter: Make sure to have a day when you send out a newsletter to your subscribers. They want to hear from you so don’t take them for granted. I send out an email to my subscribers on Monday and I use Convertkit to schedule out my newsletters and I love it! If you are a new blogger and would like a free newsletter option then you can choose Mailerlite.
- Schedule Your Social Media: I am so grateful for scheduling tools! They save you so much time and energy. I use Hootsuite to schedule my Facebook Group, Facebook Page, and Instagram. Hootsuite is free for up to three social media platforms, which is great! For Pinterest… I use Boardbooster and Tailwind to schedule my pins. You don’t have to use both but I have found it useful for me.
Set Work Hours
Even if you work from home, you should still set work hours for yourself. That way your mind knows when it’s time to work and when it’s time to relax. Whether you are working on your blog part-time or full-time. This helps you have work/life balance and helps you get things done and not procrastinate.
Working all day long doesn’t help with your productivity or creativity. So having set work hours is also something very important to implement in your everyday life to have freedom outside of your work life.
Keep A Notepad For Your Creative Ideas
It happens to me all the time, it could be midnight and I could get this amazing idea for my blog and if I don’t write it down, I will completely forget the following day. So keep a notebook or notepad close by so that you could jot down your ideas there. I use the notepad on my phone and that really helps to keep all my creative ideas in one place.