I’ve been a notebook/agenda (i.e. paper and pen) person all my life. As friends started managing their lives online and on their phones after college, I retained my yearly agenda purchases. I felt lost without one. I occasionally tried to use calendars in email programs, but those work better around a lifestyle full of appointments. As a grad student and as a blogger, my life has revolved more around to do lists than a time table. The difficulty of how to stay organized as a blogger hasn’t been any different than my previous experience. I struggled to find an agenda the last few years that lets me have a calendar (without hourly tick marks) and gave me enough room for my to do lists.
Finally, in 2017, I caved and started using Google calendar. Initially, I was doing both paper and my online calendar to get used to it. Before long, my little agenda was driving me crazy. So, now I have all meetings and phone calls scheduled on my computer and phone. And for everything else, I’ve been using my mini binder system. You might remember it from my how to stay organized planning a wedding post!
How to Stay Organized as a Blogger
In the last few years, I’ve become a bit of a notebook hoarder. I had my agenda and various notebooks where I jotted down content ideas, took notes for phone calls, planned classes, and whatever else. While I didn’t mind it at the time, I now have a setup that puts all of that in one place – all together and totally customizable! My favorite thing about the binder system are the individual sheets (available in a few colors) and that I can rearrange them to my heart’s content.
I always have my to do list in front, but obviously, that list is discarded and replaced every day or so. When it’s time I just click open the binder, remove the old list, and put a new piece of paper in its place. And instead of flipping through my notebook looking for a certain page of notes from something a week or two ago, I can move it right behind my to do list. Or I can move it behind other things that are more pressing at the moment! How awesome is that??
My Organizational Details
Other favorite features? I love the mini sheet protectors. I have four in my binder at the moment. The front one holds my sticky note pads and my pens. The second holds printouts of upcoming collaborations guidelines, so I can easily access them. The other two hold recipe ideas and inspirational ideas (e.g. magazine cutouts). The “system” has options for an address book, monthly tabs, and dividers, but I don’t have use for those at the moment. I’ve made it perfect for me, which is the only way to stay organized as a blogger or self-employed person! I also have non-sticky and sticky notepads in the system because sometimes you just need them, right?
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