This post is part of Blogging Week on Nothin' Fancy. Really.
I am a very stressed person. Every single thing makes me worry and lose sleep over it. I've found, however, that being organised really helps me with that and I always do my best when I plan out my duties. My way of doing this is by writing things down. It always helps me to see a list in colour and written in my own hand, so I know what I have to do and have something to get back to. Regarding blogging, I have a way of making my notebooks work for me ... I keep a few of them, including the following.
1. To-Do Notebook
I really recommend writing to-do lists, they're complete life saviours. I like to write them every morning or sometimes even in the evening for the next day. I put my most important tasks on them, number them, then use markers to outline them in different colors (in pink, yellow and orange which stand for try to do it, should do it and must do it). Then, I also add some mini goals connected to those, for example if I have to prepare three blog posts, I'll add mini goals of taking photos, writing the post and scheduling it. It feels really good to tick it all off, and at the end of the day, I like to see how much I've gotten done that day.
2. Blog Post Ideas Notebook
You can also do this on Pinterest, which I also do. Carry a smal notebook with you or just take down any ideas in your phone, then put them in a bigger list at home. I have colour coordinated my ideas in different categories (lifestyle, beauty etc). Then I tick them off when I'm done. I also like to add ideas about how I'll take the photos for the posts, throw in some magazine cut outs and write with different colours so everything just jumps off the page.
3. Keeping Track Notebook
This is where I keep all of my notes - where I'm advertising for each month and how much I paid, how many followers I gained in a certain period of time, how I liked a post I did and what I would change or keep in the future ... I've found that this is incredibly helpful! You can also throw in e-mails you need to write or respond to, a list of brands you're working with ... This will keep you on track and you'll have everything in one place.
4. In My Mailbox & Shopping Notebook
This one is so useful. I write down a wishlist each month, and then also add items I've ordered online, and the date I ordered, the date it shipped and when it arrived. This makes it easy to know when my next order will arrive, since I can calculate the average shipping time. This way, you can also keep track of your expenses and really see where you're wasting money and where you need to spend more!
I have a few other notebooks, but don't think I'm some crazy stationery lady - I just find these help me so much in everyday life and I manage to get so much more done. I would really strongly recommend keeping a notebook and writing to-do lists as well, because you will feel accomplished by the end of the day and get a lot more done.
Any organising tips?