This post was sponsored by Erin Condren. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Let’s get real, ya’ll. Being a blogger ain’t easy. I know it’s not something I can complain about, because to you it probably looks like fun events and free stuff. Well, it is that, but only with hours and hours of hard work to get there. Not to mention the fact that most of us have jobs on top of it. It can be so hard to keep organized with all the events and deadlines coming from separate people at separate times.
I have a lot to learn, but in the last year, I’ve come a long way at finding the best way to stay organized, and I wanted to share what I’ve learned and how I’m using my new LifePlanner™ to even further streamline my life.
First, let me paint a little picture about what my life is like:
- I am a social media manager part time, so I’m working 28 hours a week in an office.
- I also work 2 hours a week at home for that same job.
- I post two blog posts a week.
- I post twice a week on bothTwitter and Facebook.
- I post at least once a day to Instagram (but ideally twice a day).
- I have to shoot the photos for the next week’s posts every week.
- I share everything to Pinterest as frequently as I can (usually about once a week).
- I empty that endless email inbox at least twice a day.
- I interact with fellow bloggers in our Instagram comment pods once a day
- I try to post Instagram stories at least three times a week.
- I write a weekly newsletter.
- I attend at least blogger two events a month (should be doing way more).
- I go to the gym three- four times a week.
- We have visitors at least once a month that stay in our apartment.
- We travel sporadically.
- I try to have NYC friendships.
- I make time for hubby every night plus try to do dates/adventures once a week.
- We go to church every Sunday.
- Laundry, groceries, dishes, cleaning and all that normal stuff has to happen..
I honestly don’t know how everything happens every week. It’s all a highly-caffinated blur.
Don’t get me wrong. There are people out there working working way harder and doing way more important things. This is just my little life, and I’m sharing its business to demonstrate the fact that I am in need of an infallible organizational tool.
What I like best about the LifePlanner™ is that it’s so customizable, and I’m not just talking about the cover. You get to choose the layout, the style and then, can add additional accessories that work within it. That control and customization truly makes it the perfect planner for creatives.
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Read on to see how I use both the monthly and weekly sections + shop some of the accessories I used. Oh, and stay tuned, because I just order $50 worth of stickers and inserts…
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My number one thing as a blogger that I have relied on when planning my content is having a physical calendar with moveable post stickers. Because K5T has five categories, I have five different colored stickers that I use. Blue stands for weddings, purple for fashion, etc. I’ll write topic of the post on the colored sticker and place it on the date I plan to post. Seeing all the colors like this helps me identify which category I need to create more content for. Having all the stickers be moveable helps me readjust the timing of my posts. Getting a deadline switch happens all the time. For example, if the product comes late and I can just switch with another post I had that month.
What I also like about the LifePlanner™ and its accessories is that also gives me room for writing my personal life events as well as my “real job” hours. Those can switch depending on what’s happening at work, so having those written down next to my blog posts helps me plan my month so I can still crank out my content on time. Personal events can have the same effect on my posts and photoshoots which is why I include them.
I’m writing a post on some of the recent goals I set for June and how I did this week, so I won’t go too into that, but setting those goals made a huge impact on me. I went into overdrive just by having those numbers in mind and accomplished something I wouldn’t have if I’d just passively let May happen. Therefore, I’ve started to create goal numbers for my important social channels (Instagram and Pinterest), my newsletter list and monthly page views. I include them in the sidebar so I can constantly refer back to it and see how I’m doing.
I picked the weekly page format that allows for hourly time slots. The reason I did this is because I think that’s what I need to be productive. I often make a to-do list, go from one item to another without every completing it. I will also write a million things on my list per day and then get discouraged when I only complete five of the thirty things I listed. I have just started ordering my list by time frames, so it’s still TBD whether it works for me, but so far so good. It helps me stay realistic about what I can accomplish in a day and adjust my plans accordingly.
I also loved being able to utilize the Erin Condren stickers for this section as well. I used them to indicate bigger time blocks (i.e. when I go to my part time job/ “HSC,” am sleeping and when I have an event). I also used them to break up sections and give me more room to write. You may have noticed that I include a sticky note with my grocery list that can easily be removed and taken with me when I go to the grocery store.
As for the side bar of the weekly section, I used it for brainstorming that week’s post and for a running list of what would be included in the week’s newsletter. That way, I can remember my ideas and easily use it when it’s time to write blog posts and construct my newsletter.