If I don't keep track of those "great ideas" they may not get started, or finished.
I had to create a blog organization section in my home management binder to keep me on task, otherwise I might have never gotten this blog started! Perhaps one day when I am more than a newbie blogger I will have "figured it out", in the meantime, this helps a whole lot!
Blog Post Organization Sheets
My blog post organization sheets are very simple in design. I need to know at a glance what ideas I've had, how much work has been done on them, and what is yet to be accomplished.
Ideas Column: The moment the idea pops into my head I write it down in title form onto a post-it tag and this becomes it's home until I get another chance to revisit the idea. When I'm ready to turn it into a working idea, even if it only consists of a sentence or two, I begin writing the post online. However it stays in the Idea column until there is enough content to count as being "in progress", at which point I will move it to the next column of completion.
In Progress Column: By the time my post hits the In Progress column, I have somehow managed to form my discombobulated idea into a coherent thought and possibly added a photo or two. Occasionally I add a yellow sticky tag with a list of to-do's necessary to complete that post. These are added underneath the posts I am close to finishing and want to focus on. I write the number amount of to-do items on the end as a quick reference to how many tasks are needed to complete that post.
Completed Column: Once a post is completed it get's moved to this column until I am ready for it to be published, then it is moved to a date for publishing in the Calendar section of my Home Management Binder. Once it is published, that post-it is no longer needed and gets trashed.
Practice Being Goal Oriented
If I am not goal oriented with my tasks, they just don't get completed. Organizing my blog ideas help me have a clear concept of what needs to be accomplished, and what kind of progress I am making on a regular basis. I highly recommend having something to keep your thoughts organized, whether a heavy blogger or a casual blogger. You will have to figure out what works best for you, but as always I will make my Blog Organizer Sheets available to you. Don't forget to laminate before use!
- Print the Blog Organizer Sheet in pdf format here.
- Download the customizable Blog Organizer sheet in Word here.
***Update: I have now including a Year-at-a-Glance cover sheet.
Use this sheet to list and reference blog posts you have published throughout the year, or use this sheet to plan your advertising, giveaways, and chart important growth plans and patterns.
- Print the Year-at-a-Glance sheet in pdf format here.
- Download the customizable Year-at-a-Glance sheet in Word format here.
Happy blogging wonderful world of newly discovered bloggers!