July 24, 2014

Managing Your Editorial Calender {FREE DOWNLOAD}

I have a thing for organization. My brain functions best when things are organized.  I love clean lines, open spaces and symmetry. My brain gets jumbled when things are messy and un-organized so I work pretty hard and naturally at having things organized.
One thing that I love keeping organized and that has to be organized often is my editorial calender. I've used a variety of different calenders when planning posts and my current system is my favorite. I love having paper calenders and electronic calenders. I'm a fan of both worlds.
Editorial Calender System:

1.) I keep track of all my ideas in a notebook. I write down everything; concrete ideas, creative projects, ideas for post titles, anything and everything you can think of.

2.) A couple of times a month I'll sit down with my notebook and review what ideas are good and which ideas have lost steam. I love looking at my notebook and having a clear idea of what is going to go on my editorial calender.

3.) My blog posts run Monday through Friday and each day has a specific category that get's posted on that day. For example, 5 Things is always on Monday. Often times style posts gets posted on Tuesday. Knowing which days get which category helps to keep my calender organized.

4.) I use Google Calender for my editorial calender. Once I have decided which ideas are good solid ideas I'll begin adding them to my editorial calendar. I add items based on category to the day in which they will be posted. I fill up my calender until all the ideas from my notebook have been added.
I really like using Google Calender because it's easy to move different posts around. Each week I review my calender to prepare for posts and if there is something scheduled for that week that I'm not ready for or I don't think will work I can easily drag it to another day. Another great thing about Google Calender is that each event has a description section which I often use to begin drafting my post. Because I'm a fan of both paper and electronic calenders I'm including a free download for a monthly calender! Download here!

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8 comments:

  1. This might be a stupid question but, is there a specific app for the google calendar? I've been keeping track of everything on my actual notebook, but I would love to have it more than one place!

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    1. No, specific app. It's the gmail calender. I really love using it because I love how easy it is to move things around and add specific information.

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  2. I love google calendar!! Thanks for sharing the idea with me last month! My life has changed!

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad it's working for you! Wahoo! I love how easy it is! :)

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  3. I'm definitely a paper calendar girl...it just fits my personality. I keep my blogging editorial calendar in my binder, and color code everything according to the topic!

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  4. I'll be using this because I love having electronic and paper copies of everything. Just in case - plus I work in an office during the mornings where I'm allowed to read or whatever once my work for the morning is done, but I can't really use the computer. So I often draft everything out on paper at work and then have it all figured out to import into my online schedule once I get home. I also love to use the color coding feature on Google Calendar. Different colors for different aspects of my life and blogging. It's really helpful!

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad it will help! It love having both too! Having paper is so perfect to always have with you because then you can always be writing things done. Color coding is such a good idea. I'll have to see if I can add some color to my calender. :)

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