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Staying organised as a blogger

I’m going to start this post with a bit of self-praise, which is something I never, ever do. But the thing I like the most about myself is how organised I am, my organisational skills and my ability to stick to deadlines, work ahead of schedule and generally just never get in a flap about getting things done because chances are, I’ve already done it! I’ve always been an organised person to some degree; my homework was never late, I always used my planner well to keep track of homework deadlines and even in my bedroom as a child, everything had it’s rightful place. I was never a messy kid and I grew up to have a very Type A personality. I basically grew up and turned into Monica Geller. But back to the point, all of these skills and traits have served me really well in my blogging career, especially since I started taking blogging more seriously. 

And being organised is the main thing I get comments about on Twitter and as I said, I’m not one to toot my own horn, in fact I’ve always struggled with self-esteem issues so you know I’m not using this as an excuse to be big headed. Complimenting myself is something that does not come naturally to me at all! But I like to help others and share what I know, especially if it’s about a topic that I’m passionate about and tend to be quite good at – organizing is definitely one of those things.

A lot of bloggers would like to be more organised with their blogs, that’s no secret but obviously it’s hard and can be even harder when you have other commitments, such as kids, families, studies and jobs. As most of us do. But whatever your situation, I hope you can take something from the advice I’ve shared below and make it fit into your schedule and help you become a bit more organised with your blog! And as always, these are all things that I personally do and have found work for me. It’s not gospel and you certainly don’t have to take my advice.

Have a system

This will differ quite excessively for everyone but I’ve found having a system in place really helps me stay organised and figure out some sort of blogging “routine“. If you take blogging seriously or want to take blogging seriously and maybe start working with brands or even earning money, it can definitely help to treat it like a job with a routine rather than just blogging willy-nilly. But as I said, this won’t work for everyone but it did for me!

Schedule in advance

I will encourage scheduling your posts in advance until I’m blue in the face and someone locks me up for being so annoying. My idea of being organised is not having to frantically think up a blog post to write on the morning you want to have one up, my idea of organised is already having your content scheduled out so you don’t even have to worry about it. If you’re struggling to gather up enough content to schedule in advance, I’d recommend taking a short break from blogging (2-3 weeks) to write up content and schedule it from the following month. Once you’re ahead, you’re likely to stay ahead!

Notebooks, planners, journals

One thing that’s really helped me stay organised as a blogger, especially since the beginning of the year is my “bullet journal” (I use quotation marks because it’s not really a bullet journal, it’s more like a glorified note book). I’ve drawn up every month of the year and this is where I keep track of all my posts going up and I colour code them so I know what topics I’m writing about and whether there’s too much of 1 thing on any given week. The colour coding isn’t necessary but physically writing down and keeping a diary of when your posts are up is really helpful and can help you plan upcoming content.

Emails

You know when you see someone tweet a screenshot of their phone and it says “1,408 unread emails” on the front? Yeah, that literally gives me palpitations. It’s incredibly easy for emails to pile up and up and up and get overwhelming but I’ve always made sure that never happens and I check my emails every morning – it’s usually the first thing I do when I pick up my phone. I delete all the crap, reply to the ones I need to reply to and that way you can start your day with a nice, empty inbox. Also don’t forget to empty your junk folder every day too.

To-do lists

My saving grace. The to-do list. I bloody love lists and I’ve worked from a to-do list every single day (except for a handful of days when I’ve been away) for more or less the last 3 years. I categorize my to-do list into “blogging“, “general (chores, household things, the boring stuff basically)” and “me (self-care related things as well as anything I really need to remember to do like wash my hair)” and this makes them much more manageable. Writing down all your blogging tasks you need to complete instead of trying to remember them off the top of your head is obviously very beneficial.

Scheduling tweets

Promoting your posts can take so much time and effort and plus is really bloody boring so I always schedule my tweets first thing in the morning for the entire day, it takes 10 minutes and once it’s done, that’s it! You don’t need to worry about promoting your blog for the rest of the day! I use Buffer and I tend to schedule around 6-7 tweets a day. If I have a new post up that day, the majority will be that but if I don’t, I’ll use a mixture of my old posts and maybe an Instagram or Pinterest promo thrown in.

Folders

At the beginning of every year, I sort out the folders on my laptop. Everything from the previous year gets put on a USB and wiped from the laptop and I start afresh with brand new folders for everything from personal stuff to blogging. My blogging folder contains a number of folders within it, all dedicated to certain things so I know exactly where to go and what I’m looking for. These include, “Useful stock photos“, “Book covers“, “Documents“, “Useful graphics” and a dedicated album for my advertisers. I also save my “Header photos” and “Product review photos” in their own albums. Basically, be as specific as possible with your folders!

It’s important to remember that not all of these pointers may work for you or be feasible for you and your situation but that’s okay. I’d recommend taking one of them and then slotting it into your routine and seeing how you get on. For example, setting your alarm 10 minutes earlier to schedule tweets for the day and check your emails. Or writing yourself a blogging-related to-do list before you go to bed for the following day.

Being organised is really quite subjective and whilst one person’s life might look very neat and tidy with everything in order (like mine) and someone else’s looks chaotic, as long as both of those people are getting their sh*t done, neither one of them is right and the other wrong in their approach to staying organised as a blogger. These certainly aren’t the only ways to stay organised and if you’re not really much like me, personality wise, there may very well be better methods for you out there somewhere. But this is what I know and I hope you found it helpful!

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

126 Comments

  1. You’re definitely one of the most organised bloggers I know Jenny! I definitely agree with scheduling posts and tweets – this is so helpful if you’re ever a bit pressed for time but still want to get a post up! Xx

    1. Thank you 🙂

  2. Oh wow you have it all under control! I need to sort my blog out and schedule things and keep on top of it a bit better x

    1. Hope these tips helped 🙂

  3. love this! i definitely rely a LOT on to-do lists & my planner 🙌🏻

    1. Thank you 🙂

  4. Really great tips! Just like you, I looove to-do lists! I prepare one every morning using the one from the previous day and what happened on the previous day to make sure I know what I have to achieve today. I also set priorities and write deadlines on it to make sure I’m aware of everything that needs to be done. I really like your ideas of dividing them by category (blog, me and life), so I will give it a try and see if it works for me 🙂
    I also have tons of notebooks and I love them! I never have enough hahaha
    I also use Buffer for my tweets but I plan it every 5 days with 2 tweets a day. I tweet the rest spontaneously and manually if necessary. I will try to change the frequency and do it your way to see if it works for me 🙂 Thank you for the tips!!

    Laura
    https://peanutsandcacahuetes.com

    1. We sound very similar! Categorising your to do list is really helpful 🙂

  5. Jenny this post has embedded in my brain: SCHEDULE YOUR POSTS SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO PROMOTE!! I’m always being lazy with promoting, so I’m glad I read this post as a reminder to schedule my content on the daily, especially promo tweets. How could something so simple be a struggle for me? Laziness I guess but your post has motivated me greatly!

    Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com/

    1. Haha scheduling tweets is so boring though so it definitely is a struggle sometimes!

  6. I used to be so organised but I’ve definitely let a lot of these slip as of late. I’m definitely going to use these tips to get me motivated again.

    1. Hope they help! 🙂

  7. Great post!

    Lots of love,
    Eef.

    1. Thank you 🙂

  8. I’ve been looking forward to reading this post since you tweeted about it yesterday and it did not disappoint. I did have a pretty good schedule, but then a few things happened that shook it up and I’ve been feeling flustered. Then again, my flustered is that I’ve only just started December’s posts – definitely with you on scheduling in advance. I tend to have a tweet-scheduling session at the weekend – I’m never certain how many in one day is too many, especially when it is promoting a post. Loved this!

    1. I’ve only just started December too 🙂 the thing about a schedule is that you can change it at any time to fit your personal circumstances – I think people forget that!

  9. We are kindred souls I do most of what you suggested. I love the idea of wiping everything at the end of the year. That’s something I will start doing after reading this. Thanks for the advice.
    Sam H Arnold
    http://www.samharnold.com

    1. It really helps and puts you in a great mindset for the new year! 🙂

  10. I love this post Jenny and it is really helpful to read as a new blogger. This post of full of helpful tips and tricks that I will now start to implement! Great post ❤️

    1. Thank you! 🙂

  11. Super usefull! Thanks for sharing

    1. You’re welcome 🙂

  12. Pauline says:

    I needed this today. I just lost all of my planned blog posts for the next month 🙂 this should help a little with that if I were more organized.

    1. Oh no! That’s awful I’m so sorry!

  13. I definitely need to be more organised and start scheduling posts. I really like the colour coding idea! What a simple way to monitor the type of content. I always worry about not having enough variety. Thanks for the advice 🙂

    1. Colour coding definitely helps show you how varied (or not!) your content is!

  14. This is so helpful thank you! I need to start scheduling tweets, staying on top of work, blogging and life is actually rather challenging, thanks for all the tips x

    My recent post: https://lifeofellabella.blogspot.com/2018/10/how-to-stay-motivated.html

    1. You’re welcome 🙂

  15. I’m a new blogger and this is all super helpful! Especially the part about scheduling tweets and having a notebook. Thank you for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome 🙂

  16. Being organised is so important! I also recommend using schedulers for social including Pinterest- makes life 1000 times easier!

    1. It really does! Especially on days that you can commit to blogging or social media 🙂

  17. I want to start becoming more serious with my blog, I admire the way you can organise yourself so well. I want to start scheduling my posts and tweets too. Thanks for the tips!

    Caroline | http://caroomakeupblog.com

    1. You’re welcome! Hope they help 🙂

  18. I loved reading this! I’m never going to be the person who has posts scheduled months in advance because there’s a really good chance I’ll hate it by the time it’s due to go up. But the fact you’re able to do that and stay so far ahead is something I really admire about you! I have a system that involves three planners 😂 might sound excessive but it works for me. I’m really bad at scheduling tweets though! I did some today and felt really proud of myself 😂😂😂 x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    1. Not excessive at all! I love ALL the planners! Haha scheduling tweets is SO boring, you should be proud!

  19. Great tips!

    1. Thank you 🙂

  20. I love your logo. This was an excellent post. I am relatively new to blogging and I am still learning. I like the idea of scheduling in instagram posts etc. I also need to possibly do more on Pinterest.

    1. Thank you 🙂

  21. Lots of very usable ideas. Great job!
    Polley93
    Lifeinasuitcase.net

    1. Thank you 🙂

  22. My planner is my saving grace! I’ve talked about it before on my blog and have been religiously using a planner, of some sorts, for just over three years. I agree that it helps keep my days in line and it’s easier to see what you’ve completed and what yet needs done. These are great tips for new bloggers as well as those who’ve been blogging for a while! Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.ourchaoticmess.com

    1. You’re welcome! Planners are amazing!

  23. We must be from the same tribe! I have been referenced as a ‘super organizer’. I’m all about lists, notebooks, spreadsheets, outlines and anything else where I can put something in its place! You shared a couple of really great ideas that I haven’t tried yet – I love love love the idea of putting everything from the previous year on a usb drive and then wiping it clean from the laptop! I will definitely be trying the end of this year. For emails I use a service called unroll.me It’s free and you can “roll up” all your promo emails to it and then look at them later – keeps them from junking up your inbox : )

    1. Unroll.me sounds like a great website! We definitely share DNA on the organisation front 😉

  24. Creative Nails says:

    So many great tips! I like to think I’m quite organised most of the time, but I wish I was as organised as you! Also – I have to agree… Whenever I see people with like 1000+ emails unread, or even 100+, I’m like WHAT? I hate having so many emails in my inbox, let alone unread! I see it quite often at works and I can’t believe it, haha. I haven’t actually scheduled any tweets before, I should probably look into that. Thank you so much for sharing your tips, they are always so helpful 🙂

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    1. How do people cope with all those unread emails!

  25. I’m an absolute nightmare with getting organised and as you know, I’ve been so in awe with you for ages. So this is the post I’ve been waiting for! I’m going to take a lot of these pointers and fitting them in to my own routine – hopefully I can be as sorted as you are!
    Beth x

    1. I really hope they help! I’m always around if you need any help with anything 🙂

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