There’s something about December. Maybe it’s the promise of a New Year just around the corner, but I always get so inspired to organise everything at this time of year.
It took me a long time to go from pen and paper to pure digital, but as an organisational nerd, it was bound to happen sometime. Enter Google Cal, IFTTT and Trello.
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Being a work-from-home, self-employed entrepreneur can make it harder (okay, a lot harder) to stay organised and on top of everything. There are a tonne of apps that promise you blissful organisational freedom, but it can be overwhelming trying to work out exactly which app is right for you.
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Trello is universally useful. You can make a board for a single project or create a board for your whole blogging universe. I prefer this as it means I can see everything at a glance – now that’s organised! If you run a business (or maybe your blog is your business) you can keep absolutely everything on Trello.
After creating cards for different parts of your blogging&biz life, you can get into colour-coding, checklists, descriptions, deadlines and the option of adding in images, PDFs or other relevant docs. You can also add team members! It’s endlessly helpful if you’re in need of an organisational overhaul and now there’s no excuse not to get into the nitty gritty.
So here is what I include on my blogging Trello board:
– to do list
– doing list
– done list
– blog post ideas (plus dates for each one)
– contributors for Balancing Act and Female Filmmaker Friday
– lead magnet ideas
– income reports
– goals (and steps on how to reach them of course)
– email ideas
– social media content ideas
– random and borderline crazy ideas for things I will do someday (blog-related. My lifelong dream of learning to deep-sea dive isn’t included)
It seems like a lot, doesn’t it? That’s because I have broken down e v e r y single thing relating to my blog. And that is the simple secret to keeping it organised.
Still not sure where to get started? I totally get you, which is why I created a shared board specifically for bloggers to give you all the inspiration, checklists and step-by-step instructions to hit your goals!
So head over to Trello, get those ‘I’m ready to organise this shit’ vibes flowing, create a board for all the things and get ready for an organisational frenzy to take over!
We’re going to start with the brain dump. Think about your blog right now. The first thing that comes to my mind is always my blog post content. Then a new thought arrives: when shall I post this? And then, what images would work with this? And, who is this post best suited to? Then on to social media, and images and captions. It’s limitless and can get messy very quickly.
So create a card for everything that comes into your mind when you think about your blog. Posts, images, brands, colour schemes, updates, events – everything that could possibly relate to your blog and what you want to do with it.
If you’re an organisational geek like moi, you could go all in and create cards for goals as well. Then break those down into measurable steps and create a checklist. The small steps (for business-focused bloggers) will help you consistently get closer to your goal.
This is the tidy, all-in-one-place version of post-it notes and odd scraps of paper with ideas on it. I’m a bit surprised it took me so long to convert.