Some people sing in the shower and it magically makes them sound “incredible”. I swear that is what happens with me and my “incredible” blog ideas… unfortunately they tend to fall a little flat once I’m out of the shower, then quickly fade away.
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.
Category Stickers: From the first moment the idea post-it tag is created I stick a color coding label to show which category/page in my blog will become it’s home. Does this post belong under An Organized Life, Organize by Room, or Home Decor? I always know at a glance how many posts I am working on in any given category.
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!
Happy blogging wonderful world of newly discovered bloggers!