This year I celebrated my blog’s 4th birthday. As usual, it was a lavish affair with many competitions for my readers and a way to mark the occasion for myself. It’s a pretty memorable date anyway, 14th February, but for me I choose to celebrate it because 1) I am so bad at remembering things and by doing this at least I can keep track of the years and 2) I didn’t, even in my wildest dreams, think I would still be blogging all these years later, never mind actually have my blog schedule and be learning all the things I have so far.
2018 was going to be different.
I said it was and I meant it. Well, I did when I wrote it down in one of my new 4 diaries I received for Christmas. I love a good diary/planner/notebook and this year I was determined I was going to make the most of all of them by scheduling things in, using them for deadlines and most importantly using my new budget planner and income and expenditure book to track all of my income and expenses for the blog.
I was ready, the blog was ready, the pen had marked the paper and plans were set in stone. Well, kind of. On the whole, some of the plans went out of the window. For example, writing one poem per month. I have written two this year. Writing at least 4 parts to any new fiction series I write BEFORE I schedule and publish it. For my new one, I have. The previous ones, not so much. Publishing new fiction on a Thursday – hence the 4 parts ready before we even start rule – pretty much yes on that front.
Getting Organised When Working From Home.
Over the years my blog schedule and writing has changed a lot. Over a year ago I decided to take the step of making it a little more serious and set up a small office in my kitchen. For a while, it worked. But the space was too small and my kitchen suffered, so I moved it upstairs to an alcove in my bedroom. Along with a new, bigger desk, I added in shelves and a unit for all my blog props and stationery.
I am, and always will be more of a pen and paper kind of girl.
I prefer to write things down rather than input it into some software. Whilst the second option is no doubt easier, and quicker, I find writing works better for me. It also means I may have become a slight stationery addict, as too, is Olivia. We naturally gravitate towards stationery when we are shopping and I can’t even tell you how many pens we own right now.
My particular weakness is notebooks, diaries and planners like the great selection you can find on Collins Debden. The brighter and more colourful the better. If it has different sections, I’m sold. If it is geared towards productivity I will usually find a way to convince myself I really do need it.
But there are a few staples I keep close by on my desk.
- Pot of pens – of course.
- Things to do Today Planner – this is filled in every Tuesday for work to be done Tuesday to Thursday.
- Diary 1 for life events and important dates
- Diary 2 for blog posts planned and deadline dates for posts and major campaigns.
- Paper file – not of any use but it makes me feel official!
- Highlighters – to mark off finished work.
Whilst I do have an ever-expanding selection of stationery, some stuff is just too pretty to resist am I right? I am making a conscious effort to use what I have to help organise my life and my blog work day to day.
Do you have any tips for using stationery to keep on top of blogging or to help organise you if you work from home?
*disclaimer: a collaborative post*