When I started my blog at the beginning of the year, I never made myself a blogging schedule or a plan, I just typed away whenever inspiration took me. A great idea in theory, but when you're suffering from writers block or you're week is a little busier than usual - blogging doesn't get done.
A few months ago, I was completely stuck in a rut with my writing and I wasn't spending any time on my blog. I felt guilty and I missed the blogging community, but it turned into a vicious cycle as I'd feel guilty about not writing, and then I'd feel bad and not want to do anything other than feel annoyed.
But for the past few weeks, I've been on a roll with it all, and it's because I've made more of an effort to get myself organised! And I thought I'd share a few of my top tips with you:
1. Write it down
Seriously. If its not written down, I'll more than likely forget it. There's something really satisfying about writing all of your tasks down for the day. I'll often list them in terms of priority and once each one is ticked off, you'll feel like a super productive hero!
I always make sure that important information is written down in more than one place - a physical and a digital copy. I currently use a journal and the calendar on my iMac, which is synced up to my work computer and to my phone, so there is absolutely no excuse for me to forget!
2. Make time to blog
The main excuse I used when I started blogging less was that I just didn't have time, something that I now know simply wasn't true. Now if I have a hectic week, I make sure I have at least one night off to write blogs and take photos for the rest of the week.
I like to have blog ideas two weeks ahead, so if I know I've got a busy week coming up, I'll write posts in bulk and schedule them. It's a lifesaver for those weeks when you're feeling frazzled!
3. Pretty stationery
This tip might only work if you're me... But I'm a visual person, and if I have good looking stationery, I'm more than likely going to use it! A recent trick to Paperchase sent me back a few pretty pennies as I found so many quirky pieces of stationery that I wanted to use straight away!
My dairy is now colour coded depending on the type of task that needs completing and it looks gorgeous on paper - which makes me want to blog!
So, there you have it - my top three tips to staying organised. I'd love to hear your hints and tips!