I’ve always been one of those people who has to write everything down; that need has become even more vital since I became a mom and all my brain cells were sucked, zapped and fried out of me. So when I thought of a blog post I wanted to write, I jotted down a note in a to do list notebook.
I got more ideas. And more ideas. And soon enough, my ideas were so cluttered that the blog post list wasn’t helpful. The disorganization took a toll on my productivity.
When I actually had a chunk of time to write a blog post, I didn’t know where to start. I’d sift through messy list of ideas or click on the many drafts in my WordPress dashboard to figure out what I needed to do to complete a post.
By the time I actually got to work, I’d have wasted a half-hour. Busy moms and bloggers feel me: We do not have a spare half-hour to waste.
So when I started bullet journaling a few months back, I knew I wanted to keep track of my blog posts: ideas for future posts, posts in progress and scheduled posts. (Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read this beginner’s guide to bullet journaling. You might get hooked, too!) So I started to organize my blog with a bullet journal spread.
Voila: my BuJo blog post page.
How to organize your bullet journal blog post page
Here’s how I organize it. I make columns for each of the following:
- words (have I written it yet?)
- SEO (have I filled in keywords, metadata, etc.?)
- images (have I taken or sourced photos?)
- pin (have I made an image for Pinterest?)
- Twitter (have I made an image for Twitter and scheduled a tweet?)
- date (when is the post scheduled?)
These are the categories that work for me. Depending on your blog or your process, you may have different columns—one for Instagram, say, or posting to link-up parties.
How I use my bullet journal blog post page
As blog post ideas come to me, I jot them down on my BuJo blog post spread. I don’t need a long description or full post title; a few keywords is enough to jog my memory. I feel better knowing that I won’t simply forget about an idea I had—they’re all in one place.
What’s more, I have a ready list of inspiration when it’s time to write. So instead of sitting down to brainstorm a handful of post ideas, I can jump right into writing for my blog.
Then as I accomplish each of the components of a complete blog post, I fill in the little rectangle (with pretty colors, of course!).
Now I know—at a glance—what needs to be done before any given post is ready to go live.
That’s a little different than my previous “system.” (Air quotes!)
BuJo for blogging productivity
Since starting to organize my blog with a bullet journal, I’m much more productive with the limited time I have to blog.
- I don’t waste time thinking of what to write when I have some uninterrupted time: The list is ready with plenty of ideas.
- I don’t lost posts in my WordPress drafts queue. Instead of letting a half-written post languish, or never posting a story because I don’t yet have a pin for it, my works in progress are always visible on my BuJo spread.
- I can take care of low-hanging fruit. By glancing at my bullet journal page, I can see which posts are almost ready to publish. Then I can bust out a series of pins or batch schedule a ton of tweets and—just like that—a bunch of posts are ready to go.
Then I feel the productivity rain down.
Do you have a way of tracking your works in progress, your blog posts or your day in general? Please let me know!