One of the most important things when blogging, or any online business, is organization. Especially if you’re a one-woman (#girlboss!) team, it’s extremely easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tasks that needs to get done.
I’ve been there. After all, who knew blogging was so hard? Before I perfected my organization system, I was all over the place. I had countless to-do lists but nothing was getting done and it was so overwhelming. After years of refining my system, I finally found a way to organize my content, files, and other administrative tasks! Today, I’m sharing how I keep my blog/online business organized, which allows me to be more productive & have more time for loved ones!
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1. Overall planning: Asana
Asana is probably my absolute favorite planning program EVER. If I could hug it, I probably would – it’s that amazing. Not only is it completely free (which was extremely important to me when I was starting out), it’s also a business game-changer. I use Asana for basically all my basic blog planning:
– editorial calendar
– course planning
– client projects
There are two types of “projects” you can create in Asana: board view and list view. I use board view for my editorial calendar, but I use list view (basically a to-do list) for all my other planning. I actually tried Asana a while back for personal planning, but for some reason, it didn’t work out for me. I’m so glad I tried it again, though, for my business, because it’s been an absolute game-changer and now I know that I won’t forget anything!
2. Social Media Planning: Buffer
Especially in today’s highly-digital world, social media is extremely important when it comes to marketing and business exposure. However, if you’re like me, the sheer amount of social media companies can definitely be hard to manage. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Periscope, Linkedin. Whew.
That’s how Buffer comes into play. It’s amazing because you can schedule the same content for up to 3 social media accounts FOR FREE! Meaning you can schedule the same announcement on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at the same time at no extra cost!
This is one of my largest time-savers; I usually plan out my social media posts of the week over the weekend, so by Monday, they’re good to go and automation will take over!
3. Pinterest planning: Tailwind
I recently went through the course Pinfinite Growth, and Tailwind was one of the services they recommended. Tailwind is a “social media scheduling a
pp” which primarily focuses on Pinterest.
My favorite Pinterest feature is probably the bulk pinning: instead of scrolling through my Pinterest feed pinning every individual post, with Tailwind I can bulk select pins that I like, schedule them for a certain
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Currently, I schedule a few pins a day through Tailwind & organic pinning whatever I see fit. However, don’t be fooled, Tailwind saves me SO MUCH time every day & it’s so easy to schedule everything!
4. Digital Files: Google Drive
I know, I know, some people absolutely swear by Microsoft Word, but I’m a Google girl through and through. I absolutely love how Google drive is completely free, it has free 15GB of storage! I use the google drive folders to organize my administration files, blog post drafts, along with website images, and content upgrades!
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5. Use Pen & Paper (aka Sticky Notes)
This might seem counterintuitive, but I always have at least one sticky note pad with me at all times. This way, I always have a place to jot down my spur-of-the-moment blog ideas/notes!
At the end of the day, I’ll transfer my sticky notes into Asana (see above) so I can have a seamless organizing experience. It really helps me to have all my ideas in one place.
Due to the loose papers, this may not be the best method for everyone, but I highly recommend you have a notepad next to your desk for those lightbulb moments!
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