How To Use A Planner: Blog Edition

I have written about how I use a planner before (find that article here) but I thought I would break it down a little more for my blogging ladies and, lucky for my non-blogging ladies, it still TOTALLY applies! Breaking down your day in segments and color codes is one of the best ways to stay on track and in control. I know lots of people use google calendars or other online calendars, but to me, nothing beats the old pen and paper.

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How To Use A Planner: Blog Edition

Step One: Choose your planner.

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I chose this beautiful floral number as my blog planner. I usually use small planners, but I decided that I needed more space for my blogging assignments. I need to keep track of guest post dates, which posts I am posting and on what day, as well as when I am promoting on social media. All of that went into deciding which blog was going to be right for me. Think about what you are going to be using it for, and how much space you’ll need in each “day”.

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Find a similar planner here!

Step Two: Color code.

Choose your weapon, ladies. Will it be colored pens? Highlighters? Colored stickers? The world is yours. I personally choose black pen and highlighter. I really like the clean lines a black pen makes and I need a way to keep seperate tasks just that, separate. I have a lot of colors so it works well. I also use colored sticky notes for different things as well. I use hot pink for spur of the moment blog post ideas that I need to jot down, I use lime green for social media picture ideas and I use light pink for collab ideas/deadlines. If you aren’t a blogger, you can use different color highlighters for school assignments or keeping your kids/spouses activities in line. Dates, doctors appointments and budget notes can all be tracked with this method.

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(P.S. notice what this metallic bag is from? My Ipsy Glam Bag doubled as a perfect pencil case!!)

Step Three: Utilize your “weekly” space.

It is pretty self explanatory how to use the “month” space on a calendar. It can be really helpful to see your month at a glance so you know what is coming. Something else I look for in a calendar, however, is really good “week” space. I like writing down which pictures I want to post for social media because often times I take pictures in batches (what else am I supposed to do at 2pm on a Saturday afternoon?) so I like to be specific when planning my pictures. I also like to put in when I plan on posting my instagram and Facebook pictures to make sure they show up when my followers are most engaged and active. For my non-blogging babe, this is the perfect spot to put your daily activities: homework assignments, shopping lists and other things that are specific to your daily life.

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What is your favorite kind of planner? Do you have a tried and true system that totally works to declutter your life and keep you sane? I want to hear it!!! What is your favorite planner company? 

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Thanks so much for reading!

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Taylor Mobley

42 COMMENTS

  1. Kelsey | 29th Jul 16

    Such a cute post!! I love my planner.. counldnt live without it!

    xo Kelsey | http://www.chasingcinderellablog.com

  2. Rachel | 29th Jul 16

    Love this! Planners have always been my favorite. I’m big on color-coding!

  3. Jackie | 29th Jul 16

    I can’t live without my planners! Love this!

  4. Madeleine | 29th Jul 16

    Taylor, I love this post! Organization can be so pretty, great suggestions πŸ™‚

    • Taylor Mobley | 29th Jul 16

      Thanks Madeleine πŸ™‚ I am so glad you liked it!

  5. GiGi Eats | 29th Jul 16

    Planners are my life – without them (I have several) – I would be SO SO SO lost!

  6. Tiffani at Breton Bay | 29th Jul 16

    I can’t even tell you how time appropriate this is for me!! Hitting my 6 month mark as a blogger I am learning I need to work SMARTER not HARDER. I actually just purchased a dry erase board and am going to try that method first. But, knowing me, like you, good ole pen and paper is probably what will work best!! Have a great wknd!!

    xoxo
    Tiffani
    http://www.tiffaniatbretonbay.com

    • Taylor Mobley | 29th Jul 16

      Thank Tiffani!! I am so glad you enjoyed this post!! Dry erase boards work great too — I also have one of those!

  7. Elizabeth Johnson | 29th Jul 16

    Thanks for the tips! Where did you get your planner?

  8. Kait Elizabeth | 29th Jul 16

    This is great! I actually have an Exel spreadsheet to organize everything!!! Hugs, Kait
    http://www.makeminemaroon.com

  9. Lauren | 29th Jul 16

    I have a smaller planner now, but it’s FULL every single day. I definitely need a larger one and more organization for sure! I love the idea of using different colors.

    • Taylor Mobley | 29th Jul 16

      Thanks Lauren! It is a game changer for sure.

  10. Falon | 29th Jul 16

    I’m so bad at blog planning. Definitely something I need to work on, maybe buying a pretty planner will help motivate me!

  11. Mary | 29th Jul 16

    this is so helpful! I’ve been thinking about getting a planner, right now all my to-do’s are just jumbled up in my notebook!

    http://layersofchic.com

    • Taylor Mobley | 29th Jul 16

      I used to do that but getting a planner really made it so much easier!

  12. Megan | 29th Jul 16

    Love your ideas! I for sure need to start planning out my blog stuff!!

  13. Rachel Lynn | 29th Jul 16

    I’m obsessed with planners! I’ve been using them for years now and don’t honestly know what I would do with myself if I didn’t have them. I’m not quite as detailed as you are, but I think that would really take my game to the next level! Thanks for the tips πŸ™‚

  14. sarah lindner | 29th Jul 16

    I love this post! I am seriously the worst at blog planning! I am all over the show…. I really should look into this!
    ​–
    ​xoxo
    Sarah Lindner

    http://www.thehouseofsequins.com

    • Taylor Mobley | 29th Jul 16

      Let me know if it works for you Sarah πŸ™‚

  15. Kat | 29th Jul 16

    I bought my planner around 3 months ago and I have yet to organize myself and this post is just what I needed to motivate me into doing it I am so excited, I feel like such a dork!

    Thanks for sharing these tips love,
    Kat | http://www.deliriumstyle.com/

  16. Ali Lang | 30th Jul 16

    Such great tips! I love using a planner, too! And I’m totally with you on color-coding with highlighters!

  17. Alison @ Puppies & Pretties | 30th Jul 16

    These are great tips. I finally found a planner that I actually like so now I’m trying to figure out my organization!

  18. Jaime | 30th Jul 16

    I so needed this post! I struggle with organization and literally just bought a planner three days ago so I can finally get my stuff in order!! Love the color coded highlighter idea!

  19. Southern & Style | 30th Jul 16

    My favorite tip was color coding, I do that and it makes such a huge difference!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  20. Kandja Sylla | 31st Jul 16

    I love the floral design of your blog planner. Color coding is a good way to separate tasks. It’s easier to track ideas or activities. Planners are really needed for us bloggers. Have a great day! xx

    http://www.prettyweirdbombshell.com

  21. Tayler Morrell | 1st Aug 16

    I LOVE using planners! I currently use an Erin Condren but may switch to a different one next year.

    • Taylor Mobley | 1st Aug 16

      I’ve heard amazing things about the Erin Condren, but couldn’t justify the price!

  22. Elizabeth hugen | 1st Aug 16

    Love it! I take my planner everywhere! It’s the only way I can stay organized. Happy Monday!

    Liz

    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

  23. Annabel | 1st Aug 16

    I think plamners are so cute. I really need to get back on track with using them.

  24. Kaylie | 12th Aug 16

    Love this!

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