Staying organized has a bit of a learning curve. For me, this is especially true. Adding blogging to my already busy life is not easy. I have to deliberately make time to blog. I have to set aside time daily to do the things I do here. It is hard to balance blogging, reading, replying to comments, social media, and the 247 other things that come with being a book blogger. (the 247 other things would include; cross posting, finding books, finding new blogs, reading other blogs, commenting, making graphics, finding topics to write about, etc.)
There are times I have found myself not sure what to do next. Overwhelmed with all of it, I procrastinate. My number one tool for not letting procrastination take over is making lists. I am not super fancy with staying organized. I know there are people that are having fun spending time getting organized. I have fun reading your posts about things like bullet journals and overpriced organizers, but they are too much trouble me. All I need is a blank journal to stay organized.
These two blank books are what I use to stay organized. I know that one was free and the other is fancy looking. Hell, they don’t even match! That just goes to show that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on getting organized. Almost 50% of my organizing tools cost me nothing.
Here is what is going on inside:
The top example is the free book. That’s where I put all of the books I have on my TBR in monthly order. If I know the exact date of publication, I add that on the left. I cross off when I am done reading them. The bottom example is where I list all the promised reviews. I add the publication date on the left and then abbreviate where I got the book on the right. The left side of the page is a list I made for my wrap up.
Other things that get listed in these books:
- To do lists that have nothing to do with blogging. (daily lists, weekly to-dos, and shopping/errand lists)
- BookTube video ideas
- Discussion post ideas (book topics, other topics go here)
- Blogging goals
- Favorite quotes
- Life goals
I also use my actual blog to stay organized blogging. I know this sounds counter intuitive, but it works for me. I have a actual page on my blog (that probably no one but me ever visits) where I list all the books I plan to read by month. I update it every time I get something new and/or when I put a review post together (or commit to DNFing the book).
I know what you are thinking, but what about everything else?
For me that is simple. I only promise myself 2 posts a week; Beyond the Books and my Weekly Wrap Up. Everything this else I do, I do as needed.
- I wake up everyday and check my emails first thing. I am not even out of bed and I am reading your blogs and getting inspired.
- Most of those emails get starred so I can remember to visit the actual blog and possibly comment on it.
- When I finish a book, I put the review together. I usually publish that post either the same day or the next day.
- Once a review is published, I cross-post immediately and leave feedback (via email or NG/EW) immediately.
- When I want to participate with Top 10 Tuesday, I put that post together.
- If I see I have comments, I reply and check out those blogs immediately.
- Once a week, or so, I spend a whole day not blogging. I use my computer time to catch up on everything else. I find not planning this day works out best for me. I usually find by the end of the day that I have new stuff to talk about on my site.
I know a lot of people blog ahead, and that’s great that it works for them. I don’t blog ahead and that works for me. Staying organized blogging isn’t that hard. I think we make things difficult by letting things get backed up. I stay organized by making lists and staying busy. I am on this site almost every single day doing something. A little at a time, I stay organized without getting overwhelmed.