I am so not a planner of all the little details. But I love planners. They lure me in with their cute designs and stickers and promises of an organized life. I love them enough to buy them. But not enough to use them…at least not more than a few weeks.
I know some people live and die by their planners. I, on the other hand, hope I remembered to tell Siri to remind me to show up somewhere and that I don’t double book myself for vacation and a dentist appointment because my planner has a layer of dust on it or I haven’t even seen it in a month. Because, yeah…I’ve done that. This week.
Planners in general give me hives. The structure and accountability they create make me feel all twitchy. The lists…oh, the lists. I hate lists…except when I love them, which is rare indeed. But I want to grow my blog and my business and the simple truth is, I need some structure and a plan.
So here’s the deal. I bought a planner. A ginormous, completely blinged out downloadable planner with all of the bells and whistles and even the training to actually implement and use it. I got this one to be exact (and yeah…that’s an affiliate link. Because Christmas.):
Holy Moly! So much information to process! So many pages. And dates.
I know…I KNOW that for a Type B person such as myself a planner is a necessity if there’s any hope of productivity. I need to actually develop a discipline and I’ll be setting multiple reminders every day to keep up with it.
The planner needs to become part of my routine. The truth is I love routines. They are safe and comfy and predictable. I <3 them with big puffy hearts and washi tape to stick them in the planner. BUT I HATE schedules. Schedules indicate deadlines and arrival times and require consulting a calendar.
I’ve got in my brain that I want to work on a planner for all of us Type B people because I’m pretty sure I’m not the only blogger who’s flying by the seat of her pants, completely oblivious of all the things she’s forgotten to do, and who experiences regular planner anxiety. But in order to create my own, I really need to try out one that I’m pretty sure covers ALL of the bases. Then I can decide what I actually need to have to successfully run a blog and let go of what I don’t. Then I can design into something that fits my personality and style (and maybe yours, too!).
Unlike many of the planners that I’ve used in the past, the Blog Success Planner doesn’t have schedules or times or require copious list making and such…so I may never need to actually make that planner (or if I do, it may be just adapting for my own design and layout tastes). There aren’t even page numbers because everybody should be able to put it together differently. I love how much room there is to make this work for ME.
Now to just do the work. I’ve got all the pieces in place to test it out in December and have already started planning for the month. I plan to go full tilt with it in January. And since I’m a glutton for punishment, I’ll be testing it for running multiple blogs, too.A little bit of chit chat about blog planners, plus two FREE downloadable desktop organizers. Click To Tweet
In the past I’ve used freebie downloadable blog planners (there are loads of them available, as it’s a common opt-in for newsletter subscribers) but never found one that I printed out the second month for. They just didn’t fill the bill for me. And you get what you pay for, unfortunately.
What I’m loving most about the Blog Success Planner is that it’s not just a blog planner. It is a full business planner! The blog is just part of the business and that’s what I’m working to develop right now…a Business. Having an actual plan…it’s not making me feel like I’m being strangled or subjected to Chinese water torture. Instead it’s actually been comforting. Heh. Who knew?
So how about a little accountability? I promise I’ll report back about how I’m implementing the planner in February or March of 2016 and what I think of it.
In the mean time…I’ve got a freebie for those of you who bothered to read all about my planner angst. TODAY I’ve got two downloadable desktop wallpapers to help you organize your computer a little bit. I’m a big fan of keeping my laptop organized. I know that might surprise some people. Because just keeping everything in the “Downloads” and “Documents” folders wasn’t really cutting it for me. Shocker, right?
Click *Free Desktop Wallpaper* to download the “Find your tribe. Love them hard.” desktop wallpaper.
Click *Free Desktop Wallpaper* to download the “Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.” desktop wallpaper.
And y’all…I make these things to work with what I’ve got, so these are optimized for the Macbook Pro and are crazy high definition. It might crop slightly different on your computer depending on your screen’s resolution, but I hope you LOVE them! I’m thinking of doing a new one every month that would also include a calendar. Is that something you’d love to see? Let me know in the comments below!
And one more question…What do you use to plan and schedule and keep track of all of your bloggy things? I’d love to hear a little bit about your process. Besides the new Blog Success Planner I just bought, I have used simple calendars, the Day, and also the WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin which I still plan to use. That’s on a good day. Because most of the time I had NO plan. Ask me how that worked out. Or maybe don’t. Heh.