Today is the day. I am taking part at my first blog parade, this time it is not about beauty, instead I will answer some questions on how I organize myself when it comes to blogging. I won’t talk about organizing my “daily normal” life just how I handle my blog schedule. So if you are nosy, continue reading.
1. How do you organize your tasks?
At first I take a look at my make up desk where I collect products to review that has/n’t been used. Then I sort them out which ones do I need for a blog post soon, means if I already have not done it I must put it to the test and which ones can “wait”.
After that I make a list in my head when I need which product to go online at the blog – did I already take pictures of it? If so did I already edited them? Then I use my calendar, my weekly and monthly blog planner to set the date for publishing my posts and also the day when I have to write them, take pictures and so on. I don’t include time for answering e-mails at my organisation list, because I answer them on a daily base or one day later.
2. Which programms do you use for that and why do you use it?
Honestly I am not working with any “organisation programms” because, even if I am pretty young (digital generation) I am more keen on organising my work physically, which means that I make lists, use my notebook or worksheets and I have a portfolio where I collect all blog related stuff like work shop papers, cut string inspirations from magazines and so on . Since I am sitting eight hours+ in front of the computer at my day job I don’t want to stare at my smartphone or laptop when I am at home plus I like to write things down. with a pencil. If you don’t like it old school like me EverNote is a great way programm for organising.
3. Are there any organizational traps?
I think when you are scheduling your tasks it is really important to include a puffer for days where you don’t feel like working your ass off (for your blog), things may not work (technical issues) or you just want to have time for yourself or friends/family. Furthermore it’s good to combine work tasks, for example if you know you have to take pictures (in my case) of product X I will also shoot pictures of products of which I know that I need them in some days/weeks and not on the exact day where I write about the product.
4. How much time do you spend on organizing your tasks?
I organize only at weekends or when I have holidays, sure, there are exceptions, but if I count up on a daily base I dedicate half an hour for organizing my blog tasks.
5. From your point of view: Which disturbances can appear whilst planning?
For me it is important to focus on a thing. Acting multitask doesn’t work for me – listening to music while organizing the next week(s) or responding to e-mails doesn’t do me any good. You will find me then dancing or screaming to music (depends if it is Dance or Metal) but that’s it. I also turn off my mobile phone while setting my tasks.