Here on Blog Trends we have talked quite a bit about different tools to stay organized and ways to manage your editorial calendar. While spread sheets and plugins are helpful I have personally found that I work best with a hand written hard copy of my calendar.
I also know, from years of list making, that when a list or document gets messy from scribbled out tasks and other rewrites I tend to abandoned the entire thing and want to start over. This can obviously make it hard to keep a solid calendar going, especially when you need to move stories to different days for a variety of reasons.
I recently discovered a great way around this while browsing the blog Little Chief Honeybee. Instead of getting a monthly planner and writing in my posts I have created a color coded system using Post-it notes!
The Perfect Planner
I was lucky enough to snag a great monthly planner from Wal*Mart for only about $7. It covers 2012-2013 and has nice large boxes for each day of the month, just about perfectly fitting my Post-it notes. It also has a space on the site of each month where you can make notes.
Divide your blog posts into categories. For me at PiercingStyles.com this breaks down into fashion, food, lifestyle/decor, and DIY. I have recently added a special category for baby but haven’t done much with that just yet. Pick up some Post-it notes that fit your planner, I went with the cube sized notes. I designated a different color for each category. If I need to make notes about a post I write the notes on a Post-it note that matches the category and stick it in the note section of my planner.
The best part about this system is the ability to rearrange your posts as needed. I know I fall off my schedule a lot and it’s nice to be able to simple move a post to a later date and re-prioritize my posts. I tend to carry my post-it notes and calendar with me any time I am using a bag it will fit it. That way I can write down a post idea and stick in in my calendar anytime I feel inspired.
Do you prefer to hand write lists or track them digitally?