If you’re a seasoned blogger, I don’t have to tell you how important it is to keep organized! And if you’re new to the blogging scene, you should know that it will be your saving grace. Without organizational skills, your blog can fall apart. And since no one cares about your blog as much as you do, if you’re not on top of things, you’re only killing your own buzz.

There are SO many things you have to keep organized as a blogger, especially since you’re in the never-ending process of growing your biz. You’re not just a blogger, you’re a financial planner, a writer, a social media gal, a schedule maker, a networker, a personal assistant (to yourself) and a constant idea-churner.

You also have to maintain an editorial calendar for all your posts, as well as write all of your posts, not to mention promote the heck out of them on a daily basis.

So, yeah there’s a lot of stuff that has to get done. I’ve always been a super organized person (like, had my high school projects done a week before they were due kind of organized), so I’ve definitely brought many of my routines along with me as I’ve ventured into blogging. If your finding it hard to balance everything, here are my top 7 tips for staying organized as a blogger!

1. Keep a list of ideas
If you’re anything like me, you think about blog post ideas when you’re doing just about anything -watching tv, on the way to the grocery store, and even in your sleep. Keeping a list of these ideas will ensure that one, you don’t forget anything and two, you can keep your ideas organized.

I’ll often think of ideas while I’m out and about, so I’ll write them down in the notes section of my phone, but I have one big word document on my laptop where I store all my ideas! I make sure to put the ones from my phone on there at the end of the day. I list ideas under each of my blog categories. Some I use and some I don’t, but I love having them jotted down.

A lot of bloggers use Evernote  to store their ideas and I’m going to look into it! There’s even an app for your phone so you can keep all your notes in the same place.

2. Use an agenda (and only one)
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Kate Spade agenda

I would be lost without my agenda. I’ve always been one to schedule my work ahead of time so I know how and when I’m going to get everything done. Use the same agenda to schedule your work, appointments, meetings and socials so that you can see all your plans in one place. Having some things jotted down in your agenda and others in your iCal makes it more likely for you to forget about things.

3. Make a “to do” list
Along with your agenda, keeping a “to do” list each day is also extremely helpful. I like to write my to do list the night before and schedule set times for each of my posts, freelance assignments, social media scheduling, and anything else I may need to do.

Sometimes I stick to the times, sometimes I’m bombarded by distractions, but having a list that you can check off as you go helps keep you organized and more focused on getting tasks done.

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Staying organized as a blogger is key to productivity! If you want to check important things off your to-do list and learn some awesome time management tips, this post is for you! It’s all about balance, and when you have to juggle between writing blog posts, taking photos, email marketing, social media and more, organization is key! From creating an editorial calendar, to planning ahead in an agenda, click through to read my best tips for keeping organized as a blogger, and save this pin for other bloggers too!

4. Keep an editorial calendar
As a blogger, a big part of your job is thinking about posts you want to share with your readers – if you don’t have content, you don’t have a blog! Creating and maintaining an editorial calendar will be key to your success. If you don’t know what an editorial calendar is, don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds! It’s basically a schedule that allows you to plan your blog posts and social media content ahead of time so you’re easily able to stay on track.

I created mine in an excel spread sheet, but you can use any tool you’re comfortable with, even a  hand-written calendar. I like to plan out my content at least a few weeks in advance (I try for a month) so I always know what I’m going to be writing before I sit down.

And if you write about different topics, you can keep things organized so easily. For instance, if you want to write about beauty on Tuesdays, fashion on Wednesdays and recipes on Fridays, you can at least jot that into the calendar so you know what type of topics you need to come up with.

Keeping an editorial calendar allows you to check ideas off as you go and see how much progress you’re making with your blog. This way you can write posts consistently, rather than having to think up posts before you write.

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5. Folders
I have (digital) folders inside folders inside folders for my blog. I have my main blog folder, and inside that there are folders for my blog ideas, my stock photos, and any blog course I’ve taken.

Then of course there are the folders for each of my different blog categories, and inside those are folders for each of my blog posts. Keep separate folders for each blog post that hold your notes, the post itself and  any photos you used within the post. This type of organization is crucial when you run a blog to keep everything on track and in order.

6. Give yourself deadlines
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Over my blogging career, I’ve come to realize that setting deadlines for yourself is crucial! When you work from home it’s easy to laze around, and watch one more episode of The Mindy Project just because you can, but you have to treat it like a full time job if you want to make a full time income. Self-made deadlines are key!

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7. Focus on one task at a time
As millennials, we pride ourselves on being multi-taskers, but sometimes trying to get too many things done at once can get a little messy. Focus your attention on one thing at a time by organizing your workload. For example, instead of writing a post while sending out social media posts and emails between sentences (yeah, I totally do that sometimes), set aside a specific time of the day to work on social media, respond to important emails and focus on blogging…one at a time.

I’d love to know, what are some of your best tips for keeping organized as a blogger? And if you loved this post, don’t forget to pin the image below!

Organization is key when you’re a blogger in order to keep on top of your biz! These organization and blogging tips will ensure everything on your to-do list gets done, plus with tip #4, you’ll never run out of topics to write about for your blog! Click to read the awesome tips or save this pin for later!

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14 thoughts on “Tips for Keeping Organized as a Blogger

  1. Great tips 🙂 I would consider myself a very organized person in most areas of my life, but with blogging I have room for improvement!

    Posted on May 18, 2016 at 12:44 pm
    1. Thanks Theresa! I think we all have room for improvement in our lives 😉 Let me know if you have any other blogging organization tips!

      Posted on May 18, 2016 at 1:39 pm
  2. These are great tips! I work from home and I’d be utterly USELESS without the organizational systems I’ve developed for myself! I am a BIG fan of coschedule when it comes to blogging editorial calendars. I started using it 2 years ago and its made my life SO much easier! And yes! One task at a time is definitely important!

    Posted on May 18, 2016 at 1:22 pm
    1. Thanks for the comment! I’ll have to look into coschedule, that sounds awesome, and I’m, always looking for new tools 🙂 thanks for the tip!

      Posted on May 18, 2016 at 1:37 pm
  3. Really great tips! I sometimes do some of these things, but I definitely need to work on consistently being organized. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted on May 20, 2016 at 1:34 pm
    1. Thanks for reading 🙂

      Posted on May 20, 2016 at 4:32 pm
  4. I also use the note app on my phone for ideas! I get ideas at random times, so my phone is the one things that i have with me at all times. I plan to start transferring them to my bullet journal as I prefer hand written lists. Great tips!

    Posted on May 25, 2016 at 12:10 pm
    1. I know, using the note app is just so convenient! Thanks for stopping by, glad you liked the tips 🙂

      Posted on May 25, 2016 at 12:36 pm
  5. Great list for simple, practical, and manageable organizational tools. It seems they “should” be common sense but I am learning no matter how much you think you know you can loose control of the most simple tasks by being disorganized. I am really new to blogging and really looking forward to being organized someday soon. I really love #6…give yourself deadlines. Wonderful tip! Thanks for sharing your insight.

    Posted on September 20, 2016 at 11:38 am
    1. Hi Heather! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 I agree, it can become easy to get disorganized if you don’t have a system in place. Don’t worry, nothing is common sense when it comes to these things, it’s always good to have a reminder from time to time 🙂 I’m so excited for you starting out your blogging journey! Feel free to reach out if you ever have any questions!

      Posted on September 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm
  6. This was incredibly helpful! Thank you so much for the time on this post. I am very new to blogging and not having a place to start is hard so this is great!

    Posted on February 2, 2017 at 1:47 pm
    1. Hi Caroleann, thank you so much for such a sweet comment! Starting out is always tough, but keep doing what you’re doing (research, research, research!). I’ve learned so much over the years, but it takes time and hard work! Good luck with your blogging journey 🙂

      Posted on February 2, 2017 at 11:33 pm
  7. You should check out Microsoft OneNote if you have Microsoft Office already. It’s like Evernote and also has an app, but I much prefer it over Evernote. It’s organized like a notebook would be 🙂

    Posted on June 29, 2017 at 8:12 pm
    1. Thanks for the recommendation, Stacy, I will definitely check it out!

      Posted on July 12, 2017 at 10:15 am