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Nailing New Year Organisation

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Nail your blog organisation in 2019 

When it comes to blog organisation I’m a total Mary Poppins – practically perfect. Take BookMurmuration. I have books to review from picture books through to YA fiction. I have author interviews and guest-bloggers to coordinate and lifestyle content to write. Without a system, it just wouldn’t happen.

Take my advice – where there’s a system, there is stationary.

img_7855Great stationery lifts our mood and makes tasks a pleasure. It can also help us to keep on top of things. The right diary or calendar layout is the first key to good organisation. That’s why I was so excited when I was offered some products from Danilo. As well as being Europe’s number one supplier of licensed calendars (so you can guarantee there will be a brand you love) they have a range of styles available. From family planners to desk calendars to calenders just for children, there will be something in their range to suit your needs.

That’s my first piece of advice for New Year organising – figure out what you want.

When it comes to my blog organisation, I need to see which posts are due up, which posts have been published and which days are still available. I also need space to change my mind, or to write in additional notes as other social media engagements (such as cover reveals and giveaways) come up. I love my new diary from Danilo for its generous boxes and for the lines which made it easier to keep things neat. 

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How I organise my blog:

  1. Begin with commitments. I use a different colour pen for blog tours, brand collaborations and collaborations with other bloggers. This is because, where other content is flexible, commitments have to be fulfilled for a specific date.
  2. For the first six weeks of 2019, I am reverting to Middle-Grade Mondays and YA on Thursday. I write middle-grade fiction, and could spend my life reading it, but I worry this comes at a cost to the YA-content on my blog and to my YA readership. Looking at my review pile, it works out nicely for the first weeks of the year, so this will give me a chance to try it out.
  3. When a blog post is scheduled, I highlight my diary entry. This way I know at a glance what still needs to be done. The at-a-glance planners in this diary will make this even easier. There is one for 2019 at the front of the diary and one for 2020 at the end.
  4. Don’t be afraid to do jobs out of order – I work roughly by the week, but sometimes a spare twenty-minutes before going out is just the right time to write another Waiting On Wednesday. Ticking something off the list is always a win.
  5. Just copy that over to a slimline calendar – diaries are easy to put away. A slimline calendar like my Winnie The Pooh calendar for 2019 keeps my jobs at the front of my mind.

 

Diary available from danilo.com, Waterstones, John Lewis and Disney Online.

Calendars available from WH Smith, ASDA, Tesco and danilo.com. 

Thanks to Kirsty from Grapevine Global PR for my diary and calendars. Opinions my own.

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Nailing New Year Organisation

    1. You know, I never thought of myself of organised, but that was when I tried to follow organisation tips to the letter. I think the trick is to make up a system to fit each job. It might look a little bit different from anything you’ve ever seen before but so long as it works. 🙂 Either way you deserve the stationery!

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