Blogging can be super stress full sometimes. There are deadlines, and editing pictures. Perfecting the post and researching. Trying to get personal posts in with the reviews and giveaways. It’s hard finding a balance sometimes. I have found a super easy method that is actually allowing me to have scheduled 2 weeks worth of posts, and more on the back burner waiting for me to finish and schedule. I’ll let you know how I got to this point and how you can too!
So I first added a document on Google Drive called Blog Posts I Need/Want to Do. I use Google Drive because I can access it easily from Gmail and that I use Google Calender as well for my scheduling needs. It just all works together in harmony.
In this list I put posts that I need or want to do. It’s nice to be able to erase them as I complete them. It also allows me never forget to do a post, or not be late at least. As soon as I get the package in the mail, or I say yes to do a post, I put it on there. If it has a specific deadline I put it in there as well so I know. Than I go over to the calender and write the day it’s due as well. That way I will get a reminder if I need it as well! Now when I do the deadline day I do it all day so that it reminds me the day before.
If you need something on paper though than I recommend the Blogging Success Planner. I’ve heard rave reviews over it, and actually have one myself. It’s just not a good fit for me!
I look at my list whenever I am going to start getting ready to start writing. It really helps.
What also really helps is I start a bunch of drafts. Some of them just have the title of the blog post. But most have a paragraph or more in there. I find it easier for me to start posts than to finish. But it’s so much easier for me to finish the post once it has been started. (I will have completed this post in just 3 sittings.)
Once I am finally done with a post, I schedule it. Right now I’m 2 weeks out. Yes I do not have to work unless I want to for 2 weeks. Mainly it also helps that I have gone to doing maybe 3-4 posts a day to just 1 or 2. I schedule just 1 post, but if something comes up than I can tack it on in another day. This reduces the stress because I am not always, must write must write.
I am ahead of schedule and not behind. I am getting more things done in my house, and more importantly I am getting more time for myself. I recently started watching Doctor Who. I can now watch it without having that pressure over me that I should be working instead of enjoying myself.