My One Little Word for 2016 is less and I’m trying to find something actionable every month to stay connected with it this year. Thanks to my friend Kay’s inspiration, I decided to share my progress here on the blog with this new series.
After deciding it was time for a Twitter hiatus last month, I tried to stay away from it using a couple of tricks: I deleted the app from my phone, I set a reminder to check out notification once a day, I used Buffer to share blog updates, and I also found a great IFTTT recipe that sends me a notification on my personal Slack channel when someone mentions me. I suddenly noticed the benefit of staying away from Twitter, but, once my semester started again, the feeling of overwhelm knocked at my door again and I realized I can’t do it all. I even missed my Tuesday post this week!
My action step of the month is all about simplify my process. Last year, I shared how I was using three amazing tools to keep my internet life sane (Evernote, Asana and Trello). While I still use them all for different aspects of my life, I realized I needed an easier way to manage my blog. I got rid of all the tools that I didn’t actually use and I just set up a notebook on Evernote called Blog Editorial Calendar, then I created a note for each month of the year. In each note I copied the monthly calendar I found at Evernote’s blog. (I use the one called Monthly calendar — Live Green) So, every time I have a new blog post idea, I just write it in the first free box (sticking with a 2 posts per week schedule), this way I can easily move contents around if I want to share something else.
It’s like a paper calendar with sticky notes for blog post ideas. I love it because it’s easy and can be edited from all my devices and I hope it will be a good way to organize things along the year.
How do you like to manage your blogs? 🙂