Master multi-taskers Jordana Garbati and Giulia Doyle are here again to share more of their tips on achieving work/life/blog balance. Catch their seminar You CAN Have Both – Balancing a Day Job and Successful Blog” at BlogPodium.
If you’re anything like us, then you believe that it is possible to maintain a successful blog and still have plenty of time to commit to work responsibilities and to enjoy events offline with family and friends. Today we are sharing some tools that help us stay organized.
- Evernote helps us “remember everything”. Saved files, photos, links and voice messages can be accessed from our computer and various mobile devices.
- Outlook or Gmail calendars help with planning and scheduling posts. We note important holidays that we want to address on our blogs.
- Outlook or Gmail task managers. We break down our tasks and set a start and end date. Reminder flags keep us on track and you can see the task in your calendar. It’s the running task list.
- The WordPress editorial calendar is a great plugin to help manage your blog. All your posts are in one place and it’s a great option if you like to plan ahead.
- Bloglovin or Feedly. Now that Google Reader is gone, these two sites house your favourite blog posts in one place so you can browse posts in one dedicated space.
- PicMonkey and Polyvore are great sites if you are interested in creating and saving photo collages for your blog.
- Pinterest is a great place to store and organize inspirational photos. The option of having “secret” boards is great if you are planning something specific for future blog posts.
- To do lists. We have them. We love them. We constantly edit them. A dedicated computer file can be easily maintained if you choose not to use a task manager
- Spreadsheets (via Excel, Word, etc.) can be used to, keep track of blog and industry contacts and to make note of product reviews and posts.
- Contacts in your email. Easily keep track of your contacts right in Outlook or Gmail. Categorize them by industry, project or other criteria.
- Dropbox or other file sharing service that allows you to work with others without sending large files by email.