Becoming more organised has changed my life. I am not kidding.
I used to be disorganised and this is still my natural inclination. Although a little bit of chaos makes me feel alive, I dislike the feeling of stuff spiralling out of control, forgetting things, losing things and never having enough time.
So I have forced myself to become organised! Housework is divided up into certain jobs on certain days. Laundry is the same. I can’t do all of it on one day, there’s too much of it, so I wash specific things on different days of the week. By doing this I get through it all every week ( that’s the plan at least!) and I’ve found that it gives me more time to do other things.
Meal planning has also made a difference. I used to plan weekly or, sometimes, fortnightly, but I still found myself making the same stuff or scratching around trying to decide what to make, or making weird stuff because we didn’t have enough in to make anything normal. So I now have a monthly plan and I write out a shopping list at the beginning of the week. It’s saving so much faffing about it’s unreal.
So I’ve decided to take the same approach to blogging! I trawled the internet looking for pretty planning sheets. There are some unbelievably talented people out there! There are all kinds of beautiful things you can print out, with dozens of pages that you can put into a binder.
However, I did not want dozens of pages with stuff to write down affiliates (I dont actually know what that is!) and stuff to tick off every time I post an image on Pinterest or stick it on Twitter.
All I wanted was two A4 sheets (or 1 if I printed on both sides), with somewhere to write down themes and ideas, post ideas, and plan briefly for each week. Something I could fold in half and slip inside a notebook.
So I leapt, like a creaky, overweight hare, onto the band wagon! Here is my free printable monthly blog planner!
The first page has a box for writing in possible themes and other ideas for that particular month, then boxes for writing down ideas of possible posts, assuming that you want to write 2 posts a week. I’ve also added a little box for blog maintenance.
Page 2 has boxes for planning week by week, so post ideas can be taken from page 1 and transferred to specific weeks. The to do box for each week allows me to get ahead with actual tasks that need doing before a post can be written. So if I need to make something, or make a pinterest board, or take a load of extra photos, I can crack on with it and hopefully stay on top of things!
I also use a notebook for jotting stuff down but the planner provides a way of keeping it all organised.
If you would like a copy, you can download it here!