Dear bloggers, How do you keep all of your books and blogging organized?
Me, I’m super OCD. I have lists upon lists, calendars, websites. I do it all and probably spend too much time organizing and not enough time reading and blogging.
For the past few years, I’ve kept track of what books I’ve read on Goodreads.com. I like that I can go back and see how long it took me to read a book, and exactly when I read it, if by some chance I have missed a review. It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then, it slips through the cracks.
I have a couple of calendars…yes, multiple ones. I have a May Designs Calendar that my cousin got me that I hand write in. I was really good at keeping up with this until my vacation in June, then it kind of fell by the wayside. Now it is used for work schedule and blog posts only. I also keep track of these on my phone calendar/Gmail calendar. I have them linked so I can add them online or on my phone when I need to.
Books to Read:
If you use Netgalley you know that you only have so long with a book. The way I use Netgalley, I’ll go through every week or so and find books that I want to read. I’ll request them and wait. I’ll go through my approval list and see when books are being archived. Unless it’s something I absolutely have to read immediately, I wait until it is about to be archived and I download it. Then I keep a list of when I have to have those books read. I just keep a list of this on the “Notes” section of my phone. I like a combo of paper and technology notes. But I love handwriting things.
I’ve always been a planner girl. It started in 6th grade when one of my teachers bought the whole class planners. I absolutely loved it and kept some form of one through high school and college and even into adult life. However, my interest and time and them comes and goes. When I start them, I am on top of it. I write down everything, color code my work activities, blogging and working out. Then, after a few months, I leave it at home a day, or go on vacation and get behind and have a hard time getting back into it. Sometimes I buy a notebook and make my own planner, other times I get an already-made one.
My dad has a planner that he uses for his work calendar. I’m not the only one in my family who likes a hard copy. He recently went on vacation and brought me home this:
Yay! My very first Lilly Pulitzer. I’ve had my eye on one of these beauties for years, but never splurged on one. If you’ve ever wanted one of these, now is the time to get it. It runs August 2014-December 2015. I did a little research for my cousin, who is also a planner buddy, and you can get this one on Amazon for $17. It’s an awesome price for all it has in it!
What does it have you ask?
*2015-2016 side-by-side 24-month small calendar
*August 2014-December 2015 month by month calendar
*Dates to celebrate
*Reasons for a party and Party Planner Notes pages
*Zodiac signs page
*Calendar section – this has a month calendar at the beginning, following my a weekly calendar
And this is less than an inch thick!
It was hard to not dive in immediately and start transferring things over from my other hand-written calendar and from my digital calendar, but I wanted to make sure that I was using it just right.
I decided to make a whole section just for blogging. I’m using the monthly calendars in the front as blogging calendars. I’ll use it to keep track of when I’m posting (and as I’ve noticed so far, the lack thereof. I need to post more – Sorry) and the To-Do section for each month to let me know when I need to read books by.
It’s the small things, right? Hopefully with physically seeing my posts on the calendar, and having a full month in front of me, I’ll be able to see when I need to sit down and do some work.
So, how do you keep track of all of your blogging?