Last month I shared that I am a creative. My mind is incapable of thinking in a linear manner. I can’t even think in calendars. If I don’t have my planner, electronic or paper because I use both in tandem, then the only days I can conceive of are yesterday, today and tomorrow. Everything else is either ancient history or so far in the future that I can’t imagine it. Sometimes I just need to see my month laid out before me. For my blog planning this is essential.
Hi, I’m Ann Shannon, the Manic Writer
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Organization is My Life
Last month I shared my goals and objectives sheet with you and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. So this month I decided to continue that trend.
If you can’t tell by now I’m a organizational junkie, but it’s because I can’t keep things straight if I’m not. I’m in the process of creating my own organizer pages that I keep in an old half-size looseleaf planner I had.
I know, electronic calendars are all the rage. And they even fit in your phone and cross platforms, so you can see them on your phone, your tablet, your laptop and (gasp) your desktop
Yes, I still use a desktop. And I love it!
For me, I need to be able to mark off what I’ve done. I like to scribble, take notes and then highlight what I’ve finished. It helps me feel like I’ve done something.
For what it’s worth, I only use this for my writing work. The rest of my life; doctor’s appointments, dates, vacations, etc, is stored electronically. I do note them on my written calendar if they will affect my day, but I don’t keep them there exclusively.
A Blog Planner
This week I’d like to show you my blog planner and offer it to you as a download.
My blog planner allows me to plan and see all that I have planned for the month in one place. I use Scrivener to organize and write my blog posts so I don’t really need a detailed sheet, just a list with a due date, a publication date and a way to mark it off.
I’m mostly done with my posts this month because I write all my blog posts the last week of the month and then schedule them. I find this allows me to focus more fully on writing in the other weeks rather than going back and forth between tasks.
My planner pages are ever evolving as I tweak them to work for me. I’ve made every one of them in an Open Office spreadsheet and just worked with the margins and columns until they fit. They aren’t pretty but they work.
So here is your gift this month! A full size and a half size blog planner sheet with the #authortoolbox already set for you! As I work out more of these I’ll keep sharing them with you. If you’d like a particular type of planning sheet drop a note in the comments and I’ll see if I can work it out.
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