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Hello, entrepreneurs, bloggers, students, anyone who read this. How many of you say that you struggle when it comes to being organized? How many say that they need more motivation? Well, I do.
SO, here I collaborate with a group of inspiring bloggers to share important tips on how to be organized and motivated!
If you find that you struggle to be organized and motivated, then this one’s for YOU!
MERRY: BULLET JOURNAL AND TRELLO
“I used to forget a lot of things. Even when I write down to-do lists on my phone, I will easily forget it. So, this year I decided to start using the bullet journal. I write down every single list of tasks from monthly goals, weekly to-do list, daily tasks, movie and book lists, braindumps, anything which I have to do every day and achieve.
I always plan and check my bullet journal every day. Take a look at my top priority tasks and goals for that week or month. I also use Trello App on my laptop (you can also download the app on your phone) to plan and schedule my blogging tasks, such as social media links, blog post ideas, post schedule, post drafts, any blog related stuff. Using the bullet journal and Trello really help me to be organized and motivated. They help me to keep on track for my daily tasks, what should I do on that day, important events, things to buy or check, so on. And by the end of the day, I can see how productive I am and check what needs to improve or how I plan to achieve my weekly or monthly goals.
If you are a blogger and need a planner to schedule and keep all of your blogging-related stuff in track, check this smart planner, this is definitely for you to stay organized with your blog!”
LIZ FROM LIZLOVESBLOG: MAKE TO-DO LISTS
“My main tips for the organization are to write things down! I’m a sucker for a good notebook and am always buying new stationery, but I love making to-do lists and writing down things like my blog ideas or recipes I want to try. On a Sunday night, I like to write out my to-do list for the week, breaking it down into personal tasks and work-related tasks. This way I won’t forget little things like posting a birthday card to a friend on time or sending an important email before a deadline! Writing a list helps me to visualize the tasks that I need to do and crossing off the jobs as I do them is super satisfying and keeps me motivated!
As a visual person, I also like having a physical diary to write down appointments and plans in. If I put things into my calendar on my phone I will most likely forget about it but the act of actually writing down my plans means I am much more likely to remember them. Having a physical diary also means that when making plans I won’t double book and then have to move things around last minute (I used to do this ALL the time). I also schedule in set times to work on my blog and to work on my masters so that I allocate lots of time specifically to these tasks so that I focus completely on one task at a time and stay super organized!”
PAIGE FROM PAIGEEADES: JOIN GROUP AND APPLE CALENDAR
“As a student; I know it can be so hard to stay motivated all the time when there are frequent big assignments, lectures, and general life commitments. I’ve come up with some tips to keep you going!
Joining a group is a great way to stay motivated and on top of things – for example, if you want to stay motivated to a certain exercise; join a running group, or hula hooping group, or swimming club, etc. Using other people’s support and encouragement is a great way to boost your own motivation and also it helps you dedicate a specified time for certain activities as it is a group meeting, which therefore keeps you organized.
I think a great way to be organized is to get a diary or calendar; whatever works for you. I personally use the Apple calendar as it is on both my phone and laptop and syncs so I know exactly what I’m doing all the time; in addition, you can include travel time and can invite people to join you on events so it is easy to keep track of who you are meeting and when. This is a great method for me to be organized as I dedicate time to achieve all of my goals/to-do list jobs and it automatically tells me if I have enough time to do each thing. There will be alternate apps and services as well for those without Apple.”
EMMA FROM THEALLROUNDINVESTOR: BULLET JOURNAL AND ASANA
“Organisation is one of my strong points. Over the last few years, I’ve tried hundreds of different ways of scheduling my time and managing myself. I’ve recently come across the winning formula – a bullet journal. I use my bullet journal to lay out my tasks for the day and tick them off to make sure that everything is completed. One of the huge benefits of a bullet journal is that it forces me to sit down in the morning and plan out my day. Not only does this make me more productive, but I’m able to adapt my day to any changes which come up last minute – allowing me to both be well organized and flexible to changes.
Alongside the to-do list, I also have a running list of things I need to do on a longer-term basis. For example, blog posts that need writing and guest post organization. These, I actually do online. The fantastic web app known as Asana allows me to create an editorial calendar, schedule all the tasks I need doing and allowing me to drop my articles onto the correct dates. For anyone who prefers a technological approach to organization, this is the best way forward.
Overall, the most important thing when it comes to organization is making sure that you have a system – and that you stick to it. The exact system you choose is much less important than the process of writing out your tasks, and gradually ticking them all off.”
BARBARA FROM PORTY’S DIARY: PLANNER AND BUFFER
“Hi, my name is Bárbara and I’m the person behind the Porty’s Diary travel & lifestyle blog.
For me, to be organized and focused when it comes to my blog is essential as I have to combine it with my full-time job.
In order to do that, I like to plan out my content a couple of months in advance, come up with blog post ideas, and layout my post schedule; by doing this it helps me to stay motivated and not lose focus on what content to share.
To help me out with my vision, I use an Erin Condren Monthly planner, where I write down all things blog and social media related, from post drafts, future post ideas, stats, and all sorts of things. Another important thing for me is to be able to schedule as much as possible of my social media content because I really don’t have much free time. For that, I use a scheduler platform (Buffer), where I can schedule my tweets, Facebook page posts, Instagram, and Pinterest. All in one place which is key to save time.
I hope these tips can be of any help to other bloggers out there who need to combine their full-time jobs with running a blog.”
MEERA FROM MEERA-ABROAD: PASSION, PURPOSE AND EMOTIONAL
“As someone who used to struggle massively with keeping motivated with blogging, it is fair to say that I have done a LOT of research (and trial and error) over the years to try and create the perfect ‘motivation method’. It’s also fair to say that I’ve consistently failed. I’ve learned that there isn’t one ideal, easy fix to keeping motivated, it’s the product of many individual factors and a lot of hard work. While writing daily task lists and introducing little rewards can help to boost motivation, I believe that there’s something much bigger at the core. Passion and purpose. Have you ever noticed that whatever you’re doing instantly becomes much easier if you’re interested in it?
You’re probably thinking, of course, it does! But how does that actually help me? I can’t just make this task more interesting. And to that I say, yes you can. I find that If I can find at least one thing that interests me within the task, I have much more drive to complete it. This might even be the way I go about it, for example using creative means like mind maps or bullet journals. I think this is particularly important in blogging. Don’t just cater to the crowd, write about what interests you. So, as I said before, there isn’t one easy fix because your interests change as you grow, you just have to adapt accordingly. Make whatever task interesting to you.
Secondly, I think the purpose of whatever you’re doing is vital. I’m not saying it has to be ground-breaking, in fact, nobody else even needs to know about it, but it has to matter to you. I believe that motivation comes with foresight. Knowing that whatever your doing will bring you pleasure. Whether that’s instant pleasure or future pleasure it doesn’t matter. So, whenever you’re in a bit of a slump, take the time to think about all the positives that will come from whatever you’re doing. For example, your posts which might not gain much attention now may get you a brand deal in the future. Additionally, I think possibly the most important factor influencing motivation is emotional. Know your body and know when to take a break. Being mentally strong and happy breeds creativity and motivation. Look after yourself.”
LINDSEY FROM NORFOLK AVENUE: TIDY UP AND MAKE LISTS
“We’re human, there will always be off days and on days. On the days where I feel like I’m having an off day, I do some light stretching and take some deep breaths, then I tidy up my space.
The most effective way for me to be organized is donate anything I don’t need and take a trip to IKEA or upscale a storage unit I already have. Having a good storage solution (PAX, wicker baskets, drawers etc) will definitely make you enjoy keeping all your things together and it will look good too!
Tidy Space = Tidy Mind
I figure out what I need to do for the day and form a list. I always find lists help me stay on track and motivated and I always ensure I add in a treat at the end to reward myself for completing the day, this could be enjoying a bar of chocolate or use your luxury bath salts! It doesn’t need to be extravagant, anything that will tell yourself, the day is done and you can relax!”
I would like to say thank you to the inspiring ladies who collaborate with me to offer their awesome tips for staying organized and motivated!
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And for you who read this, I hope this post will help you in some way to stay organized and motivated. And don’t forget to check them all out!