My Blog & Business Planner; Bullet Journal Flip Through
I discovered Bullet Journaling a few months ago and quickly fell in love with the system.
I've never been any good at sticking to a specific planner and I just don't get on with digital planners.
The closest I've ever got to a planner is keeping simple to do lists in a diary, which worked fine with just personal stuff but wasn't efficient enough for keeping track of the business and blog stuff too.
So when I discovered Bullet Journaling it didn't take long before I started looking at ways to use it as a Business and Blogging planner.
I started experimenting in a ring binder to see what I really needed to track and which layouts and spreads I really needed and would stick to using.
And now for 2017 I've set up a Blog & Business Bullet journal to keep me organised and track my goals for the year.
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Why a Bullet Journal for Blog Planning?
A Bullet Journal is completely customisable
I've set by Blog Bullet Journal exactly how I want it. There's no pages I don't need, I can make each section as big or small as I want. I can make it perfect for me.
A Bullet Journal is Adaptable
If I find a spread isn't working for me or I'm not bothering to fill it in I can change it or get rid of it. If I suddenly think of something that I should be tracking or start a new project I can just add it to my Bullet Journal when I need it.
If I'm not being Mummy I'm working on my blog. Filling out my Bullet Journal spreads, doing the little doodles and practicing lettering is a fun creative outlet for me. And because my Bullet Journal keeps me productive I don't feel bad about the little extra time I take making it look nice!
A bullet Journal is Visual
I like to see results. I'm one of those that people that are motivated by seeing a change in something. With blogging, it's so easy to feel like you're not getting a lot done when results aren't immediate. I like to be able to track my tasks so I can see that I am being productive. And so I can quickly see what I've forgotten to do!
My Blog Planning Bullet Journal
My Blog Planning Bullet Journal is in an A4 Leuchtturm 1917 dot grid notebook*. I love it! It lies flat, has pre-numbered pages and an index at the front and the paper is really good quality.
I also have a (Berry coloured) A5 leuchtturm 1917* that I use for notes, brainstorming and blog post ideas.
I chose an A4 notebook so I'd have enough room. I wanted enough space to make large daily spreads. This notebook should last me 6 months (if I've worked out my page count properly!)
Blog Bullet Journal Flip Through
I spent quite a bit of time planning my planner before I set it up. I wanted to make sure I was only keeping track of what I really needed and that I wasn't making more work for myself and recording information and stats in lots of different places.
Yearly Blog & Business Planning
At the beginning of my planner I have a full year calendar (with 2 Augusts!) and my word for the year. I've also included my 2017 goals and my Brand Vision right at the beginning as a reminder every time I open my Blog Bullet Journal.
I've broken down my yearly goals into monthly ones from January to June (July to December will go in a later notebook) and included a space for big achievements and results.
I've also included a Stats Tracker for January to June so I can quickly see the important numbers I'm tracking.
Monthly Blog & Business Planning
Every month I leave space for filling out my Monthly goals and major action points.
I have an ‘at a glance’ calendar which I use to record when I've published blog posts, videos and Skillshare classes, when I've sent emails to my list and when I've managed to keep on top of my most neglected social media tasks. This spread is a major visual motivator to keep me working at my regular blogging tasks.
The next page is my Chalkboard which is my visual tracker of my income goals and results and finally I have a monthly Stats and Review page.
This was originally a simple stats tracker but it seemed pointless to record stats in two different places (because I'm recording them in my 6-monthly tracker) so I changed January’s to a monthly review.
Daily Blog & Business Planning
I have a page for each day, apart from Saturdays & Sundays. I wanted to have everything I needed to do in a day on one page in front of me and not go flipping backwards and forwards between dailies and weeklies and monthly calendars etc.
Each day includes To Dos, Money tracking, social media and a space for personal tasks too.
Blog & Business Trackers
At the back of my Blog Bullet Journal I have trackers. So far I have trackers for
- Blog post promotion
- Video promotion
- Blog Posts
- Skillshare Classes
I have plans to add a few more to track income and expenses and affiliate earnings.
I hope you've enjoyed this peek inside my Blogging Bullet Journal. Leave a comment and let me know how you use your Bullet Journal with your Blog.
For a more thorough look, have a look at the Video Flip Through I recorded.
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