Writing Journal 51: Scheduling and Planners

Writing Journal 51: Scheduling and Planners

My writing journal for Thursday, October 2, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

Another meeting this morning, so I need to prepare for that. I’m still working on the mystery novel. I’ve developed the crime, as I mentioned yesterday. I’m still undecided about the sleuth. I’ve created three prospects; none make me want to jump up and down and scream: YES! All rather blah, and uninspired. Not to worry, there’s a few days left in this week.

I managed 2,100 words on the two book I’m writing for a client. I’m pleased with the progress, and so is the client. I need to develop the sales copy for it, so I’ve jotted down a few thoughts, and sent them to the client.

It’s cold this morning. Poor Honey’s feeling her arthritis. We had a couple of warm days earlier this week, but this morning it’s cold again. She gobbles her breakfast anyway. Lots of email to deal with, so I write some messages while having breakfast.

Then it’s time to prepare for the meeting. I created a presentation last night, mainly cobbled together with slides from previous presentations. I need to rehearse that, and then deal with scheduling issues before I leave.

I’m back… I had lunch while out, and ran a few errands.

Now it’s time for the company history I’m ghostwriting. I manage a good 3,000 words on that… whew. That was an excellent push. I didn’t mean to write so much. I just got into the zone. It’s great when that happens, but it’s seriously thrown out my schedule. I’ll need to put in another couple of hours of writing tonight, but that’s OK.

I reschedule everything, and wish I had a better way to do it. Currently, I use a large Oasis pad page per week. I fold the pages up and slip them into a folder. Everything’s written in pencil, except for a flutter of flag-sized stickies. The flags are deadlines, things I need to remember, and so on.

Planning — do I need a Filofax-style planner?

Every year I buy a “calendar” notebook, with a day per page, and then never use it, because I prefer pads and notebooks. I haven’t owned a Filofax-style planner in a couple of decades. However, times change. I’ve been looking at 2015 diaries for the planning benefits. My bullet journal lets me know what I have going on monthly, but not so much weekly. I’d like to be able to see a week’s tasks — in pencil — so I can move things around.

However, I’ve been hesitating. I hate buying things I never use, and if I decide to buy a planner, what size? A pocket size is too small, and besides, I don’t want to carry it around with me.

If you’ve got a scheduling/ planning system that works for you, please share. I’m open to suggestions. I’d like a planner, but have zero idea what I should get.

OK; time for my daily review, and word counts. Tonight I’ll need strong coffee and music while I write, to keep me awake. :-)

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Sunday Blog Planning: A Week of Content

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WordPress Editorial Calendar

A business blog is a wonderful marketing tool, but when you’ve got a blog, you need content; on-going content.

Here’s a tip: PLAN your content. No matter whether you have an in-house blogger, or whether you hire a blogger, you need a plan to create your content. Without a plan, you won’t achieve your business’ goals via your blog.

Sunday Blog Planning — plan your content

I like to spend Sunday planning for the week ahead, and that means planning content, both for my own, and for others’ blogs.

Here’s an outline of my process, it may be useful to you.

1. Review the goals for the blog;

2. Check the blog’s traffic. What were the site’s visitors looking for?

3. Make a list of keywords, combining #1 and #2;

4. Brainstorm, using a mind map and Soovie;

5. Develop blog post titles;

6. Enter the titles into an editorial calendar. (I use WordPress Editorial Calendar on all my WordPress blogs.)

Depending on how much time I have, I might outline several blog posts.

Remembering your primary goals for your blog is key. In Web Content Mania: Track Your Content and Make It Work for You I said:

In a nutshell: these days, you can’t rely on Google to send you “traffic” because you have content. You need content, yes, but for your customers and business goals, NOT for the search engines. So, create goals before you create content, and then track your content, both so that you know what you have, and so that you can make it work for you.

Never forget your goals while blogging: it’s all too easy to do.

If you have a WordPress blog, and aren’t using WordPress Editorial Calendar, you’ll find this video helpful in planning your blog’s content…