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Being organized is important in all aspects of our lives. This is especially true if you run your own business no matter what that business is. I live by my blogging binder, this is how I organize mine.
Organization of anything is a highly personal thing. No two people will organize the same way. This is especially true when it comes to blogging. Some prefer to keep a digital copy of their files on their computer or google drive. Some use a binder like I do, but they use printables to keep organized.
I use a binder that I organize with old school supplies; pen and paper. This is because of a few reasons:
- I’m too cheap to print out that much paper. My printer sucks ink like a hummer does gasoline. So I’m very picky about what I’ll print out.
- I like handwriting things out. It feeds into my love of pens and office supplies.
I have 5 must have items for my binder at all times.
There are a lot of fun and exciting products you can add to your binder. There is one product I use that’s extra that makes a world of difference but I’ll get into that in a bit. My 5 must have items are simple:
- Loose leaf paper
- Binder dividers
- Page protectors
- Favorite pens
It’s currently back to school supply shopping time so you can get all of these products super cheap. Be sure to stock up now for the entire year. I do this all the time. Let’s get into how I set my binder up.
Yes, I use a Superman binder. You can use any design binder you want, it can even be a zip around if you prefer. My binder has sentimental meaning for my husband and I. He’s big into Superman and this is his binder. He gave it to me to use for my work binder. If that does not love, I don’t know what is.
I use the dividers to separate each section so I can find what I need easier and faster. This also helps me get more done, faster.
to do list & notes
I have a divider that you can add paper to. I use this for things I’m currently working on so I can access them faster.
(subsections are Products, Books, and Sponsored. Each section has the entire year in a page protector and a yearly total)
This is where I keep a running list of evergreen post ideas
This is random info I want to remember
I keep a list of who I pitched to, if they say yes, what is coming for said guide. My pitch logs look like this:
Emailed: Answered: Yes or No:
I keep a running list of the giveaways I’ve run and how many entries for each. On another sheet I have a tracker sheet:
I have the websites/companies log ins written down and organized alphabetically one sheet for each letter. They are then listed as:
I keep a list of who I pitch to and it’s separated by category: (kitchen/pet/kids etc) the set up is the same for the gift guide pitches
I have written down my post format when I changed it around for SEO purposes but I never look at it anymore unless I’m doing a giveaway to see how I set that up.
Here I keep track of what products that I’m waiting for. I have them listed with:
I personally track how my reach/impressions do for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter every week. The format I use is:
(reach or impressions) Likes: Retweet/comment
In this section, I also have in a page protector a running tracking total of my social media followers for each month, and my google analytics either the last day of the month or the first day of the month I track the previous month.
Two extra items I have that I love are Jam Paper plastic binder envelopes. I use these to store loose leaf paper if I’m working at the library or Starbucks. I also add the press releases I get from companies sometimes with the products they send to me to review.
The other item is Avery Ultra Tabs that removable and their dividers for binders. I have subsections within a section using these. They are so amazing.
The Jam Paper envelopes and the Avery tabs are both available on Amazon. I’ll have the image and link at the bottom of the post for you.
I know this sounds confusing and like a lot of work to set up. I can actually find what I want very quickly now. I also have a binder set up for contacts where I keep track of companies and their emails broken down by categories.
I have another binder titled blog lessons. There I keep track of any blog articles I find on how to do things. I learn better by rewriting and it being in my face. Those are broken down by categories such as affiliate, blog traffic, Pinterest, etc.
Are you a blogger? How do you stay organized?