Being a full time teacher and trying to maintain fruitionfitness.com has at times been mentally exhausting. Mainly because my days are so busy that I would find myself staring at a blank screen with no clue what I was going to publish the next day.
Obviously this is not the most efficient way to do business. And the reason for the blankness was not lack of knowledge or ideas, it was just plain old lack of organization and planning. I’m always in planning limbo–I bought a beautiful planner for the 2016-2017 school year, but of course it lays blank on my desk. I also bought a planner for household matters which is actually being utilized (the monthly format at least) to keep our family where they need to be.
As a teacher, I love making customized materials that fit my needs and the needs of my students. I also happen to love all things Google. So to solve my blogging brain freeze, I made myself a functional editorial calendar in Google Sheets. I’ve used it for October, November, and December so far and it has been a lifesaver. Planning out content months in advance and actually being able to see it has taken the stress out of blogging.
Being able to plan content months in advance around major events (holidays, and races for me) has given me so much more direction. I’m also able to visually move posts around if one happens to be coming along faster than another. I’ve left ample space for bright ideas that pop up while I’m planning so I can come back to them later. I also added a side bar for quick links to sites I need on a regular basis.
This works for me, so it may work for you!
Might as well give it a try! Sign up below and grab your copy of my Google Sheets Editorial Calendar for free!