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.
I’m so excited about it, that I went ahead to create my calendar for the start of 2017 and I’d love to share it with you!
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!
jill conyers says
I love planning for a new year. Thanks for the calendar!
Michelle Homan says
Thanks Jill! I’m always searching for new strategies and love creating sheets!
Allie @ Miss Allie's Kitchen says
See, I love this! It would totally give us bloggers more time in the future to live well! Wahoo!
Michelle Homan says
Haha…thanks so much for checking it out Allie! It really does make a difference in my focus and productivity!
So awesome! Could you send us the calendar? The link won’t work for some reason!
So Brilliant! Thanks for it, Yeah an editorial calendar not only makes it easier to organize your material but also allows you to tailor it to your company’s needs. Because the editorial strategy establishes themes over a lengthy period of time, your material will have a fresh feeling of direction. You may plan ahead by structuring and strategizing your content strategy. I appreciate your work.
Chris Brown says
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