Organisational Tips for Writers and Bloggers

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If you follow this blog, then you’ll know that I’m not exactly regular with my posts. When I get busy with client projects this blog tends to take a back seat! Fortunately I am far more organised when working on other writing projects!

Even so, maybe my blogging activities would benefit if I follow some of the advice offered in this guest post from Megan Totka!

Organisational Tips for Writers and Bloggers

There are so many different organisational styles when it comes to, well, being human! Are you uber-organised, everything has its place, can’t sleep if dishes are in the sink?

Or are you the opposite, a disorganised mess?

Perhaps you fall somewhere in between, as I suspect most of us do. While being disorganised in your personal life doesn’t necessarily have consequences, being disorganised when it comes to your writing or blogging can.

Organising your ideas, writing schedule, and editorial elements can sometimes be tough. If you are a business blogger or writer, keeping on top of a schedule is particularly important. But even those who write independently could benefit from some organisational tips.

Here are a few ideas to keep you organised:

  1. Keep track of the time you spend writing – I am definitely guilty of over or under estimating the time it takes me to complete a writing project. If you know how long it actually takes you do a task (like write a blog post) then you can allocate your time better. I often tell myself that it just takes a certain amount of time to write a good post, when in reality the research, linking, and editing can often double that time span.
  2. Design a note-taking system – this is a piece of advice I could certainly use myself.
    Ever been struck by ideas for a blog post when you’re out and about? How about when killing time surfing the web at home? Consider implementing a note-taking system that helps you to keep track of these ideas. You can use a cloud-based storage system to make yourself a file that you can access from any device. Or, you could simply carry around a notebook. Just depends on what works best for you.
  3. Get your workspace ready to work – writers often work in unconventional places. You might like to write at your desk, from your couch, or on the Wi-Fi network at Starbucks. Wherever you like to work, take the time to make it peaceful and organised. Even if this means loading your laptop bag with everything you’ll need to work on the go.
  4. Put things where you can find them – those of us who are writers are often “the creative type,” meaning that maybe we don’t think like a lot of other people when it comes to organisation. In this case, take the time to put things where you would find them, not necessarily where you think they should go. This can help you to find what you’re looking for in a hurry, whether it is something digital or an actual object.

Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to making the most of your blog.

Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.

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