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Monday, June 30, 2008

Working from a Calendar to Keep my Sanity Intact

The bright side of insomnia is that while you're awake, you can plan your next three weeks blog posts. The dull side of insomnia is that once you go to sleep, you're likely to forget everything you were thinking about just before you drifted off to sleep.

So this week I have some actual goals, y'all. I've actually started working on my editorial/design calendar as suggested by Melanie of Blogging Basics 101. I'm not one of those bloggers that can juggle five or six different blogs/online magazines and I'm constantly in awe of women that can do that and still find time to care for their children, cook and do things like...laundry. They're all that and a bag of chips.

I started by writing down the due dates for each header/template design and then I promptly commenced to hyperventilating because I realized that this week alone I have four projects due. (And yes, I know I haven't been posting my new work - some of it has personal information and a couple of the blogs I've done aren't ready for their "new reveal" yet - but it's coming.) This, of course, means my writing time will be severely limited and I'm going to have to make use of my time wisely, because I can't just ignore my family to get it all done. The natives get restless when I spend too much time on the computer,e ven thought it's summer.

After writing down my due dates, I decided what my posting schedules would be for each blog. You didn't know I had more than one, did you? Well, I actually have a blog for Simply Amusing Designs, but up until this point, I haven't been faithful to post on it, because it plays second fiddle to this blog. I am still working on topics for that blog, because I'd like to use it to share tips for beginning bloggers on design resources and how-to's. If there's something you'd like to see, shoot me your ideas in the comments or email me.

Today, I will be assigning my topics to the days, which I have already loosely done...(ie. Wednesday is Wordless and Works for Me, Thursday is 13, Saturday is Mystery Photo, etc.) and then at some point, I'm going to sit down and actually write. It's easy to find the time, if you are looking for it. Sometimes I use pen and paper, but my thoughts generally flow much faster than my pen can follow, so I usually try to type my ideas and blog posts out. I find the best time for me to write is early morning before the kids are up, with a cup of coffee by my side. Like Melanie suggested, I placed a small notebook in my dayplanner that I carry inside my purse and I've written down several topics I can blog about as I think of them.

This week is shaping up to be crazy hectic, but I know that going in and I am able to mentally prepare myself through prayer and study, so I'll be equipped to handle whatever comes my way.

How's your week look? What do you have going on and are you doing anything special?

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6 comments:

Mzzterry said...

My week is very family oriented with my PREGNANT daughter home from California! So, blogging is way down my priority list this week. I just might have to hit a few baby shops or maternity stores before my baby girl flies back to the Wild, wild west!

PS. DId I mention I am going to be a GRANDMA?!?

Natalie @ I AM (not) said...

I have a secondary blog too, however, it's a bible study/my idea of great things about God! It's the harder one of the two becuase I have to actually prepare and write. It's a blast though!

Hope your plan helps you! For the week, I'm just exercising, being a super mom, taking care of baby, and, of course, writing!

Caroline said...

I am in the blogger "honeymoon stage" and was up all night thinking about all the things I want to blog about (and don't get me started about all the cuteness you can add to your blog...I won't ever get to sleep!). I just put a notebook by my bed and kept writing ideas down...hopefully tonight I will go to bed earlier... BTW, your design site is really cool!

Owlhaven said...

My son just installed something called Rainlendar on my computer. It is a teeny calendar that is always in the corner of my screen and I can add to-do's/to-write's any time easily. I really like it.

Mary

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

I need to get on this idea, too, in a big way. I can feel things slippin' outta control lately!

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