The Plum Paper ME planner is the perfect solution for meshing business and personal life in one amazing planner. Let me show you just how I customize and use my planner.
The following photo is my planner for last year, I’ve made a few changes in section titles for this year.
First let me show you the categories I chose to fit my life and blog, then I’ll explain how I use each section.
This is my “in real life” section. I use it to keep up with family activities, appointments, sports, etc.
This section is a mesh of my IRL and business. I use it as needed whether for personal or business items. Its 4 lines are perfect for 4 must do tasks of the day.
I use this section as my editorial planner. I cut the small (1-3/8 inch x 1-7/8 inch) post-it notes in half for a perfect fit. As I plan my editorial calendar, I place the title of each blog post on a small sticky note, then place the sticky note on the day the post should go live. When I finalize my post and hit either ‘schedule’ or ‘publish’, I remove the sticky note and write the post title in pen on my planner. When I glance at my week, I can easily see what posts are completely finished and which need work. And, if I need to change my schedule, the planning sticky notes are easy to move to another day.
In this section keep track of what sponsored posts are due, the network or contact information for each post, and a list of required social shares for each sponsored post. When the post is completely finished and turned in I put a check mark beside it, when payment is received for the post I go back and highlight it.
This is a new section for me this year since I’m working and collaborating with many different bloggers and brands lately. I plan to use this section to keep track of all things related to those collaborations. I also plan to keep track of blogger education in this section, since I’m taking online courses, and working through classes with accountability groups.
Last year product reviews had their own section in my planner, where I kept track of review due dates and giveaway information. I’m scaling back reviews, so I added share to this section in my new planner. When I do have a review, I will keep track of it in this section. This year I will also include social media chore threads and affiliate link sharing in this section. I found it so easy to forget what chore threads I joined each day, now I write down the initials of each group and which social media thread I joined. When I complete the thread, I simply highlight it so I know I can move on.
This section organizes my social media networks. I am moving toward batch scheduling my social media shares, so this section will help me keep track of when I need to do that. Monday for Pinterest, Tuesday for Facebook, Wednesday to search for great content on the web to share with readers across multiple channels, Thursday for Twitter, etc.
Now it’s time to think about what sections would be most beneficial for your life and business. You get to choose 7 section titles for the weekly spreads. Last year I left the bottom section blank, so that I had room for any overflow or daily notes. If your children are really involved in extracurriculars, you might want one section for your personal commitments, one for family/child commitments, and then use the rest for your business. Maybe you run more than one blog or have a social media network that needs its own section. This is the beauty of the Plum Paper ME planner- it is completely customizable for your needs!
Now that you have the categories in your Plum Paper planner customized perfectly for your blog, its time to think about add-ons.
You can add Blog Planning section with places for your stats, planning and more. There are 16 things you can choose to add to your planner! Each planner does have a maximum number of pages you can add, so you’ll need to choose your add-ons carefully.
If you want to do all your blog planning right in your Plum Paper planner, just add extra note pages. You can choose to add a note section in the back, or to add a few pages to each month- or even a combination of the two! I prefer a combination myself and that is the way I do my blog planning, with simple note pages that I can use as needed. This year I did add the Blog Planning section also to help keep track of my larger goals and statistics.
I should mention all the standard stuff that comes with your planner too. You’ll have a month at a glance page at the beginning of each month, plus a planning sheet on each month’s divider. My favorite is the great ‘for keeps’ pocket included in the Plum Paper ME planner- it’s perfect for keeping a small stack of post it notes for planning, receipts that need to be filed, papers your kids need filled out, etc. There are many more standard things in the planner that you should definitely check out!
A Plum Paper ME Planner is the perfect choice for meshing all the hats a working Mom wears! I hope you will give them a try for your 2017 planning, and if you can’t wait you can go ahead and order your 2017 calendar with the last few months of 2016 in it too.
Please share what categories you are going to choose in the comments, I’d love to hear what works for you.