Blogging Tip: Notebooking

So, I’m a bit… scatterbrained. Needless to say, there are a zillion things that run through my mind a day, many of them I’d like to write about, most of them forgotten. Or even if I do remember, I’ll sit down to write and have so many things floating through my head that I can’t focus.

I do well with lists and writing things down so a few weeks ago I put two and two together and *duh!* I bought myself a notebook just for blogging. It’s about 5X7 and an inch thick, but the best part is that it’s divided into three sections, allowing me to separate my note taking into 3 different task categories: Blog Maintenaince, Blogging, and Monetization.

As I think of things to write about, or things that I need to work on, I jot them down in my notebook. Later when I have time to write or work on the blog, a quick reference of the notes can get me started in the right direction in just a few minutes.

Also every few days I can intentionally set aside a few minutes to work on some kind of blog maintenance or monetization issue and since I have them all written down, I can knock 2 or 3 tasks off the list in a minimal amount of time.

Streamlining is good.

What tools do YOU utilize to stay on top of blog tasks or writing topics? Or if you’re not a blogger, what kind of projects do you work on that might benefit from a handy dandy 3-subject notebook?

Works For Me Wednesday is hosted by Kristen @ We Are That Family!

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Christi
Christi
November 18, 2009 2:16 am

i’m the same way with lists … and lists … and lists …. it’s the only way i stay organized!

Amber
Amber
November 18, 2009 12:23 pm
Reply to  Christi

I know, LISTS, LISTS, LISTS! I bet I could make a list for anything. =)

Johnlyn Broeder
Johnlyn Broeder
November 18, 2009 7:39 am

That is a wonderful idea. I’m kind of “duh’ing” myself! Thanks for the tip!

Amber
Amber
November 18, 2009 12:25 pm

I wonder why I didn’t think of it sooner – now I just need a purse big enough to carry it around in. 😉

Amy Andrews
Amy Andrews
November 18, 2009 8:21 am

I had a similar *duh* moment and started writing it all down too. Hadn’t thought about separating it into sections, though. Great tip!
.-= Amy Andrews´s last blog ..It’s a GIVEAWAY! =-.

Amber
Amber
November 18, 2009 12:26 pm
Reply to  Amy Andrews

Actually, I wasn’t looking for a 3-section notebook. I was picking notebooks that were pretty – because I’m like that. 😉 Then I realized that it had sections and that was an added bonus. =)

Catherine B
Catherine B
November 18, 2009 8:46 am

I just did something similar – I always have “great” ideas in my head at the most un-opportune times – so I bought a $15 handheld voice recorder and keep it with me (especially when I am out of the house). When I think of something I just record it and then go back and write it down in my “master” list notebook. It seems to help keep those spur of the moment thoughts closer to getting published and shared. Thanks for the idea! I found you from WATF~
.-= Catherine B´s last blog ..Move It, Move It =-.

Amber
Amber
November 18, 2009 12:28 pm
Reply to  Catherine B

I used to have a handheld recorder, but there’s just something about writing on paper. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to ditch my list-making habit and my love of notebooks, post-its and memo pads. =)

Kristie
Kristie
November 18, 2009 1:40 pm

I use a notebook too! I always have one sitting next to me. I also keep one in my purse for when I find myself waiting for someone. Great time to formulate some ideas.

Heather @ Just Doing My Best
Heather @ Just Doing My Best
November 18, 2009 1:55 pm

Great idea! I tend to lose all those little slips of paper with my ideas. I sometimes use a little calendar though to organize the my posts for a certain week. I think I need a notebook/ calendar combo. 😉

Jen
Jen
November 18, 2009 3:28 pm

Great idea! I’ve been doing that, too, but don’t have it organized into sections. I also have started keeping a spreadsheet for some info on giveaways/advertising, etc. But, I’m always looking for new ideas to stay organized!
.-= Jen´s last blog ..JCPenney – $10 off $25 Coupon =-.

Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship
Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship
November 18, 2009 6:24 pm

I list my posts in my notebook, too, and then in the margin the carnivals that they fit in that week. “To do” goes on the bottom.

I also have post ideas in a Word doc so I can copy in links that I want to refer to and reader questions to answer in a future post.
.-= Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship´s last blog ..Mary and Martha Moment: How do You Receive the Eucharist? =-.

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