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Get it together for 2017: How To Set Up a Blogging Bullet Journal

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Every blogger understands the importance of staying organized. Running a blog isn’t just about writing great posts, publishing them and watching the money and clicks roll in. Rather, there’s a lot more that goes into blogging besides just writing the posts. From promoting your blog on social media to troubleshooting any bugs that you may experience with your template or layout, blogging can be a demanding job that brings with it a myriad of tasks and responsibilities.

This is one of the reasons why staying organized is so crucial for bloggers. For many bloggers, to-do lists and journals become a regular part of their lives. However, there are flaws with both of those systems. This is why bullet journaling is such a great new way to stay on top of your blogging responsibilities. Here’s everything you need to know about bullet journaling and how it can help you to take your blog to the next level.

What Is Bullet Journaling?

Traditional journaling involves writing down text at the beginning or end of the day that discusses your goals for the day or reflecting on what you did that day respectively. While this can be a great way to do some personal introspection and set goals, it’s flawed in the sense that it’s not very concise and organized. When journaling traditionally, it’s easy for your thoughts to become clustered or jumbled.

Bullet journaling involves journaling, but utilizing bullet points instead of full paragraphs. It’s an efficient and highly organized method of journaling. While it’s similar to a to-do list in the sense that it’s a list instead of full paragraphs of text, bullet journaling goes beyond to-do lists in the sense that it involves analyzing your goals and reflecting on what you may or may not have accomplished.

You don’t need much to get started with bullet journaling. All you need is a blank notebook and a pen. At the beginning of a new day, write down a to-do list. At the end of the day, use symbols to mark which tasks were accomplished, which were put off for later and which were half-accomplished. Using the same bulleted list system, reflect on how the day went and what changes you’d like to make tomorrow.

With this organized method of journaling, it’s easy to quickly reflect on past days. Seeing what mistakes you’ve made in past weeks and how you corrected those mistakes is great for personal development and growth.

How Bullet Journaling Helps Your Blogging

When using a bullet journal for blogging, you basically want to break up all of your blogging tasks and put them in your itemized list at the beginning of the day. You might write down that you need to construct a post, tweak your template and respond to some e-mails from readers. You can organize your tasks by importance.

At the end of the day, you can go back and mark which tasks you accomplished. If you neglected a task, you can put it at the top of tomorrow’s list. As you continue to bullet journal, you’ll find that your blog reaps the benefits. You’ll stop putting off tasks and start getting a good idea of the best and most efficient way to structure your day. Your readers will love your more organized, better run blog.

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