Making Goals Easier

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Each semester in college, I was given a free planner at registration. It was never anything fancy, usually a simple black or blue notebook, but my whole life lived inside its pages. I was a freshman in 2005, so I had a cell phone but it was only used for phone calls; I wasn’t making notes or filling the calendar with reminders. I couldn’t even update Myspace. After graduation my work schedule remained fairly consistent, so I slowly veered from using a planner.

When I left that job and Jordan began working full-time as a freelancer, we realized that we needed to share our work schedules. We synced our iCal calendars to include our work schedules, but that was the extent to my organizational life.

I recently shared my rather sporadic/messy blogging process. I’m not sure why I’ve been so resistant to using an editorial calendar; maybe it’s because blogging began as a sporadic hobby or because I assumed I will always be a bit disorganized? Either way, it’s time to get a bit more serious.

Something I am learning, now that I’m closer to 30 than 21, is being organized actually allows the person to live a more full life. I tend to underestimate how long it takes me to take photos, edit and write each blog post. Instead of working a week or couple days out if I worked a month out I’d actually have time to move things around and be open to opportunities thrown my way. Instead of panicking when the internet is down and I don’t have a post scheduled, I could relax.

I am all for utilizing tools to help simplify my life: Hootsuite is how I schedule social media posts, Jordan uses Evernote for his work log/notes and Basecamp for client communication. Recently I came across Treat an offshoot of Shutterfly. In our shared calendar we have birthday and anniversaries of our friends and family. That is all well and good for calling or sending a text to wish them a happy day, but it’s not good for getting birthday cards sent to our loved ones on time! Jordan’s sisters dealt with my poor planning skills when they received their recent birthday cards late! Treat allows you to not only personalize each greeting card, but actually schedule them out in advance! How great is that?

2015, I’ll be ready for you!

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22 thoughts on “Making Goals Easier”

  1. I am so messy and sporadic with my goals and blogging and everything in between that I definitely need all the tips I can get! I put a nice planner on my Christmas wish list & I have thought about utilizing hootsuite so I can focus more instead of seeing something else and getting distracted. Thanks for this!

  2. I’ve always been a planner addict! Even so, I can see such a huge difference in my productivity when I’m using it the most. For 2015, I splurged and got Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner! It’s truly AMAZING! I’m so excited about it. I know she is sold out online but some of her retailers still have one and therandomwritings.com is giving one away. Also, she will be adding some extras up for sale the first week of January!

  3. Ok, I am like the queen of organizing. That being said, right now my pinterest boards are probably the most organized thing in my life right now. HAHA! But I do enjoy a good ol’ paper planner. Writing something down solidifies the importance of it for me.

    I need to be more organized as a blogger and community “go-getter”! My sleep is lacking because I end up thinking all the details before and during my sleeping time. I keep an idea journal with me throughout the day to catch my random thoughts though, I really like that.

    Thanks for the 2015 goal setting push!

    Erika

  4. I am in love with the inkWELL Press Planners. I don’t have one and hoping to get one for Christmas. I wrote a post about them last week. But if you just google it, you’ll find it. There is a great video from the creator and if totally convinced me that I needed one. I’m gonna use it to organize my blogging, vlogging and starting my etsy shop.

  5. I have an Erin Condren planner and I am so in love with it. My life feels so organized now. But I do admit my husband and I may need a joint calender. I feel organized by myself and he feels organized by himself but together we are a little disorganized. Can’t he just have a copy of my planner?! 😉

  6. I love planning my blog posts! It helps me stay organized and makes it so that I don’t have too many post at the beginning of the month and not enough at the end. It also helps me have solid content. I’m a pretty big fan if you haven’t noticed 🙂
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  7. I have been considering using Hootsuite for my social media communication. I have both Buffer & Hootsuite downloaded on my phone but have not used either. Still trying to figure out which while be best for me. I also purchased a Day Designer planner for both organizing my daily thoughts and schedule.
    Here is to a productive 2015!

    1. I was excited when Facebook finally allowed me to schedule posts. I’m not a huge fan of the hootsuite app on my phone (it won’t let me edit things I have scheduled), but it works great on my computer!

  8. I love this, “being organized actually allows the person to live a more full life”. So agree! It takes effort but it is so worth it. I am not 100% organised but I try my best. Checking out your link to some tools now 🙂 2015 is going to be organised… hopefully!

  9. The first paragraph cracked me up, because I can totally relate (I started college the same year as you). I recently had to explain to my 13 year old sister that Facebook wasn’t even a thing when I was in high school, lol!
    I love these ideas! I’ve been meaning to get something like hootsuite to schedule out my social media and I really need to do it! Thanks for sharing!

  10. This is so inspiring to me. I feel like I am in a very similar place, in terms of organizational goals. I feel like I do many things (such as sending out late Christmas Cards–ew!) because I’m not as organized as I can be. One of my major goals is to get organized for 2015.

    Thank you for sharing!

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