1. Keep A Binder
Many of you have been following me since day one and know that I keep organized binders for just about everything. I have one for our day-to-day life, one for our family recipes, one for our upcoming wedding, and even one for this blog.
Keeping a binder is super helpful. All ideas, schedules, and notes are in one location making it easier to keep track of everything coming up.
This one has my calendar, schedule (marked "ideas" in the binder), craft ideas, summer ideas, and science ideas. I don't do the science experiments anymore, because it started to become too much to handle. It's easy to plan one fun activity or craft to do with the kids during the week, but when I tried to add more I noticed I was getting burned out. Instead of science posts, now I have recipe posts. We eat dinner every night, so it's easy to try a new recipe once a week and then post about it the next day. I really needed to have a section for crafts, science (now recipes), and summer. A lot of planning and purchasing are involved with those posts. I needed a place to take notes.
I just put some lined paper behind the tabs, so I could make the notes I needed.
This is what a weekly schedule looks like. There is room for planned posts, ideas, a to-do list, weekly statistics, and bloggers to encourage. It's a nice tool to have. For your free calendar and schedule printables click HERE.
2. Surround Yourself With Creativity
I know, probably more than anyone, how distracting social media can be. I can easily get distracted for hours and completely forget to do something. However, when used in a scheduled amount of time it can be extremely useful.
I get a lot of my blog ideas from Pinterest. I even have a secret board just for this blog. I also try to pin my posts from the blog, so I get more foot traffic.
Facebook is also extremely helpful. I've started to get a really good blog following there and it's where I follow other bloggers. I have also found a lot of fun crafts and recipes there that other people have posted.
Instagram is another source for my ideas and a way to catch up on the day-to-day lives of fellow bloggers.
I do have a Twitter account, but everything gets posted there automatically. It honestly confuses me and I'm not really sure how it works (a little secret of mine).
When I get stuck in a rut these are my go-to places for creative ideas. I also will look through magazine racks at the store. If a magazine has some cool ideas, I'll buy it. HGTV magazine is a really good one for crafts and decorative ideas.
3. Have Someone To Keep You Accountable
I am not afraid to ask for help. There has been more than one occasion where I've gone to other bloggers for help. I also try to engage readers and ask for their opinions on topics, but no one beats the support I get from my significant other. Jeremy is my "partner in crime", if I'm unsure on how to proceed with a project he's right there to put in his two cents. I go to him with all of my crazy ideas, and he's the one who makes them happen. For example; our headboard and the outdoor bar. Most importantly, I share my schedule with him and he's the one who makes sure I stay on track. That's extremely important to me. (Except for laundry, ain't nobody got time for that!)
4. Jot Down Ideas Whenever They Come To You
I can't tell you how many idea notebooks I have. I think at this point I might have three. There are also pieces of paper floating around the house with a bunch of ideas on them (I could really use an office). I also use Notes on my iPhone. It doesn't matter where I am or what I'm doing, I always try to write down ideas as they come to me. If I don't, I forget them. It's as easy as that, otherwise I'll be sitting on the computer trying to think about the totally awesome idea I had while grocery shopping down the cereal aisle.... That's a complete waste of time. Once I have compiled all my notes into my blog binder, then I schedule them a time to get done. Sometimes, they are just back-up topics in case another post falls through. Either way, it's nice to have a source for future ideas.
5. Take A Break
The moment I walk away from the computer is usually when inspiration strikes. Just getting away for awhile and focusing on something else can be beneficial. Give your mind a break it'll thank you with an extremely awesome, super creative idea.
There you have it. Now tell me, do you have any methods to help you stay productive?
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Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings