There seems to be a repeat in my habits. Last year was not a great year for blogging – my focus was on buying a house, getting married and getting a new job.
So once again I am resolving to put the SPARK back into my blogging (yes I have bought a SPARK notebook on Kickstarter) but to help with my Blogging I am once again returning to using a Moleskine Monthly Planner to plan my blogging and social media strategy as well as record my goals using my How to Organise your Blog method from 2012 with a few modifications.
Keeping on Schedule
Since ‘growing up’ I have found it hard to blog regularly and consistently. I hope that my Moleskine Monthly Planner will help with this as the Month on two page spread allows you to get an overall picture. If you want you can work out when you have time to blog and when you might want to (or need to schedule posts). I hate scheduling posts (probably one of the reasons why my blogging has become so sporadic). Usually the only time I schedule posts is when I am doing the A to Z Challenge. The monthly view helps you plan ahead, spread your posts out evenly, and work out where you might find some time to dedicate to blogging.
Setting Goals (and tracking goals)
In 2012 I set a lot of goals & objectives. That didn’t work out. I didn’t track them, I didn’t review them. They stayed at the front of my Planner which I never looked at as I would reach straight for the bookmark and miss them completely. This year I am intending to use the ‘Notes’ Column in the Monthly View to help track progress and will record any measurable ‘stats’ at the beginning and end of the month – mailing list subscribers, twitter followers and blog views etc.
For example this is what the end of January looks like.
One of the reasons I keep coming back to this planner again and again is that there are a so few monthly planners on the market (i.e. with JUST a monthly view and pages). If you have any suggestions please let me know, otherwise, share how you plan your blog posts?
In any given year I usually buy at least 1 Moleskine branded diary or planner.
So let’s recap:
- In 2009 there was the pocket-sized Moleskine in red which was a week on one page, notes on the other. I used this one when I was a post-grad student which was perfect as the diary/week view keep track of classes and deadlines and the notes page was my to-do and reading list. It acted sort of homework diary. They still sell this popular diary and it can be found on their website here.
- In 2010 I was drooling over the Colour a month…. and finally bought it when I was in the US in summer of 2010 (but I had to wait until 2011 to use it).
- In 2011 I had the Moleskine Colour a Month. (yes I bought it 6 months in advance). Unfortunately, my enthusiasm didn’t last as I didn’t have the inclination to carry around multiple planners (as well as my multiple notebooks) and I was frustrated by only thinking about a month at a time and I didn’t have the need for a page per day. However, you cannot deny how beautiful this planner is and if a day per page is what you are looking for you can grab the 2014 one here.
- In 2012 there was the Moleskine Monthly Planner which I used as a Blogging Journal / Diary. I used this diary when I was trying to get revamp my blog and get it back on track. That year I also took part in the A to Z Challenge in April and the planner was a great help with that and even featured in my B is for… Blogging post. You can grab the 2014 Monthly Planner (Large) here.
- In 2013 I had two. A small pocket Monthly Planner and the 2013-2014 Turntable Planner. I really never got to grips with the turntable style of planner and never used it. However, I did enjoy the lightweight (and smaller) Monthly Planner. I had originally bought it because there was no large Monthly Planners left – however I found that I didn’t miss the extra space and it was much more portable. Pocket 2014 one available here.
So what might I choose for 2014?
Well there are a new collection of professional diaries which I have not seen or used yet – so I might be tempted to try something completely new. There is the Project Planner which is an accordion folder year planner in a moleskine – although as my work is not really ‘project based’ I would fear that it would go unused and the Action Planner may be a better choice with week on two pages in columns which reminds me of my a5 filofax week on two pages column format inserts which I love – so I know I would use it. My only concern is that it is described as extra large – and I don’t really have the need for yet another desk diary.
The alternative would be to consider a 12 month Passion Planner but none of the ‘passions’ really match up with what I want to do in 2014 (and I wasn’t a fan of the Passion Journals).
So once again I think the choice will have to be my favourite – the monthly planner.
(Photo Credit: Notebook Stories)
I’ve had my eye on one of these for a while and have of course been waiting for the new year to debate whether to make such a purchase. However, help is on the way if you are like me and lust after one of these babies:
Notebook Stories has done a great another great review of this planner and even has some to give away. So check it out if you haven’t done so already.
Good Luck Everyone.
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I got a “reminder” about our next flat inspection – due in February. Went to write it in my diary only to realise it is that time of year again and my diary runs out in a few weeks. Which means I’ve got to start agonising over what choice to make for my 2010 diary. Even though I know already I will have several. (And I also know that I will receive at least 2 diaries and 3 calendars as Christmas gifts).
Some friends might say it is way too early to be considering such an item but it pays to be prepared. Usually I have a free writing journal and then a small pocket diary to scribble down appointments and a bigger diary for to-dos. Here I am debating what pocket/purse diary to get.
I am currently using a moleskine diary as my main “cart it around everywhere” diary.
In 2004 – 2006 I used small blue pocket (page a day) diaries priced at 70p from Bargain Books. They were great and simple, perfect for when I was a student, but obviously looking for something a little bit more grown up now.
In 2007 – 2008 I had the Quo Vadis Textagenda diary which I loved (again another student planner), but then after I purchased this one I never saw one of these in the shops again. But having recently read an excellent review at Miscellany and Cacophony I’ve been wanted to get my hands on one of these again.
2008 – 2009 I had a black simple diary purchased at Wilkinson’s until I scrapped it in favour of the above mentioned Moleskine in January of this year.
So having done the basic history I shall continue to update you with tempting finds until I make a decision about which to purchase.