Making a Blog Editorial Calendar

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When it comes to making an editorial calendar I've always been so indecisive about how to and what way I want to do it.  I've always went from planners to Google Calendars to writing it out on a notepad. And until recently I figured out exactly what works for me. Which makes my life a whole lot easier. So I'm going to share with you my way of making a blogger editorial calendar. And for school that's a whole other post.

Your Schedule 

Having such a busy schedule it's hard for me to determine what my blog schedule will look like. I can try having blog post ready for the month, but with school and work some things come up that through off blog post. Which is mostly why I don't have a set in stone block schedule, that is one thing I am trying to get better at. Lately I've been making sure that I post on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays. And if I'm able to post on Tuesdays and Thursdays that's a bonus. So if you know what days you're going to post that will help you in making your editorial calendar a lot more easier.  I use planner and just write down the posts that I'll have for the week. I kind of have an idea of the post that I want to do for that month but I won't assign a date for that post to go up until maybe a week ahead. That way if I have anything on my schedule that needs to change I can do so.  And sometimes post will come to me that I didn't plan for that month so that also will allow me to add that post to my schedule for that week.

Phone, Electronic Calendar, Planner ? 

I have decided that I like writing out my editorial calendar. I've tried electronic calendars and putting things on my phone or a Google Calendar and those things for me just don't work or are not as effective as writing it down. My planner will look a mess sometimes but I find that if I write it down for some reason I'm able to get it done, it like it’s more engraved in my memory to get that task done. I don’t know maybe that's just me. But I know that doesn't always work for everyone, some people prefer electronic version so just do what works for you. I use planner and just write down the posts that I'll have for the week. I kind of have an idea of the post that I want to do for that month but I won't assign a date for that post to go up until maybe a week ahead. That way if I have anything on my schedule that needs to change I can do so.  And sometimes post will come to me that I didn't plan for that month so that also will allow me to add that post to my schedule for that week.

Nothing's Set In Stone 

The last thing I would recommend when making a editorial calendar is to be flexible about it. Especially if you have a busy schedule like I do it's hard to not make changes to your blog schedule so it's okay to make those changes and maybe someday skip a day or two for catching up on other things. Make sure that you just make your editorial calendar work for you and hopefully that'll help you make better content and keep you more organized when blogging.

 

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Different Ways to Style Marley Twist and Braids

Summer is here which means so is braid season, so I thought I would share my go to braid styles that I rock all summer long. 

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Side Part Halo

This one is my go to. This hairstyle look amazing with anything. It is also my go to for work, it just looks more professional and classic. 

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Half Up Half Down

This one is a lot more casual. But none the less also one of my favorites. I wear this hairstyle when I am just chilling out with friends or running errands.

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Pigtails 

This one is supper fun and youthful. I wear this one when I want to embrace my inner child or inner Instagram baddie. 

Mid Year Goals and Progress Report

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It's hard to believe that we're  already halfway through the year, but we are! So because it is June it made me look back at the goals I set for myself in January and see if I accomplished those goals already, or need to reevaluate on how to accomplished those goals before the year is done.

Goals I Set In January

Stay Consistent - Still working on.

Start my YouTube Channel - Done!

Healthier Lifestyle  - Still working on, have gotten better at it though. 

Be more adventurous and social  - Trying to get out more this summer. Still a work in progress.

Budget better  - My spending has gotten a whole lot better!!! 

Give everything 110% - I've been giving everything like 75%, just enough to get by, so I am still working on this one. 

New Goals

 

Start doing Yoga - I've always thought about starting yoga but have never tried, so that is something I would like to incorporate in my life. 

Cook more  - I am getting sick of eating the same things over and over again. So I would like to learn some new dishes to make. 

Enjoy my last year in school  - This next school year will be my last in college, so I really just want to enjoy it. I have spent my whole life in school up to this point so although it is exciting it is kind of sad too. It is a start to a new chapter in my life but an ending as well. 

How to accomplish my goals

Now that I know where I stand with my goals. I can look ahead at the rest of the year and make the adjustments I need to meet my goals. And hopefully by the end of the year I accomplish all of them.  

 

What are mid year goals? Have you accomplished your goals you set in January?  

 

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Tips for Productively Working at Home

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Working at home can be a blessing and a curse. Though it is nice working in the comfort of your own home it can be a bit counter productive. It is supper easy to get distracted and start working on other things around the house or you just continue to push things off and before you know it's the end of the day. So for that not to happen there are a few things you can do to productively work at home. 

Set Work Hours

Setting work hours is the best thing you can do when working from home. Instead of doing an hour here, 30 minutes there, just set aside hour for work. I normally will set my work hours from 8am to 12pm or 9pm to 12am. Those times work for me because personally get all of my writing inspiration at night so writing post  just comes to me a lot easier. And if I am not in school or work I like to work on the blog early in the morning when my head is clear. These are the hours I prefer but you can make your hours whatever you want, just as long as they work for you. 

Get Dressed 

When working from home it is easy to just want stay in your pajamas but actually getting dressed can motivate you to not just lay around but get things done. And you don't have to put on make up and get all dresses up unless you want to but just something that different from what you wear to bed. 

Wake Up Early

Wake up as if you are going into work. Don’t sleep half the day away and then wake up doing work. By waking up early you will get more done and won’t feel like you spent your whole day working.  

Make a To Do List 

I normally will make a daily to do list, so I know exactly what I need to do that day and so I won’t  forget to do something. There is also something satisfying about when you finish a task and you can just cross it off your list, it makes me motivated to get the other things on my list done. 

Take Breaks

Taking a break and regrouping can help a lot. I will work constantly for about 2 hours then take a break and grab a snack. Stepping away form your work for a few minutes I have notice, helps me produce better content and if I am studying it helps me refocus and refresh. 

Have a Work Space

When you are working from home you can be tempted to work in your bed or on your couch, well I am here to tell you don't! Having a designated work space will make sure that you only get work done. If I am working in my bed then I might be more entice to take a nap or watch TV. And a work space doesn't have to be at a desk or office, make your dinning room table your work space, or go to your local library or coffee shop. 

Plan

Planning out your day can insure that you get done everything you need to. One thing that I have learned when it comes to blogging is that sometimes there is not enough time in the day! So if I have a to do list, I will just designated a certain time to get that task done. 

Give Yourself Days Off

Sometimes working from home can drive a person crazy, so taking days off is a must. Taking days off for me helps get my creative juices flowing. Sometimes I get inspired by the littlest things and when I least expect it. Just having fun and enjoying life is the best thing you can do for yourself, trust me! 

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