I have a confession… Even though I am a self proclaimed tech junkie there is one “non-techie” thing that I can’t seem to let go of. I am an obsessive note taker; I love to write things down in a notebook. I love to have it and my hands and visually see what I need to get done. As a result there are notebooks everywhere in my house; in fact there was a time when I would buy a new notebook every time I went to Target.
That was until I was introduced to the moleskin, I’ve seen them a zillion times but never bought one until last year and now I’ve gone through well let’s just say several.
What do I like about the Moleskine?
The Moleskine gives me the flexibility to create my own customized mom planner and organizer. I’ve tried every mom planner out there and still never found EXACTLY what I was looking for. I’ve even tried using my Iphone calendar to schedule updates and changes and google calendar for any important editorial due dates and meetings. None of them worked as well as my customized solution.
A Moleskine Hack for Mom Bloggers and Mom Entrepreneurs
I bought the standard Moleskine size (3.5 x 8.25 inches) and divided into six categories; calendar, monthly goals, blog calendar, blog ideas, giveaway/review calendar, to do’s, and free space.
I got some help with this section from www.productiveflourishing.com, he offers some really great calendars, planners and organizers. This section fills 2 pages, left side covers Major Events of the month and Objectives. The right side is divided into the 4 weeks of the month.
Because I own and write for several different blogs I broke this section up in two different ways. For this blog bizziemommy.com I am scheduled to post on a daily basis so this calendar is broken down daily for every week so I can plan out each post. For blogs that I post on once a week I simplify the calendar with room to make notes on 4 posts a month.
Blog Post Ideas
Anytime I come up with a blog post idea I write it down in this section.
To help organize my reviews and giveaways I put them in another section so I can schedule them evenly throughout the month.
This space is reserved for anything I have to do for my online store, from redesigning a page, adding products or publishing an online newsletter.
The great think about the Moleskine is even after adding all the space for the calendar and goal setting there is still plenty of free writing space, which is something you don’t usually find in a “ready-made” mom organizer.
When it comes to organize your business, blog and life, do you keep track with a paper organizer or digital?