I ended up finding my own workflow using 3 different tools at the same time: Trello, Asana, and Evernote. It would look a bit crazy at first, why not using just one? Well, I'm a procrastinator by nature and I need a constant guidance through my day to not fall in the un-productivity trap. So here are my 3 steps to organize my blog.
Disclaimer: I'm not going to explain how exactly these tools work, but I'm going to link some useful articles that helped me to understand the several features they have.
Step 1: Trello
Trello is a wonderful visual tool that allows you to manage multiple projects alone or with other team mates. Each project has its own Trello Board. I share one with my two geeky friends to organize our blog Travelling Geek Show, I have a board for personal stuff (like those Amazon wishlists you have to reach super quickly), finally I have a board called Editorial Calendar, that I use to manage The Geeky Burrow (I used it to plan also my Middle-earth News and TGS posts, but it was a bit messy, so I step back to only my blog).
Favorite posts about Trello:
- How To Use Trello as a Blog Editorial Calendar by Boho Berry
- How to Organize Your Content with an Editorial Calendar by My Life as a Teacup
Step 2: Asana
Once I planned all my blog posts for the month, I have to put them somewhere, using some checklists to actually get things done. Asana is the answer. Born as workplace for teams and groups of people, it's also perfect for working solo, managing several different projects both for work and your personal life. (Kristin uses Wunderlist the same way, more or less, I prefer Asana.)
Using your company email (instead of Gmail) allows you to create an Organization which is the highest level in Asana hierarchy. In my main Organization, I created different teams (The Geeky Burrow, Other Blogs, Templates) to help myself diving my projects and creating color-coded checklists of things to do, assigning also due dates.
Favorite posts about Asana:
- How to Use Asana for Projects by Nora Conrad
- The Simple Digital & Paper Organization Systems That Keep My Business Moving by Kyla Roma
Step 3: Evernote
I use Evernote for a ton of things, both personal and blog-related. Concerning the last one, it's where I store all my drafts, notes, inspiration and links of interesting readings for my Happy Monday series (thanks to the Web Clipper browser extension).
Favorite posts about Evernote:
- A Complete Guide to Evernote by Nora Conrad
- Get Organized: How I Use Evernote to Organize My Life by My Life as a Teacup
Here it is! My 3-steps organization system to manage my blog. It might look like a ton of work, but believe me, when you have to study several hours a day, attending University classes and preparing for exams, writing everything in decluttered lists and notebooks is the best way to stay organized.
Do you use any tool to organize your blog/biz? I'd love to read them, so feel free to leave a comment below!