This is day 3 in our 5 Days of Intentional Living series. We joined forces with 15 other bloggers to focus on 16 different approaches to intentional living! Here, at CMB we are focusing on Intentional Blogging: Finding Purpose in Every Task. So far we have covered how to get organized with a blog binder and finding purpose in your time! Today, let’s dive into tracking tasks!
There is nothing worse than carving out a nice chunk of time to write a beautiful post only to find out you 1) can’t remember what you were going to write about 2) can’t remember if there were other things you were supposed to do for the day and 3) did you dot all of your “i’s” and cross all of your “t’s” before you press publish? Goodness, should the post go live now, tomorrow, or next week???
The above scenario is not a picture of intentional blogging. In fact, it is exactly the opposite. If you are not a good steward of your time, if you don’t find purpose in your time, if you don’t find purpose in each task, you are not being intentional. In fact, you are barely blogging.
I am scatter brained enough with my crazy homemaking schedule, quiet time and battle against laziness that I don’t have time to waste…time.
Our post, how to get organized and stay organized as a blogger has several printables which help you stay better organized. As a result? You will be tracking tasks (and completing them) in no time! Our printables specifically include a checklist for daily tasks, a pre-schedule posting checklist, a goals tracker, and a blog post idea printable. Simply by implementing these printables to your blog binder, you will find you are much more successful at tracking tasks.
My personal favorite is our daily to do list for bloggers. We aren’t JUST bloggers, much like we aren’t JUST homemakers. So keeping track of everything on one page is incredibly helpful to make sure I am tracking tasks across the board.
I personally believe that by enlisting each of those lists, you will be truly successful at intentional blogging. You will be tracking tasks!
But what if you don’t have the same tasks to track as we do? Perhaps you need to figure out what tasks to track first?
How to track your tasks:
First you need to find out what you need to do. I would start by reviewing your mission statement so you know where you are going, and then listing your goals so you know how you are going to get there. Use the printables provided in those links to make it easier. Then, just start writing a list. Ask yourself a few questions:
- Where does God want me to spend my time?
- What are my goals? How often am I tracking them?
- What do I need to do, at a minimum, each and every day? Site maintenance, email response, reviewing to-do lists!
- Which social media avenues am I participating in? How frequently?
- How am I networking? How many blogs to visit each day? Comment on their content? Share on social media?
- Am I dealing with advertisers? Do I need to promote them or prepare any marketing content for them?
- How are my sidebars? Do I need to revamp and swap ads?
- How many posts do I want to post each week? How far in advance do I want to schedule them?
- How often will I review my stats?
- How often will I update my media kit?
- How many miscellaneous tasks do I have floating around? When will I squeeze those in?
That list is by no means exhaustive. It is merely a way to get your mind racing and get your tasks out there, into the open!
- Now, go down your list. Break them up into daily/weekly/monthly/yearly tasks. You can use our Gathering Place for Tasks printable.
- Now separate them onto separate pieces of paper (printables, spreadsheets, looseleaf, spiral bound, whatever works for you!).
- For your daily and weekly, you may want to put them into a sheet protector so you can mark them off with a dry erase marker each day.
By taking the time to track your tasks, you will find you have more time to complete them! And doesn’t it feel so good to cross items off your lists??
To make it easy on you, here are all of the printables in one place. I do recommend (if you have the time) you visit each post so you can see our specific tips for each list!
checklist for daily tasks,
pre-schedule posting checklist
blog post idea printable
daily to do list for bloggers
gathering place for tasks (we use this style list every single day to track our three sites. Anything you can break down into three such as home, blog, social, or morning, afternoon, evening, or even administrative, networking, technical. Just a few ideas.)
What is your favorite method for tracking tasks?