Look at what you’ve been doing the past three days. Do you track everything you’ve accomplished? Do you add new tasks to your projects? If not, start tracking, start adding words to your journal; about your thoughts, about what you’ve been doing lately and what you’re going to be doing.
I am using several methods to track my goals, and I’m using different methods to track my productivity and to keep me moving forward. Today, I’ll share with you the method I’m using to schedule my blog posts and what I’m doing about self-promotion.
Why I am scheduling my blog posts
The reason I started scheduling my blog posts, was mostly due to the fact that I write my blog posts on one single day. I am more productive this way, and it’s easier to finish my weekly blog posts, if I write them all in one day. I usually write them on Sunday morning, and I work in batches. I don’t always use the pomodoro technique, but mostly, that’s what I’m doing. I’m writing in batches of 25 minutes, and I pause for 5 minutes between each batch.
Blogging is an important part of my business, and it’s part of how I keep developing my marketing methods, and how I keep building relationships. One of my goals is to always be shipping. I’ll be writing and publishing new blog posts every week. Many of them might not be great, but to me, it’s more important that I’ll continue to write and share my thoughts and experiences with you.
When I schedule my blog posts, I feel that I’m in control. I know for a fact when all my new posts will be published, and I use a editorial calendar to see what I’ve been publishing in the past and what the future of my content looks like.
How I am scheduling my blog posts
I have been using different methods to schedule my blog posts. I started out with a paper journal, it was an ordinary calendar. I wrote down the name of the posts on the different dates, and as I started new blogs, I added the name of the blog next to the title of the blog post.
It didn’t take long before I felt that I didn’t have enough control. I started to integrate the scheduled posts into my digital calendar and I felt that I was taking it to a new level. I had a better overview, but I wanted the calendar to be part of WordPress. This way, it would also be part of my work-flow.
I have tested several free plugins, and some of them worked great. But, it was always something missing. Just a few weeks ago, I discovered the method I’ll be using for a long time. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. And, it’s CoSchedule, a system integrated with both WordPress and social media.
Now, I have a calendar with all my past and future posts, and all the social media self-promotion of my blog posts as well. For instance, when I start writing a new blog post, I always start CoSchedule and I add the title to a specific time and date. The next thing I do is plan the promotion of the blog post for all my various social media profiles.
Here’s a video of how CoSchedule works:
Do you schedule your blog posts?
Scheduling blog posts works great for me. I’m planning and I’m writing and I’m publishing every week. I’m looking at the calendar in CoSchedule and it makes everything feel a lot easier than it used to. Now, I’m looking back at the past months and I’m seeing how many posts I published and at what dates. I’m using drag and drop to schedule and re-schedule my future blog posts. It feels like I’ve entered a new level of blogging.
What about you, are you scheduling your blog posts and if you are, how are you doing it?
Let’s discuss in the comments.