We are days away from a brand new year and it always has me excited to get organized for the months ahead in order to give myself the strongest start I can. Today I wanted to share with you how to setup The 2019 Blog Planner for those of you who have already purchased it or have had your eye on it.
The first thing I do is make sure I have an incredibly sturdy and beautiful binder. I’m not sure what it is about pretty office supplies that literally make me feel more productive, but it’s the same theory of new and cute gym clothes, am I right? So my favorite binders right now are by Russell and Hazel and I am waiting for mine to arrive to switch this one out. I hate binders that have rings that start to disconnect after time and the one pictured below has done just that. It’s from the Martha Stewart line at Staples and while it is really pretty, it has started to fall apart after a year and every time I flip through pages, they are slipping out of the ring. Always frustrating so I didn’t mind spending more on a binder that is going to continue doing it’s job. I will make sure and keep you updated on the Russell and Hazel one.
The first thing I add to my binder is my monthly editorial view. I print out all 12 months along with each month’s task sheet. After each month, I then place that coordinating task sheet behind it. This way I am not flipping back and forth through different sections, but merely working through the planner as it was designed.
After the monthly editorial view and tasks, I then add my daily editorial view. I choose to print about 30 copies of this worksheet out at a time and then I will add more as I need them later.
Following the daily view, I then add my sections in the following order:
Because I own two businesses (Kara Layne & Co as well as Haus of Layne) that function with their own social media accounts, I went ahead and setup my Stats & Growth section a little different. I don’t want to manage two binders, so I simply added the company name underneath each month title and then printed out two copies for each month – one for Kara Layne & Co. and one for Haus of Layne. This will allow me to see the growth for both, but manage it all in one spot.
You can add custom details like this for yourself by pulling your PDF printable file into a program like Photoshop or even a PDF editor.
And don’t forget to print out the two exclusive guides that come with The 2019 Kara Layne & Co. Blog Planner! These are so helpful as you plan out content. While I simply place mine in the very front of my planner, there is also a custom tab titled “Guides” if you would like to setup your own section for them in your binder.
Once I have everything added in, I then get to work on adding my custom tabs. These are included as part of the 2019 Blog Planner.
First I cut each one out and then fold it first to get the crease nice and tight.
I then use double stick tape to both sides of the inside and trim as needed.
Then I simply adhere to the title page for that specific section (those are also included in the printable files of the 2019 Kara Layne & Co. blog planner). You will simply just want to make sure and tier them so you can view them easily.
I hope you found this helpful as you sit down to put your own planner together. For those of you who have purchased it, how are you liking it? Have you seen an improvement in your ability to plan content and stay organized with it all? I would love to hear from you so make sure and leave a note below!
Here’s to a productive new year full of fantastic content!