If you didn’t know by now, I’m an organization junkie. I absolutely adore my home management binder. It’s an addiction really. It has everything in it, grocery lists, monthly menus, to-do lists, calendars, and all my writing stuff. I’m forever planning my days, weeks, and months. I actually enjoy it, and find it rather relaxing.
I’m also constantly searching for new and better planning pages. I’ve found the perfect blogging planner page, but for all my other freelance writing work, I have yet to find something that works for me. Until recently that is.
On my usual surf for awesome HMN pages, I was specifically looking for something to help me organize all my deadlines. I finally found something that I really liked, and it was FREE (I love free)! The site is called Productive Flourishing and their free freelancing planner pages can be found here. These pages are amazing. I’ve had to finagle how I use them, but I’ve adapted them pretty well for my needs.
There are several different pages to choose from, and it all really depends on your freelancing and organizational style. I have to say, it is imperative for us writers to be organized (and not just because I’m obsessed with organization). For me, I have so many projects going on at once there is no way I can keep up with all the due dates. I do have a white board that I use to put the most impending assignments (the ones that are due within the week), but some of my assignments aren’t due for 2 weeks, and these are the ones I forget about (constantly).
With these planner pages I can not only keep track of the assignments due within the week, I can also keep track of the assignments that are due for the entire month! The page above is the freelance page for the week. I love it because it has plenty of room to write what projects I’m working on for any given day, and I can even plan a certain amount of time for the project. Then, when I’m finished, I can record the actual time the project took me to complete, which is fantastic for trying to figure out how much time I’m really spending on certain clients. There’s also a section called milestones, which allows you to plan ways to finish your projects before the deadline. I have yet to use this area, but it may be helpful for those who break their projects down into chunks (you know, like my hubby and how he cleans the kitchen!).
I don’t know if you guys plan your blog posts, but I do. I have one sheet that I use for brainstorming ideas, and then I have this sheet. I can take my “ideas” and put them in their category on this page, and I can also schedule them. This is awesome. If you’re doing a blog post series, this sheet is a must have. I actually found a blog series on my idea page by using this sheet.
If you aren’t posting everyday this sheet may last you the month. At my current rate, I think it will only last me the week, but I have found it ever so helpful. For my fellow hubbers, this is also awesome. I printed another one to plan my apprenticeship hubs for the month!
There are other pages as well. There’s a monthly, weekly and daily action planner, plus a few other pages that I didn’t find useful, but someone else might. The monthly planner has helped me plan my earnings (so many articles per week equals so much per month etc).
I could go on and on about planning. I hope this helps those of you who are breaking into the writing world. I’m planning (ha ha) a post on my HMN for the working SAHM’s. Any help we can get is a blessing, right?
Until then, happy writing!! I leave you with a teaser picture of my HMN lol 😀