Over the past year I’ve been perfecting my editorial calendar. I love what I have in place and my biggest problems are making sure I keep up with it and planning for upcoming holidays with enough time for me to create content for the ideas I have.
Awhile back a friend of mine told me a simple way to create an editorial calendar and I’ve taken off with it. I wrote a post about one of my spin off methods earlier this year about creating the ultimate to do list for my many many ideas for homeschooling ideas.
Now, I’m going to show you how I use it to make an editorial calendar. It’s simple, just pick yourself up a monthly planner and a few sets of the 2 inch by 2 inch sticky pads. They fit great in a full sized monthly planner. You can adjust the size if needed based on how you decide to create your planner. You may find a weekly planner works better for you using a shorter, wider sticky note. Figure out what works best for you and go from there!
I open my planner up to the front page and add in the sticky notes to the first page. I took this picture from my 2015 planner before switching it over to my 2016 planner.
I love this because I now have sticky notes right there ready for me when I’m ready to add to my editorial calendar. Plus, if I want to color code the planner, this helps me do so. The best part, if I have something set for Monday, but receive a last minute sponsored post that needs to go live Monday instead, rather that posting twice on Monday or making the calendar messy by crossing it off, I can just pull off the original sticky and move it to a different day.
This editorial calendar allows you to modify it as needed!
Just write in the blog post details, as much or little as you want, on each sticky and add it to the calendar on the day you want to publish the post, then rearrange as necessary. Like I said simple to make, simple to modify.
Remember how I told you I always forget to plan for upcoming holidays and special occasions. For 2016 I decided to pick up a Weekly/Monthly planner so I can use the monthly calendar for the specific blog posts, while I can add any upcoming holidays, events or special occasions onto the weekly calendar portion. Now as I’m building my calendar I’ll have those upcoming special occasions right at my fingertips!