Do you love organizing as much as I do? I am all about files, stickies, lists, folders, binders, calendars, spreadsheets, and more! My little bloggy blog has gone through some changes lately, and it’s time to really get serious and organized. Y’all would crack up if you saw my folders on my computer. They are organized to the absolute most granular level–for example, I am working with a brand on a giveaway, and this is the path to get to one document: Hel On Heels – 2018 – March – Brand Name- Giveaway – Contracts – Guidelines – Doc I actually need.
It’s hilarious because the files on my computer are pristine, yet every pair of shoes I’ve worn in the past two weeks are strewn around my house lol. I’m so organized at both my full-time job and my blog, but I am a hot mess when it comes to my room or my car. Oh well, we can’t all be perfect.
Anyways, because my blog is going through so many changes and I’m working with a lot more brands and partnerships, I wanted to share today about how I’m staying organized with my little baby business. Here are five things that are keeping me sane!
- Income Report – this is something new I’m starting this year. I’ve learned it’s actually really helpful to know how much money you are making. Like duh, Hel. In the past I have kind of just kept a running tally since most of my income in the past has come through networks and they send you a 1099. However, since I’m getting more serious about my blog, I needed to get more serious about my tracking as well. So I have a 2018 spreadsheet with a tab for each month and then an overall tab for 2018. On the monthly tab, I have it broken down by campaign earnings that have been deposited, campaign earnings that have been approved but won’t be deposited until post 30 or whatever, and campaign earnings that have been transferred but haven’t made it to my bank account due to a non-business day or whatever. Of course, I color code the crap out of it. The overall 2018 sheet has a table with every month of 2018 down the left hand side. Then I have a column for deposited (money that has actually hit my bank account), expected (money that I anticipate will hit my bank account that month), approved (campaigns that were approved that month but won’t pay out until later), and product amount (value of the products I have been sent.) This report has been life changing. I always know where Hel On Heels is financially.
- Paper files – Yeah, I’m old school like that. I have a hanging file where I keep important documents. I print all of my contracts and invoices. That way if my computer ever crashes or I get hacked or something happens, I have an extra copy. I also save my invoices on files on my computer as well.
- Editorial Calendar – So I have always kind of used one of these. Usually an electronic version, but honestly I would think of a brilliant idea while I was out and about and forget it by the time I get home to add it to the calendar. Now I solely have a physical planner just for my editorial calendar. It lives in my purse and when I think of something I want to do, I whip it out and write it down on the date I want to schedule that post. Is it the cleanest way to plan, no? Have you seen a lot more content on Hel On Heels in 2018? You betcha. This is all due to my cute little Kate Spade editorial calendar. I use it to plan everything including blog posts, social media, and brand pitches.
- Goals and Visions – Maybe it’s cheesy, but I have goals and visions for 2018 that are keeping me more organized, focused, and driven than I’ve ever been. I have goals for the year, I have goals for the month, I have goals for the week, I have goals for the day, and even hour lol. All of these goals are helping me achieve my overarching vision for Hel On Heels. They are all written down and in my face every day. When I reach some of the big milestone goals, I have rewards in place. All of this combined is keeping me a lean, mean, organized machine.
- TA-DA Lists – I call my to-do lists “TA-DA” lists so that way when you check something off you can say “TAAA-DAAA!” haha it’s the little things people. Anyways, I definitely like written lists so I have the satisfaction of crossing things off, but I also love love love Trello. This is an online program to keep your “TA-DA” lists organized. I keep three categories — “to do”, “doing”, and “TA-DA!” Obviously the tasks that need to be done are in the “to do” column, the task I’m currently working on is in the “doing” column, and when I’m finished the task gets plopped in the “TA-DA” column. I really like this program a lot.
Whew, we made it! Alright, help a girl out. What are your favorite ways to stay organized??