Getting organised: on blog planning and brain-dumping

Friday, 30 September 2016

I feel like I've got a million different threads going on in my brain at the moment: obviously I am mostly preoccupied with the baby coming, which in itself has made most of my common sense leave the building. As well as that mad nesting urge that has me obsessively arranging sock drawers, I'm also thinking about multiple creative-type projects. Which is good, and exciting, but all at once feels a bit overwhelming.

Over the summer I lost control of the blog a bit, as I was busy doing Camp Nanowrimo. I am now attempting to get the blog back on track, as well as pre-writing posts for the upcoming 'I can't keep my eyes open' stage of life. I'm also trying to edit the novel before the baby arrives and, today, I started writing something else (and have two other things I'd like to do in the future floating around in my head, too).

What to do with all this? That is the question. I feel like a clumsy waitress trying to balance fifty plates on my arms whilst spinning around in circles.

I find the easiest thing to do to stop me from losing my mind is to write things down: or brain dumping as I like to call it. Every day during July, before I started writing, I opened up a blank document and waffled on about all the stupid things that were on my mind: therefore removing them from my brain and leaving space for other things.

That is what I am trying to do. With everything else.

Ages ago, my lovely blogging friend Shaz sent me a free copy of her blog planner to print. I've finally managed to sit down and get stuck into it. 


Listen: I feel happier when I sit down to do boring things on pretty-looking stationary. The Butterfly Dawn blog planner fulfils my aesthetic needs for sure.

It's also going to help me keep track of things that I am rubbish at keeping track of:





It covers everything: social media tracking, blog goals, posts to be written, statistics, contacts, lists of linkies, giveaways (of which I hope to start soon!) ... basically, it will fulfil all your blog-organisation-needs. Of which I have many. I didn't print the whole thing, preferring to stick to the sheets I know I'm definitely going to use for now. It also comes with a handy user guide to help you get the most out of it.

You can buy the Butterfly Dawn Blog Planner here for £4.00 here. You can also grab a couple of freebie sheets to print.

I've also invested in this:




This is an 18-month planner that I bought from TK Maxx, that basically contains my entire brain. It has a week-to-view layout with lots of space for to-do lists and stuff. I write down everything in here: people I have to message back, emails to reply to, things I need to buy from the shops, housey jobs I need to do. It all goes in there. I also write down when Chris is working so I don't have to keep saying 'when do you finish work again so I can have a break?' every five minutes.

It has lots of motivational, inspiring, helpful phrases, too. Like this:


Er ... yes.

But I seriously love it. I keep it propped open, on my kitchen counter, constantly. I'm training myself to look at it several times a day so I literally cannot forget to do all the things.

I highly recommend it. It's by Eccolo Ltd. It's worth checking out their website, because as well as stationary, they do lovely gifts and homeware, and they also make Christian journals/stationary as well.

That's it for today! I'd be interested to hear how you keep your minds tidy and organised!

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22 comments:

  1. What a good idea, I so need to get organised my brain flits idea to idea 😀 And love the diary, I have an organised mum one for school and meal ideas it's saved me lots of time #picknmix

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    1. I had an organised Mum one when my daughter was first born! They are lovely too. I have the brain flitting problem as well, haha x

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    2. What a gorgeous planner! I'm a stationery addict and always looking for pretty notebooks and diarys. I need a new one for all the school bits! X #picknmix

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    3. It's lovely isn't it! My local TK Maxx had loads in recently x

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  2. A fantastic idea. We all have different ways and preferences when it comes to trying to organise our chaotic minds. Personally, I prefer to keep it electronic because I can then to find stuff if I forget where I put it. Also, i KNOW i ALWAYS carry my iPhone. Everywhere. So I like to use the notes app and Wunderlist for tasks and ideas. Great post, thanks for sharing #PicknMix

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    1. I've tried going electronic but it doesn't appeal to me so much. I think I like the excuse to buy stationary 😄 thanks for reading!

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  3. I LOVE your planner. It's really gorgeous and has completely reminded me to stop off at TKMAXX because the last time I was there, I remember seeing some lovely to-do lists as well. They always seem to be tucked away out of sight for some reason. Your idea of getting all your words out is really great. I am going to try this later today. #brillblogposts

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    1. I've become addicted to it now- I've got a great document that contains the silliest most random thoughts in it! Yeah, I forget that TK Maxx has those little tucked away areas with lovely house stuff in. You have to be quite patient to look through it all x

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  4. That blog planner looks great. I like to do a brain dump too, I find it really helps clear my head. I like using a bullet journal for daily to do's and I also like using 750words.com, you basically type 750 words every day and it keeps track of it for you, awarding badges when you achieve various goals which appeals to me. I used it a lot when I did NaNoWriMo a few years ago to work through any problems I was having with plot etc and found it really helped.
    #Picknmix

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    1. Thank you, I will check that out! I felt so productive during nanowrimo and I think having that daily word goal really helped. My writing improved a lot with daily practice. I considered doing a bullet journal but got coaxed into buying the planner! X

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  5. As bloggers we must be organized or learn how to be more organized. Very well done! #brillblogposts

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    1. Yes definitely. Otherwise it all gets a bit muddled!

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  6. LOVE that planner Meg. I haven't been to TKMaxx for an age (do love the stationery they have).

    In 2013 I had a stationery feature that everyone joined in with (not just authors or book bloggers) and I'm going to be reinstating it soon but with a different format. It's a chance to show off our hoards :) as well as promoting links. I'm quite excited planning it. My work colleagues just don't understand my obsession hahaha.

    Thanks for sharing the blog planner too. xx

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    1. Oooh Shaz. I will be very very very excited to read that! Haha, I fully appreciate the obsession xx

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  7. "I feel like a clumsy waitress trying to balance fifty plates on my arms whilst spinning around in circles." - this is my description exactly.
    I love your blog planner ideas. Must try and get myself organized.
    Thanks for sharing.
    #brillblogposts

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one! We will get organized ...x

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  8. I love anything that keeps me vaguely organised ;) Good luck! Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

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    1. Thanks! Me too - organisation is key! x

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  9. Oh I do love this idea. I've actually got a binder machine so it wuld give me the chance to use it. #picknmix

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    1. Excellent, you may as well have a reason to use it! :) x

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  10. I'm still trying to nail that one! Like you I have just got an 18 month planner so I am hoping that will be the answer ... I'm yet to actually use it but hoping to start next week! Love the look of the printable one. Stopping by from #pcknmix

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    1. Planners have to be the answer. Right?! I hope so anyway. Good luck on your organisational mission! x

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