If you watch my Periscopes or listen to my podcast, then you know how much I absolutely love Evernote. It keeps me organized and it helps me stay on task (mostly because my assistant, Krissy, can send me tasks daily throughout work chat). You guys, it singlehandedly has increased my productivity and is why I'm able to post 2-3 times a day. If you told me I would've been pulling that off 3 months ago, I would've laughed in your face. It's insane. But it's possible. You just have to decide you want it to. Let's breakdown what Evernote is and how to use it.
Evernote is a digital workspace where you can organize everything from notebooks, notes, text, images and presentations. For a blogger, this is so beneficial because you can save things privately for inspiration or outline post ideas and share notes or notebooks with team players.
So this is probably my favorite feature of Evernote. I have sooooooooo many ideas, so this is the easiest way for me to organize that because I don't just have aimless notes floating around. I do like the 'Notes' app on my iPhone, but from an organizational standpoint Evernote knocks it out of the park. So as far as my blog is concerned, I have a 'Blog Content' notebook. Then the notebook is broken down into date specific notes. I choose to make a notebook for each "big" idea I have. An eBook, a product, a company, a website. I create a notes that help organize my thoughts - when to launch, how to launch, budget, etc.
[bctt tweet="Evernote allows you to effectively plan out content as a blogger."]
When it comes your notebooks, use them for BIG ideas. A blog post series, a webinar you want to host, a brand campaign. This allows you to have ONE place for your thoughts and ideas for the one BIG idea.
As a blogger, my editorial calendar is vital to my success. Before I schedule my posts, I need to outline them. I need to know what to name them and when I'd like to post them. I create notes dated for the week of with a checklist so I can check them off once they are completed. My personality type gets slight anxiety when that box is not checked. Again, slightly crazy. But it lights a fire under my butt to get these posts done. And it's helpful to look back on content I've produced in the past to give me ideas for future content.
I can't stress how important and effective planning out/outling your content beforehand is. You won't feel overwhelmed with what to post when. One really helpful note I create was a running "Ideas" note. Anytime I have an idea about a post, but it's not fully though out, I just write a phrase or the title and come back to it once I've slept on it or thought about more.
WORK CHAT + EXTRAS
Mattieologie is still small as a business and I only have 2 team members - Krissy, my assistant & my husband (by default, lol.) - but work chat comes in so handy. Krissy is only physically with me with me two days a week but works on Mattieologie content/operations every single day. So work chat comes in handy when it comes to listing out my daily tasks and sharing screenshots of social or pictures of things that benefit the brand.
[bctt tweet="Evernote is the assistant you never had."]
You don't need an assistant to be productive, obviously. You can plan out your day the night before - this is such a helpful practice - and create your tasks list so it's ready to go and be seen the following day. Once you wake up, you don't have to use energy to think about your day - you just go.
Are there any apps or tools you use to be productive as a blogger?