Brainstorming Calendar for Home Businesses and Blogging
“I have so many ideas!!
Wait, I need to do this today!
My blogging (and lifestyle) type ranges from “organized hot mess” to “piles of similar materials arranged haphazardly.”
In this way, because I have a preschooler with special needs and a clingy, demanding toddler, my time is limited to work. Some weeks, I scratch out posts at the breakfast table, while they’re playing in the playroom—other days I have 2-3 uninterrupted (heavenly) hours to focus at my computer or work bench.
I never know when the little one will go through a sleep regression or the older one will suddenly be interested in potty training, which means that the entirety of my life’s plans need to be fluid. This makes planning difficult. I can’t plan exactly what I’ll do any given day because, attachment parenting.
Which means that this former time-conscious, intense, borderline OCD lady had a hard time adjusting to being on a schedule subject to the whims of my tiny parasites.
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That being said, my time spent in France helped me learn to be late to things, and my kids have taught me flexibility. When I started my first business a year and a half ago, I needed a “round-about-brainstorming-flexible” calendar. A place to brainstorm ideas, then organize them by the week—not the day.
I LOVE my Webster’s Pages Personal Planner (and all of the adorable charms and clips and dashboards I can get with it), but that planner is for family and household management. With one kid in school, a husband with an unpredictable schedule, and 2 businesses (keepsake jewelry and this blog/companion Etsy shop) I needed a separate, more fluid calendar for my blog post ideas.
This is the design I made for myself. It has worked very well for me since last year, when I hit a point of constantly filling up my day planner with blogging ideas and needed some separation. I also have a separate one for my jewelry businesses, since most of those are custom orders. It helps me see what I’m doing that day, since I only have a few hours to work, I need to know EXACTLY what I’m doing, so I can work as efficiently and efficaciously as possible.
There is one large quadrant at the bottom of each page for general brainstorming. Any fly, floating ideas, any “AH HAH!” moments, I write haphazardly , or doodle, in this box. Just above it is a small box with one of my favorite inspirational quotes (different for every month) and above this inspirational message, are 4 quadrants for writing in “the week of” (so it is adaptable year, after year). These boxes, I fill with sketch ideas and decide from my brainstorming section, which tutorials and posts I’ll do that given week.
There’s plenty of space to write, doodle, sketch, and color (I like to think of myself as an artist, and those visuals just don’t fit in normal calendars!). I hope that this calendar helps you organize your brain that is brimming with ideas! All I ask for is you email address 🙂 Once you subscribe to Tiny Bird’s Nest, you will receive a special password that allows you free access to my “Subscriber Goodies” page (content library).
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