As my brand and workflow evolve, so does my editorial planner. I shared a glimpse into what mine looks like last year, but over time, I have designed the perfect editorial planner for me. And today, I would like to share it with you! Section by section, I will show you what my editorial planner possesses and how beneficial it has been for me.
In the day-to-day section of my planner, I like to keep track of several things — I write out my schedule for that day along with any important appointments and meetings. On the same page, I also list my to-do’s for the day but more importantly, I list the three most essential ones and those are the tasks I need to get done first. One unique thing I like to include each day is a positive note to myself — whether it’s a daily gratitude or something in particular that made me smile. It’s good to be mindful and show ourselves love, because after all, we work our butts off and deserve it!
Having a month-at-a-glance page is crucial for me and this is where I will schedule out blog posts or any projects due that month. Near each one, I will draw out check boxes corresponding to the things I need to do — publish the post, social media, email the client, send over files, etc. And when one gets completed, I tick it off. It is incredibly handy to have all of this in one place!
Also in the monthly section, I like to have a resource page to house all my creative ideas, such as potential blog post and collaboration topics. So on those days where I am feeling a little uninspired, I can refer back to this section and easily find many things to write and share.
I also like to keep track of the bigger goals and tasks for each month — such as financial admin, monthly goals, blog upkeep, media kit, personal and client projects, etc.
The yearly section doesn’t necessary have to consist of many pages, but it’s quite a special part of the planner for me. I like to document all of the wonderful and exciting things I accomplished that year. Those crazy big opportunities that you definitely don’t want to forget!
And similar to my monthly section, I like to keep track of yearly goals — the big stuff that doesn’t necessary have a deadline but incredibly fulfilling all the same.
And this, my friends, is my favorite part of my editorial planner — It lists my mission statement, my vision, long-term goals and dreams, as well as my values, interests and strengths. Over all, it’s an all encompassing story of you and your brand. It’s not only unbelievably fulfilling to write but it never, ever gets old when re-reading. If anything, I absolutely encourage you all to write your own — and read it often. Nothing will get you more excited, more pumped, and inspired than your very own heartfelt words.
As you see, my editorial planner is much more than a calendar to me — it houses my goals, my dreams, my aspirations. It’s the ultimate tool to living a successful and creative life and I just wouldn’t know what to do with out it!
Do you also use an editorial planner? I’d love to hear how it has improved your creative life!