*curtsy to all my fellow bloggers*
I hope you’re all having a fine week. As a blogger, you know that blogging isn’t just a passion or a hobby. It’s a journey of self-discovery, fun and most importantly – an innovative way to meet new and exciting people with loads of stories to share!
With this fascinating career option, comes a buck-load of information to maintain. Now, even though I am a Computer Geek, I haven’t quite found a solid replacement for my notebook and pen. Just 8 months ago, I wrote an article – 35 Things To Do In Your Blank Notebook and it was a whopping success. I got loads of e-mails asking me to write another. I decided to write another comprehensive list. But this time, I am focusing on just Bloggers. Bloggers love mini-projects. Bloggers love to write! And most bloggers have a strong craze for notebooks.
Therefore, I have compiled 12 things you can write in your notebook if you are a blogger and love notebooks, pens and the whole shebang. Here goes:
1. Blog Stats.
True, you can keep an Excel Document maintaining these, but I want to carry it everywhere with me. Hence I have a dedicated set of pages in my notebook only for Blog stats. I love flipping through them to see how much I’ve grown in the past couple of weeks. It not only motivates you to do so much better, it also never lets you forget how you started.
2. A list of all your creative ideas.
Being a creative person, means never being able to shut off your mind. A Eureka moment can pop up at anytime! Whether you’re in the loo, or snoozing in a bus – it is always crucial you write them down before you forget. Keep a huge list of ideas for your Blog Posts so that you never run out of things to write about. Reading through the list will also help you generate related ideas!
3. All your goals.
As a blogger, it is important to focus on your goals. Your goals for the month, your goals for the year and so on. They needn’t be big goals. Just an idea or a vision of what you expect from yourself in the future. This not only motivates you to try and work toward them, but also helps you succeed. When you reach your goal, remember to tick it off so you feel a strong and refreshing feeling of accomplishment. My goal is to open a little shop in the city filled with all my designs by next year.
4. Daily To-Do list.
Being a home-maker, dog-mommy, designer and blogger means finishing a list of never-ending tasks. Forgetting even one of them results in total chaos. Always keep your daily list in hand so you don’t waste time remembering what it is you need to complete for the day. If you carry your phone with you everywhere, you could use Planner Pro. It is a godsend.
5. Your favorite websites.
Sometimes a daily dose of inspiration is just what you need to start your day. These are some ideas of a list of websites you can maintain:
- Blogging Websites that coach you to become a better blogger.
- Tech Websites that helps you become a clean coder.
- Creative Websites that give you ideas for color combinations and designs.
- Positive Lifestyle Websites that always supplies you with useful articles to live your life blissfully.
- Websites relating to your particular niche so you can always gather ideas and become motivated to become better at what you do.
Being a web-designer means constantly buying domains and hosting for clients. Never lose track of what you’re spending. Your money is hard-earned which means you should record where exactly it is going. If you spend on software, online courses, or material for your website like .PSDs and stock photos, write it down. Similarly, you can note down your earnings. By knowing how much money you make from which sources, you can have a clear cut idea of what exactly is working for you! This will help you focus on your strengths. Alternatively, you can use this neat little app called Expense.
7. A collective list of helpful books and points to remember.
Writing down lists is healthy. When I initially started blogging, I would read a lot of books related to blogging. Of course you can finish a book in less than 2 hours. But how much of it can you remember? This is where a notebook comes in handy. Write the title of the book you read, and jot down all the important points you feel you need to retain for a lifetime. You can even list page numbers you want to refer to in the future.
8. Client Records.
Keep a Client Database. Whenever you have a meeting with your client, it is important to note down all of their requirements. Their likes/dislikes. Products/Services they love. Colors they love. You can later transfer those to your computer as it is important to keep folders of all your clients.
As a blogger, you will have certain products and services. Maybe its an e-mail course. A book. A video. A presentation. Track your progress in your notebook. This will help you know how often you should introduce a new service to keep the ball rolling. Write down which products do better than most. Like I said, blogging is all about self-discovery.
10. Self-Improvement plans.
I don’t know about you, but I for one love recording my progress as a person. In just one year, my patience in general has doubled. I have managed to control my anger (which was seriously one hell of a problem) and I have dropped 22 pounds in 2 years (finally reached my ideal weight). Recording these achievements and future self-improvement plans gives me real joy. I used to be a little disorganized. But after having a family, things changed. Little things like this in your notebook will help you live the life you have always wanted to live.Sometimes, all the motivation you need is buried deep down within yourself. Click To Tweet
11. Bucket List.
As a blogger, you may have to sit at your desk a lot. This doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dreams. If you want to sail a boat, or jump off a plane, you can always dream. Dreaming means, you are loving the possibility of making it come true. Write it down. Every hope, every aspiration is yours to fulfill, provided you can remember them all. Most of my dreams have come true but I believe that if we get everything we wanted straight away, life won’t be worth living. Hence, keep a dream in your pocket with you at all times. You have something to look forward to. A dream to make come true.
12. Your achievements and feelings.
Every time you feel you’ve achieved something, write it down. (I don’t mean to come off as bossy) Your achievement needn’t be a big one, it just has to bring a smile on your face. For egs:
- I completed my first opt-in! Yay!
- I have my first 50 followers! Wow!
- I opened an etsy shop! Ohmeegosh.
- I earned my first 10 dollars doing what I love! OMG!
- My puppy is finally toilet-trained. *dances around a bonfire and throw leaves in the air singing “Hooga Booga. The Lord has heard my prayer!”*
These little notes will help you aspire to dream BIG and this means that one year later, you can look back on this and feel a huge rush of nostalgia when you read them all over again.
And with that final point, this extremely long list has come to an end. If you have more ideas relating to what you (as a blogger) can write in notebooks, feel free to drop it in the comments below! As a lover of ideas, I would love to know if you have some more or enjoyed reading this post. If you have suggestions for more lists you’d like me to draw up, ping me on firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m always up for a fancy idea or a quirky chat!
*sips her perfectly brewed lemon tea* I will see you next week with another post! Take care. Cheers!