Are you running a blog on top of everything else you need to do? Getting your family, your work and your blog organised is not easy. You’re juggling so many things that it’s hard to know what you are supposed to be doing and when and meet all the deadlines.
And it is hard to find the right planner that will help you get everything organised.
If I am being honest, I love using digital project management tools and Google Calendar for some things. I also use Evernote as an editorial calendar and have a Note for each project where I can see every document that I am going to need to complete them.
But having a paper planner is something that I had been missing for a while, so I went on the hunt for the best planners for bloggers. I found four blog planners + an extra one that I think are great and will help you run your blog (and your life) more efficiently.
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How do you know which is the right planner for you?
When I was looking at planners to see if they would be good for me I asked myself these questions:
Do you like it?
It might be a bit daft but I think you are going to use a planner for a year you need to like the look of it.
Writing on something pretty makes me pay more attention and I try to be neater when I write.
Or is it just me?
Are you likely to work with it?
For example I was given a Law of Attraction Planner last year but I found myself I couldn’t do it. I understand the Law of Attraction and up to a point I think it can work when it helps you to focus your efforts on the one thing you really want and it can help you to work on your mindset.
But at the time, I just wanted something to organise my time and plan stuff and this planner had too much on the mindset, gratitude, affirmations, etc.
Is it easy to carry?
If you’re on the go all the time, you might want something a bit smaller but I mainly use it at home and I don’t usually go to meetings with my planner anyway.
So I don’t mind if it’s a big bulky or heavy.
Is the price OK?
You can get a cheap planner from a shop and if all you want to do is write your to-dos, your deadlines and appointments it will be OK.
But I found that having a planner that has been specially designed by people thinking of how they can make you more productive is a lot more useful and you are more likely to work with it.
Anyway, here are my choices:
I have just got this one. I have been wanting this for a bit and decided to give myself an early Christmas Present.
It’s undated so I can start using it any time I want and it doesn’t matter if I take a holiday or not.
What's in it?
- The RoadMap so you can design your goals and the path to reach them
- Annual and Monthly Overviews
- Monthly reflection
- Everyday in your weekly layout is divided into 30 minute sections for time blocking
- Plenty of plages for notes with grided or blank pages
One of the things I like about the Passion Planner is the size.
I might not be able to carry it around in my smaller bags but when I am working it's easy to use and I can use it to block periods of time. Also, I don't have to write in tiny handwriting cos everything fits.
Blocking periods of time also allows me to fit my life around it cos I know exactly how many hours I have available for everything during any given week. My schedule varies and I want to be able to add any last minute changes or find out when I can regain some time.
Who is Passion Planner for?
This is for bloggers that are more interested with juggling their blog and their personal life. There are some sections that a blogger would need that aren't there, but you can do those online, create a planner yourself or get one of the printable planners.
What else can you do with your Passion Planner?
With the Passion Planner you also get to be a bit more creative. You can customise it. But you don't have to redo every section, as you would in a Bullet Journal. (I get lost with a Bullet Journal, btw, cos I keep forgetting to add the pages to the index.)
But if you want a planner specifically for Bloggers I have selected a couple for you:
This is a printable planner. So you pay once and you can print it again and again. You don't have to print all the pages either, of course.
This is also a good option if you have more than one blog, cos you can keep planners for all your blogs separately if that's what you want.
You can print the pages as you need them, so you don't have to carry a big bulky thing around either. Just print the ones that you are going to need, punch a couple of holes in them and stick them in a binder.
What's in it?
This planner includes 42 carefully designed pages that can be printed on A4, A5, US letter and half letter paper. so it gives you a little bit more versatility if you want to use it on the go.
You can use this planner for planning your content.
It has a section for Blog Post Ideas, an Editorial Calendar and a Blog Post CheckList as well as several social media planners.
As you would expect, it also has sections for your goals and sections for your monthly, weekly and daily tasks.
Something I also like is that you can use it as a Tracker for your blog's finances.
I generally use spreadsheets for some of this cos spreadsheets do your calculations automatically. But I must admit that writing down the total of your affiliate marketing earnings every month on paper is a lot more satisfying.
Who is the Smart Blogger Planner for? Bloggers that already know what they're doing but want to be more intentional with content writing and monetisation.
3. The Create Blog and Editorial Planner by Meerah Kothand
I am a big fan of Meera. I have several of her products and I find her no nonsense way of talking very reassuring. She's very methodical and gives you all the details for what you need to do.
When she came up with the Create Blog and Editorial Calendar last year I knew it was going to be excellent.
What's in it?
This planner is 246 pages long and it has sections to help you work through:
- The 5 Step Planning Process
- Building your Online Platform - The Different Stages
- Primer for Setting Goals
- The 4 Major Blogging Tasks
- Time Blocking
A section for your email and content strategies (I use her content strategies to never run out of ideas for my blog).
Being able to tie your content and your email strategies is one of the most effective things I have learnt from Meera because it helps you come up with ideas to connect with your audience, solve their problems and make more sales from your blog and your list.
And there are sections for your Q1 to Q4 goals and reviews. This is important, even when you start a blog as a hobby you should have some goals for every quarter.
If you don't have a goal, you'll end up wasting your time on things that won't make a difference to your bottom line, no matter how enjoyable.
Who is Create Blog and Editorial Calendar for? Beginner bloggers or more experienced bloggers will find this one helpful because it makes you set up your priorities and focus only on the tasks you need to work on for the stage of your blog.
I found this adorable blog planner and I had to include it in this list. And it's only $7!
I just love the look of this planner.
But it's not only the way it looks that I like. Each section is carefully designed so you don't miss anything. And there's usually space for you to add your own notes in most sections.
What's in it?
It has the usual sections you would expect in a blog planner so I am not going to go into detail. You can check all the contents here if you want.
But there are some sections worth metioning:
I found this planner also helps you to get some clarity, with its Blog Vision Board, the Ideal Reader's Profile section and a simple Project Planner.
There are also a couple of checklists and to-do pages that are great for people that tend to forget what to do or for beginners. Like the Social Media Promotion or Blog Post Checklist.
What's good is that they're already done for you but you can also add your own items, cos not everybody has the same workflows.
The only thing for me about this planner is that there are some pages that are just fillers, like the Month Cover Pages. But you don't have to print them if you don't want them.
Who is the 45 page blog planner for? Given the price, it is ideal for bloggers that are looking for a cheap planner. It has everything you are going to need to plan your blogging goals and activities at a fantastic price.
One of the tools I use for my blogs, is my affiliate marketing planner and tracker.
I do have to use it together with my Passion Planner.
Cos I can't just use this on its own but it has stopped me creating content for the sake of creating content and missing out on affiliate earnings for my blogs.
If you're always getting lost and forgetting where all the information for your affiliate programs and products is, you need this.
It will also help you be more productive with your affiliate marketing efforts so you save time and you can focus on increasing your affiliate income with less effort.
What's in it?
A spreadsheet with
- everything you need to keep track of all your links and affiliate program details
- a tracker sheet for sales
- a tracker sheet for your affiliate income
- a planner sheet for your social media affiliate posts
- and an affiliate marketing calendar to help you plan your campaigns.
A printable file including 3 pages you can print over and over again
- a planner sheet for each of your products (writing a series of blog posts about one product will increase your earnings)
- a blog post planner sheet for specific blog posts
- a planner sheet for listicle blog posts (great for gift guides and other resources guides)
Who is the Affiliate Marketing Tracker and Planner for? This is for bloggers that feel like they're missing out on affiliate marketing income opportunities and need help to focus on writing the right type of content for their posts. It will help if you write evergreen or seasonal content.
Hope you find some of these planners helpful for you, but if you're looking for a planner to help you plan both your family and your working life I have also put together a list of fantastic planners for working moms here.