Hi everyone! I’m super excited today to be launching a new series here on the blog — Boho Berry Guests!
One thing I love about this “little” community of ours is how diverse we all are. We comprise all ages, genders, and walks of life. While I love sharing my Bullet Journal system with the world, I’ve come to realize that I don’t always have all of the answers for all of you out there.
On that note, I’ve decided to start inviting guest bloggers to come on and share how they are adapting the Bullet Journal system to meet their needs.
My first guest blogger is the lovely Sarah from New Leaf Book Nook. Sarah is a self-proclaimed book nerd, writer, blogger, copywriter, and mother. Although new to the Bullet Journal system, she is already adapting it to suit her needs and I can’t wait to hear what she has to share!
Please join me in giving Sarah a super warm welcome today. Take it away, Sarah!
TRACKING SOCIAL MEDIA WITH YOUR BULLET JOURNAL
The main reason I started a Bullet Journal is that I was sick of keeping 3409839589 different lists. A battery of Google docs, paper checklists, Google calendar tasks, items in my phone’s note and reminder apps, plus several emails to myself a day was just getting to be too much to bear.
Instead of committing myself (which, honestly, I should probably do anyway), I decided to try a different system. My love of Bullet Journaling was quickly born.
And truthfully, I expected to fall in love with my Bullet Journal. A crafty way to stay organized and a handy excuse for non-stop washi tape madness? Obviously I’m in.
Subduing The Social Media Storm
What I didn’t expect was for my new organizational system to solve a problem I hadn’t yet realized I had: keeping track of my social media efforts. In addition to my blog, I also run a bookish Instagram account @newleafwriter, as well as multiple smaller social media accounts, and until I started Bullet Journaling, I genuinely hadn’t realized how much anguish both were causing me.
Once I started recording my plans and ideas for social media, I began to appreciate how out of control I had felt. Four blog posts a week. Three Instagram posts a day. Keeping up with other social media. Finding an idea every single time I have to post.
It caused constant dread that, thanks to writing everything down in a single place, I’ve now escaped. Whoo! Bullet dodged.
Tracking Social Media and Blog Efforts
As you already know if you follow the amazing Kara, a Bullet Journal is so much more than a planner: it’s a place to record your thoughts and plans, hopes and dreams, grocery lists and unsent hate mail … pretty much whatever you want.
My bullet journal quickly became a way to track what I was reading, what I planned to post to my Instagram account and in my blog, and the resources I hoped to offer to my subscribers and followers.
The first thing I started tracking was my reading.
I belong to three book clubs, regularly team up with publishers and independent authors, and like to keep track of both new releases and my progress on the classics. Writing down a list of books in my journal allowed me to see what’s upcoming on my Instagram and took some of the pressure off always juggling about a dozen books “on deck” at any given time.
I use the same bulleting system for books as I do for regular daily entries, so when I shunt a book to later, I’ll use an arrow, and when I read/review it, I’ll use an X to cross it off, etc.
Then I started making detailed plans of my Instagram posts. Since I take my pictures in groups of about 15 to save me from wrecking my house more than once or twice a week, it’s necessary to have lots of ideas on hand coming shooting day. Dedicated Bullet Journal space for upcoming posts has been a lifesaver, because I just write an idea down whenever I have it, and use it when the time comes.
While my main focus is Instagram, I’m always slowly building my presence on Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter and Goodreads. My systems for these aren’t yet as streamlined, but I fully intend to use the same techniques for those platforms once they are.
As you can see from the image at the beginning of this post, I also use my system to track blog posts. I announce every post on Instagram, so I often need duplicate pictures … one sized to the blog, and a square one for IG. Of course, I put up about five times as many photos on social media as I do on my blog, so only one of every five pages or so is dedicated to blog needs, but it’s still great to have them align.
Lastly, I’ve been tracking ideas for my blog’s resource shop. One day soon, I hope to start helping other people live more creative, more fulfilling lives through writing, reading and crafting, so in the meantime I’m making detailed notes of what my followers ask for.
While I could always invent plenty of material, I know I’ll be most successful meeting real needs. Whether you have 100 followers or a million, they will appreciate you answering questions they actually ask and desires they actually express rather than guessing. So until my shop goes live, I’m doing my best to make sure I don’t lose track of a single idea.
This system isn’t perfect yet. As a newbie Bullet Journalist, I’m still figuring out what works for me. What I do know is that this system keeps my various online efforts straight, removes the need for me to have a million lists going at once, and has led to some serious digital serenity. For now, I’m definitely sticking with it.
What systems do you guys use to make life easier online? What other bullet journaling tips should I be trying?
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Sarah Moore is a copywriter by day, fiction writer by night, and
occasional designer. She blogs about books, art, bullet journaling, and
crafts over at New Leaf Book Nook