I always get the best blog ideas at the most inopportune times. They inevitably come to me when I’m driving or in the shower or something and leave me scrambling to find a place to record the idea. Cause that’s just how it works, right?
As a result, my ideas were often scattered in various places and then when I went to do some drafting, I had to dig through different apps and devices to create my master list of working ideas. This is definitely not the most productive way to do things.
While this still happens sometimes, I’ve tried out various systems to try to keep my ideas all in one place and have found what works for me. Here are some ways I’ve found to keep ideas organized, including one that will be a huge help to people (like me) with their ideas in 10 different places.
Let’s do this.
Lots of bloggers swear by Evernote to keep them organized.
Evernote allows you to create notebooks about different subjects and then add individual notes to them. For instance, one notebook could be called “blog post ideas” and then each note could be the start of an individual draft of a blog post. Looking for a blog post idea? Check out the Blog Brighter Blog Post Ideas Pinterest board.
The best thing about Evernote? It syncs in all of your locations so you’ve got access to your notes and notebooks on your phone, iPad, and computer.
CoSchedule also recently added Evernote integration, making this an even easier option for bloggers. Have you tried CoSchedule yet? Click here to try it for 14 days for free without even entering your credit card information.
Want to know how a blogger uses Evernote to stay organized? Check out 4 Ways to Use Evernote by Nicole of Treasure Tromp.
Pen and Paper
Ah, the good old-fashioned method. After changing organizational methods dozens of times (and constantly having ideas written down in multiple places) I finally decided to just keep a notebook with me at all times. Mine was $4.99 from Marshalls. A small moleskin would also work perfectly.
I write down everything. Blog post titles, random sentences, and fragments of ideas.
Here is the key to this method: Once I’ve used the idea, I cross it out with one big slash through it. This way I can easily see as I flip through my notebook what unused ideas I have left.
In a bind, you can always send ideas to yourself via email. I do this if I have an idea at work and don’t have access to my notebook. It’s quick and discreet and is sometimes just what you need to get an idea saved before it’s gone from your brain.
If you’re driving, Siri can compose an email for you to send to yourself.
Google Drive is another great option to keep things organized. I’ve actually heard of bloggers who draft all of their posts in Google Drive and then copy and paste over to WordPress or Blogger when they are ready.
Google Sheets is a great place to store your content calendar (if you aren’t already using CoSchedule, which I highly recommend). Here is an example of what that might look like:
You have the ability in Google Drive to add links between Google Drive documents so you could link the titles of your blog posts in your Google Sheets content calendar directly to your drafted post documents. It’s awesome and accessible from anywhere.
I’ve used the Apple Reminders app on my phone as more of an ideas list, not so much as actual reminders. It’s already on your phone, it’s easy, and as I’ll share with you below, you can automatically share your Reminders lists with other organizational programs.
If you’re struggling to narrow things down to just one strategy to keep you organized, consider using IFTTT (If This, Than That) to help you.
IFTTT allows you to set up recipes (commands) that basically tell an app that if you do one thing, something else should automatically happen. For instance, you could set up a recipe so that every Gmail email that you star gets automatically added to a notebook in Evernote.
You could also use a recipe to add any Reminders list from your phone automatically to a Google Drive spreadsheet.
Recipes are super easy to set up. Once you set up an IFTTT account, you just connect any accounts that will be needed for the recipe (i.e. log in through IFTTT and give it permisson), add the recipe, and POOF your recipe will start happening.
If you use this method, I suggest picking one service to use as a home base and then setting up recipes with your other apps to all feed in to that.
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Wunderlist is a great option for people who want to access their lists easily from any device, but don’t want to commit to the complexity of Evernote.
Wunderlist is a simple list making app to use for to-do lists, reminders, ideas, etc. You can set reminder notifications, share lists with other people (great for making grocery lists and sharing them with your spouse), and group ideas in to folders.
You are also able to use hashtags within the app to help further organize. For instance, you could have a “blog post ideas” list and then hashtag by blog category such as “#fashion” or “#recipes”. This way you could easily search your lists by #recipes to find all of your blog post ideas for recipes. This is especially useful if you stick to a schedule on your blog (i.e. Monday – Recipe, Tuesday – Fashion, etc.).
Now tell me, what method do you use to keep your blog post ideas organized?