After the success of CuteChristmasPajamas.com this holiday season where I actually made money from using affiliate marketing in a blog, I’m now on a roll to find new projects. (read my original post, Making Money with a Blog: Sponsored Posts & Creating a Niche Affiliate Marketing Website, if you’re curious.) So, full disclosure, I did not exactly strike it rich, I made around $800, but certainly I learned a lot and now am curious about developing more. I’d love to have a few projects like that to bring in extra income for my family. Or to support Tory Burch’s family.
My latest project is something very relevant to the New Year, and I’m sure it won’t make a dime this year because I just thought of it and put it together, so it has zero search rankings, however, I’ve had fun putting it together: Best Day Planners, and wanted to share. My two worst symptoms with this pregnancy are heartburn and the inability to sleep in – I’ve been waking up at 4:45 – 5am everyday. With everyone else in the house asleep, as I should be, I fiddle around on the computer until everyone rises. I’m sure my ability to sleep in will come back in full force once my sweet little baby girl is born, and she is ready to wake up at 5am. In the meantime, I’ve had plenty of time in the morning to work on this one.
It’s a collection of my favorite day planners & productivity apps, and I’ll do lots of day planning organizing posts to incorporate the use of paper and tech. I am a day planning nerd, and have tried nearly every app, website and researched paper planners so this was a natural fit for my years of nerdiness and hopefully I will help people choose their day planning solution with this site! Of course, it’s very specific and I’ll probably include some other things like office supplies that are related to day planning as well. Also, I have a major case of baby brain, which has been exacerbated by this third trimester (!! what? how did that happen so quickly!?), and I have to write every single thing down immediately or it will go off into the foggy abyss that is my brain.
So, if you’re curious about my personal day planning regimen of planners and apps, here are my favorites:
- Project Management App, Producteev online + iPhone for work. This app is extremely similar to Wunderlist, which I’m also using, but I’ve used Producteev for a few years. This app is fantastic for project management, allowing you to create different project categories and add tasks to those categories. Each task has a spot for priority (stars 1 – 5) subtasks, notes, pictures, documents, deadlines, and tags. So all of this can be organized by deadline, category, tag or priority.
- Wunderlist List Organizer on my desktop + iPhone for personal. This app is very similar to Producteev, but I’m just using it for personal now because I want to keep the two separate. When I’m at work, I want to see everything that needs to get accomplished, which does not include my Target list. I have lists for shopping (like Costco, groceries, Target), blog post ideas I want to write, thank you notes to write, and birthday parties. I snap photos of the invitation and put it right in the task so I can remember all of the details, RSVP and get a gift. Love it!
- GoodTask is a pretty app for the desktop and iPhone, and uses the Reminders & Calendar iPhone apps and combines them into one, pretty view. You can see your calendar appointments and all reminders that have a deadline of that day. I’m using it for random things like “take your vitamins” which I set to a daily reminder, and actual deadlines so I can see all of my advertising and PR deadlines that I have to meet at a glance. I really like it.
- Evernote is an app for the desktop, online, iPhone and iPad. I am really not sure how I lived my life prior to Evernote. I save everything. I store every meeting in it, and I am able to access it months and years later with a simple search, which I have done frequently. I don’t have to search through folders to find old meeting notes. I also draft articles, brainstorm blog ideas, and save recipes. I love it.
- Franklin Covey Day Planner with a binder. Old school. I have the two pages per day, and I use it to write down notes throughout the day, things that people ask me to do, etc. Even though I have my master project task list in Producteev, I still write to dos on my planner and then add them to Producteev later. Pen to paper is quicker than pulling up the correct app, and it’s in one place so I can flip back and see my old notes, rather than have it on a scrap of paper that could get lost. I was using a large Sugar Paper calendar, but had to switch because I wrote down too much each day and needed something larger. I love writing with a fountain pen, and the paper holds up well with the ink.
If you’re a blogger, I also picked out the best planners for bloggers and tips on how to stay organized for 2015! It’s the only blog post I’ve written on the site as I’ve tried to add planners as products in the online store, but I plan to add more!!
I’ve also started another project that I’m VERY excited about – one about wine, food & southern charm – which, as my husband pointed out, is pretty aggressive to “tackle the world of wine” – however, I’m very excited about it and have had a blast putting it together looking at my old wine tasting notes since I can’t actually enjoy wine these days. I’ll let y’all know about that one soon 🙂
And yes… these little projects will need some major organization to keep up, which is why I’ve let this blog kind of lapse… I am not sure what direction to take here, but it will probably continue to be a mish mash of various topics, photos, and favorite kid stuff. This is my fun blog, my hub to try out all things blogging and social media, and I like sharing on it!