21 Sep Scheduler and Tools for Planning Ahead
Right now, I am traveling through Colorado – Thelma & Louise style (though I promise not to drive off a cliff). I wrote this before I left – nearly all of my content and client work is done and scheduled before it goes public. I do this so I can (1) live my life, (2) be consistent with content and (3) be more effective.
Here are my desert island tools I have to have to keep organized and scheduled:
- Editorial Calendar. This is a staple of the publishing world and essentially maps future content so you have a plan to stay consistent and seasonal topics to focus on. You can find various calendar templates by searching google but I made mine in using Google Sheets, organizing columns by month, content type (email, blog, social media, etc), topic, notes on inclusions and status. This way, I have a clear strategy of how my content is meeting my goals and can quickly see what is done/needs to be done.
- Todoist App. Todoist is a free to-do list app that syncs with everything, allows you to organize tasks by projects & tags, even turn emails into tasks. I love it because I can access my running to-do list from anywhere, adding and updating it as I go. Plus it has a built in scheduler so today’s list only has today’s tasks (upgrade to schedule text reminders for $29/year among other features).
- Onlypult for Instagram. Most IG schedulers send your phone a notification where you have to take the extra step and actually publish a post but not Onlypult. This allows you to create posts, schedule them and then it posts the updates for you. It is a paid service ($12/month for up to 3 handles) but so worth it.
This is obviously not a complete list. I left out Facebook’s scheduler, Hootsuite, Buffer, Latergramme, etc but my goal is make this email a short read. Have questions about these other platforms? Shoot me an email.