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Helpful Blogging Tips and Tools: Organizing Your Ideas (Part 2)

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How to Organize Your Ideas

If you’re like me, you probably have a thousand ideas running around in your brain at any given time.  Organizing your ideas can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be.  Never fear – there are tools out there that will help you organize your ideas!  These tools range from helping you to make a to-do list, to giving you a way to organize your blog post schedule.  Technology can be incredibly helpful, but it can also cause our heads to spin sometimes.  Don’t let the idea of blogging become overwhelming.  Instead, find tools that you can use to your advantage.  Blogging should be an enjoyable process.  One that not only provides information to your readers.  But a process that gives you great joy as you explore your passions and present them to the world.

trello

Trello

With Trello, you can add all your blog post ideas into the software, which turns each idea into a card.  From there, you can spec it out with notes. Then, you can move from list to list with a simple drag and drop feature.  It’s simple to use and an easy way to get your thoughts out of your head and onto “paper”, as they say.

evernote

Evernote

Evernote is a tool for fast idea collecting.  You can drop everything you need into Evernote.  This includes notes, snippets, photos, web pages and more.  The tagging system within Evernote is incredibly robust.  Which means you can keep your ideas with a simple tag in a number of cool ways – either by topic, idea stage and even more.

google calendar

Google Calendar

While Google Calendar might seem like the place where you organize your schedule, it’s more than that.  It can also be repurposed as a way to organize your editorial calendars.  If your goal is to publish one post per day, you can save your ideas within the calendar and move them around as needed.  If your planning to schedule multiple posts, add a calendar event to the specific publish time.  It’s a great tool overall.

todoist

Todoist

With Todoist, you can place your ideas into a to-do list.  From there you can schedule when blog post should go live.  You can also break down the blog post writing process in order to make the steps more manageable.  You can also use this tool to collaborate on shared tasks with your team.  Making it another great tool to help you organize yourself and your thoughts.

wunderlist

Wunderlist

Wunderlist is another to-do list tool.  I like Wunderlist because I can keep my ideas sorted into tasks and sub-tasks.  I use this tool when I have multiple projects or blog posts on the go, as I can brainstorm within each post idea all in one tool.

dropbox

Dropbox

When your ideas come with files, Dropbox is one of the best tools out there.  It allows you to store and share things like PDFs, Word Docs, design files and even photos.  A great, all-around tool that is extremely helpful for sharing documents and files.

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