One of my 2020 goals is to set time aside each week to get my mindset right for the upcoming week. I am Type A when it comes to personality and organization is key. It is sort of a stress reliever for me…that and running. So every Sunday, I dedicate a little time to organize my life, my blog and the week’s Bookstagram posts. Below is a list of items I may touch on during my organization time.
- Review all the extra curricular activities my family has going on. My son is involved in a lot of sports. My husband has a crazy job that requires travel and I like to be in the know.
- Jot down ideas for dinners and make a grocery list. Eventually, I would like to food prep…but baby steps, you know?
- Make a To Do list of tasks that need to get done: grocery shopping, paying bills, budget, etc.
- Put together a study plan for myself. I have mentioned several times I am studying for a certain certification and it is time consuming.
- Set up my workout plan for the week. I love running but I need to get a little more strength training in as well.
- Write down the books I want to review or posts for the next week or two.
- Make a list of items that still need to be created like graphics or photos and check off those that have been completed.
- Review the list of book reviews and blog posts that I still need to completed. I keep a reading log and I use Goodreads to keep track of what I read. Actually writing the reviews is a whole different story.
- Ensure I posted my book reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, etc.
I love bookstagram but it is just as much work as my blog. IG requires 1,000 times more engagement and it needs it own special organization unlike Facebook or Twitter where I can link my blog posts and call it a day. Instagram needs to be catered to. It is a bit high maintenance. One day I will do a Bookstagram post but for today’s purposes, this is what I do weekly:
- Get a sense of the reviews I am going to feature on IG. There is a bit of a gap that I would love to bridge but as of right now, my blog features more book reviews and blog tours than Instagram. I encourage you to follow both if you can and/or want: JM_Bibliolater
- Note the ongoing book challenges and decide what to participate in (For example, here are a few stack challenges happening right now: #icybluebookstack, #sunsetstack, #twilightstack).
- Make a list of possible stories to feature even if it is just a random question. I posted a question regarding the come back of Scrunchies last week that was a hit. I also gave shout outs to accounts with less than 1,000 followers. Stories depend on time and my creativity level for that day.
- Some days I will take pictures and other days I hold off.
Is this a little over the top? Maybe. As I said earlier, it is a stress reliever for me to have a plan. It is satisfying when I get to check things of my list. Does my plan always work? No, of course not. But it does give me a sense of peace and clears my mind to at least have some sort of plan.
What do you do to prep for the week? Maybe you food prep. Maybe you schedule out your Netflix binges. Maybe you spend time organizing your TBR (to-be-read) shelf. Maybe you have have an intense workout schedule. Maybe you wing it – there is not wrong with that. Tell me in the comments!
If you missed my 2020 goals post in which I share just a few of my goals, you can read it HERE.