I am a Planning Guru … Not!

Late last year, I thought I had found an answer to my disorganised blogging life.  You see, I don’t plan.  I don’t have an editorial planner. I don’t have regular scheduled posts unless they are sponsored/collaborated posts and therefore, must be scheduled, otherwise, I’d forget all about them.

Unlike some bloggers, I don’t plan my posts.  Mine all come as spontaneous as they can.  “Oh no, I don’t know what to write about for next ” is a common sigh my husband hears from me.

You see the problem is, all my brilliant ideas are all in my head (along with that unwritten novel(s), usually while I’m having a long hot bath or shower.  Oh they are such unique ideas,  you’ll be surprised that they actually come from me.

Then as soon as I step out of the bath/shower, pffft!  They’re gone.  All gone.  I sit and stare at my screen and it mocks me with its sheer emptiness.  And words fail me.  I’m sure every blogger/writer knows this and has experienced it.  If you haven’t, you know what, I don’t like you.  I don’t think we can be friends anymore, not even in blogosphere, no, definitely not in blogger land.  You are the enemy.  You should be avoided at all cost.  Your “perfect blogging life” will be a detriment to my very-sensitive-blogging sanity/confidence.  I’m kidding of course.

And then I had a eureka moment.  Maybe what I need is a beautiful planner, the kind I used to have when I was in Uni or when I first started working and had a filo-fax, with little neat mini-folders, my whole life/career all laid out neatly in front of me, in one tiny little book.  And it actually worked!

That’s the answer to all my blogger problems!  All I need is a really lovely planner and I’m set.  I’ll be the next planning guru.  I’ll be your most prolific blogger, spinning brilliant blog-posts daily.  I’ll be famous and will be featured in the New Yorker or the Guardian.

And I found the most beautiful gorgeously illustrated planner. And guess what, I got it for free!  A month or so before Christmas, my husband and I purchased more than a couple of books from Folio Society.  I love all their books.  And coincidentally, they had a promo, order a book and they give you a pack of lovely Christmas cards.  Buy more than one and they give you a …. PLANNER!  With lovely illustrations from their books.  And since we bought more than one, we had two packs of beautiful Christmas cards, plus the much-sough after Folio Diary 2016.  I’m a sucker for anything with beautiful illustrations.

All of a sudden the year 2016 seemed so promising, or so I thought.

It’s the second month of the New Year, and I’ve failed miserably at this planning malarkey.  I’m rubbish.  I’m crap.  I’m a fake. I might as well draw doodles in my empty Folio diary pages.

Empty pages.

To be fair, those are June pages, and it is after all only February, so maybe there’s hope for me yet?  Oh and I don’t really want to be famous.  I just want to be more organised when it comes to blogging.  And I kinda know what to do, it’s the getting around and doing it is the actual problem 😉

 Do you have a planner?

Do you use it?  Does it work for you?


  1. Kim Carberry

    I have a planner and it’s so pretty…I love the idea of using it but never do. lol I just wing it…
    Your planner is gorgeous!

    • Thanks! I’m glad I’m not the only one who isn’t using their planner much 😉

  2. Ana De- Jesus

    Lol I am not a planning guru either although I do want to get a new planner! I love the design in this one it is lovely!

    • I think that’s one of the reasons why we all have planners… it’s because it’s so pretty to look at! Oh you mean, we have to actually write on them 😉 Haha.

  3. Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks

    I have a planner. I love it. I don’t use it. But I love it!!! I need to get better, all my ideas come to me in the middle of the night. I’d be a genius if I remembered them all!

    • I love what you said “I love it. I don’t use it!” I feel so much better now. Yay, I’m not the only one 🙂 x

  4. Miranda (Anosa)

    The only think I have managed to plan are my monday Fashion posts which sometimes I do weeks in advance but otherwise I am the same lol. My blogging planners are empty.

    • The replies have made me chuckle and looks like I’m not the only one! 🙂 I’m wondering now, does anyone really use their planners?

  5. Someone's Mum

    Ohhh I can really relate to this. I have been finding it so frustrating that I daydream about ideas, write great lines in my head, then forget them all! I need a planner. Yours is absolutely gorgeous too. I am going to go out on the lookout for something gorgeous in which to write down all my jumbled blogging ideas!

    • I do hope having a planner works for you! I’m still hoping it will work for me too 🙂 x

  6. Mudpie Fridays

    Im the same!! Lol I have a brand new planner which started at the beginning of the month (Feb) and I have written in it once. I don’t have enough time to blog let alone plan. I keep telling myself I will use it more when I am on mat leave!! lol Good luck x

  7. beautiful planner images! I love it! I have to say I don’t plan post titles but i plan categories and days to post and hope something comes to me before then :p I have an editorial planner and I definitely use it – maybe a little too much!

    • At least an editorial planner works for you and that’s really good! Wish it worked for me too 🙂 x

  8. I don’t have a planner. I’m trying to avoid using paper however pretty because I just lose them. I just use my phone and then have a big drafts OneNote file that I can move around in order as needed.

    • Before I had that planner, I used to use the calendar on my laptop. Now I try to use the said planner…. but I’m failing miserably! 😉 Btw, thanks for the tip on twitter 🙂 x

  9. There's always time for tea

    Good luck! My brain just doesn’t function without a planner. It’s remembering to write in it that’s the tricky bit! xx

  10. Im the same! Except for me its when im laying in bed at night! Come morning its all gone lol I do schedule posts when I have more than one ready to go though

    • Scheduled posts are good, aren’t they? I really ought to do them more and not just with sponsored ones, but sigh, every time I sit in front of my laptop and will myself to write… Nada. Zilch. Nothing comes up at all! 😉

  11. Lindsay At Newcastle Family Life

    This is so like me , I am so disorganised when it comes to blogging and have no schedule at all. I got a planner in the new year and was full of good intentions of being super organised but I have failed and have not planned a single thing so far xx

  12. Kate @ Did That Just Happen Blog

    I have a daily planner that I love. I have my calendar in the kitchen where everything goes… but for my blog. No. It would never dawn on me to plan anything! LOL.

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