One problem that bloggers and professionals both struggle with at times is organization. There are lots of books and blog articles out there covering tools you can use to organize your work life. But sometimes, I genuinely believe, too much organization can be counter productive.
I remember reading an article once that stated that news stands which were a bit dis-organized were actually more profitable than news stands which were kept orderly. (The time expense of paying employees to constantly straighten and keep all of the magazines in perfect order all of the time turned out to be greater than the value created by that order. News stands it turned out, really only need to be straightened once or twice per day.)
Most successful professionals well know that having a perfectly formatted schedule has little to do with showing up on time and moving through tasks efficiently. While you should use whatever organizational tools you need, it will certainly benefit you to be aware of how much time and effort you put into organizing that might be better spent on productive activity. This was not actually a new lesson for me, but it was very much brought home to me by an exchange I had with my buddy Dane the other day. Although you wouldn’t know it from looking at his current blog, Dane is one of the sharpest WordPress developers I know,
Dane is absolutely right that for most niche bloggers, scheduling content in advance is a great way to avoid feeling overwhelmed by deadlines and an announced publishing schedule. However, I honestly believe that for this personal blog my original idea of writing two days ahead is the best solution. It allows me to minimize the “Internet time shifting” which I have found bothersome, and keeps even personal posts reasonably fresh while allowing me to avoid the stress of constantly rushing to meet a slipping deadline. If you blog on an announced schedule, how organized are you? Do you spend more time planning your posts than writing and promoting them?
PS– if you’re wondering what the heck that image is, I explain in this post how I go about choosing them.