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As a blogger, I’ve got a lot of tasks to juggle. In the past few months, I’ve started creating more content, and while I love every second of it, it creates a plethora of tasks to juggle.
And since this isn’t my full-time job (to be honest, it’s not even a side hustle any more), I’m trying to balance all of those tasks with my actual job, social life, and hobbies.
That’s when I realized a key tool in my CoSchedule editorial calendar that I was under-utilizing in the past: events.
What is CoSchedule?
First things first, if you’re new around here, you may not be familiar with CoSchedule. It’s an editorial calendar and social media management platform that integrates seamlessly with WordPress.
I’ve been using CoSchedule since 2014, not long after I started And Possibly Dinosaurs, and I’ve never looked back. I recommend it 100%. Even though it’s a bit of an investment, the customer service is top-notch, and it truly makes my life easier.
It’s all drag-and-drop, so you don’t have to worry about changing your mind and moving things around. I can add tasks for each post, so it’s my blog’s to-do list, in addition to my editorial calendar and social media scheduler.
Basically, without CoSchedule, And Possibly Dinosaurs wouldn’t function as well as it does. And to be honest, I’m not sure my blog would have stuck around as long as it has without it.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s talk about my new favorite CoSchedule tip: utilizing events to keep your calendar ultra-organized.
Adding Events to Your CoSchedule Calendar
As I mentioned, I use tasks to keep myself on track with all of my content creation. I mark down which days I need to outline my post, which days I need to write them, and so on.
A majority of the time, I set up my calendar so I can only see content (my blog posts or emails) and my tasks. Which is a really great way to stay on top of everything… until I forget that I’ve got plans one evening and can’t do literally any of the blogging tasks I planned to accomplish that day. My whole plan gets derailed.
That’s where CoSchedule events come in. At the beginning of each month, I add an event to my calendar any time I’m traveling or have plans in the evening outside of work. To do this, I click on the + icon in the appropriate day, click More Options, and click Calendar Event.
Then I fill in the name (I use all caps for events so they can be distinguished from my blog posts), and click Add.
Above, you can see my events for February. I was traveling last week, so I added an event every day of the trip (I don’t believe it’s possible to do multi-day events). That way, when looking at my blogging tasks, I knew not to schedule and tasks for those days.
I also add in events for my ceramics class so I know not to schedule any time-intensive tasks for those days.
Here’s how it looks when I display those events with my content and tasks:
As you can see, I didn’t have any tasks scheduled for the week I was in St. Louis. I also gave myself a day off the day before the trip, since I knew I’d have travel-related anxiety and wouldn’t be able to think about blogging.
With the content I’ve been juggling lately, it has been so nice to feel more organized with my content creation process. And I have CoSchedule to thank for that.