Royally Planned: How I Use Google Docs

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I've always been an organized person and you would know that if you've been a reader of Royally Pink for a while. I've highlighted my obsession with planners in the Royally Planned series and have also spoken about how I'm trying to experiment with digital planning.

As much as I love technology, I have never been someone who can digitally plan. I like the feeling of writing things down and checking something off the to-do list. I could never get the hang of planning on my phone or computer.

However, that changed slightly when I started using a digital editorial calendar. It changed how I viewed planning because I couldn't find a written system that worked.



When I was looking for a way to track my budget, I tried a few different notebooks and apps but nothing worked quite like a Google spreadsheet. This opened up an entirely new world for me and I started to realize that Google Suite had everything I could ever want or need.  I am an Apple girl through and through but the Google Suite is so easy to use, syncs to your Gmail and you can access it everywhere. I have all the apps on my phone: Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets... it's just a no brainer.

After my budget, I started making spreadsheets for virtually anything I could think of.

Wishlist



I have a wishlist document where I list everything that I'm lusting after. I have the document split into a regular wishlist and then a luxury wishlist. It makes keeping track of everything I want a little easier and I feel better after I get it out of my head and onto paper. I know this sounds kind of stupid but every day I find something new I want so it's better to write it all down and stop thinking about it.

Youtube + Podcast Calendar





When I was trying to figure out how I wanted to lay out a content calendar for my Youtube and Podcast, I knew that my blogging editorial calendar was not going to work. I decided to download a monthly calendar, input it into Google doc and have a sheet for each month. I also have a separate sheet for future video and podcast ideas. It makes things simple, organized, and easy to access on the go.

Freelancing


Last year I started to take my freelance writing seriously and wow, did it really take off. I was so happy with all my writing but was a little overwhelmed because I didn't know how to keep track of everything. I wanted a place to keep track of my pitches, when I sent them through, who I sent them too and if they were accepted or rejected. It has helped me so much and I'm able to be so much more productive.

Royally Pink

Aside from the editorial calendar, I have found so many other ways to utilize Google Docs for my blog. I track my analytics, my top posts of the year and sponsored posts. I have a Royally Pink folder in my Google Drive and it's so easy to access everything and keep it organized... which is sort of the theme of this post.

So that's that! The Google Suite/Drive is my best friend and has been keeping me sane for the past few months. If you need a digital organization system, I highly recommend experimenting with Google Docs. It's also a great way to back up your work -- I write all my articles in Google docs and it's easy to share, download, and back up in case something happens to my computer.

Do you use Google Drive/Docs? What are your thoughts? 
xoxo
B

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