Without organisation you can lack direction.
You could end up writing one article after the other, and then end up forgetting why you are writing these articles in the first place and lose track of what you are actually wanting to achieve.
So here I am going to go over just 3 elements of' organisation' and hopefully it should paint a picture as to why 'organisation' is such a crucial part in your success here on InfoBarrel.
i) Organising Your Goal
Organising your goal is much like coming up with a business plan, if you have ever read my article the Long Term Goal: Retire On InfoBarrel, well this was me 'organising my goal', but everyone will have their own unique goal depending on what they are trying to achieve.
I keep my plan posted on my 'About Me' page, to act as a reminder of why I am writing here on InfoBarrel, and so I won't lose my way.
Then once I have finished the article, I update my about me page after each article, to see how much closer I am to achieving '2000' articles, knowing that I am constantly making progress and it provides me with that little bit extra motivation to carry on.
So by organising a goal, and reminding yourself of that goal - you are keeping yourself on route.
So what do you want to achieve on InfoBarrel?
Remember: To make sure you are constantly coming across it, not only do I have it as my About Me page but I keep a yellow sticky note on my monitor with '2000' on it, just to remind me of the plan.
ii) Organising Your Article Ideas
Some days you can come up with twenty ideas on the spot, other days you can't think of a single one.
By organising an article calendar, it allows yourself to take advantage of your productive days by not having to worry about forcing ideas out when you come across an uncreative day.
For example, I might come up with twelve article ideas on the spot, I would note down a rough title (then consider the key words and Ten Tricks behind Titles) for each idea and form a mini-mind map around it with ideas such as quotes, images etc.
Then as you can see in my plan, I am aiming to write roughly 1.4 Articles a day (we will round it up to two just for an easy life), I have then provided myself with six days worth of writing, where I am not pressurised to come up with any new ideas and simply just get on with producing content.
Also I might have had a day where I was previously creative - so I might have articles already booked from the 10th to the 16th, in which case the next 6 days would be booked after that i.e to the 22nd. (Going on top of current article plans, I had made previously).
The most important element: is that when you come across an idea, be sure to note it down, otherwise you will more than likely just forget.
iii) Organising Your Articles
Everyone has their own preferences on how to plan an article, but it is important that you do.
Personally I like to create mind-maps, I will have ideas, quotes and images etc. coming out of the existing mini-mind map that I have noted down, and then I will expand it and organise the ideas into sections.
By doing this, it will hopefully reflect through in better quality content - rather than an article that has no real structure behind it.
Also by keeping hold of the plans, it will be easier for me to replicate a similar article, as I know what needs to go where.
For example, if I made a plan of an article on "top 10 places to see in London", I would then be able to use that same layout for "top 10 places to see in Paris" also.