Maggie Blackbird

Romancing Canada's Indigenous People

I recently joined the Author Toolbox Blog Hop.  What is it?  A chance for authors at any stage in their career to connect by providing helpful posts related to all things writing.  The Hop occurs once a month, with the exception of November and December.  My first post for The Hop is on scheduling.  So read on…

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I’m not sure what I’d do without my trusty built-in computer calendar.  I’m a scheduler at heart.  Everything for me runs according to schedule LOL.  It’s true.  I schedule my days, because if I don’t, I become consumed by the dreaded sidetracking.  I’m not saying everything in my daily schedule goes off without a hitch.  Because it doesn’t.  There are times when my day doesn’t start at five in the morning.  Like today, I overslept, LOL.

SchedulingBut I’m at the computer, working away, because my early mornings (once my daily walk and workouts are out of the way) are dedicated to promo and marketing.  My blog is active seven days a week.  So scheduling is a must.  And this handy-dandy computer calendar, along with excel spreadsheets keep me organised.

Being a new author (my first book was published in the summer of 2018), getting my name out there is imperative, and I do this by engaging and helping other authors.  Not only am I tour host for three author book promotion web sites, I also host my own interviews, book reviews, etc. at my blog.  And, I participate at other numerous events all over the web, whether at Facebook, another author’s blog, a book reviewer’s site, or wherever someone will host me.

Now, crazy me, went and signed up for the monthly Author Toolbox Blog Hop.  I’m a glutton for punishment, aren’t I?  LOL.

When I first look at my trusty calendar, I know right away what I have scheduled for myself, and what I have scheduled for guests.  I keep my activities in CAPS, and guests in lowercase.  This lets me know right away if my commitments are closing in, or if I have an opening for a potential guest at my blog.

This morning, I thought, “Oh boy, my first blog hop is coming up, I’d better get a post written.”  This post is third on my list of marketing/promo duties.  I had other items to address before tackling a new blog post.

Mornings work best for me because this is when I’m most focussed, and I need a focussed mind when it comes to marketing/promo.  My writing doesn’t happen until the later morning, the later afternoon, and in the evening (if I’m home).


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The calendar is also handy for reminders, and the calendar follows me wherever I go.  It’s linked to my laptop and my iPhone through my email address.

In my former job, I used a day planner.  Not anymore.  Sure, I can take the day planner wherever I go, but I much prefer the computer calendar.  I can hit “delete” if someone can’t fulfill their guest slot, and contact another person who is on the list.  And One-Drive is also a life saver because it syncs with my other devices.  All I have to do is open the excel spreadsheet and pen in the needed information.

I admire people who can “wing it,” but “winging it” is not for me.  As I said, I’m a scheduler at heart.  My dogs love me for this, because they also love their schedule, heh.

24 thoughts on “Scheduling – #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

  1. OMG, I’m so jealous of your mad organizational skills! Also, I have a couple of friends who are launching books right now, so I’ll look around your site and see if I can direct them to you. 🙂


  2. Louise Brady, Author says:

    You must be epic at scheduling! I barely manage once a week for my blog ^^” Maybe I’ll look into a calendar or spreadsheet system: I’m kind of disorganised and make do with paper’to do’ lists at the moment!

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    1. I always say: whatever works best for you. I found this method works best for me. But maybe something else will work best for you. TY for stopping by.

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  3. lalanquist says:

    Yessss! Especially for us writers scheduling becomes important; we’re effectively self-employed (or at least self-directed), so if we don’t plan things, no one will!

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    1. Yes, that’s how I feel about it. I try to use my time as wisely as I can, and scheduling is a big help. TY for stopping by.

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  4. TD Storm says:

    I’m curious: do you schedule a certain amount of time for your creative writing each day? Does your creative work ever fall to the wayside amidst all your other scheduled to-dos?

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    1. Hi TD. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I have a certain amount of time for writing. And no, it doesn’t fall to the wayside. I clock in my word count each day of how much I’m supposed to write., or edit, etc. 🙂


  5. Blogging every day is really admirable. I did that once upon a time. I use a day planner instead of a computer scheduler. Anything to spend less time with a screen. Maybe if I had all the energy you have!

    Susan Says


    1. Hi, Susan. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for stopping by!


  6. Brigitte Kirady says:

    First of all, your blog headline “Romancing Canada’s Indigenous People” is fabulous. I love it! Secondly, this post was a great reminder for me to work towards becoming more consistent with my own scheduling. I do use calendar and task features on my computer/phone, but I have yet to find that fail-proof trick on how to do more effectively. I forget things frequently so reminders and alarms are a huge MUST – a paper day-planner would never work for me! LOL Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Brigitte. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I’m glad you liked the article!


  7. Meka James says:

    In theory I’d love to be more organized, but I fail at sticking with any attempt I try. hahaha

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    1. A writing friend of mine is the same way! Thanks for stopping by.


  8. Elliot Chan says:

    Calendar is essential, not just for work but everything else in my life. I tried using a to-do list, but that got messy. A calendar allows me to schedule the task into my day. To-do lists give me indecision when it comes to prioritizing. Thanks for this article!

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    1. You’re welcome, Elliot. TY for stopping by.


  9. jomz says:

    I see you run your operation like a well-oiled machine, eh?

    Do you ever synchronise your computer calendar with your phone calendar?

    Great post! 🙂

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    1. Yes, I do. It’s very handy. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  10. emaginette says:

    I use the calender too, but not as much as you do. 😉

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. TY! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  11. charityrau says:

    Great post! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    1. TY! Thanks for stopping by!


  12. Is there anyone who really “wings” it anymore? Hahahaha! I’m with you, I’m a scheduler as well — I have my trusty TO DO list. It’s kind of funny to be so creative and so very organized at the same time — in a way it seems to go against the normal stereotype!

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    1. It does, doesn’t it? But I need to plan. I can’t function without having a schedule. My former co-worker who is also a writer is one of those who’s an ogranised mess. LOL.

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      1. 😂🤣😂🤣 an organized mess? So good! Chaos is not my creative friend. I’m so witch’yu!!!


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