How I Maintain A Schedule (+ A Free Editorial Calendar Template)

Being organized is something that is always a priority for me. When I’m not organized, I feel stressed. There’s one thing that I swear by when it comes to staying organized for my blog.

Why You Need An Editorial Calendar To Run A Successful Blog by popular New York style blogger The Champagne Edit

I’ve had my blog for almost six years, and I didn’t start using an editorial calendar until about a year ago. Let me tell you: If you don’t have an editorial calendar, then you’re DOING IT WRONG. I’ve mentioned this before, but my SEO Strategist actually sent over the best and easiest template for me to use. I’ve since tweaked it to match my other needs (if it is a sponsored post, big ideas of the post — in case I forget, etc.)

I can’t stress this enough: An editorial calendar is a MUST if you want to run a successful blog. Oh, and if you don’t want to lose your mind/overwhelm yourself. My editorial calendar is THE best way to keep myself on a schedule when it comes to The Champagne Edit!

Why use an editorial calendar?

It’s a pretty simple concept. I was so happy I started using one because it made me realize just how inconsistent I was being when it came to my blog. So the first benefit of having an editorial calendar is to help to stay consistent with your content. The second benefit is that it helps you visualize your content. For a while, I was just writing posts and leaving them in my WordPress purgatory. I wasn’t able to really look at what I was putting out week after week. Having an editorial calendar allows me to see what I’m planning for the week, month, etc. I can see if I have too many sponsored posts coming up. Or if I need to add another long form post to the mix. OR if I need to go back to my roots and post a good-ol-fashion outfit post.

Should you update it every day?

Ideally, ya. I look at my editorial calendar at least 6 times a day. AT LEAST. Even if I don’t need to update it. I just like to look at it. I’m constantly switching things up, and seeing what I’m publishing, what I have published, and so on. It’s really great to be able to see if I have too many sponsored posts coming up. Elle and I met on Saturday to do some work, and we planned out my sponsored posts. We took a look at deadlines, what spots I had open on my calendar, and went from there!

This little tool has made such an impact on how I schedule out my content, and really keeps me on track for posting. I wanted to share this template with you today so that you can use it to schedule out your own content! It’s always top of mind to do something that inspires those who read my blog. So I really hope this helps, and as always, if you have any questions – please let me know!

Click here to download your own Editorial Calendar template. To save as your own:

  • Click “File”
  • Click “Make a Copy…”
  • Change the file name to whatever you want and voila!

You can also download as an Excel sheet, if you’re not sold on Google Sheets. I personally love it! I keep everything super organized in my Drive, and can easily share documents, contracts, and ideas with Elle. We even use it at Perry Ellis…so it’s corporate approved;)

And there you have it! A simple tool that seriously has CHANGED the way I’ve approached blogging. If you’re interested in templates like this, I’d be happy to share some others that I have! Would love to hear more feedback!

**click here to get your free editorial calendar template**

do it for the ‘gram

  • Get the @aperolspritzofficial ready🧡 The countdown to #MDW is on😏 Can’t wait to get out East with my favorite girls and just C H I L L🥰 The unofficial start to summer is almost here🙌🏻 What are you looking forward to?!
  • As a born and raised Staten Islander, I was SO happy to be at the grand opening of the newest @hm at the @empireoutlets last week😍🙌🏻 Just steps away from the ferry, this location is a GOOD one...yet a little dangerous for my bank account😂🤷🏻‍♀️ [ad] #hmlovesny #hmxme #hm #hmempireoutlets
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  • Up and at em this Sunday☀️ Ready to enjoy the nice weather and hang out with my fam today🙌🏻 We’re going to see the boys play baseball and I’m already crying😭😩
My outfit is linked via the app💫 #liketkit #ltkunder100 #ltkstyletip #ltkspring #fpxme #everlane
  • I definitely scream (and jump) for ice cream😂🙋🏻‍♀️ Had such a blast partnering with @blue_bunny to step away from all responsibilities for a few hours and just have some fun🙌🏻 For all my New Yorkers, you still have a chance to head to the pop up at 490 Broadway. If I were you I wouldn’t miss it: yummy ice cream and chances to win free TaskRabbit tasks so you can continue to not adult even after you’re gone👍🏻 #GiveInToTheBunny #sponsored
  • Messy hair don’t care BECAUSE IT IS FRIDAY🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 who’s ready for the weekend?!🙋🏻‍♀️
  • Gonna admit it, I was 100% a hater before I stepped into @precisionrun🤫 I've had a love/hate relationship since I started running competitively in 2006. After a knee injury, laziness, and just being over running 35 miles a week for 4 years of my life...I stopped in college. I decided to get back into it and complete a few half marathons. Then, the lazy mindset crept back in, so I quit👎🏻 And that's how I became a hater. Honestly, I just resented running a bit. Until last night. Thanks to @davidsiik, running became FUN for me again. I can't wait to incorporate #precisionrun into my every day routine and fall back in love with the sport that has done so much for me❤️🙌🏻💪🏻 #ad #running #runner
  • Details details details😍 #liketkit #ltkspring #saintlaurent #fpme #guccibelt
  • Sun comes out for the first time in *months* and I’m ready to pull out all my dresses..... and then see it’s 45°🥴😕😩 MOTHER NATURE, WHO HURT YOU?!🙄 #springdresses #gmgcollection #gmgonme #galmeetsglam

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