If you are anything like me, that little alarm on your phone constantly sounds and reminds me of my upcoming appointments each day.  I am horrible with remembering things.  I’m unsure if I can legitimately blame “baby brain” or say it’s my kids fault.  But, I can say, I need to keep organized.  While I would love to remember each day, to create a post or a tweet, I often find life gets in the way, it slips my mind, and at 4 am, I wake up and remember I forgot.  So over this past summer, I decided I was going to plot out my posts (both on my personal and business blogs).  I also remembered that you can schedule your tweets – if you use Twitter (which I admit I should but forget too often).

Schedule Your Blog Posts

So, if you are looking into scheduling your posts, it’s actually super easy.  Not only can you choose the actual date of your posts but even the time.  You should already be familiar with your website stats enough that you know when most traffic goes to your blog.  Ideally, that is when you should be posting your newest content, right?  But if you are like me, that could happen at a time when I have a conflict – a doctor’s appointment or even a session.

Let’s start with your blog.

To schedule a post, log into your wordpress dashboard to add a new post.

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Once you’ve chosen the option to add a new blog post, create your blog post as you normally would.  On the right, there should be the button where you “publish” your post. Rather than choose to publish your post, look right above it for the “Publish Immediately” option.

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This should bring up an area where you can change the date you wish it to be published.

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You can either schedule it in the future or even date it for the past!  If you decide to change the time of publication, remember it’s a 24 hour time clock.  So if you want it for 7 PM, it’s 19:00.  Make sure you click the OK button and then you will notice that the “Publish” button changes into a “Schedule” button.

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Click “Schedule” and you are good to go!

Schedule Your Tweets

Meet HootSuite.

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It’s an awesome site that allows you to schedule your tweets in advance.   Once you create your account, they ask you to link to your social media sites.  For this blog post, I decided to only link to twitter to show you it’s power.
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Click “Connect with Twitter” and allow Hootsuite to have access to your Twitter account.  Don’t be worried about safety of your Twitter account.  This site is legitimate and you can revoke this access at any time.  Once connected, you will see a new tab in your Hootsuite dashboard.
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If you begin typing in the area that says “Compose message,” a drop down area will appear which will allow you to schedule your post.
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Just complete your message, schedule a date and time and voila,  you have a scheduled tweet!

These are just two of the many ways you can keep yourself organized and ahead of the game!  Hope they helped!