A Free PDF, The Daily Do - Organize Your Bad Self

Introducing: The Daily Do. It's a sweet little best friend for your business. These planning pages were born out of my desire to be on top of my work day (and let’s be real, a sheer lack of organization)! Juggling multiple businesses is only possible when I am working ahead of the game.

We all need a good system in place - whether we are writing a book, a blog, own an Etsy shop, or sell products for a living (ahem, speaking to myself here - obvi.). What I found worked best for me was working in blocks, but not just blocks, I work better having specific areas I can toss my to-do items.

Included in this FREE download: Daily Do planning sheet for each day of the week, one for weekends, and one left blank.

HOW I USE MY DAILY DO?

Each section is for the basics of my day as I juggle all the hats. Here’s how it usually looks for me, it could be similar for you, or different - make it work however you’d like!

ADMIN - This is for daily email checking, updating my sales spreadsheet, checking other messages, etc.

CREATE - Here is where I list what design projects I’m currently working on for my shop. Maybe it means making a new Guide, a lead magnet, a promo graphic, or IG story.

SERVE - Nurturing those who graciously purchase from me, follow me, or are a part of my team is so important. Some days this looks like spending 15 minutes in a FB group or reaching out to someone to see how they’re doing. It always means taking small blocks of time to reply to comments and engage with friends and followers.  

UPDATE - This is for me usually in reference to updates to the digital products in my shop. It could mean any number of updating you need to do! 

WRITE  - I have a lot of writing to do! Aside from the book I’m working on, I have blogs to draft, newsletters to pen, posts to plan, etc.

I fill out the next day's page at the end of my current work day. It keeps me on track, allows for rollover, and is easy to toss in my laptop bag when I take work to-go.

Print them ahead weekly, or grab the blank one and stick that bad boy in a page protector for use with a dry erase marker. However you choose to use them, I hope they bless your business as they have mine.

 

HOW I GET MINE?

So glad you asked! I'd love for this to be a blessing to your small business. Click the button below to grab your freebie.

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How to Add Paragraph Spacing to Your Instagram Captions

How to Add Paragraph Spacing to Your Instagram Captions // www.angiewarren.com

Huge paragraphs, no line breaks, random bullet points or emojis shared in an attempt to look simple, pretty, seamless: It's the number one frustration of mine with Instagram, that darn paragraph spacing issue! I've tried it all, and nothing has worked yet, not consistently at least, until this. It's the easiest thing really, silly almost, but by golly, it works and now my Type A personality can breathe easier when I 'gram. Phew.

The How-To

There are three important steps to accomplishing the paragraph spacing, but it's quick + easy once you got it down. Before we jump into it, I'll add this bonus bit: open your Notes app and create a new one. Name it INSTAGRAM for easy access later.

STEP 1. Write your sentence or paragraph. Then the first thing you will do in order for this to work is, at the end of your sentence/paragraph, where you'd like a line break beneath, you must hit enter RIGHT after your period. No spaces allowed. Hit enter right after the . Got it?

STEP 2. The second part of this magic is simple, it's this:  [⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀]. Not the brackets no, but the spaces in between the brackets. Just a handful of little spaces. That's it! Copy the spaces (again not the brackets). Those spaces will be pasted right after you've done step 1. Still with me?

STEP 3. Hit enter again to get to a new line and repeat steps 1 and 2. That. Is. It.

CAN I DO THIS RIGHT IN THE IG APP?

You can. This will work directly in the app, HOWEVER, I keep that Note titled Instagram for reference. I have an ongoing caption in there with the nine spaces (no brackets, see below) so I can quickly copy + paste it when and where I need to. Then I copy the entire thing and paste in my Instagram, boom, done. Simple, pretty, easy on the eyes, and gosh darnit, no more random periods or bullet points or what have you.

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Five Ways to Connect with Your Older Child

The truth is I used to be terrified of parenting older children. Little ones came naturally to me, their chubby hands fit nicely into mine and a kiss could dry the biggest of tears. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to mother a pre-teen, or that my teenagers would simply disconnect and our precious days of early motherhood would be long gone.

Boy, I was wrong.

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Summer of 69

Angie Warren

I couldn’t tell you why we were out that night, the two of us. I can’t recall where we were headed, but I can tell you the way the air made me feel. It was a sticky sensation, tangible in the way that if I could have, I’d have bottled it up to revisit in coming seasons.

There was a sweetness to the breeze, a perfume blend of residual cook-outs, lilac bushes, and a nearby campfire, and I was filled with the comforts of my childhood. That summertime air was in my lungs and through my hair, it was both a swirl of romance and a breath of stillness.

I was thirteen years old that summer, and my world felt complete. I knew little of what else was out there, I knew not of loss or pain, I knew nothing of the gut-wrenching sting my adult years would bring. What I knew, what surrounded me, was everything good. It was my mother and father, my three siblings. It was middle school friendships and Aqua-net hairspray. What encircled me were the familiarities of being the child of a pastor, a homemaker’s daughter. These were the things I knew to be true, these were the things that became my identity.

His window was down, my dad’s, and his arm shot straight out to his left. I watched from the passenger seat, a smile framed my face as his hand cruised up and down, in a wave-like motion. He liked the air too.

Bryan Adams crooned through the speakers, something about the summer of ’69, and I couldn’t help but sing, “the summer of ’95.” My dad laughed. I laughed and rested my head back on the seat. His arm came in from the summer’s night, one hand on the wheel, one turning the knob, making the volume so loud I couldn’t make out my own voice. Music was his pastime, and I’ll forever hear the melodies of my childhood and smile at the thought of him, of my daddy.

That drive through town would be a memory that, in years to come, would ground me. The slow cruise down Main Street, turning right past the QuickStop, weaving over hills and passing the homes of his own upbringing, that ride would sit within the depths of my heart and remind me of better days. In the years to come, I’d turn the knob of my own volume up, letting Bryan Adams serenade me through some of the more difficult days. That song, like so many others, would act as a salve, taking me back to that summer of ’95, back to a time when all I knew to be true, was true.

I didn’t know what summers were like in ’69, but I knew what the summers were like in the 80s and 90s. They were filled with the sweetness of watermelon dripping down my chin. Summer meant later bedtimes and chasing lightning bugs. They were church camps and roasting marshmallows, summer was fishing and bathing suits. It meant dirt-stained feet and suntan lines.

Summer was driving through the hills of St. Clairsville, Ohio with my daddy. His smile, my braces, our shared love of music. Summer, to me, has always been, the best part of this life.

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Let Them Be Little

The days of diaper changes and cradle cap have passed for us. No longer do I search in the dark of night for a pacifier, or gather Gerber puffs from the floor of my car. I’m sleeping more these days, and that’s a plus. There is something about the longing to hold my babies again that still gets me at times. I want so much to let them be little, while still enjoying them as they grow.

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THE WRITER'S TOOLBOX V.2

ANGIE WARREN // writer's toolbox

Welcome to round two of The Writer's Toolbox: so you can get on with your craft!

*Be sure to read to the end, I have an exciting announcement!

Thanks for stopping by, if you missed v.1 of the series, you can catch up HERE. My hope is that this ongoing series would be an inspiration + encouragement to you, should you find yourself a curator of words. Whether you blog, write love notes to your sweetie or are working your way through a manuscript - my goal is to share simple things, tools, articles, (and talented people) who are helping me on my own writing journey!

1. STORY GENIUS

Story Genius is a book recommended to me by a fellow writer friend. Written by Lisa Cron, the tag line is: How to use brain science to go beyond outlining and writing a riveting novel. But what really grabbed me was this, "Before you waste three years writing 327 pages that go nowhere". Yikes. That grabbed me (be sure to scroll to the end of this post to hear my announcement + why that last line really got me).

As I read, I pulled out a notebook and began to work through the prompts. I can't believe how much it uncovered about my own book in progress. Truly, I reached in and grabbed ahold of things I hadn't realized were in there. I am so glad I put in the time to read this, as I move forward on what's ahead (again, read more below). One more thing, Story Genius, in my opinion, will work for either fiction OR memoir. I am writing memoir, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked with my genre.

2. The Color Thesaurus

I reference this color chart quite often. I love the creativity of language, how we can paint a picture with the words we speak and write. Being able to bring your audience into your narrative is a wild and wonderful adventure, and I truly believe that happens when you are able to tell a story using descriptive imagery.

3. Chad Allen

Chad Allen is an editorial director for Baker Books. I heard him speak in a webinar through Hope*Writers recently and appreciated his insight and knowledge. He recently wrote this post, called See How Easily You Can Structure Your Book With This Method. I was so excited to work with the article, filling in the blanks myself. Chad says this, "I’m going to share a question and a process for helping you access your best content and structure it into book form." and he does just that. It's amazing how a few simple questions can really guide you into the direction of your book.

Angie Warren // writing quote

EXCITING NEWS IF YOU LOVE TO WRITE

I've always been an open book, and I love sharing with others about new things I'm learning and discovering, lessons learned the hard (and sometimes easy) way, and generally just being able to guide people as I've been blessed to have been guided.

So I decided to start an exclusive monthly newsletter, Behind the Writer's Toolbox, sharing all the details of my own journey in writing. I've not talked of this publicly, but after finishing 70k words of my manuscript, I've decided to begin again. That's right, I'm starting over. And I'd love to share with you why.

If you're interested in tagging along as I walk the road to publishing, I would be so glad to have you! I have some exciting plans in the works for the newsletter and you my friends, who will join me. In fact, the first Behind the Writer's Toolbox (coming soon), will include a template I created for myself, that I'd like to give to you as well!

If this tickles your fancy, join me! I'd love to have you. Sign up below.


In case you missed the first in the series of
Writer's Toolbox, you can check it out here!

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THE WRITER'S TOOLBOX V.1

ANGIE WARREN // The Writer's Toolbox Vol. 1

Welcome to vol. 1 of The Writer's Toolbox: so You Can Get on with Your Craft.

My hope is that this ongoing series would be an inspiration + encouragement to you, should you find yourself a curator of words. Whether you blog, write love notes to your sweetie, or are working your way through a manuscript - my goal is to share simple things, tools, articles, (and talented people) who are helping me on my own writing journey!

1. HOPE*WRITERS

Hope*Writers came into my life only recently but it has absolutely taken me by storm. A few different writer friends suggested the community to me within a matter of days, and I took that as a sign. I was soon signed up and into their private Facebook community. Two weeks later I have connected with some amazing fellow writers turned friends, devoured the videos + content, and learned more in that time than I have in years of googling. Aside from the comradery of others who share this craft, I think my favorite thing has been the 6000-word Complete Guide to Traditional Publishing found on their website. Wow, wow. It really is a lot of amazing info I'm still uncovering.

2. GRAMMARLY

Full disclosure: grammar and I are not BFFs. Nope, not a bit. In fact, my mom was my favorite editor, often calling just to let me know I missed a comma or needed to check my spelling. Yikes! When I discovered Grammarly, I sort of did a happy dance (and I think she maybe did in Heaven, too). It works as you type, checking spelling, grammar, sentence structure. And best part? It's FREE (well, there is a free version, which is what I use + love)!

3. ERIN LOECHNER

I'm working my way through Chasing Slow, and so, of course, I recently started following Erin Loechner on Instagram. She wrote a great article on her blog called, How I Wrote a Book. I appreciated her candidness as well as the links she shared. I especially enjoyed this point:

"6. Be gentle.
Writing is hard. Be kind to yourself. There will be days where you’ll feel raw/spent/depleted after a long morning of writing, and reacquainting with the actual world might feel trickier than usual. Take deep breaths. Re-emerge gently. Pour some tea."

ANGIE WARREN // The Writer's Toolbox v.1

I hope you enjoyed vol. 1 of The Writer's Toolbox! Tune in next time for vol. 2, which includes the book that is changing the entire way I write (and helping me structure my manuscript!).

Happy writing!

 

EXCITING NEWS IF YOU LOVE TO WRITE

I've always been an open book, and I love sharing with others about new things I'm learning and discovering, lessons learned the hard (and sometimes easy) way, and generally just being able to guide people as I've been blessed to have been guided.

So I decided to start an exclusive monthly newsletter, Behind the Writer's Toolbox, sharing all the details of my own journey in writing. I've not talked of this publicly, but after finishing 70k words of my manuscript, I've decided to begin again. That's right, I'm starting over. And I'd love to share with you why.

If you're interested in tagging along as I walk the road to publishing, I would be so glad to have you! I have some exciting plans in the works for the newsletter and you my friends, who will join me. In fact, the first Behind the Writer's Toolbox (coming soon), will include a template I created for myself, that I'd like to give to you as well!

If this tickles your fancy, join me! I'd love to have you. Sign up below.


This post contains affiliate links. By clicking through, you help to support this blog and our family, so thank you! Read our full disclosure policy HERE.