Hi guys. So today I actually have a small treat for you. Before you get all excited, no it is NOT cookies. I repeat. IT IS NOT COOKIES! But it is something that I think we, as book bloggers can benefit from.
For the past few weeks I’ve been using a spreadsheet to keep up with my ARC’s and help me get a better visual of how horrible I’m doing. Even though I’m no excel wiz I have been doing a much better job of keeping up with my ARC’s and as much as it shows me how behind I am it also shows me how great I’m doing. And I thought that maybe you guys would like to try it out.
So the spreadsheet is very simple. The top bar/organizing awesomeness is:
*On the full spreadsheet the categories are more spaced out but I couldn’t get a screenshot like that.*
Personally I sort my spreadsheet by Release Date, but you can sort yours however you see fit.
I know most people won’t keep all the categories at the top but for me it really helps!
Release Date, Book Title, Author are given categories. I like to keep track of if it’s a ebook vs. a paperback, if it came directly from a publisher, versus NetGalley or Edelweiss. But my favorite parts are the Requested On, Received On and Publisher Contact categories! They make me feel horrible most of the time because I get to see that I received a book forever ago, but have been too lazy to review it. On the flip side it also makes me feel better about being a tad late on the review because I got the book recently. I’m also horrible at keeping up with publisher emails (shame on me!) so putting it directly into this spreadsheet means I have it right there so as soon as I mark it as read, I have no excuse for not contacting the publisher. Here is my REAL spreadsheet (minus my publisher contacts) to show you how I use it.
*Sorry it wouldn’t fit on just one screenshot properly*
Incase you didn’t notice I am a HUGE fan of color coding! For me
Yellow= Next Up (within the next week)
Blue= Releasing in 30days or more
Red= Release date is 90days or more PAST due
So um, yeah. Here is a link to a blank downloadable spreadsheet. I hope it helps you!