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Blogging can be a great job for moms because it is so flexible. You can work whenever you want from pretty much wherever you want. However, the flexibility only stretches so far; you still need to carve out a certain amount of hours each week to work on your blog if you want it to be successful–and if you are like most moms you are probably already feeling like you are constantly busy.
I totally get that. I am a homeschooling mom of three and if it were not for the time management tricks I carry in my homemaking tool belt, I would never be able to fit in time to run a blog that now earns a full time income. Today I am going to share those tricks with you.
15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog
1. Perform a Time Audit
Before you can manage your time well, you need to know how you are currently spending it. In order to do that you need to perform a time audit
Related article: How To Perform A Time Audit
2. Figure Out When You Do Your Best Work
Do you work better at night or in the morning? Save the blog work that requires the most concentration for the time of the day you work best and do the no-brainer tasks when you are at your lowest energy levels.
Related article: Are You A Night Owl Or A Morning Bird?
3. Plan In Advance For Bigger Windows Of Work Time
Working hours for moms are all over the place. One day you might be able to have 2 hours to yourself while one child is at band practice and the other is at gymnastics. Another day you husband might come home earlier than expected and tell you he can manage the kids if you want to go to the coffee shop and work on your blog for a few hours. When these type of “bigger windows” of work time come up you can use them more efficiently if you already have a plan for them in advance.
Related article: Making The Most Of Large Windows Of Uninterrupted Time
4. Keep A List Of Small Blogging Tasks For Small Windows
The job of being mom comes with small breaks here and there throughout the day that you can use to advance your blog. Got five minutes? Repin a few pins. Got 10 minutes? Write and schedule a few Facebook statuses. Got 15 minutes? Get out a pad of paper and a pen and brainstorm ideas for future posts.
Related article: Making the Most of Small Windows
5. Always Write Out A Daily To-Do List
You have probably heard the saying “aim at nothing and you will hit it every time”. That is what happens to a day where you don’t take the five minutes to write a to-do list: you end up with little done. To-do lists don’t have to be fancy. I create mine on a small yellow legal pad (like these ones), circling the top three things on my list so that I get the most important things done and if the rest doesn’t get done there is always tomorrow.
Related article: How I Create My Daily To Do List
6. Say NO Often
If you want to carve out enough time around motherhood responsibilities to create a successful blog, you need to keep outside activities to a minimum and the only way to do that is to say no to the good so you can say yes to the best.
Related article: Say No
Great book that covers this topic: The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands
7. Eliminate Your Ill Fitting Yes Choices
Some “yes choices” might have been good choices at the time, but they are not now that your stage of life changed. Perhaps you said yes to helping out with an activity your child was in at one time, but now the child is not involved and you are still helping out. If so, it’s time to find someone to take your place so you can say yes to other things.
Related article: Eliminate Poor Yes Choices
8. Make Effective Use Of Short Waiting Times
In the day and age of smartphones we are basically walking around with mini computers in our pockets. Take it out while waiting in line at the grocery store and pin a few pins to Pinterest. While waiting for your coffee, create a new Facebook status. When stuck in the car waiting for the soccer coach to wrap it up and release your child, open your favorite notes app and brainstorm some new post ideas.
Related article: Making Effective Use of Waiting Time
9. Make Effective Use Of Longer Waiting Times
This tip has been vital to me getting enough time to work each week. After I performed a time audit I realized I was spending a lot of time driving my children back and forth to their practices. I would drive 15 minutes to drop them off and then 15 minutes home then an hour or so later drive 15 minutes to pick them up and then 15 minutes back home again. That equals 30 minutes of time in the car each way. I started packing up all that I needed to work and then dropped them off and stayed in the car and worked. I gained 30 minutes of work time each time I had to drive a child somewhere.
This works for me since my children are all old enough to stay home by themselves while I drive their siblings somewhere–I realize it won’t be as helpful for moms with younger children.
Related article: 7 Wise Ways To Use Waiting Time During Children’s Practices
10. Involve The Kids
You can involve your children in your blog work in two ways. One way is to teach them to perform simple blog tasks . The second way is to get them to do age appropriate household chores that you are still doing for them. The first is only going to work if you have older children interested in your blog work, but the second will work for all ages. Even two-year-old’s can help you pick up their toys. At first it might take longer to get the chore done with them helping, but soon it will take less time than if you never taught them–trust me. As a mom of three children who are now 14, 16 and 21 I am reaping the rewards of those frustratingly slow chore teaching sessions when I so wanted to just say, ” Forget it let me do it.”
11. Get Help
What type of help you can get is going to depend on your finances and your stage of motherhood. If you have younger children and are able to afford it, you might consider hiring a sitter a few hours a week so you can be 100% focused on blog work. If your budget just won’t stretch that far you could consider a babysitting swap with a friend.
For those of you with older children you still might want to consider getting some outside help, but obviously not in the form of babysitting. Perhaps you can afford to hire a VA to take over a few blog tasks? Or do a talent trade with a blogging friend. You, the grammar queen, can edit her “free for subscriber eBook” and she, the image queen, can make you some image quotes for social media.
12. Own Less Stuff
Owning less stuff might seem like a weird time management tip, but hear me out. When you own less, you spend less time taking care of things. Less time dusting. Less time sorting. Less time repairing. And my personal favorite–less time searching through your piles of stuff to find what you need right now.
Need decluttering help and support? Join my decluttering Facebook group.
13. Create A Simple Timer Based Cleaning Routine
If you are like me, you put cleaning tasks off because you figure they are going to take too long. Then when you do get around to doing them the job ends up taking a long time because things have gotten so bad. However, when you give a task a time, you will discover that you not only move faster, but the task somehow seems less daunting. Plus, when you consistently clean an area it stays cleaner and therefore starts to take even less time to clean.
14. Do What You Can To Keep Meal Preparation Simple
There are so many ways to reduce time spent in the kitchen. You can cook a double batch and freeze half for a quick meal another night. You can cook meat in large batches and then freeze it in such a way that you can easily toss it in a stir fry or casserole, significantly cutting your meal prep time. You can make a list of simple meals requiring simple ingredients and keep them on hand for nights that you want to work just a bit longer.
Related Article: My simple meal planning method
15. Take A Few Great Time Management Courses
Two times during the day are critical to being as productive as you can each and every day–morning and evening, which is why I recommend taking Make Over Your Mornings and/or Make Over Your Evenings. These are 15 day, video driven courses that come with a workbook for you to complete. Each day’s lesson consists of a five minute video, five minutes of reading and a five minute workbook activity.
The information I learned in the Make Over Your Evenings course gave me 30 minutes each and every morning without getting up earlier. The Makeover Your Morning course is just as full of great time saving advice that can help you carve out more hours each week to work on your blog.
Related Article: 10 Books To Help You Manage Your Time Well
Got any great time management tips to add to my list? Add them in the comments.
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