Do you struggle with finding time in the day to do it all? I know that most of us Moms who blog would love to find a solution to balance work and family life. There is no magic formula or calendar that can do this for us, but I have found a few tips that have helped me along in my journey to find a little more peace in my day…
Five Tips to Balance Work and Family for Moms Who Blog
1. Get Yourself Ready for the Day
No dress code is certainly a perk of working from home, but how productive do you feel if it is almost noon and you are still in your pj’s? Getting up and getting completely dressed first thing in the morning will not only prepare you for the day’s battles, but it will also help you to be more productive in your work. You don’t have to wear anything fancy, but I promise you will feel more professional and confident in anything you do with your hair brushed and your shoes on!
2. Set a Schedule and Stick to It
If you are blogging as a part-time job, make sure your schedule is reflecting that. Set your working hours as if you are going into the office. Decide how many hours you will work and mark it on your calendar and commit to only working those hours, if possible. Your family will respect those boundaries a little more if they see you are sticking to them. Decide on one or two times a day to check and respond to emails. This is one that I am trying to work on, but it is so tempting to check my inbox on my smart phone! I do know that when I am doing good in this area, I am much more focused on the present and on my family. They notice, too!
3. Use a Timer
Timers are not only great for cooking, but they are fabulous to help you set limits with your time at work. For me, I enjoy keeping up with everything going on in my world through various social media outlets. If I am not careful, a quick peek at Facebook can soon add up to more time than I’d like to admit. By setting a timer on the microwave or my phone, I can decide how long I can spend on social media. This has helped free up tons of lost minutes a day in the social media vortex that I am now able to spend getting things done around the house and with my kids. As an added bonus, when I allocated a certain amount of minutes to each social media site, I actually saw an increase in numbers on a few that I neglected previously and I was more engaged with my followers. A win for my schedule, my family, and for my business.
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4. Set up an Office Space
Where do you do your blogging? Do you have an office or favorite spot that you set up shop? I am a creative blogger and spend tons of time crafting, photographing, and working on the computer, of course. I set aside space for a desk, work table, and craft supply station in my room over the garage. This helped me in a few ways. I know exactly where my supplies are and am not repurchasing things I already own, I can stop in the middle of a project and not have to reprimand my children for touching my work, and my husband is glad to no longer have glitter in his dinner. It also has been really surprising how much more focused I am when sitting down at my desk for a few hours at a time to work and it feels good to close up shop at the end of the day.
5. Learn to Say “No Thank You”
This is another tip that is beginning to pay off in both my professional and personal life more than I thought possible. Over the Summer, I attended Bloggy Boot Camp in Charlotte where Tiffany Romero encouraged us all to say “no thank you” and not feel guilty. See, I am a people-pleaser through and through and I struggle with not doing everything that I am asked to do. Once my blog reached a certain level, I found myself doing a lot of things that I really didn’t enjoy, didn’t pay well, and took me away from my family because I was overworked and exhausted. I felt like if I didn’t take this opportunity or participate in this group or post as much as possible, that I wasn’t doing all I could to promote my business. What I didn’t realize is that I don’t have to do things the exact way that everyone else is doing them and that I needed to define what success looked like for me. I started saying no to things that weren’t a good fit for my blog or for me personally that wouldn’t help me achieve that success. You know what? My readership is still growing, I’m spending less time on things that were just no fun, and I have time and energy left over at the end of day to spend on my family and even a little to spend on myself.
I hope that you found these tips helpful and can implement a few to regain a little balance in your life. Do you have any other suggestions on how to manage your time more efficiently as a mom who blogs?
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Cristina@Remodelando la Casa says
Great tips! I need to work on #2 and 4. I’ve tried to set up a schedule but it’s easier said than done! 😉
These are some great tips! I’m just starting out and work, and have a family. When I have free time though, it’s hard not to check my email every second, or just be on the computer doing stuff whether it’s researching something or reading and commenting on the other blogs that I follow.
Michele R says
These tips are truly helpful! I particularly like #1 and #5. Thanks for sharing.
Gloria // Simply Gloria says
I love all of these tips, Trish! So ironic I came across this today because, my *goal* this afternoon happens to be taking the time to actually SIT down to write a schedule for my blog… with posts, etc. I’ve never done that before and I need a system. But, I have to agree with you to get ready for the day. I get up before the boys and get ready before they are out the door for school. It just makes me feel I can accomplish so much more if the shower is already out of the way!
Since I have no children at home during the day, my other goal is to be completely off the computer before they arrive home. So, I can be totally focused on them.
Thank you for sharing all of these tips, Trish! Have a great and happy rest of your day! (=
Kim (TheKimSixFix) says
These tips are really great! I have trouble when my lines between ‘working’ on my blog and ‘playing’ on my computer get blurred. Sure, maybe I need to go to Pinterest to pin a few things, but then I get sucked into the abyss and waste the day. Or jumping back and forth between my fan and personal FB page.. catching up on the lastest chatter.
I need to get better at “work now.. play later”.. but play is so much more fun!
Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio says
Great tips Trish! I’m going to give #3 a try right now. Never thought to use a timer!
Stephanie @ Hugs, Kisses and Snot says
Setting a timer is such a great idea. Time can really get away from me and then I’ve spent all afternoon staring at the computer instead of playing with my kiddo.
I also have to tell myself that I will not check social media while on a fun outing w/ the kids. Like the zoo or a museum…I try to only use my phone to get cute pics then I can post them to Instagram later.
I could benefit from these tips. I think I would have more time for blogging if I had a set schedule. I also love the idea of using a timer.
I really struggle with setting office hours. That’s something I need to do, but I don’t know where to start since I have a 2 year-old and a 5 month-old. My husband’s around part of the day, but I feel guilty leaving him with the kids.
Awesome tips, friends. As always, I’m leaving your site inspired 🙂
Debbie @Dewdrop Gables says
This is another post with lots of useful tips! I struggle with my online time, I get distracted so easily (see me now, I’m spending more time than expected exploring your site!). I should use a timer, and when I get my new calendar set up, I’ll be all set! Thank you.