One of the biggest challenges most bloggers will come across whether they are working full-time or a stay at home mum is finding the time to blog at ALL!
Let’s keep it real after a long day at work or looking after the sprogs the last thing you want to do is use up the last of your brain capacity blogging.
As a stay at home mum to two kids under the age of three finding time to do anything can be hard (including self-care). I’ve come up with a few hacks to try and get the most out of the time you have during the day.
Now I know some people won’t work during mumming hours and that’s fair enough to them, to be honest, I would probably stop blogging if I could only write between the hours of 7 pm and midnight.
It’s not for me.
I also don’t believe that my kids are missing out by squeezing in a bit of blog work during the day. After all the blog is for them.I live in the hope we can make this a full-time gig by the time they are both in primary school.
I’ve put together a little list of ways to try and save time here and there, its al about working smarter with the time you do have:
Time saving hacks:
1. Keep a notebook handy.
I have a few scattered around the house and a fab to do list notebook that I found in Poundland. During the day I often get ideas for posts so I just scribble them all down until I have the time to properly schedule them as drafts in the editorial calender.
2. Keep the laptop on the side in the kitchen.
I go to my kitchen a million times a day what with fetching drinks and making food for the kids. What I tend to do is do bits and pieces wether its downloaded pics for a post or commenting and engaging on social media.While the kids are eating breakie/lunch/dinner you’ll usually find me perched up against my kitchen counter getting as much done as I can before they finish.
3. Blog on the go.
So today I’m writing this post as we drive to Broadstairs for a family day out. WordPress have an app for Android. I don’t want to use my data so what I do is type up my post in memo then later il copy and paste it into the app and save as a draft. Once I can get on the laptop I can add the pics/links and edit before publishing.
4. Work smarter not harder.
As a parent, you have to utilise every second of free time. I have no choice but to try and squeeze blogging in amongst the humdrum of everyday life. start with a list of what you want to achieve be it a day, week or month. Break it down into smaller segments, so if you have an hour when the baby sleeps, have a think about what you want to achieve in that hour. My advice would be to try and focus on one thing at a time. Maybe break the hour into 4 blocks of 15 minutes to try and make the task a little more manageable.
Lots of bloggers use schedules to try and save as much time as possible. I’m not quite organised enough yet for that but it definitely is working for others.
Even with all the above I still find it hard to get posts out, what with all the promotion that goes with it. Once Max is in nursery full-time and it’s just me and Kai I think I’ll have a rethink of how my time could be best used. In theory, there should be more of it. I really want the blog to have taken of by the time both boys are in full-time education.
I hope this post has been food for thought. What time-saving hacks would you suggest?
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