I have a 4-year-old, a 3-year-old, and a newborn baby who just turned one month. I’m by no means “super mom,” nor do I try to be. However, I am able to still find time to blog, keep up with the housework and find some time for myself. Today, I’m sharing my secrets on how to accomplish this!
Whether you’ve been blogging for years but are struggling with time management or if you’re a mom who’s debating starting a blog, this post is for you!
Lower your standards
This is by-far the best tip I can give you when it comes to finding time to blog (or do anything, for that matter) with little kids at home. I’ve learned to completely let go of “perfection” and it has served me well. For example, my house is clean, but it’s by no means spic n’ span. Eliminate your clutter!! That gives your home the appearance of being clean, plus it makes you have less to clean. A win-win!
For blogging, I’ve learned to write quickly and not worry so much about errors. Yesterday, for example, I wanted to send out a newsletter recapping my Thanksgiving and telling my readers about a sale that my hosting company for my blog, Bluehost, was having. My baby wouldn’t settle down and was cluster feeding. Instead of skipping the newsletter altogether, I set her down and typed it up in 20 minutes. She cried for a bit, but I was able to get my work done. Normally I would have spent an hour on it, but yesterday time just didn’t allow. And that’s ok!
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Quiet time is your best friend
Just like we need a “break” from our day, so do our kids. Some parents I know don’t do a quiet time and I really wonder why. Kids of all ages could benefit from 1-2 hours of quiet, alone time in their rooms. We do this every single day at my house. Usually, my kids even fall asleep which gives me a good 2-3 hours of work time. Now, of course, things are a bit different since I have a new baby, but I’ve still managed to find snippets of time here and there. And if she’s extra fussy? Well, there’s always tomorrow!
Work quickly and avoid distractions
If you really need to get something done and are short on time, do it fast and do it efficiently. I used to log on to Facebook every single time I sat down at my computer. Not only did that hinder my thought process, it also took away my precious time to work. Now, I reserve Facebook and other mindless internet browsing for after I’m done writing.
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Think about what you want to blog about before you sit down to write
I spend a ton of time thinking and brainstorming about my post before I actually write it. I’ve usually mapped out in my head what I want to say, so when it comes time to write it, the words naturally flow. Sometimes I’ll keep notes in my phone so I don’t forget certain points I want to hit on.
Ask your spouse for help
My husband knows that my blog is a form of income for our family. In order to continue making money, I have to continue writing. He knows I have to promote my content, spend time responding to comments and commenting on other blogs, answer emails, and more. Oftentimes on weekends, I’ll ask him to take the kids for 20-30 minutes multiple times throughout the day so I can crank out work.
Put your kids to bed early
Around here, our kids are in bed by 7:30 most nights and asleep by 8:00. They need their rest; I need my peace and quiet! I don’t blog every night, but I at least sit down and promote older posts, schedule posts on Pinterest, and check my mail before winding down for the evening. If your kids go to bed late, you’ll be too tired to blog after they’re in bed. Slowly push their bedtime back in 15-20 minute increments until they’re in bed at your desired time. And, if they’re having trouble falling asleep, allow them to read in bed quietly for 30 minutes or so before it’s lights out.
Wake up early yourself
Many serious bloggers wake up between 4 and 5 am to get work done before their kids are up for the day. I’ve done the early morning thing before, and trust me, it works. Right now, I’m not waking up super early since I’m up with my baby multiple times. Once she’s sleeping through the night, I plan on waking up at 5:30 to do about an hour’s worth of work before my kids wake. It may seem impossible at first, but eventually you will crave and look forward to that time every day.
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Don’t stress out
At the end of the day, it’s JUST a blog. If your kids are sick or the day is just extra busy, forget about your blog! It can wait. This has been huge for me, especially since having a newborn in the house again. There have definitely been days where I truly have not even been able to sit down at my laptop for even one minute. And that’s OK! There will always be time to blog at some point, but our kids will only be little once, so make sure to keep them your number one priority.
Do you blog with little kids at home? What are your secrets to success?!