I might be crazy but how does 30 days of blogging tips and mom hacks sound? I have a ton of awesome content about how to become a blogger while also being a stay at home mom or a working mother. It’s not easy but it’s totally possible. And it’s time for Day 1, where I talk about ways to increase your productivity!
Running a blogging business is not easy. It doesn't matter what your situation is, it's going to be a challenge. However, when you’re a mom and you add little ones into the mix it adds a new piece to the puzzle. They depend on you for everything which makes it more difficult to find the time to complete your blogging business tasks. You can't just set aside your "mom" tasks in order to run your business. Those little humans are counting on you and you need to make sure they have the time, attention, love, and snuggles that they need!
That's why the first of the mom hacks is to help you learn how to boost your productivity by changing your mindset. Let's get started.
1. Check your family calendar
When you are trying to balance being a mom and growing or starting a blogging business, time to work on your business is not going to magically appear on your calendar. If you are not intentional about it, it just isn't going to happen. So the first step is to grab your family calendar.
If you don't have a family calendar, you need to get one! It doesn't need to be fancy. I got mine for free from my church. I know some people prefer to use an online calendar. It doesn't really matter, just as long as it's a place where you can track your schedule.
2. Get everything on your calendar
Once you have your family calendar in hand, it's time to load it up. Write down every single solitary activity that your family does on the calendar. This includes your schedule, your husband or partner's schedule, and your kids' activities. Every doctor appointment, soccer practice, and school play should be on it.
And, don't forget to write down things like “church” on Sunday morning and “grocery shopping” on Tuesday. Every activity or event that your family or any member of your family participates in, needs to be on the calendar.
3. Create time for being productive in your blogging business
If you want to see a very authentic example of what fitting work into your regular everyday activities looks like watch my YouTube video where I talk about increasing productivity. You'll see me film while in the middle of a painting project in my house. That's about as real life as it gets, folks. While you're watching don't forget to subscribe to my channel to follow along with the rest of this series.
Now that you have everything on your calendar it's time to see where your open time is. Ha! Did you laugh when you read that? You're probably looking at your calendar thinking "there is no time to squeeze in a few hours for my blogging business." Trust me, I know. There wasn't any time on my calendar just waiting to be filled either. But don't let that stop you.
No mom is just sitting around thinking, "Hmm, how should I fill this extra time in my day? I know, I'll start a blog." It just doesn't work like that. That's why this mom hack is all about shifting your thinking from trying to "find the time" to actually "creating the time".
If you happen to have a few open pockets of time, then schedule them for your blogging business. However, if those pockets of time don't exist on your calendar move on to the next step, which is looking for ways to create time in your schedule. HINT: this is going to involve sacrifice.
It's going to take a few sacrifices
You are going to have to give up doing some things in order to grow your blogging business. But the good news is, as a mom, you're used to making sacrifices.
I don't know any woman that isn't constantly making small daily sacrifices since she first gained that "mom" title. You are going to use that same experience to handle finding ways to make those sacrifices in your schedule to run and grow your blog.
It might mean combining activities or moving things around. It could mean delegating some tasks to others that are capable of doing it. Or it could mean having to choose some things that you take off your calendar altogether.
When time is tight and you want to grow your business, it's going to take making sacrifices. You are going to have to make choices on how you spend your time.
How I created time to grow my blogging business
When I really committed to growing my blogging business I looked at my calendar and saw there was nothing available. It felt like I didn't have the time. It looked like my only choice was to either give up sleeping or neglect my family time.
But I ended up realizing that I was a huge fan of Netflix. Every couple of days I would watch an episode. I realized that was my time to build my blogging business. I was in the middle of watching a series and don't even know how it ended because I gave it up. I decided that time was too valuable to spend just watching TV.
By making that sacrifice I was able to create the time that I needed to build my blogging business. That's how you do it.
It isn't easy and sometimes it's not what you "feel" like doing. But, nothing worth doing is easy. And, if you want to build your blogging business you will have to make those sacrifices to create the time you need.
Action step for Day 1:
Grab your calendar and make sure you get every single activity and event written down. Then start creating the time you need to build your blogging business. And don't forget to come back to the blog to see the rest of the list of mom hacks you can use while growing a blogging business.