Ways To Find Time To Blog When You Have Kid(s)
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We all have the same 24 hours, 7 days a week to get it ALL done.
You’re a mom, cook, chauffeur, referee ( 🙂 ) wife, sister, friend, daughter, and the list goes on…
Now you’ve decided to add mom blogger to the list – but are you wondering how to find time to create and build that blog of your dreams?
You see other Mom bloggers making it work, so you know it’s possible, but what’ the big secret?
Truthfully, it’s going to come down to sacrifice and priorities and a lot more time dedication than using your kid’s nap time for your blog work.
To make a successful go at this blogging thing you’re going to have to live and breath your blog for awhile.
Have you looked at what dominates your time outside of your kiddos and family duties?
Where does it go?
What are you doing?
Who do you spend it with?
You probably haven’t, and that’s okay – but now that you’re a mom blogger aka mompreneur, it’s time to do a personal time audit – you need to find some more time to work.
(Disclaimer: Time with your family is always a priority, as long as family members aren’t trying to always dominate your time.
As a mom it’s okay to take time for yourself, doing or creating something you’re proud of – your blog!)
Why wait, let’s do a personal time audit right now.
Answer the following questions honestly:
✔ What time do you wake up?
✔ What time do you go to bed?
✔ How much TV do you watch?
✔ How many teams or committees are you on?
✔ Do you have a lot of social engagements?
✔ How long are your phone conversations?
✔ How many social media accounts do you keep up with?
✔ Do others place expectations on you? (In other words, do you agree to things out of obligation?)
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I asked myself these questions when I started blogging and it clicked:
I was wasting precious time doing things that weren’t helping my future.
I wasn’t prioritizing my time properly.
I was giving my time away to needless activities.
I was letting myself get distracted.
I had big goals and aspirations for my blog, but I wasn’t committing the TIME to it.
Working during my daughter’s nap time wasn’t going to cut it.
Hey, it’s sage advice given by a lot of mompreneurs, but let’s face it, blogging isn’t a short game and if you’re in it for the long run, then you’re going to have to free up some more time.
Time is seriously the MOST important currency in blogging, especially when you’re starting out.
You have to create, build and grow your blog and it may be some time before you can afford to hire help.
So, let’s dig deeper into the other ways you can find time to blog besides nap time:
Find Time To Blog – Start waking up earlier
I’m talking about getting up at an hour you probably used to stay up to when you were younger, childless and likely a little more careless.
Aim for 4AM.
Your family will be sleeping, so you’ll have distraction-free work time – ideal for the important work that needs to go into your blog.
If you’re truly ready to commit time to build your mom blog, then getting up early is one of the best ways to realize that goal.
It sounds yucky, but there’s something wonderful about a quiet house and a freshly rested mind 🙂
You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in the couple hours before your family gets up for their day. I’ve produced some of my best work!
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Find Time To Blog – Turn off the TV
One of the best ways to find time to blog is to turn off the TV.
I get it – the kids are finally in bed, and you can finally catch up on your fav show.
Take those hours and work on your blog or educate yourself on something you need to learn for your blog OR go to bed so that waking up early won’t be so painful.
That’s using your time wisely and moving closer to your blogging goals 🙂
I get it though, you have shows you love.
Why not record and watch them when you absolutely need some downtime?
That way you won’t feel like you’re missing out BUT, you also find time to blog.
It’s a win-win 🙂
Find Time To Blog – You Can’t make every social engagement
Between birthday parties, family get-togethers and your friends who always throw a really good party, it’s REALLY hard to say no to social engagements.
The key is to look at how many social engagements you say yes to in a month.
If it’s a lot, then those outings are eating into your productive work time to build that blog of your dreams.
I’m not saying to have no social life, but I’m going to say it again.
When you’re building a blog, you need to dedicate as much time as possible to work on your blog.
That means you should only attend social engagements that are a must.
Like your best friends wedding or a family member’s funeral.
Other than that, you’re sacrificing valuable time that could be used to move your blog closer to success.
So, start saying no to most invitations and, don’t worry, it won’t be for the rest of your life.
Just until you’re happy with where your blog is at.
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Find Time To Blog – Put down that phone
Okay, after you’re done reading this post though – ha! 🙂
We have a serious addiction to our phones, don’t we?
When did this happen? Why do we engage far more in a virtual world than the real one?
Who knows, but trust me, you have to get the time you waste on needless phone use under control.
You might even want to consider taking a hiatus from, say, Facebook in order to create and build that blog of your dreams.
Take a good look at how much time you’re spending on social media.
Does that quick check turn into a half-hour? Do you check multiple times?
Put your phone in another room and get to work 🙂
Or delete distracting apps from your phone so you won’t be tempted.
Summing It Up…
Prioritizing your time means taking your blogging goals seriously.
While you can and should work on your kid’s nap time, it can’t be the only time you find to work on that blog of your dreams.
If you decide to get up earlier, try doing it 3 days a week. If you get 2 hours of work in, that’s 6 hours you didn’t have before.
Your friends and family will notice a change, but they’ll get used to it – especially if they truly support your goals.
Once your blog reaches starts generating some income, you’ll be able to invest back into it and hire some help and free up your time.
At that point, you may be able to attend more functions or sleep in a little bit more (although getting up early is addictive! Be warned – and this coming from someone who considers themselves a night owl!).
These ‘sacrifices’ are temporary but needed if you truly want to find time to blog.
How important is it to you?
Your good friends and family will understand.
TV, your phone, and social media will always be there.
My advice is to sacrifice and prioritize like a mom boss for a year.
Oh, the changes that can happen in a year.
Where will your blog be?
After that, do another time audit.
Can you start using virtual assistants to help with the workload?
Can you go to more functions and know your blog won’t suffer as a result?
Tell me about your plans to find time to blog in the comments!
Hi Elaine! I was thinking about this dilemma just yesterday as I finally had a kid-free, work-free day. The struggle is SO real when you have kids, but you’re right about changing your priorities and sacrificing for our blog’s greater good. Your tips are on point! If we want a future at home with our kids and monetizing our blogs we need to have some self-control and make the commitment. Thank you for the written reminder! Great post!
Thank you so much! You’re right the struggle is REAL. It’s so important to prioritize your blog for a year or more to get where you want to go! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂