Before I had kids, I heard so many moms talk about how they just couldn’t keep up with things like they used to. They would forget the most obvious things, were slaves to their lists, couldn’t remember an appointment without it being on the calendar – and then they would talk about how it never used to be that way before they had kids.
“Whatever,” I thought, “it won’t be that way for me. I’m a Type-A personality, a First Born. I won’t be that forgetful.”
Well, as I’m sure you’ve already guessed, it did happen to me and it IS that way for me now. I have four children ages 23 to 13, and if I don’t write everything down, I don’t get anything done! It scares me sometimes, the important and obvious things that I am able to forget these days! In fact, I had to ask my daughter on three separate occasions to remind me when mom’s weekend is at her school until I finally put it on my calendar!
Adding to the busy-ness of being a work-at-home mom to four kids, along with being a wife, a daughter, a friend, and working at the country store… the list goes on… I am a blogger. To even attempt to be somewhat successful at life and blogging, I’ve come up with 9 things that have helped me tremendously. Does this mean I have it all together now? No way! But, I do think that this list helps me be in a better place than I could be!
- Keep a Notebook - Keep it in an obvious place like the kitchen counter or in a handy place like the top of the fridge. If you have to, keep a couple or even a few notebooks laying around. When inspiration hits or you remember something that you need to do, write it down. Right away! Then forget about it.
- Create a Reserve - Life as a mom – you just really never know what is going to be thrown your way. It could be a sick child, an unexpected visit, a day with more spills and clean-ups than normal, a child who just needs more mommy time than usual… the list could go on and on. Be prepared for those days when you just can’t get to blogging by creating a reserve. Have a file on your computer of posts that are ready to be published at a moment’s notice.
- Set a Schedule - Treat your blog a bit like a job that you have to show up to each day. Now, I know there will be those days when blogging just isn’t going to happen – and that’s the beauty of the blogging idea, right? It’s a flexible way to earn money at home.
- Take a Break - We all need a break, a day off. If you post on your blog every day, plan to write two posts one day a week. Then schedule one of the posts to be published on your “off” day. Then, don’t think about blogging that day – or think of it as little as you can. Just spend time enjoying your family and pursue other interests and hobbies. Don’t let blogging consume your life.
- Get Organized - Schedule it. Plan what exactly you would like to get accomplished during your blogging time and work on those items in the order of highest priority. Decide how long you will spend emailing, and on Social Media each day. Then stick to your schedule – as much as possible!
- Have Support - It may feel like it sometimes, but you are not the only mom who is trying to make it at blogging while fulfilling the many duties of being a mom. To keep yourself encouraged and help give you the push to keep going, find and join a group of other moms who are blogging too. Share your experiences, ask for advice, and just be open in helping each other keep it all together and running (somewhat) smoothly!
- Give Yourself Grace - It’s a lot of work being a mom. And, it’s a lot of work trying to earn an income as a blogger. Don’t put undue pressure on yourself to take your blog from 1 to 1,000 readers overnight. Make sure your goals are reasonable and attainable.
- Don’t Compare - Spending time on social media everyday makes it hard not to compare yourself with other mom bloggers. Give yourself some grace. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. Everyone has kids with different temperaments and in different stages of life. What another mom might be able to accomplish easily may be very difficult for you to do. And that’s okay. Just be sure you’re holding yourself to a standard that you are able to achieve.
- Set Priorities - Keep the important things important. Your family is infinitely more important than your blogging. What legacy do you want to leave to your kids? A harried mother who made more money with blogging? Or, a mommy who was there for them when they needed her to be? Remember why it is you are doing what you are doing.
What are your time-saving, sanity-keeping tips? Do you schedule time to blog, ghostwrite or interact online? How do you stay organized? Are you losing your mind and having to write everything down like me? Or do you have an app for that? Let us know in the comments what tips you have for the mom who blogs.