Blogging takes time.

So does the dishes, and the laundry, and watching the kids…and taking a shower.?

When you first start blogging it is important to have a plan for how and when you are going to get things done. Otherwise, the dishes would have piled up, or the post will never get finished. 

In this post, I am going to share with you some time management tips for mom bloggers.

First I would like to share with you, a little bit about me, and why I make time management a priority in my life.

I am a mom to four beautiful, adorable, funny, busy little girls.

After we had our first child, we wanted to have another. I wanted to space my children 2 years apart. I thought that was a normal, acceptable practice, no harm in having your children two years apart. They can grow up together, and be friends, and it would be bliss!

Well, for my second pregnancy, instead of expecting 1 child, I was actually going to have 2 children. Yep, I was having twins. A month after my oldest turned 2 the twins arrived. I became a mom to 3 children just turned 2 and under, YIKES!

For that first year of the twins life…or maybe it was years. I lost count. I didn’t have a lot of time to blog. However, I did have a lot of time to get really good a prioritizing my days and what needed to be done when. 

I took all those skills that I learned from juggling children and housework and developed great organizational and planning skills to help me become more productive and efficient.

Since I started blogging, I have used those organizational and planning skills to help me keep on top of what needs to be done, stick to my priorities, and make time for what is important in my life, like spending time with my family.

Here are some of my time management tips, that I hope you can help you as you juggle your family, home, and blog.

Write a To-Do List

Creating a to-do list to help you with time management may seem simple, but it will help you from going crazy thinking about all the things that need to be done.

I think I used to spend more time trying to remember what I had to do than actually doing it. 

I like to organize my to-do list by the type of chore/activity that I want to accomplish.

I put it in a notebook and section off the different chores with tabs.

For example, my notebook has sections for:

  • Daily Chores – Vacuum, sweep, bathrooms, laundry, etc.
  • Weekly Chores 
  • Monthly Chores
  • To Do Kids – Family time, homework, practice, chores, etc.
  • To Call – Make appointments, etc.
  • Deep Clean The House – Think spring cleaning.
  • Renovations Ideas – Paint a room, or replace a light.
  • To Do Husband – Because there are things I can’t do by myself!
  • To Do Life – Hobbies, Interest, Dreams, Vacations.
  • To Buy – Groceries.
  • To Buy – Other.
  • To Do Blog

I keep a blank section at the beginning of my notebook and create a daily plan page. Each page represents a day of my life.

At the beginning of the week, I look at the things that need to be done, and I fill in my days with those activities.

I break up my days into early morning, morning, lunch, afternoon, dinner time, and kids go to be time. 

Routine is very important to me. So every morning I like to start with my daily chores like laundry, clean up the kitchen, then answer emails, and work on my blog…etc. 

Everyone’s day will be different; everyone will have different amounts of time to work on their blog. However, It is important to have a goal for what you would like to accomplish each day.

As I complete each task, I cross it off my list and move on. That is my favorite part, crossing my completed tasks off my list!

Finally, I don’t stress about it. Things happen, kids get sick, and some activities don’t get done. 

That’s ok. 

The important thing is to have a plan, and not waste your valuable time thinking of what you could be doing, but actually doing it!

Break Down the Blog To-Do’s

So above is more of your general to-do in each day.

You probably already got a handle of what needs to be done around the house and with your kids.

However,  your blogs to-do part of your day might feel a little awkward or overwhelming. 

Especially, when you are just starting your blog. Knowing what needs to get done, and what tasks are essential is important. 

If you are just starting your mom blog, there is a log of little things that need to be done first. I find I marathon my way through each step like setting up your hosting, creating the theme and making some fantastic pillar content. Each time I have set aside in my schedule for blogging, I work on getting my blog set-up.

But, once I have everything set up with my blog. I like to establish goals and create a routine of what needs to be done each week for my blog.

The 5 Main Goals for my blog are:

  1. Create Consistent Content
  2. Get Traffic – Pinterest, Facebook, SEO.
  3. Engage That Traffic – Interact with them in some way like on social media or through email or through your blog.
  4. Magnetize that Traffic – build an email list.
  5. Convert that Traffic – monetization strategies, affiliate marketing, and creating courses, etc.

Each week I like to work on all these goals. How much time I need for each goal depends on what I want to accomplish that week.

My week typically consists of:

  • Creating and publishing 1 new piece of content. (1 day)
  • Working on 1 traffic strategy (1/2 day)
  • Engaging with my followers on one of my social networks – this usually goes hand and hand with traffic. (1/2 day)
  • Working on my email list strategy (1/2 day)
  • Applying monetization strategies to my blog (0-2 days, depends on if I am creating something new.)

Remember, everyone’s blog is different. You might want to publish more often, or less often. You might not need to apply monetization strategies to your blog every week.  You might not have as much free time, so you need to do the bare minimum like creating posts, and working on traffic.

That’s ok, do what you can when you can.

You can modify your blog work and work through the goals of your blog over two weeks, or even over a month. It will take a little longer to get an established blog, but when you look back at what you have already accomplished, you will be so happy, even for the little things you got done.

Use these Time-Saving Tips to Get More Done

Finally, I know there are only so many hours in a day.

Sure you can write the list of what needs to be done.

Sure you can organize it by priority and develop a good routine.

But at the end of the day you only got so much time, and YES sleep is important.

You will get there momma, I know it is a hustle, but you will get there. In the meantime, take advantage of these time-saving hacks to make your time management that much easier.

  • Start Early or Work Late – before or after the kids are in bed.
  • Routine, Routine, Routine. My morning routine involves starting a load of laundry and folding yesterdays load of laundry and tidy the kitchen and start the dishwasher. 
  • Grocery shop once a week, it takes time to go every day. 
  • Turn off your notifications when you are working on your blog – NO email NO social media NO Phone calls! 
  • Use automated products like Tailwind, to help your productivity go farther.
  • Create your weekly plan at the beginning of the week and adjust accordingly throughout the week.
  • Give yourself a run down the night before, so you are ready to start each new task the next day.
  • Set a timmer – Work 20-30-60 min. Then take a break. There is something about that timmer that helps you stay focused on the task that needs to be done.
  • Have a notebook handy to write down your to-dos, blog post ideas, and anything else that comes to mind. 
  • When you can’t blog – brainstorm blog topics, keep a notebook handy just for this activity.
  • Create a weekly meal plan, and stick to it. Use the slow cooker, look for 30 min start to finish recipes on days you will be busier, or make ahead your meals on Sunday for the following week.
  • Hire a babysitter, use daycare, get family help for a few hours for clear focus.
  • Set up a play area for your kids, and set a timer that they can watch to know when playtime is done and mom time begins.
  • Clean the bathroom while the kid’s bath, wipe down the sinks clean the toilet. You get the idea!
  • Reach out to other bloggers about Guest Blogging on your Blog.
  • Clean counters and empty dishwasher while supper is cooking.
  • When in the car or on the run listen to podcasts, to stay up to date on industry trends, and to help educate yourself on blogging tactics.
  • Use apps, I have a shopping list, to-do list, and reminders section on my phone. I have an iPhone SE where I can talk to Siri.  I set it up so that I can go “Hey, Siri,” “Add milk to my shopping list” and it goes on my shopping list in my Reminders App. So, when I go to the grocery store, I open up my shopping list and see what I need. It works great except when the kids hijack it after I am done talking and tells Siri to add sour keys or dobodobla to my shopping list!
  • Take time for yourself – You need to recharge, you will get it done, but you won’t if you can’t think straight.

Summary

I hope you have enjoyed this post on my Time Management Tips for Momma Bloggers. 

With your to-do lists, you can stay on top of what needs to be done, and schedule those items in your daily plans.

Breaking down what you need to do for your blog, will help you stay focused on what needs to be done each week, and help you schedule your blogging tasks.

Finally, using some of the time-saving tips will help you to have more time to get the things done that need to be done! 

What do you use to help keep your week organized and stay on top of your blogging tasks? Share in the comments below, your favorite time management tips.

Are you ready to start your mom blog? Check out this great series on how to start a mom blog today!

Rachael