People have asked me how in the world I can keep up with a blog while having 6 kids, a husband and lots of pets. Well, simply put… I have a routine. Much like every other aspect of my life, routine is key. Why? It’s not rocket science its a blog! Absolutely correct but I wouldn’t be able to juggle posting as much as I do, plus getting all my housework done, play time with my kids, reading time with my kids, pick up/drop off for school, homemade meals, you name it I get it all done. All because I balance it very, very well.
So I’ve put together my top four steps I use to balance this blog.
I made an insert for my Erin Condren life planner with a whole list of ideas for blog topics. I usually have my topics written down in my planner every Sunday for the week but If there’s a day I don’t know what to write about I go to that list and plan what I will write. If I already have an idea in mind I use my phone “notes” and I write down points, or key ideas I need to touch on in the post and it’s ready for when I need it. Even this post I had to step away from the computer, grab the baby from my husband to nurse him for his nap and I finished this post – in my notes section on my phone while he nursed!
Blog while kids are in bed or at school
This is probably the best decision for me because even if my husband is home getting even half an hour of quiet on the computer to whip up a post doesn’t happen all too often. So, when the kids are in bed or during the day while at school (if I happen to have a day where both little boys nap at the same time) this is when I can get posts written I need written. Even if I have to stay up an extra half hour to an hour at night to get what I need to done, I do it – but there has only ever happened once.
Save as draft
This is probably the BEST feature for bloggers. Saving as a draft to go back and finish later without having to redo work is the best because I simply can’t predict when a baby will wake up, when I have more than just a few things to get done in a pinch or if something comes up. Saving as a draft has also come in handy when I’m writing one blog post and think of another one I can save, switch over and start another post and go right back to the previous!
This has been something I’ve struggled with. If I have a review due, a giveaway or just something I need to get post I tend to stress and I had to tell myself, which all the above steps there’s NO reason to stress. I have a note beside my desk that says “don’t sweat the small stuff” which is a constant reminder because stressing about it doesn’t help anyone. Breathe, relax and get what you need to get done!
So there you have it! Nothing spectacular but it’s how I’ve been able to balance having a blog with motherhood, being a wife, household duties and tending to other daily musts.
Do you have a blog? How do you balance life while keeping up with your blog?