I hear people say all the time that they make money on a blog by working only 10-20 hours a week on it. I’m sorry but I have to call bull on that.  Maybe once the blog is up and running and you have all of your systems and strategies in place, yes.  But during the first 3 months?  No way.  It takes HOURS in the beginning.  

If you’re a working mom (and ALL moms are working moms!), you need to find the best time management tips for moms that actually work.

You want in on the most successful bloggers’ time management tips.

Or, you may be thinking, “these people make money with their blog in only 20 hours a week?!  that’s nothing!  I can do that!”

And then you try to FIND that 20 hours.

Looks like the joke’s on us.  Where in the heck do these people find those 20 hours?  If you’re a working mom like me, or a busy stay-at-home mom (still a working mom in my book!), then those 20 hours a week are nowhere to be found.  They’re hiding in a corner watching us run rampant, and laughing at us.

Or so I thought.

Until I found them.

Those 20 hours are right here in plain sight for us not only to see, but to grab ahold of and claim as our own.

Today, I have been able to dedicate at least 3 hours to my blog.  I worked a full day in the office, too, and yes I did sleep last night.  Your days will vary, but if I can find 3 hours in one day – a weekday at that – then you can too!

Here are my tried and true tips to finding those little bits of lost time during the day and making them add up into productive blogging time.

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    1.  At night, set your goals for the next day.  Make a to-do list and figure out how much time each item will take you to complete it.  This is how much time you will need the next day.  Be realistic.  Don’t assign yourself 6 hours of tasks on a Tuesday when you’re at work all day.  Some days even an hour is a huge amount of time if it is used productively. (15 minutes/day x 7 days = 1 hr 45 minutes/week)
    2. Get up an hour earlier.  I set my alarm for 4:30am on weekdays, and 6:30am on the weekends.  That gives me an extra 7 hours a week just by doing that.  The extra bonus?  No one else is up that early so I pretty much get to have the whole peace and quiet of the house to myself before our busy days begin.  I am NOT a morning person, but having this hour to myself is huge for me and I tend to get a lot more done.  This is the time I work on my posts – the drafting portion at least.  Once my coffee kicks in, I usually review in my evening work sessions and edit them then.  This is also the time I work on my courses.  I have no outside distractions pulling me away and I can concentrate most in the morning, so learning new things on how to grow my blog is most productive early in the morning. (1 hour/day x 7 days = 7 hours/week)
    3. Delegate chores at home so you have the extra time in the evening.  This will save you about 30 minutes each evening because if everyone kicks in, it should only take about 30 minutes to straighten up the house. (30 minutes/day x 7 days = 3 hours, 30 minutes/week)

4. Make an evening routine for the family.  Rotate dinner, baths, homework, outside play time, and screen time.  My kids don’t get to go outside and play every night when they get home.  There just isn’t always time for that.  We have to prioritize our time.  We all eat dinner at the same time, but we rotate who cooks each night (this may or may not work for your busy family, so even if you can do take-out or call for pizza, or crock pot meals once a week, this will free up some extra time).  Depending on what time we actually get home that night, we rotate baths and homework time.   Then they get some free time and during screen time/play time once the chores are done and I get some dedicated work time.  This can range from 30 minutes to an hour in the early evening. (let’s average this at 45 minutes/night x 7 days = 5 hours, 15 minutes/week

5. Make sure you have time to spend together as a family.  Working on your blog is great, but you also need to connect with your family.  Decide how much time you will dedicate to your blog in the evening and set a timer.  I set an alarm on my phone, and when it goes off after that hour (or 30 minutes depending on that day), I am done.  (FAMILY TIME!! NO WORKING HERE)

6. If your kids go to bed at a decent hour, or if you have older kids who have loads of homework (I have one in AP classes and Honors classes, so when she isn’t dancing she’s doing homework!), then you may be able to find some more time in the evening after your family time.  Some nights this just won’t happen and that’s okay.  This is the time of the night each night at the very end of my day before I go to bed.  I sit down with my cup of hot tea and go over what I accomplished in the day and start my to-do list for the next day.  Some evenings I have an hour for this, and some days I am totally fried and can only sit for 15 minutes.  (Let’s average this at 30 minutes/day x 7 days = 3 hours, 30 minutes/week)

Now, let’s see how much time we found in our week!

  1. 1 hour 45 minutes
  2. 7 hours
  3. 3 hours, 30 minutes
  4. 5 hours, 15 minutes
  5. FAMILY TIME!!! NO WORKING ALLOWED 🙂
  6. 3 hours, 30 minutes

We have found A GRAND TOTAL OF 21.00 hours a week to work on your blog!

Whoa – we even ended up with an hour to spare!  That would be a coffee or boba date with my husband for sure! 🙂

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I challenge you to find this time in your week.  Give it a week and see what a difference it can make.  I would love to hear from you about your experience with finding these hidden minutes and hours in each day.  Do you know of any other time management tips for moms?  What are your goals?  What have you accomplished?  What challenges did you face?  How can I help you succeed?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

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28 comments on “Simple Time Management Strategy & Free Course to Help You Find that “Extra” 20 Hours a Week to Work on Your Blog”

  1. Great post, Grandi! It really is just about commitment. The time is there. I love how you remind us that we can block it into chunks. If I can just find 20 minutes a few times a day, that is more palatable than thinking I need to sit here for hours. It has been tough with school starting back and work being crazy, but I will get in a rhythm. I have found that I get a lot done late at night after everyone is in bed. I do struggle with getting so into it that I forget to tell myself to stop. I appreciate your tip on the timer. I will definitely try that the next time my kiddos are watching a show and I am trying to sneak in blog time.

    • You sound a lot like me, Keri! The biggest trick with the timer, though? Walking away when it goes off. 😉 I have not quite seemed to master that completely.

  2. I love it! Especially getting up an hour earlier! I do this when my new baby gets up around 5 am and I just stay up! Its AMAZINGLY QUIET and productive time for me!
    Delegating is HUGE! My daughter puts dishes away each morning. Each of my kids (8,5,2) know how to and make their beds each morning and the list goes on. I need to be more intentional though since the new baby came 5 weeks ago! ZERO hours have been devoted to blogging lately! Not good. Thanks for the post friend!

    • Hi Jillyn! Congratulations on the new baby! I totally agree, though, that the quiet time in the morning is so helpful and productive – it has become a necessity. 🙂 Delegating is huge in a big family. There are 7 of us so things can get out of hand in no time if we don’t stay on top of it. I am glad you enjoyed the post!

  3. It is very important to plan and manage one’s time for any aspect of life…this gives your a clear path and helps keep the focus. Some nice pointers shared by you.

    • I totally understand about not having time to blog. It seems as busy moms we are always running one way or another. However, I recently saw a quote that I have included in my Busy Blogging Mom’s Survival Guide that spoke to me: “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.” (Stephen Covey)

  4. Great advice! Especially about breaking up the hours. I definitely have 15-20 minutes here and there but that never seems like enough time.
    It’s true, though–it all adds up!

    • Hi Darlene, it is funny how that works out, isn’t it?! I never think I ‘have time’ but once I figured out to block time in even 15-20 minute segments, it changed my world!

  5. Some really good ideas here! But waking up early? Yiikes. If at i wake up at 7.58 but have an alarm for 8am, i try and go back to sleep 😂😂😂
    So yeah.
    But the others i will try and implement 🙂

    • Waking up early is the most difficult for me! I started with 30 minutes earlier and eventually made it to an hour. Our schedules are so busy that this is the only time I have. I am a night owl by nature so waking up early is completely opposite of what I want to do. It’s worth it though. But it doesn;t work for everyone. You can still find extra time in lots of other places in your day. 🙂

  6. Yikes! I could not get up that early! We put the baby to bed around 7PM, on good days she goes down at that time, on bad days, it’s not till 8 or 9PM. I stay up late to get stuff done! But I could probably be better at managing my time and try going to bed earlier and waking up earlier. Thanks for the tips!

    • Hi Diana! If staying up that extra hour works for you, then I would do that! It’s still an hour which is the most important part. 🙂 In order for your strategies to be effective, they have to work for you. If getting up early doesn’t work, but staying up later does, then that’s just perfect! I am happy you enjoyed the post!

  7. I love time blocking! I find it a creative way to fit things into my schedule that I didn’t think were possible. Plus, it keeps me off social media more which is a real issue:-). I have to force myself to focus and a structured system seems to help me as well.

  8. I just started blogging full force and struggled with when to find time to get it up and running. You’re right it definitely takes more than a few hours a week. I work full-time and I’ve started using my evenings after I put my son down to work on my blog. Great tips!!!

  9. I love that you added in family time! I struggle with remembering that the time I spend playing and just being with my kids is productive time. I feel like if I don’t have a tangible result I’m wasting time, but these moments with our children are so important! Now I just have to remember to let go and let my husband help. He wants to, but I get too controlling. Thanks for the reminder!

    • You and I sound a lot alike! 🙂 Family time is so important. Sometimes I just have to shut the computer down and walk away. I am not good at letting anyone help me either, but I am learning to let go. I think you have inspired my next blog post!

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