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.
Tip to get started: Remember, an hour consists of 4 15-minute time blocks, or 3 20-minute time blocks, or 2 30-minute time blocks. Start small and gain momentum as you go.
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- 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)
- 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)
- 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 hour 45 minutes
- 7 hours
- 3 hours, 30 minutes
- 5 hours, 15 minutes
- FAMILY TIME!!! NO WORKING ALLOWED 🙂
- 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!