There comes a point in every mommy bloggers life, when you have to make a decision…Am I going to do the dishes or am I going to blog? Am I going to read my daughter a book or am I going to schedule my social media updates? While these things are certainly not life altering decisions… they can be tough to make. Moms have an instinctual thing called ‘mom guilt’ that starts to surface whenever they make choices based on their own needs over ‘other’s needs’. Work/life balance is something that we all strive for, however, how we attain is somewhat of a mystery.
As a full-time blogger, work/life balance is TOUGH…and I don’t even pretend to have it all figured out because it seems like just when I get a routine down…my kids are suddenly a year older and have different needs and hobbies. I wanted to know how other mom bloggers did it, so I asked several of my blogging Facebook groups for some of their best tips and below you will see their responses, but ultimately, I found that moms manage their time with one or all of these three categories: Naptime, Planning & Technology.
These Moms are Living for Naptime
Overall, most moms can agree that working while your baby sleeps is a prime time to do your blog writing. Some moms write while their baby sleeps during the day, while others stay up late or wake up before their family to get a little writing done. When my youngest was a baby, this is exactly what I did. I worked maniacally during his 2 hour morning & afternoon naps. Working during naps is a great exercise in focus, because you are forced to finish your work in a set amount of time. This is actually a skill that will come in handy long after your baby stops taking naps.
Jenny Del from J2Delancey.com said, “I try to get all my blogging done when the baby naps and falls asleep at night, it’s the only quiet time in the house! He entertains himself with toys until Daddy gets home and I’ll hand him off and lock myself in the bathroom haha!”
Kaylene from ThisOutnumberedMama.com offered, “Use the time they’re sleeping to your advantage! I blog early in the morning before they wake up, in the afternoon during their nap/quiet time, and at night after they’re in bed. Also, learn what and when you can multitask. For me, I can edit images while watching tv with my husband or schedule social media while I’m nursing the baby.”
Ludavia from NiftyBetty.com stays sane by following this tip: “I write during nap time or if I’m feeling extra motivated, I set an alarm and wake up an hour before the kids get up in the morning. I get an hour alone to drink my coffee and write.”
Ja’Quette from Jumpstartyourthinking.com “I have two elementary aged children and one toddler. I get most work done during naptime and when everyone is asleep at night. I also schedule my posts, etc. You have to make time for family and business. Planning is key!”
Liz Barber from LizBarber.com gave this advice: “when my guys were itty bitty the best time for me to get any work done was during their naps. That gave me a total of 3-4 hours per day to work on my blog and work on client sites. Now that their in 1st grade it’s so great, cause I get a huge block of time to work on my blog and business.”
Sabrina from ShinyHappyPretty.com balances her blogging life with this tip:”I have two children, ages 4 and 7. I keep to a strict bedtime for my children and I blog after they are asleep so that I can concentrate. I also allow myself one day for taking and editing pictures and one day for writing. If I’m taking pictures outside in the afternoon, I just let them play outside around me and when I’m finished I let them practice taking pictures of things they like.”
Live & Die by the Planner
Personally, I am new to the planner. I just purchased this blog & life planner and am really excited to receive it. I was particularly impressed with the bloggers listed below who have managed to list planning as their major lifesaver, it makes me wonder why it took me so long to do this!
Gillian from IndulgingMum.com says, “I try to plan a week ahead plotting in three half hour sessions per day. Preparing and organising is key so my planner is soooo important.”
Chelsea from This Sacred House also uses a planner, “I use my Day Designer Planner! It has an hourly schedule, a to-do list and a top three to-do list. Plus a notes section! I don’t know what I would do without that thing!”
Katine from TheDeskofKatinaDavenport uses a content calendar, “I plan my blog posts, promotions, newsletters, photos and links with a content calendar. I schedule an hour or two out of my week to do this.”
Jessica from MakeanDoCrew.comTheOrganizedMama offers, “I have a two and three year old and have been blogging for almost three years. Keeping yourself organized, using an editorial calendar, planning out each day with small, manageable tasks, being kind to yourself and try to get your kids involved! My kiddos make crafts that I use in blog posts or I’ll take pics while they are working!!”
It’s no surprise that mommy bloggers and web & app savvy. These moms have learned the fine art of multi-tasking and using web & mobile apps to make their blogging lives that much easier! The moms listed below have some great tips on using mobile apps to capture blog post ideas & topics, as well as using it to schedule out your social media…which are totally life & time savers when you are a mommy blogger.
Blooming on a Budget advises: “If you are on WordPress, consider getting an editorial calendar plug-in. This tool will allow you to plan ahead and schedule out posts that you have written in bulk. It also allows you to drag-and-drop posts from one day to another in case you have a family emergency to take care of or just need a well-deserved day off.”
Stacey from EatMakeTravel says, “I work full -time and have a child. It’s not easy! Sometimes I’ll start a post on my phone via email or WordPress app while I’m cooking or on lunch at work, That saves me time. And I do a lot of work late at night too. ”
Sophe from Peanut Planner offers:”I use Wunderlist to record all of my ideas and take rough notes on concepts. Because it’s so easy to use from my phone and synchs perfectly with the desktop version, often I end up starting writing while waiting for my little one to fall asleep, and then finish when I’m back at my desk. The same goes for social media campaigns and scheduling, even copy for the website. Just have to make every second count without being one of those mums constantly parenting her child around a screen – I’m not into that!”
Brittany from ChampagneandCheeriosblog seconds the Wunderlist app:” I write down all of my ideas in the Wunderlist app and do most of my draft writing using the WordPress app on my phone while breastfeeding. I do all of the editing and formatting after my daughter (13 months) goes to bed at night on my laptop. ”
Anne from ArcWrites.Blogspot.com says:”When I’m busy with my kids, I usually use the speakerphone on my iPhone onto my notepad, which I can write (or talk to my phone) articles, or at least take notes to write articles for later when I’m free while I’m multitasking with the kids, etc.”
Amanda from AmandaSnograss.com automates her social media:”I definitely plan ahead and try to write as much as I can while they’re at school. Evenings and weekends are off limits for family time. I also try to automate as much as possible to free up what little time I have (Edgar for social media) and set realistic expectations (I work 3 days a week outside the home, so blogging every day would be too much)”
Jean from Sweet Bluebird Design said “Planning and scheduling helps you keep the life/business balance in check. Also set up as much as you can for automation, like emails, e-courses for passive income and using tools like Board Booster for Pinterest and Buffer for Social Media posts on autopilot.”
Chantal from Blogdacious had this to say,”I agree with the naps thing. But as a mom of a toddler, I also use lots of highly interactive toys. I’m not a fan of letting kids watch a lot of TV, so I wrote a post about what I use to get things done. This goes for blogging, housecleaning, cooking, etc.”
Ardelia from Ardelia Lee says,”I’m a mom of a newborn and a 2 year old, and I started my blog last month. Things have been hectic, but coffee helps . I have two tips (feel free to use either one or both). 1. Plan out your work sessions. Know what you’re going to get done, so you don’t waste part of your work time figuring out what you need to do. 2. Write posts in Evernote. I use the app on my phone a lot when my newborn needs to be held. It lets me get posts written relatively quickly, considering I type them out with one hand.”
Jessica from“My advice would be to keep several different types of tasks going at all times so you can choose the one that’s appropriate for the window of work time you have. For example, I can load up my BoardBooster while my toddler plays next to me, but if both kids are asleep, I can tackle something more heady like writing a post.”
Is it Me-Time O’clock yet?
Another common theme amongst the responses was the idea of taking time for yourself whenever you can do it. Some moms take a ‘me break’ and go to a coffee shop, while others blog while watching TV. Most moms will agree however, family time is important..but so is taking time for yourself.
Kori from JustAnotherMom advises moms to, “Work when you can (and don’t feel guilty about using screentime on occasion) and keep your priorities in mind. Yes, I’m a blogger but I’m a mom first. And if my toddler wants to have a tea party, I find time to have that tea party.”
Eve from Mrs & Momma balances everything with the following tip:”I search for inspiration when I’m driving both my kids to school and back.. Then at night when I’m accompanying my husband while he watches TV I will be drafting and posting out what was on my mind that day.”
Will Cate from MaryfromMartha.com offered, “This weekend, I took my first alone day in forever. I sat in a coffe shop for two hours and wrote four blog posts. I do believe that I’ll be doing this “mom time” weekly now. I also try to get my cleaning done while the kids are awake so I can blog at nap time/ bed time.”
Janice from Tots2Travel says, “I’ll write a paragraph or two in my head or brainstorm topics in my mind whilst breastfeeding as i don’t usually switch on my laptop till Mr Baby and Mr Toddler are asleep”
P.S. I got a ton of awesome advice on this topic, so much that I couldn’t list them all here. I’m thinking of making a follow-up blog post in the near future, if you’d like to be notified of when it’s live, please sign up for my newsletter!