Life has a funny way of shaking things up, doesn’t it? Back in May, I took the whole month off to rest and take a step back to look at my schedule to see how I can lighten my workload – at least that was the plan.
What ended up happening was the total opposite. I didn’t get to rest as much as I would have liked to and in June, I started watching my grandsons while my daughter goes to school.
Add that to my other responsibilities like being a mom, running the house and caring for my mom who is ill, I suddenly find myself with little time to blog. And it recently dawned on me that I’ve become a part-time blogger.
Truth be told, the thought of quitting even crossed my mind. I kept thinking, how am I going to find the time to research work-from-home jobs, the latest blogging trends and other tasks that goes with blogging. I bounced those thoughts around my head for weeks.
Step Up the Hustle
When you’re backed up against the corner you can do one of two things. Either curl up in ball and give up or come out swinging. I choose that latter, which means I have to step up the hustle when I’m sitting in front of the computer.
That means taking advantage of the time a allot for blogging and keep distractions at bay. Is your schedule so crazy that you feel like you have little time for blogging? Here are some of the ways I find the time to blog in between my crazy schedule. My hope is that these tips and tricks will help you if you’re schedule is all over the place like mine.
Make blogging time for blogging time only.
If you only have so much time in the day to blog, make sure the time you dedicate is for blogging only. The load of laundry or scrolling through your social media feeds will have to wait.
And if you have to – work a night shift, sort of.
This is where I’m at now. I’ve been working at night for a several weeks now and I realized I do get a lot more work done than I do during the day. Since my day starts at 5:30 a.m., I try not to work past 11p.m.
Work on the weekend
I know…who wants to work on the weekend. I’m not a fan of it either but it’s all part of the hustle. If you can put in a couple hours on the weekend to prepare for the following week like schedule blog posts in advance, it can make a world of difference.
Plan meals ahead of time and keep it simple.
When you know what you’re going to cook for dinner will save time and that extra time could be put toward your blogging hours. Think of simple recipes like a salad or put some ingredients in a slow cooker to set it and forget it.
Work on simpler tasks during the day.
With little ones running around, it’s kind of hard to concentrate on writing a blog post or doing research. Leave that for the night shift I mentioned earlier or for a weekend project. Instead, work on simpler tasks like replying to comments on your blog, commenting and sharing other blog posts during the day – for instance, while the kiddos are eating or during naptime.
Use blogging tools.
Take advantage of the blogging tools we have at our disposal and use them. Social media management sites like Hootsuite [affiliate link] and Buffer are life savers because you can schedule your post as well as those of your favorite bloggers throughout the day.
Over to You
I hope these tips and tricks I shared are helpful. Am I tired, shewt, I’m exhausted. But I love blogging and the blogging community so I intend on doing everything I can to keep going. Besides, I know this is temporary. Will there be a time when I might throw in the towel? Perhaps, but for now, I’m riding the wave!
If you’re wearing different hats, how do you make time for blogging? I’d love it if you shared your tips with us. Tell us about it in the comments section below.
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