By Jessica Szekalski, Sane Momma Blogger
One of my greatest challenges over the last year has been to find a schedule that allows me to be a successful mom blogger, and an even more successful mom.
Through all the changes that a new mom endures over the first year, I have managed to not only create and stick to a schedule, but find one that provides the flexibility I need to make my son the top priority.
Are you an aspiring mom blogger who feels like starting a blog will hinder your ability to focus on your little one, or an experienced blogger looking for a way to bring some order to your chaotic days?
If so, check out these five tips on how to create a schedule as a mom blogger.
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Five Tips on How to Create a Schedule
Determine where are you now
Before you begin creating a new schedule, you’ll need to evaluate what you are doing now. If you skip this step, you may end up with a new schedule that simply doesn’t suit your needs. The best way to do this, is to track your days.
So, get out a pen and paper and start writing down everything you do – and I mean everything.
Did you just spend 15 minutes trying to reinstall the baby gate that your son just barreled through? (true story) Write it down! Break it down to the very last detail. Rather than writing down that you got ready in the morning from 8:00-8:30, make note of exactly how long you were in the shower, or how long it took you to put on your makeup.
For the best results, I recommend doing this for a full week. At a minimum, make sure that you track at least 3 days.
Tip: Check out my free printables to go along with this guide! You can find the link in the bio at the bottom of the post.
Once you have monitored your current schedule for a few days, you should already have a few ideas on what needs to be changed. Did you spend too much time watching TV? Could you do a task in advance that would make the rest of your week flow more easily?
If you want to get down to the nitty-gritty, you can use your observations to average out how much time you spend each day doing each task and break it down that way. If you don’t want to be quite so analytical (it’s not for everyone) you should still be able to gather the information you need just from reviewing your tracking charts.
When I did this exercise, I discovered a few major changes that needed to happen. The first one was that I was making more work for myself when it came to household chores. Did I really need to be doing laundry three times a week?
Turns out, once or twice worked out just fine. I was also a little obsessive with my cleaning regimen. Sure, the floors should be swept up often, but do I really need to vacuum, sweep and mop every day?
Another big eye opener for me with this project, was discovering that I actually spent a lot of time giving my son attention. I used to feel like getting more done during the day meant I wasn’t focusing on my son enough when, actually, it was quite the opposite.
I found that on days where I did a lot, I was more likely to take a quick break and focus on him solely multiple times throughout the day. On days where I was lazy, I was more likely to try to keep him busy so I could play on my phone or watch something on TV. It’s important to note that working from home does not mean that you have to ignore your kids. It is absolutely possible to make both your blog and your baby a priority.
Make a List
Now that you know what you are currently doing and what you need to change, take a moment to write down everything that you hope to accomplish. Start long-term, and then narrow it down from there.
What do you hope to accomplish this year? Write it down and think about what needs to happen monthly to work toward that annual goal. Then move on to weekly, and finally, daily goals.
You also need to include things that may not necessarily be a part of your annual goals, but still need to get done. This might include the tasks needed to maintain your home, as well as whatever is needed to take care of yourself and your family.
For example, one of my annual goals was to lose the baby weight. I was able to break this down into monthly weight loss goals as well as weekly and daily tasks to reach those goals. However, even though cooking dinner each night wasn’t exactly worthy of my annual goals list, it still needed to be added to my daily tasks as well.
Okay, it’s time to get started on the schedule. The first step in creating your new schedule, is to determine what tasks require quiet time. Are there certain tasks that you simply cannot do when your household is hustling and bustling?
Are there tasks that are easier to complete than others when your family is making noise? Separate your tasks into these two categories. After you have done this, make note of the times within your day when you have quiet time available. These precious moments are not to be wasted on tasks that could be done at another time.
Tip: Don’t forget to set aside some mom time too (time just for you), even if it’s only 15 minutes a day. Taking a moment for yourself can make a huge difference in your productivity.
Create Your New Schedule
It’s finally time to make your new schedule! This is the easy part. At this point, you already have all the information you need, it’s simply a matter of writing it all down in one place. I usually go through a couple of rough drafts before I select my final version.
If you are a highly visual person, you can also write each task down on a piece of paper and cut it out so that you can stack them together and map out your day that way. This is definitely something that helps me to see how everything fits together.
- Leave some room for error. Little things come up all the time when you have kids, so giving yourself a buffer can prevent you from getting behind schedule and deciding to give up on your routine for the day. Does it take you 15 minutes to shower normally? Maybe give yourself 20, just in case.
- Remember how I said you should write down every single little detail when you were tracking your current schedule? Now is the time to start lumping a few things together. You can lump together making breakfast, eating breakfast and cleaning up breakfast into just “breakfast”. The point of the initial tracking was for you to get a grasp on how you spent your time, but your final schedule doesn’t need to be quite so precise.
Don’t’ forget to use my free printables. Trust me, it will make this process a lot easier. You can find the link in the bio at the bottom of the post.
A Final Thought
While maintaining a schedule can help you to stay on top of all of your blogging and homemaking tasks, it doesn’t mean that everything will always go according to plan. Make sure to incorporate a few backup plans in case you get behind.
Can your parents watch your little one(s) one day during the week while you play catch up? If you plan to only blog during the week, is it possible to get ahead a bit on the weekend every now and then?
Personally, I like to have my parents watch my son for a few hours when I need to work on any major changes with my website. Writing a blog post is one thing, but redesigning your entire WordPress theme is a little more time intensive. Making sure that you have backup plans in place will go a long way in keeping you on track when you hit a speed bump.
You can do this mommas!
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Do YOU follow a schedule to keep up on your mom blog? I’d love to hear what other moms are doing in the comments below! Jessica Szekalski is a stay at home mom of a little boy with a big personality. After having her son, she decided to take up blogging as a way to help other moms focus on sanity and self-care. Her blog, Sane Momma, features articles on everything from parenting and marriage, to health and wellness for moms. Connect with Jessica on Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram
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