Here are a few of my best tips for time management:
1- Slow cooker meals. This has been the best thing that I’ve done for our family since starting my blog. I found that I wasn’t planning my meals, so we were going out twice a week and I don’t like to eat out because it isn’t too healthy and it wastes the income that I’m making. This is my favorite slow cooker meal.
2- I use all of my “free-time-without-kids” time for blogging.
School. Naptime. Bedtime… all kid-free times that can be used for blogging. I feel like I don’t mind when the kids have to help me clean the house, because parents have been doing that forever, but I don’t want them to have to watch me blog, because I can’t even engage with them.
3- Clean your house at night, with the help of your family.
When dinner is done, get your family involved and clean the kitchen. No one has a snack or leaves the kitchen until it is clean. Have everyone help in the living room, too (picking up toys, etc…). If you are doing all of the cleaning, you seriously need to STOP doing that for your kids!
4- Put your kids to bed on time.
My “Why I put our kids to bed at 7:00” post has been circulating and it is because of their early bedtime that I get my work done. Don’t get me wrong, we have been doing this early bedtime since they were born, so blog or no blog, they are still going to bed at 7:00, but it does give me time to work while they get their much-needed rest.
1- Get off of Facebook. Seriously. Just shut it down! Facebook is awesome for networking and promoting, but you need to get your blog done and this is the way to do it. Write that post and get your pictures looking great and then get back ONTO Facebook and network your little heart out!
2- Spend 15 minutes a night working on the bigger picture. Are you working on a book? A printable packet? A video to sell?
3- Spend a lot of time on your pictures, because they matter a LOT. They will bring your readers in.
Get organized. Without being organized, you are never going to feel like you ‘have it together’. You will feel like you can’t keep your head above water.
I make lists for things and I make spreadsheets for others. I have spreadsheets for some social media and for my sponsored posts & income. I write topic ideas in my notes section of my Macbook or my phone.
If you need more advice, these posts might be helpful…