How to be a successful blogger and parent at the same time.
If you have a passion for writing and you want to be a successful blogger but you can’t seem to find the time or motivation whilst parenting/working then give this a read.
Parenting and Blogging
Trying to blog and look after my baby was something that i found extremely difficult at the start of my journey. Blogging takes up a lot of my spare time.There are hardly enough hours in the day to sit down never mind trying to zone out and concentrate on writing. My youngest at the minute has just turned one and as you can imagine she is into EVERYTHING! She has recently taken a great interest in dog food … and appears to enjoy eating it!?
Running around mad after the baby and working gave me literally no time at all to keep focused with my blog writing. I was getting stressed out and overwhelmed by how much time I didn’t seem to have! I had to change my mind set and make a plan, to use every single bit of time I had very wisely. Here are some tips that I have found to work wonders.
Spend more time with your kid/baby
This seems like the total opposite of what my point is…but it’s not. It’s the key to being able to blog when you have kids. The quality time you spend with your child is so important and sometimes when you are busy there can be times you forget to zone out and just relax with your small person.
Spending time with them can be:
- Playing with them
- Taking them a walk
- Reading a book
- Having a chat with them
This quality time benefits your kid massively and benefits you as a parent/person massively. Take time out to enjoy them, you will be so much more satisfied in life. This will in turn have great positive effects on yourself in many ways, enabling you to do blog writing at your best.
Take time for yourself
Taking time out for yourself is so important. You NEED this time to zone out and relax. Take yourself away from all the noise and do something that gives you that feeling of being your true self. This will keep you motivated and focused.
Time out could mean:
- Going out with friends
- Reading a book
You can’t be at your best to write a blog or even function to your full potential if you are not gifting yourself with much needed down time.
Plan ahead and stay organised
Try to plan ahead. I know that having kids often means plans are hard to stick too. My plans change all the time. Blog around your life. Write everything you will be doing each week in your calendar/diary. Look for key opportunities to be productive. Your lunch hour at work could give you time to write some new content, or when the baby naps manage your website. These little hours in the day make such a difference if you use them to benefit your blog. I use this planner for my day to day life keeping on track of everything like bills etc. It’s really helpful and pretty cheap.
Ask family/friends to babysit
If your goal is to be a successful blogger then get a babysitter. This is definite undisturbed time you will have to get stuck into writing and making your goals of successful blogging come to life. It can be difficult to get the kids looked after if you don’t have family around or friends that are able to help. Depending on circumstances, it would be beneficial to pay for a few hours of babysitting each week if you know you will use this time effectively. Having a babysitter lets you have 100% dedicated time each week you would have to reach your goals.
Always keep a notepad handy
This sounds so simple and it is. Keep a notepad in the pram, the car or your pocket. When you have great ideas for your blog throughout the day jot them down, then you can get back to caring for your child. So many times in the past i have had a light bulb moment in terms of blogging and only an hour later it’s buried in the deepest darkest part of my brain – nowhere to be found. Aaaanoying!
Take everyday as it comes
Don’t stress yourself out, only do what have the time to do. Giving yourself an endless list to complete in one day will only cause total chaos. Chaos for you and everyone else around you. Don’t do it to yourself.
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