This was originally posted in 2013, but just a reminder that we think you’ll love! …
“How do you balance blogging and family time?” – This is an important question for bloggers to consider, and it’s something that I think about a lot! I have two extraordinarily rambunctious toddlers on my hands, so my hands are already pretty full, before you add blogging to the mix. Learning how to balance blogging and family time is vital. I have been writing for years, but only recently made the switch to more professional blogging. Beauty Through Imperfection, and this site are now my part time jobs, and it is time consuming.
So how is it done? How does one juggle family life and a blogging business? Here are 8 ways to balance blogging and family time. .
- Keep a Blogging Schedule – Choose specific times of day to blog, and stick with it. Instead of just going online whenever you have a spare moment, wait until you will have an hour or two to spend online. I use nap time as blogging time, and I rarely do anything else during those 2 hours. When you know that you will be able to take time to blog at a certain time each week or day, it can help you resist trying to squeeze in a few moments online when you should be focusing your energies elsewhere.
- Intentional Time Away – As essential as it is to schedule blogging time, it is just as important to schedule time away from the computer. Set aside certain times of the day to have the internet turned off so that you can focus on family and housework without distraction.
- Let Go of Things You Can’t Control – Realize that there will be days when you don’t end up blogging and there will be days that your stats are lower than normal. These things happen. It’s not a reason to stress or obsess over your time, just flow with it! Remember that, at the end of the day, the love of family and love of God is far more important than the number of page views you received today, or the amount of money you were able to earn in a month. Don’t put more pressure on yourself than you are able to bear.
- Set Boundaries – A long time ago I made a personal rule for myself that I wouldn’t blog when I could be spending time with my husband, because I don’t want it to ever come between us. Most nights he goes to bed a good 2 hours before I do, so I’m able to sneak some blogging in there, but if he’s up for a board game or a movie at night, I will do that first every time. Blogging is my (part time) job, but it can never come before the most important task I’ve been given, caring for and loving on my family! There are a lot of nights that hubby wants to play one of his solo games, or read books, and I use that time to work on my blog as well, but if we could be having hubby-wifey time, that will always come first, regardless of how my stats may suffer for it.
- Be Honest With the Kids – Sometimes I have to work on my blog while the kids are awake, when I do I’m honest with them about what I’m doing. My son is 3, but he can understand when I say “Mama needs to work right now, and I will come play with you as soon as I’m done”. I make sure that I give them a lot of attention when I’m done and tell them how much I love them. I try not to work while they are awake, but sometimes it happens, and that’s okay! I feel like it’s a good thing for them to see me working sometimes, and to understand that I’m working because I love them, the same way Daddy does.
- Keep a Notebook Handy – I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go. I use it to jot down notes for future blog posts, and sometimes I will write out an entire post in my notebook! Then, when I have time at the computer I can just transfer content from my notebook to my computer. This is especially handy for nights when I’m feeling uninspired, but I need to get a post scheduled.
- Write, Write, Write! – Try to get more than one post done at a time. When I feel inspired to write I may draft 3 or 4 posts, and then go back and edit them when I’m not in a writing mood, but have some spare time to work. This way I write when I’m most passionate and I’m not forced to be creative when I’m too tired or just not in the mood. Remember! A post doesn’t have to be perfect when you draft it, just get your words down, and worry about perfecting them later.
- Divide Your Time – This goes with #7 but I thought it deserved it’s own mention. Some nights I sit and create images for several posts that I’ve already written, but they just need a Pinterest – worthy photo to complete them, other nights I edit and other nights I focus on writing! Sometimes I do all three in one sitting, but I think it is important to remember that you don’t have to do all three every time you sit down to work on the computer. Do what you are feeling interested in at the time, and you will enjoy your work a lot more.
How do you find balance between blogging and Family? Any tips to share?
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