Like many working moms, I often feel there is never ever enough time in a day. It feels like our days are go-go-go from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed. There always seems to be something there isn’t enough time for.
Our days start early around here. As a household with two full-time working parents, we’re up by 6:10 every day, and out of the house by 7:15. We’re lucky enough to be able to commute together, but it’s a long commute – to daycare, then to our respective offices. After a long workday, we battle traffic to repeat the commute in reverse. We start dinner the moment we get home, spend a little family time together, then start the bedtime routine. Once Abbie’s in bed, I prep for the next day so we can start it all over again. It’s a long day, and one that leaves me little time for myself, to be quite honest.
At the same time, it’s important to me to keep up with this blog of mine, so I try to carve out bits of time for myself. Writing has always been a part of my life, and being here helps me keep that alive. So how do I find time to blog while working full-time?
Use weekends to prepare.
I do a lot of preparation ahead of time. On weekends, I meal plan and grocery shop for the week. I also try to cut up any fruits and veggies we will need during the week. Weekends are also for laundry, cleaning, and any other errands we need done. In addition to all the household prep work, I use the weekends to do blog prep work. I take most of my photos on weekends and do a lot of writing, which allows me to pre-schedule my posts for the week. I find I’m much more relaxed if I take the time to prepare on the weekends so my weeks aren’t so hectic.
Even with all that weekend prep, there are weeks that it doesn’t all get done. Those are the weeks that I have to make choices that are hard, but I keep it simple – my family always comes first. As much as I’d like to post every day, it just isn’t always possible. I used to stress aobut it. I used to try to put up a small post just to have something up, but I’ve come to realize that it’s better to just take the day off than to post just to post. So if you don’t see me for a few days? I’m just prioritizing, and it’s one of the ways I stay sane.
This is one I’m terrible at in my own home but am always trying to improve on. I’m always forgetting to ask Chris for help, and putting entirely too much pressure on myself. The thing is, on the days I ask for help, everything seems to go much more smoothly, and I need to remember that. As far as for blogging, this means finding tools that work for me – scheduling tools in particular. If I’m able to schedule sharing ahead of time, I’m much more able to concentrate on anything that comes up during the week that needs my immediate attention.
That said, even with all this in place, sometimes the balance completely falls apart… and you know what? That’s okay. If I miss a day, that’s okay. If I’m late cleaning my bathrooms or we have pizza for dinner one night? That’s okay. As long as my family is taken care of, I can handle anything.
Those are my three top tips – if you work full-time and blog, how do you balance it all?
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