We all know that being a mom alone is full-time job that takes up a lot of our emotional, mental and physical energy. Then, throw in a significant other, a job, friends, extended family, household responsibilities... oh and then there's this blog thing. It's a lot to handle and it really can be overwhelming. I won't pretend to have it all mastered but here are some things I have learned about carrying the load of blogging along with everything else.
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Forget about balance
I can't help but laugh a little when I hear people talk about achieving "balance" in life. Particularly, if you're a mom (or dad!). There really is no such thing and once you recognize that, your load will immediately start to feel lighter!
Stop being extra
If there's one thing bloggers are really good at, it's doing too much. We try to create a strong presence on every social network, join Facebook groups and threads as if our lives depended on it, spend hours making fancy covers for Pinterest boards and now we're even even making graphics for our Instagram Stories. Stop. Being. Extra.
I approach blogging tasks the way I approach packing. When I'm freaking out thinking that I may have forgotten something, I have a mental checklist of things I absolutely need... underwear, toothbrush, toothpaste, contact solution. I take this same approach with my blog to help me cut out all of the things that, as nice as they may be, aren't vital to my blog's success.
Whether in your home life or blog life, there is likely something that you can delegate to someone else. There are a lot of great services that will free up your time. For example, I use Board Booster to help schedule pins for Pinterest and loop pins from some of my boards.You may also want to consider hiring a VA, a babysitter, house cleaner, etc. If paying for a service is out of your budget right now, consider doing a trade with a friend, family member or even another blogger.
Invest in a course
One of the best things you can do to save yourself some major time is pay someone else who has already done the legwork to give you the information. But courses are so expensive. Trust me, I know what it's like to be on a tight budget and I realize that this is not an option for everyone. However, there really are some pretty affordable courses out there. There's also eBooks which you can often get for as low as $5 and we are seeing more and more membership/subscriber groups.
When the majority of your work is on the internet it is extremely easy to get distracted and waste valuable time on a whole lot of nothing. Do whatever you need to do to stay focused. Turn off your phone, call in a babysitter, turn off your Facebook notifications, schedule out as much of your day's tasks as you possibly can (yes, I know you're a mom!).
If you are currently feeling overwhelmed by blogging, I challenge you right now to make a list of the absolute "must do's" for every area of your life. You might find that you "must do" a lot less than you think! From there, ask yourself if you can delegate or invest in something that will help you to expedite the process.
I would also like to invite you to join me in the Pro Mom Bloggers Tribe. Like I said, I absolutely know what it's like to not to have the budget for courses and coaching. This is why I created the Pro Mom Bloggers Tribe and why it is available at such a low price (currently only $10 a month).