time management

How to Be the Most Organized Blogger Ever

Don't you hate it when you have nothing planned ahead? It makes me so nervous. The very last thing I want to be doing is staying up too late (past ten for me) or working during my non-work hours on something I really could and should have done a long time ago.

I work best when I'm strict with myself and when I create a system that I can stick to. I've shared this template before, but I want to share it again because it keeps me on track and it helped me plan months ahead for my maternity leave. 

This template helps you go from the ideas in your head to putting down the final blog post link. It also has the reminders that I need to have in order to officially complete a post. So, yours might be a bit different, but you'll get the gist!

I love creating templates like this on Google Sheets because not only can I work on it on my desktop computer, but I can also access it from my phone too, which is super handy!

So go ahead and grab all of your blog post ideas that you have written everywhere, download the template, and make it your own! You will be the most organized blogger ever!

How to Work From Home and Accept the Interruptions

I sometimes feel like people don't understand what we, as moms, go through in our daily lives. We are always in "mom mode." We always have our mom caps on and we're usually thinking ahead and trying to predict the future. I have yet to master that part. 

Now, throw in creating and building your own business, while staying home, all on top of your other responsibilities, it can definitely seem like a lot and can get quite overwhelming. 

I created a workbook that will save you so much time! If you're a mom and you work from home-you need a plan and you need something you can stick to. This workbook will walk through the same process I use to go from an idea to planning out each hour of my work day. It's something you'll refer back to and print over and over again because it is just that useful. 

It can be very exciting to start an online business. At first, you're gathering up as much information as possible on Pinterest, you're reading blog posts, listening to podcasts, and making a ton of notes (and work) for yourself. You're basically running off of adrenaline at this point. 

Then a kid gets sick or something unexpected happens in your family and everything has to be set aside. You feel like such a failure for not giving your new baby (your business) the attention it deserves. You make a promise to yourself that you'll get back to it when you have time. 

After a week or more goes by you're either going to do one of two things. Dive right back in or find another reason to not move forward. You may have a perfectly legit reason for not moving forward at the time, but more than likely you're scared. You ran out of steam and you're not sure how to get it back. 

This is why we need to have a plan mom. Because it happens to ALL OF US. When I found out I am having my third baby this fall I was completely floored. This was not written down in my planner! Once I accepted the fact that things will change again this coming Summer I knew I had a really good reason to get my shit together and become a master of time management and planning ahead. Strategically. 

I've not only cut down on my hours, but I've planned out the next year. Because I have to. I really don't want to be laying in the hospital bed thinking, "oh shoot! I forgot to publish and promote my new blog post!" That's just not going to happen. When that new baby comes I will be able to know the wheels are turning without me. 

This is not only how I plan for big life events, but I also plan my days this way. Because, like I said before, I have no clue who is going to wake up sick today. I have no power over what my 2 year old will think entertainment is on a Tuesday afternoon.  And I have no clue if my 7 year old just needs some mom time or would rather hang out in his room when he gets home. I don't know. And that's OK. 

What I do know, is that I will plan to work on my business from 1-5 every week day. I do know that I have a  weekly blog post, a weekly podcast, client work, networking, marketing, and creation to be done. And I do know that I have a theme for each month so I'm not struggling with writers block. I also know that if my husband wants to take us all out for supper on a Friday, I will more than happily shut my laptop and get the kids ready because I can wake up early on Saturday and get some work done too while everyone is sleeping. 

My biggest tip for working from home is to not be so hard on yourself and set boundaries. As I said before, I have set hours. That's that. If you haven't implemented this into you day, DO IT. I can't tell you how much more productive I've become after knowing I have an hour to get this done.