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I am hoping to get some helpful tips from this discussion as I am struggling with this. Of course I love my family and want to put their needs first, but how do I not turn into a walking zombie from staying up til 2a.m. and be successful with my blog/website?
Thank you for your support!
I really have to plan out my next day and/or week. Have a bullet list of things to get done to help me stay focused, and force myself to quit working when it's family time.
What I would like to suggest is to start creating a blogging calendar. Decide how many times of the week you are going to post and stick to it. Find some time where you can write your blog post in advance and schedule them. If you are using wordpress you can schedule your posts in advance and you can use the "editorial calendar" to help you stay on track.
I hope that helps!!
And basically everybody suffers -- family and blog!
I am married with teenagers but it didn't make it any easier to make time for my blog, as I also had to balance appoinments with clients. But since I was placed on bedrest (am expecting), I got to spend more time updating my blog but also wanted to figure out how I could put a system in place for when the baby arrived. This is what I learned from a fellow blogger, use an editorial calendar to plan your month in advance. By doing so you can plan possible topics and activities ahead of time each month - this gives you a chance to write and schedule blogs. Adjustments can always be made.
I have since adopted this system and it is already working for me considering that I have to spend 95% of my time in the laying position, with plenty of rest - that is if I want to delay pre-mature labor.
I try to make sure I blog while the kids are still sleeping, either before school or after bedtime. That's when I get most work done. I jot down ideas all throughout the day, because sometimes I just get inspired and need to put something down to remember it later.
As fas as my husband we both have our "me" time when he plays his video games and I come and network for a little while.
I have twin boys and both my husband and I have no help. I work on my blog at night. I wrote an article about time management at http://mamainheels.com/2012/11/26/there-is-a-time-for-everything/ if you want to read it.
I write at my computer during quiet/nap times and after the kids go to bed. I also write rough drafts on my phone while I'm waiting in lines or sitting in the passenger seat of the car or wherever I don't have the kids to worry about.
I'm struggling to find the time to network beyond just the actual blog, though. I just need to focus on that as well.
I understand your issue because I live it every day in a different way. You can do it but you have to think efficiency. First of all, you have to figure out what kind of voice you want to have when you write. Once you figure it out, then you will get into a writing rhythm. Yes, it comes down to efficiency and rhythm. If I can do it, you can do it.
For instance, I write a daily blog on entrepreneurship and investing and I just got done with my first book, which will be published in the next week or so. I will have another two business books completed in the next 2 to 4 months. (Writing is not my full-time job but I do it because it makes me think about my topics.)
The secret is that I use a production system invented by Taiichi Ohno, the founder and inventor of the Toyota Production System.
To summarize it quickly:
1. I use one-piece flow and write and edit the article in one sequence.
2. I block all noise away from me when I write because it enables me to write faster. For example, I can write anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 words in one hour, depending on the subject. The more you know about the subject, the quicker you can write. But it's not about how long the article is or how quickly you write ... it's about what you have to say. If it is only a few paragraphs, so be it.
3. Allocate a time when you want to write and do not let anything disturb you. With kids (and I have four myself), you have to do it during hours when they are not around or after they go to sleep.
4. Analyze your schedule and you will find wasted time in your life that you caused and as well as people around you ... and I do not count any time with kids wasted. I am talking about your friends, family and circumstances that might waste your time when you actually want to be writing.
There are lots of other things I can give you from a tactical perspective but "writing is nothing but production of ideas put on paper." The more you understand what and how you want to write, the quicker you will write with more efficiency and purpose.
5. You don't have to be Stephenie Meyers to be able to write. You will get better -- the more you write.
I hope this was helpful. For some of the other efficiency strategies and tactics, you can check out my website. It's on my profile page. I write about every aspect of entrepreneurship and investing and one of them is efficiency. Once you understand efficiency, you can apply it to anything ... even writing. The articles are under the efficionado series of columns that discuss different aspects of using Toyota Production System in various functions of any business.
Ahh, I am struggling with the same thing. I have actually based my blogs around kid crafts and recipes, so that I can take pictures of them doing what I will be blogging about. When I have time throughout the day, I start compiling a draft of my content, and then finalize the draft at night. This is the only thing that works for me, as I am a mom, a nanny of an 8 month old, and a full-time student at ITT Tech. Hope to see you over @Busy, Young, Single Momma Sanity !
I have 2 kids. Both are toddlers. They are pretty demanding, plus, I work full time. So I do my blogging stuff in the car going to work and during breaktime. I could not even do it at home because by the time the kids are sleeping it's already very late that I need my beauty rest as well.
I hear ya! I don't know how long you've been blogging but I've only been at it a couple of months. To get it set up and going I've spent countless hours working away, ignoring dishes, laundry and my precious T.V. time. I'm hoping that I as I get things in order, it won't take as much time during the day and I can save my writing for the evening. I always pop a few links to my facebook page to anything I've come across in spare time when I don't have time to write a whole post. It keeps my audience captivated and literally takes seconds! Good luck with everything, and we'll get some sleep soon I hope!