I once read that Mums are squeezing in an extra 28 hours of graft looking after their homes and families.
That’s not including any kind of ‘real work’ in whatever format we do it in.
Now before all of the Dads start kicking off about inequality, I read it in the Daily Mail. Take how it is worded with a pinch of salt.
Families are no longer as simple as Dad goes to work and Mum stays at home. Likewise, there are plenty of us that are or aren’t in full-time employment, but who still work around the clock to get everything done.
Whilst I don’t agree with the phrasing of the soundbite I heard, I do concur that we are all flipping busy.
I work part-time, looking after my daughter the rest of the time. Posts are written or promoted in any spare minute. I am responsible for the lion’s share of the domestic admin. I exercise as much as I can. When I am not doing any of those things, I am tatting about crafting or being a friend/daughter/sister and so on.
So how can we fit it all in?
If anything tends to give, it’s the blogging side of life.
That’s not cool, especially because it is becoming increasingly important to me as I push my freelance copywriting business.
So here are some tips that I try to follow to cram extra blogging time into my daily routine:
Write a backlog of posts
How satisfying is it to have a backlog of posts just sitting there, ready to go? I try to write when I can and not only when I need to publish a post. That way, I have posts in my planner than can go live at any time, which is particularly important when the rest of my life takes over.
Carry a notebook
It might seem a bit old school, but having a notebook can help you to jot down ideas as they strike you. I find that I can scribble more effectively than I can type when I get an idea, so it works better for me.
Use a notes app
Once you have your outline, flesh it out as you go.
Use every second
I am not one to advocate using your phone when you should be playing with your kids, but on the rare occasion that you might get 3 minutes and 10 seconds peace, update your drafts. I’m not proud to admit it, but I’ve even been known to write whilst on the loo. Needs must.
More appropriately perhaps, write when waiting for the kettle to boil or whilst on a train.
Go to bed early
We are all guilty of staying up late, and whilst I have written posts about how we should put our phones down at bed time, in truth, this may be your only time. A notepad works very well if you have a technology curfew.
Have a plan
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, an editorial plan for your blog will help you to fill your time more efficiently.
Even if this is just a list of topics that you have thought of on the fly with a possible date to publish, it’s better than nothing.
What other tips do you have?