4 Great Time Saving Tips For Mommy Bloggers

Ah, time.  There never does seem to be quite enough hours in the day to get everything you want done.  This is even more apparent when you are a working parent, especially when you also run (or are thinking about starting) a blog.

This apparent lack of time puts a lot of people off blogging entirely and I can understand why.

However, there are a LOT of things that you can do to save time when blogging and make things that little bit easier for yourself.

That’s why I thought I’d put together a quick list of some time saving tips that you can use yourself, I know these tips certainly help me.

Time Saving Tips

1. Make A Writing Schedule

At the end of the day, blogging is all about writing.

There is a lot more that goes into blogging as a whole, (i.e. social media, email marketing, etc.) but you always need to spend some quality time writing content in order to get people to visit and read your blog on a regular basis.

In order to make the most of your time you really need to think about making a writing schedule for yourself.

If you can find half an hour every weekday after the kids have gone to bed, or an hour on Tuesday/Thursday morning before anyone wakes up, or instead of watching that awful TV show (or whatever time you can fit into your already busy schedule) then you can spend some dedicated time writing.

I find that I am much more productive when I know that I have an hours slot on X day at X time, instead of trying to get a post written in 5-10 minute chunks throughout the week when I can find a bit of time.

However busy you are during the week, you can always find an hour or two that you can dedicate to simply just writing.

The important part, of course, is to stick to that schedule when you have made it, which brings me nicely to my next point.

2. Get Rid Of Distractions

Let’s be honest, distractions can be a nightmare when you need to get something done.  Something as simple as just uploading and publishing your post that you wrote the night before can take forever when the dog is barking, the TV is on, the phone is ringing and the kids are “playing” whilst managing to make a huge mess in the process.

A 5 minute task can take an hour or more, or worse, be put off until later, which let’s be honest could end up being tomorrow, next week or next month.

There are people out there that can work perfectly well with everything going on around them.

Me?  I just cannot do that and find that I work much better when I can remove myself from as many distractions as I can.

This is one of the reasons I like to get writing just after my daughter has gone to bed.  I am much more productive in that hour, to an hour and a half, than I am during the day with everything going on around me.

Distractions can come in the form of many things however.  As easy as it is to get distracted by life itself going on around you during the day, we can be our own worst nightmare by choosing to divide our attention between too many things at once.

Social media is a prime example of this.  Too often I used to sit down for a “dedicated writing session” for an hour or so, only to find that I had wasted that time on Twitter or Facebook.

Yes, this may have been “blogging” related social media that I was doing, but still, I had failed to get any proper writing done.  Now, I always make sure that I turn off my social media, email, skype and my phone before I start writing, otherwise I’ll never get anything done.

3. The “Social Media Coffee Break”

As much as I hate social media for distracting me when I need to get something important done, it is important for helping to spread the word and market your blog to new people.

Social Media Coffee Break

The great thing about social media is that you can just drop in and out of it when you can and do a little bit often.

This is when I like to do the “social media coffee break” when I can just sit down with a coffee (or a cup of green tea in my case) and just spend 5-10 minutes on Twitter or Google+.

This allows me to retweet a link to my latest post(s), catch up on any messages I may have gotten and perhaps share a few links that I think my followers may like.

As soon as I finish my drink, the phone/laptop gets turned off and go back to doing whatever I was doing.

Now, whilst I have called this section the “social media coffee break”, it can really apply to any 5-10 minute break you can get (I should probably have come up with a better name).  For example;

  • Sat in the car waiting for the kids to come out of school,
  • When in the car (not whilst driving though!),
  • Waiting for an appointment with the Doctor/Dentist/Optician, etc.
  • An ad break during your favourite show,
  • …and so on.

When you think about it there are plenty of opportunities during the day to go on social media that won’t actually eat into any schedule you have.

4. Note Down Your Blog Post Ideas

I don’t know about you but I find that one of the hardest, and probably most time consuming part of blog writing is coming up with a good topic to write about in the first place.

Time can seem to fly by when you are staring at that blinking cursor on your open, completely empty, white word document.

The easiest way to solve this and save yourself a heap of time in the process is to simply make a note of any ideas when you get them.

I often find that I get my best ideas at the weirdest times.  I can be wandering around the fruit and veg section of the supermarket, pick up a cauliflower and think “Hmm, Pinterest would be a good topic for a post”, or be halfway through watching an episode of Masterchef when “Oh, I should write a tutorial on SEO will pop into my head.

Why I get these ideas at bizarre (strangely food orientated?!?!) times I do not know, but that is how I seem to work.

Getting into the habit of making a note of these ideas on my phone when I get them has literally saved me countless hours.  Before, I could lose a whole nights work just trying to come up with a decent idea.

Your Turn:

So, there you go, four very simple yet effective time saving tips that have helped me with my blogging.  Absolutely anyone can get into blogging if they put their mind to it.

As hectic as our lives seem to be, there is always a way to find time for things if you are a bit more “time savvy” and organised.    

Now pass me that pineapple, I feel an idea coming on.

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What time saving tips do you use?  Do you use any of the tips that I have mentioned? 

Please leave a comment below.



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Catherine Holt is the founder of Blogging Tips 101. She has been an internet marketer since 2012. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google and Pinterest.

28 Responses to “4 Great Time Saving Tips For Mommy Bloggers”

written by Erica On 18 February 2015 Reply

Thanks for a great post. I seem to always be in the mommy blogger time vacuum. I’m so glad I found your blog on teach me tuesday link party- I’m going stay and click around a while! Thanks

written by Catherine Holt On 18 February 2015 Reply

Oh that vacuum is a powerful one isn’t it Erica! A mommy’s job is NEVER done, and then add blogging to the mix, it seriously feels like we never sleep sometimes. It is good to be able to get some kind of control over the situation otherwise things can spiral out of hand pretty quickly. That may work for the short time, but certainly isn’t sustainable.

Glad you enjoyed the post, and thanks for popping over. Hope we see more of you soon :-)

written by Mi Muba On 18 February 2015 Reply

Hi Catherine

Very important topic as so many people despite being so good in writing and expressing their thoughts are shy to start a blog just fearing an extra burden which they easily can manage by following the wonderful tips of this post.

I especially like the last one noting down of ideas. This is very important to note down an idea whenever it comes into your mind. Many people think they will not forget it and will note down after sometime. This is the biggest mistake because usually an idea go out of the mind in the same speed as it comes into it.

Rest of the three points are equally useful and by following them a busy parent can easily manage her blog without much time.

Thanks for sharing this very useful post.

Have a great rest of the week.

written by Catherine Holt On 18 February 2015 Reply

Thanks Mi. I agree that writing ideas down is so crucial. When your head is filled with “Frozen” songs, the last thing you will be able to retain is a blog post idea…lol.

Everyone is busy, but if you can organize yourself, then people will be surprised at how much time they can find and blogging is certainly a great thing to fill that time with!

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with us :-)

written by Atish Ranjan On 18 February 2015 Reply

One thing, I am doing which is I note down the post ideas whenever I get any. Like if I am walking and suddenly an idea hits my mind, I just note that down in my smartphone.

Sometimes while watching TV program I get idea, I note that down too. It surely saves a lot of time.

Thanks for this awesome write up Catherine.

These are not only the saving tips for Mommy bloggers but for every bloggers.

written by Catherine Holt On 18 February 2015 Reply

Thanks Atish. It’s amazing how ideas come to you in the strangest of places isn’t it. However they can disappear as fast as they come, so writing them down is crucial. You will only regret it later if you don’t!

Absolutely, these tips can be applied to all bloggers…we all need to balance our time to maximize our blogging potential :-)

Thanks for heading over and taking the time to comment today :-)

written by Creatively Homespun On 19 February 2015 Reply

Thanks for sharing at the Bajan Texan Link up! I keep getting drawn into your pins! I think every time I go to click on something it’s yours! lol We must think alike! ;-)

written by Catherine Holt On 19 February 2015 Reply

Ha ha…well that’s great to hear. Great minds think alike so they say :-)

written by Adoring Family On 20 February 2015 Reply

This is SO helpful. I am so happy to have found your blog :D

written by Catherine Holt On 20 February 2015 Reply

Welcome to the blog, so glad you stopped by!

Blogging and being a mommy is no easy feat, but if you set yourself some guidelines and time restrictions then it IS possible…and will remain fun! Burn out, and blogging looses it’s appeal!

I’m glad that you found these tips useful, and thanks for taking the time to comment :-)

written by Susan On 20 February 2015 Reply

I so need these tips right now. I ended up doing a social media free fall with my time. I need to really stick to a social media schedule. Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party at Organized 31.

written by Catherine Holt On 20 February 2015 Reply

You are not the only one Susan. It is SO easy to do! The problem with blogging is that you really need to spend time making connections and building relationships with other bloggers. This is often undertaken on social media.

The problem is however that time can literally vanish before your eyes and before you know it, the half hour you were going to spend has turned into 3 ours….oops!

Sticking to a social media schedule will help combat this, and you will find that you achieve so much more.

Good luck in your withdrawal from social media….he he.

Thanks for taking the time to share with us today, hope to see you back again soon :-)

written by Jennie @ Little Girl Designs On 21 February 2015 Reply

Thanks for these ideas! I agree that having time scheduled out to write is so important. For me, that means getting up early before anyone else is up. It is hard but once I have a cup of tea in hand, it is worth it. I can think so much more clearly when I don’t have so many distractions. :) And I love your ‘coffee break’ social media idea. I need to be better at that because I get sucked in and then realize I’ve spent way too much time scrolling, reading, clicking, etc. :) Have a great day!

written by Catherine Holt On 23 February 2015 Reply

Oh that cup of tea first thing in the morning can make everything right can’t it Jennie :-)

It is important to find that time of the day that works well for you and it sounds like the morning’s are the best quiet time for you. It can be hard to set up the discipline, but once you start the habit easily forms.

Ha ha…social media sucks us all in I think! If you don’t physically shut it down, you can easily find that you spend half your night there. Not good when you are trying to get work done!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts here, and I am glad that these tips were useful for you :-)

written by Brittany On 21 February 2015 Reply

Great tips! I need to implement a writing schedule. I often find myself complaining that I have no time to blog, but if I minimize distractions and carve out specific time for writing, I’m sure I can find some.
Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week :)

written by Catherine Holt On 23 February 2015 Reply

It’s so hard Brittany isn’t it. You are certainly not alone as I think this is the cry for most bloggers.

It is important however to set a schedule and stick to it. It will really help to define the time, the tasks that are completed and feel that you are achieving something. Otherwise it can be so easy to get lost in the all consuming tasks.

So glad that this was helpful to you. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment here :-)

written by Jennifer Abel On 23 February 2015 Reply

Some great tips here to save time , blogging is a slow climb and any time saved is a bonus, Thanks for sharing with #mum-bomonday & #wednasdayswisdom, always good to have you share with us.

written by Catherine Holt On 23 February 2015 Reply

Thanks Jennifer. It’s amazing how time can literally be sucked away from you when blogging. It is therefore important to keep on track. Time can easily be saved in lots of manners, but the trick is recognizing it and then being willing to make some changes.

Glad you found these tips useful.

written by Lou Lou Girls On 24 February 2015 Reply

Incredible post. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for taking the time to party with us. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. It wouldn’t be a party without you! Lou Lou Girls

written by Catherine Holt On 24 February 2015 Reply

That’s lovely, glad you liked it :-)

written by Laura On 3 March 2015 Reply

I needed this. Great tips!!

written by Catherine Holt On 3 March 2015 Reply

Great to hear that it was helpful Laura :-)

written by Candice On 4 March 2015 Reply

Love this. Here’s a tip for feature post. Do not let you 20 month old near your bloggers planner :) Thanks for linking up to Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party and I have pinned this to our board

written by Catherine Holt On 5 March 2015 Reply

Lol…I can totally relate Candice! I have given up even trying to blog when my 3 year old is around. It’s just not worth the pain!

written by Heather On 13 March 2015 Reply

These are great tips! The distractions one is my worst enemy. I have to close everything when I am trying to get a post done. facebook, skype twitter… all of it needs to go away. I see a notification and I have complete blogging ADD. 45 minutes later I have said happy birthday to someone on facebook, remembered I had to order someone else a birthday pressent, saw an amazon item i wanted to promote, changed a banner and then didn’t get a post done :) My biggest help in saving time is using a timer. When i need to get a little more action on something i will set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes and get to it on that one task only. After closing all other windows to avoid distractions of course. Thanks again for a great post!

written by Catherine Holt On 17 March 2015 Reply

It really is so easy to do isn’t it Heather. You are not alone, I think we are all guilty of it! If you turn everything off, you can certainly be a whole lot more effective and it’s amazing how much more time you can create. It does however take some practice as it can still be tempting to open up a new window “just to check”, but discipline over time will help create a good habit.

I appreciate you taking the time to share your ideas here :-)

written by Kristy as Giftie Etcetera On 14 March 2015 Reply

I do all my social media with a cup of coffee in hand!

written by Catherine Holt On 17 March 2015 Reply

Lol…that is totally the best way isn’t it Kristy :-)

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