When it comes to managing time for your blog/business, time management is everything. That’s why I am so thankful to have gotten my kiddo on a somewhat consistent daily schedule. It allows me the time I need to focus daily on my blog and business without wanting to pull my hair out. God knows I have only so much hair left to lose these days…
So here is what a normal(ish) day looks like for my baby and me:
First of all, it’s important to know that I work in “batch days”. This means I have a specific theme for each day of the week and I stick to this theme and plan out my content for the next seven days based on that theme. For example, Mondays are dedicated to my Twitter feed. I plan out all of my content for the next seven days using Hootsuite (aff link). Here’s my full schedule:
- Monday — Twitter
- Tuesday — Facebook
- Wednesday — Graphics Creation
- Thursday — Pinterest
- Friday — Instagram
- Saturday — Email List
- Sunday — Blog Content
By “batching” my days like this, I find that I save a ton of time. Once I’ve scheduled everything, I sometimes have some extra time to spare. I usually dedicate this time to working on more blog content and engagement within my social media communities.
Anywho… back to our regular scheduled program:
The baby usually wakes early and so do I, usually very reluctantly. I’m not a morning person, nor have I ever been. I feel like having a baby makes us night owls slowly become morning people, but it has been a sloooow process for me. I begrudgingly roll out of bed, make a bottle and feed and change Baby Z, then bring him into the living room to allow him some play time while I make a cup of coffee and read through my to-do list for the day and check emails. This semi-uninterrupted time usually lasts about 30-45 minutes. Then I usually get down on the floor and play with him and keep him from getting into too much trouble. Sometimes we make time for running early morning errands around this time, too, depending on what needs to get done or what is planned for the rest of the day.
9:30-10:00am is usually when Baby Z gets some more food and goes down for his morning nap. On a good day, he will sleep about 1.5-2 hours. I use this time to eat, load the dishes and/or a load of laundry and then work on my blog posts or content upgrades since it’s usually when I’m most productive and my brain is buzzing from my morning coffee.
Baby wakes and I get him ready to either run errands, go to the gym with my awesome friend/accountibilibuddy (thank goodness for free gym childcare), or a scheduled play date. Sometimes we stay home if Hubs is planning to come home for lunch and watch a TV episode or read some books.
Baby goes down for his afternoon nap around 2pm and sleeps for an hour on average. I use this time to tidy up and work on scheduling content or engaging with my following. When Baby Z wakes it’s time for more independent play while I get things ready for dinner that evening. Sometimes we take our dog to the dog park or take a stroll around the neighborhood, too.
Hubs usually gets home around 5pm and the moment he puts his foot through the door, the baby is all his while I make dinner (making food is my recovery period for the day. It’s a lot like self-care for me since I love cooking, but that’s just me). Sometimes we go for an evening walk with the dog, too. Baby Z also has weekly swim classes in the evening and on these days I make Instant Pot dinners and let them cook while we’re out. After dinner, Baby is fed, bathed (sometimes), and then goes to bed between 6:30 and 7:00pm.
Hubs and I have bonding time, talk, discuss plans, etc, then I usually work on my blog for another hour or read while he plays video games (he games with his brother who lives across the country so it’s good for them both since they’re very close). Then we play an episode or two of our latest TV show addiction and go to bed.
And that’s what a “normal” weekday looks like for us. I’m telling you, working to get your kiddo on a schedule is a huge lifesaver. Having a husband who takes over the parenting role once he gets home is also a huge help.
While this exact schedule may not work for you, it’s helpful to know what works for others so that you can get an idea of how to work your blog/business into your day. You may have an older child that requires more time, or multiples which I know can be more demanding. But it all revolves around setting a schedule for your family and yourself.
As a WAHM, what works best for you and your Littles?