Sometimes I wonder if I have enough time to blog.
Blogging has been something I have been wanting to do for a few years but never got around to starting, for various reasons. Now that I have, I am loving it. I love connecting with like-minded people who share ideas and knowledge. I love how we can learn from each other and there is a real sense of community.
That being said, it takes time, time that any homesteader and Mom knows is precious. It seems there is never enough hours in the day to get everything done. Throw in little people who require a huge chunk of your time and attention and you have your average homesteading Mom blogger. Welcome to the crazy life 🙂
I started this blog in the winter months (March), when things outside are at a stand still and there is not much to do. Now that spring has arrived and work needs to get done outside, I find my days bursting at the seams. Time I had before to sit and read, or write a blog post is gone. Seeds need to be started, fences need to be mended, gardens need to be built, the list goes on and on. Did I ‘bite off more than I can chew’, by starting this blog? So how do I get it all done?
I will tell you my secret for getting all that I need done.
To-do lists and flexibility, (having an awesome husband helps as well). 🙂
I don’t have the luxury of writing when inspiration hits, I write on a schedule, and that schedule revolves around my little ones nap time and the weather.
Being a Mom means that, no matter how much planning I do in advance sometimes it all goes down the drain when someone needs attention or time, they are my first priority.
My best defense is being flexible, if the baby decides to take a two-hour nap in the morning instead of the afternoon, awesome, excuse me while I go and get my chores done and take some pictures for a blog post. Baby decides to nap for 20 minutes, great, I’ll get the laundry on the line. The rain was supposed to come tomorrow but came today, that’s alright, I’ll write instead of doing the fence. Being able to adapt to the current situation and having an ongoing list of indoor and outdoor to-do’s is what keeps this Mom moving forward.
Having a current to-do list for both indoor and outdoor jobs helps me prioritize. I know what needs to get done and what jobs aren’t urgent and can be put off, if need be.
My tips for getting it all done:
- Lists, I love lists, I also love the satisfaction of crossing things off when I get them done.
- Plan ahead, by looking at the weather forecast for the week I can schedule when I will work outside during A’s morning naps or write.
- Flexible, if it decides to rain on one day I switch my to-do list and get some writing done.
- Write down blogging ideas, have a pen and paper around to jot down ideas as they come to you. My ideas usually come to me as I’m working outside or in the shower 🙂
- Write in advance, I love that I can write a post and save it in my drafts. This means I have posts available if for one reason or another I’m not able to write for a few days.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff, this is something that I continue to work on. I get easily frustrated when not everything is crossed off my daily to-do list, but I also remember that being a Mom to my kids comes first, and if I get to spend my writing time playing or reading to my children, that is time well spent. Our children are only little once!
- Get the kids involved, when we are working outside the kids are out with us. If we are planting the garden they are helping.
- Meal planning, there is nothing worse than coming to the end of the day and realizing that there is nothing out for supper, use a weekly meal menu to plan ahead for suppers. When I’m working I use a two-week menu to plan supper and grocery shopping.
- Babywearing, I love using my carrier when A is fussy and I still have things I need to get done. Check out this post for more information on babywearing around the homestead.
It’s my perfectly imperfect life 🙂 Now if you’ll excuse me, I hear the baby waking up…..
What are your tips and tricks for getting it all done?