4 Easy Ways to Find Time to Blog

4 Easy Ways to Find Time to Blog

How to find time to blog…that is a question I hear bloggers ask all the time. I myself struggle with it. First off, as a mother, we put everything before ourselves. Even if you are treating your blog like a business you can still end up putting it at the bottom of the to-do list.

For me, I feel a bit guilty when I am working on my blog and there is a pile of laundry that needs to be done or the floors need to be swept (oh the dog hair never ends!).

Mom Duties

I am a stay at home mom and so I feel like those are my duties. My job that I get paid zero dollars for but wouldn’t trade it for anything is to take care of the house and everyone in it.

That is a lot to take care of! I’m not complaining I am stating the truth! As stay at home/work from home moms we wear many hats.

We are in charge of cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, kid’s activities, vet and doctor appointments, paying the bills, meal planning, laundry, and did I say cleaning? Because it should be listed twice because it is never ending…..(again oh the dang dog hair!).

Two Full-Time Jobs

That alone is more than a full-time job. Then what if you really do have a full-time job! If you have to leave your house and go to a full-time job plus do all of that then you are amazing! I have been there and it is extremely hard! Especially when you have to drive an hour to and from work.

What I have learned from working outside of the home is to plan and to be as prepared as much as possible to make the week go by smoother. Now that I am a stay at home mom I still try and plan everything out as much as I can.

The hard part about being a work from home mom, for me anyway, is that my boss is pretty chill…she lets me do whatever I want (that’s because it’s me). Even worse is my husband is completely fine with it too!

However, I don’t like when things don’t get done with either my chores or my blog but when I am falling behind he always tells me “It’s fine! Just relax and watch T.V.”. Not because he is going to help so he doesn’t quite understand that just makes more work for me later.

Again, I do take my mommy duties very seriously and so, therefore, I put them all before my blog.

I tell myself all day “okay after I finish this I am going to find time to blog” and then you know how it works in the middle of that project you see something else that has to be done or you keep getting interrupted.

Priorities

So, I decided that I needed to move my blog higher up on the priority list. When I worked outside of the house, unfortunately, work came first. I had to go to work. I had to be there dressed and on time. So I needed to treat my blog that way if I wanted it to be a success.

My husband is hopeful for my blog but he definitely thinks it is a hobby and so when I stress and say “I have to find time to work on my blog” he says “well you don’t HAVE to”…because he pays the bills so it’s not like we can’t survive without it…but that’s not the point right?

We aren’t doing this because we HAVE to….well maybe you are…but most I would say we are doing it because we WANT to!

We want to have something that is ours! We want to still be important and add value and be more than just someone’s mom or wife.

I want to prove that I can and honestly, I want to make more than my husband because in this world the husbands usually make more than the wives so I think that would be pretty cool! #goals

I have focused on making more time for my blog and I want to share with you how I have done it.

4 easy ways to find time to blog by mom blog from home

#1 IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN…..PLAN TO FAIL

(Or as my very dear friend calls it….get your poop in a group…haha!)

I know you have heard it before but it is so very true! I grew up with a wing it kind of attitude. My mom is very carefree and is definitely not known for her promptness or preparedness. I think because of that my older sister and I tend to be more proactive and try to be on time and prepared.

Now since we weren’t raised that way we have had to find our own path to become that way. I say that because we are by no means perfect at it.

Sometimes it feels like it is more work but it makes the week go by so much smoother.

Example #1

This weekend I planned out our meals for the whole month. As I planned it out I added my groceries to my Wal-Mart grocery pickup order online. The next day I went and picked up my groceries and then prepped our meals for the rest of the week. I prepped my daughter’s school lunches and all dinners for the week. (if you’re looking I use these containers for her lunches and when I prep for my husband and I, I use these containers. Both inexpensive and super easy to use, clean and store!)

We will have enough food for leftovers for lunch and no one is a big breakfast eater so I only need to worry about dinners.

Normally for breakfast, we all just grab a protein bar or something. Now with dinners planned and prepped, I don’t have to spend 30-45 mins trying to figure out what to make for supper each night and finally deciding to just order a pizza.

That is a fairly obvious time-saver that many SAHM’s probably already do. It did take up a big portion of my weekend but now I have saved a bunch of time and stress over meals all week. Also when I added up how much we would save by not eating out so much I was shocked!

Saving dough and dough (pizza dough and dollar bills!)

I didn’t think we were spending that much eating out because there are only three of us…but yep we will save a bunch!

My plan is to regroup each weekend and see what all I still have left and what I still need to get and then preorder it and pick it up!

If you are not a War-Mart fan then I know other stores offer this feature as well! It saves me the hassle of waiting in line and dealing with all the people (especially now during the holidays) and it also keeps me from overspending too!

Example #2 

Just like planning out food it helps so much if you plan out outfits too. My daughter is NOT a morning person so she doesn’t like getting up any earlier than she has to. Also, she is at the age where she doesn’t like the clothes I pick out for her. So it makes mornings run much smoother if we pick out her outfits for the week together Sunday evening.

This way we are prepared for P.E. days when she needs to wear tennis shoes and so on. This also ensures that we don’t miss any fun activities at school like pajama day or crazy sock day. We are already ready for the week!

So you can see how planning in life then frees up time to work on your blog…so what do you think you should do with your blog? That’s right! Plan! If you can get your blog more organized then when you find time to blog you won’t spend 30 minutes of it trying to remember what you were doing before when you were working on your blog.

Also, another great thing that will help with that is to stay consistent. Then there won’t be gaps in between working on it and you will be less likely to feel so lost when you try and pick it back up!

I see many bloggers use a bullet journal to help keep them on track and organized with their blogs. I got this journal and I do love how you can customize each page instead of struggling to find a planner that works for you and your specific needs.

You can get some fun pens (these are erasable gel pens!) and get some pretty Washi masking tape like this set and design each page to your liking!

 

#2 MOTIVATION

Some people are born motivated and can just go-go all day and you can’t get them to slow down….*cough: my husband!* He literally jumps out of bed around 5 am or earlier and does not stop until he is forced to slow down at night and then when he stops moving for more than 10 seconds he is asleep.

He has been that way since I met him. Most of our friends call him a robot because he requires very little sleep…some times zero. I have seen him go strong and hard for almost 48 hours. Running on maybe a 30-minute cat nap.

I, however, hibernate every night and I wish that I had his motivation. Just like my daughter, I am not a morning person but I want to be!

I get up sometimes around 5am and will go for a run and that helps me accomplish so much more that day but then it takes days for me to recoup.

What motivates you?

If you are like me and you need to find something to help push you through the day then find what motivates you! That will make a huge difference! Are you goal oriented? Do you like a lot of coffee? Do you like to check things off your to-do list? Do you like to workout? Do you have an accountability partner?

Find something that will drive you to make time for you and find time to blog! What has helped me tremendously is Spark. It is a vitamin “energy drink” that gives me mental focus. It’s sugar-free so guilt free and it has helped me so much! I started drinking it in 2012 and I have rarely gone a day without it!

Spark at Disney

We recently went to Disney World for my daughters birthday then came home and celebrated Thanksgiving. I drank the rest of my Spark while at Disney but I wanted to wait to order more until Cyber Monday when AdvoCare normally has a sale (even though I already get a hefty discount).

While I was waiting to order I just decided to go back to drinking coffee with my husband. I didn’t put two and two together until I found a Spark in the cabinet a couple days later and drank it. On the coffee, I was awake and alert but I had zero motivation.

Literally not thinking anything about it I drank the Spark I found and within 30 minutes I was ready to take on anything! Then it hit me! I hadn’t realized how much it helped me be motivated and stay focused! I won’t let myself run out again!

Get your blood flowing and get some rest!

Maybe you like to workout and you could go for a run in the mornings? That always helps get the blood flow going and helps me not feel so sluggish.

Also, as I said before some people require more sleep than others. There is no replacement for sleep!

I have found that even though it takes away from the time I am awake and could be working, I get more done if I get more sleep.

If I cut myself short on sleep the next day I am slow, tired, I can’t focus, I just keep yawning, and I don’t get much done.

So what is the point in staying awake longer trying to get more done if the next day I’m too tired to get anything done?

If I just get a good nights rest then I can accomplish so much more the next day being well rested. Even though I gave up work time the night before.

I have noticed too that our new mattress has helped a ton with getting a good nights sleep. We recently made the investment to get a new mattress and wow…I never realized how much we were missing out! Now my husband and I joke about how we just want to go lay in our nice new bed for fun.

Getting the rest our bodies need helps us be much more productive the next day!

Your Passion

Find your purpose or your passion, and remember why you are doing this, to begin with. Write that on your mirror so you can read it every morning. Remind yourself why it is important for you to move your blogging business to the top of the to-do list and find time to blog.

If you had a normal 9-5 job then you would have to put work first and everything else second so make sure you do that now! Ya know, except for taking care of the kids! Or maybe you currently do have a 9-5 job and you are looking for time to work on your blog, having that daily reminder of your purpose can make a huge difference!

Find 30 minutes

Get up 30 minutes earlier than normal and work on your blog. Work on it over your lunch. If you have a packed schedule you will have to really look at your day and see where you can squeeze in time to blog but having that motivation and drive makes a huge difference. If you don’t then it’s easy to come up with excuses.

For me, I am pretty lucky my daughter goes to school all day so I do have most of the day to myself to work on my blog. That doesn’t mean that I still don’t see everything that needs to be done around the house and end up doing that instead plus I have to run errands for my husband a lot as well and that takes up time.

Oddly enough for some reason when people know you stay at home they assume your free all day to do whatever so I get asked to help let the neighbor’s dogs out and stuff although that doesn’t take long but it still takes up precious time.

My sister lives down the street and is a work from home mom with four children that she homeschools….yes, that’s right we live different lives her and I! She is home all day with four kids and one child goes to school all day.

What works for her with 4 kids

She said the best way for her to get time to work on her online business is to get up with her husband at 4:45-5am and help get him off to work and then she works on her business until the kids wake up. She said at first she woke them up around 7:30 and they did school but it didn’t seem to work for their family.

She now lets them wake up on their own which is later in the morning but it works better for them. This new schedule gives her a few hours to work before the kids wake up. It also means the kids are more rested and alert during their school time.

#3 MAP OUT YOUR DAY 

Mapping out your daily routine will help you find the time you didn’t know you had. I did this and it shows I have all kinds of time but yet I was like “where is it all going?” and turns out that life happens and yes things come up (like watching the neighbors dogs) that you have to do but you can’t let that take away from your business.

By mapping out your daily routine you can see where you can make things more efficient. Maybe you like to get up and drink a cup of coffee and watch the news when you wake up but then you are struggling to find time to blog.

Well, maybe you have to give up that coffee and news time and try and switch it to coffee and blog time. Then you will see progress on your blog! Or maybe you watch TV at night after you put the kids to bed that you could cut out and make time for your blog.

No T.V.

I have met people that completely shut T.V. off in their homes because it is a distraction to their goals. I would have to agree it most certainly is a distraction for me.

I don’t have it on at all during the day so I can focus and work on my blog and then I may reward myself with a little Big Bang Theory at night. If I was looking for more time to blog then I would cut it out as well.

If your schedule is overwhelmed with cleaning (did I mention I have a dog that shreds?) then I would break it up into daily tasks so then you get a little done each day instead of feeling like you have to clean the whole house every day.

Or maybe if someone would buy me this vacuum for Christmas that would help! haha! (Update: I got the vacuum and it is amazing!!)

Delegate tasks out to save you some time

As soon as I feel I have made enough money with my blog to be comfortable with it, I plan on hiring someone to come clean my house for me. I am not a tax expert but I believe it would be a write off for my business (I am all about getting the most bang out of my buck) and my sanity would be worth it alone!

I always feel silly telling people I have one child and she is at school all day and I am short on time…but my husband is gone way more than he is home and when he is here he makes and mess and leaves again. Also, he works very hard at his job and then runs a lawn care company on the side.

I am in charge of invoices, scheduling, running errands, paying bills, all of that stuff on top of my many mommy hats I have to wear with no husband help. Oh, ya and I am trying to build my own online business. So even with one child, we are short on time.

I feel like God knew that was what was best for us. We tried for over 7 years for another child and after MANY surgeries, dr appts, blood draws, miscarriages, etc., we found out we can’t. So there is a little bit of our story.

Anyways, I think you will be very surprised how much time you can find by mapping out your daily routine!

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#4 ASK FOR HELP

No one said you have to do this alone. If your husband is on board and is home more than mine (lol!) then ask him to watch the kids so you can work on your blog. If your sister, mother, or friend would help watch the kiddos so you can find time to blog then ask them!

It takes a village to raise children and so there is no reason you can’t ask for help watching the kids so you can have some time for you and your business!

Or if you are to that point that you need help with your business because it is growing so fast then hiring a Virtual Assistant to help you!

Another great option is, if you don’t already, get an accountability partner to help keep you on track or use my accountability calendar I created below!

There is always so much to do and so little time to do it that the days just go by and the next thing you know its supper, bath and bedtime! Even worse yet you realize it’s been a week or more and you haven’t even logged into your blog!

That is not being consistent and not helping grow your business. It feels like you just worked on it and then you realize it has been days or even weeks….I know it’s horrible!

So I have decided to make an accountability calendar to keep you and myself in check. You can make one for yourself that meets your needs or you can get a copy of mine below!

 

 

On this calendar, the main goal is to help you find time to blog and to work daily on your blog. Whether that is 30 minutes a day or more that is up to you but again the main goal is to make sure you are doing something daily. That right there alone will make a huge difference.

You will feel like you are moving forward by consistently working on your blog.

Plus, when you are frustrated with your blogging business and you look back at your calendar to realize that you haven’t touched it in two weeks well then you will know why.

This calendar will also hold you accountable for not wasting your blog time. This will help to show you what you are accomplishing on your blog. If you are like most normal people that get sucked into emails and facebook then you will see where your struggles are.

I hope this calendar helps you move forward and help you find time to blog! I look forward to how much it is going to help me so I can’t wait to hear if it helps you!

Or maybe you’re still not sure if blogging is even right for you?

If you aren’t sure then I encourage you to read my post How to Tell If Blogging is Right For You and find out before stressing out too much!

My favorite saying that I have written on my fridge is “Massive action solves all problems“. I think about that when I get stuck or feel a little lost.

When I over think and analyze too much I realize that I have wasted 15 minutes stressing over what I should do next. If I would have just moved forward on something I would have accomplished more than stressing over the order of my to-do list.

When the house is a wreck, I need to do invoices for the lawn care, I need to write a blog post and try to find time to blog, but I don’t know where to start… I just start!

The more I can get done in a day whether it was in the right order or not is going to be more important than stressing about the order and wasting any precious time.

So for today, I leave you with those two reminders:

1. If you fail to plan…..plan to fail

2. Massive action solves all problems

I have heard those over the years and I don’t know who was the first person to say them or I would give them credit but they were both smart people I can tell you that!

Don’t forget to get your copy of my calendar if you haven’t already!

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Happy blogging!

Vanessa

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Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

 

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Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

I am not a very tech savvy person, I have said that openly many times. I thought I was as in I know how to do the main stuff like Facebook and Microsoft Word but as far as coding or any of that… Nope! It took me awhile to figure out WordPress! It was a life saver when I came across this one blog that literally walked me through it all and I decided to give credit where credit is due! The reason I have a functioning blog is because of this one blogger who I am so thankful I came across!

That blogger, and who I am so happy to share with you, is Suzi at StartAMomBlog. She has helped me so much! When you are at the very beginning stages of blogging it all seems so overwhelming! She helped walk me through the steps and what to do to be successful. I wish I was as strict at staying consistent as she is though. I would be a lot further along than I am if I was adamant about working on it every day. Also I do have shiny object syndrome that has gotten me in trouble as well! I will see another ebook or course that specializes in email marketing or Pinterest and I end up taking that and not staying on course! Plus I am not consistent so you can see how this has been a struggle!

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Blog By Number Course

I didn’t want anyone to feel that I was pushing a course on them by talking about how great Suzi’s course is but then I realized I was only hurting you by not sharing it. Suzi has so many wonderful courses but for my readers that are just starting out you would definitely want to start with the Blog By Number Course.

That is the course that I took and it’s very inexpensive. You may have heard me mention it before in other posts but I wanted to take time now to write a whole post only about it because she has some awesome Black Friday deals coming out!

Suzi did a soft launch of the Black Friday sales to test them out and called it Grey Friday. My sister actually grabbed one of the bundles she was offering and got two for the price of one!

You can check out her courses and ebooks right here! Take a look at them and see which one is best for you and then be on the look out for her Black Friday sale. She launched her Grey Friday last Friday and no one knows the winning bundle yet and I would assume that we won’t until next week. I hope not right before Black Friday but no one knows yet!

If you want a sneak peak at what the bundles where on Grey Friday to know what the possible Black Friday special will be then I can share that with you!

THE BUNDLES

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Perfect for Student Who Have Completed Blog by Number

  • 3 Course Bundle – List by Number, Theme by Number and Ebook by Number
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Great for Beginners

  • 2 Course Bundle – Blog by Number, The 9 Step Blog Plan and 200 Stock Images
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Those were the special bundles that were offered and only one was the winner so we will see soon which one it was!

I personally have purchased three of her courses and so far the Blog By Number is my favorite one! Again it is the main reason I even have a blog right now so I am a little partial to that one!

What Makes Suzi So Great?

You may be thinking well that’s all fine and dandy but what makes her an expert? Well, she may not even call herself an expert but she has proven she knows what she is talking about. Suzi started her blog when she was pregnant with baby number two and grew her blog as well as her belly. After a year of blogging she was making over $9,000 a month! Year two of her blog she did the same thing as the first and grew her blog and her belly with baby number three. Now her blog makes $20,000+ a month and she has three kids 3 and under. If that doesn’t show you she knows what she is doing I don’t know what else will!

Three kids 3 and under is amazing in itself! But then to be able to start and successfully grow a blog while helping thousands of others start and grow theirs is just amazing to me!!

One and Apparently Done

After 7 years of trying for baby number two I had come to accept God’s plan and now I have fully realized He knows me way better than I know myself. It feels like I am always running around like a chicken with my head cut off for the one I got! I can’t image more! Plus this way we get to give her more than we would have been able to….that’s the silver lining we try and find of the situation.

Now, if you are like me and you want to start a blog and you need help finding time, learning the latest techniques and programs, and you need someone that will give you the straight and honest answer then Suzi is the way to go!

I am always learning so much from her. I love reading her emails and seeing her go live on Facebook because I know I am going to learn something new. She proves that you don’t have to be perfect to be successful! Suzi does all of her blogging with her kids so there is normally one of them in the video or in the background. She doesn’t worry about everything being all perfect she just does it and does a great job at it!

Black Friday

As you can tell I think very highly of her and I would recommend her to anyone and everyone! Don’t miss out on her Black Friday special! I know I will be watching to see if it is something I don’t already have that I can get a good deal on! Not that her prices are very reasonable as is!

I hope you take a second to look around at her products and because I love them all so much I of course am an affiliate for them! So please if you decide to get one of her amazing products use my affiliate link I would greatly appreciate it!

Affiliate link to all of Suzi’s products right here!

Happy Holidays Everyone!!

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

 

 

Why I Love My MacBook Pro Especially for Blogging!

Why I Love My MacBook Pro Especially For Blogging!

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Are you new to blogging? Or have you been thinking about possibly starting a blog? This was me not long ago so I understand your struggles! One of my struggles was my laptop. We had an old desk top and laptop. They worked but all the programs were slow and we just kept getting viruses. As you may know once you get a virus your computer is just never the same!

One time my husband opened something through Facebook and in a matter of seconds our whole computer was locked up with a big skull and cross bones on the front. That was back in 2008 so a lot has changed since then but many people have had similar experiences.

It is a scary thought that you could lose everything like that in an instant and who can afford to go have it all cleaned up and fixed? Then will it ever actually be fully back to normal? It seemed like we were always buying expensive virus protection for our already expensive computer!

Not a tech-savvy person

I myself am not a professional when it comes to computers themselves. All the techy mumbo jumbo is not my strong point but it is my husband’s. I more understand the programs on the computer like Excel, WordPress, Powerpoint, Quickbooks…those different things and those are what he doesn’t get so we balance each other out.

So for my birthday two years ago my husband surprised me with a new apple laptop. This was my first apple computer. I used to be an android person but had made the switch to an iPhone a few years back and I love my iPhone and our iPads so seemed right that I would like my new MacBook Pro…and I DO!

Now, I’m not saying that you need to run out and buy yourself a new laptop but I am saying that if you are already in the market for one then this post will share why I love my MacBook Pro so much! Especially as a mommy blogger!

Why I love my MacBook Pro!

1.) It is small thin and sleek

I can carry it around and it weighs nothing compared to my Toshiba. Let’s face it apple has everyone beat hands down on appearance on all of it’s products. It is the perfect size for me to stick in my bag and feel like I can take it to the park and not be carrying around another 10 pound item.

 

2.) No expensive anti-virus

Again this falls into the techy stuff but my husband said that apple is protected and we don’t need to buy or install any anti-virus protection. You may want to double check that but I haven’t had to do anything and I have been fine for 2 years now!

3.) Apple loves apple

If you have other apple products then they are all smart and connect to each other. I have an apple watch, two iPads, and my husband and I each have an iPhone. Now my husbands isn’t connected because it has his apple i.d. on his phone but all the others have my i.d. so if someone calls me everything in the house starts ringing! I can answer phone calls on my laptop so I don’t even have to get up and try and run around to find my phone. I just hit answer and start talking while still being able to blog away! Same goes for text messages for people who also have an iPhone. I can answer their texts on my laptop.

4.) Apple Watch

This one is similar to above. If you have an apple watch it will connect with your MacBook Pro and as soon as you open your laptop it will unlock your computer simply by wearing your apple watch. Now don’t worry no one can just take your watch and use it to open your laptop. The watch knows if it is being worn or not and then you have to enter a code you created to unlock your watch. You only have to re-enter the code when you take it off and put it back on. So as long as you are wearing the watch and you have entered your code it will then recognize it is you and when you open your laptop it will unlock your laptop for you.

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5.) The battery life

The battery on this thing is awesome! This is another important feature for any device. No one likes to have to recharge things all the time. The battery on the MacBook Pro lasts several days and then when I need to charge it, it charges very fast! I have been super impressed and happy with it.

6.) Multiple Tabs

Here is some more techy stuff I don’t understand but you can have several tabs open on your browser. This one is a big deal for me because when I am researching something I will open several tabs to reference back to an article I am reading. It just seems like I always have several tabs open and I can bounce back and forth between them easily with no delay or reloading.

7.) Stick notes

One of the features on the MacBook Pro is it has sticky notes that you can have up on your home screen. I love this for important things I don’t want to forget. I have a sticky note up on my screen so I don’t forget!

8.) Bluetooth mouse

My laptop came with a bluetooth mouse. I personally don’t use a mouse very often I always use the touch pad on the laptop itself. But my husband prefers the mouse and no one likes cords so that is pretty cool it comes with a bluetooth mouse!

9.) Shortcuts

Speaking of the touch pad and mouse…there are different commands you can use on them for shortcuts. To get to one screen to the other you make a certain motion with your fingers. There are several different commands you can do using the motion of your fingers and it works on both the touch pad and the mouse!

10.) Apps and easy downloads

Even though apple doesn’t come with Microsoft programs like Word, Excel, or Powerpoint you can download them. It was very inexpensive as I chose the monthly option of a few dollars a month. I downloaded those programs to my computer and they work perfectly and they have been a wonderful help for my blog! There are also all kinds of apps you can download as well!

For Bloggers

These next three are great for bloggers. I started my blog long after I got this laptop and when I was learning how to  create images and how to record my screen, I was thinking I would have to buy these programs. But then with a little searching on my laptop I found I already had these options!

11.) Screen shot.

I know other people who have downloaded programs to be able to take a “screen grab” but the MacBook Pro let’s you take a screen shot and it automatically saves it for you. Mine goes straight to my home screen so I can go there and edit it very quickly and easily.

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12.) Edit pictures

You can easily edit pictures like I said. I can crop them and edit the size of them so the file is only so big so I can upload it to WordPress or wherever!

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13.) Video recording.

This was a great discovery for me. I wanted to make videos and record my screen as I did things to be able to share with my readers and I didn’t want to have to buy one more thing for my blog. Then like I said I did a little research and discovered that I already had that option for free with my MacBook Pro!

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14.) Still like brand new

Lastly, I think that the fact that I have had my laptop for two years now and it is still very fast and up to date says a lot right there! It seems like just like cars the second you buy a phone or computer it is out of date and there is something new available. Apple will send me a notification and I can update my laptop and keep it relevant and up to speed. It works just as well today as it did the first day I got it! Maybe even better because now I know way more about it and how to use it!

Again, I am not trying to persuade you to go buy a new laptop but more than anything I just wanted to give a shout out to how awesome mine is! I was shocked when my husband surprised me with it but I use it everyday all day and I love it so much! It just makes things run so much more smoother when you have the proper programs and equipment!

As I have learned more and more about my MacBook Pro I just keep thinking “oh my gosh this thing is awesome!” So I had to share!

Does anyone else have an apple computer and have any more cool tricks they could share with me?! I would love to hear them!

Happy blogging!!

Vanessa

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10 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Organized

10 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Organized

I don’t know if you have problems with procrastinating like I sometimes do but here are 10 ways to stop procrastinating and get more organized!

Procrastinating has always been a struggle for me. It actually runs in my family. I think back to when I was in school and I see just how bad I was at procrastinating. I would do anything other than my homework or clean my room.

Instead, I would, of course, choose things that were fun and put off the not so fun things.

As I became an adult, mother and wife putting things off can end up to be a really bad thing! You have to be prepared and use your time wisely if you want things to get done. I learned as the years went by to overcome my procrastinating habits.

However, they seemed to creep back to me when it came to blogging. I will put my mommy and wifey duties first and then blogging last but then guess what?

My blog can’t grow like I want it to without me working on it!

So I sat down and really thought about the things that are making me procrastinate and put my blog on the back burner. It ended up being things like cleaning the house, cooking supper, homework, etc. Those things I would put before working on my blog.

Those are all things that I have to get done still but I knew that I should still be able to have plenty of time for my blog still.

So I decided I needed to put my blog on the top of the list instead of the prize at the end. I look forward to working on my blog so I would tell myself after my chores I get to work on my blog.

Well, as you know chores as a mom never end.

You have to stop and make time for your blog and stop procrastinating that work. Once I rearranged my schedule I have noticed a huge difference!

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Here are the 10 ways to stop procrastinating and get more organized that have helped me find time to be more productive with my blog!

1. Identify what takes up your time.

What is taking up most of your time? If you were to stop and really think about any spare time you have what are you doing? Then decide if that is time well spent or not!

Facebook

Whether we like to admit it or not I believe we all have this same time waster and that is social media or for me mainly Facebook. I just love to watch all the animal videos and read all the funny memes and I won’t even notice but 30 minutes can go by in the blink of an eye!

Cleaning

Not everyone will probably have this one but I have a hard time focusing on my blog when there are dirty dishes in the sink or laundry piling up. I feel like I need to be doing those so I will work on those first then my blog.

Which as you know dishes and laundry are endless pits and they magically fill back up so I have been telling myself they can wait.

Overthinking

This one is a very hard one for me. I over analyze everything and it can paralyze me at times. I’m not able to actually get anything done because I am over thinking it all too much.

I have been telling myself just do it, stop thinking, just do it! That’s how my husband is, he can work circles around normal people and sometimes I feel like I’m lucky to get anything accomplished! We have very different personalities though.

Sometimes mine is better because I think before acting but then sometimes his is better because he gets more done. Either way, I do know to overthink is not the answer!

Husbands/Kids

It is too easy for families to ask mom for help with everything or they continue to go about their lives while mom handles everything. Well just like a normal job, your blog needs attention, time, and effort. All the other stuff will have to wait.

When I end up cleaning and putting all that stuff first and then think “I am going to work on my blog later”, that’s when my husband walks in the door and wants to spend time together. Of course, I want to too but sometimes I need to just say no I need to get this done on my blog.

I actually just tried it last night and he was completely supportive! Same goes for the kids. Of course, don’t push your kids aside to always work but instead find a healthy balance.

2. Reorganize Your Schedule

This is close to what we talked about above but with a little different spin. What I mean by that is the order in which you do things throughout the day will help you accomplish more too. Just like how I said I would put cleaning first and blogging second.

I switched those around. I got myself in the blogging zone in the morning so after lunch, I felt like I had accomplished something. Then I would not feel guilty about taking the afternoon to get caught up on cleaning, preparing supper, and get my daughter off the bus and work on homework.

I still got the things done that I wanted to get done but instead of blogging being at the end of the day where it was too easy to be pushed off it was moved to the beginning of the day so it was for sure getting done.

Another great thing to put at the very beginning of the day is working out.

It takes 30 minutes and can be well worth it on the productivity of your day. Working out helps get me in the right gear to get more done in the day. It, of course, has health benefits as well but who cares about that right?!

Just kidding! But really you can’t go wrong with putting a workout in your day!


These might help you with #2 and #3.

A lot of bloggers use bullet journals to help keep them on track. They are perfect for a catch-all for blogging and life. I personally got a bullet journal, pens, and the fun washi tape and I love them!

I found this bundle pack that has them all together plus stencils and stickers!

One of my favorite parts of the bullet journal is how you are able to create your own pages. That is the hardest part about finding a planner that I like. The pages are never laid out like I want them.

This way each page can be different! You can create it to your liking.

One page could be a calendar and the next could be a grocery list! It’s all up to you!


3. Make A List

Make a list of the things you want to accomplish during the day and then map out your day. At the beginning of the day, I think about all the things that need to be done.

Between what’s for supper, is tonight gymnastics, what yards need to be mowed (we have a small lawn care company), have I billed everyone for said yards, where am I at on my blog etc. It can get overwhelming.

If I don’t write it all down then I forget and things don’t get done.

If I make a list and I see what all needs to be done then I just start chipping away at that list and I love seeing those things get crossed off! When I get to the end of the list I feel so good! I feel like I can relax a little and that I have earned it!

Also having that list you can see the order in which things need to be done. If there are things that need to all be done while you are in town then group them together. Things that need to be done at home then group them.

Then multiple things can be done at once and crossed off the list all at once!

4. Give Yourself A Time Limit

Allow yourself only so long to do each thing you need to accomplish that day. Set a time limit for each item. This sets a sense of urgency when you see you only have X amount of time left to finish that item.

This also keeps you from spending too much time on one item. I do the budgeting for our family so every Friday I like to see where we are. Payday Friday I map everything out and then the next Friday I see how we are doing.

I enjoy doing this and I like to plan ahead and see what all we can save or pay off so I have been known to waste a whole day doing it! Like I said I really enjoy it and with a mapped out plan it makes me feel better seeing where we could be if we follow that plan.

Now life has a funny way of not caring about what you have planned so it never works perfectly but at least I tried! It shouldn’t take all day or even hours but I can end up spending hours.

This is when I have to set a timer. It should only take 30mins-1hour tops. Also, the time limit works great for cleaning because I see that oven timer ticking down and I really rush to get it done so I can be more productive with my day!

5. Pick Up The Pace

I have a very laid back personality so I can just mosey along with my day and get half as much done that I could have if I would have just picked up the pace. Like I said with my husband. The reason he can work circles around normal people is that he only has one gear….fast!

He is 6’4 so I don’t know if it’s because he has long legs or if he is just always in go mode but I can’t even walk with him at the store he always leaves me in the dust. I will even be trying hard to keep up!

So I have tried hard to pick up the pace while working on my to-do list. 

It works great along with #4 and setting a timer. It just lights a little fire under you to get more done in your day.


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6. Multitask

Now some people say this can cause you to be less productive but I’m not talking about talking on the phone while typing a blog post. I am talking about turning on the washer and dishwasher first so they can run while you are vacuuming.

If you multitask and do things in the right order you will get more done during the day.

Maybe you listen/watch a blog video while you are cooking supper or folding laundry instead of watching T.V. Maybe you type a blog post out on your phone while you are waiting for gymnastics practice to be over instead of scrolling on Facebook.

The other day I had to drive 3 hours to meet with my friend so instead of listening to the radio I listened to videos from my favorite blogger to help better myself.

We all multitask already but choosing better things to do while multitasking will make a huge difference.

7. Wake Up 30 Minutes Earlier

We all know this is a great one that is easier said than done. I am not a morning person so waking up earlier is hard for me.

Again to use my husband as an example he wakes up 4-5am and goes hard until 9-10pm. I tell him all the time to wake me up earlier and he laughs because it is like mission impossible! The problem is you don’t want to give yourself less sleep time.

Sleep is good for us! What I need to do it go to bed on time and waking up at a good time.

I have always been a night owl and never an early riser but when I had to for my 8-5 job plus have my daughter on the bus by 6:56am it became easier and I got more done and went to bed earlier. I have found that if I stay up 30 minutes later that I start my day off tired and grumpy and I get less done during the day.

If I go to bed on time but wake up 30 minutes earlier I still have that same 30 extra minutes but I am much more productive!

8. Meal Prep

I didn’t realize just how amazing meal prepping is! I knew to eat healthier that meal prepping made all the difference but what I didn’t know is how meal prepping saves so much time and headache period!

Growing up we never knew what was for supper each night, my mom would just wing it every night. Mind you I understand now how frustrating it can be to be the only one that is in charge of every single meal. My point is I just wasn’t raised to be organized and prepared.

I developed that later on as an adult. But planning out each meal for the week and making sure you have all the ingredients isn’t as hard as I use to make it be. I just look at the menu and start cooking! I will have everything already chopped and prepped so then I just quickly throw it together and bam supper!

It has made a huge difference! Also, it has helped our budget extremely because my husband doesn’t just order something because supper is already ready when he walks in the door from work! (I started this habit while working a full-time job because I was too tired to cook after work. But with everything prepped it saved the day!)

I started prepping lunches too. These are what I used for my daughter’s lunches and these for my husband and I’s lunches!

9. It’s Okay To Say No

This one goes along the lines of the time wasters. I am very bad about saying no, I always get suckered into saying yes.

If someone invites us over for supper when I know I should be working on my blog I will feel guilty like I have to say yes so I do and my blog gets pushed back. If someone asked us to go on a boat ride….that one is hard to say no to but it doesn’t help me with my blog when I’m behind either. Or when the doorbell rings and it’s the neighbor kids wanting my daughter to play and now there are kids and dogs running everywhere.

Every once in a while it’s okay to say no.

I recently had a hard time saying no and I felt guilty about it at first but good about it later. My neighbor asked if I could watch her daughter and I told her no which bothered me but at first but I thought “Darn it my life is important and my blog is important too and it deserves my attention!”

So it is okay to say no! Again, it is all about a healthy balance. You don’t want to always work and never enjoy life but you can’t always enjoy life and never work either.

10. Spark!

Spark is a complete LIFESAVER! If you haven’t heard of it then let me just change your life real quick!

Spark is an amazing healthy energy drink. I have never had a monster or any of those types of energy drinks and I was VERY skeptical about this one. Spark is made by AdvoCare and isn’t sold in stores.

You can only get it from a distributor. My bestie had signed up and finally talked me into trying it and it is like liquid gold.

I am very stingy with it. I’m not gonna lie, I do not like to share….it is happy mom juice so no one takes it from mama! I will try not to go on and on about it because I most definitely could.

Spark helped me become the productive mom I had always dreamed of being. I would drag all day and drink coffee and Mountain Dew trying to have the energy to get through the day.

Then like I said my friend gave me some to try and it was like all the lights came on and I was full of good energy! I have already mentioned I was not raised to be prepared or productive and it is something I have had to develop on my own.

This is how I did that!

When I first started drinking it in 2012 I was getting up at 5:30 working out, working all day, cooking and cleaning and still going strong until 10-11pm. I would drink one in the morning and one in the afternoon. My favorite flavor is fruit punch and I no longer drink coffee or pop (soda, I’m from Kansas and it’s called pop).

It’s sugar-free and full of vitamins and goodies so, in return, I even lost weight! I, of course, ended up signing up to be a distributor because of the huge discount so if you want more information I would be happy to share!

It’s just another amazing thing that changed my life and I would be selfish not to share that with you ladies! I am beyond thankful my friend shared it with me! It’s been 7 years of going strong and feeling great because of my happy mom juice called Spark!

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There You Have It

I hope some of these tips help you kick your procrastination habit and get more stuff done! In life and with your blog!

My best advice to stop procrastinating and get more organized are these 5 simple words… MASSIVE ACTION SOLVES ALL PROBLEMS.

I heard that long ago and it clicked with me. I wrote it on a note and stuck it on my fridge so I could see it every day. It would remind me that even if I didn’t know where to start, I just needed to start. I just needed to get moving and the rest would work itself out! Keep moving forward!

I hope these 10 ways to stop procrastinating and get more organized helped you! I would love to hear any of your helpful ways to stop procrastinating and get more organized or to hear if any of these ways helped you!

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

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