Who am I kidding moms? I am exhausted! Behind the ‘LET’S DO IT’ attitude and the dancing around the house to entertain my toddler, I am a tired, stressed, worried, overworked mom who had this brilliant idea of opening her own blog! Hahaha. 9 Steps for a blogger mom to sleep early – this is where you’ll read how to cope with being a blogger mom and not become a complete zombie!
Make sure you download the 1 Week “Sleep early Challenge” spreadsheet so you can keep track of how much extra sleep you’re getting every day by applying my tips and tricks below!
My life took so many different turns in the last few years, that I haven’t yet recovered from the dizziness. Blogging has been kicking my butt ever since I started it, but I am determined to kick its butt right back and not let go until I am happy with it. If you are a blogger mom, then you know the challenges: posting constant, amazing content, promoting, thinking about monetizing-uff, and this is just the beginning of the list.
If you want to have the bigger picture, 14% of all American mothers with at least one child in their household blog about parenting or turn to blogs for advice, according to a recent study by Scarborough Research. About 3.9 million moms in the United States identify as bloggers, but just 500 of them are considered to be influential among other mothers.
I don’t know about you, but I am sky-rocketing my goals to becoming one of those 500.
The average mommy blogger is 37 years old and 89% of mommy bloggers have kids between the ages of 2 and 11. They’re also socially conscious and are 85% more likely to have supported a politician based on an environmental issue, 88% more likely to buy eco-friendly products and 38% more likely to volunteer than the average mom.
Also, the average mommy blog’s household income in $84,000 — $14,000 higher than average income for non-blogging moms.
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Can I just say… Way to go MOMS! I’m waiting for someone to say that blogger moms are not awesome, so I can kick them in the face! I mean, I see so much determination among blogging moms and so much ambition. And it’s mostly because they want to be able to work from home, while caring for their bundles of joy. Going back to work after you have a baby is not easy, so some people will be tempted to say being a stay and work from home mom sounds like a clean way out, though it’s not!
The truth is, most of the time we sacrifice nap times so we can juggle some laundry and some blogging. But you can’t build a blog in 1 or 2 hours a day, can you? So what do we do? We stay up late and kill ourselves trying to make our blog awesome!
So, how can someone like that GO TO SLEEP EARLY? It’s tough, I won’t lie! But I’ve been doing an experiment for a couple of weeks now (Download the spreadsheet to try it yourself!) and I have some big fat tips for you that will rock your blogger mommy world!
Get your things done during the day
I think the biggest mistake I was making before my “sleep early challenge” was postponing my to do’s and getting left with a ton of things towards the end of the day. Ever since I started the challenge,I run all my errands, cleaning tasks or cooking since the morning so I can check most of the things off my list by the time my daughter goes to sleep.
Be efficient and don’t get lazy
I know how tired you can get when you’re trying to juggle kids, cleaning, cooking, blogging, groceries, playtime -UFF! But the truth is I had to work a lot harder during the day and actually try to be faster while doing some simple tasks so I can get to that extra hour or two of sleep. So, put you mom blogger ass to work and get the things done, so you can see more beauty sleep!
Know your To Do’s
For me, lists work wonders and there is no better feeling than crossing off tasks from a list and knowing you had a productive day. If lists are not your thing, then you can implement systems to help you get things done. Ex.: grocery and cooking system, Blogging system, Chores and playtime system. These systems and lists can help you save time and keep more organised .
Set your sleeping time and treat it like a timeline
It’s easy to say : ‘I would love to go to sleep earlier’ but if you don’t determine what “earlier” means for you, you will never end up sleeping more while still getting your stuff done. Of course this can depend on what time your baby or your kids go to sleep. If you are lucky and they go to sleep early, then you will get to work a lot more for your blog, and if you are efficient, go to sleep earlier as well
For example, my daughter goes to sleep around 9-9:30 or sometimes even later, which doesn’t give me much time for my blog. I set my sleeping time before 11:30. This means I need to be in bed and trying to go to sleep by then, as compared to 12:30 or even 1 like I was doing before.
Involve your kids or baby with doing chores so you can save up on blogging time
I used to put Eva in a carrier and vacuum around the house when she was a baby, because she was one of those kids that couldn’t be on her own for too long so she wasn’t giving me much spare time to my things.
If you have older kids, then making cleaning a fun activity and involving them will be a lot easier.
Have separate To Do lists for your blog and your home
Since my blog is kind of new, I always have a pretty huge to do list for it. Separating the things I need to for home and for my business makes my life a lot easier and keeps the things organised in my mind.
Lists, systems or simply a “get it done mentality” , but don’t let yourself get overwhelmed because of the feeling that you have too many things to do and can’t get them done. Make your brain visualize your goal (going to sleep earlier) and take the steps to get to that goal!
Make the most of nap time
If you are one of those lucky moms whose baby sleeps 3 hours 2 times a day, then YAY for you! Make the most of that time, because as we all know, babies grow out of taking naps and before you know it, you will have a 1 hour time slot to finish a million things during nap time.
Finish all your tasks before your kids go to sleep
I always try to hurry and make sure I do the dishes, pick up the stuff from around the house and get everything done before my daughter goes to sleep. This way, after I get her ready for sleep and read her story, the only thing I have left to do is take a shower, do my prayer and do my blog tasks for the night. I sometimes divide my blogging tasks between nap time and the evening, but that depends a lot on how tired I am during the day.
My timeline is getting close as we speak haha, so I will wrap it up ! I really hope these tips will help you get some much needed rest and still keep your blog. Don’t forget to try out your 1 Week “Sleep more challenge” and make sure you let me know how it goes!
What are your key tips to get more sleep as a blogger?