How I became a more productive blogger

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As a stay at home mom of 3, I’ve struggled with balance and running my business as a blogger.  There are some things I have incorporated lately that have really helped me be more productive and feel more balanced.

Scheduling everything

I literally have a schedule I prepare to time block every part of my day.  There are many times I don’t stick to it, with blogging however, I’m pretty consistent.  Typically my schedule looks the same for work.  I work for an hour in the morning.  At my toddler’s nap time I get 2 hours in. At the kid’s bedtime, I put in about 3 hours.

The rest of the day is dedicated to my kiddos and everything else I need to get done.  Occasionally, I’ll check an e-mail or reply on social media, but I try to stick to this to create some balance to my day.

Take time to Unplug

The thing about being a blogger is that you could promote,blog, pitch, and plan your entire day away… and burn out so easily.  Thanks to advice from others, I now have days I do the absolute minimal or nothing at all.  Even if it means my blog might suffer that day.  I am in this for the long haul, so I can’t live at 100% every single day.

I have to take time to unplug, turn notifications off of my phone, and just enjoy the beauty that is my life without the hustle.

Go work outside of your home

My go-to place is Starbucks.  I started incorporating this a few months ago and it has been life changing for me.  On the weekends, I take a few hours where I go to Starbucks and crank out some work.  It makes a really big difference when you leave your house.  My productivity has gone through the roof during that time.  Way more than being at home, even if my kids are asleep.

I get so much done in that time period and it helps me get organized and refreshed for the week ahead.  Starbucks has a really relaxing atmosphere and many times there are other people working there too, which helps keep me in that focused mentality.

Enjoying a coffee at the same time doesn’t hurt and gives me some extra energy.  There is only one issue.  If I get hungry at a coffee shop, I usually either leave to grab food and come back, or just head home.

Well that has changed. Now Starbucks has a great, healthy way for me to snack, get some protein, and still finish up my work without needing to leave.

I love meat and cheese boards.  They are my favorite and make me feel like I’m getting a special treat outside of the normal ham and cheese available at home.

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I was so excited to learn that they now carry Creminelli Fine Meats™ Felino & Manchego Sliced Charcuterie Trays.

more productive blogger

These packs are beautiful and feel like a little bit of “self- care” while I am getting work done.  I mean what is better than a delicious coffee with meat + cheese ?!  I love to have this for lunches at home through the week.  I pair it with grapes and some bread and it’s a fabulous meal.

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This is perfect for while I am in “business mode” and satisfies my craving for protein quickly and easily.  These packs make food pairing so simple.  Mild salami ( aged 4-6 weeks) and a nutty Manchego cheese (made with sheep’s milk) imported from Spain are the perfect combination.  There are no synthetic nitrates and it’s made with milk without added rBST.

It’s thinly sliced and hand packed in recyclable trays for easy on-the-go enjoyment.  This is perfect for my busy schedule or if I just need something quick and filling when finishing up some work.

When stopping at Starbucks for your coffee, be sure to grab a Creminelli snack tray for an afternoon snack!

These are the life changers I have incorporated in my life to become more productive as a blogger and I’m sure you could use them in any profession.  I am always looking for new tips so share any that you have in the comments!

 

 

 

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60 Comments:
March 15, 2017

I work so much better outside of the house too! My go-to place is also starbucks! I also try to get mostof my work done in the morning before I leave to babysit and again in the evenings while we watch tv together

March 15, 2017

Yes! Mornings and evenings work very well for me!

March 15, 2017

I love this post! Blogging has been so challenging for me since I’ve gotten my new job outside of home. This post helps me think about things that I wouldn’t have thought of before to help me grow my blog. 🙂

Sincerely Miss J
http://www.sincerelymissj.com

March 15, 2017

That’s awesome! I’m so glad to hear!

March 15, 2017

I enjoyed reading through this post. It is very similar to what I enjoy writing about on my blog. I will be sure to utilize these tips for my own blogging. Thank you for sharing them! 🙂

Virtuous Mama
http://www.virtuousmama.org

March 15, 2017

Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks!

March 15, 2017

These are all great ideas! I used to love going to Starbucks to study during college.

March 15, 2017

Yes! Definitely the same concept!

March 15, 2017

I am so productive when I get out the house. I go to Starbucks, panera or any restaurant that has wifi. Starbucks is my go-to spot though.

March 15, 2017

That’s awesome! Yes it makes a big difference!

March 15, 2017

That’s amazing and just what I needed today. I love spending time ‘unpluged’ sadly I happens rearly. I need to focus on that. Have an amazing day.. xxxx

March 15, 2017

Yes! It does wonders for me to get inspired again!

March 15, 2017

I loved this! I definitely need to start managing my time so I can focus in my blogging. Love the tips

March 15, 2017

Thanks so much!

March 15, 2017

Great read! I love the schedule you have created for yourself and is one I am going to try to incorporate into my daily routine! It is always refreshing to see how other moms get things done, so thank you for sharing with the world! And the Starbucks snacks look so yummy!

March 15, 2017

I’m so glad it was helpful!!

March 15, 2017

I have been trying to schedule time for my blogging too. I have found that if I set a timer, I will stay on task better and not wander around the internet! 🙂 I like your idea of heading to Starbucks to get some work done too. I think that it is good to change your surroundings to stay productive!

March 15, 2017

Yes it’s so helpful! I love that timer idea!

March 15, 2017

I love your tip about working outside the home!! I need to try that! I know my husband sometimes goes and does work st Starbucks and gets so much done!!

March 15, 2017

Yes! you have to do the same!

March 15, 2017

Great tips! I need to get out of the house more because it is so helpful. And the last time I was at Starbucks I saw those meat and cheese packs. I’ll have to try them next time.

March 15, 2017

Yea they are good and getting out has done wonders for me.

March 15, 2017

I Love this post. I’m new to blogging and I honestly did not know that it is so much hard work. It takes up 5 hours of my day at-least and I think I need to try getting out and working outside of home more. Thanks for the tips.

Vrithi Pushkar
http://www.epicuriouspassport.com

March 15, 2017

Good luck! It does require a lot of work but, you can totally do it!

March 15, 2017

Having a schedule is definitely key for me being productive. I have to admit, whilst I love a nice coffee shop, I rarely get any work done. I’m too distracted people watching.

March 15, 2017

LOL oh no! Maybe try calm hours.

I will sometimes go to Starbucks to work and I discovered that meat and cheese snack a couple of weeks ago! It is the perfect little snack that I didn’t feel guilty about.

March 15, 2017

That’s awesome! Yes it’s really good too!

March 15, 2017

I NEED TO LEARN to unplug for sure. It’s all day notifications, which isn’t terrible to have, but i fever acting my family im cheatong my fam

March 15, 2017

I totally understand how you feel! You will feel more sane if you take some breaks!

These are great tips! I’ve been implementing very similar strategies into my day as well. I’m thankful hubby lets me go out a couple of times a month so I can have some uninterrupted time working on my blog 🙂

March 15, 2017

Yes! I’m so grateful for my hubby to allow me to do the same!

March 15, 2017

I enjoyed these tips! I’ve been thinking recently about getting out of the house to work on my blog. I might just head to Starbucks or Barnes & nobles this weekend. I love the portion box or fruit & cheese platters at Starbucks!

March 16, 2017

Yes! Do it! It will make a difference!

March 16, 2017

Thanks for sharing!! I loved reading this. Especially the part where you get out of the house for some focus. That’s helped me a lot.a
Angela

March 16, 2017

Awesome! Thanks so much!

March 16, 2017

I definitely agree with scheduling everything! Such a time saver and makes a huge difference when I schedule promo tweets

March 16, 2017

Yes my schedule keeps me balanced!

March 16, 2017

I’m really bad at getting out of the house even though I know it would probably help me tremendously. That snack pack is added motivation to go to Starbucks though. Salami is my favorite!!

March 16, 2017

You will love it then and yes it helps so much!

March 16, 2017

I really need trying to get out of the house one of these days. I feel I would get so much done with a few uninterrupted hours of time. And, that meat and cheese looks amazing. I love meat and cheese and could eat it all of the days. 🙂

March 16, 2017

Yes it is amazing! It helps me a ton with productivity!

March 16, 2017

So awesome! I work best from home actually! I spend the first part in bed then go to my office when i start to fade lol

March 16, 2017

LOL Well that’s nice!

March 16, 2017

Great suggestions! Taking time to unplug is so important!

March 16, 2017

Thanks for reading!

March 16, 2017

I enjoyed reading this post. As a fellow blogger (brand new within the past month) and stay at home mom, I completely understand the need to be unplugged! Sometimes, my smart phone is very distracting! Great suggestion about leaving the house and going to starbucks! I want to try that because it will force me to focus on my blog and not get distracted by the other household chores staring at me. I love Starbucks coffee so that’s a plus too!!

March 16, 2017

Yes! Exactly even if the house is quiet it brings a lot of distractions but, helps to be removed from it.

March 16, 2017

I love the idea of getting out and working in a coffee shop. I want to incorporate this into my routine. Sitting in the home office is starting to get stale. Thanks for this tip!

March 16, 2017

Blogging task are never ending! I need to find a way to do the unplugging bit! I always drag my tasks out because I work from home and find myself frazzled by day end. I might have to leave the house more often.

Thanks for sharing!

March 16, 2017

Yes it truly never ends lol hope that helps you!

March 16, 2017

Thanks for the tips! I’m trying to manage blogging with a full-time job! I will try blogging at a coffee shop, great idea 🙂

March 16, 2017

Those cheese trays look amazing!

March 16, 2017

They really are!

March 17, 2017

I always wanted to be one of those coffee shop bloggers. I will definitely have to try one of those meat and cheese trays…they look so delicious.

March 17, 2017

LOL! Yes I am once a week lol

March 20, 2017

Oh those look so good! I need to make more Starbucks stops as well! Thanks for the idea.

Love,
Ivelisse | CarnationDreams.com

March 20, 2017

Yes, it’s so helpful!

April 2, 2017

Getting out to a coffee shop to work is a breathe of fresh air. I will take just a notepad and enjoy my latte, writing down ideas for blog posts. Or jot down the plot for another children’s story for the blog. I don’t do it very often, but it I agree its a valuable practice.

April 2, 2017

Yes, it makes such a big difference when I do it!

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