I have been blogging now for about 6 months and I am so surprised how well it has done. I truly don’t credit myself for any of this success but, believe it’s truly an answer to prayer! I have loved being a stay at home mom and feel so blessed to play that role in my kids life. However, in the last 3 months or so I have been informed that I am technically a work-at-home mom now that I am consistently bringing in income.
I have constantly talked to other bloggers about balancing all that this blogging gig entails with everything else that needs to be done for their families and homes. It seems to be a consensus that we are all looking for a magic formula to make it a little easier. The hard part about working at home is that you are still a “stay at home mom” so, there is no child care. So, balancing all the work that needs to be done daily for the blog as well as making sure that I’m not slacking at my other responsibilities can be a challenge.
I have learned some tips that have really helped me in these last 6 months, feel more balanced.
First and Foremost..Great Coffee!
I have definitely increased my coffee consumption in these last few months. It has been so helpful to keep me energized and start my day off right. I need a really good quality, well-crafted cup of coffee to get me through all that I need to accomplish in 24 hours. Nescafé® Tasters Choice® is the perfect choice for me. They have made some awesome upgrades. One is to a glass jar to lock in the freshness better and showcase the Nescafé® Tasters Choice® granuales. They also upgraded their stick packs to make an 8 ounce cup of coffee rather than 6 ounces.The more the better.
I have been impressed by how great this coffee is! Instant coffee is perfect for me when being on the run. However, this simple cup of coffee really helps energize me for the day.
This is so important for work at home mom’s to have a great cup of coffee that doesn’t take much time to make. With 3 boys and my amazing husband to take care of, I am always on the go and I need great coffee that I can keep me throughout the day!
“Me” time is a must
Women are truly superheros. We can multitask just about anything and can go an entire day without sitting down. I’ve realized though that this isn’t always a good thing. I am not as productive or effective at all of my “roles” when I don’t take time to regroup and refresh. I usually do this during my toddler’s nap time. I do usually use that time to work but, I have been trying to keep a schedule of giving myself a break a few times a week.
I eat lunch in peace while watching my favorite show.
I read a book and enjoy a cup of coffee.
I take a much-needed nap.
Text or call a friend to catch up.
Give yourself a break everyday and you will feel more balanced and productive during your day.
Make a daily list
I am the queen of lists. They help me in every area of my life. For some reason putting it on paper rather than keeping it in my mind, releases loads of stress. I make a list first thing in the morning, while I am drinking my coffee for the day. I cross things off as I go. It keeps me focused on the tasks that need accomplished that day. I add everything on my lists: grocery shopping, laundry, homework time with the kids or what needs done for the blog.
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I love your list. I am surprised that you’ve only been blogging for 6 months! You could have fooled me. I am still finding the right balance. Thank you for sharing. And, this is the coffee my dad drinks 😉 Always good.
Aww thanks hun!! That’s a big compliment. Yes, it’s a daily thing trying to find the balance! That’s funny my parents love it too!
Making a list and great coffee are seriously the most important things to me besides my family lol. Thanks for sharing!
LOL YES! That’s awesome!
Ashley | Spit Up and Sit Ups
I don’t know where I’d be in life without coffee! LOL!
LOL I know! I’d be one super tired mama!
Patricia @ Grab a Plate
Congrats! It’s hard!! I loooove (and need) a good cup of coffee, that’s for sure, and I love a good list, too 🙂
Yes! Lists and coffee help me keep going!!
I drink coffee all day long, until 5pm. Then it’s time for wine! Both help!
LOL!! Love it! Way to stay motivated!
Annabella I zkbuzybuzz
I have always been a coffee lover. Although my kids would tell me that I should be drinking milk so I’ll have stronger bones. hahaha. Coffee and list are truly sanity saver. 🙂
LOL how cute! Yes, I didn’t start loving coffee until college! Add the kids in the mix and I’m a huge fan! LOL
I love waking up early to enjoy some quiet while I drink my coffee! Then I feel more prepared for my day.
Yes! It’s amazing how it does wonders!!
Coffee is a must in my daily life! It’s funny because I really didn’t drink it until I had my son. Now I’m not sure how I ever lived without it. Great post!
Exactly! When I became a mom, my need for coffee increased for sure!
Really great advice!?
I”m having my espresso and blogging right now… love my quiet time at the computer!
LOL That’s awesome! Me too! Blogging and coffee just go together!
I am a total list person. Everyone makes fun of my constant list making but it really is the only way I can stay on top of everything! My six year old even gifted me a list pad recently. 🙂
YES! It helps me feel organized! LOL too cute!
I don’t drink coffee unless it is cold with LOTS of creamers. My husband thinks I’m nuts. I do make sure to get some ME time every day. I homeschool as well as run my blog.
LOL That’s awesome! I like flavored coffee and iced coffee too! Wow you are super woman!
Yes yes yes! Coffee is key! ? Congrats on a successful 6 months! You’re doing awesome!
Thanks so much for the encouragement Christina!
Oh my goodness, I am 100% a better mama once I have had my coffee in the morning! And in the afternoon!
Yes! LOL I’m becoming a twice a day drinker as well!
I’ve recently started blogging at home, too! I totally relate to this list. Coffee is my best friend these days. as well! It is challenging to take on another role, but so rewarding,
Yes!It is helpful for sure! Good luck with your blog! I will have to check it out!
I wish I liked coffee, as I’m sure the caffeine would be helpful! Balancing when you work from home is a challenge, especially when people think because you are home you are available to do things other than work.
YES! It is definitely a balance and yes people assume you have more free time but it’s less!
You won’t believe it, but I do not drink coffee!! I have 5 kids and work 3 jobs but somehow I never have had any! My hubby drinks at least 3-4 cups a day, so I guess he takes care of our coffee allotment.
Wow lol you are truly amazing in every way!!
Coffee is an absolute MUST for me! Before I had my son, I drank about a pot of coffee (12 full cups) a day!) I’m down to about 3 a day now, though. I prefer dark brews, like Folger’s Black Silk or Gourmet Supreme medium-dark. They’re delicious!
LOL kids definitely increase our intake! Those sound great!
I just returned to my work at home job, these tips are so helpful. Thank you!
That’s awesome! Congrats! Everyone definitely doesn’t get that privilege!
Love this! It really is hard to balance everything!
One Awesome Momma
It sure is! Thanks hun!
Yes, coffee is super important! I always have a cup in the morning. This morning, my husband drank all of it and forgot to save me some. It was totally by accident. But do you know what that meant? I felt sleepy all day!
LOL! Yes, it has that impact on me as well.
Coffee and lists…I agree 100%! Both get me through the day 🙂
Yes,it is so helpful
The struggle is real! I don’t drink coffee, so I need to find my “thing”. Maybe I’ll drink hot chocolate every morning. Mmmmm… Chocolate sounds like a great way to start the day. I love that you eat lunch in peace and quiet! Someday! ??
YES! Me too! I’m struggling now because, I didn’t have any yet lol
Great tips to prevent the blogger burn out! Love the coffee first thing in the morning. Nothing beats that 🙂
Thanks so much! YES! lol
Elna | TwinsMommy
Yes, working from home a challenge. I’m working on waking up earlier to account for lack of time!
There are months when I’m more focused on client work and other months I’m organizing and decluttering!
YES! Totally agree!!
Jade A. Perry
I now drink a cup of coffee in the morning to get going for the day and also in the mid afternoon as a me-time-break/ motivator for finishing the day strong. I loved your article and advice. Thank you!
Yes! Sounds like my day! Thanks so much!