Mum’s Work Plan

I love my children dearly and enjoy spending lots of time with them, but I also believe that I need to plan time for myself to pursue interests of my own.

I have a number of plans as to what I would like to do with this blog, but found back in May that I was spending too much time on the computer to the detriment of other activities that I like. I was also going to bed way too late most evenings and was starting to get very tired.

Part of the issue for me is that when I become involved in something I like to give it 110% and will be very focused on achieving the goals I have set for myself.

To try and achieve a better balance of blog, family and play, I needed to reassess my current working patterns and define new ones.

I sat down with Mr Infrastructure and worked out with him what times and hours were going to be practical for me to work (without the interruption of the children). I like to get to the gym three times a week and this also relies on having Mr I around to look after the children, so we scheduled those in as well.

I then had to agree to the plan and commit to finishing up at the designated time in the evening and not working on late into the night! The plan of course has a level of flexibility, so that if I have a commitment on one night, I can then work on the free evening instead. The same with the weekend – if we have family things to do on Sunday, then I can try and work on Saturday instead.

The work plan has made a big difference to my time manageent. My next step after I developed the plan was to realign my goals to fit with the time that I was going to be spending on the blog. In reality this meant things I had hoped to release in July will not not be released until August now.

I do have to admit that I have had moments of frustration finishing up at 10.00pm when I still have many things on the to do list, but I have become far more efficient with my time, when I know that I have a defined end time.

Mum’s Work Plan

I would love to hear strategies that you use while trying to build your blog readership or work on your craft projects etc.

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Comments

  1. says

    I struggle with this too. I’ve done a bit more of a program, with all our regular comittments in and discovered I have less time than I want to do things.

    I try and get as much “mindless” work done with the kids underfoot. Things I can drop at a seconds notice. I read blogs while eating breakfast and lunch. I avoid the computer between 4 and 8 (family time) and I write at night.

    Course, that’s the plan, it doesn’t always work…

  2. says

    Strange that you should post about this now! I’ve been in the process of slowly cutting back on my posting schedule. I’ve decided 3-4 times a week is fine, and I have noticed there isn’t a downward spiral in the numbers when I don’t post as much. The pressure of keeping a blog maintained every day, with the rest of my work, and the family to look after was getting to me.

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  3. says

    Thanks for helping me to get back on track, Nicole.

    I kind of overdid it in early July, and am slowly re~learning that there is only so much that I can do.
    ~It’s a lesson I have to go through over and over every few months, because I forget that my body can’t keep up with my mind!

    Going to do some serious planning over the weekend, and I know it will make a huge difference to my effectiveness as a mum, wife, crafter & blogger.

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  4. PlanningQueen says

    It is nice to know that I am not alone in struggling to get the balance right with all my activities – thanks for the feedback!

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