Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Time Management for Single Mothers (Blogging/Work)

I am listening to/watching: CSI New Orleans S 1, E 3
Mood: Hungry, Loved, Excited
Time: 2:58 pm
Time Management, single, mom, blogging, work, tips


While the post says blogging many of the tips stated can apply to anything you are trying to do while working i.e. write a book, start your own blog, make your own products, (I think you get the point).


  1. Keep a small journal on your person. You have inspiration at the weirdest time and keeping a journal on you is the best way to keep ideas in one place.
  2. Take 3 to 5 minutes on your break every other day to plan ahead. For blogging this is the time you would take to pick blog post topics, for writing a book come up with character stories, or maybe name a new product you are creating. Point is these small 3 to 5 minutes are a time saver, stay off the phone.
  3. Limit your social sites do not try and promote your blog/product on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Stumbleupon, Twitter, Google +, I think you get what I am saying. You will end up spending more time promoting the more sites you have. My advice go with 2 or 3 not to high maintenance sites (Facebook, Google +) and ONE high maintenance site (Stumbleupon, Pinterest). When I say high maintenance I mean to get your stuff seen you have to do more than just post your stuff you have to post a lot of other people’s stuff (i.e you want to add 10 pages (minimum) a day to Stumbleupon). Facebook you can do 4 post a day and it could be all your stuff (but sharing is caring).
  4. Set realistic goals. If you know you have to work, got to school, take care of children, cook, clean, and everything else do not try and write a book in a weekend. Set a goal that is doable, if what you are doing is starting to stress you out take a step back and cut the project down more. I am working on a book, I set out to write 25 questions a week for the book. However, after the first few weeks it started stressing me so I moved to 25 questions every two weeks.
  5. Ask for help. I am not a person who wants to ask for help, but I have been asking. My twin, older sisters, and many Facebook groups have become my help. You cannot do everything alone, asking for help is not only a great way to learn but a great way to build new relationships.
  6. If you have to bring work home put a limit on how much time you spend on it. If you work a 9 to 5 and come home with work do not try and shell out another 5 hours unless you are getting a promotion. You are going to fall behind in other parts of your life doing that. Try keeping the project if you can until the weekend and work HALF an extra day that week. 
  7. Have one day a week where you do NOTHING. This one is hard but you need to do it. We as single mothers balance so much and going 24/7 will burn you out. Take Sunday (or whatever day you like) and just relax, if you blog write and schedule the day before. Try and keep this day light on cleaning, cooking, and other things.
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Shakirah
Shakirah

Shakirah is a single mom to a 5 year old. She is a blogger, teacher, and graduate student. Her goal is to bring a more positive and realistic look into the lives of single mothers.

11 comments:

  1. Iman you have really good and practical tips. Your tip on asking for help is a big one for me. With my oldest daughter I was a single mom for 15 years so doing everything myself being in control was my thing. I knew how to do that. Now that I am married and have 2 new little ones. I have to make a conscious effort to ASK him to help me. He is completely clueless unless I open my mouth. I am working on a day of rest and relaxing. Family time no blogging no challenges no major cleaning. Just a real chill day. Great post and Good luck with your book!!!

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    1. Than you! I understand where you are coming from with the control. LOL I have to work on asking for help when it comes to my son.

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  2. Great tips. I especially like the idea of going every other when you need it.

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  3. I love the social media advice, it's so easy to spread yourself too thin as a blogger

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    1. Yes it is, and with so many social sites it can be overwhelming.

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  4. Oh my gosh, asking for help! It totally takes a village and I need that reminder!! Thank you!!

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  5. These are awesome tips. I think they apply to all blogging mamas, single or partnered. The take a day off from tasks is a hard one!

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    1. Yes it is today is Sunday and I will be writing a blog post. :/

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  6. I am a firm believer that little preplanning tips make life so much easier. Since becoming a SAHM who sometimes WAHM/BAHM, I realize I've let go of my uber scheduled style, but need to take back some of the benefits of planning ahead. 5 minutes of focused work really would make a large difference in my writing. Thanks!

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