Work-Life Balance for the WAHM
I have been struggling with my work-life balance lately. The kids have had swim lessons the last two weeks which meant we were at the beach for four hours a day. I am happy to have them outside and active, but it means my business gets put on hold. We have all been exhausted when we get home in the afternoon and I feel so behind. It is hard to find a work-life balance when you are never home!
I have considered trying to get up earlier than my kids but they are pretty early risers and I like my sleep. Or maybe working later into the night, but I am so tired at the end of the day that I really don’t get much done if I stay up. So…what is a busy mom to do?
Technology Can Help…
The first thing I have done that seems to be helping is to add an app called Stay Focused to Chrome. It allows you to set time limits for certain sites. Facebook has become a habit for me. I turn on the computer and head right for Facebook. So, I have limited Facebook to two hours a day. This helps me to, well stay focused. I am still on Facebook, but with a time limit, I am not lingering.
I have also been focusing on using schedulers for social media. The two I seem to be sticking with are Tailwind for Pinterest and Buffer for Facebook and Twitter. These help me to schedule out a few days at a time for both my blog and the accounts I manage for my clients. The only thing I have to do on a daily basis is to reply to comments.
but So Can Old-fashioned Writing.
Have you heard of the Bullet Journal? I had never heard of these until last week but am quickly finding it a wonderful way to keep lists, track my goals and schedule. It is a blank book that you can use as a planner, to-do list, journal, and creative outlet. I can throw it in my bag to bring with me anywhere, which means I can quickly write down that great idea or task I might forget otherwise.
There are some amazing journalers out there on Instagram and Pinterest. I am getting really inspired to be creative in my journal. Boho Berry has some amazing posts about Bullet Journaling. I like how this helps me organize and be creative at the same time.
There is something about actually picking up a pen and putting it to paper that clears out my mind so much better than using a computer or my phone. Plus, crossing things off the list is SO satisfying!
What are your best work-life balancing tips? Do you use technology or write by hand?