24 Help Time Management Tips for Busy Moms

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17. Learn To Say “No”

It's easy to say yes all the time to everything. Learn to say no and focus on what's most important to your family. Don't be afraid to reject an invitation to a party or coffee if you don't have the time for it. Instead see if you can schedule it on a less busy day.

18. Invest In A Day Planner

It doesn't matter if you are a work-at-home mom or stay-at-home mom—everyone can benefit from a daily planner. You can go all fancy and buy a shiny new Filofax or Moleskine, or you can even make your own or visit Etsy to find some gorgeous affordable daily planners. (Shameless plug: Or download our printable new Daily Planner! )

19. Plan for Vacation and Family Time in Advance

Don’t wait until November or late June to inform clients about your family vacation. You know you’ll be away well before that so, let them know at least a month in advance so that they can plan accordingly. I usually do double duty and schedule everything in advance before I head out for vacation and no-phone-internet-time. Also, do the same for your blog. Either write your posts in advance and schedule them or get guest posts for that time.

20. Cut Back on Unnecessary Distractions

Do you spend an hour on Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest each day? Cut it down to 30 minutes. And spend that extra 30 minutes on time with your family. Scale back wherever you can.

21. Schedule Your Blog Posts In Advance

Set aside time at the beginning of each month and plan out your articles. I like to pull out my calendar and jot down the article ideas and headlines for the entire month, then I batch write the articles. Sometimes I write articles two weeks ahead, sometimes a week in advance. If you think that's too much work, it's okay if you write down just the outlines. It really does save time.

22. Create a Photos Folder Or A Resource Folder

Make a special folder with all the photos you will use in your blog posts with a simple text document that lists the caption or title, name of photographer, and the URL to the photo. Now each time I upload an article, I open the folder, choose a photo, upload it, add the credit details from the text file and bam! I am done. Bonus points if you set it up with Dropbox or Google Drive so you have a back up of all the blog photos! Do the same for any links or research material: your affiliate links, products, references etc.

23. Create an Editorial Calendar

An editorial calendar will help you plan the content and stay on track for any posts, link ups or special occasions posts that you need to write.

How to Create an Editorial Calendar

You can use an Excel/ Google Docs Spreadsheet or use Google Calendar. There are even a few WordPress plugins that allow you to have an editorial calendar right in your dashboard.

24. Use THE BEST Resources to Manage Your Time

I already wrote about my favorite apps to help me stay organized. On top of these, I also use my daily planner, my home management binder, and my blog planner.

What are your time management tips? How do you handle your busy day? Share in the comments!

 

Ana Lynn Amelio, blogger at Our Blended Marriage

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