How to Achieve Blog Work Life Balance

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Is your freelance business family friendly? When I first started blogging, I was a crazy mess.

I would sneak off into the bathroom to stay on top of social media , so my husband wouldn’t once again complain that I was always on my phone.

I wasn’t spending time with my husband.

I was doing pretty much everything that big bloggers suggested but getting no results.

I became overwhelmed, exhausted and plain outright miserable.

I was getting nowhere.

Dishes would pile up for days ( don’t judge) as I prioritized blogging over being fully present for my husband.

Somewhere along the line, things clicked for me. I stopped signing up for every webinar that came my way. I stopped comparing myself to fellow bloggers. Instead of making a massive to do list, I found a method that delivered me the results I desired.

Today, I will be sharing with you, my tips for achieving blog work life balance.

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Achieving Blog Work Life Balance

The following are some of the methods that I have been utilizing to help me achieve blog work life balance.

Blog Work Life Balance – Buy a Journal

Invest in a journal. I carry my journal around with me pretty much anywhere I go. I use a journal to write down my to do list, ideas for future blog posts, and any helpful tidbits that I come across.

You can buy yourself these cute notebooks with quotes that inspire creativity. If you don’t have one on hand, a regular hardcover notebook, will do the same job.

A journal keeps loose paper at bay and is an awesome outlet for brain dump sessions. I later transfer the information from my journal to a project management system.

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Blog Work Life BalanceGet Organized

I totally get it , you buy a pretty planner because you are told that you need a planner to stay organized. But then when the planner comes, it sits there and just gathers dust. While planners are great, I work best with a digital system. My favorite project management system Trello helps with my planning and is free to use. By all means if paper works for you, stick to what works. If you are looking for a planner, I love these cute planners from Erin Condren.


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So, lets talk a little bit about how I use Trello. One of the ways I use Trello, is to host my Editorial Calendar. I have workflow boards setup with headings such as: article ideas, researching, on hold, writing,  editing and graphics. Each heading allows me to create a card. Think of a card as a sticky note, something I would like to accomplish. I create cards for my heading “article ideas” then I  move those cards around depending on what stage I am in the process. Here is an example of what this might look like. For each card, you are able to add an attachment, labels,a checklist or even a due date. Trello is a workflow project management system that allows you to keep track of your processes and task from the Idealization stage to completion.

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Blog Work Life Balance Use Schedulers

I adore schedulers. They are great to help free up your time but shouldn’t be an excuse not to be present on social media. Personally, I use Hootsuite to schedule my tweets. They use to have unlimited scheduling but this has changed, you are now only allowed 30 scheduled messages at a time. There are lots of  other schedulers available for different platforms.

Find a day and time that works for you and schedule your social media posts through your platform of choice. For Pinterest, I use Tailwind . Tailwind is awesome at analytics  helping you keep track of your boards health. They are also the official Pinterest scheduler.

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Blog Work Life Balance Work In Batches

If you have limited time to work with, it is imperative that you work in batches and be productive with the time you do have. I use a Trello Editorial Calendar to keep track of ideas I want to write about. This doesn’t mean my ideas are set in stone. I can always swap it out with other ideas if closer to the time I feel like another topic would be better received by my audience.  I just simply move that idea card to my “on hold” board.

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Having a content calendar ensures you always have ideas to write about. I use my journal to write outlines for these topics, whenever I find myself with free time . When I do go to write the actual blog post,  I have all the information I need to get straight to it. A great tool I discovered recently is the Google Docs voice typing feature which allows you to speak and what you say gets transcribed. I find that this features makes transcribing my journal entries pretty seamless, saving on the time it takes to type up the draft for an article.

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Blog Work Life Balance Meal Prep

I know, the last thing you want to be doing on a Sunday afternoon is to be meal prepping for the week. However, I promise you, it will free up your time and make things so much more easier. When you come in from work the prepping is already completed. You can quickly prepare a meal or warm up meals that are already prepared. This saves you 2 hours in the kitchen preparing meals or resorting to eating out. You can then use that extra time to focus on blogging. If you are looking to get started with meal prepping, consider the E-book Mindfulness in Faith & Food.

What is included:

-Healthy and easy family-friendly breakfast, lunch, dinner freezer meal recipes that last most families a month or more!
-Complete Grocery Lists so that shopping for a month of meals is simple.
-Pro Tips on how to efficiently cook a month of meals in a day. (This is more than just recipes, this ebook shows you how to bulk cook efficiently)
-Faith-Based Mindful Eating and Mindful Living Techniques
-Mindful Eating Demo Video
-Interactive Nutrition Quiz to help you develop your own healthy living routine
-100s of healthy living tips from a registered dietitian

Some of the recipes included are:

  • Breakfast Burritos
  • Cali Crustless Quiches
  • Crockpot Healthy French Toast
  • Simply Delicious Spring Rolls
  • Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • Ranch Chicken Wraps
  • Southwest Burrito Dip
  • Sweet and Sour Meatballs
  • Spinach Lasagna
  • Mexican Pasta
  • Chili Con Carne
  • “Tater Tot” Crockpot Casserole

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Blog Work Life Balance Get your Family Involved

Get your husband and or kids involved in your blog. If your husband loves to take photos, get him to take photos for your blog. Plan family activities that you can all participate in as a family and you could possibly blog about. The key here, is not to make it all about your blog, but instead be in the moment and spend time with your family.

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Blog Work Life Balance Practice Self-Care

I know its hard to practice self-care with our growing list of obligations. For some, you may feel that self-care is selfish. But, think about it if you work yourself to the point where you are burnt out, how then do you have the energy to be there for your family? Self care can be as simple as taking a bubble bath before going to bed or even just sitting on the porch for a few minutes after everyone has gone to bed. Above all, start your day meditating on God’s words and he will give you the strength to effectively accomplish your tasks.

So, how does this all fit together?

Everybody’s situation is different. The key is to find a system that works for you and to use automation where possible. While you would love to blog multiple times a week, that may not be feasible. You can’t compare yourself to other bloggers who may have more time on their hands and less responsibilities.




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  • Reply
    Heather Hart
    January 4, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    I carry a journal, too. And sometimes I send myself emails from my phone… Don’t judge me…

    • Reply
      Rock Solid Faith
      January 4, 2018 at 11:42 pm

      No judgement here, I am guilty of doing the same thing. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

  • Reply
    January 4, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    These are great tips. I’m in the same boat with balancing family, a full-time job, and attempting to grow my blog. This year I have goals to create products as well so scheduling will be a must.

    • Reply
      Rock Solid Faith
      January 4, 2018 at 11:46 pm

      I have similar plans as well this year. We can totally do this, with a little planning of course.

  • Reply
    January 5, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Some really great ideas here! I will have to look into Trello.

    • Reply
      Rock Solid Faith
      January 7, 2018 at 1:59 pm

      Trello is awesome, for sure give it a try.

  • Reply
    Sarah Geringer
    January 6, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    I like your tips! Meal planning, family time, and self-care are important parts of the picture too. Sharing this on Pinterest!

    • Reply
      Rock Solid Faith
      January 7, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      I am glad you liked them:). Thanks for sharing on Pinterest Sarah!

  • Reply
    January 8, 2018 at 6:44 am

    Well, your page looks awesome so I think you’be found the balance that works for you. It is hard to have a passio that maybe your husband or children can’t participate in so as time goes on it will be interesting to see how we all work together

    • Reply
      Rock Solid Faith
      January 9, 2018 at 3:23 am

      Awe! Thanks Bailey!

  • Reply
    Nancy E. Head
    January 9, 2018 at 1:34 am

    “Self care can be as simple as taking a bubble bath before going to bed or even just sitting on the porch for a few minutes after everyone has gone to bed.”
    Absolutely! We tend to neglect ourselves. Oxygen mask on yourself first, then on the child next to you. Breathe deeply.
    God bless and thank you!

    • Reply
      Rock Solid Faith
      January 9, 2018 at 1:36 am

      Self-care is so important! We can’t be very helpful to our families if we have no energy or drive.

  • Reply
    Edna Davidsen
    January 9, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Shanique!

    Those were some valuable thoughts you share in “How to Balance Family, A Full-time Job and Blogging”.

    I believe many readers can relate to what you write when you say:

    “I was doing pretty much everything that big bloggers suggested but getting no results.”

    You set a good example by sharing how you stopped signing up for every webinar that came your way.

    People have different methods.

    I like what you said about finding a method that delivers the result we search for.

    I agree with you; a journal is a good idea.

    Paper works for some; others use a digital system.

    As long as the system works both solutions do their jobs.

    I used to use Hootsuite as a scheduler, but the last couple months I’ve gone back to using nothing but my planning documents.

    But tools like Hootsuite and Tailwind that you mention in your excellent blog post are useful tools for those who use social media a lot – I don’t.

    My favourite part of this particular blog post was this:

    “If you have limited time to work with, it is imperative that you work in batches and be productive with the time you do have.”

    What has boosted my workflow most was focusing on blog post production the first 6 hours of the day, and wait with email/social media etc. until afternoon.

    Another aspect I liked about this particular blog post was your approach to blogging as an activity that involves much more than just writing a piece of text.

    As you mentioned, we stand much stronger if we get our family involved in what we do.

    I’ll share on Twitter.

    God bless!

    Edna Davidsen

    • Reply
      Rock Solid Faith
      January 9, 2018 at 11:47 pm

      Thanks for sharing Edna! I like your strategy of writing for the first 6 hours of the day then using the afternoon to focus on social media. I am way more productive in the mornings. However, as I mentioned in the article, everyone’s situation is different. I work a 9-5, so usually I have to try and get most of my writing down on weekends.

      • Reply
        Edna Davidsen
        January 10, 2018 at 3:28 pm

        That’s also a good strategy, Shanique.

        What I especially like about your approach is that it’s based on a realistic approach.

        Most Christian bloggers need to hold a daytime job and many of them like their daytime job.

        Your strategy works better for them.

        I’m looking forward to your future blog posts.


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