8 Ways a Blogger Can Create More Time for Themselves

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For many people working on their blog is a hobby. They write for fun and use it as a personal journal.

Other people develop blogs and operate them as a business. Their blog may start out as a side hustle and develop into a full-time business, as many have over the past 10 years.

If you are working on your blog on a full-time basis I’m sure you already know how much work is involved. Everyday there is more that needs to be done, and if you are like most, you are working on stuff months ahead of time.

But what happens when your blog starts to interfere with your home life? Or what happens to your blog when your home life is hectic and you feel like you are being pulled in a million different directions?

Do you quit blogging so that you have more time to focus on your responsibilities at home? (I bet you have considered that a few times.)

Or do you hire some help, and\or find more efficient ways to get things done, so that you have more time for yourself?

You could hire a virtual assistant to help with all of the tasks involved in running your blog.

But you do have other options as well.

Now keep in mind that the items below will cost you money, but you need to compare that cost against how much money you could be earning if you were working on your blog\business versus doing the tasks listed below, or for that matter, any other tasks that take you away from your work.

Ways a Blogger Can Create More Time for Themselves

Hire A Housekeeper

You could hire a full time housekeeper or a part time housekeeper depending on your schedule and your own work requirements.  Many people find that having a housekeeper clean their house 2 or 3 times a month allows them to focus their time on their work. This can be even more important when you work from your home. Some people can remain focused on their work no matter where they are located. 

Others find it distracting to work at home when they are thinking about the other work that they need to do around the house, such as cleaning the bathroom or fixing a leaky faucet. They may find themselves multi-tasking and then wonder where the day went. 

Knowing that a housekeeper is coming to clean up at the end of the week may help you remain focused on your blog.  

Prepare Your Meals In Advance

batch cookingAbout 3 years ago I came across two excellent ideas for organizing and preparing dinners in advance.

The first one is called the Big Cook. The idea behind the Big Cook is that you and your friends get together once a month to do what they refer to as bulk cooking. 

You prepare large recipes of meals and then package them in portions for the freezer.

Everyone in your group can take home a variety of meals based on the recipes that you choose and the number of meals you make for the month.  

Then each day you have a variety of meals in your freezer  and you can easily make dinner for you and your family. The Big Cook cookbook explains everything you need to know. 

The second way to organize and prepare dinners in advance is to participate in a meal assembly program. 

This is a program that is hosted by a meal assembly business such as Dashing Dishes.  They create the recipes, purchase and prepare the ingredients and schedule the assembly sessions. All of the ingredients are uncooked.

You schedule the date that you can attend a session, typically in the evening, and select the recipes that you would like to make.  

At the session they have all of the ingredients laid out for you to use, along with containers to pack your food into.

You follow their recipes to create the meals that you selected and you package them for your freezer. 

They suggest that you bring a camping cooler with you to take the meals home in so that they stay cold. Once you get home you put all of the meals in your freezer.

Each day you put one of the meals in your fridge so that it is thawed out for dinner for the next day. Cook it following the instructions that are provided for you and dinner is ready. 

Have Your Groceries Delivered

If preparing your own meals is something that you really enjoy you can still save time by having your groceries delivered (depending on where you live).  Here is one example of a Grocery Delivery Service.  

Look online for a grocery store in your area that delivers. 

Hire A Personal Concierge Service

You do not need to be rich and famous to hire a personal assistant. You can hire a personal assistant on an as required basis to complete a variety of tasks for you. 

Most concierge services provide a large selection of services such as gift buying, house sitting, moving services, shopping, errands, travel arrangements, etc.  Not only will this save you time but it will also save you money because you will not need to drive around to complete all your tasks. 

Hire A Gardener 

hire a gardenerIn the summer I love to mow the lawn, plant flowers and look after all the trees.  While that can be great some days, other days it can take me away from focusing on my work. 

Several of my neighbours own small businesses and I noticed that they have hired a Gardener to look after their lawn and plants. Each week they arrive and spend a few hours cleaning everything up.

Depending on where you live, this may be a great service for you to consider too. 

Hire A Bookkeeper

If you are busy working on your blog and making money, and numbers are your thing, then you probably do your own bookkeeping.

If you find that bookkeeping is not your strong point then you may want to consider hiring a bookkeeper.  If you do not need a full time bookkeeper you can hire a contractor on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis, depending on your requirements. 

This will definitely free up your time so that you can focus on the tasks that you do best. 

Hire A Nanny

Many people need quiet time to work on their blog, but that may not always be possible if you have young children running around while you are trying to work. Yes, you could get up really early or stay up really late and work on stuff.

You could try to work on your blog while your children take a nap. But after doing that for 6 months or a year, you may begin to feel quite tired. If that describes you, then consider hiring a nanny or a part time babysitter to look after your children during the day so that you can have some quiet time to work on your stuff.

Use A Dry Cleaning Service

While this may sound like a luxury it is in fact a real time saver.  If you or someone in your family wears dress clothes to the office every day, and your clothes need ironing, you will find that dropping your clothes off at the dry cleaners on a weekly basis will save you many hours.  These are hours that you can spend working on your blog and making more money.

Do you find it difficult to find time to work on your blog? What do you do to manage your time better?



    • DC @ Young Adult Money

      DC @ Young Adult Money 02/22/2013 5:20 a.m. #

      I definitely have felt the strain of blogging, especially factoring in all the time that goes towards my regular 9-5 (more like 7-4 not counting commute) job and the regular responsibilities of life. I think planning ahead is the best way to free up time since it avoids the 11pm sitting there freaking out about what to write situations. Your blog planner helps with that ;)

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 02/22/2013 1:50 p.m. #

        Thanks DC! I think the fact that you juggle a full-time job, write your blog, build your rental suite, do Excel projects on the side and still have time to breath is absolutely incredible. I don't know where you get all of the energy to accomplish so much and you are clearly very organized.

    • MakintheBacon$

      MakintheBacon$ 02/22/2013 9:23 a.m. #

      I find it enormously difficult to maintain the blog and it is still in its infancy stage. Not having my own personal computer at work doesn't help either and working at my parttime job during most weeknights makes it super hard too. I usually play catch-up starting on Friday and do some blog work on the weekend.

      I'm too frugal to hire help. :p, I'd rather do it myself if I can.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 02/22/2013 1:53 p.m. #

        Everyone's situation is different too. You sound like you have a lot going on in your life, outside of blogging, and those are your priorities.

        For all long time I didn't consider hiring help, but since I work on my blog full-time it really makes a difference.

      • jane savers @ the money puzzle

        jane savers @ the money puzzle 02/24/2013 5:10 a.m. #

        I would love to have a housekeeper but I am just too broke.

        My attempts at blog marketing are very time consuming and I am not sure they are working. I guess years of time will tell.

    • John S @ Frugal Rules

      John S @ Frugal Rules 02/22/2013 10:14 a.m. #

      Good post Sicorra! The great thing about your ideas is that they work for almost anyone who is busy and needs to free up more time. Blogging can and does take a boatload of time if you want it to take off. I think I may be going the VA route in the near future to free up more time.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 02/22/2013 1:47 p.m. #

        Yes, exactly John! Thank you! These ideas most definitely can help anyone that needs to free up some time.

        I know that Crystal who has built the huge blog known as "Money Saving Mom" uses a few of these ideas to manage her time.

    • Shannon @ The Heavy Purse

      Shannon @ The Heavy Purse 02/22/2013 11:13 a.m. #

      Excellent post, as usual, Sicorra! Being a new blogger myself, I'm constantly amazed by all the things they are to do and I blog far less frequently than everyone else! I spend far more time on twitter and commenting on other blogs than I ever anticipated. Partly, because I find it a lot of fun. :) But it's very time-consuming. I've definitely used a couple of your tips and they do make a big difference.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 02/22/2013 1:55 p.m. #

        I'm glad you are enjoying commenting.

        Everyone has their own to-do lists (both online and offline) and sometimes we can all use a little help to get us through the week.

    • Boris

      Boris 02/22/2013 11:23 a.m. #

      IT takes an incredible amount of time maintaining a blog. It's definitely a full time job if you want the blog to succeed. Hopefully some day it will pay off.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 02/22/2013 2:03 p.m. #

        True, and for many bloggers it has paid off.

    • Corina Ramos

      Corina Ramos 02/22/2013 12:47 p.m. #

      This has my name stamped all over it, LOL! Of course you know my crazy schedule.

      I have made some changes that have made life a little easier like hiring my daughter as an assistant and now she works from home helping me out as much as she can (she's chasing after a one-year-old full-time :))

      There definitely has to be some planning in order to get all the work done both personally and professionally and you've shared some great ideas. It's true it'll cost money but I think it's an investment :)

      Great post Sicorra! Hope you're having a great day!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 02/22/2013 1:42 p.m. #

        Corina, You were on mind the whole time I wrote this LOL. I know some of what you deal with each and everyday and you still manage to build an awesome blog :-)

    • Jacob @ iHeartBudgets

      Jacob @ iHeartBudgets 02/22/2013 2:20 p.m. #

      I'd love to hire help, but can't afford to at the moment. When I start bringing in some more money, yard work it the first thing to go!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 02/22/2013 6:01 p.m. #

        I am so happy to outsource yard work even though I enjoy being outside. But it takes me a couple of hours (including a shower afterwards) to do what a team of 2 or 3 people can achieve in 20 minutes.

    • Pauline

      Pauline 02/22/2013 3:34 p.m. #

      I am considering hiring a VA on the blog like John. Some repetitive tasks can be outsourced easily and it frees up some time for more important things like writing and networking.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 02/22/2013 6:02 p.m. #

        When you are ready you will find a ton of expert VAs on oDesk for very reasonable prices.

    • Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

      Laurie @thefrugalfarmer 02/23/2013 6:19 a.m. #

      Love the ideas, Sicorra! The bulk cooking is one we do occasionally, and will likely be doing much more of it in the future. It makes for such peacefulness at dinnertime when you just have to grab a meal from the freezer and throw it in the oven.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 02/23/2013 1:36 p.m. #

        Exactly! There is nothing nicer then at the end of a busy day to be able to quickly get a nice dinner on the table with very little fuss.

    • KK @ Student Debt Survivor

      KK @ Student Debt Survivor 02/23/2013 9:11 p.m. #

      At some point I might consider hiring help, but for now I'm still too cheap to do so ;-). I feel like my to-do is always much longer then the amount of time I have to do everything. So I end up trying to pick and choose which things are the most important and then I just try to focus 100% on those things.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 02/24/2013 12:53 p.m. #

        Yes, sometimes you just have set priorities and realize we can't do it all.

    • CarolB

      CarolB 02/24/2013 8:06 a.m. #

      How true! Finding time between kids, house, spouse, my personal blog and the blog I write for a local non-profit sometimes just leaves me drained. And admittedly, my house looking a little rough around the edges. I've become dependent upon "others" to do several dinners a week for me - Costco and Trader Joe's are my dinner-time friends! I've even "hired" my 14 year old to make dinner. "You make the dinner, I'll wash your clothes." I've also started paying my kids for extra jobs when they want money. It's amazing how much house and yard work gets completed when there's a little cash incentive. And they cost less than either a housekeeper or yard service! Last week my 14 year old mopped the whole downstairs for $5.00. :)

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 02/24/2013 12:56 p.m. #

        You definitely have a lot on your plate!

        I think having teenagers help around the house is excellent. Both my parents worked long hours when I was a kid and it was my responsibility to clean the house every Saturday morning. It is good experience for when we get older and have our own places. And hey, at 5 bucks to mop the floor, what a deal!!

    • Edgar @ Degrees and Debt

      Edgar @ Degrees and Debt 02/25/2013 12:39 p.m. #

      I'd love to be able to hire and outsource some of the tedious/time consuming chores around life, but at this time its just not feasible. I think once I can justify my income streams to cover the cost of the outsourcing of tasks while still growing and giving me a profit, then I can look into some of these options to have more to further grow the businesses.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 02/25/2013 7:07 p.m. #

        Hopefully one day soon you will be able to afford to outsource things and get some help.

    • Lisa

      Lisa 02/25/2013 5:37 p.m. #

      I'd love to hire a bookeeper at some point. There are so many things to do running an online business and blog as well as a regular job. Some things have to give. But I'd start with help on the tedious things I would not mind giving out like bookeeping and inventory on websites.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 02/25/2013 7:06 p.m. #

        I'm with you Lisa! Whenever I can I outsource my bookkeeping. I just can't make the time to learn an accounting program.

    • Pam

      Pam 02/25/2013 5:54 p.m. #

      At this stage I am not in a place that would allow me to pay others to do my housework, yard work, etc. I just have to juggle my responsibilities. Sometimes I am successful and sometimes something suffers, but I just make the best of it. Your tip about preparing bigger meals in advance is a great one. I do that as often as I can and I am a huge leftover fan!

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 02/25/2013 7:08 p.m. #

        I am huge leftover fan too!! My husband, not so much. But isn't it so much easier when you are working away to only have to stop to heat up dinner instead of taking an hour or so out of your day to go make something from scratch?

    • Charmin - The Momiverse

      Charmin - The Momiverse 02/26/2013 12:57 p.m. #

      Such important advice! I think the toughest part is letting go and asking for help. Once you overcome the feeling that you need to "do it all," then you can spend your time with the people you love, taking care of yourself or on those activities that earn you the most money.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 02/26/2013 3:56 p.m. #

        Yes, you have to find things that you are okay to have someone else do. I love having someone else do the yard work but when I have had house cleaners in the past I found that I ended up doing the work all over again.

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