It seems like this time of year, all our best laid plans and schedules for our blog fly right out the window. Sure, you try to keep up with all your posting and marketing… but the kids are home on vacay, your husband has more days off, maybe you’re even traveling or have family staying in your home.
And let’s not forget the festivities themselves, and all the turkey basting, tree decorating and gift wrapping… No matter what holiday you celebrate, it seems like there’s too much to do, and not enough time to do it all.
What it all boils down to is a lot less time to work on your blog.
Is finding a balance even possible? Can you do everything you need to do for the holidays while still keeping your blog going, or do you just throw in the towel this time of year?
Don’t give up just yet – It is totally possible to balance the holidays with your blogging schedule, and actually enjoy it! Let me tell you how.
Facts is facts – there are only 24 hours in a day, and all the wishing, hoping and praying in the world isn’t going to get you one minute more. During the holidays, those 24 hours can fly by, too. So you really need to be realistic about what you can accomplish in that time. We all want to be SuperMom and bake cookies and sew costumes for the school play and drive around looking at Christmas lights, while still blogging and marketing all day… well, it’s just not going to happen.
Something’s got to give – don’t let it be your sanity!
It’s ok to cut back on your standard work week goals, and put most of your focus on the things that actually bring in money. In my case, I don’t want to cut down on my freelance writing, because that’s where most of my income comes from. So I might do fewer blog posts and reduce my social media postings over the next month so I have less stress and more time for holiday fun.
And then, pick a few important holiday happenings – you don’t have to do it all. Trust me, the kids are going to be much happier doing a few things with a mom who is fully there, rather than doing a bunch of stuff with a mom who spends the whole time on her phone dealing with business.
Remember – it’s not a sin to say no. Think about which tasks and activities are the most important, and don’t take on more than you can handle.
Adjust your schedule
If you’re traveling or having family coming in, you may need to rearrange your work schedule. If you normally work during the day while the kids are in school, you may find it impossible with them home on winter break. Try working more in the evening when things are quieter, or waking up earlier to get a head start. It’s a big help if you’ve got late sleepers like mine!
If you have guests in your home, you may need to let them know that you have certain work hours. If you have a home office, of course that makes things much easier. But if not, make it clear that work hours are sacred! Make plans for your off hours, and make sure they have easy access to everything they need while you’re working so you don’t get interrupted or distracted.
Automate and Relegate!
This time of year, you may want to invest in a virtual assistant to make sure that some of your basic stuff is getting done. It doesn’t cost too much to pay someone to do your social sharing and updating. You can even write a bunch of blog posts ahead of time, and have a VA take care of posting to your blog then doing all your shares.
If you aren’t hip to the whole VA thing, then scheduling is your friend. You can schedule your blog posts in WordPress, write and schedule out your emails to your list, and schedule your social media posts. It doesn’t take long to do things in batches – in fact, you can get on a roll and get things done a lot faster when you’re doing it all at once.
Relegate some of your holiday tasks too! If family is staying in your home, why not have Grandma or Uncle Bob make cookies with the kids while you skype with a client? It will free you up, keep the kids busy and provide precious bonding time that they’ll remember for years.
It can be tough trying to schedule your work schedule during the holidays – but with a little planning and dedication, you can make it happen! Cut back to what’s vital, focus on specific goals and money-making tasks. Adjust things as needed and don’t bite off more than you can chew. Lighten your load by using the help that’s available to you! You’ll find that even during this stressful time of year, you can enjoy the holidays AND keep taking action!