When I talk to other moms that are making blogging their business the absolute number one complaint I hear is about the endlessness of it all. We are all running full tilt all the time trying to juggle managing our families, our homes, and our businesses. Many of us fit our work in during random moments in the day when we’re not helping with homework, attempting to clean (ha!), or do the other things that keep families ticking.
I’ve recently been feeling overwhelmed too, so I asked my mom blogging friends how they know when enough is enough and it’s time to take a break, and when (if) they unplug. Here’s what they had to say.
What time do I take a break? When I leave to pick Peanut up. He sits at the table and we do homework while I work. Then we hang out, I cook dinner, clean up and start all over again working.
Do I unplug? Never totally. Never. – Lisa of Mommyality
I turn off the computer when it’s time to pick the girls up and I try not to log back on until after their in bed, of course there are times when that is unavoidable, but at least I’m trying. I get antsy and when I do, I just can’t focus and nothing else is going to get done until I get up and go work out. Best tiP: Listen to your body. YOU know when you need a break. Give yourself permission and go have that cup of coffee! – Amanda of High Impact Mom
I break my day up into chunks – hour work – hour for kids etc. Sometimes I get to a point where I need to take a few nights off and just veg out and hang out w/hubby. It’s good for my mental health and marriage – Tina of Life Without Pink
A few weeks ago I took a few days “off” from Face Book. I was burned…and in searching for meaning I started comparing my worst to everyone’s best. I took time off to breathe, read, and sew. It was magical…and it will happen again. – Megan of Sweet Sadie Marie
I’ve learned to leave my cell in the car and just enjoy the time with my family, otherwise, I tend to check it, often. Very often. Now that I have 2 days a week with the kids in school, it’s much easier to balance. School time for them is official office hours for me. Those are the times for my calls and when I get the majority of my writing done. I’m finding I have much more time for my family when I stick to that pattern. – Julie of Just Precious
Sometimes I get out of the house – I take my laptop to a local diner with wifi. I get uninterrupted time there, so when I’m home, I put the laptop away and focus on the fam + unwind. – Roo of Nice Girl Notes
I can tell when the lil’s are starting to get “squirley” – then I know I need to hop off, make eye contact, read a story… our latest favorite – jump on the trampoline. – Tania from Pure Natural Diva
I know it’s time to take a break when I don’t love what I am doing. For the first time in my life, I am making (some) money doing something I am passionate about. If I lose balance and it becomes about the bottom line, I know I need to step away and take a breather. Then I come back better than ever. – Andrea of Lil Kid Things
So, what do YOU do to take a break?