This is an official entry to Dainty Mom’s guest post challenge, on “How to Find the Time to Write or Blog.”
This question really got me thinking…I must confess that in the past, I have failed to write anything on my blog. The reason would be is that I was busy…really? I think the word busy is mostly overused these days and I am guilty of that. I have to schedule everything because I run a tight shift.
First and foremost, I don’t have a helper or maid in the house so I do everything that needs to be done. My mornings are pretty busy because aside from the daily housework I also homeschool our two kids. In the afternoon, when school work is done, I get the chance to relax for a while and watch reruns of my favorite show, “Friends.” But at times, I cannot afford to watch my show nor blog because I have to attend to my patients after school. And when the patients leave I have to prepare dinner and plan the lessons for the next day.
But when I have no afternoon schedule, I sit in front of my laptop and write. I usually get inspiration from our homeschool lessons, or some random thoughts the kids may have had that day or any insight they have learned from me or vice versa. At times, I would recall what I have learned from the Father in my morning devotion or quiet time. But when my afternoon is full, I would set aside a time after dinner to type away my thoughts. This is the time, the kids are relaxed and are busy watching TV with their Papa.
So, how do I really find the time?
First, if I say find time, I could never really “find” it as time sometimes is elusive. It’s like my quiet time or spending time with God. I have to MAKE time for him and focus on him alone because if I don’t would never find the time to do it. Same is true with blogging or writing. I really have to make it part of my daily or weekly schedule, whatever works for me. Blogging should be part of my itinerary. It’s a must that I blog!
Second, because I take blogging seriously, I don’t want to be disturbed! Yes, I am that serious about it. As soon as an idea comes rushing to my brain I have to write it as soon as I can. I don’t want to thought train leave me at the station. I get easily distracted too so I have instructed my kids not to bother me when I’m blogging. If they need anything or have questions, they can ask Papa or wait for me to finish what I’m writing.
Third, just like Martine de Luna of Daintymom.com, I too keep a small notebook with me wherever I go. I jot down ideas I might have for future posts. When I can’t get to my laptop right away and I am so psyched to type, I use the WordPress App on the iPad and just blog from there, which I find very convenient too.
Lastly, I just do it! When I find myself having some sort of free time and just staring at the Facebook News Feed, I close Facebook and open my blog. I force myself to write. I just do it. And you know what, I get inspiration from some of the FB posts too 😛
Admittedly, I have been consistently inconsistent in blogging in the recent past. I realized that I need to change my ways and commit to writing on my blog again. How about you? What do you do to keep blog rolling?