Last updated on December 17th, 2013 at 06:11 pm
I’ve always wanted to share with my audience what I do throughout my day, so here goes. Welcome to a day in the life of a busy full time mom and blogger. I’ll fill you in on how I conduct business while maintaining personal relationships over the course of 24 hours. I wish I could set regular work hours for myself, but that has proven to be impossible. I fit in my blogging when I’m not busy with the kids, I start very early each morning and end sometime between 10 and 11 o’clock pm. Finding balance and maintaining personal relationships has slowly become easier, especially with help from Skype and all it’s features.
I always start my day around 6 in the morning, when I lay my head down at night on my pillow I’m still in work mode. I have a hard time turning work off in my head. I’ve even been known to dream about work from time-to-time. It’s a good thing I love what I do so much, just wish I could turn my brain off sometimes. Mornings are always the same around here, with my trusty coffee mug in hand I fire up the computer. I try to sneak in a little work before the kids wake up. I usually start by opening my e-mails, checking my calendar, and making sure I have what I need set up for the day. I always have Skype open on my computer and a feature I really have grown to love is their facebook messaging. I can IM with anyone on Skype for free. This feature comes in handy, especially when I need to ask a colleague something and I need a fast reply. I’m done wasting time on e-mails or phone tag. All I have to do is see if the person I need is online and if they are I just shoot over a quick message and get my questions answered fast. I never want to be too loud in the morning so typing and not talking has given me a few extra precious moments in the morning.
It’s once the kids are up that I can take a video call or even jump on a group video chat. I juggle a little more time online after the kids have had breakfast and everyone is dressed, hair brushed, teeth brushed and baby is down for a morning nap. If I get the chance to group chat or conference call with my colleges this would be the time of the day I do it. The house is relatively quiet. I’ve been on a few group chats with fellow bloggers, it’s so easy to see who you’re talking to and makes planning a big event so much easier, time is so valuable and a conference call cuts down and chasing e-mails or spending way to much time typing out e-mails.
Before I know it somehow it’s lunchtime and I’m back to being a mommy again. I have to make lunch, clean up lunch, toss in some laundry, attempt to fold laundry and manage to keep the house from turning into a pig sty. Once things settle down and the baby is down for his second nap of the day and my oldest is busy coloring or watching a movie I jump back on and finish working on whatever I started earlier in the day. I work all day long with other moms who have active toddlers, or babies, or older children who consistently need looking after, it’s hard to seclude a time where we can all connect on Skype but somehow we mange.
It’s time to say more and stay human. It’s time for Skype.
Another amazing feature that makes Skype so essential to my success is I can even call anyone from the comfort on my computer desk, no need to even grab for my cell phone. I can get so much done with the help of Skype. Screen Sharing has been such a helpful tool when trying to share ideas with my colleges. A lot of my fellow bloggers are starting to explore and get to know what Skype has to offer and they are all liking it very much. Getting everyone on board with Skype has and will continue to make our jobs so much easier and more effective.
My day of work is pretty much over around 4 pm. I get dinner ready, feed the baby, give baths and sometimes if I’m lucky I can work a little after everyone is asleep. A lot of mom bloggers tend to work late into the night but I just don’t have the energy. I usually go to bed around 11 pm, my day always starts the same time each day. No one cares if I stayed up late or not. Working full-time from home is tough, juggling work, kids and keeping up a home is tough. Somehow I’ve managed to wear many hats and I’m making a name for myself. Skype has given me the tools and features I need to think outside the box and bring my level of professionalism up a notch, or two.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Skype via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Skype.