As a working mom, you certainly have your schedule full of tasks and activities. Am I right?
And every day you plan to do as much as your kids and family allow you.
When you set your goals (weekly, quarterly or yearly) and assign smaller tasks to each of your goals, it seems so achievable.
And that practice is good.
The first reason is that you are not overwhelmed, and the second is that every day you know what to focus on to get closer to your goal.
But what if I tell you that you could use those brief moments in the day to complete the tasks and feel that you had achieved something important?
Yes, these small tasks are just as important as the bigger ones!
Today, I would like to tell you how you can spend 15 minutes per day to achieve more.
Of course, there are tasks that will take you 1,2 or 5 hours, but these small tasks can be as important as the bigger ones.
So, I’ll tell you what you can do in 15 minutes to be productive and to get closer to your goal as a working mom.
15-minute a day – what does it mean?
When you think about what you can do in 15 minutes, at first you might say, not much. Because time is flying, and in addition to all the commitments, we all think we don’t have time for everything we want to accomplish in the day.
But think again.
What if I told you that 15 minutes of standing in line or 15 minutes of waiting with your doctor, you can make the most out of it?
What if I told you you could grow a business in those 15 minutes a day when you were waiting for something?
Or even when your kids are playing around you at home and you don’t have much time to devote to your tasks.
Many of us will use those 15 minutes to navigate through social profiles, but you can use that time smarter.
I know 15 minutes may seem like a little time, but read on to see how productive you can be even if you only have 15 minutes.
Let’s start with tasks that can increase your productivity and help you get on to the bigger goal.
Here are 15 ideas you can do for your business as a work-at-home mom.
Brainstorm blog post ideas
If you have your own website and offer products and services, you certainly write posts to inform your audience about new strategies, products so they get back to your website often. And how to stay active? So that you post at least 1 post a week. In order to do this, it is important that you have a plan and schedule in place for your next blog posts.
Take 15 minutes to think about posts for the next week or month.
Explore topics on Pinterest, Google or search the expert’s websites in your niche. Think about what you can write about in the coming days/weeks.
Every time an idea comes up, write it down.
Outline a blog post
Once you have a specific topic to write about, it’s time to plan a post. Research long-tail keywords and use them for subtitles. What interests people and what they actually research is the content you want to have on your blog. This is a plan for how you design your post.
The best type of blog post for this type of research is the list post. Find out what your audience needs help with and make a list of possible solutions. And you can do it in 15 minutes.
Take a photo for your next blog post (or choose from stock photos)
If you take photos for your blog posts, you can do so for your next post in 15 minutes. Just prepare everything you would like to see on it and take a photo from different angles.
But if you’re not good at it, you can always choose the photos you will include in the next post.
Check your email and answer on important ones in 15 minutes
Checking emails can sometimes end up reading an article linked to an email. And it wastes your time. You are not even aware of how much time has passed. So set yourself a daily goal to go through the emails and answer the important ones. Leave other emails for when you have more time.
Draft an email/newsletter
Outline your next newsletter or email to send to your subscribers. And then create a draft so you can check it later, add a few words, images and send it or schedule it.
Read or listen to a course you bought
I have purchased the courses, but I have not completed them all yet. And it’s okay. That means you have the will to move forward, but you have to find the time to finish it.
So think about listening or reading the course for 15 minutes a day. Where will you be in a week? Probably closer to the end than you were 7 days ago.
On the day you purchased it, you do not have to complete the course right away, but make a plan and try to spend those 15 minutes a day learning new things.
Create a pin/pins for your blog post
This is a creative task and will help you with your Pinterest strategy. It is better to have multiple pins per blog post, so in 15 minutes you can create one or more pins for your new or even an older blog post.
Create a new board on your Pinterest profile
From time to time, create a new board on your Pinterest profile. Research the keywords for the title and description of the board and fill the board with pins. Then it is ready to be published.
Submit a request to join a Pinterest group board
You can join group boards on Pinterest to expand your reach. So, look for a group board in your niche and submit a request to the group board owner. You can do the research on Pinterest or on PinGroupie.com. And you can finish it in 15 minutes.
Check your analytics
It’s important to know what content interests your audience, what post went well, and what pin style your audience likes. So check your analytics. You will get information on what you did well and what you can fix as well as ideas for your further work.
Maintain your Website
You can often see updates available on your WordPress website. Whether it’s a plugin or your version of WordPress, you should check this periodically. To have a website that works great, you need to check all the updates and you can do it in 15 minutes or less. So don’t ignore it.
Check for comments on your website
When you publish blog posts, you want people to find and read them. And if they have something to say about the topic you wrote about, they will leave a comment.
People may ask you something or just say their thoughts on your blog post, so when you see that there is a comment on your WordPress dashboard, you will probably feel satisfied.
This action will take 15 minutes, and if there are many comments, you can schedule 15 minutes per day to check them.
All you have to do in those 15 minutes is check the comment, write a response and publish it.
Comment on other people’s blog post
Now that we talk about comments, there is another way you can spend the next 15 minutes. When you read a blog post that inspired you or that gave you a new idea, you can leave a comment. It is a great way to connect with others, whether in your niche or not. And it can increase your reach too.
So when you only have 15 minutes, you can leave a comment on 1 or 2 blogs.
Plan your week
It is always better to schedule your tasks in advance so you know exactly what to do each day. This way you are more productive and don’t waste time deciding what to do first. So take your planner and schedule your tasks for next week.
Take a break for 15 min and relax
This is just as important as completing a business assignment. If you are overwhelmed with tasks, you do not have the will to move on and continue with your tasks.
So take a 15-minute break. Take a walk, get some fresh air and relax.
Those 15 minutes will mean a lot to you and your productivity. When you are not stressed, new ideas may emerge. So don’t underestimate that time for a break.
Now that you have a list of 15-minute tasks, you can choose one that will get you closer to your goal or that can improve your business. Start working on it today.
Try to make it a habit and spend your time wisely.
What are the tasks that take a short time and that you think may be useful to you and your business?
Leave a comment below.
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