Balancing Diapers and Deadlines ~ Review

I have been blogging for quite a while. When I look back at the first few posts, it is easy to see that I have come a long way. In the beginning, blogging was a way to keep track of some of the projects that AJ did for school. It was also a place for me to share about my then new food intolerance and how I was dealing with it. It started off as a hobby, but grew into something more. Now I make a little bit of money from sponsored posts, affiliate links, and a few other things. But it also costs me money to maintain my blog. I have to pay for hosting and for my domain.

Now I need to think of my blog as more of a business and less of a hobby. But that can be difficult! It can be hard to find time to work on a business while homeschooling and taking care of my family. I have signed up for a few different courses in the past that claimed they could help me manage my business and my home, but they were not really effective. They were just not a good fit for my situation. But I knew that something needed to change. Lately I just haven’t been able to find the time to blog with everything else going on in my life. I was quite excited to have the chance to try out Balancing Diapers and Deadlines from Lisa Tanner Writing. I hoped that it would be different from other courses that I had tried in the past, and it was!

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What is Balancing Diapers and Deadlines

Don’t let the name of the course fool you. This course is not all about dealing with young kids while running a business. There is a section that focuses on younger kids, but there is also a section that focuses on running a business while having older kids at home. What is great about this course is that you can take away what you need and skip the section or sections that do not apply to you.

This is an online course. Once you are registered and have paid for the course you select a user name and password and are able to access the course from any device that has internet access. The lessons are text based and load very quickly. They are written in a friendly tone and are simple to understand. There are eight units in the course.

Balancing Diapers and Deadlines

The Units

  1. Welcome to Balancing Diapers and Deadlines – This unit doesn’t have any lessons. It includes some background information about the author and explains what to expect in the course.
  2. Building Your Foundation with the Basics – This unit was one of my favorites. It talks about getting your family on-board with your business, flexible routines, and making plans for the days.
  3. Minimize Your Decisions – This unit is mostly about keeping your home in order so that you can have more time to spend with your family and on your business. There are a lot of helpful tips!
  4. Minimize Your Decisions: The Annual Meal Plan – This unit sets you up with ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and shopping lists. Around here lunch is one of the hardest parts of the day. It was nice to see a meal plan that had lunch ideas!
  5. Sustainable Growth ~ This is a unit about taking care of yourself. You can’t take care of a family and run a business without taking care of yourself. There is a lot of practical advice in this unit!
  6. Growing a Business with Your Kids Around ~ This unit breaks up kids into different age groups and gives advice on how to manage the kids needs and the needs of your business. It also has advice about kids with special needs. A few of these lessons didn’t apply to me because AJ is a teenager, but I still got a lot out of the course.
  7. Boost Your Productivity ~ This unit goes over ways that can make you more productive. From ways to start your day off better to improving your typing speed, there is a lot of great information.
  8. Closing Thoughts ~ This wraps the course up with some additional information and resources.

How to Use the Course

For each lesson there is an action plan. Sometimes they are simple like talking to your family about the goal of your business. While other times the action plan may be something more time consuming, like coming up with lunch ideas that your family enjoys to add to your menu plan. Once you complete the action plan, you can mark the lesson complete. The course keeps track of where you left off. But you can go back and reread any of the lessons as needed.

I decided to read through the course without doing the action plans first. I wanted to get a good overview of the course. Now I am going through it again. This time I am doing the action steps that apply to me. I found a lot of useful information in this course.

What I Thought

I was pleasantly surprised by the content in this course. In fact, because of some of the tips I have learned I decided to sign up as a speaker for an online conference. It is something that will hopefully take my blog to the next level, and something I wouldn’t have done in the past. It is a new adventure. I felt encouraged by the course that I could spend time growing my business, and I think you will too!

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