This is a much-needed conversation because the reality is that we, as moms, have so little time. And, while we’re running our business or starting something new, we’re always struggling to figure out how to fit it into our already tight schedules – but while I can’t teach you how to make more time in the day, I can teach you how to find time to record podcast episodes as a mom.
Before I get into it, I want to remind you to give yourself some grace. It will get easier with time and experience, but we all have to start from somewhere! I’m going to share what worked for me and how to apply it to work for you:
As always, you can listen to the related episode on Moms Who Podcast here:
How to Find Time to Record Podcast Episodes
There are typically two ways you’re looking at this. Either you already have a podcast and you’re feeling defeated because you feel like you have no time or you’re a busy mom and you want to start a podcast and you have this doubt, you’re wondering “How am I going to do it when I have kids?”
To give you a little context, I’m a mom of five, I work full time, and most of my days are very much “go, go, go.” And if that’s not enough, I like to record my podcast episodes in silence. Finding time to record was one of the reasons I was so hesitant to start my podcast in the first place – but here we are now!
Now, to find time to record a podcast episode you’re going to need to find your “ideal” time. This is a period where you can typically rely on having a moment to yourself – aim for 30 minutes to 1 hour at least. Think nap time, in between pick-ups, or even after bedtime.
I say typically because being a mom makes everything a little unreliable. You get sick, kids get sick, school gets canceled – you get it. And remember, we’re not recording every day, pick one day each week (and it doesn’t have to be the same day each week either) to record.
If you miss that time for some reason or another consider waking up before your kids get up or before heading out for your full-time job. Alternatively, you can opt to record late at night – some of my best episodes were recorded between 11 pm and 2 am!
How to Make the Time You Have Work for Your Podcast
It is more than just picking a timeframe and recording – you might need to take that extra step to ensure you get the full episode recorded. Here are some of the ways you can help make the time you have available work for you:
- Invest in a baby monitor. Even if you’re kids are past the age of monitoring, a monitor can help you keep an eye on them while they’re playing independently, preventing unexpected mid-recording interruptions.
- Ask for help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to family members or friends who can keep an eye on your children for a while to allow you to record without interruptions – if they’re keeping for a whole day, batch record your episodes for less stress!
- Opt for shorter episodes. Your episodes can be as short (or as long) as you want them, so if this season of life only allows you to record 10-12 minute episodes, record 10-12 minute episodes.
- Stay flexible. My biggest tip is just to let yourself stay flexible with your recording schedule, especially with unexpected situations like sick children or other disruptions.
While it may feel difficult the first few episodes, you’ll quickly begin to recognize the moments where you can slip away and record one or two – or when you can plan to batch a few.
If you want to start a podcast but you’re not sure where to start, I invite you to watch my Clarity to Podcast Masterclass, a free 24-minute video masterclass breaking down exactly what you need to get started – Click here to get the deets!