Being a productive stay at home mom is so important, but can be challenging at the same time. When my kids first went to school all day, I was unsure what to do with all my new found time. To help this, I created habits that would help me feel happy, but I still felt like I needed help being more productive. I knew what I needed to get done each day and I would try, but sometimes I got to the end of the day and thought, “what did we do today?” I would start so many tasks and not finish any of them. Does this happen to you?
I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade to making my day productive. Each day I have to make setting myself up for success a priority. Some of this is sure to be devastating advice but it’s wisdom I promise. Implementing even just one of these puts you on the right track to a more productive and streamlined life as a stay at home mom, work at home mom, or momprenuer.
Get Dressed and Take Care of Yourself
Even though you are tempted to stay in those workout clothes all day, don’t do it. Take a shower, get ready, and put on something that will make you feel good. You will be surprised by how much better you feel about yourself and how productive you will be when you get ready for the day.
Make a To-Do List, Prioritize, and Make Deadlines!!
Nothing else will transform your day. Look at your to-do list and do the things that will move the needle for the long run. Be strategic about what is most important. I keep a calendar and to-do list because it has been proven that written goals are more likely to be accomplished than unwritten. For an added benefit give yourself a deadline. Nothing motivates me more than having accountability and a deadline. My favorite part is checking them off as I finish. It’s a visual aid to my accomplishments and I am motivated that way.
Put away your phone, get off of social media, don’t keep your email up, and put away anything else that serves as a distraction. I think sometimes when something is hard, mundane, or important we try to find distractions, because deep down we don’t want to fail at it. Set a time where it is okay to be on social media. You will find you will get tons more done when you don’t get sucked into your phone.
Get yourself a schedule
Make a schedule for yourself. A schedule is simply a plan. And a plan keeps us focused. Time management for moms isn’t easy and we have to be strategic. Make yourself a simple schedule that you can stick to. This does not have to be anything complicated. Start with a morning routine and work from there. Don’t forget to remain flexible. Isn’t that one reason why doing a sahm is the best?! Take the time on Sunday to schedule out your week. I also try to plan out my day the night before so I know what needs to be done and what appointments I have.
Less is More
I am one of those people who would love to do it all, but when too many things are on my plate I can get frazzled easily. There are just so many things that need to get done, that I don’t know where to start and end up procrastinating. When you have less commitments, less stuff, less pulling you in all different directions it will help you not feel so overwhelmed. You will be more productive and get the things done that truly matter.
I love listening to podcasts, reading inspiring books, following inspiring people on social media. I love scrolling through Instagram and seeing fellow sahm/wahm doing their thing. It is inspiring and nice to know there are others going through the same things as me. Just be careful not to compare yourself to others. That isn’t the point of this. We are all on our own different, unique journey. The point is to find someone that sparks joy and helps you strive to become a better person.
Complete the Task
Multi-tasking is counter productive. Once you get the flow of one item, you are switching to another. It can take our brain a few minutes to switch gears. Work on items until completion. It might be helpful to separate your tasks to ones that need your complete focus and ones that you need less focus and can have distractions to complete. It won’t be 100% all the time, but that’s okay.
Don’t Let the Laundry Pile Up
I know some that do a little bit of laundry everyday. This helps them get the laundry sorted and put away in a timely fashion. If this works for you, perfect. I actually do laundry twice a week. I do all the laundry and put it in baskets in the living room. While we watch a few shows at night the kids, hubby, and I fold the laundry. Because honestly folding is THE worst part. When everyone helps it makes it go by faster.
Keeping it Tidy
There is something to be said about having a tidy home. When there are toys everywhere, dishes to be done, laundry piling up it becomes a major stress. For me, I can’t think straight through all the clutter, and I can’t seem to function. This doesn’t mean you should spend all day cleaning. I don’t clean the house all by myself. My kids have chores that help keep the house clean. Every night before bed the kids pick up their stuff while I do the dishes.
Play the Music
I love playing music in the background. Background noise keeps me sane. But, sometimes the TV is too distracting, so I utilize Amazon Music or Pandora, A LOT! It keeps my house from being too quiet and aligns my mind with being awake. Too much quiet equals nap time for me.
I will be honest. I am the worst at this, but when I do meal plan it makes a huge difference. There is less stress at dinner time. Plus I feel a bit more prepared going into the evening when my kids get home. Meal planning will also help you save money, it will help you stay healthy, and it will save your sanity.
I was listening to a podcast that talked about the importance of taking a break to become more productive. In this podcast, he talked about taking a break every 2 hours. It doesn’t have to be a long break. It can be getting up to walk around the room, getting something to drink, etc. This break in work will help you reset and get things done.
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