5 Quick Tips to Be More Productive as a Stay-at-Home Mom
January 8, 2019
Deciding to be a stay-at-home is a very, life-changing decision to make. For me, I always knew I wanted to be the one to “raise” my kids if I had the opportunity to. So as fate has it, I did become a stay-at-home mom but for reasons that daycare is too expensive for all 3 kids.
Since deciding to do this, I have had many successes and failures at it. I have found things that work for awhile but then stop working. It has a become a trial-and-error type of job for me.
There is no manual for motherhood. You just do the best you can and love the heck out of our babies!
For me, motivation has always been struggle. Being pregnant the first time around, I got a taste of the exhaustion and fatigue that comes with it. But after I had my son, man it hit me harder than it did during pregnancy.
All those sleepless nights trying to figure out what my tiny human needed or why he wouldn’t sleep in a regular bed. Oh those first couple of months I just remember feeling like a train wreck! But I got through it, somehow.
I only had 9 months in between my first and second pregnancy, so really my body never fully recovered like doctors recommend.
So being pregnant with a growing toddler running around became a challenge. But after time went on and I started getting him more on a consistent routine, I learned how to manage my time better.
Shower Before Kids Wake up/Get Dressed for the Day
I think we all can agree that when we “dress for success”, we accomplish more than if we were in our pajamas. While some days are easier than others, I always feel so much better and refreshed when I am able to be ready for the day.
I check off more from my to-do list when I get ready before the kiddos wake up. I notice I am more focused as well.
There are so many benefits to applying this to your morning routine and I promise you the rest of your day will go much better than it did when you didn’t shower or get changed out of your pajamas!
Exercise, Meditate/Pray, or Read in the Morning
Gearing your focus on your health in some way is always a good.
Put together a short little workout for yourself to do. Whether that’s just a yoga routine, a few core exercises or a quick resistance bandwidth 8routine. Whatever makes you feel refreshed.
Focusing on your spiritual health is another great way to get in a positive mindset. Prayer is a great way for me to start my day and get my head in the right place to get the things I need to get done.
Reading is another great way to get that mind of yours thinking in a different way. Find a favorite book or prayer book to read for a short period of time. Whatever will help you get your mind thinking will help you feel more confident in your day.
Set Attainable Goals for Yourself
Often times I find myself struggling to finish to-do lists when I have too many to complete. This is where it is important to know your limits and what you can handle.
Keep between 3 to 5 goals per day. Whatever number you are able to complete usually is what you should go with.
Choose goals/tasks that you know you can handle or have completed before.
Make it as specific as possible. Leave out any vague tasks. (Ex. “Clean the house” change to “clean the dishes”)
Hold yourself accountable by placing a time limit or duration of time to complete the task.
Complete 2 Bigger Tasks/Goals Right in the Morning
Choose 2 of the more important or time sensitive goals/tasks to finish right away.
When you are able to accomplish the bigger tasks first, completing the others on your list will be easier. You will feel more motivated to get other things done as well.
The mood for the rest of your day will be more positive when you feel like you have accomplished more by getting it done earlier.
Make a Schedule or Routine to Follow Everyday
Since I started this with all my kids, I made one for myself! And boy has it made such a difference!
While I am very much a go-with-the-flow kind of person, my household runs on routines and schedules. Having 3 kids, I needed to find a system that worked and ultimately keep me sane. My stress level has decreased whenever I keep my schedules/routines on a daily basis.