Want to know my secret for how to be more productive as a mom? Wouldn’t it be awesome to really get stuff done so you don’t end each day wondering what you really accomplished?
Yes, I have my lazy weeks that I regret not following these simple rules. So I know first hand that implementing these 5 simple things truly makes for a better day, week, and even life.
Make your days more productive so you can spend time doing what you want without the mom guilt.
1. Stop Multitasking
WHAT did I just say?!?!?!
How to be more productive rule one: focus on getting one task done before you move to the next. You will not only feel more accomplished but you will get more items checked off your list.
Do a better job on each task by keeping your mental focus, simply by avoiding shifting focus back and forth.
When I was in the corporate world, my teammates knew that if they came in my cube that they would have to tap me on the shoulder to get my attention. I would put my headphones on and plug away on my to-do list. Because if I didn’t I would easily get distracted and be pulled in multiple directions, never really finishing anything.
At home, I find that if my task for the day is laundry, I don’t need to try and tackle another job. I tend to end up forgetting about the clothes that need to be moved for hours, then when I remember I stop the other project. So I simply create the back and forth cycle that causes neither task to get completed.
Don’t misunderstand me, multitasking between small tasks like talking on the phone when folding laundry is not going to damage your productivity. But trying to meal plan for the week and clean out your closet is pushing it.
Being a mom requires multitasking to get everyone out the door in the mornings. But when you need to get that project done you keep putting off, block the time on your calendar and stop trying to do five other things!
If your to-do list is truly never-ending find ways to simplify your life and stop the overwhelm!
2. Stop Wasting Time on Social Media
Seriously, stop it. Stop playing those games, stop checking everyone’s status, stop looking to see how many likes you got. Step away from the phone…..
How to be more productive rule two: Focus on what is going on in your world and what you need to get done to make you and your family happier. Stop worrying about what your friend from high school did with her kids this morning that looked so perfect.
Redirect this time to do something you will enjoy with your kids or simply something YOU WILL ENJOY. Stop wasting time on all the status updates and Instagram photos that make you feel guilty.
Delete or block the people that are not creating positive vibes in your life.
Don’t misunderstand me. Social media can have a valuable place in your life. It allows us to stay updated on out of town family and friends as well as connect with likeminded Facebook and Instagram moms that provide encouragement and helpful tips. But let all the other go!!!
Set a time limit on your browsing or limit it to a certain time of day (think potty breaks). Then use all the free time you just made to have a coffee and chill moment or a snuggle and read aloud hour.
As a homeschool mom, it is so easy to compare myself to the crafty homeschool moms on my Instagram feed with the most unbelievable journal pages and craft projects. I see these post and wonder why I can’t manage those things. And if I am being honest with myself, I SUCK at drawing and I am still really working on being a crafty mom. I am a payroll tax analyst in recovery. 😊
Stop getting sucked into the social media black hole. Need I say more? You know your time is more valuable than that.
3. Recognize and Utilize Your Most Productive Time of the Day
It is OKAY to NOT be a morning person!!!
How to be more productive rule three: Know your best mental time of day.
It has taken me almost my entire life to come to terms with not being a super early morning person or even a late night person. My brain functions best after a warm cup of coffee from around 8 am – 2 pm. So, whenever possible I utilize that. Unfortunately, that time tends to be my kids’ most productive school time too.
So many say that being productive should consist of getting up ridiculously early or staying up late to get stuff done. And maybe that works for them, but not me. I NEED sleep. How about you?
What time of day are you at your best?
It is okay if it is morning, afternoon or night. Embrace it and use it to your advantage.
Plan to do the things that require the most of your brain power during that time. If it is a time when the kids are awake and can’t entertain themselves, then let that be their screen time. It is okay! They will enjoy it and you will be at your best to knock at that to-do list.
4. Set a Daily To-Do List
I am a list maker…. I love the feeling I get when I mark that item off the to-do list. Making that check mark or drawing that line gives me a little thrill. (It is totally the little things for me.)
How to be more productive rule four: Make a to-do list the night before or first thing in the morning.
You may not have been born with the list making gene, but trust me, a simple list will help you in so many ways:
- Freedom: Free up space in your head for other things (brain dump).
- Allow yourself the freedom to forget. Once you have it written down, you can contemplate more important things like “What flavor coffee will make me most happy today?”
- Control: Control your time.
- Once you make the list, the mental list no longer controls you. When you write them down, you prioritize and organize them to fit your schedule.
- Organization: Prioritize your to-do list to make time for you.
- Similar to control, prioritize your list and coordinate your schedule for your best times, your worst times and your fun times!
- Planning: Deciding the what, when, and how of your to-do list.
- Coordinate the chaos of family life.
- Memory: It is on paper, so it is okay to forget!
5. Recognize Your Low Point of the Day
The 3 pm slump is for REAL! Okay, so maybe that is just for me….
The final rule of how to be more productive: Just like you need to recognize when you are at your best, you should know when you are mentally at your worst. And know how you can work through that to refocus.
Personally, if I can get away with it, I sit and have a cup of coffee and catch some shut-eye for thirty minutes or watch an episode of Nashville that I missed. 😉 If the kids are just not going to cooperate with that, I make a cup of coffee in a to-go cup and we go out for a walk. I find that both of these things rejuvenate me. Then I can get through the rest of the day without wanting to crawl into bed.
Get to know yourself. Know your best times and your worst times of the day and utilize them. We owe it to ourselves to make our time worthwhile.
How to Be More Productive as a Mom
- Stop multi-tasking with mentally challenging tasks.
- Stop wasting time on social media.
- Recognize your peak time of day.
- Make a to-do list.
- Acknowledge the time of day you feel in a slump.
I get it, as moms, we are constantly trying to get through the day. We have big ideas of accomplishing daily chores, having quality family time, and spending time with our spouse.
Wearing the mom hat, the woman hat, and the wife hat can be exhausting!! Make your life easier by implementing these 5 simple things. It is so easy to let the little things get in the way, let’s stop doing that.
Prioritize what is important to your family and let the rest go!
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- 5 Mom Must-Haves for a Healthy Family
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