Being a stay at home mom, most of the time I feel like everything is on my shoulders. I take care of the kids, do the laundry, make all the meals, clean, organize & play with my little cuties. On top of all of that, I have a small business to run! Productivity is hard to come by these days so I thought I might share a few of my tips to see if they could help you too!
Wake up early
Not my favorite thing to do in the world but if I want to get anything done in the morning, I have to get up before the kids. I was waking up at 5:30am and started to realize after a shower and getting ready for the day I didn’t have much time to work before the kids were up. So I started setting my alarm for 4:30am. I may not always wake up that early but with my alarm my body knows I have to get up soon.
While I wake up early, I also go to bed early. I am one of those people who can get more accomplished in the morning compared to staying up late to do something. So my goal is to be in bed about to fall asleep by 9pm.
There is something about waking up early and exercising that really makes me productive during the day! I always seem more inclined to vacuum, keep up with laundry or just tidy up the place on the days I work out. I just spend at least 30 minutes a day trying to get my heart rate up. Right now I love running and walking on the treadmill. If you don’t have machines, utilize YouTube! There are tons of free workout videos you can use to exercise! Try a few out and see what you like best! You can also check out your local library for exercise videos as well.
I exercise Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in the morning. Tuesday and Thursday we usually do a family walk after dinner, we can go to the mall to walk or just walk around the neighborhood if it’s nice. Just getting my body moving gives me so much more energy! And I love seeing my FitBit have over 10,000 steps! 🙂
To-do lists are EVERYTHING! Nothing would ever get done if I didn’t have them. I love to write my goals down on paper then cross them out when I finish them so I feel extra productive! Other times I keep a list of them in Notes on my phone so I can go back and look at them. I can even share the list with my husband so we can be on the same page about things that need done around the house.
First I start with the most important. Once I get that one done I move on to the smaller tasks I can knockout first! Focusing on small things allows me to gain traction and confidence to move to the next thing. As I cross items off the list I feel more and more productive which makes me want to cross more off the list. It’s a win-win all around! Things get done and I have the confidence to keep going!
Turn off distractions
Yep, I said it! Put the phone in another room on Do Not Disturb and turn the television off. The only way for me to completely focus on my tasks is to not have any distractions. It’s really hard for me because I love background noise and I HATE quiet. So if I need to I can put my headphones in and listen to music that doesn’t distract me too much.
Honestly putting my phone in do not disturb mode is a life saver! Anytime my phone would ring with a text, I HAD to look who it was. Now every once in a while I would check on the messages because none of them are really every super important that they need my attention right away. And putting it in the bedroom is also great. It’s funny how I ‘forget’ to check my phone if it isn’t right next to me!
These are some of my tips for staying productive during the day. I hope these tips can help you, because I know you have a lot on your plate too!
Do you have an productivity tips to share? I’d love to hear them!