20 Ways To Be More Productive As A Stay At Home Mom
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A lot of people truly underestimate the responsibilities of a stay at home mom and what they go through on a daily basis. And this is especially true for moms of multiples or moms who are working on their side hustles with a little one. Sometimes we get overwhelmed with endless tasks and are lost when it comes to ways to be more productive.
As a stay at home mom of a wild baby transitioning into her toddler phase, army wife, and a fur mom to 3 dogs, I use just about every method in this blog post about 20 ways to be more productive as a stay at home mom. And days that I choose not to be productive and not implement my strategies are days I get close to nothing done.
20 Ways To Be More Productive As A Stay At Home Mom
You might choose to use a handful of these strategies I go over or maybe all. But don’t forget to come back and leave a comment letting me know what worked for you.
1. Get up early
It’s a little ironic that I put this one as my number one (which honestly none of these are in any particular order). Because I am notorious for not setting an alarm and waking up when my baby chooses to wake up.
However, I do notice how productive my day is when I wake up around 7 or 8 am versus 9 or 10 am. Those extra couple of hours can be spent jumpstarting your day without feeling rushed.
2. Don’t get on your phone immediately
I know for some of you, that might be your routine. As soon as you wake up, you’re tapping around your bed to find your phone to pull up Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok or whatever social media you use. But this is the absolute devil.
It will hinder your productivity. And as you know, social media is basically a black hole (TikTok especially). So if you don’t have self-control, don’t even look for your phone or think to check it. Just get up and get your morning routine going.
3. Prioritize your coffee
You might forget to drink coffee on some days. Or you might just not be a coffee drinker. If you’re not a coffee drinker, then prioritize a full glass of water.
Something as small as prioritizing a morning beverage mentally puts you on the right foot for the rest of the day and keeps you focused on optimizing your productivity for the day.
4. Get on a workout routine
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5. Write down a to-do list
This is a MUST out of all the ways to be more productive. And I don’t know what I would do without my to-do list. I sit down every morning with my coffee and write down a daily to-do list.
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6. Eat breakfast
You need the energy to be productive. Which means you need to make sure to eat breakfast. Skipping breakfast is one of my biggest pet peeves because I know my day was started on the wrong foot.
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7. Take your vitamins
Taking vitamins just adds to your routine to set you up for a more productive day. And it’s just a huge plus because vitamins are really good for you if you want to be healthier and have healthier skin, hair, and nails. I like to take my prenatal vitamins and biotic every morning and collagen powder with my coffee.
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8. Create a set schedule for chores around the house
Write down everything you need to get done this week in order by importance. Then, break it up into what you’re going to be doing each day of the week. This way you’re on top of it and have already planned out your week of chores and tasks to get done.
9. Schedule your dinners every Sunday
Sundays are for planning. Sit down and plan out your dinner or even all 3 meals for the whole week. Make sure you take your meats out the night before (or however you like to prep your meals). And just stay on top of it.
10. Get all of the tasks you’re least likely to do first
Ugh, there are definitely things I don’t like doing. Two of my least favorite chores are cleaning the bathroom and folding laundry. I can vacuum all day every day or scrub the fridge. But I’m not about cleaning my bathrooms.
So instead of putting those at the bottom of your to-do list for the week. Put them up top and see how that goes.
11. Do majority of your to-do list at the beginning of the day
This is golden. I tend to slack off toward the latter part of the day when my husband is about to come home and I know I have to cook dinner.
Get things done in the first half of the day so you don’t have to worry about rushing to get the rest of your chores or tasks done before bedtime.
12. Delegate chores
If there are things that your kids or husband can do, delegate it to them. This is a great learning experience for kids. And also a great way for your husband to help out so you don’t feel like you’re stressed with a huge load of tasks to get done.
13. Don’t let yourself get on your phone until everything is done
It’s so easy to go down a spiral of things on your smartphone. So limit your screen time (lol). Wait until you have gotten at least 75% of your to-do list done to reward yourself with what you want to do on your phone.
14. Do a quick pick-up around the house before bed
I always do this before I go to sleep. Waking up to a messy house is also one of my pet peeves. I make sure to tidy up my couch, throw blankets, pick up all of the toys off the ground, and clear up my dining room table that likes to collect a bunch of miscellaneous stuff.
15. Stay on top of your day
You can’t let yourself drown. Stay on top of your day with these ways to be more productive and feel like you absolutely conquered the day. It’s such a rewarding feeling when you know everything on your to-do list was checked off.
16. Create a 10 to 15-minute break throughout the day
And don’t forget to set a timer. This would be a perfect time to use the bathroom, get your phone fix in, and rest up before you mark off more things off your to-do list.
17. Turn on motivational music or podcast
Sometimes all you need is a little music or a motivational podcast to get you out of your funk and get you moving.
18. Organize your chores by room and each day of the week
I’m a huge ‘I-like-to-get-everything-done-all-at-once’ type of person and that’s just not feasible. So I know one way to get me out of that mindset is to schedule to clean one room on one day of the week. For example, I’ll choose to clean the bedroom, wash linen, fold laundry, and other stuff on a Monday. And I’ll clean the living room, wipe down tables, vacuum on a Tuesday.
19. Get mentally into being productive and enjoy it
It’s seriously all mental. If you’re not ‘feeling’ like doing something, then you’re most likely not going to end up doing it. Even being productive and adulting. It’s easy to get into a funk when you’re constantly on a routine and get tired of repeating yourself.
So you need to mentally get into being productive. And that’s why exercising, taking a few breaks, and maybe even stepping outside to do some yard work might be just what you need.
20. Be realistic and be consistent
Don’t overwhelm yourself with more than what you can handle. The biggest thing is to be realistic with your expectations, be consistent, and staying productive.
Final Thoughts On Ways To Be More Productive
I hope my strategies on ways to be more productive works for you. And please don’t forget to come back and comment letting me know which ones worked best for you. Thanks for reading!