As a mom, we have a lot of things on our list -- laundry, preparing dinner, grocery, cleaning the house, taking care of the kids, keeping our sanity, etc. But at the end of the day, most mothers still feel that they haven’t accomplished anything at all.
It’s like you have so many things to do but in reality, you have done a lot! The worst part is that you feel overwhelmed and burnt out. While self-care is extremely important, especially for moms, it’s the last thing on your list because you know, your family and home are the only priorities.
So, if this is your current #MomDilemma, we got the best solutions!
In this post, you’ll learn tips on how to properly manage your time so you can accomplish the most important things for the day and feel more productive. Who knows? This might also give you more time for yourself!
Productivity Tips For Moms
Set Goals For The Day Or Week
Whatever your choice is, be sure to write your goals for the day, the week, and the month. This would give you direction and clarity on the things you need to do and accomplish first.
Now that you’re done with your goals, create an action plan on how you can accomplish those things. Figure out if you can break these into something you can do a week or per day. This way, you won’t feel burnt out and you have time for other tasks, too.
Be sure to include some time for your family and yourself, too!
For example, you want to clean the entire house. Rather than doing it in one day, you can do each room or area per day. Let’s say on Monday, you clean the living room; Tuesday, the dining room; Wednesday, your kid’s room.
Now, the best part about writing it is that you can cross out the things you’ve done. Seeing most, if not all tasks on the list crossed out can give you a sense of accomplishment.
Make A Daily/Weekly Schedule
You’re done with your goals and the steps you need to accomplish them, the next thing you need to do is to create a schedule for it.
Figure out what needs to be done on a certain day and what time you should do it. Not only will this help you stay on track but also, it lets you see which activity consumes most of your time and how much free time you have.
Tip: When making a schedule, squeeze in some quiet time for yourself. For instance, wake up an hour earlier than your family and use it to meditate, do yoga, have coffee, or read.
Plan Your Activities To Save Time
Creating a plan for each activity is one way to stay organized.
A good example is making a dinner plan. Decide what meal you want to serve to your family each day and from there, list down the ingredients you need to buy at the grocery store or wet market.
Another one is deciding what clothes to wear. For instance, if your kids go to a uniform-free school, then you can plan what they will dress or the shirt they will don in advance.
Find Time For Yourself
When I became a mom, I started to think that the only priority is my child. I feel guilty every time I think of things that I would like to do for myself, such as having some alone time in a coffee shop, dinner with friends, or shopping.
I thought this was a selfish act since that means leaving my child at home.
But I was wrong.
Yes, as a mom, we need to be with our kids 24/7, at home, taking care of the entire household. However, if we keep on doing this for a long time, we would, eventually, be burnt out. And that’s the last thing you want, mommies!
Why? Because if that happened, who would take care of your kids? Who would do the laundry? Who would cook for the family?
So, as a mom, you have to take care of yourself, too. You have to recharge yourself once in a while and go out with other people. Self-care is not selfish, as they say.
Trust me, this would do you more good than bad.
Also, this will clear your mind and if you have a clearer mind, you can find parenting more enjoyable.
Make Use Of Technology
Nowadays, almost everything is available online.
So, if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t really want to go out or if you need your time on other things than shopping or doing the grocery, you can rely on online services.
For instance, your kid needs a certain costume for a school activity but since you have other things to do, you can look for a legit online shop and just order.
The same thing with groceries. There are grocery stores that will allow you to pick the items you need and get them ready for you. You can have these items delivered to your home or pick them up after an hour.
Bonus: Stop Worrying
Okay, so even after the goal setting and planning, you failed to do everything on your list.
You know what? That’s okay.
It’s okay to NOT do everything. It won’t make you less of a person; it won’t make you less of a mom.
Focus on the things you’ve done rather than worrying about the things you weren’t able to accomplish.
And lastly, don’t try to compare yourself to the celebrities and influencers you see on Instagram. Sure, they have perfect hair and they were able to prepare an organic meal for the entire family. But you’re a different person, and this is reality.
And the reality is always beautiful, at least most of the time.
You may not be able to organize your closet and cook breakfast because you’re up all night taking care of your child. You may not be able to keep a sparkly home but you’re good at serving healthy, delicious food that your family loves.
What I’m trying to say is, we have our own strengths and weaknesses, and every day, we deal with different situations.
So instead of putting pressure on yourself, relax and stop worrying.
I hope you love these tips and if you or you have additional techniques to feel productive, please feel free to share them in the comment box below.
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