I hear from women all the time that they wish they were more productive, that they were more organized, had more time in the day, and that they wish they could focus on projects and hobbies without getting distracted by their children. So, if you are one of these mothers, then you, my mama friend, are in the RIGHT PLACE because today I’m sharing my top productivity tips that can help you out!
So, if you are a mama who wants to work from home, start a new hobby, or find time to workout, then keep reading to find out what productivity tips have worked for me!
Do you have everything you need to start? No, really, I mean e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g! Before you start your task, make sure you have all of your supplies, snacks, and a water bottle. This way, you won’t have to leave your workspace to get anything.
If you are planning to work from home, make sure you have all of the stationery needed for the task, a snack, and a water bottle. If you are planning to work on a hobby, then make sure you have all of your supplies for the hobby, and if you are going to workout at home, then make sure you have all of the equipment you need such as a yoga mat, skipping rope, timer etc.
Organization is key, in that it allows to you know where everything is, so that you can grab it when needed and not waste time searching for important items. Make sure you keep a file that contains all of your important paperwork, invoices, and receipts related to your job. You want to file everything in categories, this will save you even more time. For a hobby, have a designated area for all of your supplies; and for working out at home, make sure all of your equipment is stored together.
Write down a priority list for your day, this will help you get the most important tasks done first! Don’t move onto the next thing on the list until the task is completed. It’s fundamental that you focus on one item off of your list at a time, instead of trying to finish everything all at once. As mothers, we tend to want to multitask, but really it’s better to focus on one task at a time.
Figure out what time works best for you. Some mothers like to work first thing in the morning before their children wake up and others work better in the evening after they put their children to bed or during nap time. If your children go to school, then use that time wisely to work from home, work on your hobby, or to workout at home.
Create a timeframe for when you want to get your task done. Once you have a deadline, you will feel more motivated to complete your task by that time.
Limit your distractions by working in a room with no television and put your phone on silent. I have a rule where I will not answer any calls while I’m working at home, writing, or working out!
Having an accountability partner helps you stay on track! Get a friend on board and motivate each other to keep going and to check in with each other on a regular basis. I find this helps the most when I’m feeling overwhelmed and my accountability buddy reassures me that I can complete my task!
I could not live without my planner while I was in school and I also can’t live without it now as a blogger and mama of four! Write down everything in your planner such as, when you want to complete any task, what days you have appointments, and what days you will work on your project, hobby, or the days you will workout.
Write out your goals are refer back to them daily to help you stay motivated! The satisfaction you will get as you check off your goals will further motivate you to keep going and it will feel so satisfying!
10. Stay Focused
There are so many apps that help you stay focused on what you need to be doing, here are some examples:
Focus Time Manager
Strides: Habit Tracker
Focus- Time Manager
Taskful: The Smart To-Do List
Bonus: How to get FREE BABYSITTING!
As mamas, we try our best to get what we need done with our children at home, but sometimes this doesn’t get us very far! I mean, I’m not sure how many times I went to work on something and I was distracted by my children arguing, a child of mine throwing a tantrum, or having to go clean up a major accidental spill in the kitchen. Sigh!
Babysitting would be nice, but come on, it’s not cheap and the cost quickly adds up. With that said, one way to get FREE BABYSITTING for your children is to have a trusted friend, neighbour, or family member watch your child(ren) while you get some work done in exchange of you providing a service to that person! Services can include, tutoring, teaching the other person a skill, or even babysitting the other individuals children as well!
Exchanging services, instead of money, is a great way for both parties to get something valuable in return!
Those are my requested productivity tips, I hope you find them helpful! Remember, tiny steps towards anything, are still steps towards your goals!