These productivity tips are meant especially for moms.
My husband and I have been blessed with five children. Bored I am not!
Learning how to manage my time well, while not becoming overwhelmed has been a task in itself.
I have by no means perfected the process, but there are productivity tips for moms that can help us do all the things, and still be able to enjoy life to the fullest.
We live in the far north where winters are long and cold.
The good thing about this is that during the busiest homeschooling season, we are almost shut-in. This gives time for extra projects that would never get done during the summertime.
However, this also means that our spring/summer/fall are very busy. In our short growing season, we try to grow as much food as possible, while also enjoying campfires and the long summer days.
These three seasons are sometimes too busy, and we have had to learn how to prioritize our time.
There are also different seasons in a mother’s life.
As a mom, you wear many hats, and most years you need some busy mom tips!
Some years you may have small babies to care for, and especially if you have three under three (yes this happens!) moms sometimes start feeling real mom burnout.
Becoming more productive will help you have more time for important things, such as spending time in God’s Word and enjoying your children while they are still in your home.
We have five children, and my youngest is 2. I am busy, but my life does not feel as busy as it did when my children were 5, 3, and 1 (with another on the way).
Back in 2010 when I had my first child, someone told me that having children makes you more productive.
I could see that I would become busier, but didn’t realize that moms with large families learn how to be productive simply because they have to.
Those lazy mornings of staying in bed till 11 am are in the past after having kids.
So how can a mom be productive while still having time to enjoy her family?
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This gal is amazing in her productivity, and her tips are very easy to implement.
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8 Productivity Tips For Moms that Will Help You Regain Focus On Your Life
1 Corinthians 14:40 “Let all things be done decently and in order.”
1.Take Care of Yourself
For years I felt selfish for taking time for myself. However, I realized that doing this helped me be a better mother and person.
Taking time for personal growth is not selfish. You cannot pour out of an empty cup.
2.Learn To Manage Your Mornings
Mornings are my most underutilized time of day.
I sleep too much. There, I said it. Sleep is too important to me, and I need to learn to manage my mornings better.
You have a precious hour(s) in the morning when the house is quiet.
This is a very good time to feed on God’s Word or do a task that needs your undistracted attention.
3.Plan Your Day
Planning your day is a powerful productivity hack.
Will there pop up unexpected events? Of course. Including areas of grace periods in your scheduler will make up for these unexpected things that always happen in our days.
Plan your day, but don’t make it so full that you feel overwhelmed when things don’t go according to plan.
Be willing to bend your plan to God’s will, and if He calls you to help someone in need, then go. Always follow His plan, instead of your own. Proverbs 16:9 “”
However, planning your day is important.
Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
In Luke 14 we read further of how before we build a tower, we first count the cost. Looking ahead so that we can make wise decisions in our day is a good thing to do.
Efficient home management is important to a well-managed household.
4.Do One Main Task A Day
After I had my fourth child, this productivity tip saved my day.
As long as I did one main chore a day, I was ok. I had accomplished something on my to-do list, and I was happy.
This did not include the daily tasks such as bathing kids and making meals. This was a task on my to-do list such as making pizza sauce or cleaning a vehicle.
Always keep a running To-Do list that includes all the things you would like to get done. With time, more and more items will get crossed off.
5.Time Your Tasks
How much time do you actually spend making meals, cleaning up, folding laundry, and scrolling facebook?
Knowing where your minutes are going will help you with productivity tip #6. Sometimes you only have a couple of minutes, and if you know a task that will only take a couple of minutes, you know you have the time for it.
Likewise with longer tasks. Also, keep in mind that a five-minute mindless social media glance, eight times a day, equals 40 minutes of your day wasted.
We too often waste time without realizing it and then wonder where all our time goes.
Timing how long it takes to fold laundry or wash the dishes will help clarify what kind of work we can do in certain time blocks.
6.Work In Time Blocks
This might not work for everyone, but for me, focusing on a single task at a time helps me to be more productive.
I cannot do five things at once, because then I don’t accomplish anything at all.
Working in time blocks also helps you to dedicate times in your day when the children are sleeping or otherwise occupied, to do the things that require a lot of concentration.
What I find helpful is knowing what tasks need my complete (undistracted) attention and do those things during naptimes, or in the evenings after the children are sleeping.
7.Schedule Rest Time
When you schedule your rest time, you are giving yourself permission to sit down.
Your rest time might look different then mine.
During the summertime, committing to shut down our work projects after 8 pm helps us to have time for rest and family.
We tend to work until late in the evening during the summer, and this creates a chaotic evening routine.
Setting aside time for family and relaxation will also help you to be productive during the day because you have this to look forward to.
You know you will have a chance to put your feet up for a bit.
8.Write Up Your Own Personal Mission Statement
What do you really want your life to look like? Writing your own personal mission statement helps to clarify what is truly important in life.
After all, do you want your life to have been wasted on scrolling social media?
Thinking about what your personal mission on this earth is will help clarify your purpose and vision here.
We want to live on this earth in light of eternity.
Knowing the purpose God has for you here will help keep your focus on the truly important things.
As a mom, you want to be productive in your day.
Yet, you have unproductive days too. I get it!
I have too many unproductive days, but we have to understand that they are part of every mom’s life.
Learning to embrace those days when nothing seems to get done means giving yourself grace too.
However, too many unproductive days in a row mean that our home management starts unraveling.
We as women are called to manage our homes, and let us do it well.
Learning how to be productive as a mom will benefit your children, as well as your spouse.
Do everything for the glory of God, and give all your tasks, even the meaningless ones, your whole heart. Do it as unto the Lord.