We all know those moms that look like super women. They seem to always have a clean house, get projects done, and more. While there is no such thing as “supermom,” all moms can be productive with these five quick steps.
1. Start Saying “No” More
You can’t do everything or be everything to everyone. You need to learn to say “no” to projects and plans that do not fit into your schedule or goals. For example, I am 100% committed to being a leader for Awanas at church, but if I were to take on another volunteer position, I would feel too stretched thin and start to regret helping. On the work side, I have turned down many writing opportunities because they either paid too little or because they would take up too much of my time. I wish I could be the writer that could put 90+ hours a week in, but that is not realistic since my biggest priority is to be a stay-at-home mom.
2. Learn to Streamline Things
Look at your huge to-do list and find out what you can streamline. I make mealtime as easy as possible with freezer cooking, slow cooker recipes, and healthy prepared food (i.e. a bag of frozen cauliflower rice and pre-cooked chicken breasts). I am in the process of streamlining my wardrobe too so that I am wearing the same basic 5-10 outfits over and over and do not have to think about getting dressed in the morning.
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3. Work in Small Time Increments
As busy moms, we usually only have 5-15 minute increments. It can be easy to feel as if that time is not enough to get anything done. Wrong! You can get so much done in small moments of time. In five minutes you can get done the following:
- Empty the dishwasher
- Write a quick, uplifting note to a friend or family member
- List something on eBay, Craigslist, or Etsy
- Wipe down the counters
- Quick clean a bathroom
- Quickly declutter a small area
In 10-15 minutes, you can get the following done:
- Fold a load of laundry and put it away
- Read a chapter in a book (or the Bible)
- Write 300-400 words
- Clean a room
These small time increments are gifts and should not be wasted scrolling through social media sites or online shopping. Productive moms know how to take full advantage of these small time increments.
4. Instill Healthy Habits
In order to be the most productive you can be, you need to rewire yourself to regularly follow healthy habits. So many times I would fall into the trap that staying up late and guzzling tons of coffee made my more productive. However, I am most productive when I get a lot of sleep, drink a lot of water, and wake up earlier than my kids.
5. Progress Not Perfection
Hannah Keely has made a huge impact on my productivity as a mom. One of the points she stresses is, “Progress not perfection.” Don’t let the notion of perfection keep you from making progress. This means that if the whole house is a mess, don’t wait until you have two hours to clean it. Try to tackle just one room. Sometimes when I am writing an article, I get stuck on the opening paragraph. I always find it is better to start on my first point or just jot something down quickly instead of getting stuck trying to find the perfect words.
Productivity is not a skill learned overnight. Instead, it is simply habits that work well for you and your household applied daily.
How do you stay productive?