Stay At Home Mom Hacks For Productivity
Being a mom is far from easy, it doesn’t matter if you work, stay at home or work from home. The funny thing is there are a lot of people out there who think being a stay at home mom is the easiest which is laughable, I mean really! There are no mandatory breaks when you stay home. At times I feel like I’m literally working around the clock because there’s so much on my plate and unless you have a very good idea of how to manage your time, things can get pretty crazy. To be productive, you need to stay motivated. Here are just a few ways to find the motivation you need to boost your productivity as a stay-at-home mom.
Don’t Hit The Snooze Button
It can be very tempting to hit that snooze button especially as an exhausted mama but try not to do it. Waking up earlier was pretty hard for me because I am so not a morning person but picking up this habit has helped me become more productive. Getting up before everyone else gives me more time to myself to things like; take an uninterrupted shower, drink a cup of coffee, and get a little bit of work done. Even just a few minutes to gather your thoughts before the chaos that is mom life begins can make a huge difference in how you feel and set you up for a successful day!
Get Ready For The Day
Life as a stay-at-home mom can sometimes leave you feeling like there’s no point in changing out of your pajamas and honestly, sometimes there really is no point. But if you’re feeling blah, sometimes just putting on a fresh pair of leggings and throwing some mascara on can you give you a boost! Try it at least once a week and see what it does for your morale!
Start The Day Before
People always give working Moms advice on how to prepare in advance for the next day to save time and energy but the same advice should be given to stay-at-home moms. Just because you’re home, doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for the next day. Lay out everyone’s clothes so they’re ready to be worn, prepare lunches so they’re ready to go the next day without much effort, pack a bag of essentials if you know you’ll be out of the house. It will help you feel in control of your day while saving you lots of time.
You would get breaks if you were working outside the home, right? The same should apply as a stay-at-home mom. Give yourself a mandatory break! Even if it doesn’t feel like it to you, you’re working your butt off every day and you deserve time to relax – even if it’s just a few minutes here and there. Don’t dismiss this one, trust me when I say a few minutes goes a long way.
Nap Time or Quiet Time
Have a set schedule for nap time or quiet time if you’re little one is done with naps. Putting them in their crib at the same time every day will not only be great for you to catch up on whatever you need to, but it also sets your child up for a great sleep schedule.
Let The Little One Play Independently
You don’t need to play with your children all day. If you have a clingy toddler like I do it’s especially hard, but letting your child learn to play by himself when mommy needs to get some work done will help him use his imagination and be creative.
Make a Schedule
Some people are planners and are better at getting things done when they have a plan written down and set in place. Even if you’re not a planner I think you could benefit from having at least a basic schedule especially during busy times. It wouldn’t hurt if you gave it a try. Go ahead and schedule your day and see if it helps your productivity.
Share The Chores
Just because you’re a stay-at-home Mom does not mean that you have to do everything all the time. I’m trying to get my husband and daughter more involved in doing more around the house (not easy) but if your kids are old enough, let them know you’d appreciate the extra help. Get them to unload the dishwasher, show them how to do a load of laundry. This will not only teach them responsibility but will also take some things off your to-do list.
Embrace The Crazy
There’s no getting around it, some days will just be crazy! The house will be a mess, the laundry will be piled up, the dishes will need to be done and you know what, that’s ok. If it doesn’t get done today it will get done tomorrow. Allow for a bit of chaos, embrace the chaos, and you will find yourself less stressed about it.
Ask For Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s from your husband, family or a close friend. Never feel ashamed for feeling worn out, stressed out, or needing help with any part of Motherhood. Remember, it takes a village. Ask for help!