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This is a guest post from Emily at Queen of the Household.
Do you ever feel like you are busy all the time, but can never catch up? If it feels hard to be productive at home, here are 3 things you need to stop doing.
- Doing unimportant tasks first.
If you are like most moms, you have a hard time being productive and getting household chores done. The laundry is piled high and there are dirty dishes in the sink from last night and you have no idea what’s for dinner.
I know because that is how I lived for years!
Then I read a book called How to Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy. One of the tips in his book is to prioritize your to-do list. That way you get the most important tasks done first. You’ll be productive early in the day which leads to more productivity!
One of the ways you can put this into action is by making a to-do list for the day. Then read through your list and decide on the top 3 things you need to get done that day. Put a 1, 2, and 3 next to them. Now, you only have 3 things to do. Once those are done, cross them off your list and choose the next 3 to do.
You may not have time for everything on your list, but you’ll have gotten the most important tasks done and you’ll be much more productive!
2. Aiming for perfection.
If you are a people pleaser, you probably have a tendency to want to do things perfectly. But there is a big problem with perfection. It’s not possible!
If you’re always trying to do things perfectly, you’ll end up getting stuck. Instead of moving forward and being productive, you’ll be afraid of doing anything.
For a while I struggled making supper because I thought I had to do it perfectly. When I was first learning how to cook, the fire alarm in our home went off more times than I can count. After messing up over and over again, I lost my confidence and stopped trying.
I wouldn’t meal plan. I hated going grocery shopping, and I’d wait until 5:00 to figure out what was for dinner. In other words, I procrastinated because I couldn’t do it perfectly. But about 6 years ago, I decided to get better at cooking. It took a lot of work and practice, but eventually I got a lot better at making supper. The only way I improved and became more productive was by allowing myself to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.
How has perfection prevented you from being productive? Give yourself permission to not be perfect so that you can make progress.
3. Not planning your day.
As a stay at home mom, one of the best things I ever did to become more productive each day was to make a plan. I refer to it as a daily schedule or routine.
Here’s how to create a daily routine. First, start with your anchors. These are the things that happen around the same time every day. Usually they include meals and snack times, nap and bedtimes, and school and work hours.
Write those daily anchors down first.
Then write down all of the things you need to get done each day. These will be scheduled around your anchors.
Here’s an example to give you an idea.
These times are approximate. I’m not a stickler for doing everything at the exact minute. But it is good to have direction for each day.
6:30 Read God’s Word, Journal, Prayer and throw a load in the laundry
6:50 Shower and get ready for the day
7:30 Breakfast and get kids ready for the day, spend time with the kids
8:30 Run errands, household chore, appointments, or preschool (3x a week)
12:00 Play outside or go for a walk
1:00 Read books and pick up toys
2:00 Toddler takes a nap and preschooler has quiet play time. I work on projects that I couldn’t get done earlier in the day, and then work on blog work.
3:00 Son has play time, TV, puzzles, or play dough. I will play with him and also use this time to work or do something on my to do list.
4:30 Start supper
6:00 Clean up the kitchen. You can read more about my evening cleaning routine here.
6:30 Family time
7:30 Get kids ready for bed
8:00 Put son to bed.
8:00 Time with husband
9:30 Get ready for bed
Thank you so much for reading! If you would like more help being a productive stay at home mom, be sure to sign up for my free Balanced Mom Printable Pack. Thank you for having me today, Tabitha!