Being a stay-at-home mom is far from easy and unless you have a very good idea of how to manage your time, things can get pretty chaotic. Trust me, I speak from experience. Juggling the schedules of my three boys requires a lot of planning and excellent time management skills. In my opinion, 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.
Get up Earlier
It can be very tempting to hit that snooze button especially as an exhausted mama but try not to do it. Try to get up before everyone else so you can have some time to yourself to; have a shower, drink a coffee, watch the news. 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! This has been a game changer for me.
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!
Prepare 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.
Find Opportunities throughout the day to relax
You would get breaks if you were working outside the home, right? The same should apply as a stay-at-home mom. Even if it doesn’t feel like it to you, you’re working your butt off everyday and you deserve time to relax – even if it’s just a few minutes here and there.
Set Nap Time or Quiet Time
Have a set schedule for nap time and even quiet time if you’re little one is done with naps. Putting them in their crib at the same time everyday will not only be great for you to catch up on whatever it is you need to, but it’s also setting your child up for a great sleep schedule.
Teach Independent Play
You don’t need to play with your children all day. Letting them learn to play by themselves when Mommy needs to get some work done will help them use their 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. If you think this is you – go ahead and schedule your day and see if it helps your productivity.
Just because you’re a stay-at-home Mom does not mean that you have to do everything all the time. If your kids are old enough, let them know what they can do to help you out. 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 Chaos
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 that’s ok. If it doesn’t get done today it will get done tomorrow. Allow for a bit of chaos and you will find yourself less stressed about it.
Ask For Help
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s from your partner, family or a close friend – never feel ashamed for feeling worn out and needing help with any part of Motherhood. Remember, it takes a village. Ask for help.