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How to be more productive with these 4 easy tips
Every day has 24 hours, but why so some of those hours seem so much shorter than the others?! These 4 simple tips will help you maximize those hours in the day, and get organized from the time that you wake up. When you’re a busy mom, your time is very important.
There are a few tricks that I have learned that can help maximize productivity. I also like to start with coffee, and then these 4 simple tasks. This isn’t a magic formula, but if you’re trying to figure out how to be more productive, this is a great start!
1. Make your bed
It took me a long time to get into the habit of making my bed every morning, but I’m happy to say that I am there now. There is something about making your bed that just gets the day started right. Making your bed, and picking up any clothes or other things that are out of place can help keep you motivated to keep the momentum going all day.
Have your kids make their beds too! Most children should be able to make their beds fairly well around the age of 5. Check out this post for an age appropriate chore list for kids (and a free printable!) Kids might be a little messy at first, but practice makes perfect and after a few weeks they will be making their beds like pros.
2. Do one load of laundry
I do this every day, and it makes a huge difference! I used to drown in laundry every weekend, you might know what that’s like! Now I do one load almost daily, and laundry is much more manageable. If you work outside of the home, it may be easier to start the laundry at night, and finish it in the morning. That’s what I did when I was working a regular job. Now that I work from home, I start the laundry in the morning and finish it whenever I get a chance.
Laundry is also a great task to delegate to kids. My 6 year old daughter helps with laundry because my 9 year old recently graduated from laundry duty. If you’re struggling to get kids to do chores, this post about teaching kids to do chores is a great read.
3. Get dressed
I don’t fully buy into the “dressed to shoes” concept. First of all, we don’t wear shoes in the house, but that’s neither here nor there. That being said, I do feel like it’s important to “get ready” for the day. Whatever that may look like for you, it’s different for everyone! For me, “getting ready” probably means leggings and maybe mascara. I can work in my pajamas, but I’ve realized that I feel better when I actually get dressed.
I believe that putting on real clothes and trying to look decent can help with productivity. Another bonus is that you don’t have to rush to get ready in the event that you do have to leave the house. If you have little people running all over the house, this may be more difficult! Some days I just do the best I can, that may mean sweat pants and flip flops, and that’s okay!
4. Create a list
I create a list every morning of the things I want to accomplish with my day. When I was looking for the perfect list, I couldn’t find one that I liked. So, I made one myself! I use the list below every morning to track my to-do’s, calendar, things that I need to buy, water intake, goals for the day, and more. I wanted to share my daily list with my you, so that you don’t have to come up with your own, like I did. Simply sign up with your e-mail below, and I will send you my daily list as a PDF to save on your computer and print every day or laminate and put in your daily binder.
What are your priorities every day? Are you struggling with how to be more productive? Do you find that writing down tasks helps you get them done? For me, it works pretty well! I’d love for you to share your productivity tips in the comments below. Don’t forget to sign up for the free daily checklist!