Day 10 #30 Days of Writing Challenge
Being a SAHM definitely keeps me on my toes, but it can also be a distraction at times. If I had to count how many times I’ve had to put tasks on hold because of #momlife I’d be counting into a new year. Being a mother for the past four years to not one, but three beautiful souls have been nothing short of amazing. However, it has also kept me stuck. There are things that I wanted to do for myself, but #momlife always the same to get in the way. I knew I needed to change the way I spent 24 hours so I came up with a multitude of ways to be productive. I no longer wanted to be the mother that didn’t have a life outside of her children, so I stuck to my guns and became more productive. If you find yourself stuck and unable to commit to getting things done, then here are 20 ways to be a productive SAHM.
Wake Up Early
“Lose an hour in the morning and you will be all day hunting for it”
Mornings are an important part of the day, especially for mothers. When I began taking my mornings back for myself, I felt so much more peaceful, energized, and content. I was able to get at least two tasks done before waking the children up. It also felt less chaotic and more functional. As SAHM we always have to be prepared mentally for the day we may have. So wake up early, grab that cup of coffee or tea you’ve been missing and enjoy your breakfast, finally, by yourself.
Create A To-Do List
Yes, To-do lists are still a thing, quite frankly I’ve been taking them for granted. As mothers, we think we have the memory of Albert Einstein and truth be told we don’t. Writing down every task you need to get done, saves you time and a shit load of headaches you might get from trying to do too many things at once. Create a To-Do List every day and watch how much smoother each day gets.
Set A Schedule
Creating a schedule was something I’ve always dreaded. I thought it was unrealistic to get kids on a schedule. I was a SAHM to three children with different personalities and all different ages. I was already having a hard time trying to get them all to wake up at the same time and eat at the same time. If I put them on a schedule, I just keep thinking my head was going to explode from getting them all to do the same thing at once (LOL)! Moreover, after realizing how dysfunctional it was without a schedule I quickly reset my mindset and started implementing a schedule. It has changed my life and I certainly get more done in one day than I did before. Take it from someone who used to run around like a chicken with its head cut off. Creating a set schedule works. You’ll get more done in one day and you’ll start to feel more relaxed and accomplished.
Exercise For 15 Minutes
If you’re wondering if I am one of those fit moms, then boy I am about to prove you wrong. Exercising was the last thing on my mind, especially as a breastfeeding mom. I was constantly stuffing my face to make up for those lost calories from breastfeeding. I also convinced myself that I didn’t have time to work out because of #momlife. Exercising, however, is a wonderful way to keep you out of the cookie jar. Of course, you don’t have to work out every day, but at least three times a week for a minimum of 15 minutes should suffice.
Declutter Spaces In Your Home
Cleaning can be both therapeutic and calming. Don’t just pass by that cluttered junk jar in your kitchen that you’ve been dreading to clean. Start decluttering it and maybe you’ll find those pesky house keys your husband has been looking for, for the 50th million times.
Organize A Space In Your Home
More cleaning you say, yes, but this one is actually more fun. Well, not really, but the organization is key to a functional home. Your days of looking for this or that will come to an end once you start organizing spaces in your home. It also saves you a ton of space that you’ve complained about at least 20 times of not having.
Yes, shopping is actually being productive. I suppose it depends on the kind of shopping, but all shopping is good shopping in my book. As a SAHM I’ve always put off on going grocery shopping because I had to tag my three little ones along. However, it’s not so bad once you start skipping the snack aisle and giving your kids a don’t ask/ don’t grab speech. It’s also good to get out of the house and shop for a new wardrobe that you’ve been putting on hold because one of your kids needed new pants because they popped in the old ones.
Have Some Me Time
Self Care is an important part of being a mother or rather a woman in general. So many of us mothers skip over me time because let’s face it, #momlife takes up 95% of our time. The more we skip over time, the harder it becomes to function as a normal human being. I know more than anyone how impossible it seems to get me time, but I need it and you moms need it to. It doesn’t matter if it’s an hour, one day, two days, a week…. just make sure to take some time for yourself. Get out and get that massage you’ve been wanting or that nice cup of whine.
Create Goals For Yourself
We all know having goals and a plan to achieve them is important in terms of success. However, it’s also good to take some time to write down some mommy goals. Motherhood isn’t about perfection, but it does require understanding. I’ve created a mommy goals list myself & it actually feels good, to be honest with myself about the things I need to improve on as a mom. You moms should try it, write down some mommy goals, and make a plan to execute those goals.
Read A Book
We’ve all heard the saying, “knowledge is key.” Well, it certainly is and we will never be too old to read a book and expand our knowledge. I know reading is the last thing on your mom’s mind, but reading a book can be more beneficial than you’ll ever know.
Offer To Help Someone With A Project/Task
I know what your moms might be thinking. How could you possibly find time to help someone with something when you barely have time to brush your teeth in the morning. However, there is more than one way to help someone without actively moving. Simply offering someone advice via the telephone or the internet would suffice. Don’t be afraid to offer your services to someone because you never know how your help can benefit that person in the long run.
Have A Date With Friends/Family
Remember all those times your friends or family asked you to have lunch? Well now is the time to do it. Socializing is not so bad, I mean you’re not going to start saying goo goo gaga, are you? On a more serious note take your calendar out of retirement and plan to have brunch or lunch with a friend or family member.
Learn A New Skill/Business Strategy
Yes, mothers have areas that need a little work/improvement. We might have this #motherhood thing down packed, but there are still other skills we could improve on. Especially if you have a business or want to create one, then you definitely should be working on a new skill or business strategy. I like saying out with the old in with the new don’t let motherhood screw you.
Rest When You Need To
It’s okay to take a break. As mothers, especially, it’s extremely important to get rest. I know most of us have been sleep deprived, well since having children, but whenever you feel you need to rest don’t hesitate to do it. All those overflow of dishes will still be there for you to clean when you wake up. So grab a soft pillow and rest your soul.
Take A Break From Social Media
Let’s face it we all love a good laugh or to have something to do to kill time. While Social Media is a place to get a good laugh or some much-needed inspiration, it still is time-consuming. On average I spent about two hours just scrolling through Instagram not even realizing the valuable time I was wasting. I get it Social Media is a part of our lives, but sometimes you need a break. All those funny memes and good for the soul quotes will still be there when you come back. Take it from me detoxing yourself from social media and getting back into the real world you’ll find that you’ve missed out on a lot. Use social media if you must but don’t let it consume your time.
Take Advantage of Free Activities In Your Area.
Free you say, yes there is such a thing as free. You don’t always have to spend money to have a good time. There are a ton of things to do with your children for free. If you don’t know about Eventbrite then I suggest you look it up or you can also just Google free activities in your area. You’ll be surprised at how many free things to do will pop up.
Eat A Well Balanced Meal
If you’re always feeling sluggish or like someone drained the energy out of you. Then I suggest taking a close look at what you’re eating. I know how hard it can be to put that ice cream sandwich down or that lovely Snickers bar you’ve been hiding from your spouse/ children down. Sometimes, however, we need to choose healthier options because let’s face it candy, chips, ice cream, or your favorite fast-food. They all make you lazy. It’s okay to snack every now and then, but when you’re trying to be productive you need energy. The best way to fill your body up with energy is to eat a well-balanced meal. Even though I am by far not the healthiest person I at least try to have a well-balanced breakfast.
Keep Yourself Hydrated (Drink Your Water)
Yes, that gallon of water you’ve been putting off it’s finally time to finish it off. Drinking water is not only important for your health, but it does help in keeping you active. I don’t personally drink a whole gallon of water a day, but at the very least I drink half. It has definitely kept me alive, wink-wink. So grab your bottle of water and drink up!
Create Fun Activities That You Can Do With Your Kids
Sometimes the best way to enjoy #momlife is to do something that’s fun for you and your children. Since I am not really big on buying coloring books and a box of crayons every time they decide to rip all the pages up; and you guessed it breaks every single crayon… I started to get more creative and do some arts and crafts. I buy a $0.99 pack of papers, some paint, and we all become artists and create some fine art. It actually is quite fun because in the moment of painting you start to really think that you can become an Albert DaVinci. If you don’t mind getting a little messy, then try it. Even though I am sure every mom has done arts and crafts before.
If you have over 10 things to do in one day, then I am here to tell you to; slow down, breathe, and relax. You are not a super mom and if you are can I have the secret formula to how you became one. I know having a lot on your plate keeps you busy, but it can also cause you to become overwhelmed. Don’t be like Superman and try to save the whole world or be in two different countries faster than the speed of light. Slow down, take a deep breath, and only commit yourself to do at least five tasks a day. I don’t try to go over 5 tasks in one day because I am still on mother duty and I still have a lot more to live for. Get what you need to get done for the day, but don’t take on extra if you don’t have the energy nor time.
It’s important to remember we were women before mothers so it’s good to have a life outside of #momlife. Motherhood doesn’t always have to involve being productive. It’s okay to have a day or two just to relax and refuel. I mean I can’t imagine not taking breaks and relaxing because if I didn’t I am sure I would have fallen on my ass one too many times. After all, the best part about motherhood is enjoying those special bonding moments with your children. Be the best mom you can be and if there’s something you can’t do don’t beat yourself up about it.
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