1. Get up before your kids.I’m not a morning person at all and thought there was no way I could get up before my kids. But the truth is that when I get up before them, it is actually one of the best things I can do as a “non-morning person”. Waking up just 10 minutes before my kids allows me to clear my head and have a little time to myself before jumping right into my “job” as mommy. This allows for time to gather my thoughts and wake up gently rather than being startled awake by little ones who need my attention and energy right away. When I started waking up before my kids, I was a much happier mom. Try it. It will absolutely be worth the discipline it takes! If you need a little help, read my post Why and How I’m Going to Bed Earlier.
2. Focus on 1 thing at a time with a schedule.Once you have written out all of the things that you need to get done, now it is time to pick the most important task and accomplish it. If you don’t decide what needs your attention most, you may end up going back and forth between tasks working a little on each one, but maybe never finishing any of them. Sometimes we think that multi-tasking means we are being more efficient, but switching back and forth between tasks actually requires more time and energy. When I started out as a stay at home mom, I didn’t focus on one thing at a time. Instead, I went from one thing to the next and was always exhausted at the end of the day with hardly anything to show for it. Now, I try to focus on doing one thing at a time and completing it before moving on to another. That’s why my morning and evening routines and daily schedule are so important. They help me focus on one thing at a time, accomplish it, and then move on to the next thing. My Example Daily Schedule
6:30 Read God’s Word, Journal, Prayer and throw a load in the laundry
7:00 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. If you are looking for a bedtime routine, check out my one year old’s bedtime routine.
8:00 Me Time! (Blogging, TV, Call Someone, Read Book)
10:00 Go to bed
3. Limit distractions.A couple of years ago, I spent an entire day without my phone. I took off all social media apps, and only used my phone for texting and phone calls. Imagine that! I LOVED how much I wasn’t on my phone that day. My mind stayed focused on my son and what I was doing rather than catching up on social media or thinking of what to post. After that experience, I added a few social media apps back to my phone, but only the ones that I really loved or needed as a blogger. However, I turned off the notifications. Now, I don’t feel pressured to respond to people immediately. It is great to see when a friend messages you on Facebook or your Instagram photo, but checking your phone each time there is action on your social media is time consuming. Try turning off some or all of your notifications. Having less interruptions will free up lots of time, and you will get more done! I often hear people say that there just isn’t enough time in a day, but I know that God makes no mistakes. He didn’t make a mistake in the length of each day, so let’s do our best to use the time that He has given us. If doing all of these things seems a little overwhelming, pick one action and focus on making it a habit for a week. I can just about promise you that you will see a difference. Then add another next week. Change happens a little at a time. Stop feeling overwhelmed at home. Get ahead on the housework with the Motivated Homemaker Checklist!
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