If you feel like you’re always busy, scattered, and dashing through life but never accomplishing your goals, it might help to take a timeout. Use the break to figure out why you’re not getting as much done as you’d like. It could be that you’re simply expecting too much from yourself. You can’t do it all, and trying to leaves you frustrated and exhausted.
On the other hand, maybe your routine could use a few tweaks. Sometimes a few simple changes can help you get more done in less time. Keep reading to discover three productivity hacks for moms.
Set a Routine
Rushing through the day without a plan can leave you feeling frazzled, overwhelmed, and exhausted. While it’s not possible or necessary to plan every minute, setting a routine for yourself and your kids will help you feel more organized and in control.
Create both a morning and a nighttime routine, and don’t get too complicated. Your morning routine could be as simple as establishing a time to wake up, grab your coffee, get yourself showered and dressed, and eat a quick breakfast. It sounds simplistic, but sticking to the same routine every morning will help you get your day off to a good start.
Create Recurring Reminders on Your Phone
Set reminders on your phone for recurring tasks. Keeping up with your schedule as well as your kids’ to-do lists is difficult, but technology can make it easier.
Make a list of tasks that repeat themselves throughout the year. Think about garbage pickup days, dental appointments, and routine car and home maintenance. Then set your phone to remind you of them.
You’ll probably find this especially helpful for important tasks you only do once or twice a year. Take HVAC maintenance, for instance. Having your HVAC unit serviced regularly makes it run more efficiently
and helps it last longer, but it’s hard to remember to make service appointments. By setting a recurring reminder, you don’t have to remember. Just set it and forget it.
Plan and Prepare Meals Ahead of Time
Meal prep can suck hours out of your day if you’re unprepared. Make it part of your routine to plan your meals the week before you eat them. Then you can make your grocery list, grab everything you need, and not spend your days worrying about what to make for dinner. Planning ahead not only relieves a little stress, but it can also save you money since it’ll help you cut back on dining out.
If you can, go a step further and do meal prep work in the morning. If you can complete tedious meal-prep chores, such as chopping vegetables, before your day gets busy and you get tired, you’re more likely to follow through with your meal plan.
Don’t exhaust yourself with your to-do list. Cut yourself some slack and look for ways to lighten your load. Often, a few simple tweaks to your lifestyle, such as the ones mentioned here, are all it takes to become more organized and productive.
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