Life can get pretty chaotic am I right? And, spoiler alert, it didn’t get any easier after becoming a mom. While I’m working on giving myself a little grace, I have found that there are a few secrets that work (and some that definitely don’t) to make a huge difference on your whole day. My hope is that by sharing them with you, you to will see a major difference in the flow of your day. So here are my 10 daily habits for better productivity at home (and my 3 habits to avoid).
Each of these have seriously helped make me a much happier mama. And isn’t the saying, when mama’s happy everybody’s happy?
I feel like I should be a bit transparent here and say that while I try and do these things on a regular basis, I am human and sometimes things fall by the wayside. But for the most part these are my regular to-do list, and when it gets done I really do see a difference throughout my day. And, bonus, sometimes it even flows out to bringing positivity to my family’s day as well!
10 Daily Habits for Better Productivity at Home
1. Have some quiet time (preferably, first thing in the morning): this will be different for everyone, but for me my day always feel more centered when I have a chance to refocus and spend a little time in scripture before the craziness of the day sets in. On a perfect day, I get up before my family, pour a cup of coffee and have my quiet time while the sun is coming up. More often that not, I grabbing it during nap time or after my LO goes down. The point isn’t when it gets done, but THAT it gets done. Take five minutes to meditate on what is important to you, what grounds you. Its something that has a huge impact on your attitude without taking a huge chunk of your time.
2. Coffee: we don’t play around with this one in our house. If anyone wants me to get anything done, coffee will happen. It’s my spirit animal.
3. Make the bed: for all of those times I whined as a kid about having to make my bed, to my mom: I apologize. I was a dummy who completely missed the power of a made bed. Something about walking into my room and seeing it made just puts an instant smile on my face. Maybe it’s because the rest of the room could be in complete disarray but with a made bed, suddenly it doesn’t look so bad! Maybe there’s science behind it. I don’t know. All I know is I see my bed made, and suddenly, I feel like a rockstar housewife. All because my bed is made. It’s the little things.
4. Empty the dishwasher: I have this weird thing about dishes in the sink. I just can’t handle them sitting there waiting for me. Because the second there’s more than two dishes, I check out. It suddenly feels like this daunting task. One that I would rather avoid than deal with. Then my epiphany happened. If I unloaded the dishes in the morning, we could just reload throughout the day. Meaning no major dish clean up waiting for me at the end of a crazy stressful day! If you’re not seeing the pattern yet, I’m all about the little things here friends.
5. Drink water: this is so simple but so huge! I’m an avid water drinker. To the point that if I don’t drink enough I start to crave it. Weird right? The thing is drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help keep you hydrated and therefore help you feel better overall. The healthier you feel the more productive you are. If regular water grosses you out, try adding fruit to it, or maybe trying carbonated water like La Croix (passionfruit and grapefruit are my favorite).
6. Exercise: don’t worry I’m not talking anything crazy here. But every day I try to squeeze in at least 30 minutes of some kind of exercise: yoga, cardio, a walk around the neighborhood with my LO. Something to get my body moving. It helps me feel stronger, clears my head, and also makes me feel a smidge more accomplished during the day. Remember, as moms we take care of a lot of other people but we also need to take care of ourselves!
7. Get outside: and this is coming from the palest kid heading into another Florida summer. But I try to make sure to get outside for even just 15 minutes to soak up a little vitamin D. I don’t know about anyone else, but I start to get a little depressed (and stir crazy) when all I see all day are my own four walls. I need a little natural light and fresh air. We’re big fans of morning walks. Beat the heat, but still get plenty of sunshine.
8. Scratch one thing off of my “to-do” list: even if it’s just a mental list, I like to finish my day out with having gotten at least one thing crossed off. Even if it’s just a load of laundry!
9. Eat some chocolate: yep, you heard me: every.single.day. Seriously, I keep a stash of semi-sweet in the fridge. It’s like my reward for surviving the day. Honestly, life is short and being a mom is hard, so yea I have a little chocolate. Everything in moderation right? 😉
10. Go to bed at a decent time: out of all of these, I struggle to be consistent with this one the most. I’ve always been a night owl by nature, and once I became a mom and realized that my only down time would be after her bedtime I started wanting to savor night time as much as possible. But if I’m being honest with myself, I always have a more productive day after I get a good nights sleep.
So those are the things that I do every day to help me have a more productive day. But want to know the things I make sure not to do every day? These are three things I make sure don’t happen, so I can have the best day possible.
Three things I make sure I DON’T do every day…
1. Stress about what I can’t control: it doesn’t help anything and it only leaves me upset, so I just don’t do it.
2. Give into the mommy guilt: mommy guilt is no joke, but it also doesn’t lead to anything other than making me feel like a bad mom. And the thing is, I’m not a bad mom. My kid is happy and healthy and loved. Therefore, I don’t have any time or room for mommy guilt. This mama has too much going on!
3. Focus on what I don’t have: it’s tempting to look around and see what everyone else has and what I don’t, but rather than inspiring me it usually leaves me feeling ungrateful and dissatisfied. Which honestly is garbage. While I don’t have everything, I have a really beautiful life with an incredible family. And that’s what matters. Not if I have the latest and greatest home or the nicest wardrobe. Remember my rule, if it’s robbing me of joy then what’s the point?