Raise your hand if you feel you aren’t productive with your time management as a mom?
You have a stain on your shirt, your hair is in a ponytail and you need a timer to remind you to brush your children’s teeth.
Okay. Maybe that was too specific and was totally about me, but you know what I mean! Being a mom AND a blogger AND an entrepreneur is hard.
And yes, I actually do have a timer that goes off every morning reminding me to brush my children’s teeth 🙂 It’s definitely crazy in the mornings in my home. My twins love it when we, “beat the alarm” and I’m actually on top of my game.
I always feel like I am not productive in my day. It can be five p.m. and I have no clue what to make for dinner. Now, I’m not like this every day, but there are a lot of days when I’m frazzled and running around like a chicken with his head cut off.
Do you feel like that sometimes – or ALL.THE.TIME?
I decided to ask other mommy bloggers, how do you do it?
Like, Deanna of Thirty One Mom and her one tip that boosted her productivity.
Or Sarah from Now One Foot and her simple – yet absolutely genius way to plan meals. I would have never thought about that, but that makes perfect sense NOW.
But, first, if you’re reading this and don’t have a blog, but want to start one, I have an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to start a blog using SiteGround!
I asked 40 mom bloggers this question:
What are your best productivity tips for moms who are juggling everything and feel like they’re getting nothing accomplished?
Click on a name and read their response or go through the post and see what each mama said . From business tips to home tips, these moms give you the best information to help you feel accomplished every day.
- Sara from Get Mom Balanced
- Kecia from From Mom’s Desk
- Emily from Morning Motivated Mom
- Rebekah from My Circus My Monkeys
- Jalynne from Raising 6
- Belinda from Better Than Busy
- Hannah from Nipenda
- McKinzie from Moms Make Cents
- Deanna from Blog Plan Repeat
- Jacqueline from Mama’s Real Meals
- Tyane from Boy Mom Blessed
- Lisa from The Merry Momma
- Heather from Stressed Mommy
- Ashli from The Million Dollar Mama
- Bernadette from Mom + Carrot
- Elizabeth from Crazy Busy Happy Life
- Brittany from A Mama Tale
- Aly from What Moms Love
- Ambar from Mama Bird Well Nest
- Francesca from From Pennies to Pounds
- Emma from Work from Home Mummy
- Meera from Meera Kothand
- Monica from A Mother Loving Mess
- Fatima of Wellness of Eve
- Christy from Engineer to Stay at Home Mom
- Elisa from Single Mama Blueprints
- Natosha from Love and Sweet Tea
- Rachel from Smart Moms Smart Ideas
- Kori from Kori At Home
- Jehava from Only Girl 4 Boyz
- Jessica from Unprocessed Jess
- Ashleigh from Smart Cents Mom
- Victoria from The Nurture Collective
- Bre from Maintaining Me
- Nicole from The Professional Mom Project
1. Sara From Get Mom Balanced
I am definitely a mom who juggles a lot and I get so stressed when I feel like I’m spinning my wheels and getting nothing done.
I realized that I’m a Productive Procrastinator: I can get a lot of things accomplished in a day, but I also tend to put off some important tasks. For example, I may have taken out the garbage, started laundry, sent some important emails, played with my kids, and a whole lot more, but I end up focused on everything I didn’t do (which is often a long list).
This leaves me feeling stressed out, overwhelmed and behind. Can you relate?
Here’s what I have found helpful:
Take a Moment
Take a moment and acknowledge everything you have done. With all the moms I know and have talked to, even when we feel like we’ve done nothing, chances are we have actually accomplished a lot!
Maybe we didn’t get everything done we had hoped to do, but I bet that you were more productive than you give yourself credit for. Take a few minutes to mentally reflect, or even get in the habit of writing down 2 or 3 accomplishments from the day.
Commit to what’s most important for your day and decide what isn’t as important. Allow yourself to put off these less important tasks if you need to.
I created a Productive Procrastinator organizer that you can download for free that can help you prioritize and tackle those tasks. Giving yourself permission to move some of those tasks is so important. Lear more about being a productive procrastinator and sign up for the free organizer.
Life is so busy, that it’s hard to make time to read. But — there have been a couple of books that I’ve found inspiring and motivating to help create more balance, organization, and less stress.
The first is, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More and Restore your Passion for Life by Crystal Paine.
I read this book after my second son was born and it was a game-changer for me. My newest fave is, The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica Turner. This book is such an important read for busy moms and definitely needs to be on all busy mom’s bookshelves.
Juggling a lot is the reality for most moms, but you don’t have to stay stuck in the cycle of feeling overwhelmed or that you’re not accomplishing enough. Hopefully these tips can help get you back on your way!
2. Kecia From From Mom’s Desk
Create a To-do List Every Day
Include the top three things you need to get done, as well as a few “if I have time” tasks. Knowing what you need to accomplish for the day keeps you focused and productive. You will be amazed how far beyond those three priority tasks you can get done when you have a list to refer to.
Complete Tasks in Batches
For blogging, you can write all of your posts at once. Then, locate and edit all the images for them. Go back into your posts, add the images, and then schedule them. Batching keeps you focused on a single task for longer, so you don’t lose several minutes between going from one task to another.
Learn to Automate as Much as You Can in Your Business
For example, Pinterest used to take up way too much of my time. I began using Tailwind to schedule pins and find quality content to share other than my own. Now, it takes me two hours to schedule 8-10 days worth of pins, versus the two hours a day I used to spend on Pinterest!
For sharing my own content on Facebook and Twitter, I use CoSchedule. I can schedule the shares right there in my WordPress dashboard, just beneath the text field where I write the post. This prevents me from getting lost in my social media news feeds, where I can waste a good hour doing nothing!
3. Emily From Morning Motivated Mom
Use Your Mornings and Begin Your Day with Quiet/Alone Time
I find that if I have even a few minutes alone in the morning, my day runs more smoothly and I can accomplish more. I enjoy waking up before my girls instead of with them, as this gives me time to enjoy my coffee, read my devotion, and hop on the computer to start working. Consider creating a morning routine as a way to reset your morning and get your day started right.
Let Go. Do Not Strive for Perfection. Do Not Strive to Do it All. Lower Your Expectations
Take a look at your schedule and commitments. Simplify what you can in your home. You may find non-essential tasks that are only causing stress.
It’s just not worth the pressure. I know that many struggle with this, but pick your priorities and stick them. Decide what you care about for yourself and your family and focus on that. Don’t let others expectations or standards wear you down.
Know What Refreshes You
Figure out what quick activity or treat refreshes and relaxes you. If that gives you a little more patience to get you through the day…schedule it in!!
4. Rebekah From My Circus My Monkeys
As moms, it can be difficult to sit down at the end of the day and remember what you did all day. I mean, you know you kept everyone (relatively) happy, they all ate food and nobody died. But, what did you really do?
These simple tips can help you feel more on top of things.
On Sunday evenings, think ahead to your week. This should only take a few minutes.
Write down three things that you want or need to accomplish during the week. Your list can be as simple as, “Go Grocery Shopping” to, “Make Dinner for a Friend,” or as drastic as ,“Buy a New Car” or, “Change Insurance Companies.”
Do your best to keep the list small, as you won’t have a lot of time during the week to accomplish a lot. Be OK with the fact that, as long as you finish these few items, you will still be a success.
Another thing, in addition to your very short, “To-Do” list, is keeping a, “Done” list.
When you’ve done something, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, write it down. You fed the baby? Write it down. Cleaned up a blow-out diaper that required a bath and complete change of clothes? Write it down. Talked to the insurance company? Write it down.
When you look back at the list at the end of the day, you’ll be better able to see that you didn’t just waste your day; it was quite productive.
Be aware that this is just a season in life; soon, your babies will be old enough to get their own juice and won’t require you to help them in the bathroom. Keeping these two lists will make you feel more productive, no matter the age of your children now.
5. Jalynne From Raising 6
As a Mom of 6 and raising a large family it’s easy to feel like everything is hard to juggle, am I right?
Kids, husband, homeschool, cake business, blog, just to name a few. And it sometimes feels impossible to keep it all together!
However, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that make it so much easier to juggle everything without getting too overwhelmed! Mind you, I still have my days where I need to hide in my room and enjoy a good piece of chocolate, who doesn’t?
But, here are some great tips for balancing life and feeling accomplished all while raising kids.
Make Time for YOU!
Every day you need time for you. Take time to meditate, read, do yoga, something. Anything. If you don’t do something for you, you will burn out fast!
Use a Calendar
I use a Dry-Erase Calendar. Seriously, if I didn’t have this I would miss WAY too many appointments. Ours is right in the kitchen so we can easily write on it and see it all the time.
I take one day a month to make 30 meals. Yep, 30. Fifteen recipes doubled.
For the days you are overwhelmed, running errands, at sports, or just don’t feel like cooking, pull out a freezer meal! It’s one less thing to worry about! It’s also a great feeling to know you have a freezer full of meals for your family! This book – Dinner’s Ready – was what got me started. I have changed it up a bit for our family’s needs, and use my own recipes, but this book will teach you how to save time in the kitchen!
No need to stress about the little things! Take care of you first, and then follow these other tips. You’ll find yourself feeling accomplished and less overwhelmed in no time!
6. Belinda From Better Than Busy
There’s quote from Annabel Crabbe’s book, The Wife Drought that says,
If having it all means doing it, it’s never going to work.
I love that quote. We can’t do it all.
I think as busy mums the most important thing to do is take a good look at your core values. What are the most important things to you? The ones that you really can’t let go. What are the ones that you can let go?
Make your decisions around what matters to you – not what you think is the “right” thing to do based on others’ opinions. Know why you are doing things and then own your choices.
My house is often untidy and my floors are never as clean as they should be, but I rank a clean house lower than hanging out with my kids.
Do the things that matter to you and do them well. Spend less time on the things that are low priorities in accordance with your values.
The second thing is to find your crew. These are the people who build you up – the ones who say it doesn’t matter if your house is old, in dire need of renovation and untidy. They remind you that your choices, hard as they feel some days, are what make you the awesome lady you are.
My tips won’t give you extra hours in the day, but I hope they will help you to live a life that is better than busy.
7. Hannah From Nipenda
My number one tip to start feeling like you are accomplishing things is to jot down what you ARE accomplishing.
For the last two years, I’ve used a bullet journal for this and when looking back, it reminds me how much I truly am doing!
A bullet journal is much like a revolving tasks list and reminder of what I’ve been doing. It’s awesome to note down life events – for me it’s anything from Jesiah had a 39 degree temp to I hit 800 people on my Facebook page. I can jot down the celebrations and tasks so I can see what I am achieving in life.
Secondly, get passionate about what you are doing. It’s easier to enjoy the time with kids when you have things you want to do with them, to love time organizing the house when you’ve been reading about it and saving money when you’ve been playing the figures and a calculator.
Passion usually inspires motivation which helps you to enjoy the day to day life you might (like me) have. Get involved to be passionate and motivated.
That might mean joining a parenting Facebook group, reading a book, reading more blogs (or even less reading and more doing it yourself!), finding a fellow entrepreneur and catching up with them or even simply sharing a personal post on your blog.
The key is to get involved in whatever does it for you!
8. McKinzie From Moms Make Cents
First I would say, girl, I totally know how you feel! You are not alone in this. Here are few tips that will help you check more off your to-do list.
List Your Goals
The first thing I do when I sit down to work is list a few goals for that work session. This helps me stay focused on the tasks that are most important. This alone has increased my productivity so much!
Automate What You Can
One of my favorite things to automate is my pinning! Tailwind is full of systems that can pin for you on autopilot. Realistically I spend less than a half hour on Pinterest and it still brings in over 80% of my traffic.
Take the Time to Get Organized
A few months ago I started using a site called Trello and it completely changed how I use my blog. Within Trello I have all of my systems and workflows organized so when I need to find something I’ve got it within seconds instead of searching forever through Google Drive.”
Taking the time to get organized and create systems will save you so much time in the long run. Mom life is so busy, but block out a couple hours to get this setup and your efficiency will skyrocket!
9. Deanna From Blog Plan Repeat
Seriously, I know what it’s like to be a busy and frazzled Mommy. Just a few short months ago, I was at a really busy time in my life. Things were just crazy.
One night, after I finally got the kids to bed, I was so tired I laid down and I noticed a piece of rice on my boob.
I thought about throwing it away, but I would have had to walk across the room to the trash can, so you know what this frazzled mom did? I ate it.
As I was chewing that little grain of rice, I knew things had gone too far.
I’m happy to say I’ve come a long way since my rice boobie days. I now get so much done all thanks to making a few easy changes.
Waking up two hours early skyrocketed my productivity! Four thirty AM is this magical time. No one else in the house even stops snoring before six thirty AM.
I can accomplish more in those two morning hours than I can working four hours any other time of the day.
Have you ever heard of an Instant Pot? It’s a modern day pressure cooker. I now save so much time by using one. It’s so easy to cook delicious meals that taste like you were slaving over them, when in fact you spent 15 minutes throwing some food and spices into a pot.
Forget everything you have been told, multi-tasking is not productive, it’s just a constant stream of interruptions.
When multi-tasking you lose focus and have to regain your concentration each time you switch gears to do a different task.
So the next time you are lying in bed eating food off of your boobs remember, I am proof there actually are ways to get it all done!
10. Jacqueline From Mama’s Real Meals
Use a Planner
Get a day planner where you can write the important things down in.
Try to get the most pressing chore in at the beginning of the week. This if other engagements or your kids get sick then you can move that job to *Thursday* and still get it accomplished this week instead of moving it to the week after.
I promise this makes a huge difference!
If I’m scrambling around trying to do it all having a visual of what I need to do, helps me get organized and I can start crossing things off the list without trying to remember everything, because I know I’ll forget.
If I have a visual of what I all need to do I get the first task done before I start the next one, otherwise every task I see that needs to be done, I’ll start on it only until I see the next task. This leads to having 6 unfinished tasks instead of being able to cross 3 off the list!
Do The Most Bothering Thing First
This one ties in with my first tip, get that one thing done that is bothering you the most.
Is it the 5 loads of laundry that need to be done? Then drop everything else and get that done first.
Is it the bathroom that hasn’t been cleaned all week? Do that first. Is it the dishes that are pilling up on the sink?
When ever I get extremely overwhelmed that I’m not getting anywhere with my work, and that I’m falling more and more behind all the time, then I tackle what is the most bothersome. Once it’s done then I feel much better and can focus on getting other things done, without the job that keeps pilling up more and more!
Or I can go for that play date,even if finishing my job makes me 10 minutes late, I know I’ll enjoy myself much more!
Get Special Toys for Your Children
Get your kids occupied with a special toy or activity. I have some toys that are not part of their toys that they can play with whenever they want, like their tractors or Duplo.
I have buttons or play dough that they only get to play with maybe once a week. This way when you feel like your juggling ten different things at one time then with your kids occupied then you can focus without having them all wanting your attention, because they will be occupied with something that they don’t get to do very often, and it remains something that is exciting!
Here is one thing that my boys love – I created Train Track Puzzles. Teach them how to build a train track on their own! Its color coded train track plans that they use to create tracks from their own pieces. You know what the best part is? Its a FREE download!
11. Tyane From Boy Mom Blessed
As a mom of four boys, and a former traveler’s spouse, I’ve had plenty of days where I felt I didn’t accomplish a thing. My husband traveled for six months this year, leaving me with his chores, my chores, and work. These three tips helped me, tremendously.
1. List Five Small Tasks, and Get Them Done First Thing In the Morning
The five things I must do every morning are:
- Make the bed
- Start a load of laundry
- Pack lunches for work/school
- Check email and blog messages
- Read, write, or bible study
Write out a list of five things you must do every morning and stick with that list. Even if the rest of the day is chaos, refer to that list, and you will be thankful for crossing of your five must-haves, early in the day.
2. Do Small Chores During the Week, and Your Larger Chores On the Weekends
Obviously, dishes, trash, and vacuuming can’t be saved for weekends only. I can tackle my small chores within an hour total, throughout the day. I also do one load a day to avoid doing 10 on the weekend. Also, if you save your larger chores on the weekend, you have extra help from older children and your spouse.
3. It’s Okay if You Feel Like You Can’t Accomplish it All
This took awhile for me to grasp. I look at my house in disgust some days, but realize that it won’t last forever. After thinking about that, I spend time with my kids because it’s when they need me most. Don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t complete your to-do list. Even completing one task on that list is better than nothing at all.
12. Lisa From The Merry Momma
When I first started blogging, I felt like I was constantly in motion without really accomplishing anything.
I was doing random tasks whenever I thought of them, but my house still looked like a wreck. I wasn’t making any headway on my blog, and I felt like I was neglecting my son.
Then I got more intentional about scheduling my day, and things instantly improved.
One thing I do that has helped tremendously is set up my week on Sundays. Every Sunday I make a list of everything I need/would like to get done during the week. Then I assign those tasks to each day of the week.
Another practice I picked up is writing out a time-blocked schedule every day. I look at my to-do list and write down when I will do each task during the day. This keeps me focused and on task and also shows me when I’m too ambitious and have planned more than I actually have time for.
When that happens, I whittle down my list and prioritize.
My final tip is to compartmentalize your day. The parts of my day that I’ve designated for housework, I only work on housework. Blog time is blog time. And play time with my son is play time. I’m much more efficient that way, and I no longer feel like a chicken running around with its head cut off!
13. Heather From Stressed Mommy
As you can tell by the name of my website I’m one stressed mommy.
Before my daughter was born I really had this idea that I would have no problem juggling work and home. I was so excited to become a mom.
After she was born, I realize just how hard it was to handle getting another little person dressed and dropped off at daycare, commute to work, function at work, commute back to pick-up my daughter, eat, prep for bed, and repeat. I became such a ball of stress! I started researching online and found out that other moms were going through the same troubles.
So I learned to incorporate these 3 tips to juggle getting everything done.
Write Everything Down in a Planner
I seriously have a major case of mommy brain and unless I write everything down I miss deadlines and to-do’s and it just causes more stress.
I created this FREE easy weekly Stressed Mommy planner download to help me.
Ask For Help
I wish I would have done this sooner. We can’t do everything and it’s great for your kids to have fun days out with dad, grandma, and friends.
Allow Yourself a Break
We can’t as moms just go nonstop without a break or we’ll crash and burn.
Go for a walk by myself, get a pedicure, etc. Come back refreshed and ready to tackle the next mom job.
I also like to allow myself a glass of wine or time to have a mommy group night out. Stressed Mommy Wine is perfect for those days.
One thing to always remember as a stressed mommy is that you are doing a great job! Sometimes we don’t hear it enough.
14. Ashli From The Million Dollar Mama
I totally get this – sometimes you feel like you’re constantly busy, but at the end of the day, you don’t feel like anything got done!
I have a couple of tips for combating this problem.
Use Your Mornings Wisely
My son usually sleeps in until about 7am, and I used to do the same. Sure, it was nice to get an hour or two of extra sleep, but it probably wasn’t the wisest use of my time. There’s a great course called “Makeover Your Mornings” that teaches you how to put those precious morning hours to good use so you’re less stressed during the day.
Prioritize Your Tasks
At the start of each day, I write down the tasks that need to be done, the tasks that would be nice to get done, and the tasks that can wait. Whenever I have a spare moment, I focus solely on the tasks that need to be done today.
Once they’re completed, if I have any more time to spare, I then shift to the less important tasks. By doing this, I don’t waste time on things that can be done another time.
15. Bernadette From Mom + Carrot
When I was a kid, my mom would wake me up by popping her head into my room and saying, “Rise and shine.”
This meant getting up, making my bed first thing, taking a shower, getting dressed, and then opening the windows to let the sunshine in.
My mom taught me to always start the day with clean clothes and a clean room. I still follow this today. It puts me in a productive mindset right away and helps me feel ready to tackle the day ahead, even if I feel sick or stressed.
When I was a working professional, I read a book a few years ago titled, The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling. The part that sticks with me today is, “the more you try to do, the less you actually accomplish” because it gets lost in the whirlwind of day-to-day activities.
I learned it is better to pick just one important goal to work on. If I set too many goals for my blog then nothing feels like priority and everything gets lost in the shuffle (and I end up just floating around Facebook).
To get clear on my one important goal, I make it measurable using the format from X to Y by when. It is very important to set an end date for your goals!
I like to make a monthly goal and use the end of the month as my end date. I then make weekly commitments to myself and set aside dedicated time each day to work on tasks that relate to my one important goal.
By following this formula, I see progress on my blog much quicker. I feel better about myself because I have a realistic plan to follow even when there is chaos elsewhere.
16. Elizabeth From Crazy Busy Happy Life
My first response is, “I feel ya gurrrl!”
This momming stuff isn’t easy. We need to stop beating ourselves up because we feel like we aren’t doing enough. Efff that!
Can you answer, “yes” to these questions?
Kids alive? Check.
Kid dressed and fed? Check.
You’re dressed and fed? Semi-check.
Ok, we’re good. Everything else is just icing on the cake.
Haha, yeah right.
Of course we want to do more, be more, have more. I’m right there with you! I’m in school, I’ve got two businesses and two kids (three if you count my hubby). Here are two tips that keep me motivated and feeling like I’m moving forward. Maybe they can help you too.
Choose three tasks that will improve your life or your business in a meaningful way. These are your three to-dos for the day.
Begin your day with one, that way if your day goes astray (you know, explosive kid diarrhea or whatever) you’ve still accomplished one important task. I’ve recently started using the Productivity Planner for prioritizing my days.
There are days where you’ll have peanut butter in your hair and go to the grocery store with your shirt inside-out. These mommy days are not exactly self-esteem builders but, you know what makes them sting a little less?
Making money. Ever since I started investing and learning to make my money work for me instead of vice-versa, these type of days don’t bother me so much. So what if I didn’t get any work done and no one has clean laundry?
I still made money through my investments so who cares what the house looks like. Start investing simply with a company like Motif Investing and build from there.
Good luck Mama! You’ve got this!!
17. Brittany From A Mama Tale
I am a work-from-home mom and readily admit that it is pretty crazy over here. Most days I resemble an extra from The Walking Dead, with my droopy eyes, matted hair, and slight limp (from stepping on yet another Lego!)
Trying to, “do it all” takes its toll, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. I swear there is this mom gene that makes you keep striving for “perfection” although logically you know it is an impossible mission. Nobody is perfect, but you can feel successful at the end of your day by keeping your “ize” on the prize.”
Maybe it is my, “Type A” personality, but I love to put things in categories! I can completely relate to Monica on Friends and her eleven categories of towels. You do not have to channel your inner Monica, but creating categories for your, “To Do” list can be really helpful.
For example, I categorize my list by my work related duties, my mom duties, and my household duties. This serves several purposes.
One, writing things down helps you keep track of what you are trying to accomplish, so you do not feel (as much) like a chicken running around with your head cut off.
Two, putting your items in categories makes each list appear shorter and more manageable.
Three, maybe one of your lists can be handed to someone else. Often your loved ones want to help you when they say that you are struggling, but do not know where to start. Hand them a list!
Even when you are creating shorter, categorized lists that doesn’t mean you have to accomplish everything on those lists! You want to prioritize.
What’s your number one task to accomplish on each list? Start there. If you only accomplish your number one task, you will feel successful!
When my daughter was a newborn, sometimes my number one task was, “take a shower.” And sometimes, that was the only thing I accomplished in a day!
One of the things I struggle with as a first-time mom is making myself a priority. Do as I say and not as I do. Add yourself to that list and make, “you time” a priority!
Maybe it is just enjoying a cup of coffee or taking a bubble bath, but you will be able to tackle another busy day if you allow yourself a little down time to relax.
I tell my students all the time that organization is the key to success. This is definitely true for busy moms.
Use a wall calendar or planner to keep track of important dates and appointments. If you are a techie, I love the PocketLife app for my calendar, where I can (again) categorize and color code all of my appointments.
For my, “To Do” list, I love the Evernote app. You can create separate notebooks here, too, for keeping track of your separate lists and tasks.
Around the house, I have a basket in each room for stray toys. You could even color code the baskets for each family member to keep track of their own belongings.
Now that my daughter is a toddler, I put her to work by asking her to clean up her own toys. Did you know toddlers LOVE to sort and organize? You can make cleaning up a game by singing songs, playing music, or racing to see whom can clean up the fastest.
If you are thinking that these are great ideas, but how do you do it with a baby that needs your constant attention? Two words.
Baby wearing. My Ergo Baby Carrier has pretty much saved my life AND allowed me to nurse and bond with my baby while doing household chores like folding laundry. Better yet, baby wearing is not just for babies! My toddler STILL loves being held! At the end of the day, that is actually the item on the, “To Do” list that matters the most…the snuggles given to those you love.
18. Aly From What Moms Love
Use a Planner
Sometimes you’re actually accomplishing a lot during your day, but you just don’t realize it.
The key here, is to start using a planner (I use the incredible Erin Condren Life Planner which you can completely customize) and write down every item that needs to get done for the day – from making the kids’ lunches, to getting to the bus stop on time, to completing a project at work – however big or small, put it on your daily To Do list and then (here’s the kicker): Cross. It. Off.
Ahhh, it feels so good! And by the end of the day you can look back and see all your victories.
Schedule Your Time
This goes hand-in-hand with the tip above, but it’s something that has really helped me juggle my responsibilities as a wife, mom and entrepreneur.
Using your planner, block out chunks of time every day for each “hat” that you wear. For me, I have mom-time from the moment I wake up, until the kids’ are napping or in bed.
That then turns into wife-time when my husband comes home and we catch up over dinner or a glass of wine.
Then I shift into entrepreneur time when I burn the midnight oil working on my website, What Moms Love. I use a different colored highlighter for each, and since I started doing this, I no longer feel the pressure to work during the day, or feel guilty not being with the kids if I’m getting some work hours in on a weekend.
Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
Stop and tell yourself (seriously, get that inner voice working) that you’re doing an awesome job.
You are a great mom.
You got through the day with everyone alive and well. If your kids are happy, that’s what really matters. The laundry and dirty dishes can wait another day. Or two.
19. Ambar From Mama Bird Well Nest
As a busy wife, mother, and entrepreneur it’s very easy to feel like you’re running on a hamster wheel and not getting anywhere. Here are some simple, intentional actions you can take to feel better and accomplish more.
Start a Morning Routine
The way we start our morning determines how the rest of our day will go.
Starting a morning routine has been the best thing I’ve done for myself. A morning routine can be as simple as waking up a little bit earlier to do 10 minutes of yoga, write in your journal, or enjoy a hot cup of coffee in peace and quiet.
Cultivating this, “me” time in the morning will make you feel cared for and supported, and this feeling will carry out through your day.
Have a Different Kind of To-Do List
I start each morning with a list of 3 things that I want to get done that day in order to feel accomplished.
The catch? They can’t all be work related.
My to-do list consists of one thing I want to do for work, one for family, and one for myself. I started my business because I want to create a better lifestyle for myself and my family, so ignoring those two huge areas of my life seems counterproductive.
By creating my to-do list around each of my priorities, I feel much more balanced and fulfilled. Anything else I get done in addition to these 3 things is a bonus!
Give Credit where Credit is Due
Start to notice and celebrate all of your accomplishments.
Every time you cook an awesome dinner, get asked to write a guest post, or sell something on your website, take time to celebrate!
Call a friend to share how proud you are of yourself, treat yourself to a bubble bath, or enjoy a glass of wine with your husband.
By acknowledging your achievements, you are sending a message that you love and appreciate yourself and your accomplishments. This energizes you to keep doing your good work, whether in business or at home. As a hardworking mom, you are so valued and needed.
Take time to celebrate that! You deserve it.
20. Francesca From From Pennies to Pounds
1. Lists, Lists and more Lists
I always joke that if it’s not on my list, it doesn’t get done!
To do lists are my favorite. I have a master list which has every single thing on that I need to do in my business (I have separate ones for household things to be done) but as this can be quite overwhelming, I recommend having a daily mini to do list.
With only a few small items on it, you will be much more likely to achieve these every day. Put the one thing that you really don’t to do at the top.
2. Work Out a Schedule
With so many things needing my attention at different times, I allocate specific times for each of them. I can’t write blog posts with my daughter hanging around or it would just end up being a bunch of nonsense! This has helped me stop procrastinating as well.
21. Emma From Work From Home Mummy
Moms need to be kinder to themselves.
I also need to learn to take my own advice.
Pre-kids I was a corporate over-achiever so I’ve struggled with a slower rate of growth in my online business. To find a balance between the work I love and the family I adore, I’ve outsourced childcare for two days per week.
It did seem counter-intuitive to put my boys in daycare so I could work on a business that would eventually allow me to be home with them, but my business has grown more quickly since they’ve started daycare.
I monitor all my stats with a monthly goals check in which helps me to see how my online business has grown. If I’m ever feeling a bit sorry for myself I have a look at my spreadsheet and see how far I’ve come. It inspires me to keep at it.
Slow growth is still growth.
My ultimate time-saving hack has to be Google Docs voice typing. Anytime I have a spare minute (usually with a baby napping on me) I can whip up a rough draft or get some ideas out before they leave my head for good.
Sometimes I even combine my daily walk with a brainstorming session.
22. Meera From Meera Kothand
As a mom blogger, these are my top three tips to stay sane and not let your blog and business take over your life.
Multi-Tasking Sucks. Stay Away From It
As moms, we do this a lot. But, switching between tasks actually sucks up time and energy. You can’t go from 1 unrelated task to another seamlessly because it takes time for your brain to focus on the new task.
This is why batching is so important. Likewise, if you buy a new course or eBook, you’ll increase your chances of finishing it if you binge through the lessons! That’s what I do so that no course goes to waste.
Do More of What is Working for You
Spend time working on tasks that give you 80% or a majority of your output.
If you’re a mom blogger, think about which posts give you the most traffic. Most likely these posts don’t change very much. What about it has worked? Can you create more of such content?
If an opt-in freebie is working great, think about other ways you can get it in front of people.
Work With the End in Mind
It’s overwhelming when you have a big project. What has worked for me is to work in every single step that will lead me to the end goal.
Work backwards till you can’t go any further. This helps me find out where my bottleneck is. Add some productivity tools and apps to your toolkit. They’ll help you save loads of time and get you back your sanity.
23. Monica From A Mother Loving Mess
Trying to juggle everything life throws your way is HARD! There is no doubt about it but there are a few things you can do to make juggling everything a bit easier.
Use these 4 tips when you start to feel overwhelmed.
Set Realistic Goals
If you’re feeling there just aren’t enough hours in the day and your checklist still has a whole list of things to do, then try making a more realistic to do list. Don’t jam pack it with all the things you want to get done. I’ve done that, and it just sets you up for failure.
Keep a separate “master list to-do list” then make a daily to-do list and choose what you will do that day for your blog. Remember to keep it realistic because there is more than likely a long list of things you need to get done around the house, and with the kids.
You want to feel positive, and confident at the end of your day, not discouraged. It’s harder to keep your head in the game if you are constantly setting yourself up for failure.
Time Block and Timer
Use time blocking to schedule your day out.
To do this I simply look at my day by the hour then add in the time I will use to accomplish a task. You should also be setting a timer for each task to keep you on schedule.
When I know I’m on a time limit it helps me move my buns a bit faster because I know I only have a limited amount of time to get that task accomplished. I just use my phone to set a timers.
Set Work Hours and Don’t Feel Guilty About It
I spread my work hours out during the day and at night.
I love my children very much but I have to remember that I am also working to help my family, and we need the income because money doesn’t grow on trees.
Try your best to keep yourself organized!
A messy work space creates a messy thinking process. Well, at least for me it does!
Remember that no matter how small your steps are in achieving your goals they are still getting you a step closer every time.
So, keep going.
24. Fatima of Wellness of Eve
First of all, don’t try to be a supermom! You can schedule everything, try to accomplish all that is in your to do list, but don’t expect yourself to succeed each day in each task.
It’s all natural to feel exhausted, stressed, in bad mood..you’re not a robot!
So forgive yourself for what’s not done and reward yourself for what’s done. Parenting and housekeeping are overwhelming especially when we don’t have somebody to help, that’s why you need absolutely 10 to 20 min of meditation to start and end your day.
For me it was the best thing i decided to commit to, it helped me a lot as I started to become more emotionally intelligent,more energetic.
Also you can learn something new with your kids, especially if it’s useful for you both, for example I started to do Qi gong exercises with my 3-year-boy.
It give me more energy and confidence to accomplish my everyday tasks and teach him to be more zen as the movements are slow and simple. you can use learn how to do it from this YouTube video.
25. Christy from Engineer to Stay at Home Mom
Since making the switch from working full time to staying home full time, it has taken me awhile to figure out how to manage our household and work on my blog.
I have learned to take advantage of nap time to clean the house, and have taught my kids to help with chores, like picking up and doing their own dishes.
But one of the best ways I have found to get time to work on my business is to have my kids involved with a hobby with their dad!
On my blog I write about ways my husband has taught my son about engineering through his hobby grade remote control car.
While its awesome that my son is learning while playing, it also means mommy is left alone. I use this time to work on my blog, and do any chores where I need uninterrupted time.
26. Elisa from Single Mama Blueprints
When I am feeling frazzled, unproductive, or like I’m being pulled in a million different directions I would love to shut down and give up for the day. But as moms (especially single moms), we usually can’t throw in the towel.
On days like that, where I feel like I can’t move forward because there’s Just.Too.Much., I have three key strategies that help me.
I make a cup of tea and sit down with one of my favorite pretty-colored pens (yes, that matters!) and a notepad.
I grab all the lists or stickies floating around the house and everything (everything!) that I have going on gets written down. I categorize, evaluate, and rank it – what has to be done today, what are 3 things that I can finish in a few minutes (to feel like I at least accomplished something), and what can I eliminate or delegate from the list?
Then I re-write it so it’s not a hot mess, and that will usually recharge me enough to start on the list.
Meal planning (and freezer meals!) has been my saving grace as a single mom and I couldn’t function without it. Well, I could function but it wouldn’t be pretty!
Moms spend a lot of time planning, shopping, making, and feeding. We obviously have to feed our family, but where we could save time is in the decision making – 21 meals a week plus snacks is a lot of decisions! When I sit down to focus on meal planning and create a grocery list based on that plan, I know it will save me time (and sanity!) during the week and I feel so much better.
At least I know I won’t be staring at the fridge at 5 pm or going through the drive-thru on the way to baseball practice.
SAY NO FIRST
I used to be a yes girl, a people pleaser, a do-er.
But I came to the realization that I couldn’t do it all, and my family was suffering by me being stressed out. I made a promise to protect the integrity of my family’s schedule. (If I don’t protect it, who will?)
So now, my personal policy is to say no to everything. I do not tell someone I will check my schedule, think about it, or check with anyone.
I simply say, “no, I’m sorry, I can’t commit to that right now.” Then the pressure is off to think about it, pray about it, and change my mind if I want to. Making that yes phone call is now a pleasure instead of a chore.
Even with these systems in place, there are days that I do throw in the towel. I lower my expectations of myself and the day, and I just relax and enjoy the rest of it. Go to the park with the kiddo, watch a movie, have cereal for dinner…just have a fun day. Try it, everything will be okay, I promise.
27. Natosha from Love and Sweet Tea
Make some priorities and set some goals
Choose one or two things you need to focus on for your business and write them down. They are your focused priorities.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret, putting pen to paper with your hand creates a chemical reaction in your brain that doesn’t happen when you type. So, grab a piece of paper (or a planner made for goal setting and task management) and a pen and set some goals based on your priorities. This is where you add a way to measure your priorities.
Make a Plan
Create actionable steps that you can take to accomplish your goals. What tasks could you do to get you closer to those goals? Write it all down in a cohesive plan.
Give yourself deadlines and follow through on those actionable steps. It feels kind-of hoaky to live by your own deadlines, but it’s a proven fact we are more productive when working against a deadline than not. So, give yourself some deadlines and stick to them!
Grab a blogging planner with a checklist to get those actionable steps out of your head and on paper next to a deadline. Track your progress and work through the steps you created in your plan. A checklist helps you stay on track, yes, but it also gives you a feeling of accomplishment. I don’t know about you, but I feel like a rock star when I get instant gratification from all those check marks, and it motivates me to keep pushing (and take extra time for my little one). Win-win!
Now, head out there and go make a plan to get some stuff done!
28. Rachel from Smart Moms Smart Ideas
As a wife and mom of 3 children (ages 12, 9 and 7) who works a full-time job and is trying to build my blog into a business, my days always seem busy. Here are a few secrets I have learned on juggling everything and getting more things done.
First, you have to set your priorities. As a mother and a wife, my family comes first. I cannot allow my love for blogging to take up every free minute.
It doesn’t make you feel like a great mom when you 7 year old says, “Yeah, mom’s on her computer blogging again.” You have to set boundaries.
When you set priorities, you will accept that sometimes you cannot do everything you would like to do. But, you can do what is important if you set a priority for each day.
At the end of the week, you can look back and see you have accomplished your top daily goals. Get a Smart Mom Priority Planner to help you set your priorities.
Use a planner. I prefer a written planner, but you may also use an electronic planner if that works best for you. Your planner will help you see priority tasks and things you must do today. Planners can also help you time block and plan your activities.
Once you have set your priorities and planned your day, you must stay focused. You need to make every minute count.
Get the most important tasks done first. If you only have 2 hours to spend on your blog everyday, work hard, determine your strategy and stay focused for those 2 hours. Don’t forget to be present with your family too. Your family deserves 100% of your focus when it’s their time with you.
29. Kori from Kori At Home
My best tips for the mom who feels overwhelmed is to take a step back and figure out what kind of worker you are.
Do you thrive with deadlines or do they stress you out?
Do you work better standing or sitting?
Are you more productive in the morning, afternoon, evening, late at night?
Find out what works best for you and capitalize on that. For me, personally, I work best in spurts and as distraction free as possible. I know, easier said than done- especially for those of us with kids at home. But I do give myself some time during the day to work.
And I let my toddler know, “mommy is working” and that I need to finish my work. Then she has my undivided attention. Sometimes those breaks with her are just what I need to power through a sponsored post or batch work on crafts and recipes.
Whatever the case may be, I know I need to break up my time accordingly. It also helps, for me, to keep the bigger picture in mind. I stay at home because I’m a mom and want to spend time with my youngest child.
Being a blogger allows me to do this while earning some income. First and foremost though, I’m a mom. And that will always come first.
30. Jehava from Only Girl 4 Boyz
There are so many times that I have felt very overwhelmed and that I’m trying to do a million things at once and that nothing is getting done that well. I have had to figure out ways to simplify my life and make things easier. So here are 3 tips that have been super helpful to me for being more productive overall and feeling more balanced.
Make a list every day
I literally make a list every morning when I wake up. I write out all the things that need to be done that day. I put it on the fridge so that I can continuously go back and check it off.
I put everything on there. Things like: go to the grocery store, reply to e-mails, and even spend an hour having my kids read to me. It helps keep me productive.
Time block your activities
I try to stay flexible, but I do schedule out a time to do everything. For instance, I do my writing during my child’s naptime and bedtime so I time block that.
I also put a time period for playing with my kids or even my “ME” time to relax. If I don’t designate a time I get overwhelmed and won’t accomplish half as much.
As simple as it seems, we need to remember to give ourselves some down time for self-care. Whether that means sitting down and drinking a good cup of coffee or watching your favorite TV show, it will rejuvenate you and help you be more productive.
We can run rapid all day and not get much done. However, when I give myself that time to regroup, I end up doing more throughout the day than if I didn’t take that time.
It’s such a juggling act as mothers to balance so many different hats. It can be overwhelming and we are usually our biggest critics. We have to give ourselves grace as well but these tips have really helped me be more productive overall and feel more accomplished at the end of my day. I hope they will help you as well.
31. Jessica from Unprocessed Jess
As a wife and homeschool mom of three girl under the age of 12, I juggle a lot of different areas in my life.
My first tip for moms is to write things down.
It sounds obvious but when I try to remember everything in my head I often double booked myself! I love my devices but I’m a pencil and planner kind of gal. Something about writing it down helps it stick.
Find a planner that fits your needs and go crazy with it.
Avoid feeling overwhelmed or frustrated at the end of the day by setting two to three action items that can realistically be accomplished given your fixed priorities for that day.
Skip the social media time sucker! How many times have you found yourself browsing social media or pinning things that have nothing to do with your task at hand?
I discovered something amazing and it’s helped me a ton! It’s a plugin called News Feed Eradicator. It keeps news feeds from showing up automatically.
You can still search for pages but it helps you go to your own page and complete your to do list without distraction. I have mine on my MacBook Facebook app since I use that for my blog and my phone more for personal use.
Take time first thing in the morning to stretch, show gratitude and breathe in the day before the hustle and bustle begins. Physical health is so important. If you’re not well you won’t be able to give 100% to your family, friends, community, or your work.
Lastly, look for pockets of time when you’re waiting in the carpool lane, at practice, or for an appointment. Have a list of tasks you can complete in short amounts of time and knock those off your list.
32. Ashleigh from Smart Cents Mom
You know when you look around and there is a growing mountain of laundry, kids begging for your attention, goals hoping to be reached in your job, and you stand in the middle with everything flying around you like in a crazy life snow globe.
I feel ya!
I’m there more days than I wish.
So when things start to get out of control and your feeling unmotivated and defeated by your to-do list, these are a couple things I do to get my mojo back.
Start with prioritizing your list
Then choose a goal that has to be done today and can be accomplished quickly. My favorite part of having a list is marking stuff off! You’ll be motivated to keep going once you have gotten something DONE 🙂
Set a timer
I left my job in elementary education to be able to stay home and be with my kids. As an educator we would only do activities for 15 – 20 minutes at a time.
Kids lose interest and focus if your activity goes longer than that. So I tell my kids we can play for 20 minutes then mom will work for 20 minutes. I let the kids use this piggy timer (they think it’s awesome to start the timer).
Give the kids something to do!
My kids easily play with these off and on ALL. DAY. LONG! It’s a super cheap way to let your kids get creative. I put them away every couple days and then pull them out and it’s like Christmas at our house!
I go into more details about planning your day and giving kids something to do How to Get Stuff Done with Small Kids Around!
33. Victoria from The Nurture Collective
For me personally, when I break my day into tasks that I can complete while holding the baby/entertaining a toddler and tasks that require my entire attention, my day goes much smoother.
Tasks like content creation, and opt in design, I save for when the children are sleeping or my husband isn’t working and I can devote my full attention to maximize my productivity.
I also only set 1-3 big tasks each day, that way I’m not stressing about not getting anything done if the kids skip a nap or if something goes wrong.
34. Bre from Maintaining Me
As moms it’s easy to feel overwhelmed while trying to juggle everything on our plate. Most of the days I’m going full speed from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to sleep. Yet I often feel like I got nothing accomplished at the end of the day!
Here are two of my best tips for other moms who feel the same way:
Make a List
I am super organized and a little OCD so lists are literally my life. I used to have a list on my phone.
But that’s no longer helpful since I spend half the day searching for where my kids have hidden my phone. Now I have a dry erase board up on our wall where I keep my list and it helps me so much!
Celebrate the Small Victories
As a work at home mom, it’s easy to feel discouraged when the house is still a mess or the kids haven’t gotten out of their pajamas that day.
What helps me is to celebrate the little things. Get excited when you are able to finish that conference call over the kids nap time. Have a little dance party when your kids are still in one piece at the end of the day.
As moms we often base our value on the tasks we accomplish but we need to stop being so hard on ourselves and start celebrating the small victories!
35. Nicole from The Professional Mom Project
Being a mom can be so difficult sometimes.
It’s hard to balance all of the competing parts of your life from home and family to work and relationships. I find writing things down helps me feel more in control and productive.
I use applications like Google Keep for my ongoing work related to do list (and my grocery list) and Evernote for blogging ideas. I also keep a notebook with me to write down ideas and anything that I need to remember.
In addition to writing everything down I also make time every couple of days to review my to do lists, check off what’s complete and remind myself of what’s left to do.
36. Sarah from Now One Foot
Tales of hectic family lives are not new, so I thought I knew what to expect after the birth of our daughter two years ago.
A new full-time job outside the home (for me), almost two years of third shift work and finally getting into nursing school (for him), and now I’m convinced I’m John Snow. I know nothing. Seriously, I spend a substantial amount of my day trying to figure out how to meet all my deadlines, home and work, and not lose my sanity.
Okay, maybe I’m not completely John Snow. I have found a few tricks to at least keep everything above water.
Find a (simple!) method and stick to it. Better yet, find your favorite five crockpot meals and put them on repeat until you get sick of them; then find five more.
The days of young children, work deadlines and husband schedules is a time to just get through. Do not attempt anything with the potential to be a Pinterest fail (at least not without having your favorite delivery place on speed dial – when hungry hits, things go downhill fast).
Slash those expectations faster than a Wal-Mart
That’s their slogan, right? Slashing prices?
I don’t know, but it’s a good image.
I imagined I’d be one of those moms who everyone always wonders how she does it all – crafting, cooking, cleaning, quality time, husband time and a 9-5?!
How does she do it? Well, she doesn’t.
Do yourself a massive favor and lower those expectations. Pick one or two things that you really just don’t want to let go of, and communicate them to your spouse so they can be a priority for you both.
Maybe you just really need a shower sans-kids on a regular basis. Maybe you can’t stand prepping dinner with kids hanging on you so your spouse can be in charge of pre-dinner playtime. Unrealistic expectations just set you up for a whole boatload of unsatisfied items on your to-do list and nobody thrives in that environment.
I’ve also found that slashing my expectations before making to-do lists or weekly/monthly goal plans or however you organize your priorities leads to a much more productive week. You can always add items back to your list if you end up having some spare time (ha!) but to have to constantly erase or carryover or cross out items is demoralizing.
Get help early and often
When I first went back to work, Husband was working third shift and stayed home with V while I was at work.
This meant we had dinner as soon as I got home and he went to bed. He got regular breaks from our moms but I was dealing with a lot of mom-guilt that I only spent a few waking hours with V each day during the week and felt like I shouldn’t need a break from her on the weekends.
But I did. I do.
Working all day and then coming home to work all night is exhausting. You need regular mental and physical health breaks. Find a friend with kids in a similar age group and trade childcare – you take hers one weekend and she takes yours another.
Or build-in some time every month for five dates – you and your friends, your spouse and his friends, you and your spouse, just yourself, and just your spouse. Even just a few hours with each of those and you will feel so much better able to handle the rough days. Make this a priority and really stick to it. I can always tell when it has been a while since I’ve had me-time or girl time and I get snippy and resentful and it makes it so much harder to be a nice person to be around.
Motherhood is hard and schedules are especially hard when you work outside the home, but with a simple plan and manageable goals, you can not only handle everything but enjoy it!
37. Lauren from Peanut Free in the Queen City
Some days I liken myself to a hamster on a wheel.
Always running in circles and getting nowhere. Prioritizing, weighing options, fielding requests, coordinating schedules. Even if you are good at juggling these tasks, are you being efficient?
Take the first steps towards a manageable and successful life with these tips.
Create a daily short list of to-do’s. I get so frustrated when I see a long list of to-do’s.
Why not take the burden off of yourself by just developing a to-do list that comprises of a few actions? It could be as mundane as giving the dog a bath or scheduling a dentist appointment.
The tasks could also be more in-depth like cleaning out an attic or finally launching that blog you’ve always wanted to start! There is nothing more satisfying than crossing a task off a to-do list!
Create a single place to keep notes that is in sight and easily accessible. Some days, I am a pen and paper gal, other days, I need to email myself a reminder or it will go off into the memory atmosphere.
I keep my notations by my desk calendar, which I look at multiple times a day. Also, I am on my email all day, so any reminders are constantly in view. Others swear by Evernote, Post-It’s or phone voice recording. Having a system in place for organizing last minute notations will give you the upper hand on a daily basis.
Give yourself credit! So what if you didn’t get through your to-do list? If you managed to even cross off one task, you rock! Give yourself credit. Often, moms are the gears that keep the family turning, surviving and growing. Don’t be hard on yourself.
Any accomplishment, no matter how small it may seem, is a step in the right direction!
38. Kristine from Movin Moms
Three tips I have for a mom who is juggling everything and feels like they are getting nothing accomplished are:
First, write down everything you want to do whether it is in progress or just an idea.
Clearing your mind is important so that you can get rid of the things that should not be focused on and save them for another time.
Pick three ideas that will help you get where you want to go (make income, visibility, followers, etc.) and break them down into manageable tasks that can be made into daily, weekly, and monthly goals. This is a guide that any mom can create and look at everyday and see her progress which is a must needed boost for any mom trying to have a business.
Secondly, social media is great but eats up a lot of time.
We all need to connect and find clients or followers, but more than likely that is not what you do when going on Facebook for example. Using a scheduler like Edgar, or Hootsuite for your social media accounts as well as setting times on your calendar to post for promo days will make you accountable and lead to less frustration because you will gain time.
Finally, get an accountability partner who can provide support, encouragement, and give you deadlines to get things done. You could find another mom locally with similar goals or ask in a Facebook group. We cannot be successful in family and business alone.
A bonus tip: I have found setting a timer for 30 minutes on my phone makes me pick up my pace. I use the Be Focused app on my phone and it is great because it gives you a five minute break in between your timed work periods.
39. Suzi from Start a Mom Blog
My best tip for moms who are juggling everything and feel like they’re getting nothing accomplished is to stop the negative thoughts.
So easily we can feel overwhelmed and spiral down into self-pity. “I’m not good enough,” “I won’t be able to ever do all this,” “I’m not smart enough to be a mom and do anything else on top of it.”
Stop it! Stop the negative energy, because it’s a huge time suck.
Your thoughts are extremely powerful, and if you continue to dwell on the bad parts, you’ll never see the good.
Instead, focus on what you did right today. Your family is fed, you got at least one load of laundry done, you wrote half a blog post, you spend a few minutes of quality time with your toddler during this hectic day.
There are a ton of productivity tools and methods out there, but they all start with having a positive outlook. Positivity breeds success. But if you want one concrete tip, it’s that thankfulness causes you to be more positive. So want to start being more productive?
Start a gratitude journal.
40. Olivia from Olivia Derby
Find a schedule and stick with it.
Schedules work wonders for babies AND busy moms. Get you whole family on a routine that works for you and put in the time to optimize it.
When you know you’ve got a solid 45 minutes to work on something you can be ultra efficient. Put the phone away, don’t even think about opening that Facebook tab, instead concentrate on just 1 thing at a time and get it done.
I use Trello to keep track of my daily routine and would literally be lost without it. Find a system that works for you, set up your routine, and do it every single day.
Get rid of all that “mom guilt” too, it’s just slowing you down. You’re a great mom and you’re handling this crazy amount of expectations fabulously. Stop beating yourself up about the things you’re not doing and just give yourself a pat on the back for everything you are.
You rock super mom.
You Got This Mama!
Mind blown, right? There are so many useful tips to help you get your day going and accomplished. I love Suzi’s idea of a gratitude journal. Or, Jacqueline’s tip on doing the most bothering thing first.
Now, it’s your turn – tell me how you get your day done when you’re juggling everything and feel like you’re getting nothing accomplished?
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