7 ways to feel productive as a stay at home mom

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As a mother, our lives can often become monotonous yet exhausting. Through the busyness of juggling all the roles of motherhood, it seems like our lives evolve into this crazy chaos. Tumbling from day to day it becomes easy to feel burnt out. It can seem like getting anything done and being productive is far from reality as a stay at home mom.

I am pretty sure I am not the only one who has felt all of these feelings. Being a productive stay at home mom isn’t always as easy as it seems. It can be overwhelming and exhausting, even when you feel like you didn’t do anything.

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I know when I first became a mother, I often felt lonely and a bit lost. I had this brand new human to care and nurture for while having no idea what I was doing.

It seemed like I had a long list of to do’s with little time and or motivation to do them.

Sometimes we have to force ourselves out of a rut and implement some simple habits that can all of a sudden transform our day.

Every day isn’t going to be perfect, to be honest, most days might be far from perfection and that is just fine! That’s life! But you don’t have to keep living each day with feelings of no motivation and little productivity.

7 ways to be a productive mother

No matter what stage of motherhood you are in, here are 7 simple ways you can implement into your day to create a successful and productive day as a stay at home mom.

1. Get up before your kids

This one is hard, but it is SO worth it! I have been implementing this step for the past month and it really has made the world of difference.

You don’t need to be waking at some crazy hour every day, but find a time that is realistic and doable for you. Even if it is only 20 minutes before your little ones wake up it can really help.

My baby wakes around 7:30 (that is usually when we go and get him up). Sometimes he likes to just hang out in his crib for a bit in the morning, so if he’s happy doing that I leave him to it.

I have been setting the goal to wake up at 6am, I know that is early but once you get into the habit of it, it isn’t so bad. For me, this allows an hour and a half to get LOTS done.

I love the feeling of accomplishing my morning routine all before my baby wakes and is needing my attention.

After doing this the past few weeks I have begun treasuring my time in the morning.  When I hit the snooze button and allow my baby to be my alarm my day tends to have a less productive start.

Depending on your own situation, will depend on how much time in the morning is needed. You may only need 20-30 minutes and that is great! 30 minutes is better than zero extra minutes.

Having that time in the morning without your kids at your feet can really set a great tone for the day.

2. Go to bed early

Well, this one goes hand in hand with getting an early start to the day.

I would say I am definitely more of a night owl, so this is one that I need to be consistently better at.

Although I am beginning to enjoy early mornings more and more, if I don’t get enough sleep the night before, waking up becomes a lot harder!

3. Plan the night before and create a “to-do” list

Using the night before to plan the upcoming day can help you be mentally and physically prepared.

To-do lists can seem like they are miles and miles long but planning out your day beforehand can help you feel less overwhelmed and give you a good idea of how your day needs to run.

Whether you have a long list of important tasks to complete or just a few mundane household jobs, writing down whatever you need to do can help you stay focused and motivated.

I love checking off to-do lists. It brings me so much satisfaction, so I even like to add normal everyday things, like eating breakfast, getting ready, prayer, making dinner, etc.

Even though these are things I do every day I know I will then accomplish at least something on my list.

If I didn’t get around to scrubbing the bathrooms or getting all the laundry washed, folded, and put away at least I can see I ate breakfast.

It WILL make you feel better, I promise.

4. Make the bed

Ok, this is as simple as it seems. Making the bed seems silly but for me, it is something that I have committed to do EVERYDAY, and now I seriously can’t go a day without doing it.

It makes me feel like if nothing else, at the least the bed is made. Even if I didn’t get ready for the day, I made the bed and feel a little more put together.

I don’t know about you, but I function a lot better when things are tidy and having a messy bed makes the rest of my day feel messy and not productive.

Even if the rest of the house seems a little untidy at least where I start my day has some sort of structure to it.

5. Avoid social media first thing in the morning

Social media can be such a useful and wholesome tool when used correctly but it also can be a thief of your time.

Starting out your day scrolling your life away can soon eat away your whole morning and before you know it you have wasted a big chunk of time.

I fall victim to opening up social media sometimes right when I wake up.

This can be a huge distraction and pull your focus in all different directions. When I make a conscious effort to accomplish all of my normal morning activities before even looking on social media, I feel much better and less like I am just wasting time.

6. Do one household chore

Being a stay at home mom can make you feel like you are constantly doing chores. Always cleaning up messes or vacuuming up crumbs.

It seems like that is just one of the many joys of motherhood. You may have one day a week where you devote to thorough cleaning or doing laundry, but we still have to do some household chores throughout the week.

That is just reality. Unless you have a daily maid, in which case I envy you 😉 (Just kidding, although that would be quite nice!)

Household chores are not usually on the top of my favorite list of things to do, but they have to be done.

Writing an easy chore on your to-do list, no matter how small can help you feel like you accomplished something around the house that day.

Some days you may get a lot done around the house and others you may only get the dishes done, but either way, you did something. And that is what matters!

7. Set an intentional activity each day with your child

Set an international activity each day with your child

You may wonder how this will make you feel more productive, but it will.

Spending quality and intentional time with your children is one of the most important things as a mother. Your children will cherish and remember those moments together.

dIf you can set a planned activity each day with your littles no matter how small, you will know as a mother you devoted your full attention to them.

Ultimately, that is what babies, toddlers and children need. Time and love. If that is all you get done that day, I think you have been pretty successful.

Give yourself a break

Remember being a stay at home mom isn’t an easy task, so give yourself a break, but applying some simple daily habits can really help transform your day.  

Don’t be hard on yourself when you feel like you didn’t do anything, or you had little to no motivation, we are going to have tough days. As long as we are trying to do our best, our efforts do count!

Applying these 7 simple ways can help you feel more productive and allow you to be the best mother you can be.

What are some ways you like to feel more productive? Have you used any of the tips I suggested? I would love to hear how you stay productive and motivated while being a stay at home mom.

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