4 Productivity Tips for the Busy Mom (That You Probably Have Never Thought Of!)
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As moms, we can get busy and overwhelmed pretty quickly. You want to stay efficient and productive, but it doesn’t seem to always work out for you. Being productive, though, means more than just keeping a to-do list in your bullet journal or planner. Here’s a few things to do to help your productivity level that you may have never even thought of!
Drink, drink, drink that water!
Staying hydrated is terribly important to your health, and in turn, your productivity. Even just slight dehydration can make you tired, fatigued and just unmotivated to get up and do anything.
Some days, I am bad about this and will suddenly realize I haven’t had anything to drink in a couple of hours and I’m starting to wear down. I also am more inclined to drink the amount of water I need everyday if it’s cold. Like ice cold. So I like to use the 30oz Yeti with a stainless steel straw and keep it in a central area of our house to help me remember to stay hydrated!
Stop eating like a 2 year old
Are you making lunch for your toddlers, skipping your own lunch and then eating their remnants? Do you just grab something quick because it’s easy and it may not necessarily be healthy?
Keeping your body fueled with good, wholesome food is extremely important to your productivity levels. When you put good things in, you get good things out. I like to keep raw veggies with hummus, nuts and cheese on hand for those moments where I don’t have time to sit down and eat but need something. Grabbing a handful of mixed nuts may not be what I really want to eat, but it will keep me focused more on the task at hand than a spoonful of Nutella or my 2 year old’s leftover grilled cheese.
Get that sunlight
This may be harder for you ladies that live in more northern regions, but down here in the south, we have sunlight year-round. Hot or cold, there’s light. If it’s not blazing hot outside, I like to open up all the curtains and blinds and let that natural light in!
You know how easy it is on cloudy, rainy days to just sit down and not want to do anything. So if the sun is out, use it to your advantage! Let it get you pumped up and moving to get your to-do list done.
Sleep more, play less
Ok, I know, I know. You’re thinking, “Candice, I am a mom of young kids. There is no such thing as more sleep in my life right now!”. I get ya. I hear ya. But just hear me out for a sec. How often do you stay up hours after the kids go to bed scrolling Facebook or Instagram and watching Netflix ? I used to do that a lot because it was my “me time”. When I could do whatever I wanted to do to relax and unwind.
But… I realized something recently. I was ditching sleep to do this, ending up exhausted at that early morning wake-up and dousing myself in coffee. This was really making me a zombie mom and though I loved relaxing without the kids tugging at me the whole time, I was tired. And unproductive. So now, we put the kids to bed about 30 minutes earlier and I go to bed by 10:30 instead of midnight or later. I still get time to myself after they go to bed, get a little more sleep, and get more done the next day.
Staying productive doesn’t just mean checking off to-do lists and getting all the things done. Staying hydrated, eating well, getting natural light and sleeping more (even if it’s just a little more) are very important to keeping you healthy and ready to take on all the things you need to get done!