As a stay at home my mom I have a very flexible schedule. However, that flexibility can sometimes get in the way of staying productive.
I don’t put pressure on myself to achieve a long list of tasks every day. However, I do try to set myself up for a day I can be proud of.
These are a few things I try to do each day to motivate myself to be productive and serve my family well.
Get Dressed to Stay Productive
One of my personal mantra’s is “when you look good, you feel good”. That is why most days I make an effort to get dressed, shower and do my makeup.
When I make an effort to get ready I feel better overall. Which in turn motivates me to get stuff done.
If you are looking for inspiration on mom outfit ideas that are practical but cute checkout Merricks Art or the #momiform on Instagram.
Turn on a Podcast Instead of a Screen
In the morning it’s often easy to turn a screen and keep it going in the background.
As I listen to a podcast I can clean up the kitchen, meal prep, play with my daughter or work on my writing.
A few of my favourite podcasts are:
Episode 192 Heartbreak, doubt and finding faith was a beautiful episode on reconciling belief in God and grief.
5 Best Ways to Communicate Respectful Parenting (to friends, relatives and strangers). I found this episode especially helpful to explain your personal parenting decisions to others in a thoughtful way.
When Mom and Dad Can’t Make Date Night Happen | Ep. 120. I really appreciated this episode because personally, I feel so much pressure to have ‘date nights’. A lot of times in our current season it’s just not feasible.
That is okay!
Go on a Walk
The next thing that keeps me motivated and helps spur my creativity is going on a walk with my daughter.
We either like to walk around our neighbourhood or drive to a trail nearby. Plus being out in the fresh air helps Lyla take a better nap.
Get Out of the House to Stay Productive
As I wrote about in my post on Making Mom Friends I have a few activities I like to do during the week with Lyla. Typically we go out in the morning before lunch and naptime.
Meal Plan Ahead of Time
To save time during the week I try to plan my meals ahead of time. Not only does it save time but it’s one less thing to worry about during the day.
Check out this post for my go to weekly meals.
Meal Prep in the Morning
Another thing I try to do earlier in the day
For example, I’ll chop any veggies I’m using, sometimes I’ll cook the chicken ahead of time or if I’m using the crock pot I’ll start that. Or I’ll open any cans I need and portion out the ingredients.
Basically, I complete any steps in the recipe I’m making that can be done ahead of time.
The evening or day before I defrost anything I need from the freezer in the fridge.
Journal to Stay Productive
Journaling may sound counterproductive but it helps to sit down, without distraction and write out your thoughts.
Sometimes I write out tasks I’d like to accomplish, recipes I’d like to try, ideas I want to write about or some feelings I’m working out.
Writing down your thoughts also helps give perspective and order. When you can see everything clearly laid out it’s easier to not feel as overwhelmed.
Meditate on God’s Word
Personally, this is the most important thing I do all day. Sometimes I read a chapter other days it’s just a few verses.
Taking time to center my heart and mind on truth from God’s word gives me the strength to get through the day.