How To Stay Productive as a Stay at Home Mom

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.

These are a few things I try to do each day to motivate myself to be productive and serve my family well.
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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. Instead, I like to listen to a podcast using Google Home.

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:

Find the Magic

I enjoyed episodes 1 and 2 on morning routine and The Pause/Discipline pt. 2 epidode

Find the Magic podcast
Sorta Awesome

Episode 192 Heartbreak, doubt and finding faith was a beautiful episode on reconciling belief in God and grief.

Sorta Awesome podcast

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.

Unruffled podcast
Risen Motherhood

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!

Risen Motherhood Podcast

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.

As a stay at home my mom I have a very open schedule. But, that freedom can get in the way of styaing productive. Each day I try to do these simple tasks.

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.

As a stay at home my mom I have a very open schedule. But, that freedom can get in the way of styaing productive. Each day I try to do these simple tasks.

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 is to prepare any ingredients I might need for later 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.

How do you set yourself up for a day you can be proud of?

19 Replies to “How To Stay Productive as a Stay at Home Mom”

  1. My routine currently is what would be described as ‘lacking’ lol I get up, get my love ready for work (making his coffee and packing his lunch) and then we all load up and I take him to work. Listen to a sermon on the way back home, check fb before going inside. I read my Bible, make my daily to do list, and promptly fall behind. Thank you for your lists! If I ever get caught up with laundry, I plan on getting dressed for the day, every day! โค

    1. Honestly I think that is a great routine, you are serving your family! LIstening to a sermon is a great way to center your mind on God before starting the day.

      1. It is, but thats the only good part of my day. The Bible tells us to redeem the time. That is the sole redeeming time during the day. I have SO MUCH to get done, and little is actually accomplished

  2. I so needed to see this as I am a WAHM too. I def think getting out of the house sometimes to do work or to take a walk is helpful! I try to do a load of laundry before I get started with work too.

  3. I love these ideas. Podcasts are one of my fave things. It helps me to feel like I am getting to do something I want, but I can still do cleaning or work on dinner while I listen. I am a big list maker too. it helps keep me on track and get things done.

  4. Great post! I am a SAHM and some days it seems like all the coffee in the world can’t get me motivated. I do love going for walks with my dog. It does make me feel more alive!

  5. I am in love with all of your ideas of being more productive! I have been focusing a lot more on meal prep and planning lately and it has made a world of difference in having more time in my days. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Wow thank you! That’s awesome! I have been trying to be more intentional with meal planning too! It gives your mind such a break when you’re not worried about supper.

  6. I’m not a SAHM, but I do work from home and these tips are great. Getting dressed is SO important for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Planning out my day and meals definitely helps me stay productive and not feel so overwhelmed. Getting dressed, if this doesn’t happen, I feel more lazy and less willing to tackle the day.

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