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Being productive as a mother can feel daunting. It’s a learning process, and it doesn’t always happen.   I try my best to keep myself on track by creating daily habits. I do this so I can have time to take care of myself as well in other areas.  Here are a few tasks you can create habits out of to help you become more productive in your every day life.

Make a Plan

Perfection is a productivity killer. We don’t want to hurt ourselves trying to check everything off, but you need a plan to keep yourself on track.  It’s okay to move things over to the next day, and to fix what’s not working.  I keep my inkwell press planner out so I can update it each night and review it every morning.

Develop routines

They say it takes 21 days to make something a habit.  That means you need to do something for a minimum of 21 days to make sure it continues.  Even then, it’s still up to you to keep it going. You need a routine to be productive. Cross out the completed tasks and know you accomplished something. I don’t know who doesn’t like that feeling.

Keep everything in it’s place

A place for everything and everything in it’s place
There’s a reason you hear this saying all the time. It’s the notion that everything should have a place and should be returned to that place when not in use. When your home is cluttered, our mind is cluttered.  Clear out the space and make sure you know where everything goes.


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Rotate Toys

Ever hear yourself saying, ‘you are surrounded by toys, how are you bored’?  When children have too many things at once, they tend to get overwhelmed and bored with what they have.  The toys that I have stored away for months and bring out again later bring the most activity.  Create a system with different set of toys to rotate either every other day or weekly.

Ask for help

There will never be any shame in asking for help.  Again, perfection is a killer and when you feel like you have to do it all, you will only overwhelm yourself. We get into this mind set that we have to take care of the kids, clean the house, make dinner, work, take care of ourselves.  You know what that leads to? Resentment. Frustration. Exhaustion. Don’t get to that point before asking for help. 
The worst way to do that is being passive aggressive. Don’t do subtle hints or glares, as those points are easily missed.  Tell someone that you need help and point them in the right direction.  ‘Can you put the kids to be tonight so I can get laundry done’, is a lot more productive than hoping they read your mind.

Meal Plan

Doing this saves you time and money, both things that everyone needs more of.  You can start your day knowing what’s on the menu before 5pm comes and you haven’t taken chicken out.   Like I mentioned in my must have apps post here, Yummly is my go to app.  I can do my meal planning and add all the ingredients to a list within the app in less than 20 minutes.

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  • Reply candy

    I try to touch everything one time. For example mail. Sorted immediately, junk goes into trash. Even the kids have places for their book bags etc. Wonderful suggestions.

    February 13, 2017 at 8:10 AM
  • Reply Jackie | Fresh Fit Florida

    Since becoming a mom, a planner with dates and to do lists is essential for me to get stuff done!
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    February 13, 2017 at 8:25 AM
  • Reply Marette

    I really want to develop the habit of meal planning. I have done it before but I didn’t make it a habit. I know it would save time and money! I like your idea of rotating toys.

    February 13, 2017 at 8:25 AM
  • Reply Karen

    I’m starting to implement all of these things as well but it’s so difficult. I’m exhausted all the time at the end of the day.

    February 13, 2017 at 9:27 AM
  • Reply Emily

    I definitely love having a plan for my days. I like the idea of rotating toys too! Makes them seem new again.

    February 13, 2017 at 1:09 PM
  • Reply Kseniya

    These are great! This is a great reminder that I need to rotate toys and I love the idea of having a routine. It makes it easier with a toddler! Everyone will know what to expect. Great post.

    February 13, 2017 at 7:03 PM
  • Reply Tracie

    I’m a grandma and these tips are right on point! I do some of these things now.

    February 13, 2017 at 8:35 PM
  • Reply Adrienne

    I need to get better about rotating toys! And I love my Limelife planner. It’s helped me stay productive at work and at home!
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    February 13, 2017 at 8:51 PM
  • Reply Jill

    A great piece, thanks for sharing! I often find that “keeping things in one place” is my biggest challenge with a 2 and 4 year old! There are never enough storage bins!!

    February 14, 2017 at 1:34 PM
  • Reply Jill

    A great piece, thanks for sharing! I often find that “keeping things in one place” is my biggest challenge with a 2 and 4 year old! There are never enough storage bins!!

    February 14, 2017 at 1:34 PM
  • Reply Amanda

    these tips are so helpful!!!
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    February 14, 2017 at 3:27 PM
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