As moms, our time is at a premium. Between taking care of little ones, keeping house, and pursuing our own careers or endeavors, we don’t have much any time to waste. I’ve always been a pretty productive person, but the transition to motherhood helped me see even more clearly how I needed to maximize my time to get everything done effectively. So, I’ve come up with a few simple strategies for getting more done every day, and I thought I’d share them with you.
Now, of course every day isn’t perfect, and there are certainly days when I get next to nothing accomplished. But, most days, if I utilize this plan and pay attention, I’m able to accomplish everything I need and want to.
1. Establish Priorities
Knowing what my priorities are for the day before ever getting started makes a huge difference! In fact, simply establishing my priorities for my life in general helps me narrow my focus and cross the things off my list that don’t really matter.
So, to determine my priorities, I go through a simple practice. First, I start with focusing on my life priorities – honoring God, taking care of my daughter, keeping our home clean and organized, moving my business forward…
Once I have these established, I then weigh the different tasks I have for each day to make sure they are in line with my priorities. For example, if I want to take care of my daughter and my home, it wouldn’t make much sense to spend my time browsing the internet or watching Netflix, would it? No, but doing laundry and prepping baby food would be top priorities.
2. Create a List
This step goes hand-in-hand with establishing priorities. With my priorities in mind, I consider what I need to get done for the day and make an itemized list that is also prioritized. The most important activities are at the top while less important ones fall toward the bottom.
Once I have the list created, I focus on my non-negotiables – what absolutely has to get done – and work my way down from there.
3. Use a Timer
I’ll be honest. Some days I just don’t feel like accomplishing anything, so I need a little extra push. Something that really helps on those days is using a timer for different task. I consider how much time it should take me to accomplish something, set the timer, and get to work. This strategy makes it like I’m racing the clock to get things done, so I’m much more motivated to stay on task.
4. Schedule Uninterrupted Time
Research suggests that it takes the brain 15 minutes to regain its focus after you’ve lost your train of thought. So one easy way you can increase your productivity is setting aside uninterrupted time for work. That means no cell phone, no Facebook notifications, no nothing. Having this time will help you maximize what you can accomplish in the amount of time you have. I like to set aside some time each day that I can work on business. I turn off notifications on my phone, mute my computer, and get to work. It makes a huge difference.
5. Take Care of You
The saying goes, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” And, it is so true, so one of the primary ways I maximize what I can get done is by taking care of me – watching my nutrition, exercising daily, and getting plenty of rest (or at least trying to). When I prioritize taking care of me, I’m able to get so much more done because I feel good and can focus! So, I’d highly encourage you to do the same! It’ll make all the difference, I promise!
Time is a hot commodity in a mama’s world, so we have to do all that we can to accomplish what we need to. I use these simple strategies to help me get more done each day. What do you do?