3 Things That Keep Me Productive
As a Stay at Home Mom/Part time blogger/Part time photographer/crafter/wife/ you get the picture... I'm constantly trying to find a balance between "What do I want to get done today?" and "What do I have time for today?" All too often I find myself with a drastic overload of "things I want to do" and a drastic deficit of things I have time for - and if you're reading this, I'm pretty sure that's the case for you too. But even still, I get questions all the time about "how I get so much done." And let's level for a sec here, y'all. There are literally days where I start 100 things and finish exactly none of them. There are days I do 1000 things. There are days where I don't start anything and we eat out every meal. I'm human, so don't let the internet fool you. I'm normal and I'm not superwoman. But I do want to offer a few tips that do help me be productive most of the time. Because were it not for these things, I wouldn't get a darn thing done and I'd be an anxious stressball all the time.
1. Time Blocking
This is a fairly recent development in my day-to-day, but it's made a huge huge huge impact on how I spend my time. Basically, when I'm Bullet Journaling every day and figuring out what I want to do, and what I have time for, I literally map out my time first.
I first put in place the things that are my top priorities or things I have scheduled. So play dates or appointments are obviously blocked off, but then I put in specifically allocated time for just the boys and playing with them, I allocate time for housework, for blog stuff every day, and time for myself or things that are good for my heart. Every single day. That way I'm not stressing about all the things I have to do because I know I have time blocked out later to get to do them and I can focus on what is in front of me at any given time of the day.
And not only is time blocking allocating time to those things, it's a promise to myself at the beginning of the day that I'll stick to my priorities and take care of everything that needs caring for - including myself.
2. I Wake Up Early
I'm not a morning person, I don't enjoy it. It's not something that comes easily to me. But the time I have to myself in the morning is absolutely invaluable.
I'm currently trying to work my way back to a 5AM wake up time, but right now 5:30 or 6 is doable. It's enough time for me to wake up, plan my day, drink a hot cup of coffee, maybe get a couple small things done, and then get ready for the day. It's a full 60-90 minutes where I'm not exhausted, I'm not multitasking with the kids, and I'm on my own time. Plus it's really quiet and that in itself is enough motivation to get out of bed.
3. I Keep up on Self-Care
I know it's easy to become over-run, and to convince yourself that you're too busy for self-care. But it's simply not true. Remember this post?
When I'm over-tired, stressed, anxious, and sluggish, I'm a mess mentally and productively. I can't get anything done if I'm not on my game. So when I'm tired, I sleep. When I'm hungry, I eat. I take a shower when I need it, I tell my husband when I need some alone time and I take it. And surprisingly, it works. It really makes the biggest difference in my life I think, just taking care of myself alongside all the other things I do.
And those are my three tips - but like I said, I'm not perfect. I'm human, sometimes I waste time, sometimes I procrastinate, and sometimes I am up until 2AM getting stuff done. It's just how life goes. But I'd love to know your ideas for how you are productive when you're wearing so many hats and running the world.
I hope your day is awesome. xoxo