Whatever your ideals were before motherhood, you are doing this work at home mom thing. At the present time, because you want to be with your children you’re making this business happen. Without delay and with much delight, you start your morning routine and go with the flow. But let’s face it, we all know that things usually don’t go quite according to plan. But that’s not to say that you can’t increase those odds. Part of wellness includes managing your level of stress, and speaking from experience, nothing much raises stress levels more than feeling like you’re not juggling being a wife and mom with working from home well.
Here is a list of ways to be an amazingly productive work at home mom.
1. Meet With Your Heavenly Father
Good days or bad days, seek Him first (Matthew 6:33). He is there for you. He has blessed you with your life and with the loving care of your children.
- Number One. Prior to anything else, bless your time with Him in praise, thanksgiving, prayer, and reading His Word.
- Company. If your child is awake at the same time, bring him into this moment of closeness with God.
- Commit. In Proverbs 16:3, we’re told that if we commit our work to the Lord, our plans will be established. Naturally, this is our work as moms and as business women.
2. Check Your Planner
Without delay, check your daily schedule. Isaiah 32:8 reminds us: “But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand” (NIV). That sounds like a great motto to have, doesn’t it? With this in mind, you’ll see that you already have a decided flow for your day. How noble of you.
- Overview. To begin with, ask yourself if you have any appointments. And take a moment to read what projects are due. Straightaway make a mental note of them so that you don’t miss them.
- Routine. Then get busy with your routine leading up to the time you need to leave for your appointment.
- Due dates. Or if appointments aren’t pending for the day, do your routine until the afternoon rolls around to begin working on your projects.
- Project Planner. To be sure that you keep track of ideas that pop into your mind, jot them down in your project planner. Then readdress them when it’s time to revisit your project focus for the day. I use the Bloom Daily Planner and the Bloom To-Do List Book to keep my calendar and track my vision, goals, and daily to-do list.
3. Maintain a Healthy Diet
Important to realize is the value of a rich, nutritious diet. Enjoying good health and hopefully, all will go well with you (3 John 1:2) .
- Blood sugar. Ultimately, keeping in mind that blood sugar levels need to be stabilized throughout the day will help you with optimum function and focus.
- Hydration. In fact, this includes the proper amount of water in accordance with your weight. Hydration is one of the key factors to health and productivity.
Movement is so very good for us. Whatever suits you for exercise, go for it! It’ll help you set about your work vigorously with strong arms to do it (Proverbs 31:17). But remember that while some physical training is good for you, it’s not the end all of the end all (1 Timothy 4:8).
- Self-care. As long as you make this one of your top self-care agendas, you’ll have better overall health and focus.
- Being around. This blesses you but more importantly, it blesses your children. They rely on you to be there for them. They love you and want you around as long as possible.
- Positive outlook. Plus, it helps with keeping a positive outlook on life. As a result, happy endorphins make a more joyful world go round.
- Energy. Physical energy begets more physical energy. Obviously, this adds to your productivity.
5. Get Ready for the Day
With your morning routine out of the way, it’s time to clean up and dress nicely. It simply helps with motivation and mindset.
- Workout clothes. All things considered, your sweatpants or yoga pants just had their moment in the spotlight.
- Casual or work clothes. Ordinarily, if your profession isn’t in the realm of leading exercise groups or creative workout videos, it’s time for another outfit. In short, now it’s time to dress for success for the rest of the day.
6. Stick with Your Priorities
Many things will vie for your attention. But whether at home or away, let’s be certain to please God with what we do (2 Corinthians 5:9).
Also, remember that you can’t get the moments back with your kids. And the whole point of working from home is so that you can remain with them to spend the time with them.
- Your young child comes first. Presently, he may still be a baby or toddling around and he needs you to hold him, read to him, sing to him, and play with him. This stage goes by so quickly mom. Embrace it. Everything else will fall into its rightful place.
- Your older child comes first as well. Keep in mind that no matter how old your children are, they long for and need that bonding time with you. Quality time with your child will never be topped by any project you need to get to. These are the years you have with your child. And you’re working from home to be able to spend time with him. Make him a priority.
- Homeschooling. On the other hand, perhaps you’re homeschooling as am I. Depending on how independent your learner is, you may need to consider teaching him his lessons prior to working.
- Work. After lunch then be the most suitable time for you to begin working on your business. But admittedly, sometimes it isn’t until your child is in bed that it’s time to work.
7. Be Inspired
Children help us moms to be inspired in countless ways. To be inspired means to be infused. There are several things you can do together to breathe in creativity and beauty to revive productivity for the day.
- Create. Including coloring in coloring books, or drawing, or painting, you’ll have so much fun and breathe in a whole new outlook.
- Games. Amid the flux of all things digital, board or card games help with other creative processes. And, depending on the games, they offer necessary mental exercises.
- Outdoors. Here and there, go for a walk or take a hike in the woods together. In either case, God has given us so much to enjoy and be curious about in His creation. Something is bound to inspire you.
- Play. What a gift kids are in so many ways. If your child is still playing with toys, sit and play with him. You’ll be amazed at the imaginative inspiration you’ll walk away with.
- Read. Excellent quality classics and children’s books open up literary worlds that you become a part of who you are.
8. Tidy Up
The less distracting your workspace is, the better. Ideally, put things away as soon as you have you finished using them. To be sure, if one cannot manage their household, how can one care for God’s church (1 Timothy 3:5)? Or one’s business for that matter?
- Keep it together. Ordinarily, like things are kept with like things.
- Surfaces. Naturally, surfaces are needed for workspace. In the meantime, keep your surfaces clear so that there isn’t any unnecessary visual clutter.
- Distractions. Whenever a workspace is mostly clear, there are fewer distractions to contend with.
9. Stay Organized
A home that is organized is reflective of an organized thought life. All things should be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40). In essence, it’s the same with an office space.
- Projects. During work on current projects, you can keep them in 3-ring binders with dividers. Due dates keep your projects organized. Also, keeping a list and checking tasks off as they are accomplished helps ensure you don’t miss a thing.
- Papers. After you complete projects, keep paper records of past projects in their proper files or a 3-ring binder for past projects.
- Receipts. After balancing accounts, keep your business related receipts for tax purposes.
From time to time, you may find that you have to pull longer hours or later hours than are ideal. It’s understandable that worry can disrupt sleep. But Psalm 4:8 reminds us that we can go to sleep in peace because it’s the Lord that makes us dwell in safety. And we can’t add another day to our life by worrying (Matthew 6:27). With this in mind consider the following to keep sleep a priority.
- Schedule it in. Since it’s often times easy to slip into an unhealthy cycle of staying up too late, be sure to schedule in your sleep. And stick to it.
- Balance. Overall, you are looking to keep an average of healthy sleep hours. This doesn’t mean go with 4 hours of sleep and then try to make up for it later. Hence, you truly want a balance where you are averaging your sleep hours.
- Rest. Going to bed at a decent hour is critical. Also, the proper amount of restful sleep helps you to be the most productive work at home mom you can be. Nothing compares to being rested.
30 Day Productivity Challenge
If you’re feeling inspired, we have a great 30 Day Productivity Challenge that you can do. The challenges aren’t assigned to certain days. As soon as you finish one that you want to do, mark it off and go for the next one that suits your fancy. Have fun with it! And here’s to being the best productive version of you!
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WAHM Productivity Giveaway
I am so excited to give away a copy of the very planner and to-do list book I use every day to make my own work at home mom life more productive. One winner will win both the Bloom Daily Planner and the Bloom To-Do List Book, along with The 12-Week Year, a book that has drastically changed my level of productivity so far in 2018.