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In my early days as a stay-at-home mom, I often went to bed feeling as though I had spent all day working really hard to get nothing done.
I was wiped out. I hadn’t sat down all day.
My daughter and I rarely spent an uninterrupted minute together.
And yet, when my husband came home, more often than not I was still scrambling to get dinner together.
Today, I accomplish considerably more each day.
But I am still a stay-at-home mom.
And I have even added homeschooling, another baby and a handful of extracurricular and social activities to our calendar each week.
I’m going to share the 3 changes I made that helped increase my productivity as a stay-at-home mom.
3 Simple Ways To Increase Productivity As A Stay-At-Home Mom
1. Put the internet away.
If you make only one of these three changes, let this be the one.
When you spend time online, that is time that you are not spending engaging your children and getting chores done.
It also opens your heart up to content that will cause you to become less content with what you have.
And it provides a way for Satan to enter your home and tempt you with adulterous affairs and opportunities to spend money.
So eliminate whatever device you use to access the internet from your day and you will not only be more productive.
You will probably have a happier marriage, a more joyful heart, and healthier finances.
2. Plan your top 3 to-dos each day.
Before each day starts, plan the three most important things for you to do that day.
Yes, you should aim to get more than those three things done.
But if you put them first, then no matter what comes up, you will accomplish the most important tasks each day.
Maybe Mondays are a late day at the office for your husband, and he grabs dinner out.
So on Mondays you can skip a big dinner prep and list your to-dos as grocery shopping, making homemade play-doh with your kids, and calling all of your utility providers to as for rate reductions.
No matter what else you do or do not get done, in this way you will always accomplish the most important things.
So you will never go to bed feeling like you wasted the day.
3. Make time for self-care.
I hesitated before using the term “self-care” because it’s such a worldly buzz word right now.
But the fact is that the need to recharge is real.
In fact, God, who made us, also commands us to to rest one day each week.
How can we rest?
By meditating on His word.
Taking a walk in His creation.
Going for a swim in His oceans.
Or just sitting with the family He blessed us with and enjoying their company.
When we run ourselves into the ground without taking the time to recuperate and rejuvenate ourselves, we can not live the full lives that we should live as stay-at-home moms.
So make rest a priority.
You can accomplish everything you need to without spending a dime on fancy planners, cleaning ladies or meal planning services. (Although all of these things can have their place in different seasons of life.)
Imagine going to bed tomorrow night knowing that you accomplished everything you set out to accomplish during the day.
Having time for snuggles. For lesson plans. And for mopping the floor.
How can you start to make this happen in your life? Share your ideas for getting the important stuff done as a stay-at-home mom in the comments.