To be a mom means to be busy all of the time! You’re taking care of other humans, maintaining a house, and worrying about everybody else but yourself. I know the hectic feeling of running around getting lunches ready for school and trying to finish your makeup on time; especially when working outside of the home.
You’ve got so much to do on a regular basis. So adding more to your morning routine can be a little overwhelming if you don’t have a schedule in place and that’s the truth.
When I worked outside of the home, I remember feeling super overwhelmed until I developed a routine. And even when I accomplished that, I was still pretty tired. I had to make sure to always be up on time.
Balancing work and mom life is possible. Life is busy and it pays off to be productive. I compiled a list of productive tips for moms trying to ace it. And there are tips and tricks to help you out when you need it. When you feel inside that you’re craving a change, it’s because you NEED that change. And it’s time for you to listen to yourself and go for it! Here you go, mama and I pray these help! Leave comments down below if you found these tips helpful.
1. Set your alarm to 6:30 a.m. at the latest.
Okay, so I used to never be an alarm person. I always used alarms all throughout my life but I never enjoyed waking up early and getting things done. I know it’s a little weird to hear, but the alarm and routine of life works so much better if you enjoy it. If you’re smiling when you wake up, you’re in for a better morning.
And it is possible to be a morning person. I was never a morning person but I trained myself to become one. You CAN do this! These past 2 days I have not enjoyed waking up. Regardless, I keep it moving and I’ll continue on to share the tips I do use to help me have an easy morning.
2. Get ready before anyone else is up! You’ll thank me later.
Okay, waking up before anyone else is not fun. I’ll give you that one. But, you just have to do it in order for your morning to go by smoothly. Remember, it’s not just your morning that you are in charge of. You’re in charge of everyone else in your family having a good morning! Keep that in mind. My toddler wakes up pretty early. I have learned to get up at LEAST 10 minutes before she does. Because I realized once she’s up, my getting ready time becomes a bit stressful. And other times, I just end up not getting ready and there’s nothing I dislike more than dropping off my kiddos and running my errands without being ready for the day.
3.Grab your planner and map out your day. Look for any major to-do’s.
My planner is something I ALWAYS use. I use a ring planner for just about everything. When I go to the grocery store, it’s in my bag. From dentist check up’s to doctor visits, I keep my planner with me because I need it. It has made life easier!
Check your planner once you’re done getting ready. Now you’ll know what you have to do today. My days vary. Sometimes, it’s appointments I mentally prepare for or knowing I have a full day of cleaning bathrooms and mopping floors. Other days it can be that I want to post a YouTube video or it’s a workday. Either way, I need to know what’s going on.
Being productive will help you in the long run and reach your goals.
Let’s recap. Alarm on early, wake up before anyone else, and get yourself ready. I’m talking makeup that makes you happy and an outfit you love. So that you can feel good about yourself. When you’re dressed for success you will have a great day.
4. Pack lunches and make family breakfast.
I usually pack my kids’ lunches when they’re done getting ready and are eating breakfast at the table. That way I can focus on their lunches and making them the healthiest they can be! As for making your family breakfast, I know some mornings are just way too hectic to make a huge breakfast.
My top go-to breakfasts for school/work weeks are: eggs and toast, cream of wheat (my husband makes this for us), muffins, donuts, cereal, and sometimes toast, fruit, and a cheese stick! My daughters sometimes like yogurt on the side or just apple slices. I recognize that breakfast is an important meal and it fuels us all. I make an effort to prioritize having a good breakfast and drinking lots of water first thing in the morning!
5. Unload the dishwasher.
The best thing any mom can do for herself is to run the dishwasher at night! You know it’s true. And I make it part of my routine every night now. Clean up dinner dishes and start it at night! Then, all I need to do is unload it in the morning. Keep in mind that the dishwasher is your friend. Use it a lot!
Cleaning up the kitchen while loading the dishwasher should be done too. Some nights I’m really tired and I won’t do all of that. But, I will try to clear the table off as much as I can for breakfast in the morning the next day.
6. Breakfast dishes go in the sink and clear off table.
Sometimes, even the most simple tasks can make your day go by so much easier. When I come home from school drop off I don’t really want to clear the dishes off and clean the kitchen table. I like to do it as soon as breakfast is over because guess what? Crumbs are still now under the table and it’s time to vacuum and sweep. Maybe now it’s also time to throw out the trash. So, I try to help myself out by doing little time efficient tasks.
Setting a 10 minute timer can help so much too. You’d be surprised at how much you can clean in just 10 minutes! No need to overwhelm yourself with cleaning. To be honest, I don’t like to rushed during cleaning. With a timer set, it’s manageable.
7. Say a prayer with your kiddos.
I have made it routine to pray before each meal with my kids and hubby. However, I remember when I was younger and my mom would pray with us in the car before she dropped us all off at school.
Pray when you want and how your family likes to. Saying a prayer helps me feel more secure about my day. Talking to God always makes me feel better even when I am having anxiety or just not having a good day in general.
Also, as moms we worry about our children quite a bit. And even praying a bit can help take that weight off your shoulders and place it onto the Lord’s. Let Him take some of the stress away.
Remember that staying on track and focusing on your goals will make you be a mom boss!
I hope you are starting to feel more productive as you continue reading these tips. Remind yourself that having goals is GOOD for you and you can be the mom boss you’ve always wanted to be!
8. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
So many people I know drink their caffeine before their water intake. Not a good idea! Especially if you aren’t a water fan. I LOVE black tea with milk and sugar. Lately, I’ve been drinking 2 cups a day. But, while I eat breakfast I drink a bottle or cup of water first. I make my tea later because I feel too busy and short on time to sit down and enjoy my *hot cup of tea and, Get this. I enjoy my tea when my kiddos are in school! And it’s so worth it to make yourself sit down and get to drink it hot!
9. Start a load of laundry.
The never ending task of laundry. It never ends! Us moms know that. Starting laundry is just a helpful way to at least do a load of laundry a day to prevent having to do a ton at once! I’ve been doing this lately and it’s helped me so much.
Before doing a load of laundry a day I would wait to do it once a week and it took up way too much time. Just start a load after school drop off!
10. Read your daily devotional.
I’m big on faith. I believe God loves us and wants to help us get through our days. But, we have to have faith. We have to trust that He will get us through those rough days and help us get to the happy days. I love God and always want to be closer to Him.
Read your devotional, if you have one. I have one from Joyce Meyer and I love it. I need to read up on it more!
I pray these productive tips have helped you become that boss mom you’ve always wanted to be! Make sure to follow me as I post weekly blog posts.
Until next time,