Being home all day doesn’t have to be a drag. I know being home all day sounds boring because it absolutely could be when you aren’t taking care of your little one or ones.
I was so excited about the fact that I was going to be able to stay at home and watch my baby grow until I started getting bored and feeling trapped at home. Instead of wallowing, I made a change and here are some of the things I do to stay productive at home.
1. Wake up before him.
I wake up earlier than him, this way I’m ready for the day before he even wakes up. It can be such a hassle having to wake up to a hungry cranky baby. Especially when you yourself are cranky too. While I get ready, I put his bottle in the warmer so it’s ready for him right when he wakes up. After his first diaper change of the day, of course.
2. Eat breakfast.
Start your morning off right. On my really good days, I start the day with a hot cup of green tea with mint and usually a granola bar or my favorite cereal, Honey Bunches of Oats! I am personally not a coffee person so I drink tea to give me that boost. Tea also has a natural calming effect.
3. Make a to-do list.
You guys know I’m a stickler for to-do lists. Without them, I feel completely unorganized and all over the place. I like to make a to-do list with larger tasks and smaller tasks so I can give myself more options. This way I won’t beat myself up if I don’t get everything done. The more checks on my list, the better. As I mentioned in last weeks post How Does A Stay at Home Mom Recharge , I like to start my to-do lists the night before so I have a good idea of what the day brings before it even arrives!
4. Put the phone down.
This is pretty self-explanatory. I always find that the less time I’m on my phone the more I can get done.
5. Take advantage.
Get things done while he’s occupied. This could be while he’s on the play mat, in his bouncer or if he’s chilling with his great-grandma (Yes, he is so lucky to have a great grandmother!) Sometimes I may want to put it off and use this time to lay down but I know I’ll regret it at night when it’s my alone time. So I have to tell myself DO IT NOW and get it over with.
6. Keep track of your thoughts.
If you’re anything like me you can forget the smallest things in a heartbeat. Writing things down not only keeps me organized but also keeps me productive because writing keeps me focused and busy. It doesn’t matter what it’s about either. Sometimes writing things down can save you. It saved me.
7. Get out of the house.
When you can, get out of the house. It will feel amazing! Where I live, you have to move your car off of the street from 9 am to 11 am. So sometimes if the weather is nice I’ll look forward to moving my car around the corner and walking back to my house. I know it sounds pretty lame but that 5 minutes outside in the fresh air while alone is amazing.
Perks to being productive
- You feel very accomplished
- You are spending time wisely and time is everything
- You get a lot more things done
- It motivates others to be productive
Now don’t get me wrong. It’s almost impossible to be perfect every day. I know I cannot stay perfectly productive all day every day. Life happens. We have emotions. Things may come up and that’s okay. Give yourself a break and just acknowledge the fact that you have worked so hard and it’s completely normal to need a break.
Make sure to let me know how you stay productive!
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