5 Tips to Become a More Productive Homemaker
Becoming more productive will open up more opportunities to invest in others
Have you ever thought your life was just a reaction? Do you know what I am talking about? Circumstances get my reaction. I know I have to get back to the steps that I have learned to be more productive.
So when circumstances come up, we need to have the rest of our world in order to where we can face the issue head-on. Here are 5 tips to become a more productive homemaker.
5 Tips to help you be more productive
Cut your daily to-do list in half. Write down all that you think you should do today and then cut it in 1/2. Look at your list and focus on the task that really matters. That now becomes your to-d0 list. You can not get everything you think needs to be accomplished so focus on the most important and work from there.
Realizing that everything cannot be all important is the first step. You will be able to discern what is important and you can get those task accomplished.
Focus on yourself first. This sounds crazy. Especially if you are a mom that has 3 kids that want your attention in the mornings. But you need to adjust your schedule, wake up time, to be able to get yourself a good breakfast. Along with a good breakfast, you need time to read, meditate and spend time praying. If the morning time allows, you should exercise during this time as well.
All of this will get you prepared to tackle the day. If you focus on yourself, you will be an example to your family that you value your quiet time as well as want to be the best you can be for your family.
During this time, it also means that you don’t need to be checking your voicemails, emails, facebook likes…… the list goes on.
Prioritize your tasks. So in tip #1, we talked about cutting your to-do list in half. For many of us, I included, that is a hard task to do. But you need to do that. On this tip, you need to then take your task list and prioritize it.
I typically put my hardest one first. Just because I know myself and I know that my productive time is in the mornings or right after lunch. Look at your task put them in priority as well as the weight of the task. Place those task in times of the day that you will be more productive.
Stop multi-tasking. So I use to think that multitasking was a great thing. I prided myself on the fact that I could juggle multiple tasks at the same time. This worked great if it was washing dishes and doing laundry, but when I needed to be preparing a lesson and making doctor appointments, it wasn’t a great outcome.
Very few people can multi-task and do it well. It is not worth stressing yourself out trying to master that skill. Focus on one thing at a time. Your work will be more effective and efficient. You will be amazed at the tasks you will get accomplished as well as how fast you get it done.
Now, I do still do my laundry while doing another task. Laundry is a task that you can do among doing another task.
Turn off social media notifications. What a HUGE time sucker. Once I turned off the social media notification on my phone, my productivity increased. Letting yourself get wrapped up in what everyone is saying or doing is a time killer.
Turning off your phone notifications are usually done in the setting of your phone. I have an iPhone and it is in my settings.
When I first started realizing that notifications were consuming my day, I started counting them. I got over 45 notifications in a 3 hour period. That was just off of facebook and twitter. Each one of the notifications made me stop and look and see what was happening. It had to stop.
Being a Productive Homemaker
Being a productive homemaker is someone that can look at their day and see what is important. Each day will look different. The only thing that should remain the same is your time in the morning. You need to fill your tank before you can invest in others. Don’t feel guilty about taking time to read, meditate, pray and build your mind and strength.
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