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Being a mom is exhausting but so rewarding.
Since bringing my daughter home from the hospital my schedule has done a complete 180. Some days It’s hard to make myself a priority, but it’s a must as a new mom. If you don’t take care of yourself then you aren’t able to take care of your little one.
It only took me a few weeks as a new mom to realize that my normal routine needed to be adjusted. My days were always hectic before my daughter, but now they were ten times worse.
So I decided to make a list of what I wanted to accomplish in my days. I thought of the things I enjoyed prior to being a mom, and what I needed now as a new mom.
I gathered a list of 12 things I added to my routine that has become essential in making a productive day. Some of these things you may already be doing, but I wanted to share what has helped make my life easier as a new mom. Also, be sure to check out 10 ways to be more organized.
Being a new mom is hard enough, so why not try to make it easier.
1. Plan the night before.
What I mean by planning the night before is, look at your calendar before you go to bed. That way you already have in your head what appointments or requirements you have scheduled for that day and at what time.
A few other suggestions on what you can do the night before for a successful morning is pack lunches, set your outfit out, load/unload the dishwasher, set out supplies needed for breakfast, and have a diaper bag and purse ready.
If doing the things above help you save a few minutes off your hectic morning, why wouldn’t you do it?
I make it a goal of mine to prepare for the next day as soon as my little one goes to bed. This allows me a few hours to get ready for the next day as well as relax and enjoy what’s left of my evening.
2. Set a bedtime/Wake up time.
This one was a tough one for me to get on board with, but it does really help. In order to achieve, I set a realist bedtime and wake up time.
By setting a bedtime, it ensures that I get adequate hours of sleep. Getting enough sleep is so important in order to take care of yourself. I set my bedtime to 10 p.m. Some nights are harder to achieve this as my to-do list is constantly piling up. And I only get so many hours in a day when my daughter is asleep when I can start checking those things off.
I make it a habit to shut down my computer and set my phone down 30 minutes before bedtime. Now it’s something I look forward to as I can tell a difference in my productivity the next day when I get good quality sleep.
I also made my wake up time at least a half or more before my daughter gets up so I have that time to myself to get things in order. This allows me to complete things before she wakes up and my morning truly starts.
Whether your movement is walking, running, yoga or a high-intensity cardio incorporate it into your morning routine. By adding movement into your day is giving you a mood booster to carry with you the rest of the day.
I added yoga to my mornings. Even if you can only do 10 minutes, that’s completely fine. Do what you can with the allowed time you have. Whether you add movement to your mornings or evenings.
Since adding movement to my mornings, I have noticed a difference in my energy and mood for the rest of the day.
4. Do something you enjoy.
This is something that defiantly went on the back burner when I became a mom. As my number one priority was taking care of my daughter. It took time for me to realize that I needed to take care of myself to be the best mom I could be for her.
This is where your hobby comes in. I’m sure when you became a mom just like me you put that aside. But it’s important to do things that you love and enjoy.
Say you enjoy a workout class at the gym, well your checking 2 things off your checklist for a productive day, so that’s a win-win. Spend a few minutes or whatever time you have on something you enjoy. Here are some examples catch up on the latest episode of your favorite show, go for a walk, do a crossword, crafting, blogging, spend time on Pinterest, shop online, or enjoy coffee.
My hobby has always been reading. I love to read. But it’s something that I put on hold once I had my daughter as I didn’t feel I had time to spare. Now that I have a routine down as a new mom I realized that I do have time to do things I enjoy. After I have everything ready for the morning to start, I enjoy reading a book with a cup of coffee. It’s me time that I truly enjoy.
5. Clean up.
After eating breakfast, I make sure to clean up the dishes. Since I either loaded or unloaded the dishwasher the night before, I will either unload and load again. Then I put the breakfast supplies away and wipe down the counter tops.
Next, I always make my bed. To me, nothing is better that night then getting in a freshly made bed. My husband doesn’t agree but he does make the bed for me because he is the best!
Lastly, I start a load of laundry. I tend to do at least one load of laundry a day. I like to get it started in the morning that way by nap time I’m able to put the clean laundry away. It doesn’t always work that way, but I attempt to put it away in the same day.
6. Prioritize top 3
Make a list of your top 3 tasks or goals that you need to complete by the end of day.
Designate how much time you will allocate to each one in order of importance.
For example, if your 3 tasks are
- Write a new blog post 1 hour
- Grocery Shop – An hour and half
- Meal Prep for the week – 2 hours
Then, start checking them off as you complete.
7. Get to work
This to me is sometimes the hardest task to start. It sounds simple enough. But when you are good at procrastinating it’s a lot harder than it sounds. And that is why I have it on my list to complete to have a successful day.
If you don’t get to work, well you won’t get anything done that day.
Once you have your day laid out and planned you are ready to start working on those tasks and goals. Before you know it, your list will be complete.
8. Be grateful
I always spend time in my day being grateful for my family and my life. Most importantly that I’m able to stay home with E and not miss out on her growing up.
If I still had my 9-5 I would miss out on so much and be beyond stressed.
I take a few minutes a day reflecting on what I’m grateful for.
9. Make a list for following day
I always end my day creating a to do list for the following day.
This is where I will add any tasks that couldn’t get completed that day (because I’m a mom and that’s bound to happen).
Also, where I add notes and new tasks I thought of for the following day.
10. Tidy Workspace
Now that you put in a lot of work today, tidy your work space.
Whether that be your home office, kitchen or whatever spot in the house. I can promise that you will appreciate how clean your work space is the next day.
11. Family Time
This is my favorite part of the day. When we are all home as a family and can hear what went on in each other’s days.
If your stretched for time, make your family time around the dinner table. I can still remember growing up how important family dinners where and I want to implement that with my daughter.
Unplug from all your electronics and obligations and prepare your mind for sleep.
Try to unplug 30 minutes prior to your goal of bedtime. That’s right, shut your laptop, turn the tv off (unless you need it to fall asleep like I do), and put your phone on your nightstand.
This one was so hard for me. As there is always one more email, one more task, or one more episode to watch.
Since I like to fall asleep with the tv on, I make a habit of turning the channel to a show that I’m not interested in that way it doesn’t distract me from falling asleep. Then utilize your bedtime and get some good quality sleep so you can have another productive day as a mom.
What are simple ways for a productive day that you practice? I would love to hear them in the comments.