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As a new mom, my entire life has been turned upside down.
Doing simple tasks that used to take me a few minutes now can take me all day, depending on my daughter’s needs that day. I have learned in the past couple of months that I must change the way I do things in order to be more organized and productive in my day.
Of course, it’s okay to have those days where you do nothing but play and have fun with your little one. As I know we all need those days to unwind from the hectic times as being a mom.
It’s taking me several weeks from bringing her home to realize what works, doesn’t work, and needs improvement to successfully get things completed and be more organized.
At least in my case, it’s not something that happened overnight. I had to really work at it and look long-term how am I supposed to be a mom, wife, and work all at the same time.
So today I want to share what has truly worked for me as I hope it will help make your life easier and more organized.
1. Designate a workspace.
This was the first task I completed, and it has made a huge difference in my productivity.
Before I created my own workspace, I was setting up my office in the living room, kitchen, and even my daughter’s playroom. It was such a hassle trying to figure out where would I work for that day.
I ended up doing some rearranging in my house. I combined my daughter’s playroom and guest bedroom. The room that was a guest bedroom is now a home office that my husband and I both can use (and at the same time).
I instantly could tell what a difference having my own space was, as I was successfully getting my to-do lists completed and writing more than I ever was able to.
Now, I know not everyone has a bedroom they are able to transform into an office, and that’s okay. Just look around your house, get creative and find a small space that you can put a desk and customize it with what you need to be successful.
2. Print off your FREE planners and use them.
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Mine is above my desk so I can look at it daily. Now I’m constantly reminded to stay on schedule.
Staying on schedule for me is huge. I’m constantly being pulled in different directions because I have a newborn at home. Once bedtime for her hits, I can look at my planners and see what I wasn’t able to complete and try to knock it out in a few hours. Then I can get myself prepared for the next day.
Having the next day laid out for me the night before helps me sleep better as I know what to expect tomorrow.
3. Organize a spot in your house.
This one can be adjusted depending on your schedule. I know you may not have the time to spend an entire day or even a few hours a week working on. But I can honestly tell you, it will help you out tremendously if your house is organized, as it will help you be more organized.
I make a habit to write out on my monthly planner what room, closet, or section of the house I want to organize that month. That way I have no excuse to not get it done, as I have the entire month! Also, it’s good to write out how you want to organize.
For instance, I want to organize my hall closet.
What I want organized is:
- bulk items,
- first aid
How I’m going to organize the closet is using matching bins with labels. This way when anybody opens the closet they don’t have to question or search for any items.
4. Get rid of things you don’t use.
It’s amazing the amount of junk you accumulate over the years. We have only lived at our current house for 2 years and I don’t know how we have filled it up already. There are only 3 of us (well 6 if you include our fur babies).
We always have items that we have outgrown or just no longer interested in. Instead of packing those items away donate them to someone in need or give to a friend or family member.
For instance, if you have tons of baby clothes and not planning on having any more kids and your basement is overgrown with totes of baby clothes? Give them to a friend who is expecting, I can promise you they will greatly appreciate it.
5. Sell items no longer needed.
Nowadays there are several ways you can sell your items that you are no longer needing. You can have a garage sale or sell online. You will feel so good clearing up space in your house as well as have extra cash in your wallet.
For example, you decided to paint your living room and the furniture you currently have just doesn’t go with the vibe of the house anymore. It’s only a few years old and in perfect shape, why not post it online at a decent price. The money you make from selling the item can go to your new furniture fund.
I call that a win-win!
6. Meal Prep.
This one is a lifesaver when it comes to being a busy mom. Designate a day of the week that you do all your meal prepping for the week. Divide out in individual containers so it’s as easy as opening the fridge and pulling out Tuesday’s lunch container.
This has also helped us save money. As now we aren’t staring at the open fridge every night at 5 o’clock wondering what’s for dinner to only order take out. There is no second guessing what’s for dinner anymore.
7. Wake Up Earlier.
Coming from a mom who lives for naps and sleep, this one was a tough one for me to get on board with. But let me tell you mom’s it has seriously made a huge impact. I make it a priority (and I know it’s not possible every day) to go to bed at a decent time and wake up at a set time. It took me a while to get used to waking up 30 mins earlier but after a few days, I could see improvement in my productivity.
Take it one day at a time and I promise you will see the difference.
8. Say no.
What I mean by saying no, is stop committing yourself and your time to every obligation. It’s okay to say no to dinner or a BBQ if you need to work on your blog or family time. By saying yes to every event, you are stretching yourself thin and it can impact your mood, life, and work. To me, family always comes first and my blog second.
It’s okay to take a day off and spend the day at the park with the family. You know your limits. But just know if you have a deadline coming up it’s okay to say no when someone asks you to do something that could take you away from committing to that deadline.
Prioritizing sounds easy enough, right? No, not when you are perfect at procrastinating. But this one is vital when it comes to staying organized.
You know what tasks take you the longest to complete, so start those firsts. Based on importance and time, make a list of what you need to complete. You have the idea of what is required for each task, and how long it will take you. Then start checking them off as you complete.
10. Set a time limit.
I used to spend so much time on small tasks that it would cut into my deadlines with the important tasks. I always wondered why I would get so far behind. So now I try to set time limits for those tasks, that way I can get everything on my to-do list completed, and most importantly done on time.
For example, I don’t have an hour to spare to clean the house. I set my timer for 30 mins and once the timer goes off the tasks I had left I would work on finishing them later in the day or the next day. This way my 30 min task didn’t turn into an hour and a half.
What helps you be more organized and stay on task? I would love to hear them!