We are all busy, we have husbands, kiddos, errands, play dates, bills to pay, fill in the blank. Today I want to talk about how to be productive and intentional with our time. I love talking about ways to organize our days, joyful homemaking, and ways to care for our homes well. Here are 8 simple ways to be more productive.
Have a routine set in place — Being productive means planning ahead. This is especially important as a homemaker. You have an entire family to plan around and typically many needs that need to be met throughout the day. Be intentional and find a rhythm that works for your family. For me, through trial and error I’ve created a cleaning rhythm that works for me and I’ve made it my mission to stick to it. When I stick to it, my home is tidy and orderly.
Work when you are most productive — I realize this isn’t always possible, but do your best to get the bulk of your work done when you are most productive in the day. For me I try to do several tasks in the morning before my kiddos are up. I also get a little afternoon boost and complete several cleaning tasks while my boys have their quiet time.
Avoid distractions — I realize you have people to care for in your home and that can be tough to set all your focus on a task and that’s okay, that’s just part of motherhood and homemaking. Get your kiddos involved or try to schedule your tasks so that you can work when they are asleep in the morning, napping or having quiet time in the afternoon. Work cheerfully and your family will follow your lead. When my boys were little the bulk of my chores were completed during their nap time, but if they were up and I had tasks I needed to complete I’d bring them along, play music for them and set up a little play area where I could see them and they could see me. Consider muting your phone so you don’t get phone calls or text messages. If you have the tv on and that distracts you, turn it off while you’re tidying. Set distractions aside so you can focus on the task at hand.
Get motivated — I love turning a playlist on and getting myself moving. I also really enjoy listening to podcasts and sermons while I get my work done. Pray before you’re about to get started on a task. Call upon the Lord to supply your needs to accomplish the tasks at a hand. Consider rewarding yourself. I love challenging myself to get something done and then treating myself to another cup of coffee or my favorite chocolate I have stashed away. There’s nothing wrong with a little reward to motivate yourself.
Have scripture displayed or memorized to encourage you in your tasks. I love 1 Thessalonians 4:11 — aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you.
Multi tasking doesn’t work — Multi tasking really doesn’t work. It just ends up creating a bigger mess than what you started with. This is another reason why planning ahead matters. Focus on the task at hand and don’t try to do a million things at once!
Set your timer and tidy — I love doing this before we leave the house…or before Daddy comes home. I’ll set the timer and we will race to tidy up the house. It’s an easy way to work together and get some stuff done!! Plus I love coming back home to a tidy home and not feeling overwhelmed as soon as I walk in the door.
Clear the clutter — A chaotic space will leave you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and chaotic yourself. It’s crucial that you clear out the clutter in your home. This is going to save you time when you’re cleaning and it’s going to motivate you to keep your space organized and tidy. Work together as a family if that helps, it really is so important to get rid of the excess in your home.
Carve out time for rest — You can’t do it all, there are only so many hours in the day. Offer grace to yourself and your family. Use your time well, but also set aside time to relax. Enjoy your home and give thanks to the Lord!
I hope you found these steps helpful! I’d love to hear how you stay productive in your home. Leave a comment below with your favorite helpful tip!