5 Habits for a More Productive Day

I don’t follow a daily work schedule.  My schedule basically runs all day, everyday.  I’m a stay-at-home mom and not just from 9-5; I’m a mom, literally, for 24/7.  It’s not employment, but if I got paid for the amount of hours I seem to be working each day, I’d have quite a bit of extra cash on me.  Yep.  My kids can’t afford to pay me.  Ha.  No, really.  I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to headline my children’s growth and learning.  And as much as I enjoy playing and learning with them, I also have many other responsibilities and to-do’s.  Sometimes I find myself utterly overwhelmed with all the animation going on in our house.  It gets pretty hectic between an infant and a toddler alone.  Sometimes it takes us all two hours just to get ready to go out.  Two hours!!!!!!  Imagine…

Everybody has an opinion about moms or dads who decide to stay at home to take care of their kids.  That’s alright.  The purpose of this post is not really anything about staying at home or going to work.  I’ve simply come up with suggestions on how to juggle a bustling day better.  I found that I need to be more productive, so that at the end of my whole family’s day, I can say that it was not wasted.  This can benefit anyone who’s ever felt that way.  I’m sure it can only do good.  Sly wink here.

So here are 5 healthy habits anyone can develop (whether you’re a nine-to-fiver or not) in order to get the most out of the day.  Besides, we do have 24 beautiful hours in a day.  That’s remarkably long.  Where does it all go?

1. Get an early start.

Set the alarm.  There’s nothing like drinking coffee to actually awaken the senses at 6 am.  Or maybe even 5 am.  I know some people who do.  This is particularly challenging for people who stay at home.  If the day ahead  isn’t as hectic, then by all means indulge in the luxury of sleeping in.  Otherwise, get it started!  Wake the kids up early; that way, they go to bed earlier.  If exercise is part of the routine, do it in the morning.  Then, go ahead and break your fast with something substantial for the rest of the day.  Do it all before 8 am and then have the rest of the day to play with as you please.  As the saying goes, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise!”  Put that to test.

2. Set an allotted time for chores.

And delegate, if possible.  Chores are important up to a certain point.  And they surely don’t all have to be done by one person, all in one go.  Nope.  Set aside an hour or two, whatever works, towards doing house upkeep.  Whatever gets done, gets done.  If things don’t get finished, don’t stress.  Finish tomorrow.  I know this can be difficult at times especially if ‘clean freak’ is the feeling of the day or if the in-laws are coming over for dinner.  The point is not to fret about chores.  If after the allotted time there are things left undone and free time conveniently pops up later on in the day, decide how that free time should be spent.  Here’s the trick of the trade: don’t let it pile up.  Once caught up with the laundry and the dishes, stop putting it off for later.  Therefore when it’s time for daily time allotting, it really will only take about an hour to touch the house up with a little dusting here and there.  Don’t stress.

3. Don’t try to do so much in a day.

When doing a to-do list, try not to do it all in one go.  I do this all the time.  What can I say?  I’m a sucker for lists!  I make page-long lists of stuff that I’d like done, and my lists are never fully scratched off.  As we all know, Rome was not built in a day.  Try to go for quality over quantity.  So instead of going to the beach and the museum and the mall and meet up for lunch, pick a few out of the list and then just enjoy.  Enjoy and take your time.  It isn’t worth doing if it isn’t satisfyingly pleasant.  Like I said previously, don’t stress especially not over a to-do list.

4. Plan ahead.

Yes.  Despite its shortcomings, it helps to do a list–a not-so-long one.  If you want a day to just kick it and do nada, then go for it.  Otherwise, plan your day ahead.  Think about it the night before so time is not wasted thinking about what to do the day of.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate.  Just make a plan that can be kept or broken depending on how the day starts and how it goes.  No stress here.

5.  Sleep.  Or don’t sleep.

Every person’s need for sleep varies.  Some people can go about it with only four hours of sleep.  Some people need all eight.  Get to know your brain and figure out how much it needs to be fully functional.  It wouldn’t make sense to sleep less and not be able to perform up to par.  If you’re one of the crazy cool ones who only need two seconds of sleep (see my previous post on Salvador Dali) to have complete cognitive awareness, good for you.  Go on and sleep for two seconds and then wake up to do something magnificent.  Or do something equally awesome such as reading or writing or listening to music.  No stress.  Take a break because tomorrow is going to be another grand productive day.

There it is.  Try it.  Tell me if it works.  If it doesn’t work, then time to revise.  Otherwise, enjoy the extra time at hand and life in general.  Don’t stress.

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Author: Jennifer Longinos

I'm a freelance writer and a homeschooling mom of two awesome toddlers. If we aren't out on an adventure, we spend most of our days tickling each other on the bedroom floor, making things explode in the kitchen, jumping on piles of laundry before and after washing, or just doing random little things that make life absolutely worth it.

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