Being a mother is a full-time job as it is, but to add the responsibilities of running your household and work responsibilities on top of that can just be too much to handle. But surprisingly enough, mothers conquer these tasks every day… they may not have on lipstick or mascara by the end of the day but nonetheless, the tasks and responsibilities of the day have all been accomplished.
So the real question is how are these moms able to accomplish all of these tasks and live to tell about it? Well, it’s because they’ve mastered the art of working smarter and not harder and they’ve applied this art not only at work but at home too! This is something that you too can accomplish, you just have to learn how to have a productive mindset.
Having a productive mindset sounds easy enough, right? Just do it… but it’s actually not as easy as it sounds. There are so many things that can drain your productivity at work but if you work at home, it’s even harder to avoid those distractions and stressors. Entrepreneur.com states that if you can learn how to slow down, be present and ready, and rejuvenate, you’ll be on your way to a productive mindset. Once you’ve mastered the productive mindset, you’ll then be able to tackle life by the horns and increase your productivity at work as well as at home.
Increasing Productivity at Home and Work
Set Daily and Weekly Agendas For Work and Home
If you have children who are involved in extracurricular activities, they’re more than likely going to be engaged in these activities on a weekly basis. If you set up a schedule that outlines their practices or games, it will help you and the entire family plan work and other things according to the schedule. It also reduces confusion on who’s picking up which child and the times of pick up.
Setting daily and weekly agendas for work is key in keeping you focused and increasing productivity. When it comes to productivity at work, some people prefer to write their agendas in planners while some prefer to track productivity in productivity apps. By finding out how much work you can accomplish in a certain amount of time will allow you to set realistic goals for the completion of various projects and deadlines you have to meet. You can even challenge yourself each week to do better than the previous week!
Delegate Responsibilities at Home
This is a big contributor to the sanity of most working moms. There are no rules that say you have to do everything by yourself and this is where lots of moms go wrong. They have it in their minds that they have to work, tend to the kids, and keep a house. Well, the reality of that mindset is that there will be one area that won’t receive the attention it needs and it’s not going to be your job or your children… that means your home isn’t always going to be at it’s best.
For lots of working moms, a dirty house is just not acceptable… no one wants to come home to a dirty house after a long day at work. So what do working moms do? They figure out the cost of hiring a household employee and delegate the house responsibilities. Now, lots of people have negative thoughts and opinions on hiring household employees to help out around the house saying you’re lazy but no, you’re just working smart.
And the thing about hiring household employees is that you don’t have to hire them to work for you every day, you can hire them for a few days out the week if that’s all you need. If a household worker is what it takes to keep your sanity as a working mother, who cares what other people think because you have your peace of mind.
Get an Early Start to Your Day
As a working mother, it can seem like there are not enough hours in the day to get all the things you need to get accomplished whether it’s at home or at work. So what does a working mom with a productive mindset do? She gets up earlier to get an earlier start on her day. If you’re a mom who has a hard time sleeping in, you have a great opportunity to make the most of your early mornings. Maybe waking up early means a morning jog or the chance to get ahead on some work to alleviate the work stress of the day, plus there will hardly be any distractions if any at all.