Being a stay-at-home-mother (SAHM) is a full-time job as it is, but to add the responsibilities of running your household and work responsibilities, it can just be too much to handle. But surprisingly enough, mothers conquer these tasks every day!
Is it easy? No.
But is it Achievable? Absolutely!
Sure, working moms may not have on lipstick or mascara by the end of the day but the tasks and responsibilities they set out 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. This particular art is something that can not only be applied at work but at home too… 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.
At work, you have the office gossip that you have to pretend to be interested in plus, you have a workload that seems to heavier with every task you complete. At home, there’s that pile of laundry that gets bigger every time you look at it, and your commute from the front door to the kitchen looks like an obstacle course from all the toys you have to step over.
If you run a home-based business, you don’t necessarily have the office banter to deal with but you do have the distractions of your home that can pull you away from your business…
There are things you can do at home and at work to increase your productivity and give you more time to enjoy all that life has to offer. If you find yourself always asking where the day went, you could use some productivity hacks to tackle the stressors of home life and work life.
There are, of course, some important factors to consider when starting your home-based business. Everything from finding the best website builder and start-up costs to marketing and content creation but the biggest challenge you’re going to face in working from home is distractions.
You have to really ask yourself just how productive you can be working from home and the best ways you can efficiently use your time. If running a home-based business is something that’s been on your mind for a while but you’re unsure if you’ll be successful, understand that the key to running a successful home-based business is to treat it like any other “real business.”
Here are some of the best productivity hacks to successfully run your home-based business.
Life Hacks to Increase Productivity at Home and at Work
Set Daily and Weekly Agendas
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. To help you keep activities from conflicting, set up a schedule that outlines their practices or games to help plan 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 others prefer to track productivity in various apps.
By finding out how much work you can accomplish in a certain amount of time, it will allow you to set realistic goals for the completion of projects and deadlines you have to meet. You can even challenge yourself each week to do better than the previous week!
Delegating responsibilities is how lots of working moms are able to maintain their sanity. At home, there are no rules that say you have to do everything by yourself. You don’t have to be the sole person responsible for the kids, the laundry, and the dishes. Your spouse/partner can take on some of those home responsibilities as well.
That’s not saying to bark orders at them but a conversation with them about simply needing help is enough to make them want to help.
Delegating responsibilities with work can come in many different forms. If you’re a mompreneur, delegating responsibilities for your business will come in the form of outsourcing. Running a business is hard work, and certain areas of your business will require more of your attention than others.
For the areas that you don’t have time to do or if you simply don’t have the expertise in, you can just hire freelancers to assist you in those areas. By delegating those responsibilities, you’ll be able to put more focus on other areas of your business, which will, in turn, increase your productivity.
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, take advantage 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.
The Best Life Hack to Increase Productivity: Relieving Your Stress
In the hustle and bustle of work and home life, it can be easy to lose yourself. Everything from acquiring new accounts every day with work to running your kids from this practice to this recital, all play a role in negatively impacting your mental health.
Stress relief can simply be asking a friend or family member to babysit for you one weekend so you can have a little time to yourself. It can also come in the form of signing up for a new gym membership to get back in the swing of exercising.
The point is to incorporate some type of release in your life to offset the stressors that life throws at you, and as a working mother, there are all kinds of stressors being thrown but it’s nothing you can’t handle. Just be sure to take care of yourself just as much as you take care of everyone else.