I have been a homemaker for nearly three years now and I can tell you that productivity hasn’t always been an easy thing to come about. When you are home all day, it can get easy to get distracted and focus on other things.
In today’s post, I’m sharing three major things that, as a homemaker, you should avoid in order to make the most out of your time and be fully productive with your days and your to-do lists. I am in no way an expert because I’m clearly still trying to figure this productivity thing out myself. But I can tell you this, I’ve taken time to analyze the things that have caused distraction and unproductiveness in me and these things are top ones.
Avoid Social Media
The first thing every homemaker should avoid is social media! I’m not saying that we outta completely disconnect from it, but spending less time on it is definitely important. There’s three things that prioritizing time on social media will do to you:
- It will distract you from doing the things you need to get done.
- It will take your attention away from your family, making you not seem present when physically, you are there.
- It will trap you into comparing yourself to others online.
I have suffered (and quite honestly, still suffer) from not managing my time on SM wisely. Granted, I run my business on Instagram, but still, we have to get better with spending less time on it. Social media can be good for you sometimes, but too much of it can become a strain in your life.
Avoid Comparing Yourself
Guess what? I’m guilty of this one. Big time. I cannot tell you how many times I have fallen into this trap, pick myself up from it, and fall into again. Comparing yourself to other women, other mothers, other wives, other homemakers does you no good. God created each and everyone of us differently. He deposited different gifts into each one of us. He measures us different because we each have a different measure to give (speaking to myself here *tears up*).
Now, instead of comparing ourselves to others and feeling less than (or better), how about we befriend those women that we admire and learn from each other. The Bible tells us that Iron sharpens iron. We need to gather with women who can lift us and help us grow in the ministry of homemaking.
I’m guilty of this one too, ya’ll! It’s easy to feel guilty when something doesn’t get done when you planned on getting it done. Sis, take that guilt, put in a trash bag, and throw. it. out!!! There can be no room for guilt in you! Not because I say so, but because one of the many beauties of homemaking is that you have time to get it all done. If you run of time today, push it on over for tomorrow. When I first became a homemaker, I used to try to do all the things in one day, every day, Monday through Friday. When I didn’t get it done, I felt awful. Now, almost three years in, my weekly schedule looks a little like this:
- Mondays – Laundry and any deep cleaning that needs to be done. Also, no homeschool so I can focus on getting my tasks done so we can free up my schedule the rest of the week.
- Tuesdays through Friday – No cleaning whatsoever just the regular tidying up after meals and playtime. Our focus is on learning throughout the rest of the week.
- Saturdays and Sundays – Family time (husband is off). Any fun physical activity we do also gets listed as a school day for PE! Other than that, we don’t homeschool on the weekends.
This schedule has been working for me lately and I’m loving it. If I don’t get something done on Monday, it’s ok. I’ve learned to push out those tasks to following Monday or if we have extra free time during the week, then I’ll fit it in somewhere. But do I stress and feel guilty that it didn’t get done right away? No way, Jose!
Social media, the comparison trap, and guilt will do you more harm than good if you shine a light on these things in your life and dim out the more important things. I believe that as women in the ministry of homemaking, we have to learn to give our time to the things that will not only benefit our household in the natural, but will benefit us in the spiritual and help our husbands, our children, and ourselves grow closer to God.