For a long time after becoming a stay-at-home mom, I couldn’t figure out how to set myself up for success each day. I read a bunch of pinterest articles on productivity and I still felt like I was falling short. That was until I tried something that I hadn’t seen in any of the articles I had read before; which was to start preparing myself from the night before.
Being a homemaker doesn’t mean that we always have it all down and packed. Some days are more productive than others and that’s ok. But if you, like me, have had a constant struggle with figuring out how to more productive, not just today, but every day, then I want to share these tips with you.
Tidy up the night before
One of the first things I do to set myself up for a productive day is clean up the night before. When I start off with cleaning before I can even make breakfast in the morning, it turns the entire day around. I end up cooking breakfast later, I don’t get in any prayer and devotional time, and school happens a lot later than normal; if it even happens at all. That’s just the plain truth in the Cano household. For that reason, I have made it a priority to clean up the kitchen and tidy up the living room and kids rooms the night before. Most days, right after dinner, I do my deep cleaning and move on to organizing all of the kids toys before bath and bed time. I can’t tell you how much this has helped my mornings run so much smoother, and when my mornings are smooth, my days are productive.
Go to bed early
Yes, waking up early is important, but so is going to sleep early. If you only focus on waking up early but your body isn’t resting well, you are going to struggle every single day to get up. Waking up at 5am is my biggest struggle. I have tried to make it a daily habit based off what I’ve read from all of those beautiful and informative pins on pinterest, but I just can’t do it if I don’t sleep well.
After tidying up the kitchen and living spaces and getting the kiddos bathed for the night, I like to to get them into bed no later than 8:30 pm. To some, this might be a little early but it works for us. By 9 pm, the kids have already fallen asleep (most days), and I have 30 to 45 minutes to do what I please before being in bed myself by 10 pm. Doing this has increased the possibility of me being able to get up at 5am to have some prayer, devotional, and even have time to do some exercise.
Wake up with a positive mindset
I don’t know about you, but when I wake up, dreading the things I have to get done in the day, I tend to slack a lot more than I would any other day. Waking up with a positive mindset, doesn’t mean you will always look forward to your to-do list, but that you wake up knowing there are things to do and you will do your best to tackle them all. I can’t tell you how many times I have woken up with that positivity to actually get things done. This past Monday for example. I set my mindset the night before. I was determined that Monday was going to be a successful cleaning day and it was. I woke up early, worked out, prayed, and right away, started getting things done. By bed time, all the laundry was done, all bedrooms were clean, the master bathroom was smelling amazing. And on top of that, by 7pm, the kids were all calm, drawing in their notebooks while hubby set up his punching bag and drum set. We haven’t had such a productive day like that in a while!
Write out your to-do list first thing in the morning
I like to plan out my entire cleaning schedule on Sunday’s. I actually have a post on how to plan for your week on Sunday evenings on my instagram. But there are specific things I like to plan out in the mornings like, what utilities need to be paid that day so that I can call the billing company, as well as any other phone calls I need to make, or organizing I would like to tackle, groceries lists, etc. This has helped me. This helps me cover a lot more ground on days I have more time on my hands. Whatever I can’t done that day, I push it to the next.
Commit your day to the Lord in prayer
I can’t stress this one enough!!! Commit your day to the Lord in prayer every single morning. The days I don’t give God time through morning prayers, I feel it! I’m unproductive, lazy, I get frustrated easily with the kids. I’m just all over the place. But those days that I pray in the stillness of my living room before my babies wake up, I have the most productive day, a day of ease and supernatural peace. Not only is that peace deposited in my spirit, but my entire household feels the peace of the Lord as well.
Scriptures to help with productivity
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.Proverbs 16:3
Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or wisdom or knowledge.Ecclesiastes 9:10
Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive.Titus 3:14
A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things.Proverbs 18:9