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How to Increase Productivity as a Busy Mom

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While we can all find ourselves from time to time feeling overworked and needing more time in a day, the truth is that the ones that feel the most pressure to be productive are mothers. Today's post is dedicated to helping all types of mothers: from working moms to stay at home moms and every mom in between. Let's discover how to increase productivity as a busy mom.First and foremost, make a schedule and a deadline for tasks you want to tackle. This can help you avoid the promise of "I'll do that tomorrow", that often falls through. The easiest way to do this is to prioritize what is the most important and decide to write it down. In fact, it's been scientifically proven that we accomplish more of the tasks we write down than those we don't. Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California conducted a study of 267 people that proved you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis.

Next make a list of the five things that are most important to you and bring you the most joy. After, set that list aside and start another list of tasks you would like to complete daily. Now it's time to act wisely by making yourself a priority and showing yourself self-love and out of the list of tasks, choose the five that make you the happiest and make those a daily priority.

Scarcity guilt, sometimes called caregiver guilt, is what many refer to as "mommy guilt". This is the guilt felt for not having done enough for someone in need. However, what most moms forget to pay attention to is their own needs. It's impossible to reach our full potential in productivity, when we forget to make ourselves a priority. So stay true to honoring those top five things that bring you joy and the rest will fall more easily into place.

Next step is to treat your mom duties the same you would your professional work duties. Schedule everything on a calendar, even down to the minute. This goes for everything from checking your email and your social media perusing to carpool and dinner times. Doing this will you keep distractions at bay and stick to the task in from of you.

Don't forget to reward your children for good behavior. If your young children play happily while you work, make sure to shower them with rewards. This doesn't necessarily mean gifts. Instead, reward your child with your attention, hugs and words of praise. Let them know that it's important that you get work done and you appreciate them behaving.

Next, stop "multi-tasking". Many women, especially moms, think that multitasking is a key to productivity, but studies have shown that multitasking actually decreases productivity by 40%. To put it simply, your brain isn't working at it's full potential when you try to pull double-duty on tasks. Statistics show about only 2% of the population have the genetic gift of multitasking. Everyone else would actually benefit more from training the brain to focus entirely on one task at a time.

Another step that is important is knowing when to say "no". Next time someone asks something of you, think realistically if you will actually be able to make a significant contribution to their request while also not forfeiting your own priorities. If not, then don't feel bad politely turning down the request. On the reverse side, be honest and don't feel guilty about asking others for help. 

Lastly, clean/pick up every day. Cleaning can easily pile up to be an arduous task if it’s not kept up with every day. So a useful tip is to set a timer for 10 minutes at the end of each day and clean as much as you can during those 10 minutes. If your kids are old enough, assign a cleaning task to each and make those 10 minutes fun and challenging to see how much they can clean in 10 minutes. assign a cleaning task to each of the kiddos, and rush around the house cleaning up as much as possible. It's a great way to end the day and give each other high-fives for accomplishing chores together.


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