Productivity (Or Something Like It)

7:52 AM

Does anyone else ever feel like they're busy all day, running around all over the world, picking up and putting down and wiping snot and kissing cheeks, and trying to get work done in between, only to find that you go to bed at night feeling like you got absolutely nothing done?

Because I do. A LOT.

It's a strange balance. Sometimes I feel like I have so many things to get done, and at the same moment, I'm trying to decide what Milo and I can go do to get out of the house for a few hours. And really- I like being comfortably busy, not overly busy. And while crawl tag and cars are highlights of each day, I'm a firm believer in carting this boy around with me in public, even if it's for made up errands to wander Target.

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After a lot of thought and trial and error and more error, here are my self-employed rookie mom tips for being productive:

Get a full 8 hours. I've gotten into bad habits multiple times in life of thinking I'll get more done if I burn the midnight oil. To some degree it's true, until a couple of days in when I'm totally spent and cranky to boot. Sleep-energize-live-repeat.

Plan ahead. When Milo was nursing, I realized early on that I literally had to start our "getting ready to go" routine an hour before we left the house. I remember being so proud of myself for making it to a doctor's appointment down the street by 10 a.m. (and I remember that it was really intense getting there!). I find myself every night thinking ahead to the next day and reviewing my schedule and to-do lists, and it helps me SO MUCH. I like to think of myself as a spontaneous individual, but really, since being Mommy and self employed, scheduling my time is my best friend.

Capitalize on naptime. Every day I know I can count on a solid hour and a half nap around 11 a.m. This is my running/shower time. And every day, I'm SO glad I use it for that.

Make time to be pretty. I've gotten to be a pro at getting ready in 15 minutes, which is huge for me. I used to be the girl that needed an hour notice before going out. It's easy when you work from home to fall into a rut of no makeup and sweat pants (ahem, currently my status). However, I've found that the more "human" I feel, aka if I get dressed and ready for my day, the more confident and productive I am! I firmly believe that it's worth the short amount of time it takes to feel pretty.

Plan food beforehand. I am not a cook. Like, at all. I'm more of a 6 small meals a day kind of person. I have stuff on hand with protein and other stuff that I can take with me on the go, because it gets a little unpredictable how long we'll be out sometimes, and if I'm caught without food and my blood sugar starts dipping, things get ugly.

Set goals. It may sound pathetic to many of you who work way more than me/have more kids than me. But right now, I try to get in 3 hours of work a day. Sometimes this happens in the afternoon when Milo and I go out and film houses. Sometimes it's all at night after 8 from my couch. But after lots of frustrating weeks realizing that I wasn't using any of my free time well, I'm doing at least somewhat better. Goals help me stay more motivated, which helps me get more done.

Have a cleaning schedule. GASP! Disclaimer: my 1000 square foot apartment isn't that hard to keep clean. But for me to implement a cleaning schedule has made a big difference. Messy, cluttered apartment=messy, cluttered mind for me. If I stay at least somewhat on top of it, I can think way more clearly, and than it doesn't take much time when I do clean!

Don't over schedule yourself. It's OK to say no. It's OK to stay home. It's OK to wait until tomorrow. If you're spread too thin, you won't get anything done at all.

I am SO not any kind of authority on this subject. More time gets spent on the bachelor and pinterest than I'd like to admit, but it's something I'm working on, so I thought I'd share what I'm trying!

What are your best ways of being productive?
I need as much help as I can get!!!

XO, Danielle

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