10 Practical Productivity Tips for Busy Mompreneurs
As a mom, I know that my child definitely has an affect on my daily productivity. Gone are the days when I could just do the things I wanted to do, when I wanted to do them. Kids love to make their own plans and not let us parents in on them until the very last minute. But it never hurts to have your own plans in place just in case everything decides to go slightly in your favor for the day (hooray!) That’s why I’ve created these helpful tips that we mompreneurs can use to best utilize what little time we have in the day to work on our businesses + blogs.
Just a forewarning — I absolutely spend a lot of quality time with my son. Just because I have mentioned in this post that you can multitask running a business while spending time with your child does no imply that you should completely neglect your kid in order to make your business work. My child’s needs always come first. It’s about finding that balance that works for both you and your family.
1. Wake up before the kid(s)
That means going to bed at a reasonable hour, Momma. Stop binging that Netflix show every night. It’ll still be here tomorrow (usually…) Make it a goal to get up before the rest of the house, make your favorite morning drink and review your agenda for the day. Write down any thoughts, hammer out a draft blog post, schedule some posts for the upcoming week. Getting most of your business plans done early in the day sets the rest of the day up for success.
2. Invest in a couple “distraction devices”
Right now my son is obsessed with his jumper and watching the birds in the backyard through our window so I know I can leave him in there, usually for a good 45 minutes, if I need to hammer something out. We all know what can keep our kids preoccupied for a few precious minutes. For toddlers, play some music, have them watch their favorite and most annoying movie, and/or get the tablet out if you’re okay with a bit of screen time and them hide in the kitchen or bedroom with some earphones and get some shiz done, girly!
3. Use a note-taking app on your phone
If you’re like me, you always have your phone within reach, right? Then make good use of it by keeping it nearby as much as possible and jotting down/saving EVERY idea, phrase, graphic, favorite piece of content from other bloggers, marketing strategy, etc. Use apps like:
- Google Drive
4. Make it a goal to work X hours a day
Set aside a realistic amount of time in your planner/calendar each day that you would like to devote to working on your business/blog. I prefer first thing in the morning while my son has his morning bottle and in the evening after he goes down for the night in his crib. These times are when I feel the most creative and feel at ease knocking back a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and hammering out whatever I need to plan/write for the day.
5. Get your partner on board with helping you whenever possible
If you have a partner, help them understand that you have a business to run too, and every moment you can get to yourself will help. Set up a routine. For me, during the workweek when Hubs comes home from work, he plays with the baby so I can start dinner. We bathe the kiddo together then Hubs feeds him and one of us puts him to bed. Then we devour dinner together while talking about our day and then we both have “us time”: he plays video games and I work on my biz. It doesn’t have to be like this for you exactly, but it’s important to find a routine that works for both of you and stick to it as much as you can.
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6. Learn to multitask
Find ways to multitask so you can get more done in a shorter amount of time. Listen to podcasts while doing chores or running errands. Go through emails or plan out social media posts if your baby is sleeping in your lap. I like to take a morning walk with my kiddo and always have a list of podcasts that I try to get through every day.
7. Find childcare options that work for you
Set up a weekly childcare swap or find a friend or family member who can watch your Littles for a specific amount of time each week so you can accomplish some stuff. If they’re older, visit a park and get some work done there (and ignore anyone who judges you for being on your phone/tablet/laptop while your kids play. Do what works for you, Momma!)
8. Batch tasks and delegate to specific days of the week
If you’re already spread super thin, set a specific social media theme for each day of the week. Have a Pinterest Day, a Twitter Day, an Instagram Day and plan out our posts for the next seven days instead of trying to do every thing each day. I have found this technique to work the best for me, instead of trying to do all things every day. I simply assign a theme to each day and plan out my posts accordingly for the next 7 days and it works like a charm.
9. Learn how to use scheduling and automation tools
There are endless resources for free automation tools. The “set-it-and-forget-it” approach to blogging + social media can be a lifesaver to us moms and increase our productivity like crazy.
10. Make goals + plans, or it’ll never get done
If you don’t plan & make time for work, you’ll never get anything done. Of course there will be days when nothing goes according to plan because kids are just that way, but it never hurts to have an agenda in place. Try to stick to it as closely as possible.
Remember. Be realistic.You have tiny humans you need to care for who also just happen to be the ultimate plan-ruiners. Things won’t always go according to schedule and that’s okay. As a mom, you learn to roll with the punches when things don’t go your way. Just realistically utilize every chance you can: in the morning before everyone wakes, during naps, during independent play, when your partner is home, maybe at night before bed. It’s up to you to make it work.
And there you have it. My ten tips to improve productivity as a mompreneur. Do you have any helpful advice that you’d like to share? What helps you maintain your productivity throughout the week?
NOTE — I’d like to proudly proclaim that I wrote this entire rough draft blog post on my phone while sitting on my living room floor. I’ve been carefully typing and watching my son roll around on the rug trying to chew on a rogue Playstation controller while simultaneously dipping his fingers into my coffee cup. I also have a needy dog resting her head in my lap who’s due for a morning walk right about now. That’s real life, yo!
Now go out and carpe that diem!