If you’re a mom, you know that sleep when the baby sleeps is pretty much a myth if you want to keep on top of things at home. Personally, I use my baby’s naps to be productive and get things done when she isn’t there toddling behind me and destroying all of the things that I’ve cleaned. However most days, it is hard to get up and on the go when your baby naps. Most often it’s easy to just kick back and relax. Does this sound familiar? If so, plan ahead to make productive periods while your baby naps!
How To Have A Productive Period While Your Baby Naps:
If your baby is keeping you up at night, or you’re just tired from mom-ing so hard, many times you just want to nap! This is TOTALLY OKAY since it is important to take care of yourself, but if you need to get things done around the house, plan ahead for them. Know what you want to accomplish when your baby naps. By knowing what you want to get done in that time frame, you can get right at it and get it done, hopefully leaving you with time to spare to sit and relax.
Go By A Cleaning Schedule:
I find this super effective because it gives me only certain tasks to do during the day, but also organized enough that all tasks are completed within a week. This leaves a day for the bathroom, a day for the bedroom, a day for the living room, a day for the nursery, plus a few everyday tasks to accomplish as well. This is really helpful for cleaning. It also works if you have a blogging schedule, working schedule, or any other kind of schedule.
Here are some examples!
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Go For Productive Bursts, Then Relax If That Works
If you’re dragging your feet, this is a great tip. Set a timer for a specific time, whether it is ten minutes, fifteen, or half an hour. Do as much as you can during this time, and once the timer goes off, relax! You earned it! On the days that I am most tired, I find this so helpful because I feel like I accomplished plenty, but still have some downtime to do crafts or just watch TV.
Complete One Task At A Time
It can be daunting to see such a task list in front of you. It can be easy to get caught up in going back and forth doing different things and then remembering more things you have to do, and then the time gets spent in organized chaos. By completing one task at a time, you ensure things get done to completion, instead of half done.
Return Everything To Its Place
You can do this all throughout the day, or you can set aside time before bed, but take a quick walk around the house, and have everything put away for tomorrow. This means toss the dishes in the dishwasher, hang up the hand towel in the bathroom, pick up the socks that made it 1 foot away from the hamper but not actually IN the hamper, and get ready for the next day. This saves some time when you are trying to work during nap time, and makes the house less overwhelming overall to look at!
Plan your day out, take time to download a great cleaning schedule, always be one step ahead (when you can), but also pay attention to your body. If you need to rest, REST! By using these tips, you can have a productive nap time so that you can stay mom-ing like a boss!