My firstborn was a really hard baby. He was fussy, colicky, and clingy. My house looked like a disaster for pretty much the first year and I hated it. Surprisingly, 9 months into have two I actually feel way more productive and on-top of things. Here are just 3 simple ways that have helped me come to this point:
1. The Motivated Moms app on my phone. I’m a list maker. So, it should come to no surprise to you that I’ve tried just about every home management tool out there, from creating my own lists on Evernote to Flylady. The later just didn’t work for me. There were elements I loved, but some of the main components just didn’t make sense in my life. I don’t want to walk around the house with my shoes on, nor am I able to keep my sink clean constantly. Then a Facebook friend suggested Motivated Moms…and I fell in love. Even with being pregnant and working part-time, it worked for me. Then Baby Girl came along and I quit for awhile, but that past few months I’ve been back at it. I’ve customized it to work with my days and schedule, and I’m suddenly becoming way more productive…and my house is always in semi-decent shape. Even with a 9-month-old who started crawling last week and is into EVERYTHING.
2. Updating the budget every. single. morning. You already know how much I love YNAB. The only problem is, you have to manually enter things, which takes some time. Thankfully, however, I can update things quickly on my smartphone. When I’m feeding the baby, I’m usually looking at my phone anyway…so why not use it for something productive? Every morning I quickly pull up my various banking apps, as well as the YNAB app, and update and add things. Sometimes I still need to look for a receipt or log onto the computer to actually update budget categories, but that work is a breeze when I’ve already got almost everything entered in. It takes minutes, I stay on top of things, and I start every day knowing where our finances and budget stand.
3. Waiting to eat breakfast with Miles. My children are typically early risers, but a couple of times a week I actually get up before them…or at least one of them. ha! My favorite way to spend that time used to be spending quiet time with God and then eating breakfast alone. When my toddler got up, I’d feed him breakfast and try to get ready by myself. Only, my son is one of the slowest eaters ever. He gets every slower when nobody is sitting there eating with him. So, I would find myself still sitting at the kitchen table in my bathrobe at 10 am with nothing to do. Now, on those rare days, I do my quiet time and then take a shower or get ready. On the really rare days that I still have extra time, I log onto the computer or do any number of tasks that are hard to do with my son around (read: trying to help and just making things harder!). Whenever he gets up, I make breakfast for the both of us and we eat together. My son eats faster, I’ve accomplished a lot more, and less time is wasted. Problem solved!
What are some of your favorite productivity helpers?