Have you ever thought about how certain productivity hacks or tips work really well for you, but then others are a total flop? What works for you might not work for another person. What works for someone else might not work for you. Treat new productivity hacks, processes and workflows with a curious mindset and a student’s attitude.” width=”683″ height=”1024″ />
There aren’t enough hours in the day. You have to get the kids ready for school, get them out the door and hope and pray and twist some fingers to prevent the toddler tears. Let’s be real, they’re flowing hard right now. This is all before 7 am. It’s hard enough to just get yourself up and out the door.
Moms are the most productive breed of people on this planet.
Okay, moms aren’t exactly a breed of people, but it makes a good point, right? 🙂
Here’s a quick list of all the things you do on a weekly basis:
- Coordinating schedules
- Refereeing kids (and probably adults)
- Working your job or at home kiddos
- Raising your kids
- Planning events, parties and get-togethers
- Styling wardrobes
- Errand runnings
- Making lists
- Checking things off your list
- Breathing deeply and telling yourself you’ll hang in there just this little while longer
I can seriously go on, but I think you’re picking up what I’m putting down.
The easy work we wrestle with on a daily basis isn’t anything that we’re doing. The easy work is telling ourselves, “there isn’t enough time. If I had more time this would all be so much smoother.”
The difficult work is to embrace the constraints we operate under. We have these known (but unknown) things that are going to come our way. The thing is, you actually probably thrive in the chaos and it’s just really hard to see it in the “normal” day-to-day.
It’s easy to blame time, but in this post I want to help you clarify exactly what it means to be productive as a mom.
Productivity is personal.
Have you ever thought about how certain productivity hacks or tips work really well for you, but then others are a total flop? Then you start to think that something is wrong with you for not being able to do the thing that works for everyone else.
“Batch your days,” they said. “Theme your days”, they said. “Sometimes,” I say. There are certain tasks that this works well for — things that I know I’m going to be doing over and over and are more predictable in nature.
Not everything works that way for me. And I bet there are areas of your life where some productivity advice will work for you. But there’s probably more areas where it won’t.
This is my encouragement to you. What works for you might not work for another person. What works for someone else might not work for you.
Treat new productivity hacks, processes and workflows with a curious mindset and a student’s attitude. This will relieve the guilt that comes when something doesn’t work the way we expect it to.
We are each unique individuals. You are the person that knows you best. Figure out what works best for you!
Productivity changes with the seasons.
What did your days look like when you had a newborn baby versus life pre-baby? Your definition of what a “productive” day meant was probably very different.
Now it doesn’t always have to be as dramatic of a season shift as having a baby, but based on the other roles and responsibilities in your life, you’re going to be juggling different things.
These different things might work better with different tactics. What makes you productive yesterday might not be the same thing that makes you productive the next. You can find out what productivity style fits your season by taking this quiz.
Embrace it. There’s nothing wrong with pivoting or change as you need to. Productivity hacks are nothing more than tools or approaches to use. Sometimes, in different situations, it makes sense to use a different tool to get the job done. Productivity is no different.
Productivity is a tool that enables you to live.
Stop for just a moment. Let’s imagine you are the most productive person on the planet. You are getting all the things done like some crazy super person. In doing so, more people throw more on your plate and you still manage to get it all done. Are you going to be 100% productive 24/7? I certainly wouldn’t think so. That’s just crazy talk. And there is nothing super about that.
Let’s chase this down. The doing doing doing throws us in a cycle of busy busy busy. If I had to guess, that’s not what you actually want for your life. You want to be able to do the things that are important to you (and not necessarily the things for everyone else) so that you can take the time to not work as hard every moment.
So what does that look like for you? What “rest” do you want to be able to do so that your work is more fulfilling. Even if you love the work you do, you still need to be able to put your focus on other things.
Productivity is a tool that enables you to live a more intentional and fulfilling life. Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is rest and play really hard.
There are only 168 hours in the week. That is a constraint we all have, there are seriously only so many things that you can do.
Is productivity a tool in your book that is enabling you to do all you want with your life?
What does a productive day look like?
I would be doing you a disservice by telling you exactly what a productive day looks like. This is up to you to paint that picture for yourself. It takes bravery to slow down and shut out the rush of busy that society tosses our way. I’m starting to see how intentional rest and productivity go hand in hand.
You probably think of productivity in the context of work and “getting things done”, but I want to remind you that by doing the things that fill your cup, you’ll be more effective in those “things”.
You have one life
Remember, you have exactly one life. You don’t have mom life, woman life, and work life as separate things. You have one life. The things you do for others and the goals you tackle yourself go together. You’re so capable and way more productive than you think. There is always room to improve yourself. To get started, go ahead and find out your productivity style in this quiz. Define what productivity means for you and embrace it!
About the Author
Alyssa Smith is a wife and a working momma to 3. She helps other high-achieving mommas do the right things today that make life easier tomorrow. Alyssa wants them to be able to do real life guilt-free and without all the stress of raising their tiny humans. She teaches imperfect but consistent action, easy planning and flexible goal setting through her 21 day Life vs Goals process inside her free community. You can also connect with her inside!