It can be tough to get a lot accomplished when the kids are home during school breaks and weekends, but if you’re a stay-at-home or work-at-home mom, school time for your kids is the prime time for you to get a whole lot accomplished.
Although tempting to crawl up on the couch with a good book or catch up on your favorite shows while your kids are at school (and once in a while, that is certainly fine to do), if you really want to get things accomplished, you’re going to want to make the most of your kid-free time.
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Having trouble trying to prioritize and get everything you want to get done before the school bus returns your little bundles of joy? Read on to find out some useful strategizing tips.
Sometimes, half the battle for being productive is getting ready for your day. While you may not have enough time to get showered and dressed before you get the kids off to school, make that your first priority once they are gone. A warm shower, a little bit of makeup, and ‘real’ clothing (not sweats) will encourage productivity, making you ready to take on the day.
Make a Schedule
Do you have a lot to do, but don’t know where to get started? It’s easy to forget what you have to achieve when you aren’t keeping track. The night before, or when your kids leave for the day, sit down and write up a list of everything that you want to get done during school hours. Prioritize your list in the order of what is most important. As you complete a task, cross it off your list and move onto the next thing. A schedule will allow you to keep yourself in check.
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Do you have a paper to look over or emails that you need to send out, but have a doctor’s appointment in the middle of the day? Make the most of the time you have by consolidating your tasks. For example, read over that paper or catch up on those emails on your tablet or smartphone while you’re waiting to see the doctor. You’re a mom-multitasking is in your blood.
Stay on Task
If your girlfriend calls and you have a lot to do, tell her you’ll call her back when you’re done. If you do have the time in your day, chat for a few minutes, but remember to be mindful of the clock in order to accomplish everything that you need to get done.
You can get so much accomplished while your kids are at school – and the more you get done while they’re gone, the more time you’ll have to enjoy one another when they get home.
Naomi Shaw is a freelance writer in Southern California. As a busy mom of three, it can be hard to keep her schedule straight, but she knows how important it is to accomplish a lot during the school day. She contributes to the Candy Concepts Inc. blog, and her writings span family and parenting topics.