Stay At Home Mom Routine: 6 Tips To Improve Your Productivity

You may not even remember when was the last night you slept 8 hours in a raw, or even 8 hours at all. The day has finished, and you feel like you haven’t done anything. When you are staying at home tacking care of your little ones, this feeling is part of your stay at home mom daily routine. Nevertheless, there are a few things you can do to be more successful, do more and feel better — even if your toddler wants to spill a whole bag of flour over your kitchen floors today., you will get to manage a time slot to take care of your things. Yes! YOUR THINGS, those that are not a priority anymore, but you know it has to change and you have to become a priority to yourself for God’s sake.

1. Focus On The Small Things

Being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) is a tough job. One survey found that 28 percent of SAHMs reported feeling depressed. Many with low wages suffer the most, but every mom feels down from time to time.

The best way to overcome sadness and that “overwhelmed” feeling is to focus on the little things you do in a day. You may not have time to cook lunch, dinner, go over the ABCs, take care of your business, build a tent fort, and clean up the entire house, but you might have built the fort, fed the kids, work in the “musts” of your business, and cleaned the kitchen after dinner.

That’s a lot and you have to give you that! Recognition is important and you are the first one that should be proud of your progress.

Keeping a list of things to do helps you see what you’ve accomplished in a day. Write down even those small tasks, such as cleaning a guest bathroom or reading a book with your first grader. Everything counts! Small progress is still progress and baby steps are more than welcome.

2. Say “No” If It Is The Right Thing To Do For You

You’ve only got so many hours a day, and you’re not going to be around to fulfill everyone’s needs. If that play date isn’t the right use of your time with your child, doesn’t fulfill your life goals, or takes away everything that you really enjoy, you need to say no. Say yes to only those things that really matter, such as family time. Don’t encourage thoughts of remorse to settle in — say no is your way to make the best of the little time you have. Use the time you have available to do something you feel great about, enjoy a good book, work on your stay at home business, take that hot bath, relax, but don’t waste your time in things that are not important to you, and don’t add value to your family.

3. Preparation For Meals

There are time-savings that will set the day free, such as choosing one day a week to cook a dinner. If you set out all your meals on Saturday or Sunday, and Wednesday there’s something that will give you extra time the rest of the week, and at least you’ll be prepared for dinner. You’ll take your pre-prepared meal out of the refrigerator or fridge, heat and feed. No more On -Demand dinners!

Another way to save time is to make the weekly meal a routine. If you like to eat right away after cooking, then plan a menu for the week, even though you will have to cook, you will know exactly what you need, how long it will take you and that way, On-Demand Dinners are out of the tale too.

Another way to save time is to make the weekly meal a routine. Some meal prepping apps allow you to routinize your shopping list based on your weekly meal plan. Planning also helps you shop for large retailers, buy in bulk, and stick to your budget.

Get a couple of takes out dinner days! Taco Tuesdays and Pizza Fridays are days that the entire family is looking forward to while giving you a little rest from the kitchen.

4. Be Aware Of Your Deadlines

Even though you’re not working in the corporate world, it’s all right to set some deadlines for yourself. Have you ever heard of Parkinson ‘s law before? The concept is that if we have a two-week deadline, it’s our nature to take two weeks to complete the project. Overcome the urge to procrastinate by putting deadlines ahead of time when tasks are due. If your child’s preschool application is due within 30 days, give yourself a one-week deadline to complete it and turn it in.

When you set your deadlines, make sure you assign priority to the most important things, so all you can wait on goes to the bottom of the list. If you are working in a new project, give it the importance it needs to become a reality. Sometimes new things take long time to achieve because it has no due date, you have to assign a due date to those new projects. New projects are important for you, and are due to yourself just because it is not for someone else means it shouldn’t be prioritized. You deserve to be a priority.

One of the huge benefits of stay at home moms is that you are free to organize your schedule, you don’t have a boss or a 9 to 5 corporations over your shoulders. Use your time wisely.

5. Prepare The Night Before

Do all you can the night before, such as laying away laundry for the next day and preparing lunches for everybody. Charge your gadtes (iPhone, iWatch, iPad, iPhone ears, etc), prepare your athleisure for your morning workout and review the menu for the next day.

If you think your house is a mess all the time and you can’t get a grip on your day, consider using tools like Fly Lady to learn how to deal with your home without living in chaos or becoming a slave of your cleaning endless tasks.

6. Ask For Help

Do you still find that there is more on your to-do list at the end of the week than you can do? Don’t be afraid to ask family and friends for support. A lot of people want to step in and offer their support, but they don’t know where to start.

You can even assign tasks to family members who have offered help, or tasks to immediate family members.

If it’s in your budget, get some work done. If you can’t find the time (or you simply don’t like) to clean the windows outside, hire someone to do it for you. Local college students also need extra money, particularly during the summer.

If you can’t afford to get some help with the house cleaning, take a look to business for stay at home moms. Some of them requires little or no capital, you can feel fulfilled and productive, you can contribute with your household income and yet stay at home with your kids.

Don’t Forget Why You Decided To Be A Stay At Home Mom

You will never regret the time you spent growing your children into happy, well-adjusted adults. Make every moment of their childhood count. Only allow yourself a rest. If the dishes are left in the sink for a couple hours longer than you’d like, that’s a little item on the huge list of priorities you have for your kids. Don’t feel guilty about it and be flexible.

At the end of the day, you’re educating and raising a potential responsible person, and that’s worth a lot more than all the cool impecable houses in the country. Live in your house, don’t live for your house.

14 thought on “Stay At Home Mom Routine: 6 Tips To Improve Your Productivity”

  1. Nicole Kalsbeek says:

    I might not have children but your article sure did give me some awesome tips on time management.

    I always feel like I’m chasing the hours and never taking a breath to relax, especially cooking I never seem to have time for but I should have plenty of time, just need to manage better. Your meal preparation such a good idea, I never even thought of something simple like that but I am so gonna make a weekly meal plan, it will save me tons of time.

    The tip to prepare the night before, golden, just golden.

    Even though I have no children these tips are still golden, thank you so much for sharing

    1. Nicole Torres says:

      Hi Nicole! 

      Nicole here lol 

      Thank you so much. There’s no need to have kids to get overwhelmed with all the things you want to do. 

      Regarding meal preps. I highly recommend this program. Recipes are easy, includes desserts, a full menu for each day, grocery list, and cooking time is usually under 15minutes! I looooved it. It was a game-changer in my daily routine.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post

  2. DorcasW says:

    Hey; the stay-at-home mom routine is one demanding task that one will not know it is that way until being a stay-home mom yourself. Those tasks never end, especially when the small children are at home with you. It is beneficial for the stay-at-home moms to prioritized doing so will help her to get some rest. 

    She should train the children to help her with small tasks while being at home with them to help them to grow responsible. Otherwise, as they grow older, her work will increase, as many of today’s children have embarked on the “mommy dos” habit.


    1. Nicole Torres says:

      Hi DorcasW, 

       That’s right! It is not just about moms, it is also about what do you want your kids marrying because of what you do for them. Regarding moms, there’s no way to be a better mom than to be happy with yourself as an individual.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read this 


  3. Sheddy Ovb says:

    Heloo over there, a big thanks to you for sharing this insightful and educational Post on the topic titled; stay a home mom routine. Saying  no when it is necessary or when it Is the right thing  to do for you is really a nice one. It’s sometimes very difficult for mums to always so especially to their kids. Anyways these are really nice tips for increasing productivity, they’ll indeed yield great results if well adhered to. 

    1. Nicole Torres says:

      Hi Shaddy! 

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I really hope this helps other mums and especially I want them to know that they are not alone and there’s people out there willing to support them 


  4. evans says:

    it  has never been easy being a mum especially a nursing mum, you’ve got to spend all your time looking after your baby which should be your primary motive and with this circumstance is pretty difficult for you having a good sleep…this article says it all, stay-at-home moms really do create jobs and do have to be really appreciated for it

    1. Nicole Torres says:

      Hi Evans, 

      Thank you so much for sharing. I feel you, being a nurse sounds like don’t sleep enough, but with kids, I can not imagine! Thank you so much for your work, we have realized the importance of your dedication now, with a pandemic, letting you take all the risks as front lines. 

      Thank you for choosing taking care of others, your work is priceless and I am pretty sure your kids are extremely proud of you

      Hugs and stay safe

      Thank you

  5. Philebur says:

    Hello there! Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece of information with us, this is something we all want to see in this lockdown period. Everybody is basically jobless and listing out these productive things is really a game changer. Thank you very much. I’d definitely jump on this as like you said, it’ll help with my productivity a whole lot. Thanks

    1. Nicole Torres says:

      Hi Philebur, 

      You just made my day with your comment. Thank you so much for letting me know that you found this post helpful. 

      Thank you! 

  6. Cherryl Darling says:

    A great guideline for new moms.  Very helpful information.  It’s well thought out and detailed.  This post would prevent so much frustration.  We are all so overwhelmed in so many situations, not only for mothers but in other areas as well.  We tend to focus on everyone else and do not take time for ourselves; not realizing that if we don’t care for ourselves, we cannot take care of anyone else.  I think that it would definitely help if you could put it on social media where it would be available for a lot more people to be able to see.  I

    t’s helpful to those of us who are not organized could use it as a boilerplate to be able to meet deadlines and get our lives in order.

    Thank You.


    1. Nicole Torres says:

      Hi Cheryl, thank you so much for sharing

      I totally agree organization and discipline are key factors to meet our goals.

      Stay safe!

  7. Sami says:

    Your common sense suggestions for controlling the day and time available make me know I am not the only one who decided to not get lost in the forest. Which forest you say? Well, the one in my mind that has all my family thinking I’m crazy.  All the neighbors thinking I am lazy.  There are goals important to me, that my husband could care less about.  They are important to him only because they make me crazy when not met.  

    When I realized how much time I was wasting, trying to live up to what I thought other people were thinking!   That was an eye-opener!  The really sad part is the people I thought would think poorly of me if I didn’t clean windows every 3 months could have cared less.  The ones I thought would think I was not a good time manager if I didn’t volunteer for the 2nd grade Harvest Festival never even noticed that I had worked the past 2 years! 

    What was I thinking?  Some things just are not important right now!  You can get that done if it is still important when the kids go to college!  Give your mind a break. Give your self the joy of living your life.  You only have one.

    The suggestions in this article are an important resource.  Seeing your tasks in an article so completely removed from your day can give you new insight for how to manage your days.  To me the gem of the suggestions here is routine!  Routine is another word for habit in my world.  Good habits that pull you through your day are important when you are a stay at home Mom.  

    One that I thought was dumb when I noticed My daughter-in-law’s way of managing things, reaped so many rewards that I quickly adopted it.  About the time for her husband to get home, she would make sure the kids were clean, smelled clean, faces washed, hair brushed, and she did a bit of grooming for her self, a fresh ponytail, bit of perfume, dab of lipstick. She would open the curtains if they were closed, and she would ask if the kids could see Dad?  Is his truck in the driveway?  Often they would all be on the porch sitting on the step, looking for Dad.  When he appeared they were clapping their hands, excited to see Dad. When I heard my son talk about how good that made him feel, I knew it was a good routine.  A good habit. 

    He didn’t see the toys everywhere, the laundry not completed in the utility room, dishes in the sink.  He saw a family ready for Dad to get home! He is glad to play with the kids while dinner is being prepared.  She has a happy family.  Her workday ends well.  He feels important and that his family appreciated how hard he worked for them.  

    Don’t be too proud to adopt an idea or two from others, or from an article. Thanks for your ideas and sharing.

    1. Nicole Torres says:

      Hi Sami,

      Thank you so much for sharing. For being so honest, I totally feel you. I agree with you that it is good to learn from others, there’s no shame in that. But, keep in mind that you are what your family needs. Take from others things that will make you feel fulfilled and pay attention to those details that are really important to you. 

      Most importantly, you are not alone. I have been there. If you want to share a project that is important to you, something that you are really excited about; please count on me. Send me an email, my social media is available for you, especially the Instagram (where my audience is a bit bigger) 

      Big hug! You got this!

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