5 Productivity Tips for Busy Parents

5 Productivity Tips for Busy Parents

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5 Productivity Tips for Busy Parents

As a working parent, you’re no stranger to stress and that perpetual feeling of not having enough hours in a day to get everything done. And that’s fine. We all have a lot to juggle, and some of us are better at it than others.

If you’re not feeling too satisfied with how you’re managing your responsibilities at home, however, then it may be time to change things up so you can tackle your days with more efficiency and overall satisfaction.

Here are some of my favorite productivity tips as a working mom, which I know will also come in handy for busy dads:

1. Anticipate Interruptions as a Constant

If you have kids and have no one to take care of them on a fixed schedule (or even if you do), you need to view interruptions as an inevitable part of our parenting lives. Things won’t always go as planned, and in some cases, that can be a good thing. But more often than not, these interruptions will throw situations at us that we may not be fully equipped to handle. This is where tip no. 2 will come in extremely handy.

2. Be Resilient

Parents, we really need to be good at adjusting to different situations. And I’m not just saying this because of interruptions. Life with kids is just filled with different things that can creep out of nowhere, both for better or worse. And if we want to stay productive, resilience is key. 

People who have trouble adjusting to changes often suffer more consequences because they struggle to move forward.

The less receptive we are to changes, the less we are able to use our problem-solving skills, which is often our best tool for overcoming challenging situations.

3. Have an “Off” Switch

It’s an amazing thing to love our careers and business, but if we’re not careful, we may suffer from the “half-on-half-off syndrome”. When we’re doing something, it’s important to be fully present in the moment.

For example, if we’re spending time with the kids, it’s important to have our attention and thoughts with them and not on our work. Juggling multiple thoughts in our heads and never switching off can lead to burnout. 

4. Use Tools

Every parent eventually feels like there’s just not enough time to tackle everything on a given day. With tools, however, it can be easier and faster to structure our tasks and to-do lists so we can stay on top of our responsibilities.

Even something as simple as a note-taking tool such as Evernote can do wonders. If you’re looking for something a little more complex, you can even try out Asana or Trello. For managing your finances, some banks even have apps that automate your savings and bills. 

5. Form Good Habits

Our daily actions are all governed by habits. Some of our habits help us perform at our best as parents and/or providers, while some are getting in the way of us taking care of the important things. 

A few very good tips for forming good habits is to make them simple, obvious, and easily trackable. Remember: it isn’t a habit yet until we’ve ingrained them into our everyday routine.

Try keeping a scorecard to provide you with an overview of your progress. It’s also a great way to keep yourself motivated to continue the activity until it becomes a habit.

Final Tip

Remember that creating new habits takes repetition. You can’t learn to manage your household better overnight, and you can’t expect to do it perfectly either. Just don’t forget to celebrate the small wins, and learn to reward yourself for the progress that you’re making!

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