Mastering Productivity as a Mother

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

Firstly What are Mum Duties?

So first and foremost being a mother will always be the hardest but also the most rewarding job any woman can take on and a mothers role to love and nurture her children is the epitome of productivity. There are a million things that continually go into this duty and as a mother you are productive just for carrying out your purpose alone of mothering. Never forget that, even if you want more even if you don’t feel productive, you are.

The fact little people depend on you and in order for that to happen you have to look after yourself, a home, finances and them is testament to the fact that even if you feel behind, not doing enough, creating enough, whatever it may be, you are already doing ALOT.

Mums and Bedtime

So we become mothers and all of a sudden bed time stops becoming a straight forward existence. Bed time starts to equate to doing a once over of the kitchen, picking up the left over items on the stairs, checking windows, signing of permission slips, maybe sewing a button, being hit with a last minute project or costume... can you relate? Yes those ten tasks you do before you touch down on your pillow! Because you just don’t get to go to bed when you say you are or if you do it isn’t without thinking of the million things you didn’t do or have to do.

How Mums Get Organised for Increased Productivity

Isn’t true we have to learn to use every second of every day to accomplish our never ending to do lists? I would have to say that organisation can become a mothers top skill, but she often doesn’t realise it. Busy people are also people who get things done.

But that is not to say that there also many mothers who although may be getting stuff done, aren’t getting everything they want out of life and everything they would truly desire done.

And one of those reasons is not having mastered productivity in her own life. Working with mothers everyday I can definitely say there is not a one size fits all approach and parents often are not always able to do the same things or work productivity the way childless women can. Hence why when time management and productivity hacks grace magazine pages and internet headlines I know most mums read them think they sound great but never actually are able to implement them sustainably in their own lives.

So it begs the question…

How do we Produce More and Get More Done as a Mother?

How do we effectively run households and juggle demanding careers? How do we cultivate nurturing relationships with each of our children and nourish our marriages? How do we stay mentally and physically fit and make time for friends and family? In this content obsessed world, how do we create more? How do we generate more clients in such noisy markets and niches if we run online businesses? How do we overall produce more of what we would like in our personal lives as well as in the trajectory of our careers?

The World’s Highest Performers and Productivity

The world’s highest performers are meticulous about the intention they bring to their days.

Often times the most successful people are only giving themselves one or two tasks of which to complete a day and once they get those done these are considered as a win. We have also learnt from high performance studies that those that celebrate small wins daily or weekly are much more likely to sustain happiness and fulfilment and enjoy the success they accomplish. Otherwise you could have daily or weekly goals and still feel disappointed with what you achieve as you are just letting life pass you by and not recognising what you are doing well.

How Can Mums Become High Performers at Home?

High performers have mastered the ability to identify what activity is their most needle turning activity, the one activity that will move them the furthest forward that day in the grand scheme of the overall project or business plan. Whereas as mothers we are trying to radically cross off as much as possible in the hopes of feeling better. But we don't need to put that much pressure on ourselves in order to achieve. The amount of tasks crossed of is not of importance, but rather the outcome of the tasks we complete.

“It is hard to acknowledge your wins if you set yourself up to fail by overloading your schedule and multitasking.”

Multi tasking has been proven to reduce productivity significantly. The time taken moving from one task to the next and the time taken to refocus on the task at hand can lose you anywhere from 20% to 75% of productivity according to SCRUM research.

How Can A Mum Become a High Performer at Work?

Start boosting your productivity habits by dedicating days to certain tasks and don’t overwhelm your brain with a million and one completely different things. Completing five tasks a week is better than twenty unfinished.

If we are conscious of where we spend our time and where it is getting lost we can maximise it.

Can you reduce TV time or have no TV days? Can you have digital device free hours to keep you focused on a particular task? What about just an earlier 20 minutes rise than usual but get to bed 20 minutes earlier so you don’t lose sleep? All these things can and will improve your effectiveness in producing the outcomes you need to.

As ambitious mothers bustling through the day just won’t cut it. The only thing it will cut is your productivity.

The Secret to Getting More Done as a Mother

How to Be More Productive and Confident

With confidence being the first attribute many mothers lose after children, being able to express yourself confidently and step up is at the heart of everything we have to do if we want to live a more energised and passionate life.

1) You want to be the best in each role you have to play as a mother so you need to have everything in your life reflect that.

2) Never do anything that is not in the best interest of you, your children or husband

When you have confidence you are able to be more expressive with your hearts true

desires, wishes and feelings, which helps you to be bolder. This role modelling is in the best

interests of both your husband and children because they get to see