During the day when you are home by yourself with your toddler, you may feel like you don’t have much time to do anything. But at the same time, you haven’t really done much of anything. And that can be daunting on yourself.
At times you may feel like you are overwhelmed with tasks. And then you put it all off until later when you think you can get to it.
But these things are starting to sound a little bit like procrastination.
The P word can be so unforgiving. Once in a while, I feel like I can be drowning in it. And if you feel like you are the same way then you are not alone. There are lots of people who tend to procrastinate. It’s easy to get distracted by the tv or your cell phone. But the main thing is that you can switch it around by tackling one task at a time.
Start being productive and organized by cutting out the procrastination
If you start to get that overwhelming feeling, then it is time to sit down for a minute. Be more productive and organized by making a checklist of things to do. I like to do this at the start of my week. For example, maybe you need to pay bills or organize the closets.
Once you’ve made a checklist, grab a planner and write down 1 to 2 most important tasks that you need to get done for each day.
It’s best to start off each task early in the morning so that it gets you in the mood to get things done.
This might sound odd, but I like to leave the dishes in the sink until morning and here is why. And once I do a vigorous activity like this, I feel like I am ready to take on anything for the day. I believe the combination of feeling satisfied and doing an activity like that helps me to wake up and be more active.
But you can start your day off with something else that doesn’t have to do with cleaning. I just like to get that done first-thing because it helps me clear my mind and think of what I have to do that day.
Find another way to stay organized
If you’re not a huge fan of writing things down in a notebook, then use this organizer. I am more productive and organized by using Trello for everything like school, business, and home tasks. You can create a board and within that board, you create lists with cards on them. Below is an example of how I organize my business each week inside Trello.
Each board is like a category for which things you need to get organized.
Always try to keep yourself busy
Lastly, I am always trying to keep myself busy by doing one task after another. Once I finish a task I will think of something else like sort out the laundry.
Here’s a quick tip: Don’t like cleaning? Just put on some of your favorite tunes to make it an easier task. You and your toddler can do little dances with each other to make it even more fun. Sometimes, I like to include my toddler in chores, especially laundry, because it doesn’t hurt to teach them chores early on in their life.
Plus, my daughter thinks it’s fun to do the chores herself. She loves it and she thinks that she’s a big girl doing it all by herself.
But you see, overall, it’s important to keep yourself busy throughout the day. Because at some points, your day goes by so slow that sometimes it can make you feel a little crazy. But by the end of the day, you feel like you’ve accomplished a lot. Plus, you will have more time to do the things that you enjoy.
By being more productive and organized, you can spend more time with your family or dive into a really good book after your little one goes to bed.
You can do those things and not feel so guilty about it the next day. So try it out and see how that works for you. You might also realize afterward how much time you’ve spent wasting away being on your phone or watching tv.
It might even be helpful to list the things that are distracting to you. Block them out by timing yourself so that way you can get more done in a few hours rather than a whole day.
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