I’ve mentioned before that I never planned on staying home with Declan for an extended amount of time. Eric’s job offer came right at the time of Declan’s due date and things changed for us incredibly fast. I’ve been in a rut several times where being at home made me nuts. When Declan was a wee baby I slept a lot and did dishes and that made me crazy, I felt unhealthy and unproductive. I felt like I wasn’t contributing to anything (except raising a child, lol) Now that he’s older and more mobile being home has been a whole new ball game. I do plan on going back to work in the fall, but until then I wanted to share for those in the same boat, that it is possible to be productive at home!
I would say I’m a very “busy” person and I thrive off crossing things off my to-do list. For some people, list making is not helpful and doesn’t make them feel productive, rather overwhelmed. I make list and I make lists to make lists. And if you’re not a list maker, that’s totally fine because I’m going to share a few ideas that everyone can use to stay productive while staying at home!
- The first thing you must do every day is this: MAKE YOUR BED. I learned this from my husband. This way if you don’t accomplish anything during the day, at least you made your bed. On the other hand, if you had an insane busy day there’s really no better feeling than crashing into a beautifully made, comfortable bed.
- Get ready for the day. Even if you plan to be home all day with a little one, you’re going to feel better about yourself and motivated if you’re ready for whatever the day entails. Take time to do your make up, play with your hair, and dress up. When you look good you feel good, you perform better.
- Take time for yourself. Believe it or not being home all day results in a really messy house. I always feel like I have a limited time to do a million things while Declan is napping which ultimately makes me feel more overwhelmed. I always take his first nap to drink my coffee and just be still. I mentally prepare for the day (sometimes I make lists, hehe, but I’m working on just existing).
- Know your time windows. This will come with routine, but knowing how long your baby will be awake and how long they will sleep is really helpful for errand opportunities. For example, I know that Declan will be awake for 2-2.5 hours before taking an 45- 60 minute nap (he’s not the best napper, I’ve relinquished control of this.)
Knowing your time windows is key! Here’s how I utilize Declan’s nap time to stay productive while being at home with him.
7:00- Wakey, Wakey, Eggs, Bakey. Eric gets up and ready before Declan and I. By the time me and my snuggle bug are up Eric has breakfast made and spends time with Declan while I get ready for the day and make our bed.
9:30- ME TIME. Coffee. Sip. Repeat. I organize my brain, I make a list (grocery or to do), or reflect.
Noonish- Daily Errands. I’ll toss a load of laundry in and fold some before we head out. This could also be a grocery trip or Declan’s gymnastic class, possibly the library. It depends on the day and what needs to be done.
4:30-5:00ish- I’ll straighten up the house, prep or start dinner.
8:00- Declan hits the hay and Eric and I will eat dinner and catch up on our days.
Okay ladies, how do you stay productive while staying at home with your little one? What does your routine look like?