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Motherhood helps you develop a thick skin. Being a mom, you learn how to multitask, acquire a sharper eye for details, and turn your brain into a non-stop reminder. But alongside the good skills, you can also fall in the trap of procrastination and laziness. You know that feeling when you have tons of things to do, and you overthink until you go to bed at the end of the day accomplishing absolutely nothing. We’ve all been there. And that’s normal.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed trying to get things done while keeping up with your children, spouse, and house chores. This applies to working and stay-at-home moms. While working moms have a small window during the day to get things done, stay-at-home moms and moms on maternity leaves have to deal with the hecticness of the day, while attending to the baby and responding to their needs.
I’ve been there too, and honestly, I gave in a lot of times to the negative self-talk that would lead me to self-sabotage. Long story short, I believe that it’s a decision that you make to get out of this cycle, and in order to figure out how to solve it, you need to get to the root cause.
Reasons why you might be less productive:
Your sleeping schedule is disturbed
One of the biggest things that can mess up your day is not having a healthy sleep schedule. You could be not getting enough sleep, or sleeping too late and waking up too late as well. This might give you a headache and a feeling of tiresome all day long. Sleep for 8 hours and wake up a little earlier to get things done.
Your day is very unorganized
It’s easy to feel that the day is leading you. Not having a routine for your day will leave you distracted with all the house chores and kids’ needs. Stick to a to-do list or at least decide that you’ll get a number of things done before the day ends.
You overwhelm yourself with an unrealistic to-do list
You schedule too many tasks per day. This makes you feel that you don’t achieve anything. Make your to-do list doable.
You don’t make time for yourself
You can’t pour from an empty cup. Don’t expect to be a giver when you’re drained. Prioritize yourself. You can schedule some proper me-time on a weekly basis. Doing something for yourself in the morning or before going to bed will make you feel better, calmer, and more peaceful.
You’re on your phone all the time
Spending too much time on your phone, chatting, scrolling, checking social media, and playing games might be one of the main reasons you are unproductive. Unfortunately, we all spend long hours on the phone without even realizing it. Put down your phone. You can manage your screentime via phone apps.
You compare yourself to others
It’s easy to be trapped in the vicious cycle of comparison, seeing other people on social media sharing moments of their lives that would entail happiness or success. Comparing your lives to others definitely has a negative impact on your mental health, as well as your productivity.
Understand that everybody’s journey is unique and don’t believe everything you see on social media, as people only share their happiest and prettiest moments. Believe that everybody progresses at their own pace and that doesn’t mean that you’re behind. Always be grateful for what you have. That’s the key to happiness.
You live in an unorganized space
Being in a space that is full of clutters unconsciously weighs you down. Make it a habit to organize the space you’re sitting in. Also, get into the habit of decluttering on a regular basis. Watch Mari Kondo’s show on Netflix for inspiration.
Eat mindfully and well. Eating nutritious food will give you the energy you need throughout your day. Try to squeeze in some workouts, it will make a lot of difference.
Further reading: How Mothers Can Work From Home With Kids During Quarantine