Motherhood is far from easy. And staying at home doesn’t make it any better. It can get chaotic and stressful but that can be prevented.

Here are 5 things that will boost your productivity and also make you a happier stay at home mom.

Get ready for the day

Contrary to popular belief, stay at home moms have a lot to do and sometimes this leaves no room to glam up. While it may be tempting to wear pyjamas and sweatpants for days on end, this only wires your brain to think it's okay to lounge in the house.

On the other hand, wearing some pretty clothes, applying simple makeup and styling your hair gives you a confidence boost and makes you look put together, especially when you go out to run errands or pick up the kids from school. You can switch things up with a t-shirt and a pair of jeans which will then trigger you to be more productive.

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Create routines and stick to them

Routines help things run smoothly for both you and your children. Not only do routines tell you what you need to do at a particular time, but they also help in fulfilling most duties.

For example, washing dishes every day at night is a routine that lessens chores for the next day.

Routines also assist the children to know what to expect at a certain time. If you don't have set routines, make some, it will save you a lot of time and brainpower.

Get up before everyone else

One of the biggest tips for having a productive day is by waking up early. Being the first to wake up gives you some more time for yourself without having kids in your space.

It also gives your body enough time to get active as opposed to getting up and jumping into chores which can leave you feeling exhausted and stressed.

You also get the opportunity to do your morning routine or pamper yourself with a cup of tea in a quiet environment. These will no doubt set you up for a good day and a better mood.

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Have a schedule

As a stay-at-home mom, doing some things during a particular period is easier. For example, cleaning the house when the kids are taking a nap will prevent disturbance and recleaning. Having a schedule makes organizing your day easier.

As much as possible, ensure that your schedule is flexible enough to accommodate unexpected events. Also do not block out every hour of your day as that can get overwhelming.

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Find time to relax

Getting some time for yourself to sit and relax helps to release any stress and pressure you might feel.

You can take some time during lunch or before the kids come back from school to watch an episode of your favourite TV show or just pamper yourself. Taking care of yourself enables you to take better care of your family.

In summary…

A little bit of planning and establishing good schedules and habits will help you get a lot done. Using the tips used above, you will not only become more productive but you will be happier and your general well-being will improve.

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