I’m a work-from-home-momma and that means I’m constantly trying to find time to squeeze in work tasks throughout the day. I know my biggest chunk of time to get things done is when my son is sleeping, but honestly I sometimes feel sort of paralyzed the moment I close the door to his bedroom.
Do I start a big writing project? Do I send emails? Do I write a blog post? Do I research a new assignment? Maybe I should workout? Or shower? It might make sense to workout and then shower, right? Oh, but I have that painting project I’ve been wanting to start in the garage… maybe I’ll just check my Instagram or scroll through Pinterest until I decide…and then 30 minutes have gone by and my precious nap time is half over.
Then, I frantically try to do something, anything, to feel like my time wasn’t completely wasted. It’s a battle I find myself in more days than I’d care to admit.
For me, one of the hardest things about working from home is that when the baby is in bed at the end of the day, I want to look back and be able to tell I accomplished something towards a goal. Yes, I realize that keeping our kiddo happy, healthy, fed, and engaged are all honorable goals, but since I also have a house to keep up and a business to run and clients to report back to, I know I need to carve out time for other things, too.
On some days, it’s turning in a big project or sending out client invoices. On other days, my main goal is just getting the laundry folded and put away after leaving it in a big pile for over half the week. And that’s okay! It’s also perfectly acceptable to write “brush teeth” on your to-do list. It’s even acceptable to write things you’ve already completed on there, just to be able to cross them off–whatever helps get you motivated, momma!
No matter how large or small the goal, I do better when I recognize that need within myself to check things off a list. Plus, it removes the time-wasting I too-often get sucked into during the day.
So, I’ve started getting back in the habit of using a daily to-do list, and encourage you to do the same if you’re like me and struggle with progress and purpose.
I have used many to-do list methods over the years. One version I recently grabbed in the dollar section at Target is used to map out the whole week at a time. I like to use this as a calendar to remember big-picture goals and plans for the week.
But I also created my own custom list that I use daily and I want to share it with you, too!
There are places to keep track of all sorts of different kinds of progress, from daily hydration goals to meetings and appointments, workout goals, household tasks like watering flowers, and even things as simple as going outside for the mail and doing my quiet time. I also like to take a moment to look for bright spots in my days and write out something I’m specifically thankful for each day, like my husband letting me have 20 minutes of snoozing time this morning. AMEN.
Honestly, simply being intentional about time and task management empowers me to be joyful in the mundane moments. It has been the single biggest change in my overall attitude at the end of the day and the end of the week. I’m a better momma, wife, and worker when I feel in control, of just the smallest, simplest things.
CLICK HERE to see all three color choices and download the list for yourself to print off and fill out on days when you need to feel that sense of order and accomplishment.
Then, come back here and leave your best to-do list advice. Do you find it’s better to write your list out at night or in the morning? Do you use pen or pencil? Let’s encourage each other to be productive!
Psst! If you’re looking for even more encouragement for getting stuff done, CLICK HERE to print out a free motivational command and place it on your desk, your bathroom mirror, the mantle—wherever it will help push you to take a step toward reaching a dream or crushing a goal today!