OMG you guys, I am so happy to have found productive things to do at home while working with this one easy and simple mom hack!
These past few weeks have honestly been quite stressful with having to work from home for my day job while helping my son with his digital homeschooling. Man, I am exhausted! How about you?
Well, that could possibly change. I mean everyone knows that us moms are pro multi-taskers. ?? And guess what? There are actually productive things to do at home that you can do while working with this one mom hack.
Keep reading to find out which tasks you can do to be more productive at home when you are working remote.
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Secret Productive Tip for Working From Home Moms
Before I share the secret tip with you, let me ask – do you forget to get up from your desk sometimes? Or is that just me? ?
I swear I could go hours sitting at my desk and forget I need to get up and move around. But thankfully, my son helps remind me or forces me to get up to check his digital schoolwork.
So what is this super secret productive tip for working from home moms?
When you hear it, you’re going to be so mad at yourself for not doing this sooner because of how simple it is! Are you ready?
Set a timer on your FitBit for every 45-50 minutes. Then take a 10-15 minute break to do a productive thing at home.
That’s it. Seriously – this one productive hack has helped me stay on top of things and find productive things to do at home while I’m working!
Below are some of the productive things to do at home that you can tackle during your 10-15 minute breaks.
Productive Things To Do At Home While Working
As you’re going through the list below, keep in mind that you will only have 10-15 minutes to complete each of the below. You can rotate them out throughout the day on your mini breaks or pick one to work on during your breaks each day.
To help you with this working mom schedule, check out this super cute and cheap planner to help plan out your week. This one specifically is actually a self-care planner which is perfect for working moms. In addition to helping you plan out your productive daily tasks, it’ll also ensure you take care of yourself (something us moms forget to do a lot)!
And now, time to move on to find out which productive things to do at home can be done while working (and digital homeschooling like me).
Clean the house
Raise your hand if your house been a lot messier than usual.. ??♀️. If you raised your hand like me, it’s probably because of two reasons: you’re home more than usual and you have less visitors than normal. Don’t lie, you know it’s true LOL!
So of course, the most logical productive thing to do would be to get up and clean your house. But ughhh, I HATE cleaning! So why is this first on my list? Well, because it won’t feel like cleaning if you’re only doing it for 15 minutes at a time.
Here’s a quick glance at a part of my working mom daily cleaning schedule (given I have no conference meetings scheduled for the day):
- 8AM – 8:45AM: Work
- 8:45AM – 9AM: Wash dishes and clean sink
- 9AM – 9:45AM: Work
- 9:45AM – 10AM: Sweep downstairs
Get the idea? So jot down a few cleaning tasks you would like to get done this week, write them down in your planner and knock them out in rotational steps.
Bonus Tip: Want to know another way we’ve tackled our cleaning tasks? By having my son help me do chores during his homeschooling breaks. Sometimes he gets paid $0.25 for cleaning and sometimes he gets nothing (because you know, we all do our part). Once he’s done with a few, then he gets to enjoy in free time as usual.
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Research side hustles
LOL I know… this is a bit weird since I’m suggesting you look for other work in the middle of your work day. But hear me out.
In today’s economy, one can never be too sure of what’s going to happen. So having additional streams of income helps alleviate the stress each time the economy shoots downward. So no, I’m not saying to research a side hustle to replace your day job (unless of course, you want to). But get a side business going, and preferably an online side hustle since that’s the new world we live in.
Unsure of where to start? Here’s a list of the best side hustles for moms to make extra money online or offline.
One great side hustle you can start with little resources is an Etsy shop selling printables. I recently started my own, CheerfulPrintableCo selling printables for moms and kids.
So during those 10-15 minute breaks, do some research to see which side hustles would interest you. It doesn’t hurt to make some more money right?
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Spend time with your kids
This one is perfect for stay at home moms working from home. And trust me, this one will be your kid’s favorite mommy hack!
I know you might be thinking ‘how in the world can you spend time with your kids if you’re working?’ The answer is simple. Use one or two of those 10-15 minute breaks to spend time with them.
And look, all your kids want is your attention. You could spend time with them by doing something as simple as laying in bed with them, reading a short book together or even playing a few rounds of UNO! << we do this one everyday.
In fact, this post is where I list one of my best working from home with kids tips. And you know what? I promise you will both feel better after this mini break of just enjoying some mommy and me time together.
Start a blog
Have you ever considered starting a blog? I mean think about it. You could literally write about anything you’re good at or know a lot about. So to begin, all you have to do is find something you are knowledgeable and passionate about.
Perhaps you love being a mom and have a few mommy hacks up your sleeve. Or maybe you love helping people save money or do better budgeting. Or perhaps you’re the mom that’s been homeschooling your children for years and now all your friends are coming to you for advice LOL!
Well guess what? These are all hot topics that people are searching for, especially right now. And by the way, did you know you could actually make money blogging? It’s true! So many bloggers have been able to leave their day jobs just by blogging about their passions. Wouldn’t that be awesome??
And no, there isn’t too many bloggers out there. People are searching the internet all.the.time to find solutions to their problems. How cool would it be to be the person that helped someone out through your writing? (Hopefully in the same way I’m trying to help you right now!)
So whenever you have a few minutes, take some time to think about your interests, your knowledge and your passions. I’m sure there is something you could find to blog about!
Spend some time outdoors
When you’re stuck indoors for a long time, one of the best productive things to do at home for yourself is to go outside and catch some fresh air.
You can do this alone or with your kids (though I’m sure your kids may not leave you alone if you go to the backyard without them LOL). And don’t worry, there are plenty of backyard activities to do with your kids for 10 minutes.
Or something else you could do outdoors is go for a quick short walk along your street. Though this may go slightly over your typical 15 minute break you’re allocating but hey, it’ll definitely be worth it!
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Learn how to take better pictures
No, I’m not saying you don’t know how to take good pictures but we could all get better, don’t you think? I mean, before I started blogging, I thought I was an awesome photographer… until I saw what other bloggers were posting. ?
So another one of the productive things to do at home is to learn how to take better pictures (especially of your kids). This new skill is one that will always come in handy. I mean honestly, how many times do you take pictures of your kids? For me – it’s almost everyday LOL. For sure, at least once a week.
And no, you don’t need to have a fancy camera to capture those beautiful moments of or with your kids. You can easily capture amazing pictures of your kiddos with your phone! Just spend some time playing with your camera, snapping some shots and you’ll be good to go!
So add learning a new photography skill to your working mom schedule and capture those awesome memories of your kiddos!
30-min quick workout
C’mon, you knew this one was coming right? Of course one of the most productive things to do at home is to squeeze in a quick workout. In fact, the image above is a very good illustration of how me and my 7-year-old son spend our late morning.
Once my FitBit timer goes off at 11:30AM, we grab our primary workout gear and begin our stretches which then turns into either a full body workout or some ab and butt routines.
Although we have a variety of workout equipment at home, these four workout tools are the main ones I use when working out at home:
- Extra thick yoga mat (to keep my knees and back from hurting)
- 55 CM exercise ball (for my ab workouts)
- 12-lb dumbbell hand weights (for my arm and back workouts)
- Waist trimmer belt (because I need to get the most out of a 30-minute workout LOL)
So yes, get out of your seat and start a quick workout routine. YOU need to ensure that you take care of yourself and stay healthy for your family so do yourself a favor and add this one to the list. And don’t forget to add it to your self-care planner as well! ?
Now Get Productive Mama!
Man, I wish I would have thought about this one productive tip way sooner. But oh well, better late than never right? I mean, who knew you could get sooo much done at home even while you’re having to work remote and help out with digital homeschooling? Well now you know and there’s no excuses to not be productive at home LOL!
Have you tried this productive tip for busy moms? What are some other productive things you can do at home (in 15 minute increments)? Which of these are you most definitely going to try? Please share your thoughts below as I would love to hear from you!
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