Best Productivity Tips For Working Moms from Female Entrepreneurs
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Best Productivity Tips For Working Moms from Female Entrepreneurs

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There is so much on your plate you don’t know where to start or you are caught staring at your screen with only the sound of crickets playing in your head.

Does this sound familiar?

Whether you run your own business, work outside the home or in the home, you have probably struggled with productivity at one time or another.

We have all been there.

I started working from home 4 years ago when our second child was born. While I am so grateful for the opportunity to work from home it took some time, and a really awesome babysitter, to find ways to be productive in order to fulfill both my roles as an employee and a mother.

During that time, I came to realize that the foundation to being a productive working mom is good time management.

Related Article:  “Time Management Tips for Moms

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Female Entrepreneurs Share Their #1 Productivity Tips For Working Moms

So how do you set yourself up for success and increase your productivity?

I talked to female entrepreneurs that are rocking it in their online businesses to find out what their number 1 productivity tips for working moms.

My best tip would be to set timers. I am someone who usually focuses too much time on one specific task. What I like to do is list out my tasks from most important to least important. Then I will set a timer on my phone (usually an hour depending on the task) Once the timer goes off I will stop the task and focus on my next “to do”! If I don’t complete my task by the time my timer is up, I will bring it to the bottom of my list and work on it again after I work on all other items on my “to do” list! -Ell Duclos

Ell is the creator behind Boss Girl Bloggers and ellduclos.blog and has turned her passion for writing and inspiring others into a full time career.

 

It’s so important to be intentional with your time. Create an hourly schedule, set an alarm, and stay focused on your work during work hours. It’s really the best way to get things done and excel in your business. – Cate

Cate Rosales is the mommy-of-two and blogger behind SweetandSimpleLife.com. She helps aspiring female entrepreneurs start a blog and earn passive income, so you can live life on your own terms!

 

Avoid over-scheduling your time. Plan no more than 60% of the time you have available during a work session. You will be able to tackle unexpected items and allow yourself to go slower, so that you can be more creative and thoughtful about your work. – Jenny

After years of juggling work and home life, Jenny left her job to be a full time mama to her three littles. She loves encouraging other mamas to find the right balance so their families can thrive. Read about Jenny’s tips for Spending More Time Doing What You Love, on her blog Home After Three.

 

My number 1 productivity tip is to practice single tasking. When you turn off distractions and focus on one task at a time, you can put 100% of your energy into that project. What’s more, you don’t waste time refocusing your thoughts while jumping from task to task. Single tasking helps you quickly reach your “flow state” and stay there, which allows you to plow through your to-do list with much greater efficiency. -Paula

Paula is the voice behind I’m Busy Being Awesome, a resource for busy women looking for balance in their lives. Working together, she helps women create strategies to manage their time, get organized, maximize their productivity, and find time for fun. Read all about Paula’s “3 Simple Steps to Singletasking” to learn more!

 

Staying productive as a WAHM is essential because it is easy to fall into the trap of doing household chores instead of working. One of my biggest tips is to be consistent in your planning. Before I start each week I plan my days with themes. Monday may be an admin day, Tuesday a writing day, and Thursday a promotional planning day. Having a theme allows me to create a plan for each day according to how it’s themed. This keeps me organized and on task!Autumn

Autumn is an honest, real and never perfect bad-ass wife, mom and PPD, anxiety and life survivor. She’s also behind the blog She’s A Wreck that brings you practical parenting and motherhood tips. 

 

I feel that the best strategy to increase productivity is to stop multitasking. I have found that when I focus on one task at a time I am more efficient and focused. As a mom this means that I often work when my children are asleep or outside with friends.- Lauren

Lauren’s site Simply Well Balanced, helps moms create balance and find the joy in motherhood. She shares tips about practical minimalism, homemaking and family activities.

 

Sometimes we bypass the most practical things for what’s new and flashy. However, when it comes to getting more done, as much as possible, you should get more sleep! -Rose Barnett

Rose Barnett knows what it means to struggle as a mom and that’s why she compiled 97+ Successful Mom Resources to help you find purpose, get organized and generate an income.

 

Set Yourself Up For Success

Now that you have these awesome tips to help you with productivity, I want to share with you a few tools I use that help me stay on track and keep me moving towards my goals.

Planners

Passion Planner

Planners are kind of my thing and this one rocks. I have used a Passion Planner 3 years in a row. This planner is laid out in such a way that you can organize both your personal and professional life. There is lots of space for goal setting and reflection at the end of each month. It’s high quality and the binding never breaks.


Academic Passion Planner Pro Aug 2018 – Jul 2019 – Goal Oriented Daily Agenda, Appointment Calendar, Reflection Journal – (B5) Monday Start (Radiant Rose Gold)

Productivity Planner

This is another planner that I absolutely love. This planner provides some guided list making and helps you beat procrastination!


Productivity Planner – Daily Planner – Non Dated 5 x 8″ – Accomplish your 2018 Goals

 

Motivational Books

If you are looking for some books to give you a kick in the butt and jump start your productivity, here are a few of my favorites:


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business


The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life


You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth


Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

 

Tech Tools

These are some of my favorite tech tools that work wonders for my productivity. And they are all FREE!

Google Drive

You can create text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more with google drive. Plus, since everything is web based you can access your documents from anywhere, even your phone. And the autosave function is a life saver.

Google Keep

Think of google keep as your virtual sticky notes. I use google keep to take quick notes, or write down an idea or something I need to add to my to do list.

Stayfocused

StayFocused is a free Chrome extension that restricts the amount of time you are allowed to spend on “time-wasting websites” like Facebook.

Cozi

The all in one family organizing suite. It includes a calendar, to do lists, recipes and meal planners, and a family journal.

Remember The Milk

The BEST To Do list app out there right now.

 

Armed with your new set of productivity tips for working moms and some awesome new tools, it’s time to set some big goals and get to work!

What do you struggle with the most when it comes to productivity? What’s something that gets you motivated and keeps you on track for meeting your goals?

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32 thoughts on “Best Productivity Tips For Working Moms from Female Entrepreneurs”

    1. I learned a lot through this post and got some good ideas to incorporate into my own planning! Thanks for sharing your own tip, moving on and adding an unfinished task to the end of the to do list is going to be so helpful!

  1. I’ll have to look into Google Keep! I use Google Drive and Gmail, so it makes sense to also use their calendar and stickies. I’m constantly working on my time management and have found that I really need to plan out my plan by priority and not multitask.

    1. Google keep is awesome! I am totally guilt of multitasking too, even though I know that I am more productive when I am focused!

  2. It’s so easy to fall into multi-tasking. To stay focused, I find it helpful to turn off the ringer on your phone during your work session so you’re not distracted by messages, emails, or calls.

    1. I agree, Tallary. Multitasking absolutely kills my productivity levels. I get much better results when I am focused and intentional.

  3. Great post and thanks for including me! Honored to be with such a great line-up. So you’ve read the happiness advantage? How was it and does it speak to working from home or just productivity in general? I have also heard of stayfocused and used something like it before but I fell away from using it (as soon as my schedule changed).

  4. Jill – I love the single task approach! I think that too often individuals pride themselves on multitasking. I am a firm believer that focus is way more powerful. If you are going to do something…give it all you have got!

    1. I’m with you, Heather! I feel like there is this persona of the multitasking mom out there that many aspire to be, when really it doesn’t help us at all!

    1. Hi Valerie! Thanks for checking out my site. I’m so glad you found these tips useful. You also have a great site and I’m excited to read more of your writing!

  5. These are such helpful tips! I went full time in my business at the end of June and it has been such a struggle to stay focused and productive at times, so coming across your post was perfect timing for me. I loved reading You Are a Badass At Making Money and want to read it again soon because it was that good! 🙂

    1. Congrats on going full time with your business! Being your own boss gives us so much freedom but it can definitely challenge us since we don’t have anyone but ourselves to report to! I’m so glad these tips came at a good time for you so you can continue to be successful!

  6. Lots of great information! I am not a. Mom but trying to work a full time job and running a blog does take time. I find that I have to plan my days accordingly. I would say most of the week I am working on growing our account. During the weekend I usually write 3 blogs to post during the week.

    1. Hi Lisa, even without kids, having a full time job plus running a blog is a juggling act. I also work full time and have this blog so I know that planning days accordingly is necessary! When I start feeling burned out or frazzled, I always go back to why I am doing the things I am doing and that helps me to refocus my intention so I can buckle down and get more work done!

  7. This was great and something I needed to reed (after a week of procrastination). I’d like to add another point to the list – Sometimes you just have to ‘go with the flow’. I’ve found that I do best when scheduled – and then my quiet baby get into an energetic toddler and that all went out the window ha! Now I go with the flow with the kid, but when she’s sleeping I have a strict to-do list that I follow religiously. Personally, I have found that the best way to combat the feeling of doing neither job good enough. I’ve not seen the term WAHM mum before but I like it 🙂 It implies we can be both which I love 🙂

    1. Hi Suzy! You are so right. With each season in our lives, different strategies work. It’s so important to also have flexibility when you work at home with kids. Even if you work outside the home, kids get sick or need to go to the doctor and this can derail all our best intentions. Having the right mindset and knowing that when you do have the time to work, that you are really intentional is super helpful!

    1. Thanks Kristal! As I was working on this post I was really surprised by each response and how they all related to time management. I’ve also found in my own work that having a schedule and being really intentional with my time skyrockets my productivity.

  8. Definitely agree with all those who said to throw multi-tasking out the window. It’s just not practical, even if it is possible.

    My best tip I guess would be to try to focus on your most important thing first, then do the rest later (a rule which I’m totally breaking now by reading productivity blog posts! 😉 )

    Do as I say not as I do? 😉

    1. I like your tip too, Elise! Sometimes it is hard to motivate ourselves to do the things we need to, even when we know what we should be doing! Getting focused and cutting out distractions are also key to productivity and sometimes the hardest to battle with. I’m glad you stopped by to read this post and I hope you got back on track and accomplished your to do list!

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