If you’re a stay-at-home mom, your days are packed with things to do, and it’s hard to remember everything as a stay-at-home mom. Do you use a to-do list to help schedule your days and stay on top of them? To-do lists help remind us what we need to get done in the day and give us a structure to go off of, and they can make us feel good at the end of the day when we can cross things off. We’ve got to-do list tips and tricks to help you manage in this post.
It’s hard to do it all as a stay-at-home mom. Even having a to-do list can cause anxiety or other stresses when the things on your list don’t get done. With that in mind, if you plan to be using to-do lists, we’ve got some to-do list tips and tricks to help take the anxious edge of to-do lists off.
Here are a few to-do list tips and tricks for the busy mom.
Write down everything you do. Come into an unexpected task in the day and complete it? Write it down. Did you juggle in that last-minute play date? Write it down. Even if you get off track and don’t finish the things you initially put on your list, you’ll have other tasks that you’ve completed to help reflect your productivity in the day. This may help with your anxiety about what you didn’t complete on your list.
Do you have a couple of things you didn’t get done on your list? Don’t sweat it. You’ve got enough to do as a stay-at-home mom already. You are already doing the best you can. You’re already a super mom, and you don’t need to prove it.
What’s on your list? There’s probably a range of tasks from taking your kids to practice, making sure you get some exercise and drinking enough water. It’s overwhelming to look at everything you need to do on a single list. Break your tasks up across different lists. Try making a kids list, a self-care list, and an errands list. Make as many lists as you need.
If that sounds even more overwhelming, try color-coding your tasks on a single list or designate colors to specific tasks and highlight them. If you have a more creative side, try making your list more aesthetically pleasing. It might motivate you to complete tasks faster.
Making a task to make another list is an excellent exercise to get into, especially if something comes up and you need to remember to do it the next day. Write it down beforehand, and nothing will get missed.
If a task doesn’t fit on your task list, but you need to get it done, using a sticky note in frequently visited places as a reminder can help. As a stay-at-home mom, you’ve probably got a million things to do, and having a consistent visual reminder can help you complete tasks in a non-obtrusive way.
Write this on your self-care list. Highlight it in bright yellow on your singular list. Even if it’s simply something like ‘take a two-minute breather in the car,’ this is important to complete at least a couple of times throughout the day. Bite-sized moments of quiet are paramount to your mental and physical well-being. You work hard at taking care of everyone else, and you deserve the same effort.
As a stay-at-home mom, these to-do list tips and tricks might help you conquer your day more efficiently and with less anxiety surrounding lists. If you can, make sure there’s at least one fun thing to accomplish each day or find a way to make completing these tasks more enjoyable. The day will go by faster, and you’ll have a little fun!
Hopefully, these to-do list tips and tricks will prove helpful to your busy day. If you want some more information, follow CanScribe on Facebook and let us know if you have any suggestions to add or how these went for you!