My son Winston is 2 1/2 months old. He was very active when I was pregnant, and from the moment I could feel his kicks I knew he would keep me busy. Needless to say, being a full time mom has been one of the biggest challenges. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is that I feel best about myself after accomplishing something. Even if its a very small task. Here are a few things that I do to stay productive in different areas of my life when taking care of a baby.
Spend a few minutes a day journalling
I do this during my Winston’s first nap of the day. It helps me stay focused on the big picture of my life goals. I believe that having a baby is no reason to put dreams to an end and I hope my son sees me accomplish many things with my life. Journalling offers a clarity that would be impossible to obtain otherwise. When I do it, I have a better self-awareness and self-confidence that helps me make decisions that are aligned with my dreams.
Read when I breast feed
This time would be easier spend on Instagram or Facebook, however I feel better about my day when I manage to read a few chapters in the book I always meant to read. It’s still snowing where I live and so I picked a place to sit and breastfeed by a window. I try to keep water, tea, or coffee close by so its a totally relaxing experience for me just like my son. These short quiet moments help me recharge my batteries so when those chaotic times are more manageable when they happen, and believe me they do!
Get the quick household chores done first!
I can never tell what kind of day it will be with Winston. Sometimes I can get so many chores done (and even a workout in!) that I feel like supermom. Other days I am secretly frustrated because the only thing I have managed to accomplish is to brush my teeth. So if he falls asleep I always begin with the quick things first which include:
Doing a sweep for garbage around the house
Taking dirty dishes to the sink
Taking out the trash
Putting items out
Longer chores like laundry, sweeping and vacuuming, organizing areas, and cleaning after the cats are all day tasks. The important thing is not to give up. Sometimes it takes me more than one day to get these things done, but I still get a good sense of accomplishment when they are completed.