Take Advantage of Every Single Nap
Let’s face it, for a family of 5, I’m under the mounting pressure of the laundry basket, nightly dinners, and that silly overflowing bathtub. In addition, I’ve been running my work-from-home business for over 2 years. And, although this season has declared itself to be exceptionally busy, I am still able to complete all of my tasks. Where do I find the time? Well, mamas, I do it with one simple method. I’ve learned to take advantage of every single nap.
You see, I have a very specific system, yet it is TOTALLY EASY. It get’s me through the housework (even though the chores suck) and keeps me right on track. If you’re searching for a method to maintain your sanity, as well as your house, then continue reading to learn more.
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How to be more productive
The key to taking advantage of every single nap starts with your mindset. For me, I enjoy goal crushing even if that goal is to clean my ovens. Whatever your tasks may be, you can apply these simple productivity methods to get them done. Everyone has the same 24 hours in the day, the difference is how they handle them. Additionally, I value family time (as well as resting), very highly. All of these items are important in my schedule and all of these things have room. More about that in a minute…
As little as 2 hours a day
As a freelance writer, I am lucky enough to have tons of flexibility. Regardless, because of my personality type, I tend to sway towards more structure. I only desire to work 2 hours a day, but it is a constructive two hours. Additionally, these couple of hours are not strictly for business, they go towards tasks in my household, too. Since my youngest child naps for approximately that time, I take advantage of every single nap without missing a beat.
Anyone can apply these methods to their day
Even though I have this unique set up, anyone can use the same system that I use. Productivity does not discriminate. The only reason that some people are not productive, while others are, is because they do not have a set method for getting things done. Plain and simple, unproductive people have no working system.
How to be productive during naptime:
Generally speaking, there are 5 basic steps to being productive. I’m going to break each step down below. Are you ready? Let’s get into the details.
1: Prioritize your tasks
In the past, my workflow used to be so interrupted. Most of it was because I just couldn’t figure out what to do next, or forgot about it. I was like a chicken with its head cut off and everything was an emergency. This wasted a lot of time.
I’m not doing that anymore.
To take advantage of every single nap, I begin by prioritizing my tasks. I keep a running list on Trello. By using Trello’s calendar feature, I organize all of my things and can easily see what’s due. Those items get top priority and there is ZERO time wasted wondering what to do next. Additionally, if something on my list can’t be done, no worries. I just move on to the next thing.
For instance, there was one time I planned to clean my oven. I didn’t realize the night before when I made the plan that I was out of oven cleaner. I spent the rest of the afternoon wondering if I should wake my child from their nap to go buy oven cleaner, or if I should wait. Now, if something similar were to happen, I would just go to my Trello list and do the next best thing. No time wasted. No task is left permanently undone. My home continues to be part of my sanctuary and everyone is happy.
Spend 20 minutes on Sunday night and plan out the remainder of your week. Things will flow so much faster.
2: Work efficiently
The next step is to work efficiently. When you’re prioritizing your tasks, try to group similar tasks together. Batch work helps so much. Also, try to be realistic about the times each job will take. I’m not a fan of multitasking. I whole-heartedly speak against it. There’s no reason we should push ourselves to the point where we are not intentional. There’s also no advantage to completing tasks with divided attention. Instead, I’ve switched from working harder to working smarter.
In addition to keeping things smooth, I also love to automate. Our Roomba vacuums, my dishwasher washes, and I automate any task possible. There is not enough pride in the world that would leave me using all of my child’s naptime to handwash things like the laundry. We have the technology for a reason. No guilt. No shame.
3: Take breaks
Now, as stated before, my child naps practically every day. I find it important to take advantage of every single nap by occasionally napping as well. Nothing makes me feel more serene then resting with my child. Taking occasional breaks will keep your mind fresh and your body energized. Give yourself designated times to sit still. It will be so worth it.
4: Get off the dang phone
A quick peek at social media or a brief skim of an email can quickly suck me into a 30-45 minute roundabout. If I want to stay productive throughout the day, I remove the phone from my hand. Furthermore, I turned off all of the notifications for Facebook and things related to that matter. The only reason my phone will make noise is for an actual phone call. If it rings, I know it’s either important or a close contact.
Just as there should be dedicated times to take breaks, there should also be dedicated times phone usage. It’s so easy to carry your mobile device in the palm of your hand that you feel like you never truly detach. Save yourself lots of time and take advantage of every single nap by leaving your phone behind.
5: Remove any other distractions
To elaborate even further, remove anything that prevents you from completing your tasks. The removal process should not be seen as a negative thing, just more as a problem-solving method. If you can’t clean the bathtub because there are too many bath toys in the way, then remove them. Perhaps, instead of leaving them in the tub, the method should be to put them in a bin that does not hinder cleaning.
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As another example, if you need to clean the kitchen but there is too much clutter, try storing gadgets and appliances inside of the cabinets, rather than on top. Simply think about the things that distract your productivity and troubleshoot ways to remove them.
Before this ends…
I want to know what’s your most productive time of the day? Do you handle things like a boss during naptime, or are you accustomed to something else? Leave me a line and let me know what works for you.
As the saying goes, when your hands are full, remember to live your life to the fullest.