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Podcast 10 – Travel Tips for a Stress Free Vacation

Podcast 10 – Travel Tips for a Stress Free Vacation

Purpose Driven Mom Podcast

Episode 10

Travel Tips for a Stress Free Vacation

 

 

 

In today’s episode I am going to share my best tips and resources for how to plan a stress free vacation with your kids! I’ll share what routines went well, how we saved money and vacationed on a budget and how you can enjoy the trip as well!

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode Show Notes

4:28 Why we haven’t taken a family vacation in two years

6:30 Quick Summary of our Trip

8:53 Things to do before you leave for vacation

13:38 How to Set a Budget for Your Trip

20:58 How to Save for Your Trip

23:00 How to save money when you are on your trip

28:09 Routines that helped for a stress free trip

32:00 Travel Tips for Car Road Trips

35:00 Pool and Beach Travel Tips

36:15 What I wish I did on this trip

38:13 Trip Ideas for transitioning home after vacation

 

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Links and Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode 

Watch my IGTV on how we packed snacks to save money!

How to Create a Bedtime Routine for Your Kids

Get $10 free from Rakuten (formally Ebates) before you book your trip

Use Ibotta for cash back on your trip

Use Amazon Home Services for House Cleaning

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Busy Bags and Activities for the Car Ride

 

 

 

 

This travel potty is amazing! It folds up and you put a bag under it for easy clean up!

 

 

 

Related Travel Tip Blog Posts

4 Steps to Cheap Summer Activities

How to Survive When Money is Tight

How to Change Your Money Mindset

5 Ways to Save Money on Groceries

How to Get Your House Clean in 15 Minutes a Day

 

 

 

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Podcast 08 Using Habit Stacking to Make Life Long Changes

Podcast 08 Using Habit Stacking to Make Life Long Changes

Purpose Driven Mom Podcast

Episode 08

Using Habit Stacking to Make Life Long Changes

 

 

 

In today’s episode we’ll have a chat about habit stacking and how it can help you make life long changes in your life.

 

 

 

Episode Show Notes

1:38 Join the Waitlist for the 15 Minute Formula 

2:08 What is Habit Stacking?

3:37 Benefits of Habit Stacking and How Habit Stacking Works

5:50 Internval vs External Motivation

7:35 Why you need systems in your home

8:14 Where you can use Habit Stacking

10:07 How to Get Started with Habit Stacking

15:01 Using Habit Stacking with Your Kids

24:07 How Habit Triggers Help

27:30 Tracking Your Habits

30:48 Finding Accountability on Your Habits

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Links and Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode 

Busy Mom Goal Setting Challenge 

Join the 15 Minute Formula Waitlist!

Healthy Habits Transition Course (use code PODCAST for $5 off the course!)

 

 

Related Blog Posts

Podcast 01: How to Break Down Your Goals in 15 Minute Chunks

How to Set up Your Week to Be More Productive

Habit Stacking to Make Routines That Stick 

 

More Resources to Achieve Your Goals as a Busy Mom

Ultimate Productivity Bundle 

Design Your Day: Time Management for the Busy Woman (use code PODCAST for $5 off!)

Organize Your Life with Trello

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Using a Time Blocking Template As a Busy Mom (Free Download)

Using a Time Blocking Template As a Busy Mom (Free Download)

What is time blocking and how to use a time blocking template?

 

Time blocking your schedule is a must have time management strategy for moms! 

 

When you time block, you are looking at your schedule in a way that gives you flexibility AND structure 

 

Time blocking is the concept of looking at your day in extended period of time instead of hour by hour. 

 

Hourly schedules used to work great for me. When I was teaching and in the classroom, I had a million things to remember. I had to be at many meetings throughout my day, show up at certain times and follow a ton of deadlines. 

 

When I left teaching 5 years ago to become an entrepreneur and work at home mom, I thought that using an hourly schedule like I did in the classroom would keep me focused and on point.

 

Instead, it led me to burn out FAST. 

 

I had left teaching so that I could have more freedom, be more in control of my time and allow my job to align with my top priority – my family. 

 

I found that by using an hourly planner I was stressing myself (and my family) out, felt more overwhelmed and behind and didn’t have a system that I could use to run my home that left space for us to just be human. 

 

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How does time blocking help save time?

 

Time blocking is a mom’s best friend when it comes to time management. 

 

We have so many things on our plates as busy moms and it sometimes feels impossible to get anything done.

 

How many times have you let overwhelm just paralyze you? 

 

I’ve been there too. 

 

I jam pack my schedule on Monday with a ton of to-dos, pretend that I’m superwoman and can get it all done, and feel overwhelmed and defeated by Wednesday. 

 

Related Post: Habit Stacking to Make Routines that Stick 

 

When you use time blocking, you give yourself the freedom to live life while still being productive. 

 

Yes, you’ll probably put too much on your plate and there are times when you’re still overwhelmed but if you incorporate time blocking into your day you’ll feel more in control and actually productive – instead of just spinning your wheels day in and day out. 

 

Time blocking helps busy moms manage their time because it gives you and your family structure AND freedom. 

 

 

Examples of time blocks as a mom

 

When you time block, you split your days into chunks around events that are happening. 

 

For example, you might have a morning chunk from when your kids wake up until they go to school, or an afternoon chunk from lunchtime until nap. 

 

Time blocking can help so much because you can customize them to what you need and  change it each week or even each day. 

 

I make a typical time block for our Monday through Friday that pretty much stays the same. I change it on the weekends  when we have more activities or I have to go to work. 

 

This week for example, I  have had to switch the entire time block around because of summer camp and sports practices. 

 

Even when you have to move your time blocks around, you can easily shift things from block to block. 

 

Here is an example of our current summer time blocks. It’s important to note that I have a 2 year old who naps 1x a day, a 3.5 year old who goes to summer camp from 9am-12pm and she is currently dropping her nap (I know… I’m sad about it too) and a 12 year old who goes to camp 9am-3pm that is 30-40 minutes away. 

 

I’ve listed below how I space my blocks out and you can read this post if you want to see what I put in each block and how I structure are day! 

 

Time Block #1 Early Morning

5:00 am – 9:00 am 

 

Time Block #2 Morning

9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

 

Time Block #3 Afternoon 

12:00 pm – 3:30 pm 

 

Time Block #4 Evening

3:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

 

Time Block #5 Mommy Time

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm 

 

As you can see I don’t recommend making any of your time blocks longer than 4-5 hours. 

 

I’ve also anchored our times around an event – school drop off, naps, or bed. This allows for natural changes in our schedule as needed. If for example, the kids naps get switched or someone has to get picked up early, I can just move things around. 

 

When you fill your time blocks, instead of exact times (unless you have an appointment or something you have to do at a certain time) you fill them with general things. It allows you to manage your time but not be tied down. 

 

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For example, if my morning time block is always errands and outside play time for the kids, I can figure out what time we need to leave or where we have to go. 

 

If my kids know that during our evening block, I”m going to workout in the playroom and they get a show, it’s predictable for them. The know what is going to happen during that block and I can customize each day with what workout I plan to do. 

 

Why you should have a template for time blocking.

 

I suggest having a template when you’re time blocking so that when you do your weekly schedule you don’t have to always start over. 

 

Templates allow you to have predictability and help you think of your day and task in chunks instead of saying ‘what do i have to get done each day’

 

I use my time blocking template each week to pre plan out errands, activities and tasks. 

 

I suggest trying to keep things as predictable as possible for yourself. Try to batch all of your errands on one day or one time of the day (maybe after you’ve just done school drop off so that you’re only in the car at that one time in the morning) 

 

By using a template to preplan things, it also gives you some urgency to stay on your time blocks and allows you to see the week at a glance. 

 

A time blocking template also helps because it will allow you to know the best time to make plans. If you know that your afternoon time block tends to be more time bringing kids to activities than if someone asks you to meet at the park for a playdate, you can suggest meeting during a better time block.

 

Sample time blocking template and free download

 

I use a very simple time blocking template each month. I have a general one that I fill out and adjust it monthly as needed. 

 

Again, you can adjust your time blocks daily if you need to, but know the more predictable you can keep it the better! Time blocking is more about predictability and routine that being time bound and super structured!

 

This template is great to keep on the side of your fridge so that your kids and family can see what the week looks like or to put in your planner so that you have it at a glance. 

 

If you want to start time blocking for your family , you need to grab this free template. 

 

 

It’ll help you identify your general blocks (or even print one out for each day! Whatever works best for you!) so that you can start being more intentional about how to spend your day and get done what you need!

 

Make sure you PIN this to come back to later! I’d love to know how you’re using this template! Post it in the comments!

 

 

More Time Management Tips for Moms

Simple Steps to Make Your Morning Easier

How to Set up Your Week to Be More Productive

How to Schedule Your Day as a Work at Home Mom

How to Fit Self Care Into Your Day

How to Find Time to Workout as a Busy Mom 

Digitally Organize Your Prayer Time to Become a Prayer Warrior

Create a Morning Routine in 3 Easy Steps

How to Time Block and Get More Done!

 

More Resources to Manage Your Time as a Busy Mom

Ultimate Productivity Bundle 

Design Your Day: Time Management for the Busy Woman

Organize Your Life with Trello

How to Time Block and Get More Done!

How to Time Block and Get More Done!

How to Time Block and Get More Done!

 

Time blocking is one of the best time management tips for moms out there! As a busy mom is can be hard to figure out what you need to get done, when you will have time to complete your tasks and how to juggle everything on your plate! Time blocking allows you to give yourself a framework for your day without feeling too structured or tied to a schedule. 

 

What is time blocking?

 

Time blocking is the concept of taking your day and breaking it into smaller chunks. Instead of using an hourly schedule (which can be helpful but not all the time) you’d break your day down based off of events that happen each day. 

 

If you used an hourly scheduling method, you might have a jam packed day and everything planned very structured and stacked. While this can be helpful when you have a lot of moving pieces, a super structured week at work or with kid’s activities, being too rigid with your schedule can make you feel overwhelmed and behind. 

 

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Why time blocking works for busy moms

 

With time blocking, you’ll use chunks of time instead of the hourly planning. This allows to you have the best of both worlds – structure AND flexibility.

 

When I was a high school teacher, I found myself pulled in a million directions. I had to teach my classes, hold a resource room period, accommodate and modify tests for other teachers and run all of my extra activities. During this season of my life, I needed to be on an hourly schedule for my time management or I would possibly be late to something or miss a meeting I had to be at. 

 

Now that I’ve transitioned into a work at home mom running my own business, I have had to adjust how I schedule things. In the beginning, I tried to stick to this more tight schedule but after my children were born, I learned how hard it really is to be that planned. I was burning myself out with too many things on my to do list, feeling overwhelmed because we’d inevitably get behind at some point each day, and frustrated with my homemaking, motherhood and work tasks. 

 

Related Post: How to Schedule Your Day as a Work at Home Mom 

 

Time blocking really has been one of the best things that has happened to my schedule and time management! Instead of being so structured that the littlest thing would set off our schedule (and my mood), I now break my day up in chunks around events. I am able to use time blocking to be flexible and accommodate each day based on what we need to get done while still providing routine for my kids and myself so that things don’t always feel frazzled. 

 

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How to create time blocks in your day

 

When you set out to create time blocks for your day, you’ll want to follow a few guidelines so that you can set yourself up for success. 

 

You want to try to keep your blocks around 3-4 hours long. They can be shorter than this but, any longer and you get into a space where it’s easy to procrastinate because you ‘have the time’ to do it later. 

 

Grab your calendar and look at your day and the major events and transitions that you will come across. You’ll want to anchor your time blocks  around those events. For example, if you have to pick your kids up from school at a certain time – that’s a great place to start/end a new block. If your kids go to bed at a certain time you’ve found another good anchor for your blocks.

 

If you don’t have any events to anchor your day around, anchor around your blocks around meals. I know in the summer our days can be more flexible and, maybe you truly don’t have anything planned at all. If this is the case, you can make your blocks between breakfast and lunch, lunch and snack, snack and dinner and dinner and bed. This allows you to still cut your day up in meaningful chunks and has a nice transition time attached to it. 

 

Below I’ve given you an example of my (current) time blocks. You’ll notice that some are longer than others but each one starts at a certain anchor. I’ve listed the anchors that end my block next to each one so you can see examples of what I use to chunk a typical day.

 

5:00 am-9:00 am – drop Arianna at school 

9:00 am-12:00 pm – pick Arianna up at school

12:00 pm -2:00 pm – kids go down for nap

2:00 pm  -4:00 pm – kids wake up from nap

4:00 pm -8:00 pm – kid’s bedtime

8:00 pm -11:00 pm – my bedtime

 

You can make each day the same or have different time blocks depending on the activities you have going on. The above listed is my typical Monday-Friday blocks which changes on the weekends. These blocks are now starting to transition again this summer as my 3.5 year old is starting to drop a nap and my 1.5 year old is moving his nap up. Be fluid and flexible but allow the anchors to guide you when you make your day. 

 

Related Post: How to Fit Self Care in Your Day 

 

How to Time Block in Your Planner

 

There are a few ways you can distinguish your time blocks in your day so that it makes sense in your planner. I often will make a template of my time blocks on an extra large post-it and keep that in my planner for reference. I also use a Plum Paper planner which I LOVE! You can customize the planner to actually say Morning, Afternoon and Evening instead of hourly time which fits perfectly with how I structure my day. 

 

You can also color code each time block with a different marker or colored pen or use Washi tape to separate it! If you use a bullet journal, you’ll have total flexibility to set it up in anyway you want! Be as creative (or non creative) as you choose!

 

Here are some great and fun things to make your planner pop!

 

 

 

 

 

What do you put in time blocks? 

 

When I first fill my timeblocks for the week, I start with all of the things I can’t change. These can be appointments I have to keep, meetings I am in, kid’s activities or drop offs or events I am attending. This allows me to see the day at a glance and I can adjust what goes in the other blocks accordingly. 

 

Make sure that you also have one event in your day that is where you are working on a goal of yours. This could be 15 minutes planned out to declutter your closet, 30 minutes at the gym, or 20 minutes to read. Plan that in advance so you know that, no matter how busy things get, you’ve scheduled a little time out for you. 

 

You’ll want to add in another time block with a habit that you are working on. I suggest just picking one habit each week and then adding to it. For my morning time block, I simply write ‘morning routine’ down but in a separate place in my planner I write down all of the tasks that I want to get done in that routine. 

 

Related Post: Creating an Evening Routine for your Family (podcast episode!)

 

It’s smart to batch out the rest of your time blocks. Have a lot of errands to run? Put them in the same block! Phone calls that you need to make? Do them in the same chunk of time!

 

By batching out your tasks, you’ll spend less time doing them and take more action and actually get things done!

 

One of the biggest tips I can give you if you are going to give time blocking a try though is to NOT put too many things in each block. Each block should have 3-5 things maximum for you to work on. This way you know that in that period of time you need to get things do and can time manage yourself. Since you know that the next block is starting soon, you’ll have urgency that helps you procrastinate less!

 

Time Management for the Work at home Mom

 

So what does time blocking look like for  a work at home mom? I wanted to share with you what a typical day looks like (when all naps and stars align!) so you can get an idea of how many things I put in each block and how I structure things!

 

5:00 am-9:00 am 

  • Prayer and bible time
  • 1 Work Task
  • Breakfast and morning chores
  • Workout and Shower

 

9:00 am-12:00 pm – pick Arianna up at school

  • Daily Cleaning
  • Phone Calls
  • Morning Walk
  • Errands or Play Date (my 1.5 year old is still home with me and the 3.5 year old and 12 year old are at school)

 

12:00 pm -2:00 pm – kids go down for nap

  • Lunch 
  • Reading Time 
  • Outdoor Play/Chores

 

2:00 pm -4:00 pm – kids wake up from nap

 

4:00 pm -8:00 pm – kid’s bedtime

  • Snack and Playtime
  • Answer emails/clerical tasks for the home
  • Make Dinner
  • Evening Chores and Routines

 

8:00 pm -11:00 pm – my bedtime

  • More work tasks
  • Live calls, coaching and training
  • Planning for tomorrow
  • Reading for me!

 

As you can see, I don’t have a ton of things planned but, every day I know what to work on during that block and can be specific for what calls, errands or tasks need to be done when I plan out the next day. 

 

Time blocking is a great time management strategy to help moms get more done without feeling overwhelmed!  Post your typical time blocks in the comments and PIN this to read again later!

 

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More Time Management Tips for Moms

Simple Steps to Make Your Morning Easier

How to Set up Your Week to Be More Productive

How to Schedule Your Day as a Work at Home Mom

How to Fit Self Care Into Your Day

How to Find Time to Workout as a Busy Mom 

Digitally Organize Your Prayer Time to Become a Prayer Warrior

Create a Morning Routine in 3 Easy Steps

 

More Resources to Manage Your Time as a Busy Mom

Ultimate Productivity Bundle 

Design Your Day: Time Management for the Busy Woman

Organize Your Life with Trello

 

 

 

 

The Best Way to Get Organized for Back to School

The Best Way to Get Organized for Back to School

The Best Way to Get Organized for Back to School

 

Looking for the best way to get organized for back to school? Me too! See the thing is, every summer the same thing happens, I let go of our routines slightly, get a bit unorganized, allow the house to be more lived in and messy and just enjoy. But systems and routines help so much for getting ready for back to school. 

 

But there is something magical about the start of the school year.

 

It feels just like the start of a New Year to me. Everything seems brand new, I want to work harder on my goals, finish the year strong and we start to get used to our new routines and schedules. And this year, on top of my stepson going into middle school and that adjustment, my 2.5 year old is starting PRESCHOOL!

 

I know, I know… cue the tears!

 

She’ll be going 3x a week from 9-12 which means adjust our normal schedule where we’d go on playdates or run errands, praying my 11 month old keeps his current 2 nap schedule for a bit (which means he’ll nap 9:30-11:30!! Imagine the possibilities with 6 extra ‘kid-free’ hours a week!)

 

Speaking of my 11 month old, we’ll also be starting Tot School at home in September  which means figuring that routine out and when we’ll not only do activities but having to plan them out. (We use ABC Jesus Loves Me for our ‘curriculum’ and love the flexibility it gives while providing structure to make it easy for moms)

 

With my stepson staying at the same school, not much changes for his schedule but now that it’s time to add in more sports, clubs and activities and it’s a recipe for disaster when it comes to remembering everything and just feeling on top of life.

 

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Using Trello to Get Organized for Back to School 

Enter Trello!

If you’ve been hanging on my page at all lately, you know I am OBSESSED with Trello, heck I even teamed up with my girl Elisa from Meal Planning Blueprints  to make an entire COURSE around how it can help moms! Click below if you want to learn all I know about Trello!

 

 

Trello is going to be a mom’s best friend for back to school and I’m so pumped to be able to use it for the first time this entire school year. Trello eliminates having to have papers everywhere, forgetting dates and to-dos and losing things you know you need.

Trello will also allow you to share your Back to School lists and to-dos with other family members so if you have older kids, it’s a great way to communicate and if you need your spouse to pick them up from practice or your mother in law to attend a school event, you can keep it all streamlined!

 

 

 

Trello allows you to make BOARDS that you can organize with various lists and tasks. And because I know you don’t have a ton of time to do things, I’ve set up a Trello board just for you to copy for FREE!

 

Just click this link and you can snag my Back to School board (you’re welcome!) Just COPY it to your account and it’s yours to edit. If you don’t have Trello, just go here and get a free account! Between the website and the app, you’ll be in your Mom Organization Glory! 

 

If you’re not sure about Trello or want to see how I organize my board, I did a video for you to give you all the tips on making this board work for you and your family! You can watch that or check out the step by step ideas below!

 

 

 

 

How to Copy Boards On Trello

 

 

If you want to copy the board, you’ll need a Trello account to do so but it’s free!  Once you log in go on over to the right where it says SHOW MENU. Next, hit the MORE button and hit COPY BOARD. When you copy the board, you can decide if you want to rename it and where you want it to go. Feel free to use it as a template, to get ideas, and customize however you want!

 

 

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How to Create a Back to School Board on Trello

 

Step #1 Create Lists on Trello

 

 

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You’ll want to start with making lists for all the things you want to remember, Look at these as your categories. My board has lists that include;

 

IMPORTANT

 

SUPPLY LIST

 

SCHOOL LUNCHES

 

THINGS TO BUY

 

IMPORTANT DATES

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

ROUTINES

 

HOMEWORK STATION

 

You can add as many as you want and even organize this board by kid or month.

 

Step #2 Customize Cards on Trello

 

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Now that you’ve created your lists, go though and customize each card.

 

Some of my favorite ways to do this is to add links of ideas I see on Pinterest  (because we all know we’ll pin a ton of things and forget to do them all) , link to my meal planning boards, and create master shopping lists.

 

You can do this with multiple checklists on each card, adding in important dates, sales you see, organization ideas or adding attachments with specific links!

 

Step #3 Add members to Trello

 

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I think one of the best features of a back to school Trello board is adding members so that you can all be on the same page. You can add your spouse, babysitter or whoever and if you want them to be responsible for a task or just let the, know of a date, use the @ sign and add their name. This way they’ll get a notification!

 

There are limitless possibilities when it comes to Trello for back to school and know that you can be a less stressed mom ASAP! Now go grab this FREE back to school board, copy it and start to customize it for your family!

 

 

 

Trello Boards and Ideas

The Best Way to Plan a Birthday Party with Trello 

How to Organize Your Goals with Trello 

Organize Your Kid’s Schedules with Trello 

The Ultimate Christmas Planner with Trello 

How to Organize Your Prayer Time with Trello 

 

More Trello and Back to School Resources 

Organize Your Life with Trello

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How to Have a Productive Weekend so You Can Have a Productive Week

How to Have a Productive Weekend so You Can Have a Productive Week

 

 

How to Have a Productive Weekend so You Can Have a Productive Week

 

It’s important to have a productive weekend so you can have a productive week. This allows you to get more set, set yourself up for success and feel like stressed. Systems and routines allow you to live less stressed life and give you freedom to get done what matters.

 

I intentionally take one day off a week. I started this practice 2 months ago and am so thankful that I did. Prior to this, I was just go, go, go and didn’t rest, felt myself pulled by my to-do list, and was starting to burn out again. I knew the feelings of burn out, I had been there before. 5 years ago, I left teaching to become a full time entrepreneur and work at home mom because I felt the same feelings start to creep in. Now that I’m running my own business and family, I decided I needed some preventative measures to make sure that I was still taking care of me.

Hence… my Saturday’s off. I decided to take Saturday ‘off’ so that I could really just do what matters. The only work that I do on Saturday is what I just feel like doing, no pressure or to do list. On Saturdays if I don’t want to do laundry, house cleaning, or other ‘mom duties’, I don’t. I don’t really make too many plans unless it’s something we really want to do. Oh… and I take a nap.

 

I really love my Saturday nap.

 

But in order to make my Saturday rest day really work for me, I needed to make sure that I had a system for being very productive the rest of the week so I could relax, guilt free. And once I decided that I was going to schedule out a day of rest, it became so freeing. The week started to go more smoothly because I knew that I had a day to chill coming up, I didn’t feel guilty anymore about letting myself decompress, and I just started to laugh and enjoy our family time more. I learned to use my weekend to set my entire week up for productivity and keep it moving.

 

I chose to have my rest day on Saturday rather than Sunday for a few reasons.

 

On Sundays since we go to church, I still have us on a schedule to make sure we get out of the house on time. My husband delivers the newspaper as a side job right now so, he works Sunday mornings and I want to make sure I can give him rest time when get gets back at 6am before we go to church. Sundays are also my day to set my week up for success.

 

I may do some grocery shopping (though I often like to do that on Saturdays. I actually really like grocery shopping because I love to coupon and it’s a hobby for me and on Saturdays I get to go without kids!), I’ll meal prep so that I can save time during the week, and I’ll work on organizing my week, my planner, and other work tasks that I need to have a super successful and productive week.

 

Related Post: How to Meal Prep in 2 Hours or Less

 

 

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How to Have a Productive Weekend

 

There are a few things that I make sure to do over the weekend that help me have a productive week. I tend to spread them out over the weekend but you can create a schedule that fits best for you. You may have a busy Saturday and want to use Sunday as your prep day or you may spread it out – it’s up to you!

 

Tips for a Meal Prep System

 

The #1 thing that I suggest you start your Sunday with is meal planning and preparation. I actually have a system where I make the meal plan on Friday, shop on Saturday and cook on Sunday so that I don’t do it all on one day. This saves me time and decreases the overwhelm that I can face when it comes to getting it all done. 

 

However you decide to do it, make sure you plan out your meals for the week. We keep it pretty basic and have a rotation of 2-3 breakfast, lunch and dinner options each week. My husband doesn’t mind eating the same thing each day and it’s easy to be predictable with the kids.

 

Related Post: Healthy Toddler Breakfast Ideas

 

I’ll spend some time doing some basic preparation like cutting up fruits and veggies, making salads, cooking up rice, steaming veggies, browning some ground turkey for quick lunches, and boiling some eggs.

 

I then make sure that I have listed out what’s for dinner each week so that I can check the fridge and see what I still need to get at the store. I try my best to make our plan from what we already have to save money and not have to go to the store as much.

 

Honestly though, I cannot stand cooking dinner. I struggle so much with thinking of what to make and it was becoming super stressful. This month I’ve started using the Theme Night System from my friend Elisa at Meal Planning Blueprints. This allows me to sit down one time and create a monthly meal plan. I thought this was going to take way too long and be a waste of time but it’s proven to be a game changer! You can check out theme nights here!

 

I suggest even packing out as many salads for lunches in tupperware as possible (even if you stay home) because then you can grab and go instead of preparing things. This helps a ton if we decide last minute to go to the park, or meet up with friends because the food is ready to go. It also prevents me from running out of what we need or knowing what i have to stop for. These are the ones we used in the picture below!

 

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Weekend Cleaning Routine

 

Even though, I have a cleaning routine where I do a little cleaning each day so that it doesn’t pile up that doesn’t mean I don’t do anything on the weekends. Often, after my Saturdays off, my house needs a little more TLC since I probably didn’t do as many dishes or pick up as much. What I have now just come to accept as a mom is that my house will probably always be covered in stuff, things will be out of place, and everything will just be sticky.

 

Related Post: The Best Digital Cleaning Routine for Moms

 

But just because my kids will always make a mess, doesn’t mean that I  won’t try to make it just a little more clean and tidy. I also find that when the clutter builds up, my anxiety peaks and for me ‘outer order leads to inner calm’ so taking time on Sundays to clean up really helps.

 

 

My suggested Sunday system includes laundry (I do 1-2 loads each day so that it’s easy to put away so my Sunday laundry is normally the same), sweep and mopping the floors, vacuuming the playroom, and doing a Zone clean up.

 

 

We do a Zone Clean Up as a family after church on Sundays where everyone is in charge of a room or area (My 11 year old or husband normally does a zone with my toddler). I put on a 15 minute timer and everyone is in charge of putting away things that don’t belong in their zone. This really helps all of the out of place items to find their way back home and means that I”m not the only one picking up the books that have been on the floor for 2 days and everyone walks around (you know what I’m saying!). If you’ve never done a 15 minute pick up, read about how it can change your home here!

 

Before I go to bed on Sunday, I make sure that I’ve done my typical evening routine and an additional 15 minute clean up. There is nothing more exciting for me (I know this is going to sound really nerdy) than waking up on a Monday morning where there are no dishes in the sink, my kitchen table is cleaned up, and the clutter is gone. It’s really my favorite way to start the week and having a productive weekend is the first step in having a productive week!

 

 

 

Organize Your Weekly Calendar and To Do List

 

The last thing that I do to set my week up for success is make sure i have a plan in place. Often, people ask me how I can be so productive and get so much done and, while I have some hacks that help, one of the things that helps is that I always take the time to plan.

 

I took a training with the Franklin/Covey system once that really changed the way that I planned. I learned all about the power of weekly and nightly planning and have since been implementing it for years. It’s what I do in my life, what I teach the moms that I coach and what I teach in my e-book and course; Design Your Day; Time Management for the Busy Woman 

 

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On Sundays, I take out my planner (I use a mix of a paper planner from Erin Condren , google calendar, and Trello) and look at my week ahead.

 

I start with putting in all the dates of things that I cannot change like doctor appointments or meetings. We use a family calendar in the kitchen so these things always get written on their first and then transferred to my digital system.

 

After those dates are in, I then plan out what tasks I want to accomplish that week. I create a list of personal items, business items, and projects (around the house and for work) that I want to complete. I break them down into 20 minute tasks so that I know they are manageable and easily can be accomplished in a day, rather than over planning myself and getting frustrated when it doesn’t get done. 

 

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I then go into my planner and actually assign 3-5 tasks for each day. I split them up so that I Pick 1 personal task (call grandma, put pictures in frames etc….), 3 work tasks (write blog post, create images, email clients….) and 1 project task (brainstorm ideas for birthday party, work on mother’s day scrapbook etc….).

 

Assigning those things to a day BEFORE the week starts allows me to know what is going to happen and have a plan. This way, when it’s nap time and I get to work, or I have free time after dinner and want to work on a project, I’m not wasting time thinking about what to do, I can just take action.

 

Trust me when I say that if you set up your week for success you WILL be able to get more done, feel more accomplished and actually take a day off to rest and not feel the mom guilt! You can have a productive weekend for a more productive week!

 

I challenge you to start using this system (or one that works for you) to take more control in your life!

 

 

 

 

More Productivity Tips for Mom

How to Find More Time to Be Productive as a Mom 

The Ultimate Checklist for a Productive Week

Evening Routine for Breastfeeding Moms

Morning Routine for Work at Home Mom 

 

Productivity Resources for Moms

Design Your Day: Time Management for the Busy Woman

The Ultimate Productivity Bundle

Organize Your Life with Trello 

Erin Condren Planners