Updated: Jul 24, 2022
One of the biggest hurdles I faced as a new stay at home mom was that I just didn't feel productive day after day. I left my corporate job where I had thrived on getting tasks and projects completed, to then all of a sudden having more free time on my hands, and a whole lot of work without any deadlines. I took the many small necessary things that needed to be done as a house wife and mom for granted. In hindsight this was probably due to the fact that its never been on my "to-do" list to get basic household chores done- I just did it like clock work. But now I had all week to get it all done and with all this new found freedom, lack of sleep, and a crying baby I found myself exhausted, overwhelmed and deflated because I felt like I couldn't even get the basics done. Things were seemingly slipping through my fingers and I had no direction.
Thats the thing, I felt like I wasn't doing much, but I actually was between feedings, quick clean ups and last minute laundry days (side note, isn't it amazing how much laundry you do with a newborn?). I quickly realized that I was letting my day control me instead of me controlling it. Then it hit me, if I could see it all visually and designate a time to everything I needed to do, then I could get a good idea of where my day was falling apart and I could really see what I needed to change. When I worked my 9-5 job I thrived on time blocking and keeping workable lists of all my projects. Organizing my time always kept things together and moving along... and if I were still working I would be using a time management system to stay motivated and on top of all of my responsibilities, so I thought, why couldn't I try this in my home life too?!