When you wake up in the morning, how confident are you that you will accomplish tasks that matter?
Being a mom, I get it when I hear other moms struggle to prioritize and focus their energy.
If you want to know the root cause of your struggle with prioritizing tasks, read Why Moms Struggle to Prioritize: How to Focus Where It Matters.
When you’re a mom you think everything is a priority but thankfully, that is not true.
The truth about getting things done is that you must prioritize like your life depends on it. When you don’t narrow down your tasks to what matters most to you right now, you risk overwhelming yourself.
When you’re overwhelmed you won’t get anything done.
You must decide what to focus your time and energy on. If you have a long to-do list, forget about it for now. Put it aside, you will be okay without it for the time being.
Starting the day in the right direction is a goal for most moms. If you want to start the day knowing exactly what to focus on without any doubts, then keep reading.
I’m going to give you 5 simple steps on how to prioritize your tasks to win the day.
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Steps to prioritizing tasks and staying focused as a mom.
In the morning before you check your email or scroll social, ask yourself what are 1-3 tasks that you can finish today that will leave you feeling proud and accomplished.
They don’t have to be big or complicated tasks, it’s not about that. It’s about taking small steps toward your goals. It’s about what is going to move the needle for you.
1.Set realistic goals
Decide on 1-3 tasks that will you do so that at the end of the day will feel accomplished. Setting realistic goals for the day is best and even small accomplishments will accumulate over time and help you gain momentum.
2. Evaluate Tasks for Importance and Urgency
Make sure the tasks you choose are truly priorities. If you’re struggling to decide which ones are a priority, use a priority matrix to help you.
3. Schedule Tasks
Once you’ve decided on your tasks, schedule them in your daily planner or calendar. Be specific about when and where you’ll complete each task. Not being specific is often why long to-do lists don’t work for most moms.
4. Assess Progress and Take Breaks
Assess your progress throughout the day and take the necessary breaks. The Pomodoro technique is an excellent tool to keep you focused. During breaks, reflect on how wisely you’re spending your time.
5. Consistency is key
Make prioritizing your tasks in the morning a habit. Don’t just try this for one day. Give it a few days or a few weeks. Over time you will be more efficient, and it will get easier for you to do.
Make this routine a habit. Don’t just try it for one day. Over time, efficiency will improve and prioritizing will become second nature.
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Develop the skill of prioritization
Prioritizing is a valuable skill every mom should know how to do effectively. It will prevent many hours of wasted time and energy which is such a precious resource for moms.
Try it for a week or two and see how much you accomplish at the end compared to your long-running list of to-dos. It’s worth it!
Download my free productivity method worksheets for moms. It includes a priority matrix that will guide you in narrowing down your tasks that are both important and urgent.
Use this free resource to help you manage your time and boost your productivity.
It’s worth emphasizing that focusing on 1-3 tasks per day is beneficial, especially for moms accustomed to a long daily to-do list. If you feel you can handle more, add tasks one at a time to avoid overwhelming yourself.
These steps might seem like a lot to do first thing in the morning, but I promise it gets easier over time the more you do it. Like any routine, it takes some effort, consistency, and time to get the hang of it.
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