How To Be More Productive 

Hi friends,

Thought I would share my tips that help be be more productive to get things done. These especially help me on those crazy does where I don’t have a lot of time to work with. It also helps me on those “lazy days” when you really don’t want to get moving.

  1. Lists-make a list of must do’s, not everything you want to do but of the things that are top priority. 
  2. No distractions, this is a big one. We waste alot of time checking our phones and once we pick it up to check one thing it doesn’t end there. Next thing an 1 hr is wasted. No other electronics either, as something might be interesting and we will stop to watch.
  3. Have routines in place (ex: morning and evening) of chores so you don’t feel overwhelmed when you need to take care of those “must dos” 
  4. On the days you have things you must get done, focus on only those until they are done. If you have time once completing those you can then do something else you would like to do.
  5. Have everyone in your family help thru out the day with chores. (Ex. Gets the kids to take out the trash at the end of the day, get everyone to load the dishwasher of any dishes they use, etc..) if everything is on you alone you will get very overwhelmed 
  6. Get a planner- now it doesn’t have to be expensive a simple one from the dollar store, whatever planner works for you. Plan everything in it, work days, kids events, appt, bills, to do’s. Everything all in one place. Review and plan every night and in the morning take a quick glance at it. This will also help you to not over do yourself. You can see how busy a day is ahead of time and you can change a to do or a list of things around to when it works for you.
  7. Make a list of things you want to do or get to and on less busy days you can go to the list and get a few things done or even just one and even if it’s just one off the list it’s still awesome and that’s one thing off the list. 

These are a few tips that help me stay on track. Since I started working I was over doing things and feeling like I wasn’t getting a hang of things around the house or errands because time was not enough. Now I plan accordingly and a morning & evening routine also help me sooooo much. Morning and evening routines have helped me way before I was even a working mom. I also swear by my planner, a family of 6 and now a puppy, there is always something and could be so easy to lose track of.

Do you have any tips or/& advice you would like to share with us? Comment below I would love to hear them.

Updated: Daily Cleaning Routine

It’s been awhile since I posted my last cleaning routine, so I thought I would share my new one. Since moving to a different house and returning to work a lot of my routines have changed.

Kids still have there chores and the help is more appreciated now then ever!

I still live with my agenda and need it more now with working as I have four kids in school there I always something to prepare for or to remember. I also still make “To Do” lists, sometimes the night before for the next day or sometimes at work while I am eating lunch. I barely do it during lunch at work as I have a new night routine and I like to do it in bed or in my office before turning in for the night. I have a post on Seven Things I Do Everyday you can check out here. I like to do on those days where you have less time to get things done, but don’t want to totally let everything go.

 

Daily Cleaning/Things to do Routine:

AM:

  • Clean up after making breakfast
  • Load & start dishwasher
  • Wipe counter surfaces
  • Prepare coffee machine (My husband & I have coffee after dinner)
  • Quick sweep of kitchen (if time permits, LOL)
  • Tidy up upstairs once we are all ready

 

KIDS After-school Chores:

  • Main floor vacuum
  • All closet stuff including shoes put away
  • 1st floor vacuum
  • Trash, Compost, Recycling takin out
  • Unload dishwasher
  • Wash dishes, containers, from school & after school eating
  • Tidy their rooms
  • Bring laundry down
  • Clean up after dog (outside)

 

PM:

  • Clean up after dinner
  • Load Dishwasher
  • Wash any dishes (not for dishwasher)
  • Wipe counters
  • Quick tidy up all floors once kids are in bed
  • Load of laundry
  • Double check backpacks for papers or containers, water bottles, etc….

 

A few things I also do is;

  • wash dishes as I am cooking, anything used to prep dinner and any dishes or pots used.
  • tidy up bathrooms (once everyone has used it)
  • Prepare coffee machine for next day
  • cut up fruits or veggies for next day lunches
  • lunches
  • Sign school agendas
  • Pick out my two youngest kids clothes for the next day
  • Go thru my planner for the next day
  • Plan anything that needs to done for the next day

 

Now some days some of these things may not get done as this is real life sometimes we are just too tired or something came up. Even the kids chores, sometimes they don’t get all done, they may have more homework, playdate, spend more time outside, etc… & that’s ok as when chores are kept up with normally it isn’t so bad when things aren’t always completed. I have a post on Seven Things I Do Everyday you can check out here. I like to still do on those days where you have less time to get things done but still want the house to look put together.

If you want to see my past cleaning routine you can find it here. Also, the past kids chores here.

 

If you have any tips or want to share your routine comment below.

 

 

 

Getting Back into the Groove of things

Hello, yes I know I have been MIA, but a week of vacation sometimes does that to you, lol. I was finding getting back into the groove of things after returning from the cottage so hard. We had such an amazing, relaxing, family fun time. I did a post on packing for the cottage which you can find here. My mind was always thinking about the beach and our amazing fires at night the few first days back at home.

I was really good with getting things done the Saturday we returned. Hubby and Tyler (my 12yr old son) unloaded the car and I got to the piles of laundry sorted, a load in, washed the dog, & unpacking the rest of things. By Saturday evening I was done all my chores and unpacked. The only thing that went on for a few days was laundry, one week no laundry for a family of six was insane. I am so glad I did my to do lists before leaving to the cottage so that the house chores & cleaning were done and we returned to a clean house. The only thing that needed to be done was vacuuming and mopping the floors, as unloading the car, unpacking left some sand in places and shoes not being take off left dirt on the floors.

The Monday I planned on working on my blog posts but that didn’t happen as my parents came over to spend the day with us since we were gone for a week. Then the rest of the week was appointments, entertaining the kids, and trying to get back in routine which didn’t work out as easily as I thought it would, lol. I think I needed that week off to get things back on track here in our home and getting back into the groove of things.

By last week Thursday rountine and the wanting to get things done started kicking in and now I can say we have return to our normal days. I started by doing one chore a day so that I could work my way back to getting back into things easlier without feeling tired. Honestly this family time was so relaxing for hubby and I. We really need this break from everyday life.

This week, back to school prep continues. Back to early baths for Ava & Madison (3 1/2 years old & 4 1/2 yrs old) and earlier bedtimes for all. This week is also when all labeling of school items get done and our school homework bin gets organized, which I will show you in another blog post.

Lots of time as been spent with my Erin Condren life planner this week as I got things I would like to work on once kids have returned to School this month.

How do you handle getting back into routine after a relaxing vacation? Comment below and let me know.

I thought I would share some photos from our cottage vacation.

Our Cottage Vacation 2015

Calling all Planners

Help! It’s that time of year where I start looking for new planners, but this year I need some help with your advice and picks. Over the years I have used many different types of planners, some worked and some not so much and those were passed along to my daughter or a friend. I would like to hear from you all in which planner or agenda you love and why? I am a stay-at-home-mom of 4 and love my planner/agenda to be able to hold my “To Do’s” list daily plus have room to add events, kids stuff, special dates, etc… Also love monthly calendars. If you would like to share please comment below, I would love your feedback to help me find the perfect one. If you prefer to email me you can do so at realhousewifeandmom@gmail.com

  
I would like to thank you all in advance for your help!

Project Management Book

Since the reno’s have begun, I thought making a Project Management notebook would help keep me organized with wants, ideas and reno’s to-do’s and anything else reno! Lol! I was contemplating between a binder or a notebook, and (as you read) notebook won! These are the item’s I picked up to start my Project Management notebook:

– Notebook (Dollarama)

– Post-It note pad (Dollarama)

– Plastic Holder (Dollarama)

– Paper Tab’s (Staples)

-Paper Mate Felt Tip Markers (Staples)

 I had some of my supplies on hand already, but these are all items that are easy to find and wallet-friendly! So, I have started my Project Management notebook with simple notes and to-do’s, and I plan to organize the book into sections. The sections will be for each part of my house that will undergo renovations. The reno’s are starting from the basement, moving on to the main floor, and then to the upper level and will end at the front yard. On the page where my paper tab is placed I stick a Post-It and write my to-do lists to get myself organized. I re-write everything in the notebook after I know I am not missing anything, and I won’t need to immediately scratch something out.

I bought a plastic holder that looks like a huge pencil case, it’s ideally used for storing paper, but I am using it to store my Project Management notebook, writing utensils, Post-Its, any magazine pages I pull out for ideas for rooms, and colours sample chips. This way everything is always kept together and I can just grab the case and take it with me. Plus, when it comes down to shopping, taking measurements for purchases and ideas I saved, I can just grab my case and off I go! My Project Management notebook is not completed yet but when it is, I will share it will you (:

project management start

My Schedule

Today I have decided to talk about routines and how important I feel they are. Routines play a BIG roll in my life, especially since I have four kids. Before my children, I didn’t have a routine for myself, I would start house work on Fridays (if I didn’t have plans) and work my way from there. Since having my first baby, Tyler, I decided I needed to start routine… Of course you can never fully predict you day, and you can’t always stay on schedule, however I do make sure we have family time with the kids. Couple time, for Amar and I, and of course me time! As I have mentioned in other posts, Monday through Friday is always more structured with schedule only because they are school and work nights. On the other hand, weekends are more about relaxing and doing the last things on my to-do list. I have had some questions of How do you find time for everything?” and I am not sure of the answer, I just do lol. So, I will let you guys in on my schedule…

This is what a regular weekday looks like when everything goes as planned, and I don’t have appointments, plans or errands to run or attend to.

Between 5 to 5:30 I am up and rolling out of bed. I wash up and am onto my first cup of coffee while I get a load in the wash, make school lunches and prepare snacks. Sometime I prepare the kids school stuff the night before which gives me some extra time in the morning, for quiet time. I usually click on the news, while checking my phone and sip my coffee. I usually try and get any tasks that need to be done, completed by 7am.

When 7am comes rolling in, I wake up the kids and start making breakfast and bottles. My two little ones, Mady and Ava are usually up by this time and relax on the couch while watching cartoons. By 7:30am I have already scanned my upper floor for what needs to be done, and my kids are eating breakfast together.

By the time 8am comes, Tyler and Kianna are clearing plates and are really starting to get ready for school. I usually get myself ready around this time as well, and change Mady and Ava up for a new day. We are out the door by 8:30am. I start to tidy up the dining room around 9am while Ava and Mady play in their toy room. I like to arrange a fun activity for them when I’m done in the kitchen around 9:30.

The little one’s are constantly on the go, and always learning. So I like to fuel them up with a small breakfast-snack or fruit around 10am, and then an activity takes place. Afterwards, I tidyup the house, vacuuming and checking things off my To-Do list! I send the girls to nap around 12:30, and I create another To-Do list:

– Mop floors
-Another load of laundry
-Make lunch for myself…
-Make some important phone calls
COFFEE & BREAK TIME

The girls wake around 2:30 – 3pm, and have something to eat. The real madness begins when 3:30-3:45pm arrives. Tyler and Kianna arrive home then it’s go-go-goThey empty their backpacks, have a snack, do their homework, and start on their chores. Kianna usually plays with the girls while I made dinner. When I am all done the food, I review agenda’s and notes, and fill out forms if needed. The kids anticipate Daddy’s arrival around 6:15-6:30pm, so we can eat! Yaaaaay. 

By the time 7pm comes, I am cleaning up after dinner, and Kianna is headed for the shower. Tyler follows after Kianna, and they prepare for bed. I start bottles for the girls at 7:30, and bath them. By 8pm Mady and Ava are in bed and I can do another load of laundry and read with Kianna. After reading with her she’s off to bed at 8:30, and I hang out with Tyler until’ his bed time hits at 9pm.

After all the kids are in bed, any house work that needs to be completed, is. I also use this time for me time, blogging, e-mails, to-do lists, agenda review and review any project that needs to be finished by Friday night… At around 11:30 I head for bed and prepare for a new day, unless I can get into bed earlier! I’d jump in that boat any day, lol!