Now that Jack is getting a little older, he finally has a more predictable schedule throughout the day (he's also going through a sleep regression...so that's fun). This means planning out my day is now a little more effective, because I have a general idea of when all the nap times are, and also when Jack's "fussy" times are.
The biggest thing that has helped me the most by far is getting a baby carrier! I’m using Boppy’s new ComfyFit carrier, and every mother needs one, because it been a LIFE SAVER! Jack's getting better with his naps, but there are some days he just wants to be with me (super frustrating, but also, I kind of love it), and he doesn't want to play on his play mat. Being a stay at home mum, who also has a little business, is tough, and there's only so much a girl can do with a baby in one hand! Putting him into the ComfyFit Baby Carrier is honestly a game changer because this is by far the easiest and comfiest carrier I’ve used. He gets to chill with me, and I get to be close to him, and also get things done, and be hands on with Piper. It's a win-win!
Another thing that's helped me is making a little time for myself. I KNOW it sounds counterproductive, because it's taking time away from doing everything on the list (which is on top of taking care of the kids, by the way), but giving myself a little bit of time to recharge helps energize and motivate me! I set aside 30 minutes every day for some type activity, and it makes all the difference. Some days I'm able to get it in while they're napping, or down of the night, and other days I do it at home while they're playing. It's hard, and it's not always the best workout, but the day ALWAYS goes much smoother when I do.
I will say that my idea of being "productive" is a WHOLE lot different than it used to be. If I manage to get house chores done, get out and do activities for Piper, prep and cook food, workout, AND shower...you know I'll be giving myself high fives for the rest of the night. The biggest thing I've learned is to adjust my expectations, and then prioritize my day. I can't always do everything, but I can tackle the most important things. I set THREE big to-do's everyday, and make sure those are taken care of before getting to the rest (if there's time). Whether that's a work deadline, errands, appointments, etc. Every day is different, and some days are crazier than others, but this keeps me *somewhat* on track.