We live in times where everything moves so fast that it's easy to feel like you've fallen behind. Everyone has the same 24 hours but we all carry ourselves differently. Over the years I've learned that I get the most out of my days when I have made changes to my daily habits.The following can be applied to anyone, not just parents. So here are 4 easy ways you can be more productive!
4 Easy Ways You Can Be More Productive
1. Wake Up Earlier
We are not all morning people, neither am I, but doing so allows me to do so much much more throughout the day. I can go on a run and workout before it gets too hot outside, make breakfast, run errands, all before the kids wake up.
2. Be Organized
This is key to saving time. We are not all organized and it's not a matter of having OCD or not. Designate a place for each thing or things and when the need for that particular item comes around you will know exactly where to find it. Avoid digging around and losing time by being organized. We can be messy, but as long as there's a place for everything, it's ok!
3. Stop Taking Your Phone To The Restroom
Most, if not all of us, are guilty of this one. Some habits can have a negative effect on our work and this one is definitely one of them. I used to do this all the time but stopped once I realized how much time I was losing from projects, work, and family. Remember, this is about being productive, so if you really have nothing going on and you are free from unfinished business, you're free to do whatever you want.
4. Take Short Breaks Often
A while back I came across an article that mentioned a particular method to maintain focus and therefore increasing productivity. This is called the Pomodoro Technique. You can read some more information on this here as well as this one. Ever since I've implemented this technique, I've completed so much more work and remain focused during long periods of time. I'm a very antsy person so this allows me to get up and stretch, use the restroom, or eat a quick snack.
I hope you found these easy ways to be more productive helpful! If there are any other methods or techniques that have helped you, don't forget to mention them in the comment section below!
Here is a short video about the 4 easy ways you can be more productive
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Many times, actually way too many times, I get asked what is it that I do and what our days are like. As a blogger, you are constantly creating content for your website or social media. The thought alone of working from home is easily looked down upon, especially as a young male latino dad. But in order to give the best of ourselves my wife, who is also a blogger, and I made the decision to invest in our blogs full-time and less than a year later, everything is starting to pay off. But this post is not about our journey but more so what a typical day in our life looks like. We have normal lives, kinda, but instead of going out to a workplace, we do all our creative work from home.
We wake up around 9am, most days at least, and take advantage of the time we have while the kids are still asleep to get the day going. We go through emails, reply, send more emails, out, then we check our social media accounts to see what happened overnight and engage with our online community ( replying to comments and giving out likes). The next thing we do is follow up with our blogs, check the traffic, sources of traffic, update a thing or two, reply to comments on the blog, and analyze our work. This goes on for about 1-2 hours and by then the kids are up and we make some breakfast. This is somewhat like a 30-minute break.
For those that don't know, my wife is a mom, fashion, and food blogger over at Newmominanewera.com and has had some amazing accomplishments! The rest of the day is different for both of us. I begin to edit the vlog from the previous day ( you can check out the vlog below) and get it published on YouTube and write a brief blog ( like this one) about what the video is about and giving some feedback. I have focused more on video lately and Ashley does a few videos here and there. However, what takes up most of our time is getting outfits ready and getting out the door to go shoot at different locations. Usually, we plan ahead for this, but we are a very spontaneous couple so we pretty much go out every chance we get, and yes, we bring our daughter along too. The time we spend out shooting pictures varies greatly but as soon as we get back home, we begin to edit pictures, write or finish a blog post, and that brings us close to dinner time. The rest of our day is following up on social media (yes again), insta-stories, doing facebook live, and planning for the next day.
You can see what our day is like in the vlog below! We go out to shoot some pictures and you can see how we get it all done. I will be doing another video about this exact topic pretty soon! If you haven't seen our vlogs, I invite you to check them out and see what happens in our daily lives and catch all of the behind the scenes of our lives!
In the journey and everyday life of fatherhood, you learn and pick up on things every day. Sometimes it's understanding your child better and other times it's coming to realizations about yourself. So as I was reflecting on the time I've had as a father, I wanted to share some things that I believe can help you reflect on fatherhood and be a better dad! So here are the 5 things I've learned as a dad.
5 Things I've Learned As A Dad
1. Let the kids be kids
Kids will be kids right!? Of course! Parents are the first people in life to limit children's imagination and curiosity and telling them they can't do something simply because we as parents don't want to clean up after them, is limiting them in their daily exploration and learning abilities. This, however, does not mean you should let your children do whatever they want, we as parents must always use our better judgment and common sense to keep our children safe and away from any danger or harm. The toddler ages can be frustrating and a challenge to most parents and most are quick to discipline simply because we don't like what they're doing. So don't be afraid to let the kids be kids, they can learn a lot from simply being a kid.
2. It's not all about teaching but also learning
This one goes hand in hand with the first point. As parents, we are quick to tell our children what to do, discipline them, or teach them. There's nothing wrong against discipline and teaching them right from wrong, but what I'm emphasizing here is that we are "too quick". In the time that I've been a dad, I've learned a lot of things from my daughter and other children too. Many times we want to teach them something when in reality if we take a few moments to realize, they are actually teaching us something about themselves or the world around them. Some of the things I've learned from observing my daughter are perseverance, friendliness, being adventurous, and showing love to everyone.
3. You're the Dad
This one may seem a little out of place right? The truth behind this one is that we live in a society that lacks good examples of father figures and most dads think they have to be like the few good role models. At the end of the day, you are the dad to your own children and needless to say, all children are different, and only you know your children best. Many times, people will come along and tell you what to do and what not to do when it comes to raising your children, it's ok to listen, but you as the parent, are the one who decides what you will take as advice. Be the dad your kids look up to, only you can do that. There's nothing better to your kids than having a loving, caring, and involved dad.
4. Be flexible
I don't mean flexible as in being able to touch your toes or putting your legs behind your head. Being flexible when things don't go as planned is frustrating and for some could even be infuriating, especially when you take the time to plan an itinerary! However, be willing to be flexible and enjoy the moments you have with your family and kids. If there's a delay, see how you can be of help and make everything go smoother instead of complaining. As adventurous and spontaneous as some parents can be, we all get a little frustrated when something doesn't go as we thought it would, but truthfully, some of our best moments have happened when we have taken a wrong turn and gotten lost. Learn to enjoy all the moments in life and be happy to enjoy the company of the ones that love you the most.
5. Full-Time Parenting
Some parents may say they spend time at home but that doesn't mean you spend time with your children. Those are two different things and being a parent means you spend quality time with your kids. I understand what it feels like to work 12-14 hour shifts and come home tired but happy to be with my family. This can go both ways too. Some dads are stay at home dads (SAHD) and the other parent works all day. But one thing I learned from this period of time was that my daughter didn't understand or see that I was tired, she was happy for the mere fact that I was home and I could be with her. As adults and working people, we are blinded by all the things going on around us that we can't see the simple joys right in front of us. This does not only pertain to spending time with oru children but also when it comes to changing diapers, taking the kids a bath, cooking meals, and cleaning the home. Parenting is a full-time responsibility and if your partner isn't able to do something at the time, well, it is your responsibility as a parent to step up to the plate and do what needs to be done.
What are some things that you have learned as a dad or as a mom?