How to Be a More Productive Parent


How to Be a More Productive Parent

By Donna Vail

In my work, mom’s often say they were never told how difficult and how much work it would be to be a parent. I can remember when I was pregnant with my first child and being told that my life would never be the same. Six children later, I have realized that statement to be one of the truest lessons this life has given me. As a mother, I have experienced love much deeper than ever imaginable before children and my love continues to expand. Yes, parenting can be quite demanding at times and challenge me to my core, but at the threshold of support and challenge comes life’s most precious lessons.

But even with all of this love, it doesn’t change the need to be very productive as a parent because our time is in high demand in all areas of our lives. Our little ones and even not so little ones depend on us.

Here’s the 3 most effective ways to be more productive as a parent:

  1. Plan and then plan some more. Creating a well organized plan and having a system will serve you like a personal assistant. Maintain a calendar with a month-at-a-glance and a day-at-a-glance. Write every appointment, date, activity, meeting, project due date, play date…everything. Also include commitments to yourself, that’s right, get it all on the schedule and honor yourself. You will want to keep this with you at all times and always refer to it when faced with a decision. One caveat for parents: keep a large supply of flexibility on hand. With children we have to allow more time to go places, take time when they have a melt down or need character guidance.
  2. Learn the art of making lists. I’ve heard many people say they’ve got a task list a mile long. This kind of list is not especially helpful and may even increase stress. My list is on one sheet of paper and only for one day. At the top I write my three top values so I can make all decisions honoring my values. Next I list the top three projects I’m working on and top three tasks for each. Then I note “People I’m Waiting On” who needs to get back to me and “People I Need to Connect With.” Then I list the top 5 tasks I need to do today in my work, my homeschool and my home. Anything undone gets reviewed for priority and either added on the next day or dropped because it became irrelevant. The act of writing this out each evening will help you get a jump start on the next day. You will be amazed at what happens when you are writing this and are more connected to the projects you need to complete.
  3. Generate energy. Every day we we’re blessed with a new 24 hour block of time. Without energy it can all be wasted to nonproductive activity. Rejuvenation begins with at least 7-8 hours of sleep, exercise, plenty of clean water, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and a “can do” attitude. I can’t recommend the latter enough. I myself need support in this area at times. A gentle reminder from my husband gets me off the computer in time for a restful night that prepares me for a very productive next day.

There are numerous other practical and effective ways to become a more productive parent, but if you start with the three I’m sharing today and master them, your days will evolve into a productively more satisfying life. This translates into more quality time allowing more of you to be available for your children and the whole family. You can relax, have fun and enjoy your time with them knowing you’re healthier and more productive.

 “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” –Paul J. Meyer

Mom Inspired to Action:

  • Arrange your daily schedule by first scheduling your sleep, getting a full 7-8 hours. Then be sure to include exercise and regular healthy balanced meals. Build your life around these areas and enjoy a new level of satisfaction. Remember, keep plenty of quality time for those you love.
  • Get a month-at-a-glance and day-at-a-glance calendar you can use to begin writing all your commitments in. Always write them in your calendar…no more sticky notes!
  • Create your daily task list as I’ve described with the different sections so you have a clear plan for your day. Be honest and keep your task list doable at 5 items or less. If you finish early then start working on those three primary projects.

What’s your type of calendar to use? What other ways do you find raises your productivity? Please join our inspired families share by leaving a comment below.

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About Donna Vail

Donna Vail is an education-parenting specialist, coach, mompreneur, homeschooling mother of six children, author and founder of An Inspired Education. She helps families create a lifestyle of true freedom by balancing education, work and life through self-education, entrepreneurship and inspiration. She is a highly sought after consultant for her successful guidance and resources that enable parents to let go of traditional parenting and education models, creating a lifestyle of learning where the whole family flourishes. You can find more of her resources at

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