Have you heard of the naptime hustle before? Well keep reading to learn just how to make the most of it.
Working from home has become the new normal for us – whether by choice or due to the pandemic, parents are wearing multiple hats at once.
You have so much to do – laundry, answer DMs, write out emails, chat with your clients, do the laundry, wash the dishes, take the dog out, drink some coffee, eat a meal. It’s easy to get distracted or try to do everything at once. You consistently get to the end of the night feeling defeated and that you are failing at both being a parent and at work.
Maximizing the time you have to focus is imperative when you are juggling working from home and full time parenting, and the best way to do this is having a plan in place that you can follow every day.
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Naptime is the biggest chunk of time that you’ll have to get things done but it’s also an easy time to get distracted or waste time on tasks that do not matter.
How often do you put your kid to bed, sit down at your desk to get things started and 30 minutes later, you realize you’re still scrolling Instagram, you’ve done nothing else and the baby is starting to stir?
This is why you have to go into a naptime hustle with a plan. You’ll stay focused, you’ll complete your tasks and you’ll feel ready when the babies wake up.
Follow this Naptime Hustle Work Flow to avoid distractions and feel accomplished while your kids are asleep.
Before Your Naptime Hustle, decide on what your Top 3 Priorities are.
- Write them down so you can keep them at the forefront of your brain when you get distracted.
- Make sure to prioritize the tasks that you need to focus on.
- Try to keep these tasks within the same “theme”. Do your creative work all at the same time, run your reports on the same page and so on. Don’t jump between tasks that are so different it takes your brain too long to adjust.
- Avoid completing tasks that you can do while the kids are awake. Tasks to avoid during naptime include; washing dishes, meal prep, cleaning the playroom, folding laundry.
Once the kids are asleep:
1. Refuel yourself. Grab a cup of coffee (or your drink of choice) and a snack
2. Put your phone on silent, take off your Apple Watch and shut off the TV. This will ensure you will hone in on the work in front of you and help you avoid distractions. Every time you check a notification on your phone, it takes at least a full minute to get reengaged with what you were working on.
3. Tackle the hardest priority first. What task is a non-negotiable to get done? What will take the longest?
4. If your kids are angels and you complete all 3 priorities, move onto other tasks within the same theme. It’s important to use every single minute that you have.
Bonus Tip – I highly suggest using a Digital To-Do List (I love the app ToDoist) – as this helps streamline your to-do list, allows you to highlight priorities and group-specific tasks together. It also saves a significant amount of time compared to writing and rewriting your list out each day.
By prioritizing your tasks and truly focusing on what needs to get done over busy work tasks, you take the pressure off of yourself for the rest of the day. Your afternoons will run smoother and you’ll be able to focus more time on your babies. Remember, never waste naptime doing chores – there is always time for that later!
Giana Tralongo is a passionate, Italian mama living in Orlando, Fl. She believes that every woman deserves to reach her goals and works with other mompreneurs to create structures and systems to help them feel happier, more productive and present in every single day. Giana is married with 2 really cool kids. She loves Disney, is obsessed with To-Do Lists, and has seen every season of Gilmore Girls 9 times.