How to be More Productive at Home with this Ridiculously Simple Method

Do you get overwhelmed by all the tasks you have to do as a mom? And now that you’ve decided to start a mom blog and make money from home, how will you add that to your already full to do list?

You can start by planning your week with my super simple weekly scheduler, and bonus, you can put it together with items you probably already have in your home! But I realized this week that it can quickly fill up! All of my Post-it notes did not have space to fit on my weekly schedule.

Be More Productive at Home or Work: How to Set Your Priorities Straight

I figured I needed to set a few priorities. And that is where the Eisenhower decision matrix comes into play.

Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower was one super productive man. During his two terms in office he launched programs that birthed the highway system, NASA and the internet. And I struggle to find time to write a blog post.

How did he do it? And how can you apply it to your life as a mom when you’re trying to be as productive as possible from home?

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President Eisenhower prioritized his tasks in this simple method below. It is now well known as the Eisenhower box or decision matrix.

Before you populate your To Do list, place all of your tasks within a box in the Eisenhower decision matrix.

As you know, I love Post-it notes. It’s how I schedule my week and plan my Blog Vision Board, although sometimes I use The Mommy Schedule. But before I put my notes on my weekly calendar, I prioritize them first. Otherwise my life is a mess, my board is filled with post it notes and I end up focusing on the wrong things!

Is this your to do list?

What do you work on first?

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How do you know where to begin? Should I finally start writing my Thank You cards or should I focus my time reloading Tailwind? Then I remembered this fantastic quote by someone much smarter than me:

Below is the former President’s suggestion on prioritizing your to do list and get more done:

Use the Eisenhower Decision Matrix

When I am overwhelmed and I’m drowning in a sea of Post-it notes I start prioritizing them with the method below.

Urgent & Important = things I need to do this week, like laundry, finishing a guest post or getting a post ready for next week.

Urgent & Not Important = things I can delegate, such as Thank You cards. Maybe I can send a personal email instead? Or make and mail them through Shutterfly.

Not Urgent & Important = these are things that are important, but they do not need to be done right now. Like buying a birthday gift for a friend, or calling to catch up with grandma.

Not Urgent & Not Important = these are things that  can be deleted or scheduled for a much later date, such as starting a new craft.

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Setting priorities seem like common sense, but if you don’t have a system to actually do it, it becomes very difficult. I tend to start working on the things that are the most fun and I put off the more tedious tasks. 

By using this priority matrix I force myself to work on the things that are urgent and important. I get them done before I move on to my more enjoyable tasks, such as browsing Pinterest for ideas or creating beautiful images.

If you have too much to do, and too much stuff, try these 10 Practical Steps to Minimalism for moms to help you!

Create your own Eisenhower Priority Matrix.

On a poster board copy the visual below.

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Prioritize Your Post-it Notes

Then write down all your tasks for the week. If you’re wondering what each color means, check out this post!

Then go through your tasks and place then in the appropriate box. This is how you set your priorities.

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Get Your Stuff Done

Final step: Complete your tasks! 🙂

What Techniques Work For You?

Are you trying to be more productive and set the right priorities? How do you get it all done while raising kids and keeping the home clean? Let me know how you prioritize your tasks. Do you have a system? What techniques work best for you? If you have any questions, please share them in the comments.

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  • Great tips! I’ve never heard of this Eisenhower Priority Matrix, but I am definitely going to give it a try. Time blocking helps get things done, but I never know what to tackle first. With this Matrix, I am going to crush my to-do list! Thanks again!

  • Excellent article, Suzi. This information will be really helpful to those who suffer from lack of time. Thanks for sharing this awesome method!

  • I remember learning this matrix in school, but never thought about incorporating it into my every day routine. Thanks for sharing this awesome method! I definitely tend to think everything is urgent and needs to get done ASAP.

  • These are great tips to get organized. It is so important to set your priorities and know what has to be done each day. Keep up the great work here and live unstoppable!

  • I remember first learning this method back in seventh grade (!) and it’s served me well since then, but it’s always great to have a reminder! I’ve been feeling like everything is urgent lately, even though deep down I know it isn’t. I need to reprioritize.

    • Thank you Lola! I love this method. It’s simple and works. And sometimes I think we learned everything we need to know in grade school. We just need reminders like this to bring it back 🙂 xoxo

  • Believe it or not I kind of do this in my head when it comes to personal life. I’m delegating a lot to my daughter who is able to release me from doing some chores over and over like clean the tables and sweep the floor. Right now getting visible and working on livestreaming is important to my blog. I might need a more definite approach like the Eisenhower method for my blog

  • I use this method, but only for my personal life(laundry, cleaning, play dates, etc). I really need to start implementing this in my blogging and freelancing, I think it would be more helpful than my current to do list, which is really just a bullet journal! I may actually just start using my bullet journal for my personal tasks since I normally accomplish them when I want, and use this method for business purposes.