Tips & Tricks

HOW TO GET THINGS DONE WITH A NEWBORN

Being a mom of a newborn is a very demanding job. That being said the only way to attempt to get things done is to make a to-do list. Now, there will be days that nothing gets checked off the list, and that is okay. After all, you are performing the most important task of them all, take care of the baby. By the way, be sure to put that on the list because no matter what, that is the one thing that you can be sure to accomplish every day and it will give you some sense of achievement.

Now you may be wondering, “How do I go about even making time to write a to-do list?” The answer is simple. I promise you, this is the easiest, most stress-free way to get things done with a newborn. Matter of fact, this is the method I used to write this post (and every other post on this site).

First, you need to brainstorm a list of all the things you set out to accomplish for the day/week/month or however far in advance you plan (I take things day by day). Think of these things while you are busy taking care of the baby, say perhaps while you are nursing. Ok. Got your list of tasks? Great! If not, that is okay. Just attempt to finish it during the next round of baby raising.

Once baby goes to sleep, start to add items to your list, once done, relax or take a nap with the baby. Do not plan on starting the list at this time. Let’s face it, mama needs a break. When baby wakes again, don’t think about the list, just focus on taking care of baby. Once baby goes back to sleep, start on your list and work until the baby wakes up. Only do one task at a time as to not overwhelm yourself. If the baby wakes up before your task is complete, just try to finish it again when baby goes back down for another nap, If you finish your task before the baby wakes up, relax or take a nap.

So how does all this work again? Let’s take my list for example:

  • Take care of the baby
  • Laundry
  • Shower
  • Brush Teeth (*sigh* yes, I’ve had to pencil in brushing my teeth. It’s hard out here.)
  • Walk dog
  • Wash bottles
  • Dishes
  • Style Hair
  • Nap
So early in the day, while I’m nursing baby, I’m thinking of all the things that need to get accomplished. Once baby goes down for a nap, I physically make my list of tasks, then relax or nap until the baby wakes again. Once awake, I take care of the baby, not thinking about the list at all. Then once back down for a nap, I start on my list. In my case, the first task it laundry. So I’ll throw a load in, then go take a nap until the baby wakes up. I continue this pattern for the rest of the day. I make sure to only work on one task at a time. Taking care of a newborn is an incredibly hard enough task on its own. I don’t need to further complicate things and challenge my sanity by trying to do everything at once. 

So in sum, here is how to get things done with a newborn.

  1. Brainstorm a list.
  2. Add tasks to the list.
  3. Attempt to execute the list, one task at a time. 
To help you out, I’ve created a downloadable to do list. All you need to do to receive it is subscribe to my blog (which is completely free) by entering your name and email in the form below. The best part of this list is it’s digital so you can access it from anywhere. 

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