Finding time for productivity can be tough at the best of times. As a mother of two, I know firsthand how crazy things can get when your kids are going through a rough patch. When baby Oscar started experiencing sleep regression and 5-year-old Willow started waking up early, my husband and I found ourselves struggling to keep up with daily tasks and life admin. Even basic tasks like meal planning and laundry seemed overwhelming.

As a productivity geek, I’ve tried many time management hacks, but let’s face it, some of them are just not realistic. The never-ending pile of laundry, meal planning, school forms, hoovering, and other household chores can quickly become an impossible mountain of stress. One of my favourites is the Pomodoro technique, but 25 minutes of uninterrupted work time is often impossible when you have little ones running around. So, I experimented with using the Pomodoro technique with 5-minute intervals and guess what? It worked!

To implement this 5-minute productivity hack, all you need to do is:

  1. Choose a small task that needs to be done.
  2. Set a timer for 5 minutes.
  3. Work on the task with no distractions.
  4. Celebrate when it’s done!

Here are some tips and disclaimers to keep in mind:

  • For new mothers, be kind to yourself. Nap times are still important for yourself to rest when baby is sleeping so try to fit in 5 minutes in when you can and only if you can.
  • If possible, ask for help with the kids for 5 minutes to complete a task.
  • This technique can be applied to the workplace or other areas of life.
  • Be flexible and allow some background distractions for tasks that don’t require complete attention. For example, you can empty the dishwasher and listen to a podcast at the same time.

Give yourself permission to focus on one small task for 5 minutes and see how much progress you can make. It’s a simple and effective way to feel more intentional and in control of your day.

As a busy working mum, I know how important it is to find ways to be productive even in small increments of time. So go ahead, try this 5-minute productivity hack and see how it can help you make progress on your to-do list. You’ve got this!

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