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Daily Transitions for a Productive Day

Beginning with a productive morning routine sets the tone for an efficient day, and learning to use transitions can make the best of your time management to glean otherwise lost hours. Read on to learn how to capture this precious time!

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The Importance of a Productive Day

Running a household of over a dozen people while managing a homestead requires some order and patience. I experience daily the importance of chore time for kids and why teaching our children to have a productive morning is imperative for the rest of the day to run smoothly.

Transitioning between chore times keeps our children on task and is one of my secrets to running a productive household. The transition time is almost as important as the chore jurisdictions I assign to each family member.

Utilizing this time between two responsibilities keeps work productivity realistic, makes a transition less chaotic, and is one of many tips we use for homesteading with children

It’s important to know how to spend your time wisely as an adult; it’s a learned skill. We start teaching our children to work productively at a young age. Time management, a daily schedule, and learning to focus on your work to stay productive are valuable life skills.

Each day has challenges, but I try to remember that the importance of how we treat each other and building healthy relationships is working together to keep a productive day structured and yet open to the possibility of change.

Seize the day, don’t let it seize you!

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What Is a Productive Day

A productive day is different each day and for each person. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and there is a learning curve to most tasks that each child learns to accomplish.

Remembering that helps me when teaching them the importance of transitioning from one set of tasks to another. Patience goes a long way with transitional practice, especially with the younger children in the family. They are easily distracted and need guidance to stay on task.

Pairing up an older child with a younger one is helpful. The older child gains the experience of teaching something they already know with a younger child trying to navigate the transition and assigned chore. It’s a win-win for everybody, building self-confidence and self-worth.

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What Are Daily Transitions

Daily transitions are those times in between two parts of the day. We have several transitional times every day that last only a few minutes if we don’t lose focus on what needs to be done. Each successful transition builds on itself long term to the end of the day and week.  

For example, the transition between morning chores and breakfast requires each person to accomplish tasks that need to be done and get ready for the next phase of the daily routine; a productive transition time keeps that running smoothly.

One of the important tasks in the morning is feeding the animals. The transition would be putting away the items used to feed and water the animals, removing outside boots, gloves, dirty clothing and washing up before sitting at the breakfast table.

There is usually a transition time in between a set chore time. Morning chores, breakfast and starting school work require cleaning up the table and dishes before one group of children can get their required school materials and sit at a clean kitchen table to begin their school day. 

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How to Increase Productivity in Transition Times

When our kids get eight or more hours of sleep and eat a healthy breakfast, it increases the odds of having an ideal productive day. We instruct them to set reasonable time allotments for each task so they can transition and keep their stress level down without feeling rushed. 

Once they learn the benefits of time management, accomplishing big tasks and not losing focus, this sets them up to be more successful people and thriving adults. We all have transitions in our day and learning how to navigate them will be a tool in their tool belt they will access for life.

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Do you want to learn more helpful strategies for a smooth-running household? Join me in my household management workshop, where I will teach you my system that eliminates striving and promotes thriving on your homestead.

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