30 Productive Things to Do for Moms

How often do you complain about your giant to do list? But then when you have down time you end up mindlessly scrolling on your phone.

It is difficult for us to spend time at home during this time when our daily lives are may not be our normal.

Our forced “retirement” can be an opportunity to heal more, read more, shop online, learn new things, and do sports. When you have time rather than scrolling through your phone, here are 30 productive things to do for moms.

Try it and find the one that will get you motivated to do more.

30 Productive Things to Do for Moms

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Reduce distraction

Is there anything special that is distracting you? Determine what is specifically slowing down your productivity while looking for productive activity when bored. Social media, for example, is a popular critic. Separate yourself from your social media so that you can focus on the things that really matter.

Put your phone away while you’re doing work and decide on a time a night to put it away so you’re not mindlessly scrolling on it.

Do quick work

Even if you do not have enough energy to do a big job, you can still make time to do a small task. Check items on your to-do list that can be done quickly, such as: make a doctor’s appointment, send an email, or clean a drawer.

Declutter a room

One reason that you are not as productive as you need is that you have too much clutter. Some decluttering ideas include cleaning up your desk, removing books you’ve never read from your shelf, or throwing away clothes you haven’t worn in the last three years. Pick a room and just start.

Have a box for donations and one for garbage and just tackle one room, if the task seems too big, just try one area in a room.

Reduce stress

If your worries are more emotional, cause stress or anxiety, then take five or ten minutes to practice brief meditation. You can stay on the couch or stay in your bed.

You may also try practicing gratitude each morning for the things you are grateful so that it can help put less emphasis on your worries.

Cook something new

Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated. There are so many delicious recipes waiting to be cooked (and eaten) that you will have many options to choose from. Try a new snack to go with a family movie and ask your kids what they’d like to try, they have great ideas.

Create your own crafts

One of the typical activities to do at home with your children and that will never go out of style due to its infinite possibilities is to do crafts. You don’t need a lot to create something amazing.

I keep a lot of craft supplies on hand so that the kids can create anything they’d like when they start to feel creative, why not stop what you’re doing and join in?

Experiment as you learn by playing

Through science experiments, you can bring your child closer to science through amazement, without costing you much, and with the assurance that you too will learn and be amazed by something new.

Have fun with homemade board games

Board games have given us hours of fun, but they are being replaced by other digital alternatives, which lack the analog and close component of board games while not bad at all.

Some of our favorite family board games:

Discover the world with virtual trips

If traveling is not an option, the Internet offers the possibility of traveling virtually to many locations and discovering the world from your home.

Make a list

Whether it’s before you go to sleep or as soon as you wake up, make a list of things you have to do, shop, call, answer, etc. Keep the list always with you, either on your phone or on a piece of paper, so you can always see what you have pending, and you can add things as they occur to you.

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Identify your most important tasks

Moms always feel like we have to do it all, and when we realize that we cannot do everything, we become unmotivated and want to throw in the towel. Identify the 3 most important things on your to-do list, create a schedule for yourself, and make sure you complete everything you have planned.

Learn something new

When you are bored, this is a good time to learn. One of the most productive tasks is learning on the Internet. You can watch YouTube tutorials or learn facts and skills through TED conversations on any topic you’d like.

Walk daily

Crowds and public spaces may be prohibited, but this does not mean that you have to be locked inside. In fact, there are many reasons to spend time outside when possible. Find a safe place outside your neighborhood, courtyard, or garden and go out in the sun every day.

Start your family tree

Follow these simple guidelines on how to use Family Tree to begin your journey through your family’s history. Exploring your history will help you feel connected to your past and to your family.

Productive Things to Do for Moms

Start a garden

Start planning your home garden. Research which plants grow well in your area, find the perfect spot on your land and prepare it. Although you may have to wait for the quarantine to end to get some items, you can already do a lot of the initial work.

Recover the hobbies that you have abandoned

You haven’t painted, played the piano, or stretched your writing muscles in years. Now is the ideal time to continue with the hobbies that you’ve forgotten.

Play card games

Card and board games will help ease boredom and enjoy the extra time you spend with your family. It may not sound like a big deal, but it will help you strengthen your relationship.

Make time for your beauty routine

Now is the time to breathe life into your skin. Look through your makeup and through out any old stuff you don’t need. Focus on your beauty schedule or create one if you don’t have one. Masks, tonics, creams as well as scrubs pamper you every day, and when you’re with a hot bath, you’ll feel like you’re in a spa when you close your eyes.

Look for opportunities to work from home

If you want to earn extra income, find ways to earn extra income during your free time. Self-employed websites can help you search for temporary work online.

Send cards and letters

Mail cards and letters to family and friends to brighten up their time at home. Receiving mail is a quick way to make someone’s day.

Take an inventory of your belongings

Take pictures and make lists of everything you have. This list can save you a lot of headaches if you ever need it in connection with insurance. Update the list every six months to avoid the hassle of having to start over from scratch later.

Read a book

Take advantage of this period to read a good book. So grab a good book from your library, or download an audiobook to remove boredom from your life. Carve out time to have some quiet time for yourself so you can enjoy in a good book.

Recommended Productivity Books

If you love reading, you’ll love any of these productivity books to help you get less cluttered, more organized and less distracted.

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: The Book Collection: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark JoyTidying Up with Marie Kondo: The Book Collection: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark JoyDo Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Ambitious WomenDo Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Ambitious WomenThe Daily Productivity & Brain Dump BookThe Daily Productivity & Brain Dump BookThe Mompowerment Guide to Work-Life Balance: Insights from Working Moms on Balancing Career and FamilyThe Mompowerment Guide to Work-Life Balance: Insights from Working Moms on Balancing Career and FamilyIndistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your LifeIndistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your LifeTime Management Mama: Making Use of the Margins to Pursue your PassionsTime Management Mama: Making Use of the Margins to Pursue your Passions



Start your day practicing yoga. This activity calms your mind, reduces stress, and distracts your mind. Perfect for helping you get more done.


Meditating for at least ten to fifteen minutes to start your day. This technique can permit you to take stock of yourself and calm your body, mind, and soul.

A nice-looking manicure

It’s time to get out the nail polish left in the bathroom. Our hands do hard work, pamper yourself and give yourself a gorgeous manicure.

Try a new hairstyle

Since salons may be out of the question right now, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun creating new hair styles and create fun hairdos or get fun with some fun hair color just to change things up.

Plan a virtual fiesta

Miss handing out with your close friends?

Clean your makeup brushes

It is not necessary to clean your brushes daily. However, they are regularly passed under hot water and Marseille soap for guaranteed healthy skin.

Shop online

Shopping has at no time been so stress-free: from the couch, drinking herbal tea with a cleansing mask applied on the face. It’s so easy to have what you need delivered straight to your door.

I don’t make small orders, I add things to my cart so that I’m adding in things that I need and I let it sit until I reach $50. Then I’ll place the order.

In the time when they’re in your cart, you’re thinking about it and it may not be something you really need, it helps curb impulse buys.

DIY Project

Creatives need of way to create and work on their projects. You can repurpose things that would be thrown out and add amazing pieces to your home.

I hope you’ve found some productive things you can do other than spending it mindlessly scrolling on your phone. There are a ton of things to help you get you more healthy, give you calm or exercise your mind.

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