What I Do When I Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything…

Stay at home moms can run into more temptations to be lazy than other women can I think. We are home all day and in a way our own employer. It helps to remember though that we are really working for our husband and the Lord!

Click here to read a great article on the subject of laziness and there is even audio available.

Disclaimer: I am not talking about when you are ill and don’t feel like doing anything. By all means, lay around when you don’t feel well!

Here are 10 things I do when I don’t feel like doing anything:

#1 Pray. Simple enough right? And yet, so often forgotten. The Lord wants us to be about His work. He wants us to use our time wisely. Of course it is wise to pray to Him for help and guidance when we just flat out don’t want to do anything!  “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5 “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11. So pray. Turn to the Lord and ask Him to help you. Pray against laziness. “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” Proverbs 13:4. He knows you are weary Mama. Don’t be discouraged. Call on Him. He is your ever present Help in your time of need. He is able to get you up and going. The same power that raised Christ from the dead can raise you up from the couch 🙂

#2 Write a list.
If you are anything like me you might often not feel like doing anything because you don’t even know where to start. There is just so. much. to. do. When I am overwhelmed I often feel paralyzed and don’t want to do anything. Writing down a list of all the things I need to do really helps! Then I put a number by each item in order of importance. I also like to get my kids involved by writing their names next to things that they are capable of helping with. Sometimes seeing things in writing like this motivates me to start doing them!

#3 Get dressed. And while you’re at it put on some makeup (if you like makeup). There is something about getting dressed that says: “time to start my day”. I am not talking a full on “church outfit” necessarily, just some clothes that say: “I’m not in my jammies”. I also like to put some makeup on and do something with my hair (or shower).

#4 Put on an apron. Sound weird? I see an apron as a stay at home mom’s uniform. When I put an apron on I am basically telling myself: “Get to work.” If I really want to get motivated I put shoes on too 🙂 But that doesn’t happen as often… don’t want to go too far 🙂

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I love this handmade apron from some dear Christian friends of mine! I especially love the cherry pattern and big pocket!

Click here to go to the site where you can have an apron made like the one above!

Or go to Amazon and check out a million cute ones there!

These were some of my faves below:


#5 Go outside.
Being inside all day can make us feel sluggish. We are meant to get fresh air! Run outside with the kids real quick. Go for a walk to the park. I bet when you come back home you will be feeling refreshed and more motivated. (But don’t be gone too long and wear yourself out more… just 20 minutes or so is all you need).

#6 Drink! Had too much coffee and not enough water? That’s a common problem for us mamas! I like to make a few different types of homemade “energy drinks”. This is how I make my most common one:

32 oz COLD ice water mixed with:
2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
1/2 tsp of ginger
1/4 tsp cayenne 
1 Emergen-c packet
Stevia to taste

I immediately start feeling better when I drink this! And my little ones love it! The earlier you get your children used to “different tastes” the better 😉

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Carebear drinking all my energy drink!

#7 Listen to uplifting music or audio bible. The sense of hearing is a wonderful gift from God and it can lift our spirits quickly. Certain music can get a pep in our step too 🙂 Audio bibles are available all over the internet for free. Amazon has many great options when it comes to music! Right now I am digging this album:

For the kids to get into cleaning we LOVE to listen to Seeds Family Worship:

#8 Just Do SOMETHING. Just do one thing. Anything. Usually when we get up off of our behinds and do one thing we are motivated to do another, and then another and then…. you get the point. I also love to set a timer!  You would be amazed at what can be accomplished in 10 minutes! Dreading cleaning your kitchen? Just commit to 10 minutes. Have you been putting off cleaning your pantry? Bedroom? Bathroom? Just commit to 10 minutes! (You’ll more than likely want to keep going once the timer goes off 🙂

I love a poem by Elisabeth Elliot called: Do the Next Thing. Here is part of it:

Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment,
Let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity,
Guidance, are given.
Fear not tomorrows,
Child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus,
DO THE NEXT THING

Do it immediately;
Do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence,
Tracing His Hand,
Who placed it before thee with
Earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence,
Safe ‘neath His wing,
Leave all resultings,
DO THE NEXT THING

#9 Learn from others. Sometimes the kick in the pants I need can be found in a just a few paragraphs of my favorite homemaking books!

#10 Get some accountability. Are you prone to laziness? Is it common for you to waste hours of your time and have your husband come home to a messy house and no dinner prepared? This is a shame. Seek a sister in Christ out. Ask her to help you with accountability and pick a day where she checks in with you each week to see how it’s going. Especially ask her to pray for you.

I hope this has encouraged you and given you some practical tips Mama! May you be busy about the Lord’s work in your homes!

Be sure to leave your tips on what you do when you don’t feel like doing anything in the comments.

Love, Katie

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2 thoughts on “What I Do When I Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything…

  1. My hardest challenge some days is simply getting out of my warm bed. I have many arthritic joints that ache when I put my feet to the floor. So, I have started a stretching routine so my muscles are warmed up and ready to go when I throw back the covers. I do like to spend my waking up time in prayer asking God to orchestrate my day. Another thing that helps me get moving is setting my alarm. Now that my foot is healed enough to do water aerobics, I’ll start setting the alarm for Tues Thur and Sat. Sandy

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