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5 Tips for a Productive Day #NGHarvest

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I am the busy Mom of an almost one year old, a five year old, and a six year old.  My days typically have a robust to-do list, and it’s always my aim to have a productive day.  I mean, who aims to have an unproductive day, right?  As I get older, and as my kids master the art of keeping me on my toes, I’ve learned a few tried and true ways to ensure a productive day.

  1. Get plenty of sleep- the benefit of a well rested mind is seriously under-rated.
  2. Make a to-do list and prioritize it.  If I don’t prioritize, I end up doing all the time consuming little things that don’t matter and putting off the things that do matter.
  3. Set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based) goals and track your progress on them.
  4. Exercise- it increases endorphines, which can increase productivity.
  5. Practice saying no.  Too often, I say yes out of fear of letting others down and end up with a ton of stuff in my schedule that just doesn’t contribute to my goals.

There are some days, however,  that I rush through my day of teaching homeschool lessons, running errands, and playing referee in the never ending battle of sibling rivalry and suddenly realize that I never ate breakfast.  Yowzer! Perhaps it’s the lack of food, and not the lack of coffee, that leaves me feeling sluggish, light headed, and slightly snarky.  Okay, a lot snarky.  I recently discovered Kellogg’s® Nutri-Grain® Fruit & Oat Harvest Cereal Bars, and they are a great solution for crazy mornings like these.


Chuck one into my purse and off I go!  Nutri-Grain® Fruit & Oat Harvest Cereal Bars have 4 grams of protein and combine real fruit and whole grains in a tasty bar to help your “get up and go” attitude keep going.   I value being able to sit down and eat breakfast with my little one’s on most mornings, but on those days when my I find myself three steps behind, it is nice to know that there is a delicious alternative to going hungry.  The Nutri-Grain® Fruit & Oat Harvest Cereal Bars are available in Country Strawberry and Blueberry Bliss flavors.  I prefer the blueberry, while Hubs and the kids prefer the strawberry.  There are five bars in each box, and the MSRP is $3.59.

NutriGrain Harvest

Not to sell myself short, but on days that I miss breakfast, I feel like I barely survived, let alone did anything productive or of significant value.  With Nutri-Grain® Fruit & Oat Harvest Cereal Bars in my purse, and in my pantry, those days will hopefully be fewer and farther between.

Speaking of having a productive day… I’m adding eat breakfast to my to-do list.  What other tips do YOU have to ensure an active and productive day?

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. I love all of your tips! I eat Nutri Grain bars regularly, so I will definitely try these.

  2. I just purchased some of these Nutri-Gran bars myself to keep at the office when I am running to late to have breakfast. It does make a huge difference in my day! (I also agree with making list -if I don’t, I find it being 5 o’clock, and I don’t know what I did all day!)

  3. I am so bad at saying NO. Whether it is to family or friends I can never do it. I end up taking on so much more than I can handle and by the end of the day I don’t have any time to do the things I needed to do for myself!

  4. I have to have a to do list or nothing gets done. I even have taking a shower on my to do. Thanks for making me smile!!

  5. We love Nutri Grain bars at our house! The kids eat them for breakfast a lot too!

  6. I love Nutri Grain bars so I will be trying these out for sure! I love any type of breakfast that I can throw in my bag and go.

  7. I have had the regular Nutrigrain bars and one of my daughter’s love them. I’ve never seen this kind of nutrigrain bar. I will have to keep my eyes open .

  8. I always have to have coffee if I’m going to be productive. Since I work at night I need to get through the day. These bars look great too.

  9. These new bars look so good! I have found that learning to say no helped me to be able to get everything else done!

  10. These are some great tips for a productive day. I need to work on the list part more.

  11. I like those cereal bars. I usually grab something easy when I have to leave early in the morning. I tend to not really eat a big breakfast. Great tips, thanks.

  12. we are nutrigrain fans here. I have to remember to grab some of these at the store tomorrow!

  13. I agree on the sleep and the list making for sure!

  14. These are such great tips! I need to get better about getting more sleep!

  15. I keep bars in my bag, just in case I need them (and I do need them almost daily!) I always keep myself on task with a to do list. If I don’t have an organized list, my day is a wreck.

  16. I usually have a bar stashed in my purse or in the car (weather permitting). It’s great to have something to rely on in a pinch!

  17. I keep a protein shake with me at all times. I need to workout every morning tohelp me feel like I had a productive day.

  18. These are so great for those crazy and hectic mornings. I really want to try both varieties. Look so yummy and chewy! I love chewy!

  19. I always have a Nutrigrain bar in my bag! They are perfect for those hectic mornings!

  20. These are some great tips! I know that if I hit the ground running, so to speak, I’m much more productive!

  21. I always have a few of these in my minivan for me and the kids. They love them and so do I. There’s no reason to eat them, we just do. 🙂

  22. I send a breakfast bar with my husband to work for his snack (he works outside and gets hungry). Nutri-Grain is a brand we buy often. 🙂

  23. I am going to start a regular exercise routine next week. These are great tips!

  24. These are great tips for having a productive day! I’m working on saying no to most things, so that I don’t feel overextended.

  25. My days sound a lot like yours; with homeschool, errands, kids, life,etc I forget to eat all of the time. I’ll have to check out these bars- they look really good!

  26. Get plenty of sleep…man, that one gets me every time! Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  27. Great tips! I’ve been working on setting SMART goals for myself this year. It’s been easier for me to be productive when the to-do list isn’t so overwhelming.

  28. I always keep bars like Nutri-Grain in my bag and the diaperbag for snacks on the go. Sleep is probably my best advice, and where I fail the most!

  29. These bars are so nutritious and taste great! I carry them with me so that wehn my daughter or I get hungry we grab one on the go!

  30. I’ve heard of these and seen them but haven’t tried them yet. I know that my grocery store is going to have Kellog’s items on sale this week, I might see if they have these and if they are included in the sale 🙂