Have you ever thought, I set my goal…now what?
Last week I attended Back to School night for my daughter’s high school. It was all done via zoom because….COVID. It struck me how few parents showed up.
As the teacher presented to parents how the semester is going to play out, my thought was what a great illustration of how to use systems to achieve a goal. I know productivity nerd over here.
Let me explain using Biology (because the teacher was kinda cute).
He started by laying out the “course objectives” (aka goals)
Next, he went into the materials, tests, homework, etc that will be expected throughout the year (his system for achieving the objectives above).
I also loved the part where he pointed out all electronic devices must be OFF or they will be confiscated. This guy knew how to get...
Where did your mind go?
I think of Dug the sweet but easily distractable dog from the Pixar movie UP.
I just opened another tab in my browser and found Pixar’s Instagram account. Did you know Dug has a series of shorts out now on Disney+? That would be fun to watch with the kids.
It’s been 15 minutes but now I’m back to writing this post. This is my brain chasing squirrels.
It’s fun to follow the sparkle of a shiny object but beware. Shiny object syndrome can pull you off course in chasing your goals. How do you stop it?
I’ve given you some tools on how to focus but today let me give you some questions to consider when there’s a shiny object is dangling between you and that goal you wrote down on January 1st.
The text read: Would you ever do Ragnar Tahoe again?
My heart skipped a beat. One of my dearest friends was asking me to join a trail running event. Not just any trail run but the one I completed 2 years ago that was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I reread the message and my heart sank. It’s a 24hour team relay event that was planned on my son's 12th birthday.
I texted back, “OHHH I would do it again but that’s Chase’s birthday…let me think on that one.”
I wanted to hold onto the dream of experiencing that trail run with one of my besties for a few more moments. In my heart, I knew my answer had to be NO. Ragnar Tahoe will be there again next year but I could only celebrate my son’s 12th birthday once.
Ironically if you look at my goals for 2022 I’ve listed finish another trail race. But when the opportunity presented itself, I had to make a choice, and the option...
Raise your hand if you’ve ever given up on a New Year’s resolution. If you could peer through my computer monitor, you would see me waving my hand in the air.
We’ve all done it but there’s something magical about a fresh start. A chance to clean the slate. This year instead of picking another New Year’s Resolution that you’re going to beat yourself up for failing in a few weeks. Let’s focus on goals we can work towards in a way that’s healthy and realistic.
Let’s start with why your goals should be more than just a New Year’s tradition. Goals can be more than just a yearly resolve to lose those same 10 pounds. You can set goals in any area of life - business, health, or personal. You know this already of course.
First goals help you choose the right moves at the right times. Let’s use your business as an example here. Say you’ve just launched your social...
In another lifetime (pre-kids) I worked as a pharma rep. I would schlep drug samples to doctor’s offices all around Sacramento, the East Bay, and Napa. At the end of the year, I would have a performance review with my District Manager. A process many of you know if you ever spent time working for someone else.
Regardless of whether the review was positive or negative, you always learn something about yourself. Today I want to make a case for how you can spin this process for your mom biz.
Let’s take a look:
You need to celebrate those wins. Take some time to review what you accomplished in 2021. Do you have a brag file? If so, great! Spend some time flipping through it. If not, here are some tips to spark your memory.
How you spend your time, regardless of what’s on your...
I know what you’re thinking, “I work hard all day and I don’t have time for this.” But trust me, task batching is your new best friend! It will help you become more productive by doing things in batches so that not only do they get done faster but also with less stress. You can thank me later when you are knocking out tasks like nobody's business - just take a few minutes to read on how it works.
If you’ve spent time learning how to grow your business on social media, you’ve heard the term content batching. For the newbies, it’s a process where you create all of your captions or visual content during a set period of time. It’s a game-changer but here’s the juicy piece...batching can be applied to more than just social media.
Task batching is where you put together similar tasks into a block of time. It can be used for any task in any area of your life: business, personal, spiritual,...
As moms, we often feel like we need to be superwomen. We're constantly juggling work with home life, and try to fit in time for everything else that's important to us. But oftentimes, something has to give - and it's usually our own wellbeing that takes a backseat. We convince ourselves that we can't possibly say no to anything, but is that really the best way to live? In this post, we'll explore the power of learning to say no, and how it can help you become a happier, more balanced mompreneur.
We’ve all heard this before, but it bears repeating because when we face rejecting an invitation, it’s easy to forget. (Dare I say it warrants a Post It Note on your bathroom mirror.) To decrease your busy burden, get comfortable saying no.
A no to that invitation to speak at the local networking event is a yes to the time to finish your blog post.
A no to the friend who makes you feel less than is a yes to cuddle time in bed with...
It's easy to see why multitasking is so tempting. We're all busy and it seems like we can do more in less time when we work on multiple projects at once. But research has shown that our brain can't actually handle doing two tasks simultaneously, which means that the quality of both will suffer. So what are your thoughts? Is multitasking good or evil? Let’s explore this a little further.
As many of you know I’ve been spending a lot of time on Clubhouse because I enjoy connecting, inspiring, and learning from others on the app. It has also increased the time I spend multitasking because I’ve been drawn in by the lure of not wanting to miss out on a conversation. I find myself “clubhousing” while checking emails or making lunch. Right in line with the oxford definition the performance of more than one task at the same time. I get into trouble when I try to “clubhouse” and complete more demanding tasks. For example, if...
It's the time of year when we're all a little behind on our to-do lists. With holiday parties, gift shopping, and decorating, it's hard not to fall into a frenzy! I’m excited to share with you my top tool and tips that will help you get your tasks done without feeling frazzled.
I purchased this printable holiday planner from Etsy 2 years ago. It might seem like a lot, but it is my secret weapon for getting through the holidays. I'll admit, I don't use every single page. I print them out and clip them into my holiday binder. I have a divider page for each holiday Halloween through New Year. I’ve also included a pencil case so when I carry this secret weapon around I’m prepared with post its, pens, and highlighters.
This planner is key for getting my house decorated. I take pictures where I place everything in my house so that when I bust out the big tubs of all my decorations, it's pretty easy for me to figure out where all the stuff...
Has mama guilt stolen your creativity?
There are not enough hours in the day to do everything. Sometimes, you look at your to-do list and wonder how it got so long. You might even think that adding more things to it won't make a difference because there just isn't time for them all!
What if I told you that making time for imagination is worth doing? Creativity can be very therapeutic and fun too! Here are some ways to find the creativity inside of you:
Be fully present and experience everything, without filter. You can do this by consuming information with an open mind that allows you the freedom of thought (and creativity). It's like being a baby again - take it all in!
Uncritically viewing your world gives new experiences their power. Knowledge becomes something exciting rather than scary or intimidating.
Want some more shortcuts? Try letting go completely at times (meditation is perfect for...