On Discipline vs Motivation

May 06, 2021

Monday hit me like a ton of bricks. 

 

Motivation had been my friend when I read the book Miracle Mornings.  I was intrigued because I’ve always been a morning person.  After reading, I set my alarm even earlier.  Motivated to capture the day and “maximize my potential.”

 

I sprung out of bed for the first week (even on the weekends). Then the next Monday hit. I had spent the weekend as I usually would.  Spending time with family and friends.  Staying up later to enjoy more time, but then still bounding out of bed at 5am.

 

Seizing the day seemed like a much less worthy cause. Motivation ghosted me on that morning.

 

I realized if I wanted to continue with the morning routine I was loving, I was going to have to call on more than motivation to push me out of bed. 

 

Let’s look at the definitions:

MOTIVATION

(noun): the act or an instance of motivating, or providing with a reason to act in a...

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How to Set Realistic Goals Today & Make Progress Tomorrow

Apr 29, 2021

“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” — Walt Disney

 

Walt definitely knew how to dream. The more remarkable thing is that he made those dreams come to life.

 

How do we dream BIG like Walt without slipping into the world of fantasy?

 

Start with Your Why

If you’ve created a life plan, tie your goals back to the areas of your life that need the most attention.  

 

No life plan? That’s ok. (Although I HIGHLY recommend it). Wherever you want to focus your goal, think first about why. You’re going to have to dig deep here.  It must be tied to your values.  What really matters.

 

“If the heart doesn’t find a perfect rhyme with the head, then your passion means...

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How to Be Mentally Healthy and Get More Done

Apr 23, 2021

The day I bought my first Franklin Covey Planner in the 90s is a fond memory.  Categorizing tasks into quadrants of urgency and importance (Eisenhower Matrix) blew my mind.

Yes, I geeked out on my planner.  

Fast forward another ten years and my baby girl taught me that life doesn’t always fit into neat little boxes.  She was a colicky baby and to this day a free-spirited girl.  She challenges the status quo while I grip my to-do lists.  

Every brain is wired differently. I agreed, in theory, but I didn’t grasp the concept until I was changing its diapers.  

These struggles turned into a journey that changed my concept of mental health.  

I won’t get into all the gritty details here but if you want to more check out my outdated Instagram account.  Today, mental health is at the core of Life After Busy.   You need to take care of your mind to craft your best life.  

I’m not a mental...

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How to Find Alone Time in a Depraved Life

Apr 08, 2021

I have a confession.

 

I used to pretend to sleep in on the weekends and instead use the extra time lounging in bed to check emails.  Who does that?  

 

My sweet hubby would always get up with the kids.  Sacrificing his sleep so I could catch up on mine.  I was always the one to get up with them during the week.

 

Looking back on it now, it’s ridiculous.  What a crazy way to spend the time I should have been recharging?  And the even crazier part...I was a full-time mom.



My family saw the value of a well-rested mommy.  “Getting caught up on emails” not so much.  Clearly, I had trouble asking for time alone.

 

This seems to be such a woman thing.  We are so worried about putting everyone else first.

 

Let’s stop it.  Here are some ways to find the alone time you need.

 

Ask For It

Yep.  It’s really that simple. 

 

Because sometimes you don’t really...

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Why You Can't Focus and Legit Ways to Get it Back

Mar 25, 2021

You have a giant project due today and the time blocked to get the work done.  The problem is your brain is everywhere else but on the task in front of you.

 

The pressure feels like the walls of your office are closing in on you, but you can’t get focused to do the work.  What’s going on?

 

Here are the top three reasons you can’t focus and LEGIT ways to work through them:

 

Procrastination

Procrastination is not doing the things you know you need to do when you need to do it.

 

Know yourself to fight procrastination.

 

It’s the first step to reclaiming your focus. If you’re finding it hard to resist temptation, make a note of how procrastination is affecting your life.  

 

For example, did you rush through Sunday dinner so you could get back to the project that you put off until the last minute?  Next time you’re tempted to scroll social media, instead of hitting your word count, think...

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Yes, Mindset Work Will Help You Get More Done

Mar 18, 2021

I’ve just lost an hour and so have (most of) you because I’m writing this paragraph on the day after daylight savings.  Congratulations everyone!  You’ve survived the attack of the changing clocks.

 

A battle with the clocks is a true test of your mindset.  A mindset is a set of assumptions, methods, or notions.  Losing time will mess with all of those.

 

How did the battle play out for you and your household?

 

I was feeling pretty good until my ten year old lost his mind with the mention that we had math tutoring today.  An epic meltdown I’m going to chalk up to losing an hour of sleep.

 

Losing an hour, epic meltdowns, or any other setback will test you if you don’t have a clear vision of where you’re headed.  Let’s dive deeper.

 

Clear Those Dirty Windshields

Think of your life as a car.  You are driving along with a beautiful new ride.

 

My dream car is a Range Rover so...

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All You Need to Know About Establishing Routines

Mar 11, 2021

Last weekend felt normal.  We had dinner inside a restaurant with friends and both kids competed in their sports.  Seems like coronavirus might be loosening its grip.

 

One lesson I’m taking away from all the isolation and quarantine of the last year is the power of routine. 

 

Now you're thinking...routine sounds boring.  Why should you care?

Here are the benefits of establishing routines:

  1. Lower stress levels

Even if it’s not a mediation routine, going through a practice over and over again each day will calm your mind.  Plus, if you have routines in place to get it all done, your brain can stop worrying.

2. Form good daily habits

If you are trying to work on anything from spending more time with your kids to losing weight.  Building a routine around that habit will increase your success.

3. Take better care of your health

What’s the change you want to make for your health?  Develop a routine to support that change...

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How Taking a Break Can Make Your Mom Game Strong

Mar 04, 2021

Your to-do list is missing the crucial thing for you to get the most done today.

 

What’s that thing you ask?  TAKE A BREAK!

 

It’s easy to spot when somebody else needs to take a break.  

 

  • Your best friend calls you in tears of exhaustion
  • Your toddler throws a tantrum after skipping naptime
  • Your husband disengages from work after his 10th zoom call

 

When’s the last time you took a break?  I’m going to guess, past the time it was too late.

 

Think of it like drinking water.  You need to do it throughout the day before you become dehydrated.  You need to take small breaks throughout the day before you burnout.

 

Why You Need a Break and How Often

Here’s the why: the clarity and energy you gain outweighs the time lost.

 

The temptation is to sit chained to your desk until you finish that project.  Getting up when only forced to by mother nature or some other interruption. I can see...

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40 Questions to Ask When Creating Your Ideal Office Setup

Feb 11, 2021

“You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you towards your objective...Are the things around you helping you toward success - or are they holding you back?” W. Clement Stone

I keep repeating that you are a unique human. Pay attention to the factors that drive your unique productivity. 

Here are a few questions to figure out what works for you:

  1. Do you work better in a busy coffee shop or quiet office?
  2. What kind of light helps you focus?
  3. What do you like to look at while working? (art, nature, pictures of loved ones)
  4. What colors are prominent where you work?
  5. Do you have artwork around you?
  6. Do you have plants in your office?
  7. Are you driven to get things done or do you need someone holding you accountable?
  8. What time of day are you most alert?
  9. What type of equipment do you need?
  10. What are the limitations of that equipment?
  11. What type of software solutions do you need?
  12. What type of desk and chair do you need to feel...
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Find Your Productivity Style

Feb 04, 2021

It’s been in my closet since we moved into this house over a year ago. A giant whiteboard with sketches to organize my dreams because some “guru” said I needed it. A tool I wasted too much time on because it worked for somebody else. 

 

GASP! I just took a closer look at those sketches. I date one April 2019!



I love checking off to-do lists and planning the details of my day. I admire those that can easily see the big picture, and if that’s you, I have a giant whiteboard for ya. It’s littering my precious closet space.

 

Have you ever felt that spending time to organize yourself is an exercise in futility? It’s not you!  It’s the tools.

This assessment helps you find your personal productivity style. Go ahead, take it.  Who doesn’t love personality tests?

Cognitive Style

In school, and as parents, we are told to identify and work with learning styles. They labeled some kids visual learners, while others did...

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