A Mompreneur Guide to Taking Control of Your Life

Oct 28, 2021

There’s a simple tweak in the way you phrase a sentence that will increase your chances of achieving your dreams by 52%. 

 

Yep, there's a scientific study to back it up.  I’ll get to that in a minute but first, let's get into how to take control of your life.

 

Fear Factor

When you feel out of control, often fear is in the driving seat.  With fear at the wheel, you end up in places you never wanted to go.  It’s a bit like following the Waze walking directions in a big city when you don’t have cell reception.  You just end up walking in circles (or is that just me).

 

Fears are different for everyone and it seems fitting this is going out on the week of Halloween. Here are a few that are common to mompreneurs:

 

Never Figuring it Out

As moms, our kids look to us for all the answers.  In reality, you fear that you're never going to figure out this life, you're never going to figure out your purpose, you're...

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Why are Moms Feeling Overwhelmed Right Now?

Oct 21, 2021

I don’t talk politics on this blog because it’s not relevant (and I don’t want to).  Today I’m going to dip my toe in for just a moment.  There’s currently a sit-in going on at my kids school.  It has to do with vaccinations and I have my opinions but again that doesn’t matter here.

 

This post is about overwhelm and right now I feel like the political environment of our country is overwhelming.  I never dealt with school protests as a kid. The weight of this as a mom feels heavy.

 

Our kids have gone through enough dealing with a global pandemic for the last year and a half. I long for the days where my kids biggest concern was what to wear to school.

 

Enough about politics. Let’s look at some other signs of overwhelm that have a less divisive source.

 

Not in your Zone

As entrepreneurs we are forced to wear many hats. You have to do it all (even that yucky accounting stuff you don’t...

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The Boundaries Guide for Busy Moms

Oct 14, 2021

The phone rang and it was a number I didn’t recognize.  I went against my instincts and answered it.  On the other end was a sweet voice asking me to volunteer for the freshman retreat for my daughter’s high school.  

 

“Yes” fell out of my mouth without thought but as soon as I hung up the phone I knew that I had crossed a boundary.  I had too much on my plate and was flooded with regret.

 

Has this ever happened to you?

 

Definition of Boundaries

Creating boundaries keeps you on the unbusy path. “What is a boundary?” you’re thinking. I like this definition by Brene Brown:

 

“Boundaries are not fake walls, not separation, they’re not division. They are respect for what’s ok and what’s not ok for me.”

 

In other words, it is an internal understanding that helps us love ourselves and each other better. Going back to my phone call example above, I knew I...

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How to Focus Fast

Oct 07, 2021

“Who you are, what you see, feel and do, what you love - is the sum of what you focus on.” This is a quote by Cal Newport, the author of Deep Work. The book is a deep dive into the ability to focus without distractions.

 

Focus is a gift in our distracted society. It’s a skill that allows you to produce better work in a shorter amount of time.

 

I’ve written about focus before here and here.

 

Today I want to focus (HA) on the way to get into the focus zone FAST!

 

A surefire way to create laser focus when you need to get stuff done is to create a routine to ritualize deep work.  In other words, you will be performing a series of tasks to signal to your body it’s time to go into focus mode.

 

This will minimize your need to lean on willpower to increase concentration.

 

Let’s say for example you decide right after reading this sentence that you need to finish planning your social media posts for the remainder of...

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Two Truths About Accountability

Sep 02, 2021

“I hear you like an angel on my shoulder”

 

Those words are the best compliment from a client. She hears my voice in her head when she wants to power through another day without taking time for herself.

 

I’m no angel but I do want to get inside your head to talk about accountability.

 

There’s that word...ACCOUNTABILITY. It’s thrown around a lot in the realms of personal productivity.  

 

In my opinion, it’s earned its place.  Here’s why:

 

It works!

 

Studies have shown if you publicly state a goal, you have a 65% chance of achievement. If you have someone holding you accountable to that goal, your odds increase to 95%.

 

Those are some good odds.

 

Despite the good bet, many people still don’t do it.  The reasons include

  • It’s time-consuming
  • There are no good accountability buddies
  • The idea that you “have” to do something

The list can go on and on but let...

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How I Started Time Blocking and Why It Might Not Work for You

Aug 26, 2021

I’m going to date myself right now but I used to lug around this ginormous book aka my day timer. If you were born after 1980, you’ve probably never heard the term day timer.



I can hear you laughing, but let me explain.

 

This was in the days before smartphones (and dinosaurs roamed the earth ). I was in love with the idea of a calendar, to-do list and address book all in one place.  Looking back on it, this big book might have been a contributing factor to my back issues.

 

This prototype for the iPhone was the genius work of Stephen Covey. One thing I still use today that Covey taught me was the concept of time blocking. 

 

“The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” 

 

What is time blocking anyways?

Time blocking is a time management method that asks you to divide your day into blocks of time. Each block is dedicated to accomplishing a specific task, or group of tasks and...

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Why Speed Reading is My New Obsession

Aug 19, 2021

In honor of joining a new book club, I'm digging this post out of the archives from January 2020 and publishing it here.

"I am part of everything that I have read." Theodore Roosevelt

Last year my goal was to read one book a month. I just tallied my results:

  • 23 Audible Books
  • 15 Kindle or Traditional Books

Thirty-eight books, I blew my goal out of the water. And the truth is, my list of books I would like to read grows bigger each day. If you throw in all the articles I would like to get to from my favorite writers and bloggers, I could spend all of 2020 cozied up with a book.

Although that sounds amazing, real-life would set in fast. Is there a way to consume all the content that piques my interest and still participate in real life? Let’s dive into speed reading and find out.

Business or Pleasure

There’s a special kind of joy that comes from curling up with a good book. Taking your time to follow along with each word as the author weaves their story. ...

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How to Train Your Loved Ones

Aug 12, 2021

The first hour of my workday is sacred. My home office is quiet, my blood is pumping from just finishing my workout and my mind is sharp. It’s vital that I protect this time to chip away at my most important projects.

My closest friends and family know that between the hours of 9 and 10:30 am my phone is on Do Not Disturb. But they are busy people too and life happens.

Don’t get me wrong. I love to get calls and texts. This time of day is just reserved for getting things DONE!

On most days I call my Dad for a quick check-in right after my workout. Usually, we chat for five minutes and move on with the day. This morning (it happens from time to time) the call goes to his voicemail.

Today this was the message I left for him: “Just checking in to see how you’re doing. I’m about to go into work mode so I won’t be able to talk for a bit. I’ll call you back when I take a break.”

Do you see what I did there?

I told...

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Transition Time is Not Just for Kindergarteners

Aug 05, 2021

“One, Two, Three, all eyes on me!”

When a kindergarten teacher calls out this chant to a rowdy group of five-year-olds, something magical happens. The kids chant back “One, Two, Three eyes on you,” and suddenly, the classroom has gone from chaos to focused attention.

We don’t have to leave this magic in grade school. Find a comfy place on the carpet because today’s story is all about the power of transitions.

Let’s brainstorm for a minute the transitions you come across in a day:

  • Getting out of bed
  • Heading off to work
  • Moving from one project (or errand) to the next
  • Ending your workday
  • Picking the kids up from school
  • Meeting with a coworker or friend
  • Going to bed

This list can go on and on, but you get the idea. I’m not talking about significant life changes here, just the small changes that happen in the course of your day.

Have you thought about those changes? What you do in the moments before you walk into the gym or sit down at...

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How Outsourcing Can Save You Time and Money

Jul 29, 2021

I’ve talked about delegation before. 

 

It’s a ninja move to get unbusy but many of you don’t have anyone to delegate to...so today I introduce you to my friend Jono who will educate you on the ninja delegation move: outsourcing.

 

Jono Petrohilos is the 2020 Australian Fitness Educator of The Year and Founder of The Course Creator Community.

 

Take it away Jono.

 

I remember when I created my first ever eBook. I was a Group Fitness Instructor at the time and was teaching 2-3 fitness classes a night, earning give or take $100 a night. I wanted to create an eBook of workout ideas that I could sell to other Group Fitness Instructors to save them time and give them new ideas.

 

So I opened up Microsoft Word, wrote down every workout I knew (something like 50-60 workouts that were all really good)! There was one problem though. The eBook looked like a Microsoft Word document. It was boring. I knew if I was going to sell it, I...

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