7 Boring Things to Automate to Simplify Your Life

Oct 27, 2022
 

 

I’m BORED!!!! As a parent these words make me cringe, but what if I told you there was a way to eliminate some of the boring tasks in your life?

 

Yep, automation. Today I’m going to point out 7 boring things you can automate today to spend more time doing what you LOVE!

 

Automate Boring Work

 Sales/ Marketing Funnel:

To make money, we need leads for our business. That's why many of us started these businesses in the first place. The good news is that by using an evergreen funnel, you can automate this process and take out the hassle of following up with leads constantly from your business. You can do this in a variety of ways. Brendon Bouchard taught me about the opt-in value offer model, and there are many different ways to create opt-ins. Among them are PDFs, video series, quizzes, and micro audio Summits. 

 

With this funnel, you get their email address and give them some value. They love what they see, so you make an offer, and it's...

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Is Being Productive a Skill?

Sep 15, 2022
 

First, I'd like to answer a question: what makes a day productive? The question has actually been asked a couple of times. I will give you my own example of what a productive workday looks like for me. Here goes:

  • Wake up at 5:30 am
  • Morning routine
  • Exercise
  • Getting the kids off
  • Work 9-3 broken into time blocks
  • Reset Routine
  • Kids activities/Dinner
  • Recharge

 

Let’s get back to the original question - is productivity a skill?

 

The answer is yes, but I think it's actually a set of skills, and I'd like to share with you some tips on each. There is more information about them that I can give you. If you want to delve deeper into any given skill, you have that choice as well.

 

    1. Problem Solving: Going back to my ideal day, there's a lot of room for problems to pop up. As I was recording this video, the tech wasn't working on my phone. I was having trouble with the audio. One quick tip on how to become a better problem solver is to just identify the problem clearly....
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Why You Need to Fail Fast

Aug 11, 2022

I'm staring at my keyboard right now. I need a failure story. I need a story about failure. I need a failure story.

 

In writing, there's something I learned from Anne Lemott in Bird by Bird called "the really shitty first draft." Basically, you have to get your ideas down on paper (hence the opening line). My time behind the keyboard became exponentially more proficient since I’ve grasped this concept.

 

Instead of worrying that I didn't have the right words, I just let my ideas flow out.  It’s ok if it’s not perfect. In fact, I expect some absolute garbage to pour out of me.  The faster I get the words all down, the sooner I can get to work on refining them into something I’m ok with publishing.

 

This is true in writing but the lessons in failure apply from everything from business to more personal pursuits. Let’s explore some of the reasons why you should fail FAST.

 

Failure Creates Motivation

I just took a trip down...

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How Can I be More Productive?

Aug 04, 2022

I often get asked, 'how can I be more productive?’

 

Thinking about this question, I realize that the answer could go in a million different directions.

 

It's a pretty vague question that leads to a lot more questions...productive at what? What resources do you have available? What makes this thing important to you?

 

In this article, I've kept the answers more theoretical (in keeping with the question). Basically, I've boiled it down to three principles.

 

Connect with Your Future Self

When I graduated from the University of Nevada Reno, my first job was in sales and marketing in the casino industry.  For a girl in her twenties, it was a fun gig and I moved up the ranks.  The next step was a Las Vegas job offer which I accepted immediately before suddenly having a change of heart.  I had always wanted a family, but I couldn't imagine raising them in Sin City.

 

I didn't know it at the time but I was protecting my future self. It's easy...

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How Do You Stay Productive and Fight Busy?

May 12, 2022

It's my trigger word: busy. 

 

When I ask someone how they are and I get the reply "busy” I want to primal scream into a pillow. Yet, sometimes I notice that word slip out of my mouth.

 

If I manage to catch it, I change my response to “life is full right now.”

 

Every time you say you’re busy, you’re actually saying that you can’t prioritize your life.” Darius Foroux

 

I love this quote because we all choose to do what we do. If your life feels busy here are some ways to turn that around.

 

Work Hard & Smart

I am sure you have heard this term, but what does it actually mean?

 

Think of working hard as being efficient. You pour time, energy, and resources into something.

 

Making sure that something is the right something is working smart.  

 

Imagine you want to start growing your own food. Then you go to the nursery and buy everything you need to build your backyard...

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How to Prevent Overwhelm in Seven Minutes

Apr 21, 2022

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” Benjamin Franklin warned fire-threatened Philadelphians in 1736.

 

I watched this play out on TV last night. Any This is Us fans in the house? 

 

It was the Saturday in the Park episode where Kate and Toby’s house starts crumbling because of a leak that hadn’t been fixed. The writers for this show get me every-time. The failed roof was a metaphor for the marriage that seems to be falling apart.

 

Prevention can play a role in fire, home maintenance, and marriage.

 

The same rings true to managing overwhelm.  If we took some measures to prevent it, we could stop it from taking down our lives.

 

In the last few blog posts I’ve dove deep into overwhelm as an entrepreneur and as a mom.

 

Today I want to offer you a seven minute fix to emotional overload:

 

Let me introduce you to the Weekday Shutdown Routine:

 

It's my secret to creating boundaries...

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The Overwhelmed Mom's Guide to Overjoyed

Apr 15, 2022

“Why are you listening to that?” Michael questioned me.

 

It was a Clubhouse room about how to have difficult conversations. I was listening to find struggles my clients are dealing with so I can help them find solutions.

 

Here’s one I clipped:

 

“My question is, what if the person being inconsiderate of your time is higher on the hierarchy chain than you?”

 

That's a rough one.

 

The conversation then turned to sleep deprivation. Moms face this challenge all the time.

 

Today I don’t want to focus on all the reasons why moms feel overwhelmed. 

 

Let me just summarize by saying in the last year we’ve gone from dealing with a pandemic to explaining to our children the injustices of what’s happening in the Ukraine.

 

Let’s focus on addressing some questions that will move you closer to overjoy.

 

How do you recognize as a mom that you're overwhelmed?

I mentioned in here that...

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12 Ways to Spring Clean Your Social Media

Mar 24, 2022

I’ve been hacked!

 

Fortunately, I’ve been able to recover my Instagram account but now I’m cleaning up the mess the hacker left behind.  Ironically on the same day, the hacker struck I participated in a Clubhouse room led by

 

Stephanie Deininger alongside Katie Matusky, and our special guest Jana Osofsky to share out top tips

 

on how to stay organized on social media. We gave tips for both creators and regular users that can be utilized on different platforms. If you prefer to listen to the replay, CLICK HERE (it's a great way to follow along with our list and you don't have to download the app!). 

 

If you feel your social media is due for a little spring cleaning, here’s the list:

  1. Create circular viralocity (Brendon Bruchard's term) create a longer piece of content on a weekly basis and break it into smaller chunks (like Jana mentioned) but then have those posts link back to your longer-form content which will hopefully...
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Revealed: How Procrastination Affects Us

Mar 03, 2022

Confession time: I’m a procrastinator.

 

This blog is the cornerstone of my business.  Every week I write to keep my business growing but I'm often stymied by inertia.

 

I begin my days with this work because I find it the hardest to do.

 

Still, somedays getting words typed onto a blank page can be like watching your kid suffer. EXCRUCIATING!

 

Many mornings I put it off because I’m crunched for time in the morning (despite my 5:30 am alarm). Other days, I have an idea that comes up while writing that I want to investigate further and lose myself to the research. Sometimes a sound outside my window will grab my attention and I will stare at nature instead of face my keyboard.

 

Regardless of how it hits, the result is fewer words on the page and minutes lost.

 

Sound familiar? 

 

I bet procrastination hits you differently depending on the moment. Let’s look at a few common types and a quick fix.

 

Types of...

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Start Achieving Your Goals Using Systems

Jan 27, 2022

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)

  • Learn biology
  • Become a critical thinker and problem solver
  • The list went on but you get the point 

 

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...

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