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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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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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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You Know What You Have to Do - Now Put It on Your Calendar

Jun 03, 2021

It’s Tuesday morning after a 3 day weekend.  There’s an anxious knot in the pit of my stomach for the short week ahead.

 

Part of life balance is taking the time to soak in those LOONG 3 day weekends but fit my work into a shortened week.  Time to lean heavy on my calendar.

 

“What gets scheduled gets done” Michael Hyatt

 

This is important during any week but even more important today.  

 

Here’s a breakdown of my calendar process.

 

  1. For me it starts with my personal yearly review.  I spend time reconnecting with my life plan.  
  2. Next I set goals for the year that connect to the plan and commit those goals to a quarter during my year. There are times when goals have to roll from one quarter to the next but that’s a post for another day.
  3. Finally I take those quarterly goals and break them into weekly tasks that are put into my calendar.  
  4. I review my calendar each day to make...
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Your Ideal Week, Exploring Planning’s Super Power

May 27, 2021

Do you wonder how you’ll ever find the time to work on your big project? You’re ready to be more than just a Mom.

 

You’re not going to believe this but there’s a tool to find time for whatever it is that you want in your life.  It’s simple but not always easy.

 

It’s called the Ideal Week. It’s a downloadable template that will move your life from reactive to proactive.  It’s your life.  OWN IT!

 

The purpose is to find an intersection between your dreams and your realities.

 

Here’s what mine looks like today.

Steps to Create Your Own

  1. Do a brain dump of everything that is and you would like to have in your schedule. Include all your tasks and habits.
  2. Print out the template and use a pencil to time-block in all the actionable items (I make a lot of edits along the way)
  3. Recheck for happiness.  This is your ideal week, so make sure the week you have planned out makes you smile. Yes that...
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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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The Definition of Mompreneur isn’t People-Pleaser

Jan 28, 2021

I just said NO!

 

A good friend called and asked me to serve on the board of a charity. It’s a charity I happily give my time and money to, but I still said NO. I felt terrible, but this is a HUGE improvement. I used to lose sleep over these sorts of NOs. Or worse, say yes when I knew it wasn’t the right choice.

 

I’m a recovering people-pleaser.

 

People-pleasing is a disease. It makes everyone around you feel better, but in the end, the person who ends up suffering is you.

 

Definition of People-Pleaser

According to Miriam Webster, people pleaser has two definitions:

someone or something that pleases or wants to please people

 

a person who has an emotional need to please others often at the expense of his or her own needs or desires

 

The first definition sounds pleasant, but it usually leads to the second.



Even Taylor Swift is a Victim

Have you seen Taylor Swift’s documentary “Miss Americana?” It’s a...

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How to Make "Plan for Happiness" Work for You

Dec 10, 2020

You know that friend that has it all together.  AND she’s always beaming.  You look at her and think, “that’s a level of happy I just can’t reach.”  

 

Or is it?

 

What if I told you that a little time spent with your calendar could improve your happiness?

 

Yes, even if you aren’t a planner.

 

Before I get into the details, let’s define happiness.  Happy is a feel-good word. Another way to look at this is emotional health.  

 

Not everyone is happy all the time.  Even Mr. Rogers had his bad days.  

 

He helped kids identify their feelings.  Take the lyrics to this song of his for example:

 

What do you do? Do you punch a bag?

Do you pound some clay or some dough?

Do you round up friends for a game of tag?

Or see how fast you go?

 

Mr. Rogers was onto something.  It’s how we handle the darker emotions that’s the true sign of our...

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The Magic Power of Learning to Say NO

Oct 29, 2020

Two little letters, able to transform. NO.

 

Rosa Parks’s refusal to give up her seat sparked a movement to end racial segregation.  

 

Today, coronavirus lockdown protesters are making headlines saying NO.

 

Tomorrow, your refusal to take on that collaboration project will give the time you need to reconnect with your teen suffering from isolation.

 

Saying no is a special power you can use to make things happen that might seem impossible.

 

Plenty of pieces have been written on how to say no.

 

Today I want to show you why it’s worth the effort.

 

A No is a Yes to Something Else

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...

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5 Ways to Plan for Tomorrow

Oct 15, 2020

Note the word PLAN, not Schedule in the headline.

The difference is subtle but significant.

Your schedule is an execution of your plan.

Beware of your schedule filling up with little thought.  That free email marketing you’re signed up for tomorrow.  Is that working towards your most important goal?

Planning takes more effort.  You need to protect your time.  Not give it away.

Plan Your Day

Taking a few minutes at the end of each day will ensure you spend more time in planning mode.

Review your day.  Open your calendar, whether it’s paper or digital.  This is where you review what’s on your schedule.  Take the time to prepare for meetings or appointments.  Is there a spirit day in your son’s class?  Pull out the outfit tonight before you tuck him in.

Chose your top 3 priorities for tomorrow.  This is the planning part.  Don’t start working off an endless to-do list.  You need to prioritize...

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