Set Yourself Up for A Productive Day - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Set Yourself Up for a Productive Day

Where does a productive day begin?

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Looking to level up, make more money, and succeed more than you currently are? You must have a plan for a productive day. Winging it will only get you so far. Throwing spaghetti at the wall will burn you out, especially when you are just starting a business.

Taking time to plan productively will help you focus on the projects that will move the needle and contribute to your big picture goals. And when you focus your time on what moves the needle, you see growth even with limited work time.

Can you commit to spending time each week and each day to review your tasks and see how they align with your goals? Can you spend some time creating quarterly and yearly goals for your products and marketing? If you can block this time for planning into your schedule and create a daily task list that aligns with your planning, you will see this growth.

So often we just have a long list of to-do’s that don’t have a purpose for our overall goal. We are posting every day on social media, pitching to podcasts or blogs, sending emails to our lists, creating opt-ins for our website…we are doing all the to-dos. But my question for you is how do these tasks align with your overall goals? How will they help you sell your products or services? Are you just “to-doing” to “to-do” or is it focused with a purpose?

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I’ve been where a lot of you are. Doing the things you think you are supposed to do because this guru said “follow this plan to grow your social media” or this one said “be sure to email your list 3 times a week”. You are doing the things. And you might be feeling a little frustrated, burnt out, and wondering when all this work is going to turn into dollars.

Taking the time to apply the 4 steps we will talk about will help you focus your actions…the showing up on social media, the emailing the clients, the guest appearance pitches….so that the time and effort you are putting into tasks results in business success. Or perhaps you’ll see the efforts are better spent in another area that will actually help you meet your goals.

You’ll start each quarter, each quarter, and each day with tasks that move your needle versus just randomly spinning your wheels with no clear plan for your efforts. And when you can make your tasks work towards your goals, you will work less and get further.

And that focused work pointing to your priority offer means less time working and more time for family.

How to Plan For a Productive Day, Week, & Quarter

If feel like I’ve made a pretty good case for taking a bit of time to work on your business as we head in to Q4, but where do you start? Here are 4 steps you can take to set yourself up for a productive day and beyond…

  1. Set Your Intentions…Brain dump, create a vision board, write in your journal, create a spreadsheet. Whatever you can do to get super clear on what you want. I like to start with my overall goals then whittle them down into weekly and daily goals. Get super clear on what you want to do and the steps it takes to get you there. Those steps that get you where you want to go are your priority tasks…which is what we are talking about next.
  2. Set Your Priority Tasks…When you look at your overall goals or intentions for the quarter, what needs to be done first? Which actions have positive effects or negative consequences on your financial goals if you complete or ignore them?
  3. Set Your To-Do List…Once we have set our intentions and set our priorities, we need to set our to-do list. Get these tasks on to your schedule. These are the actions that will actually move your business forward, create more income, and grow your community. Get these to-do’s to-done first. Make sure you are super clear on the tasks you need to complete in order to reach your overall goal for the quarter.
  4. Set Time to Work…Some of your priority tasks on your to-do list may be ongoing like posting on social media or sending that email newsletter. Some might be one-off like creating an opt-in that leads to the product you are selling. No matter what it is, you need to set aside time on your schedule to get it done. Don’t just assume that the time will magically appear in your day. Or that you can do these tasks that may not be as exciting or interesting to you AFTER you’ve done the stuff you like. Get the priority tasks from your to-do list on your schedule and do them first. That way, if you don’t get anything else done, the most important tasks that help you grow your business and increase your revenue are done.

There you go…4 steps to effectively plan for your most productive day and beyond…set your intentions, set your priority tasks, set your to-do list and set your time to work.

Your action step today is to start your Q4 planning if you have not already done so. Brain dump or journal what your goals are for the quarter, then start breaking those goals down as we talked about today. Decide those priority tasks that align with what you want to make, who you need to reach, and what you need to do. Break those tasks into manageable daily and weekly items on your to-do list then schedule the time to work. Reaching your goals will feel much less daunting when you do this. And you will feel much less scattered and unfocused when you’re clear about your priority tasks.

Still feels overwhelming to plan a productive day or quarter? Join me for my new one-on-one virtual intensives to take you from stress to success. I know as a mom entrepreneur you are already filled to the max. You don’t have time for another online course or book to read then figuring out how you can make it all work for you. You need to make the most of your planning time.

That’s why in just 2 hours we will work 1-on-1 to create an easy-to-follow, tailor-made system that helps you work productively and know exactly what steps you need to take reach your goals. And these one-on-ones are not solely for creating your quarterly goals. I can help you create a made to order routine for any area of your home and business to meet the unique needs of your work and family.


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Jenelle Augustin - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Jenelle Augustin – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet eCommenerce entrepreneur and founder of Start Your Boutique Jenelle Augustin…

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I met Jenelle through the I Heart My Life Mastermind which we are both members. And let me tell you…Jenelle is an inspiring force. This girl puts the capital “A” in Action.

Jenelle Augustin is an eCommerce entrepreneur, business development coach, and founder of Start Your Boutique for the mom who wants to FINALLY start the online boutique of her dreams so she can work from home & make an income doing what she loves.

Jenelle lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband of 6 years and 3 year-old son. Along with spending time with her family, she is a lover of the color pink, learning more about faith and God’s grace, Shark Tank, and making money while she sleeps.

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You can listen to my conversation with Jenelle at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it?

I help women start their online boutiques. I realized that newbies were making it waaay too difficult on themselves. My signature group coaching program Online Boutique Success provides a step by step system to confidently starting their dream business and getting customers so that they can be their own boss and have more time with the ones they love.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business?

Able to pivot quickly. Always trying something out… not in the shiny object syndrome way but if it’s something that aligns with my goals I can implement quickly to see if it will work for me.

3. What is the area entrepreneurship where you could grow the most?

Being more analytical. I’m just learning to look at the data and figure out what it all means.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself?

I’d tell myself to be clear on who I want to serve and to create only ONE funnel to start out instead of driving myself crazy trying to do everything.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time?

Prioritize your to-do list. What is the most important thing that needs to get done to make you feel proud of yourself and like your day was productive. Do that… then relax and enjoy your family. It might often mean you’re working on/planning things further out in advance so you are not pulling overnighters. It might definitely mean hiring a VA to help with things that are necessary but small tasks that will help you save time.

Where can we find you online?

Website

Instagram

Pinterest

Facebook


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Set Work Boundaries - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Why You Need to Set Work Boundaries

Who out there struggles to set work boundaries?

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I can’t you see you and you can’t see me but I am raising my hand. And I bet you are too. As moms, I feel part of our struggle comes from our caring hearts. We want to help everyone, we want to do all the things. But in the end, when we run ourselves ragged trying to do all things because we haven’t created good boundaries, we end up stressed, overwhelmed, and with no time for ourselves. Sound like you? This is why we need to set work boundaries.

This episode was inspired by a chat with one of the members of the Business Savvy Mama community. She told me “I feel like when I make a phone call or am dealing with a client request that requires a bit more texting, my kids are drawn to me like a moth to a flame. They will be peacefully playing with each other and the second I take a call or pick up the phone they are hanging on my legs. Then I get short tempered and irritated with them.”

Yep, been there. How about you?

That is precisely why we are talking boundaries today. Setting clear boundaries improves your work-home life. It helps you work more productively and get more done. Clearly communicating your boundaries creates a respect for your time and activities in both your work life with clients and home life with your family. And it can reduce stress around working because your boundaries help you work with less interruptions.

Can you identify your limits? Clearly communicate your boundaries and expectations?  Can you invest in keeping those boundaries in place? Then you too can enjoy the benefits of setting boundaries.

The method we’ll talk about today differs from what you’ve tried in the past because often, we try to establish boundaries from a point of frustration or anger. Yep, been there too! We let the interruptions or additional tasks or constant calls outside work hours go until it boils over and we explode. And sometimes we let go on our family who had nothing to do with the overstepping client. That is why we are going to establish our boundaries from a place of calm.

For tips for getting kids to entertain themselves, click here to check out my
Independence Skills for Independent Kids system.

So, where are we now? We know we need to work, we need to get stuff done, but we are also stuck in a cycle of “start a task, get interrupted or get frustrated or distracted and unfocused.” We let ourselves take on more than we can reasonably accomplish which eats into our family time or time off. We don’t shut off which allows clients to take advantage of our off-work hours. This is why we need those boundaries.

Setting boundaries now helps you accomplish those urgent and important tasks and get done what needs to get done. Usually quicker and better. And you’ll feel less frustrated and stressed on a regular basis. You’ll have work time, family time, home time and, dare I say it, self-time clearly established.

And setting clear boundaries creates clear expectations for your clients and your family. Your client won’t expect an email response at 10pm because you’ve told them you don’t work past 5pm. You children understand that when the door is shut, mommy is working on something that needs her attention but when that door opens, she’s all yours.

Steps to Set Work Boundaries

I completely understand if the idea of setting boundaries feels intimidating or that you’re afraid to not be available to everyone everywhere at all times. But trust me when I tell you, the sooner you shut it off and create a clear line between your work and home life, the sooner you’ll feel the weight of that struggle to balance it all lift. And here is where you start…

  1. Identify Your Limits…Notice how you react when you feel particularly stressed or overwhelmed. For me, I feel like I have to go to the bathroom a lot. But seriously, what is happening when you feel that physical or emotional stress creep in? Is it deadlines? Social media? Answering emails? Too much on your to-do list? When you identify the trigger, you can put a boundary in place to prevent stress. Stress over deadlines? Break task in to smaller chunks so the last day isn’t overwhelming. Social media? Put a limit on the time you spend scrolling. Email? Set an autoresponder saying you’ll get back tomorrow. To do list? Delete or delegate tasks that don’t need your attention. Identify the trigger, develop a response.
  2. Give Yourself Permission to Set Boundaries…We often feel if we work from home that we have to be always available to our kids. I am here today to tell you that is simply not true. Your job at home is as important as anyone’s job that is outside the home. You are allowed to set boundaries that say “I am working, I need space and concentration unless it’s an emergency.” If this is one of your triggers, refer to step one. Do you need child care? To work when your spouse is home? An outside the home workspace to create an actual boundary? You have permission to work in a focused, productive way. Repeat that over and over until it sinks in. I have permission to work in a focused, productive way.
  3. Have a conversation…When you’ve identified your triggers and solutions and given yourself permission, be sure to let the other people in on your boundaries. Have a calm, clear conversation with your spouse, kids, co-workers, boss, or clients about what your boundaries are, why they are important, where you need help maintaining them, and how it can benefit them. Because a focused, productive, accomplished, and happy mama shows up better for everyone. Right?

Your action step for today is to start a limit log. Brainstorm any of those triggers that cause you anxiety in your work and home life. Keep it somewhere you can reference when those stressors creep in. Once you’ve established the stress, figure out how you can put a boundary in place to protect your mind, stress levels, mood, and productivity. And remember to repeat to yourself on a regular basis “I have permission to work in a focused, productive way.”


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Brittany Dixon - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Brittany Dixon – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet operations manager and efficiency coach Brittany Dixon…

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Brittany Dixon and I connected through a mutual friend, Rose Lounsbury. We’ve had similar entrepreneurial journeys…both start as professional organizers then morphing into a field aligned with organization and systems. Brittany was a huge motivating factor in me pivoting my business when I was looking for a change.

Brittany founded Process for Profit by Brittany & Co. where she works as an Operations Manager and Efficiency Coach. She helps highly driven visionary entrepreneurs implement day to day operations management, project management, systems, processes and strategy to free up their time to do big things in their zone of genius. She specializes in helping her clients manage the day to day of the business.

Brittany lives outside Columbus, Ohio with her husband and twin girls. She started her entrepreneurial journey in October 2015 with her professional organizing business Clutter Control. She then ventured into the online business world in March 2017 and Brittany & Co was born. Prior to starting her businesses, Brittany spent 12 years in customer service, event planning, and hospitality.

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You can listen to my conversation with Brittany at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it? 

For my kids – to show them that they can do whatever they want and be whatever they want to be. I want to create a ripple effect in the world helping small businesses

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

Organization and time management.

Brittany Dixon - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

3. What is the area entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

I’m really good at doing the thing, I can get so much done. But I stuggle with selling the thing. You should just come to me and want it.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

Simplify, simplify simplify…Stop doing so many things and perfect one first before adding more.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

Have systems in place for everything, give yourself grace, schedule everything during crazy seasons of life.

Where can we find you online?

Process for Profit Podcast

Website

Instagram

Facebook


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How to Adapt When Your Schedule Changes - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Adapt When Your Schedule Changes

Tis the season to adapt to your new schedule…

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Want to feel more flexible and less stress while trying to adapt to schedule changes? Let’s start out a piece of sage advice from the philosopher Herclitus…

“Change is the only Constant in Life”

And I think all of us moms would definitely agree with this. Ever play that baby shower game where they ask you to put down your best piece of parenting advice? I usually write down “As soon as you’ve figured something out, it changes.” Am I wrong?

From sleep schedules and growth spurts to summer schedule versus school schedule, our parenting lives are in constant flux. And sometimes it is much easier to deal with those changes than others. And with the recent start of school and pending change of season, I want to help you as you adapt your family’s schedule.

Creating a routine or plan around your schedule changes helps make the unknown more familiar. If you ever feel overwhelmed because you just finally find a rhythm and then “poof” it changes. Sometimes temporarily. Sometimes permanently. And sometimes, like in the case of 2020, it starts out as temporary then morphs into a more permanent feeling change. 😬Today’s tips help you create a plan or develop a mindset that adapts better to going with the flow.

Can you reframe the changes and make sure your priorities are complete? Then you will feel less overwhelmed and more in control, even when so much is up in the air.

For tips for getting kids to entertain themselves, click here to check out my
Independence Skills for Independent Kids system.

Previously, you might have dealt with schedule changes by making drastic cuts to things like self-care. Or burning the candle at both ends to try to marry your past schedule which felt comfortable and your current schedule which feels coo-coo.

These changes feel stressful and overwhelming because our brains literally like comfort. They like routine. They like same. And right now our brains are like “whoa, whoa, whoa…what happened? I really liked what we were doing before. Let’s go back to that.” It makes the changes feel worse then they actually are.

But a subtle shift in our reaction to the change and continuing to focus on priority tasks for our business, family, and selves will help lessen the overall stress of schedule changes. And, dare I say, even help us find enjoyment in some of the new activities we are adding.

The tips we will talk about today help you create space in your schedule for unexpected changes. And enjoy the nothing when you don’t need to use that time. Even if your schedule isn’t packed all day, you will feel accomplished because those urgent and important tasks are complete.

You’re family will love this because there won’t need to walk on eggshells if there’s a sudden change. You’ll be more adaptable and less stressed in those situations. And if you feel less stressed, they feel less stress.

Action Steps to Adapt to Schedule Changes

You might be thinking less stress and more adaptiveness sounds great Christy, but where do I even start??? Here are 4 actions your can take to help adapt to schedule changes more quickly and with less stress:

  • Know Your Priorities…It may feel like I’m a broken record on priorities right now, but that is because finding clarity in your priority tasks is so key to juggling work and home life. So often when we feel like we’re overworked or our schedule is too packed, we are wasting time on activities and tasks that don’t move us forward.

For even more on choosing your priorities, check out my episode“ How to Choose Your Priority Tasks”.

  • And speaking of trimming your to-dos, my second action to adapt when you schedule changes is to build in margin. You need buffer space in your schedule. You need space for errors or unexpected activities. What happens when you’re running and blocked out from sun up to sundown? There is no space for traffic. Or a sick kid. Or a computer crash and whatever else trips up your daily schedule. Leave a space in your day for the unexpected. If you don’t use it, great! I’m sure that is something you can fill it with.
  • If you find that building margin into your schedule is nearly impossible, you need to use your no more often. Moms love to say yes…many times because it feels like we are letting people down when we say no. Don’t say yes if it is not something you feel truly impassioned about. Don’t say yes if it is something you are only doing because your feel guilty about saying no. And don’t say yes if you would normally say yes too but you don’t actually have space in your schedule. Just say no. I give you permission. And if you can’t just say no, say “I’m sorry but I just can’t right now. Our schedule is just too booked. But feel free to ask me again later.”
  • And finally, learning to say no and build margin will free you up for more time for yourself. Often we had just figured out how to make time for ourselves and everything changed. How frustrating! It’s because we make a bad habit of scheduling time for ourselves AFTER we’ve figured out a schedule for the family. And when there’s a change, that mommy me time tends to be first out. Start building that time for you into your daily routine now and make it a non-negotiable when schedules change. Then your brain will still feel that comfort. And it will be less likely to create stress resisting the changes your need to make.

Today’s action step to help you adapt to schedule changes is to build a daily or weekly schedule. Focus on your priority tasks. See where you can build in margin and time for yourself. If it feels like you can’t do either, it’s time to start using your no. And pick up Your Priority Recipe to figure out your priority tasks here.

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Jennifer Hatton - Digital Marketing Strategist -5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Jennifer Hatton – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Digital Marketing Strategist Jennifer Hatton…

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For this week’s “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur” I chat with Jennifer Hatton, Digital Marketing Strategist and founder of Concept Evolution. I met Jennifer through the Small Business Moms Monthly Facebook Group.

Jennifer is a mom to 3 ages 21, 8 and 3. She works from home and while balancing homeschool with her youngest boys. She also has one son with severe food allergies so she is constantly navigating life in a bit of a different way. Meal prep and cooking from scratch are huge parts of her routine.

Jennifer is an effective and dedicated Digital Media Specialist and Strategist with more than a decade of experience and achievement.  She understands the difficulties clients face in modern social media, and has a proven track record of developing strategies to navigate what can seem like a complicated environment.  Such insight allows her to evolve her clients’ existing social media presence for maximum impact.  Time and again, she has carefully crafted new content, skillfully managed channels, and met crises with composure – all in the pursuit of helping her clients spark genuine relationships with their customers and other businesses.

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You can listen to my chat with Jennifer at the link above. Or get an overview of her answers and connect with her below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it?

I started helping a non profit I loved with social media and the ended up leaving my full-time job when I was pregnant with my second. I have been working for myself ever since. Wild ride but worth it.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business?

Being organized and switching between roles.

Jennifer Hatton - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

3. What is the area entrepreneurship where you could grow the most?

Being more visible. I’m great at promoting other people but I prefer behind the scenes. But I know I need to put myself out there as part of my brand.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

Take this job seriously. You are a real business. Act like it from the beginning. Get an accountant. Hire for the things you are not good at. If you take it seriously, other people will take it seriously.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

Scheduling, picking priorities, planning, delegating…And embrace the crazy. It may not always look perfect and that’s ok. It’s your crazy.

Where can we find you online?

Website

Instagram

Twitter


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Your Priority Recipe - Business Savvy Mama

Choose Your Priority Tasks - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Choose Your Priority Tasks

Struggling to choose your priority tasks?

I want to help you define your urgent and important tasks. The tasks that will help you feel more accomplished. The tasks that will move your business forward or keep our household running smoothly.

Can you spend more time choosing your tasks based on what needs to be done? Planning for what will move you forward? Then you will see more growth and feel more productive.  Taking the time to schedule and follow through with your priority tasks ensures the urgent and important tasks are complete. Which leaves plenty of time for the fun stuff.

Because so often, we like to lead with the fun stuff. Or we aren’t quite sure what is a priority. So we expend a lot of energy in a lot of different places. This leaves us with very little energy for those tasks that truly will make an impact. Maybe we’re task switching so often that we lose track of what we were working on. Or what was important.  

For tips for getting kids to entertain themselves, click here to check out my
Independence Skills for Independent Kids system.

I was chatting with some of the members of my Early Morning Moms Facebook group about this last week. See if any of this resonates with you… Jessi said “Its the juggle struggle. Making the work, home, school stuff all work together.”  Sarah said “the kids priorities bleed all over my work needs. Maybe it’s boundaries, but they need to succeed at their tasks like schooling”. And Katie said “I think for me it’s just a matter of prioritizing and not get distracted. Focusing on that one thing instead of putting out small fires all day” Any of that sound familiar?

Regularly establishing your priority tasks and creating a specific time to work on them alleviates the stress and overwhelm of trying to juggle all the things. You can work on those urgent and important actions at times your family doesn’t need your attention. Then those truly important, time sensitive, required, impactful, or money related tasks are complete. Plus you free up your mental bandwidth to help your family or for your less urgent and important tasks.

Steps to Choose Your Priority Tasks

And that is why we are going to chat Your Priority Recipe today. These are all the ingredients you will need to create an effective schedule of your priority tasks. Now you can complete what you need to do while having time and brainpower left for your family…And other tasks of lesser importance. To make it even easier for you, I’ve created a free worksheet with all these steps. You can download your copy by clicking the link below.

Your Priority Recipe - Business Savvy Mama

First, you need to create your to-do list. I like to combine my work and home tasks into one. But if you’d like to keep it separate, you can create two separate lists and then run them both through these steps.

Next, assign a 1 or a 2 to the tasks on your list. Tasks that are 1’s must be done. Get them on your schedule or make time to complete them today. Tasks that are 2’s can wait until the 1’s are complete or another day. And if you aren’t sure if a task would qualify as a 1…I got you.

A few weeks back we talked about how to TRIM your to-do list. This is pivotal in helping you decide if your tasks are 1s or 2s. Here are the questions to ask to determine your #1 tasks:

  • Is it time sensitive or has an approaching due date coming soon?
  • Is it required, meaning it is necessary for your work or home life or there will be a consequence?
  • Will it make an impact positively or negatively on your work, home, family or health?
  • Is it money related, as in it will help you make money or will affect your financial health if it’s not completed?

If you answered “yes” to any of those question, that task is a 1. Place it on your schedule.

Finally, schedule all those urgent important tasks that are 1s. And when you are scheduling, if you know a particular task will require focus, quiet, or extra brain power, try to schedule them when you can get focus, quiet or extra brainpower. This feeds into that juggle struggle both Sarah and Jessi referred to earlier where they feel pulled between helping their kids with their school work and getting their work done. Get up early and knock out your priority tasks. If you have a spouse or care giver in your home, try to work on your priority tasks when they are around so your kids can have their questions answered.

And also remember, setting boundaries to get your work done is perfectly ok. If your child’s assignment isn’t on an approaching deadline but your work task is, explain that you will answer their question or give them the help they need in a minute, but right now you need the time and space to complete your work. I’m not saying it will work like magic the first time. But we are all working out this new normal of work/school/home life. Keep your kids in the loop. Explain your need for time to work. Establish a time when you will be available. In time, this communication allows you get your priority tasks done. And assures your kids you will be able to answer their questions at a time in the near future.

Want an action step to start chosing your priorities? Run your to-do list through the priority recipe…assign a 1 or 2 to each task and get those #1 tasks on your schedule. And if you still aren’t sure if it’s a priority, run it through the TRIM your to-do list flowchart. You can pick up “Your Priority Recipe” and the “TRIM Your To-Do List Flowchart” here.


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Morgan Tyree - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Morgan Tyree – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet author and professional organizer Morgan Tyree…

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Today’s guest for “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur” is multi-preneuer Morgan Tyree. Morgan works as a professional organizer (chaos calmer), writer (list lover), and fitness instructor (exercise enthusiast). You can find her blog and more about her professional organizing services on her website, MorganizewithMe. I’ve known Morgan for about 3 years and I even recently appeared on her podcast talking about planning for hosting an event. You can listen to Hospitality | Hosting with a Plan here.

Morgan is a the mom to three teens ages 19, 17, and 14. She is married for 24 years to my college sweetheart. They have settled in Colorado for the past 4 years after years of moving and living abroad.

She believes in prioritizing and measuring progress one day at a time, while also “keeping it simple.” She offers products and services, all created to help you live MORE organized. And last but not least, be sure to check out her books… Take Back Your Time, will help you find more harmony and less hustle in your overcrowded life and Your Hospitality Personality will walk you through how to discover your unique style of hosting and creating welcome.

Check out more “5 Questions with a Mom Entreprenuer” weekly chats here…

You can hear by chat with Morgan at the link above or read a summary of her answers below…

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it? 

Professional Organizing – I love it and I love working with people. I’ve always wanted to run my own business. I am also a group fitness instructor because I love it. (It’s my hobby job.) And I’m an author as an extension of the work I do in professional organizing and my blog.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

I’m really organized. Which not only helps because I am a professional organizer, but it makes running the business easier. I’m also personable and able to relate well with others.

3. What is the area entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

Be more of a self promoter…marketing is not my favorite part.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

Don’t be afraid to test the waters a little before you niche down. Also, carefully consider your brand name, colors, logo etc. and network like crazy.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

Schedule out your priorities and be realistic about what you can actually take on and commit to…different seasons allow for different opportunities.

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Reboot Your Habits - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Reboot Your Habits

Which one of your habits needs a reboot?

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It’s the end of summer…mostly likely we all have habits that need a little reboot. Maybe it’s our schedule. Or our eating habits. Maybe it’s our morning routine or weekly email newsletter.

The idea for this episode came to me because I have been dragging my feet to purchase a new computer. I keep telling myself I’ll get to it or I don’t have time to research what I need. But my less than optimal laptop is really starting to cut into my efficiency. As a result, the constant restarts, error messages, and lock-ups wreak havoc on my productivity. I find myself utilizing the “Ctrl-Alt-Delete” process more often than I like to get my laptop back up and running. It made me wonder if I need to enact a little more “Ctrl-Alt-Delete” in my everyday life too…

Hitting “Ctrl-Alt-Delete” to reboot our habits helps us take the very best parts of what was working before while finding alternatives and deleting the parts that didn’t work. It’s a chance to start again and do it better.

Can you can set aside time to go over what worked in your previous habit effort? Can you dedicate a few minutes to finding a different solutions or scrapping time & energy sucking actions that may have contributed to you getting off track? Then you too can successfully reboot your habits.

So often when we get off track, we throw the towel in completely. Or think we have to reinvent the wheel to start the habit again. “Well Weight Watchers didn’t work so I better go Keto this time.” But it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Especially if there parts or pieces in your previous efforts that you enjoyed or would like to maintain.

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And you may be thinking “I just don’t have time to think about all that. I barely have time to start a habit…Let alone evaluate what worked and what didn’t.”

But taking the time to investigate what worked before will help show you your previous success. Figuring out different solutions to what didn’t work helps you problem-solve for those bumps in the road. And deleting unnecessary actions helps you focus you time and energy on what will actually help you maintain the habit.

With a few minutes effort, you will have a clear idea of the daily effort you need to invest to make a change…no matter what area. It works for personal habits like exercise and diet, business habits like posting consistently on social media, or family habits like having a weekly game night.

And typically, the habits we are making help us show up as our best selves. When we make these positive changes, we feel more self-confident, happier, and accomplished. Pre-planning strategies for what threw us off in the past gives us confidence to continue. Because we already know how to handle stopped us before.

Steps to Reboot Your Habits

So how about it…are you ready to reboot your habits? Here’s how you can Ctrl-Alt-Delete your life

Control your activities

Find Alternate ways to get things done

Delete unnecessary tasks

In controlling your activities, you need to be more aware of what you are doing or adding to you schedule. Is it adding value to your business or family life? Is it something that you enjoy doing or that will contribute positively to your habit? You have the power to say “yes” or “no” to your schedule.

In finding alternate ways to get things done, can you delegate tasks you don’t have time for? Can you delay an unnecessary task until later because it isn’t a priority?

And can you delete unnecessary tasks? Try to stop doing the things that aren’t moving you forward or giving you a return on investment for your time. Your time is precious. You shouldn’t waste it doing something you hate, that’s unnecessary, or that won’t get you closer to your goal.

Here’s an example of how to reboot your habit…let’s use creating an end time for your work day as an example. You can control your activities by focusing on your priority tasks and doing them first. This ensures when your work day ends, you have that work done. And you don’t feel the pull to keep working which cuts into family time.

If you find there are too many tasks for one day, can you find alternative ways to complete them. Hire a VA, find a system to automate email responses or schedule appointments on your calendar. Maybe create a system or checklist so you don’t have to constantly recreate the wheel.

And finally, delete any unnecessary tasks. This might mean looking at your to-do list and eliminating anything that isn’t paramount to reaching your goal. It could also mean deleting social media apps or notifications to help you work more focused.

You controlled your tasks. Then you found alternative ways to get your work done during your work hours. And finally you deleted any tasks or distractions that might prevent you from ending work so you can focus on your family. That is a successful reboot of your habit.

Today I want you to take a habit you’d like to reboot and apply the ctrl-alt-delete steps to it. Control your activities. Find Alternate ways to get things done. Delete unnecessary tasks. Taking just a few minutes to plan ahead will pay dividends going forward in the maintenance of your renewed habit. And while you’re here, let me know what habit you’ll be rebooting.


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