Better Productivity through Rest - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How Rest Is the Secret to Better Productivity & Success

Can rest make for better productivity?

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Can you slow down to speed up your success? Is that even possible? Today we discuss how rest and relaxation can actually improve your productivity and success rate. More than a constant hustle, hustle, hustle vibe. It may feel counterintuitive to think rest, relaxation, or taking a break from your work can actually help you achieve more.

But a fulfilled, healthy, and well-rested mompreneur has more energy to work. She has better focus and creativity to generate new ideas or problem solve. And she has a greater appreciation for the work she does on a daily basis. Plus, she knows she can step away to nurture her relationships outside her business without worrying about falling behind. And she actually looks forward to serving through her business rather than dreading her work. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the kind of mom entrepreneur I want to be.

The Key to Better Productivity & Success

When you create time for intentional rest as an entrepreneur, you are able give your brain a much needed break. These “brain breaks” improve your productivity because your brain is less fatigued. Rest breaks help boost your creativity because you refill your energy reserves, rather than tapping an empty tank. And rest helps to reduce stress…you know that “fight or flight” response your feel when you’re on a deadline, struggling to figure out what to do next, or worrying about if and when you’ll succeed? Rest activates your parasympathetic nervous system. This reduces the amount of stress hormones in your system that can directly impact your physical, mental and emotional health, and even your longevity. In a nutshell, rest helps keep you healthy, strong, and successful during your crazy entrepreneur life.

When you can find time in your day for short rest breaks and during your week for longer non-work related activities, you will reap the benefits of slowing down to speed up.

And you may be asking yourself “how is this even possible?” Doesn’t working more create better results? Don’t I just need to hustle until I find what works? Won’t someone take my place if I step away?

Your fears are quite common. It does feel really backwards to think not working is the key to working better and smarter. To completing more tasks. Or achieving greater success.

The Benefits of Rest

Here’s the thing…The well-rested mompreneur has a healthier mind and body. She experiences less stress and anxiety. And she copes better when stress and anxiety rear their ugly little heads. She is more creative because her well-rested brain is better at solving problems and producing solutions. And her productivity improves because her brain, like the other muscles in her body, works more efficiently and quickly when it has had time to recover. She can confidently step away from work at the end of the day and nurture the relationships with her family and friends without thinking “ugh, I just need to do one more thing and maybe that will be the key.”

Easy Rest Ideas for Better Productivity

Rest is so vital to your success as an entrepreneur. And if you’re thinking “I just don’t even know where to begin”, here are 4 easy ways you can incorporate daily rest into your routine:

  1. Take short breaks…First, whether you schedule them in or just step away when you feel the need, even a 5 or 10 minute break is beneficial. Take some deep breaths. Do a short meditation. Put laundry away, unload the dishwasher, or some other non-taxing activity that doesn’t require deep thought. Take a short walk. Find a way to change gears and give your brain a break for a bit. She’s been working hard. She deserves it.
  2. Create healthy habits…Habits are great for the brain because it doesn’t have to make a decision, therefore it’s like a mini-break for your brain. Healthy habits or routines could include making the same healthy smoothie for breakfast every morning. Or an after-lunch walk routine. Maybe a morning meditation habit or gratitude practice. Even a short 20 minute afternoon nap if you need it. These regular habits and routines give your brain the rest it needs to recharge for the important work you’re asking it to do during the day.
  3. Create a sleep routine…Sleep might just be the most important restful activity you can do. But I can totally relate to the mom who can’t settle her brain at night. When you develop a routine that tells your brain “It’s time to wind down and go to bed”, you’ll find it easier to fall and stay asleep. Your routine might include a skincare routine. Reading. Shutting off screens or turning the lights down. Taking a shower or bath. And my personal favorite…drifting off to the sounds of a soothing sleep story.
  4. Make time for fun…And Finally, fun is my preferred rest choice. It gives me a break from the grind. It helps me develop relationships with my family and friends. And fun is FUN! Don’t let all work and no play make mom a dull lady. Find a way to incorporate some sort of simple fun into every day. Dance to great music. Play board game. Take a bike ride. Watch a funny animal video. Make a new recipe. Keep it simple and keep it regular. Everyone’s fun is different but there’s no reason you can’t have fun every day.

In conclusion, your action step to start incorporating rest into your routine is to brainstorm ways you can incorporate the suggestions I gave you into your daily schedule. When can you take short breaks and what will you do? What healthy habits can you include in your daily routine that can offload some decision making but also increase your mindfulness? What would the elements of your sleep routine include or how can you improve your current bedtime ritual? And finally, what are the simple ways you can experience fun today, tomorrow, and every day?


Need additional support in creating your best mompreneur life? Want to create a solid and simple plan to get your work done and have fun? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute call to see how I can help you feel more fun & fulfilled in your work and home life.

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Set Boundaries Improve Productivity - Business Savvy Mama Aftershow

How to Communicate Your Boundaries to Improve Productivity

Looking to improve productivity?

Look no further than your boundaries. When you establish and communicate clearly defined boundaries around your time and space, your focus and productivity skyrocket.

And communicating these boundaries doesn’t have to be an awkward conversation. Or feel like your scolding your family, friends, or clients. It can be as simple as an after-hours email responder saying you’ll reply during your work hours tomorrow. Or a document for new clients stating your exact work hours and exactly what is included in their package or product.

When you look to improve your productivity, look no further than the places you lose focus. Or work outside your zone of genius. Or teaching your nuggets to entertain themselves while you take a call.

Did you catch this week’s podcast? Need a refresher? You can click here to listen…

For this week’s chat, we are discussing:

  1. Review how to create a personal boundary statement.
  2. Setting personal boundaries to limit distractions.
  3. 5 ways sharing your boundaries helps improve productivity.

Want additional resources on streamlining your day? Check out these past podcast episodes…

Still feeling overwhelmed? Confused about how to say no and create margin without disappointing your family, your clients, or yourself? I can help! Let’s jump on a free, no obligation call to discuss how I can help you experience more fun and fulfillment as a mom and entrepreneur. Book your free call at bit.ly/bsmbookacall.


Need additional support in creating your best mompreneur life? Want to create a solid and simple plan to get your work done and have fun? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute call to see how I can help you feel more fun & fulfilled in your work and home life.

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Communicating Boundaries - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Communicate Your Boundaries for Work & Home Life

How are you at communicating boundaries you’ve set?

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What do you think of when I say “boundaries”? Restrictions? Limits? Freedom? Let’s talk about how communicating the boundaries you put in place for your work and home life can protect you from burnout and stress. The communication part of boundaries is so vital and yet so often overlooked.

For some reason, we like to establish clear boundaries about when we work. Or what kinds of projects we do. Or the space we need to complete a job…But then we neglect to tell the people around us about then. And subsequently, we get frustrated our family members or clients don’t respect the boundaries we have put in place. Or sometimes we violate our own boundaries because no one knew that line was there so we can cross it. Right? No. Lack of boundaries creates lack of respect, whether crossing that line is intentional or unintentional. And starting today, you, your family, friends, clients, and team will know exactly where your line is.

Why Establishing & Communicating Boundaries is Important

Establishing and communicating boundaries allows mompreneurs to safeguard themselves against burnout and failing to meet expectations. When you clarify the limits of what you allow in, what you accept from someone else, and how much your capacity is, you can communicate these limits to the people around you. And when you communicate your limits, you can problem-solve for overflow. You can prevent feeling overwhelmed because the people involved are aware of our capacity and limits.

Many of the mompreneurs in my community feel like running overcapacity is just par for the course. Or that if they just reach a certain point, everything will balance out or their workload with decrease. There is also a fear of saying no to business opportunities because their business may not be as successful. Or they fear saying “no” to their family because they don’t want to put their business before their family. Many times, they fear saying no to both which lands them in a cycle of exhaustion, stress, and overwhelm.

On the flip side, you could create healthy boundaries. You can clarify the limits of what you allow in. Establish what you will accept from someone else. And know your capacity to protect yourself from burnout and overwhelm. Then, you can communicate these boundaries with others. They will now know how to respect your needs. But can also hold you accountable when they notice your nearing capacity or allowing people to violate your limits.

Over time, you will discover that by decreasing the amount you allow in will allow the quality of what you focus on will increase. Higher quality work in your business. Focused, present, intentional quality time with your family.

You can actually look forward to your work because you know that when you reach your limit, you can shift out of work mode and into mom mode with ease and confidence. Your daily or weekly workload can shift from work you don’t love or working with clients you don’t love to only doing what you love.

And when you focus on doing work you love or working with clients you love, you can show up to serve better. And a mom who feels fulfilled and productive in her work can step away at the end of the day. She can focus on her family in the evenings, on the weekends, or on her days off.

Steps for Creating & Communicating Boundaries

I know setting and communicating boundaries can feel overwhelming itself…Especially if you’ve just dealt with doing it all or saying yes to everything for so long. That’s why I have a little fill-in-the-blank exercise for you. You can create a boundary statement to communicate to your clients, team, family, or friends.

  • The first step is to recognize where you need this boundary. Where do you allow people to crash through the fences you’ve tried to use to establish a boundaries? Are there places you’re allowing people to overload you? Or places you allowing yourself to go over capacity? Then fill in the blank for this statement… “I need to create a boundary around ___________”
  • Next, let’s talk about why. You know I love knowing the why behind any change or effort you make. Why is it that you feel you need this boundary? Because you don’t have set work hours? Or because it is hard to work when kids are constantly interrupting you? Maybe because when you spread yourself too thin with clients, all your clients suffer? Dig into WHY you want this boundary in place and fill in this blank… “I need this boundary because _____”.
  • And finally, let’s dive into how you know when you’re approaching your limits. Do you snap at your kids more? Have trouble sleeping? Feel anxiety, sleeplessness, or the need to overeat? When you take a step back, you can usually see a pattern when you reach capacity. What is that trigger you would like to avoid? How can that affect your mental and physical health as well as your relationships and business? Now fill in this blank… “I know I am approaching my limit when _____”.

We have clarified where we need a boundary, why we need it and how it protects us. Now we are going to create a boundary statement. We can use this for our benefit by placing it as a visible reminder to review on a regular basis. And we can use it as the basis for our boundary conversation with our family, clients, or team.

You can create your statement by grabbing the answers we just created and placing them in this statement…

I need to (insert boundary you need to create) because (insert reason why you need the boundary) and I no longer want to feel (insert how you know you are approaching your limit).

Examples are “I need to create specific work hours because I am not making progress just trying to fit my business building work in here and there and I no longer want to feel stressed and defeated.”

Or “I need to no longer schedule calls after 5pm because I want to focus on spending time with my family in the evenings and I no longer want them or me to feel like they are second to my business.”

Once you have your statement ready, make time to communicate it with your family or clients. Remember that this change could invoke some strong emotions. But, in the end, you are protecting your passion, relationships, and mental and physical health are what is most important.

Your action step to establish and communicate your boundaries today is to create your boundary statement. Then schedule a time to meet with the people affected by your change.


Need additional support in creating your best mompreneur life? Want to create a solid and simple plan to get your work done and have fun? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute call to see how I can help you feel more fun & fulfilled in your work and home life.

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Make Work What's Not Working - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

4 Simple Steps to Make What’s Not Working Work

Can you make what’s not working work?

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The saying goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. But what if it is broke? How can you make work what’s not working?

It’s currently summer where I live. And I can totally appreciate when life gets in the way of your best-laid plans. You might have lost momentum. Or maybe you bit off more than you can handle (that’s usually me!) But loss of momentum, interruptions, or overwhelm doesn’t have to dictate the success or failure of your ventures. In fact, having the growth mindset to take what was working may not just impact the success of this project, goal, or system…it may have a lasting impact on the project, goals, and systems to come.

When you can find your way back on track, you can learn from your past effort. And reinvest in those beneficial projects, goals, and systems that weren’t working or stopped working. If you use the 4 steps we’ll talk about today to evaluate what you’ve done instead of throwing in the towel, you can figure out how to get back on track. I mean, you’ve already put some time, energy, and effort in…why not pick up where you left off rather than recreating the wheel.

Just because it didn’t work out the way you planned or you didn’t completely finish a project doesn’t mean you should stop. I know it can feel like it takes more effort to pick up and keep going but trust me…starting over is waaay more time and energy consuming.

Don’t Wait to Address What’s Not Working

And I know many of you moms out there may be experiencing a bit of a summer business slump when your kids are home. There’s more fun stuff to do. The world is starting to open up again. It may feel like working toward your goals, whether they are for yourself or for your business, can just wait. Or you might feel discouraged, like nothing is working, or you can’t change so why bother.

But the fact is…you aren’t broke. You can do this. It doesn’t have to wait until your kids go back to school. Or until you have more of this or less of that. You can restructure your project, goal, or system to work for you…And finally make that change or improvement to your life that you desire.

When you restructure your project, goal, or system, you can stay motivated because you’ve adapted to what is going to work for you. And you know that if things aren’t working quite right, you can always hit the reset button again. As an example, I start each quarter with a marketing plan. But I only print 2 weeks of checksheets at a time. This is so I can evaluate, restructure, and lean into what’s working. Rather than continuing to put effort into something that isn’t getting me results. On a daily basis, you can feel productive and fulfilled.

And when you feel more productive and fulfilled, it impacts those around you. The mom that finishes the class feels more confident and can serve her clients better. She feels better about how she looks actually gets in the pool with her kids. Or she commits to her daily plan gets work done. And her evenings, weekends, or days off are for self-care or family time. You can be this mom.

How to Make Work What’s Not Working

Let’s rev the engine back up on those projects, goals, or systems you’ve let stall on the side of the road. Here are 4 R’s you can use to make what’s not working finally work for you…

  1. Revisit… Try to look at your project, goal, or system with fresh eyes. Make a list of what did work, so you can keep those parts. And what didn’t work, so you can figure out a different way to make things work.
  2. Review…Really clarify the benefits of why you wanted to do this in the first place. Will it help you attract more clients? Can it prove to yourself you can make money while serving customers? Will it help you work more efficiently so you can complete your work and leave it at your desk? Dig deep into your why for your project, goal, or system. You can use that as motivation if you start to falter again.
  3. Rework… We are now clear on what did work and why we want to do this. It’s time to rework the parts that didn’t quite work for us previously. Were you trying to do too much in one day? Did you need to break the goal or project into smaller, more manageable parts? Is there a different route you can take if your current path isn’t working?
  4. Reinvest… You now have a fresh, new plan of action for your project, goal, or system. Let’s reinvest your time, energy, and effort. Make specific time to take action on a daily, weekly, or regular basis. Create checklists so you can see the progress you’re making. And, maybe most importantly, celebrate each milestone so you can recognize the progress you’re making and stay invested.

Your action step to help you make work what’s not working is to follow the 4 R’s…Revisit your project, goal, or system to make a list of what was working and what was not. Review your “why”. Clarify the benefits and rewards of this project, goal, or system to stay motivated when your energy is waning. Rework those parts or steps that tripped you up the last time. Brainstorm alternate routes for you to accomplish your goal or do what you need to do. And finally, reinvest. You now have a new strategy complete with aligned steps and clear motivation. It’s time to make time for the work on your project, goal, or system.


Need additional support in creating your best mompreneur life? Want to create a solid and simple plan to get your work done and have fun? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute call to see how I can help you feel more fun & fulfilled in your work and home life.

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Mom Office Hours - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

You Need “Mom Office Hours”, Here’s How to Create Them

Do you set aside specific mom office hours to work on or in your business?

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Or do you just wake up with your fingers crossed hoping you can do some work today? Ever feel like you’re cramming too much into your day? Or like your energy is so scattered you can’t find your rhythm? It may be time to buckle down and create some specific mom office hours. This helps you focus on business building and client serving activities while your family learns to respect that mama’s working right now.

When you block out specific times on your calendar for mom office hours, you are more likely to actually do your work during those hours. Committing to scheduled time to work on your impact-driven tasks makes you more money and grows your community more successfully. Plain and simple.

And when you commit to an appointment with yourself to work, your productivity and focus will increase. When you treat these office hours just like you would if you were leaving the home…by communicating with your spouse, caregiver, or children that you are working and not to be disturbed, you and your family will start to respect your business as a business, not a hobby.

But Mom Office Hours Aren’t for Me

You might be thinking “my life is too inconsistent. I’m better when I just play it by ear and squeeze in work when I can.” Or maybe you’re saying “what I’m doing is working. Yeah, it can be chaotic but we muddle through.”

And muddling through might be fine for now. But when you start to treat your business like a business, you will see greater growth. Just think of the entrepreneurs you look up to…Do you think they are just squeezing it in when they can? Or do you think they are setting aside specific time for focused work?

Designating specific office hours helps you find a flow and dive into tasks that generate more income and reach more potential clients. There’s also a mindset shift that happens when you start treating your business as a business. Meaning you set aside specific time to work both on and in it. Haven’t seen the growth you hoped for with your business? It may be because your brain is subconsciously telling you it isn’t really a business…yet.

These assigned office hours help to feed the Productivity-Fulfillment cycle I like to talk about. When you are more productive, you’ll feel more fulfilled in your work. And feel more comfortable stepping away to spend time with your family in the evenings, on the weekends, or for a vacation. Feeling more fulfilled in your work and home life inspires you to focus and work more productively during your office hours. Because you want to leave your work to work hours and focus on doing what you love with who you love the rest of the time.

5 Steps to Create Your Mom Office Hours

Ready to schedule your mom office hours? Here are 5 action steps you can take to next level your productivity, grow your business, and confidently step away from work to focus on family life each day.

  1. Plan Work Blocks – Look at your schedule for the week and determine when you can “work”. You might base these blocks around when you have clients. You might want to work a few hours each day. Or you might want to have long days where you bust out everything you need for the week. Each one of you is as unique as your business. You know your needs. The big takeaway is to block out that time on your schedule and treat that time as an appointment.
  2. Communicate Your Plan – Once you have blocked the time out, it is important that you let the other people involved know what’s up. The people we live with aren’t mind-readers. So if we need focused time and space, we need to communicate this need with the people around us. Got little people who might not understand “mommy’s working, go play for a while”? You need step 3 which is…
  3. Problem Solve for Distractions – You might to arrange childcare for you kids. Or something as simple as turning off phone notifications. The important thing is to recognize what distracts you while you are doing your focused work. Then create a solution to the problem in advance rather than putting work aside.
  4. Have a Specific Work Space – Once we have the time blocked out, we’ve told our family what’s up, and we’ve limited distractions…We need to go to our workspace. Does this mean you need an office? No, not at all. I built my first business from my laptop at the kitchen table. But I had a specific workspace and a place to organize what I needed to do my work. When you create a workspace, your mind will know the routine. And slide more easily into “I’m going to work now” mode. Plus, when you have a workspace, you won’t waste that precious time you’ve set aside to work searching for what you need to do your work. Whether it’s an office or your laptop with a portable file box full of what you need, designate a workspace.
  5. Make a Plan – Know what you need to work on or your goal for your allotted mom office hours. We don’t want to waste time figuring out how we will spend the time. Look at your to-do list when you plan your work blocks for the week. Assign a specific task to each block. No multi-tasking because we want to focus on completing an impact driven task during this time. And remember Parkinson’s law which states “work expands to fit the time allowed”. That’s part of the magic of office hours…If you say “I am going to finish this project or this task during these office hours”, you are much more likely to finish it during that time. As opposed to giving yourself an open-ended time frame.

Your action steps for today are to create some mom office hours in your schedule for the rest of this week or next week. Look at your schedule and plan the time to work. Communicate with your spouse or children when that time will be. Pre-plan for any distractions that may interrupt you from your focused, productive work. And make sure you have a designated workspace and clear tasks you will work on during your office hours. As I said before, when you treat your business as a business, your brain and the people around you will also see your business as a business.


Need additional support in creating your best mompreneur life? Want to create a solid and simple plan to get your work done and have fun? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute call to see how I can help you feel more fun & fulfilled in your work and home life.

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Streamline and Simplify Making Decisions - Business Savvy Mama Aftershow

How to Streamline & Simplify Making Decisions

Exhausted by making decisions?

Or maybe your feel blocked. Unmotivated. Irritable. Disappointed in your progress. Like you can’t make even the simplest decision. It may be brain fatigue.

In fact, the tiny organ sitting inside your skull uses 20% of your body’s energy to control all functions of the body and interpret information from the outside world. And when you are running it through your daily list of mom duties, work tasks, and the general decisions associated with living, it can start to get really tired.

Is there a solution for making decisions?

When you implement easy routines and systems, you can reduce the number of decisions, and therefore the brain fatigue, you have in a day. And when you reduce brain fatigue, you can improve concentration, focus better, and make decisions easier. What a neat little cycle…create a routine to reduce making decisions to help making decisions easier.

Want to learn more? Check out the video below!

Did you catch the accompanying week’s podcast? Need a refresher?

 You can click here to listen…

In this chat about streamlining and simplifying making decisions, we discuss:

  1. Learn how routines & systems reduce decision making and brain fatigue.
  2. Learn what the difference is between creating a routine & creating a system.
  3. Hear examples of easy to implement routines & systems for your work or home life.

Want additional resources on streamlining your day? Check out these past podcast episodes…

Still feeling overwhelmed? Confused about how to create a routine or system? Or struggling to implement systems to help with making decisions? I can help! Let’s jump on a free, no obligation call to discuss how I can help you experience more fun and fulfillment as a mom and entrepreneur. Book your free call at bit.ly/bsmbookacall.


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Protect Yourself from Decision Fatigue - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

5 Easy Ways to Protect Yourself from Decision Fatigue

Decision fatigue causing you frustration, stress, and brain fog?

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Chances are very good it is. We are faced with hundreds if not thousands of decisions every day around everything from what to wear and what to eat. To where to live and vacation. To what to watch or which podcast to listen to. Our brains are constantly in some sort of decision making mode. And frankly, it can get to be pretty exhausting. But is there a way cut down or cut back on decision fatigue without losing productivity. Or eating the same thing 3 meals a day? Actually there is. And that is what we are discussing today.

Making a conscious effort, dare I call it a decision, to redirect your decision-making energy can help you reclaim and redirect that energy in both your work and home life. When you utilize one or more of the 5 tips I’m giving you today help protect yourself from decision fatigue, you will free up energy and time to focus on bigger, more important decision that can impact how your business grows, how much money you make, and how you spend time with your family.

Before now, you may not have given much thought to how many decisions you make in a day or how it could affect your energy. You may even be thinking “It really doesn’t bother me that much”.

But let me ask you this…do you ever feel totally drained when your kids ask you what’s for dinner? Like unnecessarily irritated? Or do you struggle with what to do first when you sit down to work? Maybe you wish that someone would just give you one choice so you didn’t have to spend so much time researching all those options? If any of this sounds familiar, you may be suffering from decision fatigue.

Benefits of Curbing Decision Fatigue

When you make a conscious effort to streamline the less important decisions, you see a major impact on larger decisions you face. Mostly because you transfer your focus, effort, and energy to those larger, impact-driven tasks and activities.

You’ll no longer waste energy deciding what to wear or what to eat because you create a routine or system to offload that decision. You arrive at your desk fresh and ready to tackle your work or decide what needs to be done.

And not to mention…humans actually love the comfort of routine. So while the thought of a routine like Taco Tuesday may seem boring to a mom who loves to cook…There is comfort in knowing exactly what you need to get from the grocery store. And your kids knowing exactly what will be on their plates.

Easy Ways to Protect Yourself from Decision Fatigue

Reducing your decisions is easier than you might think. Here are 5 easy ways you can start today to help cut back on decision fatigue.

  1. Decrease your options. Sometimes more just means more stress or information overload. And I don’t have to tell you that a tired mom entrepreneur doesn’t need more stress. Often, having too many options actually makes the decision harder. A study at Stanford found that when grocery shoppers were offered six different flavors of jams, 30% of shoppers purchased a jar of jam. In contrast, when shoppers were given 24 different flavors of jam, only 3% of shoppers purchased a jar. Reduce the number of options your choosing between to help you make a decision faster and easier.
  2. Limit Your Distractions. As we’ve talked about in previous episodes, any way you can improve your focus will improve your productivity. And as entrepreneurs, so much of our day is making decisions. What we are going to sell in our shop. How we are going to promote our offers. What we should blog about this week. Distractions like cell phone notifications, email pop ups, or even noisy kids can pull us away from our decisions. And increase the time it takes to work AND the stress around the decisions we are making. While eliminating all distractions may be impossible, look for places you can make a change to help you focus. This can help you make decisions faster and easier.
  3. Make Your Important Decisions First. There are lots of numbers thrown around on the interweb about how many decisions we make during the day. And while I couldn’t find a definitive source or number, it’s safe to say we are faced with LOTS of choices every day. Let’s make a little analogy. Say you’re going to work out. You start by running 3 miles on the treadmill. Followed by 30 minutes on the bike. And another 20 on the elliptical trainer. After over an hour of cardio, you decide to try to bench press twice your body weight. Chances are, it may have been easier to start with the bench press when your energy sources weren’t tapped. And the same is true of your decisions. If you know you have a big day making big decisions, schedule decision-making time first thing. Rather than waiting until you’re tapped later in the day.
  4. Create Routines. So routines are a specific pattern of behavior in a specific sequence. Like my morning routine: wake up, let the dog out, go to the bathroom, let the dog in, feed the dog and cat, get lemon water, meditate, and gratitude journal before I start my work. Every weekday morning the same thing. Most mornings, I am up for 60-90 minutes before I make my first big decision. Because I’ve got a bit of autopilot action going on.
  5. Create Systems. In the same vein, creating systems helps you create a pattern of repeated actions for a specific outcome. Like my podcast publication system. I have a specific checklist for each episode that contains all the necessary steps. From writing the episode to recording and editing to graphics for various social media platforms. I do have to make some decisions within the system like topics or photos. But I don’t have to recreate the wheel and decide what steps I need to take to publish each episode. I have already decided the steps, I just need to act.

And speaking of acting, your action step to help you protect yourself from decision fatigue is to employ one of the decision curbing tactics we discussed today. Decrease the number of options you research or create. Limit distractions so you can stay focused. Make important decisions your first priority when you start to work. Create a routine so your mornings or evenings or meal planning can run on autopilot. Or create a recorded system for regular activities. Then don’t have to decide what to do each time you publish a blog post, post a new item in your shop, or create a sales email for your community.


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