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What to Do When Social Media Sucks Your Time, Energy, & Effort

Sometimes, social media sucks…

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Ahhh, social media…the blessing and the curse of 21st-century entrepreneurship. And probably life in general. Full disclosure before we dive in…I love social media. In fact, I may love it a little too much. Which is why I created some social media boundaries for myself…which are a constantly evolving work in progress. And I wanted to share some steps you can take to protect your time, energy, and effort when you know social media is a vital part of running your business but social media sucks you into scroll holes.

Identifying and addressing any social media sucks in your daily routine help to protect your time and energy. And maybe most importantly, your mindset.

If you can create some clear rules around who, what, when, where, and how much you engage with social media, you can continue to use it to grow you community, build your brand, and make money…just with some clearly defined and maintained boundaries to protect you.

The strategies I share today help you shift from the “I have to spend lots time on social media to build my business, even though a significant percentage of the time I spend isn’t doing that” to “I am going to be intentional how I spend my time on social media”.

Depending on your stage of business you are in, you may feel like you have to show up everywhere, every day, at all hours. And I get that. When I started my organizing business in 2009, there weren’t even Facebook business pages. Fast forward to my coaching pivot in 2019 and I felt completely overwhelmed by sheer number of platforms and users. And the gurus say “go where your audience is.” Well, what if you don’t know where that is??? You have to spend time everywhere to figure that out, right? Maybe not necessarily so.

When you create an intentional plan for your social media, you can see growth without spreading yourself too thin. Or spending hours on multiple platforms and possibly losing precious time to mindless scrolling. I may be speaking from experience here.

You’ll approach social media with a clear plan for what you post. And boundaries around how much time and energy you spend on a platform outside of your business building activities.

This new clearly defined, boundary-bound plan of action for your social media will benefit your community because your time on social media will have a clear goal serving them. And you’ll reclaim time to focus on other aspects of your business, your family, or yourself…Sans cell phone by creating clear parameters around your social media use.

Creating Boundaries When Social Media Sucks

Ready to create some boundaries around your social media to protect and efficiently use your time, energy, and effort there? Here are 4 ways you can easily create those boundaries, especially when you are feeling sucked in:

  1. Take a break. Whether for a day or a week or whatever time you need. Maybe it’s just from a certain platform that really sucks you time and energy. Step away from daily interactions. Of course, you could still schedule content if you feel it necessary. (And I’m sure social media experts are cringing when I suggest you post and ghost…but it’s just for a little while.) The idea is just to hit the reset. Spend your time elsewhere. See how you feel and how your daily patterns, thoughts, and focus changes.
  2. Scale back on the number of platforms. If you’re spent trying to keep up with Facebook and Instagram and TikTok and YouTube and Pinterest and Clubhouse and whatever new flavor of the month social media pops this week…scale back. Where are you seeing the most growth? Which platform do you enjoy the most? Where do you have the strongest community or most interactions? Maybe you chose a platform for business and a platform for personal time. But by scaling back the number of places you are creating content for and posting to, you can reclaim time and energy to funnel into other activities.
  3. Set Time Limits. Who gets stuck in scroll holes? You can’t see me but I am raising my hand high. In fact, when we were deep in the thick of the quarantine, I spent close to 4-5 hours a day scrolling according to my phone’s tracker. 4-5 hours!!! And I can tell you nearly all of that was not “work related”. Both Apple and Android have built-in trackers that allow you to shut down access to the app after a certain time period. And there are third-party apps that do the same thing.  The idea being that you can limit mindless scrolling and focus energy when you are on the app because you know if you don’t get it done in your 60-90 minutes of app access a day, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow. It’s like Parkinson’s Law says “work expands to fit the time allowed”. If you say you will get your social media work by spending 60 minutes a day on the app, you will. If you have no parameters, the time you take will also have no bounds.
  4. Hire help. Finally, if you are easily distractable, prone to mindless scrolling, or you feel like building your social media presence sucks way too much of your time, energy, and effort…hire a professional. Just like any time you hire an expert to do the job they are an expert in, they can do it faster and with better results. Freeing you up to spend time in your zone of genius without the risk of getting sucked into a scroll hole.

Looking to scale back how much social media sucks your time, energy, and effort? Your action step for today is to apply 1 or more of the strategies. Take a break. Scale back the number of platforms you are using. Set time limits for daily platform use. Or hire a professional to help with your social media. Any one of these things can help you re-evaluate and re-calibrate your relationship with social media. And put you on the path to reallocating your time and energy.

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How to Stop Avoiding the Hard Stuff

Bye-bye procrastination! It’s time to stop avoiding what you need to do…

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Last week we talked about what you should work on first. Well, what if that thing is something that you don’t really want to do. We need to stop avoiding the “hard stuff”. We all have aspects of our business where’s it’s like pulling teeth to get it done. Maybe it’s your accounting. Or email marketing. Or cold calling leads.

For me, it’s DM’s. I don’t know why I struggle because I LOVE connecting with my community and it is always a positive exchange. But so often I put it off. Sound familiar? You know it will be good for you or your business. You’ve have positive results from this action in the past. And yet, you still can’t get motivated to act on that thing. Well, mama, that is exactly why we are going to talk about how to stop avoiding the hard stuff.

I like to talk about what I call the “Fulfillment-Productivity Cycle” with my clients and community. When you’re more productive, you feel more fulfilled. And when you’re more fulfilled, you feel more productive. When you finally do the stuff you’ve been avoiding or regularly add the tasks you know will benefit you but you can’t find the motivation for to your routine…you will find the joy of crossing it off your to-do list or the progress you see from taking action far outweighs whatever joy you think you have by avoiding it.

When you start committing to taking action, to putting it on your schedule, maybe even finding accountability to hold you to completing the task, you will start to feel relief that you’ve completed it. Finally! And, many times you will see an impact. You’ll find a place you’ve been wasting money by reviewing your Quickbooks. You’ll connect with a potential client who says “I’m so glad you reached out, I’ve been meaning to call you.”

Avoiding the hard stuff just creates more anxiety. And I don’t know about you, but mom entrepreneur life itself, especially this last year during a pandemic, has enough anxiety on its own. But for some reason, it the back of our minds, we think if we just don’t do it, we might not have to do it. Or another way might pop up that doesn’t seem as hard. And I don’t know about you, but that is rarely the case. All the avoidance did was cause me stress and potentially cost me money or new clients or a good night’s sleep.

You might be thinking “I hear you, Christy but”…and then a whole line of excuses pops up in your brain. I’m an introvert. I don’t know what to say. My finances are such a mess and I’m embarrassed to show someone. I don’t know how to ask for help. I can’t afford help and I can’t do it alone. And let me tell you. You are not alone. Nearly every entrepreneur feels some sort of doubt, imposter syndrome, embarrassment, shame, or fear. It’s the ones that find a way to overcome those thoughts that succeed. And I want you to succeed.

I want you to feel confident tackling tasks outside your comfort zone. To feel confident asking for help from professionals that can get you on track for greater success. And to finally cross that task off your to-do list and think “wow, that wasn’t so bad! Why have I been avoiding it for so long?”

You will start to see growth from completing these impact driven tasks you’ve avoided. And you’ll build confidence or strategies around how you can continue to complete this task in the future without avoiding or delaying it.

And to tie this all up in a neat little bow, when you do those hard thing. The things you’ve been avoiding or putting off, you will feel more fulfilled. You’re fulfilled from crossing them off your list. You’ve fulfilled because you see a result from completing the action. And when you feel fulfilled, you’ll be motivated to do it again. To feel more productive. Not to mention, as fulfilled mama you show up happier and less stressed for your family. Which fulfills you in another way.

How to Stop Avoiding the Hard Stuff

So remember…avoiding a task that you know is beneficial or necessary increases your anxiety. Which can cause irratibility, restlessness, lack of concentration, sleeplessness…just all around no beuno. Instead, let’s make a specific time to commit to working on that hard thing. Maybe find some sort of accountability to check in that you’ve started or completed the task. Think of how good it will feel to finally cross that item off you to-do list and know it is no longer hanging over your head.

Here are your action steps to finally tackle that hard thing you’ve been avoiding. First, I want you to visualize yourself completing the task…maybe you see a successful phone call ending with taking a credit card number. Or maybe you see yourself with extra found time because entering six months of expenses you’ve been avoiding didn’t really take that much time. Perhaps it’s just you smiling in your office chair proud that you did the thing. Feel into how good getting it done feels.

Next, add it to you schedule or make the appointment you need to do it. Not just your list where it gets moved from day to day. Your actual schedule.

And finally, tell your spouse, friend, or coach that you are committing to completing this task on this day by this time. Then ask them to check-in. Accountability is a very powerful motivator.

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Why You Need to Know What to Work On First

Let’s talk about what to work on FIRST.

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Tell me if this sounds familiar..you finally manage to carve out time to work on your business. You sit down at your desk or kitchen table or on the couch with your laptop, look at your list of tasks to do, and feel completely overwhelmed. Where do you even start? Opt-in? Pinterest? Networking? Does it even matter?

Well, yes. What you work on first does matter. And that is why today we are talking about why you need to know what to work on first versus just diving headfirst into your list willy nilly.

As a mom entrepreneur, making the most of the time you work is essential to striking any sort of balance between running a successful business and maintaining a happy household. When you know what to work on first, or your “Impact Driven Tasks” as I like to call them, the energy you put into work will have a greater affect. In time, you may start to see that you can reduce or stop doing tasks that don’t make an impact. And less tasks means (ding, ding, ding) less time and energy spent working…and more time for your family and yourself.

If you can get in the habit of clearly defining what you NEED to do versus what you WANT to do first, you can start to feel this shift in your productivity and time management. Up until now, you might have just thought “as long as it gets done, does it really matter what I do first”? Or “I have to do it all so I might as well start with the stuff that I like to do”.

But you don’t have to live with those feelings of confusion and overwhelm. You don’t have to feel like by working you have to sacrifice time with your family. Or by spending time with your family you’re shirking responsibilities and putting your business at risk.

Benefits of Know What to Work on First

A regular practice of prioritizing your tasks means you get the truly urgent and important tasks out of the way. It means you may realize that there are tasks you don’t really need to spend time and energy on because they aren’t truly impact driven.

And when you focus on tasks that have a due date, have a consequence, impact your community growth, or will help you make money FIRST, you don’t have to worry if mom life happens. Or you want to take a few days off. Your impact driven tasks are done. Go take time off or care for your sick kid.  

When you can leave your work at your desk because you know your priorities are met, you show up more present for your family…Whether it’s for pleasure or in case of emergency.

How to Determine What to Work on First

Are you ready to tackle what matters most on your to-do list? Let me my TRIM Your To-Do list method to make determining your priority tasks easier…

  1. Is it time sensitive? Is there a due date? If yes, it is a priority.
  2. Is it required? Do you need to complete this task as part of a larger task? Is there a task where you can’t proceed until this part is complete. If the task is require, it is a priority.
  3. Does it have an impact? Will there be a positive or negative consequence with this task…like if you don’t sign up for a conference it might sell out? Or if you don’t show up LIVE for you community like you’ve told them you would, they might stop showing up for you? If the task will have an impact, it is a priority.
  4. Is it money related? Will completing this task make you money? Will not completing this task cost you money? If yes, it is a priority.

Your action step for today to make sure you work on what matters first is to run your to-list through my TRIM You To-Do List questions…Is it time sensitive? Is it required? Will it have a impact? Is it money related? If you answer yes, your task is a priority. If you answer no to all the questions, best to focus your energy on another task first.

“Where your focus goes, energy flows.”

Tony Robbins
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Tell Me Something Good: Sharing Positive Takeaways from Quarantine

Let’s talk some positive takeaways from quarantine…

Today, we are talking positive lessons from the past year in quarantine. And I’m specifically calling them positive takeaways from “quarantine” and not “the pandemic” or “covid-19” because I realize the virus side of the last year is very serious. I am unfortunately all too aware of the loss of life and income caused over the past year. But I also know that one of the major takeaways for me personally, despite the losses, was finding gratitude regularly. In focusing on the abundance of what I have versus what I didn’t have or couldn’t have. It is a practice that I know helped keep my mood higher and my stress levels lower.

And I know that many in my community had some similar experiences. That’s why I reached out on Instagram and asked them to “Tell Me Something Good”. So I could share and inspire you to create your own quarantine positive practice to find the gratitude and abundance despite difficult times.

Positive Takeaways from Quarantine: Slow Down & Focus

Let’s start with @mcrae.designnc who says…”Together we can get through anything – together as a family, a community of moms and a group of friends. Also being “not busy” helped me to prioritize and find out what I’m good at instead of just hoping in the hamster wheel of production. I for sure finessed my product and my brand over the last year. ❤️

And @thejoyfulsort had a similar takeaway when she said her takeaway was “The chance to slooooow down and reprioritize”

Did anyone else realize how fast they were moving when the world forced them to slow down? I know I did. Especially in terms of taking “busy” off the table. And I also know that a goal as we start to resume a more regular pace of life is to keep some sense of those priorities. To keep the rat race from creeping back. To appreciate the slow. Anyone else?

Positive Takeaways from Quarantine: Business Is Better

Next, we have some business positives. I know between unemployment numbers and shutdowns, there is a lot of stress around business. And running small businesses. But these amazing mom entrepreneurs actually found their way to gratitude despite the difficulties.

@hellomigosocial commented “For me it was being part of a massive layoff and diving headfirst into launching my business. It hasn’t been easy, but I know that I’m in line with what I’m meant to do”

Talk about flipping the script! This abundant mama was able to spin her low point into creating a new life for her family that she loves.

@taramqwhitaker also found the time and confidence to make a change thanks to the past year. She says “I finally pivoted my business into what I *really* wanted to do but was too scared of doing before. It’s lit a fire in me, and I’m SO glad I took the plunge!”

This goes back into having that slow down we talked about earlier. The time to think a little longer. Or consider what would make you happier. Or lean into what scares you because what else do you have to do right now! Both of these mamas took a leap inspired by their time in quarantine that is already paying dividends for their business.

And speaking of investing during quarantine to pay dividends later, @queenbeejackie says “I think I had several positives of last year! The time at home allowed me to slow down and focus on building relationships in my personal and professional life. Learning to better communicate with others while not being face to face. I also made some meaningful connections with other business owners thru Instagram that have become supportive peers IRL. Very thankful!”

Another mama appreciative of slowing down, re-focusing, and finding ways to improve despite difficult circumstances. And I love how @queenbeejackie is already thinking about how she can transfer the communication skills she has honed over the past year to create a supportive community in real life going forward.

Positive Takeaways from Quarantine: Personal Triumphs

Next, we had some mamas share more personal wins…@christenjschneider “Letting people help me has probably been my biggest lesson/positive this year.”

I found this comment so relatable. I fully admit that I am a mom who struggles with asking for help even if I know I need it. And when the universe dumped on us mom last spring, our already difficult job got even harder. I applaud all of you who realized you could no longer juggle it all without help. And I hope like @christenjschneider shared, that it wasn’t a temporary fix. That we have learned to ask for help in our home and business life when we need it in order to keep our minds and moods in a safe stress zone.

And finally, @aliciamc25 shared “I used exercise as a means of dealing with my stress and I’m feeling pretty f-ing awesome. And can do a V sit! (My abdominal strength was destroyed after baby #4 so the V sit is a huge f-ing accomplishment for me!)”

You! Go! Girl! You should feel incredibly accomplished and I love so much about this share. First, she knew she needed some sort of stress release and leaned into exercise. That recognition and taking action is so crucial and necessary to maintain and healthy mind and attitude. And secondly, you should scream your accomplishments from the rooftops! Whether you can now do a v-sit after 4 kids, or you signed your first client, or you made your first six-figures. You should absolutely celebrate your wins. Shout them loudly and often just like @aliciamc25 did here. Regular celebrations of even the smallest victories are so important for your motivation and mental health.

Lastly today, I want to share a few of my personal positives from the past year. I am incredibly grateful for the extra time with my kids. Has it all been fun? No. Have we had stressful times? Yes. But in 10 years when my kids are gone, I will think back fondly on the year when we ate every single meal together for 380 some odd days straight. On how we used creativity to stay entertained. On how bad I am at teaching 3rd grade math. I honestly think when my kids go back to in-person school next fall, it will be harder on my mama heart than it was when I dropped them off for kindergarten.

And finally, much like @hellomigosocial and @taramqwhitaker, 2020 forced me to lean into an idea I was merely toying with when it came to my business. Because I couldn’t work outside the home as a professional organizer, I had the time, drive and brainspace to cultivate something I am passionate about.

One of my favorite quotes is “leap and your net will appear” from John Burroughs. But without the forced slow down, I may never have taken the time to leap. And for that I am grateful. Grateful for the coaching I have received around launching my coaching business. Grateful for the opportunity to create content around my passion of helping mom entrepreneurs experience a super fun life. And grateful for you listeners in over 40 countries around the world who take time out to listen each week. I hope I’ve helped you with some quick wins and strategies to make both your home and work life more fun and fulfilled.

Now it’s your turn…For this final action step of season 2, get out a pen and paper or the notes app on your phone. Reflect on the positives you’ve experienced in the last year, despite all the other circumstances. Once you start focusing on what your positives, you’ll start to see the abundance all around you.

Family Fun Tip

Our final super simple family fun tip for season 2 is to make a bird feeder. I have my year as a homeschool mom to thank for the inspiration for this tip. Both last Spring and this past Fall, my kids’ science lessons included that construction of some sort of bird feeder. And I have to say, I’m kinda of surprised at how much enjoyment we’ve got from a pretty simple task.

Last spring, we made super simple, pinecones covered in bird seed feeders. Which were promptly stolen from our tree right in front of our eyes by a pair of very stealthy squirrels. It was quite entertaining watching them try to run away and up a tree with their prize.

In the Fall, I made an effort to outsmart the squirrels with simple kits from Amazon, which I will link to in the show notes for you. We painted our houses and filled them religiously throughout the winter. Many mornings, we would open our front door to see cardinals, chickadees, house finches, and tufted titmouses enjoying their buffet. Like I said, a shockingly satisfying craft.

If you are interested in creating a simple birdhouse for you and your family, here is a link to a kit we purchased on Amazon (this is an affiliate link). Or try this easy upcycled bird feeder using a gallon milk jug.

And be sure to join my Monthly Family Fun Bucket List Community by clicking below. You’ll receive a monthly worksheet so you can schedule simple, easy family activities based on the suggestions of the whole family. And when you start to make quality, intentional family time a priority, you’ll feel less stressed and more productive because your cup will be full.


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Season 2 Wrap Up for 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur Season 2 is a wrap!

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One of my favorite things to do at the end of a podcast season is revisit all the good stuff from the past few months. That’s why I’ve gathered wisdom from all 11 featured mom entrepreneurs from the season. From mindset to business strategies to advice for new mompreneurs looking to start a business, we cover it all. If you would like to connect with today’s guests or listen to their full episode, you can do so below…

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

  1. Jess Copacia, Empowerment Coach for Moms: Listen to Jess’s Episode, Connect with Jess
  2. Ali Jones, CEO and Tech Start-Up Founder: Listen to Ali’s Episode, Connect with Ali
  3. Holly Haynes, Side Hustle Strategist: Listen to Holly’s Episode, Connect with Holly
  4. Luana HueSing, Realtor: Listen to Luana’s Episode, Connect with Luana
  5. Shannon Baker, Business Systems Strategist: Listen to Shannon’s Episode, Connect with Shannon
  6. Nicole Bensen, Happiness & Wellness Ambassador: Listen to Nicole’s Episode, Connect with Nicole
  7. Kristina Soriano, Instagram Growth Coach: Listen to Kristina’s Episode, Connect with Kristina
  8. Kristen Westcott, Business Growth & Systems Strategist: Listen to Kristen’s Episode, Connect with Kristen
  9. Ashley Watson, CEO & Founder: Listen to Ashley’s Episode, Connect with Ashley
  10. Samantha Semans, Ads & Social Media Strategist: Listen to Samantha’s Episode, Connect with Samantha
  11. Stefanie Oseni-Momodu, Mindset Coach: Listen to Stefanie’s Episode, Connect with Stefanie

And that’s a wrap for Season 2 of 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur. I’ll be back in May with fresh episodes featuring amazing mom entrepreneurs. I can’t wait to inspire you again!


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Accountability - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Accountability: How You Benefit and Why It’s Important

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I’m so happy you are joining me today to talk (cue ominous music)…accountability.

I’m hoping after today to assuage any fears or angst that you might have around the word accountability. And that you’ll see accountability can be an effective and essential tool in your success as an entrepreneur. And in so many other aspects of your life.

That is the great thing about accountability. It helps you make things happen. I had a big accountability “a-ha” moment several years back. I had been trying to lose weight for many years. So my husband and I decided to try Weight Watchers when they introduced their online program and app. There was something about the reminders to log my food and knowing whatever I put in my mouth was recorded. It made me way more successful than I had ever been on my own. For so many years, I had this idea that if I reached out for support meant that I was weak. Or the success wouldn’t mean as much if you didn’t do it all along.

I am grateful my Weight Watchers adventure started my accountability journey that I confirmed when reading the book “The Four Tendencies” by Gretchen Rubin. If you aren’t familiar, The Four Tendencies are a personality framework that breaks down your response to inner and outer expectations. In a nutshell, some people are great with setting their own expectations. Some do better when they know others are expecting them to do something. In other words, internally versus externally motivated.

When I took the The Four Tendencies quiz, which you can take by clicking here, I discovered I was what she calls an “Obliger”. This means I respond best to outer expectations and motivation but struggle with my own personal expectations for myself. It was like a light bulb went off. My need for outside accountability didn’t mean I was broken. It just meant that I responded best when I knew someone would be expecting something from me. And ever since then, I have been looking for ways I can incorporate outside accountability. This helps me reach both business and personal goals.

Click below to grab your copy of The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin.

The Benefits of Accountability

When you commit to an accountability partner, whether it is a friend, family member, or paid coach, you create a team around the expectation of your success. Now, there are other people routing for you. Supporting you. Making sure you are hitting milestones. Cheering your success. And picking you up when things don’t go so well.

Can you find that person or people that align with the goals you set? Commit to showing up for your check-ins and doing the work between? Then you too can see massive success from finding an accountability partner.

Ever find yourself wondering why you just can’t get past a certain level? Or feeling frustrated that you know you NEED to do X, Y, and Z, but you put it off. Or just don’t do it. Even if you know it could bring you the success you want in your business or personal life.

You may be struggling to keep up on your own. Or you’ve kept your goals and dreams a secret from your friends and family. You know, just in case you didn’t hit those milestones. Maybe you thought, like me, if you didn’t achieve your success on your own without outside help that it just wasn’t as sweet.

But I’ll tell you what is sweet…research shows that having a specific accountability partner to help you reach your goals improves your success rate to 95%. That sounds pretty sweet to me. Over time, your accountability partner can help you reframe your “failures” as growth points.   

They keep you motivated, moving forward and on track by meeting for regularly scheduled check-ins and progress updates. And their outside perspective can help you prioritize your task list better. Because their heart isn’t as close to your goal as you. I mean, I’ve had some tough love with coaches who told me to modify certain plans because they didn’t align with my goals. And they were right…but I couldn’t see it because my passion was to close to my ideas.

And when you start to succeed more, feel more confident and less stressed, everyone around you will feel it. You can show up for your family less anxious. Share your financial success with family and friends. Finally feel confidant to take those family pictures or go to the pool with your kids this summer. Finding accountability to get you to your goals is so worth it!

Finding Your Accountability Partner

Ready to start to wading into the pool of potential accountability buddies? Consider a few things so you can have a successful experience…

  1. Does the person you want to work with have experience in the area where you need support? Just because someone is an amazing business owner, doesn’t mean they can help you lose weight. Find someone with real life, successful experience in what you want to accomplish.
  2. Are they too close to you that their feedback could be taken personally or affect your relationship? Remember, part of accountability is being open for feedback and change. If you choose your spouse or best friend, will their honest feedback leave you feeling resentful? If so, maybe look for someone a little less familiar.
  3. Are they dependable? Make sure your buddy is the person that shows up for lunch dates that were on the schedule…not the buddy that texts when they are 5 minutes late that they aren’t going to make it. Both buddies are perfectly fine on a social level…but when it comes to accountability, you want the person that shows up on time and ready to go.

And if you are looking for accountability to help you juggle working as an entrepreneur with enjoying your family life, I want to help. Let’s jump on a free, 15 minute consultation call to see if my programs are a good fit for the accountability you need in your business and home life.

Click here to schedule your free, 15-minute consultation and start your journey to experience your happiest and most fulfilled life as a mom entrepreneur.

Family Fun Tip

This week, we are talking scavenger hunts. Am I showing my age if I say that Polaroid Picture Scavenger Hunts are one of my favorite memories from high school? You know, where you’d have to snap a polaroid of everyone on your team “Building a Pyramid on the Football Field” or “Crammed Into a Phone Booth”. Ok, if the mention of Polaroid didn’t date me, the idea of phone booths might have. But you get the idea. Divide into teams. Find the items on your list. Race back to the assigned end point.

And lucky for us moms, there are a lot of other moms who make scavenger hunting for our families much easier. I found a fantastic post from My Joy Filled Life with 75 different scavenger hunt ideas for you and your family. From nature walks to the library to birds or letters or things at the grocery store. And, of course, one of the most popular hunts of the spring season is often an Easter Egg Hunt, which you can also turn into a clue-based scavenger hunt if you would like. Lots of different options to get your family out and about. Solving clues and looking for items to cross off their hunt list.

And one of the major issues my Family Fun Bucket List solves for the families in my community is accountability. When you sit down for your monthly family meeting and family members share and schedule their ideas, there is a sense of expectation set. You can bet dollars to donuts if my 9-year-old says he wants to go on a Family PokemonGo walk in the park and we schedule it, he will make sure we remember and make it happen.

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Kristina Soriano – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Instagram Coach Kristina Soriano…

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Today we wrap up our Season 2 interviews for “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur” with Instagram Coach Kristina Soriano of Migo Social. Kristina started Migo Social to help mompreneurs set themselves up for success on Instagram…without having to spend countless hours on the platform. Feeling stuck on Instagram? Not attracting the right followers? Experiencing low engagement with your content? Then she’s here to help you get on the path to growth…without compromising time with your family.

Kristina gained her Instagram experience by working as the Global Social Media Lead for The Estee Lauder Companies’ Women’s Leadership Network. Now she enjoys homeschooling her 5-year-old daughter while juggling her new life as a mompreneur.

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

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

I’m an Instagram Coach. I chose this because when I worked at The Estee Lauder Companies I was in Project Management. When I started an IG account for our department, I fell in love with social media marketing. I was able to quickly gain attention within the company. Later, I was asked to be the Global Social Media Lead for the Estee Lauder Companies’ Women’s Leadership Network, Women in Supply Chain + Women in Technology.

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

Building a strong community through genuine community management. Noticing and bringing out the best in my clients when it comes to showing up online. And providing efficient strategies to growing your brand on Instagram.

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

Building my brand through the power of personal brand story

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

Don’t worry what others think! Just go for it!

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

1) Creating a schedule that works for you and your family and that is something you can stick to. 2) Involve your family in what you are doing.

Where can we find you on social media?


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You Need a Plan - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

You Don’t Need Luck. You Need a Plan.

Is your success just random luck or do you need a plan?

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With tomorrow being St. Patrick’s Day I wanted to talk a little bit about luck. Well, actually, why you need a plan. The idea for this episode popped into my head recently when I dropped some food off for a friend who was ill. She asked how things were going with working from home and homeschooling the kids. I honestly answered her that they were going well. My boys were thriving with more one-on-one attention in their schoolwork and we had really found a good routine to juggle work and school. Her response was “well, you’re lucky. So many people aren’t as lucky as you.”

I didn’t think much about it until I was driving home. It dawned on me I’m not lucky. Luck implies that I wasn’t involved with the success I was experiencing. The fact is, I made my success. I work hard for this. I wake up early nearly every morning to maintain this. It isn’t LUCK that’s helped me maintain a positive attitude and find success in my juggle struggle. It’s a good plan. And we’re going to talk about why you need a plan to on today’s episode.

Taking the time to create a plan for your day, your week, and your quarter when it comes to your business help you know exactly what you need to work on when. I don’t know about you, but with all the balls I have in the air, decision fatigue is a regular occurrence. And I work much better when I don’t have to decide, I just have to do.

If you can set aside time on a regular basis to create tasks based on your current goals then schedule times to work on those specific tasks, you will not only see more progress on your goals. You will start to make better use of your time and eliminate tasks that waste your time or are not aligned with your goals.

Up until now, you might have been doing all the things…you do what this guru over there says. And then you’re sprinkling in what you learned from a workshop here. Plua a dash of what’s working for someone you saw on Instagram there.

Why You Need a Plan

I’ve been where you are. It’s kinda maddening really. You feel like you are working so hard and doing so much but NOTHING seems to be yielding the results you feel like you deserve from your efforts. But the fact is, the random tasks you are doing aren’t aligned with your goals directly. Your social media posts, YouTube videos, and email newsletters are just happening without a direct purpose related to the financial and community-building goals your set.

When you take time to create a plan, you focus on the tasks that actually move the needle and align with your goals. And in turn, you see the results in your community growth and your bank account.

Not to mention, you will know what you need to work on when you sit down every day rather than recreating the wheel on a regular basis. And you’ll make better use of that time you put it because it is going towards an aligned task. And all those spaghetti throwing tasks you were doing before because “someone” told you to do it. They can hit the road. No more wasted work time.

And you aren’t the only one who benefits from a solid plan…when you can make more of the time you work, you can work less. Less work means more time for the ones you love. When the tasks you focus on yield results because they are aligned, you are less stressed and able to stay present when you are with your family, with your spouse or with your friends. That in turn will help you relax and refresh so you can show up better for the work you do during your work how. See how nicely a plan fits into a healthy work cycle?

Where to Start When You Need a Plan

So where do you even start when it comes to creating a quarterly, weekly, or even daily plan? Start with your goals. How many new clients would you like to get this month or quarter? What would you like to sell more of from your shop? How many courses do you need to sell to reach your goal?

Once you know what you would like to do, think about how you will do it. What works best for you? Do you sell best in person? On social media? Through email? Look at your past success and brainstorm how you can continue to build on those accomplishments. You don’t need to add something new…look at expanding what you already do.

And as you create a list of the tasks that brought you previous success and how you can expand on that, those ideas are what will become your focused tasks on your daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly schedule. Those are the thing you MUST do consistently and regularly. You can let go of the other stuff or put them on the backburner. But remember, when you lean into what is working, you can work less and yield better results.

Set your goals. Brainstorm the steps it takes to reach those goals. Schedule those steps as your daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. Anything else you have time to do is just gravy. But for now, focus on the tasks that make an impact.  

Remember, taking time to create a plan helps you know what to do when. Your plan creates a task list aligned with your goals. With actions that move the needle on selling more and growing your community. And by creating a plan you will be able to make better use of your work time while eliminating actions that don’t align with your goals or may be wasting your precious time.

Feeling overwhelmed? Unsure where to start when it comes to creating a plan? I can help! Let’s jump on a free, no obligation call to see how I can help you on the road to more success while working less.

Click here to schedule a free, 15 minute clarity call to see how I can help you with your plan.

Family Fun Tip

The first day of Spring or the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is this Saturday, March 20th. I wanted to give you some simple ways you could celebrate the season of rebirth and renewal with your family. Because we could all use a little renewal right now…am I right?

You could:

  • Take a hike on a new or favorite trail.
  • Start some seeds for a kitchen garden or backyard flower garden.
  • Search out some YouTube videos on the seasons to see how the rotation of the Earth around the sun affects the hemispheres differently and what the heck an equinox even is.
  • Visit your local library for books on the life cycle of flowers and plants, baby animals, or Spring in general.
  • Take some time to be present outside. Enjoy the thaw. Enjoy the pre-mosquito outdoors with your family and without your phone. Just be. Outside.

And as always, if you are looking for more simple family fun ideas or to commit to more family fun, join my free monthly family fun bucket list community. You’ll receive a monthly worksheet where you can solicit ideas from your family (because mom shouldn’t have to do all the work) and schedule them. Stuck in a rut? I include activity ideas to start your planning process. Remember, family fun doesn’t have to be time consuming, exotic, or expensive every time. What’s important is to empower the ideas of everyone and get it on the schedule. So be sure to join my free Monthly Family Fun Bucket List community by clicking the link below today!


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Stefanie Oseni-Momodu - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Stefanie Oseni-Momodu – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet mindset coach Stefanie Oseni-Momodu…

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I met Stefanie Oseni-Momodu via Instagram when I was researching mindset for my own personal development. I was inspired by her message for mom entrepreneurs. And her smile. 😊

Stefanie started Stefanie Gabriella Coaching for ambitious, busy mums out there who are ready to stop living on autopilot and start taking action towards their dreams. And reach their goals without the feeling of guilt. To rediscover themselves after becoming a mum, and start dreaming big again. Her mission is to reach that mum who feels overwhelmed with the multiple roles she is juggling. And yet feels isolated. She has lost who she was and struggling to determine who she is besides a mum.

As a Mindset Coach, Stefanie uses different tools and techniques to get down to the bottom of what is really holding back her clients from achieving what they really want to achieve for themselves and their business.

Before becoming a certified coach, Stefanie spent just over 10 years in the finance sector, she is a part-qualified Accountant, with an MSc in International Financial Management and a BSc in Accounting with Finance. Though she maintained a successful career in Finance, she always knew her passion was to help people achieve their dreams and help them see the best version of themselves. She loves investing herself in the growth of people that crosses her path where possible.

When she’s not coaching mums to be their best selves at home and at work, Stefanie enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She is married with two boys aged 5 and her 11 months old “lockdown” baby. They enjoy traveling, hanging outdoors when the weather is nice. But haven’t been able to do much since the lockdown.

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You can listen to my conversation with Stefanie Oseni-Momodu at the link above. Or get an overview below.

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

I support working mums and busy mums to rediscover their identity so they can unleash their inner genius through self belief and self confidence

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

Connecting with my clients and helping them see themselves in a way they don’t see themselves.

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

Attracting more of my ideal clients

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

Hire a coach right from the beginning.

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

Not everything is urgent. Prioritise what really matters and make sure there is time for family time and yourself in your schedule.

Where can we find you on social media?


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Impact Driven Tasks - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Determine Your Impact Driven Tasks

Are you focusing on impact driven tasks in your business?

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What the heck am I even talking about? Impact driven tasks? Well, knowing and focusing your energy on your Impact Driven Tasks (aka IDTs) will make the most of the time and effort you put into working on and in your business. It will help you know what to work on when. It will help you determine what you can let go of. And it will help you work less.

Entrepreneurs who recognize and focus on the tasks that will make an impact on their bottom line, grow their community, or create more buzz around their zone of genius will reap the benefits of impact driven tasks. And it’s not just recognizing your IDTs but making them a priority. These are the tasks that you tackle first on your daily to-do list, no matter how much you hate them.

Why Impact Driven Tasks?

Focusing on IDTs is like super-charging your to-do list. Sure, you may have a long list of things you think you need to do. Maybe someone somewhere at some time told you you need to be doing for your business. But do those tasks actually make an impact on your business?

And if you’re thinking “why would I want to add any more to my to-do list. I’m getting results so why would I want to spend more time analyzing and planning.”

Because it means that every effort you make will have a greater effect. It means that you’ll earn a great ROI for the time dollars you invest in growing your business. Not to mention you’ll make more actual dollars in your bank account.

Gone will be the days of trying to figure out what to do first because you will know that those Impact Driven Tasks for the day MUST come first because those are the tasks that will make you money, grow you community, and establish your authority.

And your new found focus can help you to work less but grow more. Meaning more time for the people you love and money to spend doing the things you love with them.

How to Determine Your Impact Driven Tasks

I can hear you out there saying “sign me up. Help me figure out my IDTs!” And that is exactly what we are going to do right now. And it’s so simple yet so effective.

When you make your list of what you will do for your business today or this week, here is how to determine if you task is an Impact Driven Task…

  1. Does it make you money? Any tasks that are directly in line with the money-making parts of your business is an IDT. Because it makes you money…which is the point of your business. For example, sending an email to your community. Creating a sales page. Making an Instagram story about a product you sell…these are all impact driven tasks. Because they can make you money.
  2. Does it help you build your community? It’s kind of hard to sell what you do if you don’t have anyone to talk to. That’s why building your community is so important and impact driven. For instance, you could recording a podcast interview for an aligned podcast. Or asking an answering questions during a FB live. Or reaching out to your community on Instagram through Dms just to say “hi” and “welcome”. Because the action is bringing people in and nurturing them, it is impact driven.
  3. Does it establish your expertise? People want to buy from qualified experts. So when you aren’t spending time directly soliciting sales or nurturing those in your community, you need to focus on actions that make you the go-to person in your field. Actions like writing a blog post or article for online publication. Recording your own podcast addressing topics in your field of expertise. Or writing thoughtful social media posts with valuable information aligned with your zone of genius. If I can read your blog post, hear your podcast, or see your social media post and think “that mama knows what she is talking about”, that is an impact driven task.

When your daily to-do list start with impact driven tasks, you will spend time moving forward and growing your business versus spinning your wheels. Impact driven tasks are the ‘”why” behind every business.

Why you do what you do…to make money, to build a community and to become an expert in your field. When you look at what you will do today, ask yourself “Will this task make me money? Will it build my community” Will it showcase my expertise?” When you can answer “yes” to one of those questions, do that task first. Every. Single. Day.

When you focus your time, energy, and effort on your IDTs, you will see greater growth, more sales, and find you can let other less impactful tasks go…freeing up that time and energy for your family and yourself.

Family Fun Tip

Who wants to have a “YES Day”? If you aren’t familiar with the book Yes Day by Amy Rosenthal-Krause and Tom Lichtenheld. Or if you’re not following Jennifer Garner on IG, you might be wondering what “Yes Day” is. In a nutshell, it is a day where you say “yes” to the requests of your kids.

Cake for breakfast? Yes.

Building a pillow fort in the living room? Yes.

That messy science experiment they’ve been begging you to do? Yes.

They can ask for what they want, within the boundaries you establish, and the answer is “yes” for that day. “Yes Day” isn’t about telling your kids it’s ok to break rules (that’s why you establish clear boundaries ahead of time). Or telling them eating candy 3 meals a day is ok. It’s about spending time doing what THEY choose. Empowering their decisions and ideas.

You can grab the book “Yes Day” on Amazon by clicking here.

If a “Yes Day” sounds fun to you, hears how you prepare…pick a day that is not a school day or a day without regularly scheduled activities. You’ll also want to establish your boundaries…how far you will travel, if at all. How much money you will spend. No activities that are harmful to anyone or destructive to property. You can even solicit some requests in advance so you can prepare any food, crafts, or other activities your kids have in mind. Remember, this isn’t about last minute trips to Disney or buying a Playstation 5. It’s about empowering your kid, just for a day.

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