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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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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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Avoid Overscheduling - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Avoid Overscheduling Your Life

Are you guilty of overscheduling?

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Is busy just part of being a mom and an entrepreneur? Or is it possible to raise well rounded, activity immersed children AND create a success business without feeling overwhelmed? This week we are talking how to avoid overscheduling your life…both as a mom and as an entrepreneur.

Moms LOVE to say yes. We love to be involved. And we love to help. We hate to feel like we are letting people down. Especially our kids. BUT what happens when all those yeses compound to create a schedule that feels stressful and overwhelming? An anxious, stressed-out, overstimulated, unfulfilled mom entrepreneur is what happens. But we’re going to fix that.

When you actively work to control your schedule rather than letting it control you, you will find that there is time and space for what you truly value. For the priorities you’ve set for yourself, your business, and your family. And whatever fear or struggle you had in letting go of the events that don’t tick those boxes will dissipate quickly as you bask in the new found time and energy you’ve created by protecting yourself.

When you utilize the 3 steps I give you today, you take back control. You stop worrying about letting people down or disappointing your PTA or volunteer group or children and start making decisions about your time that focus on your values, your goals and your priorities. Both for your family and for your business.

If you’re usually a “yes” mom and you’re thinking “there is no way I can change my schedule. This is just the way it is going to be until my kids get older. Or until I can hire help. Or no one else can do it like me.” I have a truth bomb for you. You can make a change and stand up for the life you want. Or you can continue to complain and live that life that everyone else wants from you. Your choice.

When you stand up for your time, your values, your goals, and your dreams, you will start to see your life align. You can spend time fulfilling your vision with the creative energy you previously spent fulfilling someone else’s vision. And you can reallocate the time and effort you applied to reach someone else’s goal to your goals.

You’ll find ways to fill your cup, whether it’s for personal or business reasons, on a daily basis because you stop or limit what you are pouring out to others.

You can show up present at your child’s event without thinking about the other 100 things you have to do when you don’t dilute your energy. And you can devote focused effort to an organization you feel truly passionate about rather than giving the bare minimum to help them succeed. You and your family will start to see that less truly is more when it comes to your schedule.

Avoiding Overscheduling is About Knowing

Resetting your busy life is all about “knowing”. We are going to know where we need to be, know what space we need around that activity, and say no to tasks or projects that no longer align with our values or goals.

The first step to avoid overscheduling is to know your schedule. And to be honest, this is the task where you mamas are killing it. Most of you maintain some sort of family and business calendar so kudos to you. Where I see struggles start to arise with clients and in my community is when those calendars stay in separate places. Like when we schedule a meeting until 4 when soccer pick up is at 4:30.

This leads us to our second step to avoid overscheduling which is knowing the space we need around the activity. We know soccer practice ends at 4:30. We know we have a meeting until 4. And we know it takes 20 minutes to get to soccer. That’s running it pretty close if the meeting runs over. Or if there’s traffic. Or you can’t find your keys. What you need is margin. Or a buffer zone.

A huge factor in the anxiety we feel is the continuous slamming of activity into activity is. There is no transition time. We need breathing room. Do you have a transition or buffer space when you look at the schedules for you, your business, your kids, and your spouse layered on top of each other? If not, it may not be the actual number of activities that is causing you to feel overwhelmed, but the fact that there is never a minute to catch your breath in between.

And if you’re saying “Well, there’s nothing I can do about that, it’s just how it is.” That brings us to our third way of knowing which is actually N-Oing noing. Saying no more often. Protecting your time and energy by choosing tasks and activities that align with your goals rather than rushing to something your aren’t passionate about. Telling your kids “no” to the 17th activity they want to add when you feel like your evenings are spent as a chauffeur. Telling your clients “no” I can’t have a call at 8pm because that is my family time.

It’s gonna feel uncomfortable. I know, I’ve been there. You’re going to feel like you’re letting people down. But you are the decider when it comes to where you spend your time and how you expend your energy. Let’s stand up for our priorities, values, and goals rather than letting others dictate our day or free time.

Ok…I know that might ruffle few feathers out there, but if you are feeling that, it may be because you know there needs to be a change. Change is often uncomfortable. And hard. But a year from now, do you want to be proud of the leaps you’ve made in your business and personal life or stuck in the same stressful schedule cycle of overscheduling? If you’re ready to take action, I want you to take a look at your schedule. See how your commitments overlap or butt up to one another. See where you can build in some margin or a buffer zone to allow for transition from one activity to the next. And see where you can say no to build in space for your projects and goals as well as slowing the frantic pace of zooming from one activity to the next.


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Social Media Sucks - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

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.


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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Stop Avoiding the Hard Stuff - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

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 an 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.


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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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!


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.

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.


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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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?