Christen Schneider - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Christen Schneider – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Digital Marketing Specialist Christen Schneider…

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I met my fellow Ohio based mom entrepreneurs this past January at the I Heart My Life conference in San Diego. I love that I went 2, 200 miles to meet a new business buddy that lives 2 hours away and grew up just miles from where I live now. Gotta love fate. 🤣

Christen helps coaches and creative businesses like you finally get the email marketing and sales funnel you want, to reach clients you love, all in the time you actually have. She believes that if you tell the right stories to the right people at the right time, you can have a huge impact.  It’s all about knowing how to tap into how our brains learn. She was a teacher in a past job life, and it’s her purpose to show as many good business owners, leaders, and change-makers as possible how to teach people to care and build a movement that sticks.

Christen lives near Cleveland, Ohio with her three sons, a husband who she sees all day long (and still think it’s awesome 🙂 ), and a ridiculously stubborn but cute beagle. Her boys like all things space, coloring, building, games, dinosaurs, and super heroes. They also spend a lot of time outside.

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

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

I help creative and service-based businesses get the email marketing and sales funnels they want to reach clients they love, all in the time they actually have. I actually fell in love with marketing and all the writing and tech that goes with it on accident. When I started my original business in 2012, I was a wedding dress designer! I collected a crew of other indie designers around me, ran a show in NYC for 4 years, opened a bridal store for non-traditional brides, and in the course of all of that, found myself teaching other business owners how to do their marketing too. I’m a past teacher and I have always loved tech and writing, so this is the perfect spot for me! I officially closed all wedding related businesses 2 years ago and I’ve loved it.

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

I am never at a loss for ideas to try or potential solutions. I also can explain those to other people very well!

Christen Schneider - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

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

Systems. Not the techie kinds, those I get. But the daily get-things-done-consistently-and-logically kind of systems that let you be a CEO instead of a scattered creative.

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

Track your financials. Also, if you pivot, let your former audience decide for themselves if they want to follow you or stop. Your pivot might involve more of your former audience than you think it does.

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

I sort my stuff into “need quiet” and “can get done in the living room”. That makes a huge difference in maximizing my work time without holing up for 9 hours a day. Also, it’s ok to set your own version of balance and productivity. My family likes to chill together in the morning, so I typically start my work around 10 instead of super early. It works for us!

Where can we find you on social media? 

Coffee Break Marketing

ChristenSchneider.com

Facebook

Instagram

LinkedIn


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Pomodoro Technique - Business Savvy Mama

Why Mompreneurs Need the Pomodoro Technique

Have you heard of the “Pomodoro Technique”?

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One of the biggest excuses I hear in my community and in other communities of mom entrepreneurs is “I don’t have enough time”. I use the word excuse here is because that’s what this is. A justification your brain is making saying you have too much to do and can’t possibly do more. Or make this business a success. Or add anything else to your plate. But when it comes down to it, it may not be that you don’t have time. It may be that you need to use your time better. That’s why we are talking the Pomodoro technique today.

This time management technique was developed in the early 1990’s by Francisco Cirrilo (Chi-reelo). It is named “pomodoro” because Cirrolo used a kitchen timer that looked like a tomato to time his work sessions. In short, the technique involves: Choosing a task.  Setting the timer or Pomodoro to 25 minutes. Work on the task until the timer rings. Take a short break (5 minutes is OK). Every 4 sessions or Pomodoros take a longer break

Ok…so now we know what it is, let’s dive into WHY it works so well for mom entrepreneurs.

The Pomodoro technique helps train your brain to work in short focused bursts on one particular task. And what mom doesn’t need to work in short focused bursts. It also helps you learn to break up extended periods of time into shorter periods with a specific goal. You are much less likely to get distracted and wander over to social media if you know you are working to complete a task in 25 minutes rather than having 2 hours to complete a list of random tasks.

If you can commit to short, focused bursts of time to work on your priority tasks, you will start to develop the skills to complete more in less time AND uni-task. You literally need a focused to-do list and some sort of timer to make this work for you.

Previously, you might have thought of task and time independently. I have a to-do list. I will work on the to-do list for X amount of time. What the pomodoro technique does is assign a task to a short, focused burst of time.

Now you’re saying “I am going to work on replying to emails for the next 25 minutes”. “I am going to file these papers for the next 25 minutes”. “I am going to clean out the pantry for the next 25 minutes”. What comes into play as we assign a specific task to a specific time period is Parkinson’s Law. It states “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. If you give yourself a lot of time to do something, it will take a lot of time. If you give yourself a specific amount of time complete a task, you will get more done in less time.

You might be thinking “that is totally me! If I’m on a deadline, I work so much better. Or if I know someone needs it, I do it.”

I am TOTALLY the same way.

That is how the Pomodoro technique can help you with everyday tasks to move you forward. Get it done. Or get a chunk out of the way. Take a break. Get more done. Take a break. Rinse and repeat. You actually get more done because you are working in focused chunks applying Parkinson’s law to those chunks of time.

And as you start to train your brain to work in the short, focused segments, you’ll notice you complete more in less time. As I mentioned in my episode “Limit Distractions to Increase Productivity”, a 2014 study at George Mason University found that quality and time of work significantly increased with the participants were interrupted. And interruptions are less likely during 25 minutes of focused work than you are during a 2-3 hours span.

And if you’re a mom entrepreneur like me trying to juggle kids home and working, those 25 minute segments work great. It is almost exactly one kid shows length. Try this if you need some focused work time while the kids are around: Set up Rescue Bots. Set your timer. Check in when it goes off. Then back for another pomodoro.

Using the Pomodoro Technique

Here is how you can start incorporating the Pomodoro Technique into your daily work routine. Break your to-do tasks down into small chunks. For instance, you probably can’t plan all your social media content for an entire month in 25 minutes. But you could research quotes you want to use. You might not be able to write an entire blog post. But you could research your SEO title, outline your post, and gather your affiliate links. The more you work in defined chunks of time, the better you will get at determining if it can fit into one segment.

If you’re “in the zone”, keep going. Have an uninterrupted expanse of time where you can do some great deep work and stay focused? By all means do it. You don’t HAVE to take breaks. Or you can use the Pomodoro technique for those times when you know you need to work in shorter segments.

Remember time management is a skill. The Pomodoro technique trains your brain to work in short, energetic bursts to complete tasks quickly and in a focused manner. Like training for anything or developing any skill, it is going to take a bit of time and practice…Both in staying focused and figuring out how much you can actually accomplish in your pomodoros.

Ready to uplevel your time management and complete tons of work in short, productive bursts? Start with your to-do list. See what tasks or part of a task you can complete in roughly 25 minutes. Then plot out 4 pomodoros or segments of 25 minutes. Be sure to take those five-minute breaks in between to stretch, go to the bathroom, get some coffee or water. But come right back for the next pomodoro. And remember…after those 4 pomodoros, you get a longer 20-30 minute break. So work hard and stay focused. Your break will be here before you know it.


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Ashton Brackett - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Ashton Brackett – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet mom multi-preneur Ashton Brackett…

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I’m blown away by the ambition and focus of today’s guest for “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur.” At just 25, she’s a mom to 2 and works on 3 entrepreneurial ventures from home. I’m tired just thinking about it. 😂

Ashton works from home as the Director of Marketing and Sales at Milrich Virtual Professionals and owns TJ Elite Contracting with her husband. She recently started Homegrown Momma to create a community for moms to cover all things motherhood. 

Ashton lives just outside St. Louis, Missouri. Her family is the definition of “on-the-go”. She and her 2 toddler boys often travel with her husband who plays competitive softball all over the US. When she is not working or traveling, she can be found surviving on coffee, in the gym, or going on daily outings with her boys. The love the local splash pad, story time, petting zoo, to a trampoline park

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

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

For Milrich, I am the Director of Sales and Marketing. My role is to get the word out about how we help businesses. We assign virtual assistants of all specialties to large and small corporations.

I am a co-owner of TJ Elite with my husband. We do flooring installation services all throughout Missouri. My husband handles the man power while I do all things marketing, book keeping, and handling operations.

I chose to work in both roles as I have the flexibility working from home to spend time with my family. With our frequent traveling, I can work from anywhere. So this gives me a sense of responsibility outside of mom life, while also allowing me to put my degrees to use.

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

Productivity and time management. In all of my roles my greatest attribute is that I have developed a true sense for keeping organized and ensuring all tasks be completed on time, at a high quality level.

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

Delegating. We all know that true leaders have an innate ability to delegate mundane tasks. But unfortunately I suffer from the “I can do all” or “superwoman” syndrome.

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

Give yourself time. You don’t have to be the best, and you don’t have to get there tomorrow, just breathe.

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

Time blocking. I am a huge advocate for the pomodoro method. So I create time blocks of when certain tasks will be done.

Where can we find you online?

Website Homegrown Momma

Facebook Homegrown Momma

Instagram Homegrown Momma

Milrich Virtual Professionals

TJ Elite Contracting


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

How to Set Yourself Up for a Productive Day

Where does a productive day begin?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Jenelle Augustin – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where can we find you online?

Website

Instagram

Pinterest

Facebook


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Set Work Boundaries - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Why You Need to Set Work Boundaries

Who out there struggles to set work boundaries?

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

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

Yep, been there. How about you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steps to Set Work Boundaries

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

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

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


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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Brittany Dixon - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Brittany Dixon – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet operations manager and efficiency coach Brittany Dixon…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Organization and time management.

Brittany Dixon - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where can we find you online?

Process for Profit Podcast

Website

Instagram

Facebook


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

How to Adapt When Your Schedule Changes

Tis the season to adapt to your new schedule…

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

“Change is the only Constant in Life”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Action Steps to Adapt to Schedule Changes

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

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

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

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

Today’s action step to help you adapt to schedule changes is to build a daily or weekly schedule. Focus on your priority tasks. See where you can build in margin and time for yourself. If it feels like you can’t do either, it’s time to start using your “no”.


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

Jennifer Hatton – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Digital Marketing Strategist Jennifer Hatton…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Being organized and switching between roles.

Jennifer Hatton - 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where can we find you online?

Website

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Choose Your Priority Tasks - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Choose Your Priority Tasks

Struggling to choose your priority tasks?

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

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

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

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

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

Steps to Choose Your Priority Tasks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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