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Why You Need to Know Your Why

Do you know your why for your goals?

If you are like many entrepreneurs I know, you’ve got a LONG list of goals you’d like to accomplish in the coming year. And you’re fresh off some time away and raring to get started on making these changes.  I also know that after more than 11 years as an entrepreneur, even the best-laid goal setting strategies lose momentum.

But never fear, my fellow business savvy mamas, that is exactly why we are talking about why today. Specifically your why. Your purpose for setting goals. The root of the reason you want to make a change. 

You may be asking “why do I need to know why?”

Because that purpose is what is going to keep you motivated when you’ve lost momentum. It will pull you back in when you want to give up.

German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche once said, ‘He who has a why can endure any how.’ How many of us get tripped up in HOW we will meet our goals? How can we make more money? How can we find time to exercise or meal plan to eat healthier?

Focusing on your why…the purpose behind the change you want to make helps to keep you motivated when it feels like you can’t figure out HOW you are going to do it.

If you can take time to clarify your why when you are planning what you want to do and how you are going to do it, you will have tools you need to stay motivated.

In the past, you might have sat down at the beginning of the year or whenever you are looking to set some goals and made a list. You might have even broke those goals down in manageable pieces so make it not seem so overwhelming.

And even if you feel like you have planned, scheduled and made your tasks manageable, the momentum will start to wane at some point if you haven’t put yourself in the right mindset to make these changes in your life.

When you align the “what” of your goal with “why” you want to achieve it, you have a positive mindset tool in your back pocket to keep you motivated.

When you complete the simple exercise we are going to talk about in a minute, you can pull out and review you purpose on a daily basis to help you continue to invest in these positive life changes.

And rarely will meeting these goals only improve your life…when you make more money, it benefits your family and your team. Maybe even your clients because you are able to better invest in yourself. When you change your eating habits or start exercising, you can show up better for your spouse and your family. If you make good on your goal to travel more you benefit the travel industries. And perhaps inspire another mom entrepreneur to live their best life.

So how about it…ready to get super clear on your why so you can stay motivated and meet your goals?

How to Clarify and Know Your Why When Setting Goals

There are tons of books, YouTube videos and blog posts with super deep dives on discovering your purpose. And if you are interested in diving deeper, I highly recommend checking out both Start with Why and Find Your Why by Simon Sinek.

But for those of you just tip-toeing into the world of aligning your goals with your purpose, I have a simple exercise to help you clarify why you want to make this change. Because all goals are changes we want to make. The exercise also serves as a tool to help you stay motivated when you want to give in. And it’s as simple as grabbing a pen and paper…or the notes app on your phone and filling in the blank

I want to _________________ because _________________.

Then repeat over and over for every reason you want to make the change. I want to make $100,000 this year because it will help me pay off debt. I want to make $100,000 this year because I want to take my family on a dream vacation. Or I want to make $100,000 this year because I want to buy a new car.

Or maybe I want to lose 20 lbs because I want to feel better about myself in photos. I want to lose 20lbs because I want to feel comfortable in my clothes. I want to lose 20lbs so I can keep up with my active children.

There is no right or wrong to WHY you want to change. The important thing is squeeze every ounce of because out of your brain for your list. Then I want you to keep this list somewhere that is easily accessible. Those days when you don’t feel like putting in the work. Or going to the gym. Or settling for one glass of wine. Pull out the list and remember WHY you are working for this change. Every victory, no matter how small, gets you closer to completing your goal.

Ready to take action on achieving your goals? Let’s get super clear on your why. Fill in the blanks for “I want to _______________ because ____________” for as many reasons as you can possibly think of that you will benefit from this change. Then keep that list where you can review it regularly to keep your why, your purpose front of mind.

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How to Work Less as a Mompreneur

Are you looking to work less? Um, yes please!

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I am doing a bit of practicing what I preach and scaling back my workload this month. And how do I know that my business won’t completely disappear? Or you won’t forget my podcast for the next 4 weeks? Because I have made a practice of analyzing my numbers on a regular basis so I can lean into my priorities and work less.

And if “analyze” sounds complicated or scary to you, we can call it knowing your numbers. Or charting your numbers. Or tracking your followers…tracking of course meaning how they are responding to you and not like they are a wild turkey. 🦃

Knowing your numbers helps you to see patterns and growth. It helps you identify where to lean in. And where you can let go. It helps you develop content your community will respond to based on what they’ve already told you they like. And all of this helps you work less by working productively.

If you can take some time on a regular basis to chart all the measurable numbers in your business, you too will start to see patterns. And these patterns are what will help you focus your efforts and show up where your customers are delivering what they want from you.

How Can Tracking Help Me Work Less?

It’s very easy to think “I just don’t have time to look back, I want to keep moving forward.” Trust me, I’ve been there. But all the hustle in the world doesn’t mean you’re connecting with potential clients. A viral Instagram post won’t necessarily translate to dollar signs. Burning yourself out doing all the things in all the places won’t grow that “know, like, and trust” factor with the people you want to work with.

As we head into the busy holiday season and the start of 2021, you might feel overwhelmed by trying to plan what the future of your business looks like. Or you might be thinking “screw it, it’s the holidays, I’ll worry about my business in January.” It can be very stressful when you find your brain in so many places at one time.

But when you can start the practice of knowing your numbers, you can see the places to scale back when your mom life gets busy, like during the holiday season. And when you start to plan for January and quarter 1, you can create content and promotions for your ideal audience based on what they’ve told you they want in the places where they want to hear from you.

Knowing your numbers can also help you create content when your exhausted mom brain just doesn’t know what to say any more. You have a list of what your audience liked in the past…all you have to do is figure out a new way to present it. Or drill down deeper into the topic they’ve told you they want to hear about.

And finally, knowing your numbers helps you stay present with your family. Hear me out…the numbers tell you where to be and what to present, from content to products. They also tell you what is most important…your priorities, if you will. Once you know those priority tasks on a daily or weekly basis, you can schedule a time to complete those, knowing the truly urgent and important tasks will be done. Leaving you plenty of time for family game nights, holiday lights, or caring for sick children. Because, tis the season, unfortunately.

Start Knowing Your Number to Work Less

Creating a way to track your numbers is easier than you might think. Of course, you can make it more complicated if you want. but honestly, a basic Excel spreadsheet works.

To start, in the first column, list all the places you show up for marketing. Be sure to include social media platforms, email opt-ins, blog posts, and website statistics. Next, create columns for each month by name or week by date.

If you are just starting out, tracking monthly may give you enough data so you know where to lean in. If you want to dive into weekly recording, be my guest. What’s most important is that you are consistent so you can see the patterns. Where are your followers connecting with your content? Which items have the most purchases or views in your store? What do your potential customers respond to when it comes to social media posts? This is part 2 of my know your numbers process.

It’s not just the numbers of followers, email subscribers, or sales but also the types of content your community responds to. Are there certain angles of your product pictures that received more likes on Instagram? Is there a certain opt-in that resonates more with your potential clients? How are your website visitors finding you? And which sites refer the most viewers?

All these data points from where you are growing to what your audience is responding to helps to inform what you do going forward. Does your audience love when you post quotes? Incorporate more of them into your feed. Do they like a particular style or color of shirt in your boutique? Search out additional items based on what they like. If you are spending tons of time creating content for Facebook but it isn’t referring any traffic to your website, lean into Pinterest more because customers are actually finding you there. You don’t have to be all the places. And you don’t have to constantly recreate the wheel.

Your numbers tell a story. As a result, that story can help you scale back or ramp up. And giving your audience more of what they want where they want it is only going to improve your reach and, in turn, your bottom line.

As we start this final month of 2020, I encourage you to take a little time to look back as you move forward. Create a list of where you show up and how many people engaged with you on that platform or in that space during the previous month.Next, look at what your community responds to…which posts, which products, what platforms lead someone from your community into potential client territory. And finally, as you start to plan for 2021, use the information you find from your monthly review of your numbers to create content and products based on what your audience already wants from you.

In conclusion, my mom entrepreneur friends, that is how you use the power of your numbers to minimize tasks. How you eliminate extra steps. How you use your time wisely and more effectively to complete tasks quicker. And spend more time with your family during the holidays or at any time of the year.


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How to Take Time Off and Enjoy It

Do you take time off as a mompreneur?

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In the spirit of gratitude and giving, I wanted to give you some tips so you can schedule time off and enjoy this upcoming holiday season with your family. I know what it is like to be stuck between mom guilt and entrepreneur guilt. And I also know it doesn’t have to be that way.

The strategies we will talk about help you to step away from your business and enjoy guilt-free time off with your family. Or with your spouse or partner. Or on a girls’ trip. The point is…whoever you choose to take time off with, you can do it and feel confident your business will continue without your ever-present hand. And you can enjoy some much needed and well-deserved time away.

If you can commit to discovering what you must do before, practice taking time away to build your confidence, and set boundaries in place to protect your time away, you too can take time off for the holidays. Or, dare I suggest, a vacation.

Why You Need to Take Time Off

And you might be thinking “there is no way I could take time away. Everything would collapse.” Or “I’m fine working while I go on vacation, my family doesn’t mind.”

You may actually schedule and take time off. But the days leading up to your time off is so frantic, you can’t enjoy the first few days of your vacation. Or you might have a wonderful vacation. But because you stress yourself out playing “catch up” when you return, all that good mojo you had going flies out the window.

Learning to take time away improves your mental health. And helps to stave off burnout, which is so common among entrepreneurs. Not to mention it creates lasting memories for us and the people we care about.

Downtime also helps with mental clarity because it gives your brain a rest. It helps improve productivity because we can work focused and with energy.

Not to mention, stepping away from your business can improve your relationships and help with that elusive work/life balance. So many of us moms get into the entrepreneurial game because we want to have flexibility in our schedule and control over how much we work. So make good on this promise to yourself of spending more time with your family. Create those long lasting memories and relationships. Your business will be fine for a few days…if you can incorporate these few strategies I have for you today…

Tips to Take Time Off as a Mom Entrepreneur

  1. Practice Makes Better – If you are nervous about stepping away from your business baby or community, start small. Take weekend days off. Like completely off. Or maybe even a few weekdays to do something you want to do with your family. Build up your confidence in stepping away and realizing it will be there when you come back.
  2. Set Boundaries — If taking time completely away is preventing you from taking time at all, perhaps you need “boundaries” during your time off. Like 10 minutes of social media in the morning and night. But don’t get stuck in a scroll hole ignoring your family. Or you can check your email every other day. You have to find the balance that works for you. And maybe even eventually leave it behind. So quick Instagram stories post is ok. Bringing your laptop to work poolside while your family swims, maybe not so much.
  3. Focus and Finish Priority Tasks — Next, make sure you are crystal clear on what projects need completing before you leave. These tasks have consequences if not completed before you leave. No need to stress over the non-urgent or non-important tasks before you take time off. If they won’t have a direct impact during your vacation, you can let it go. And finishing priority tasks leads perfectly to my next tip which is to…
  4. Let Go of the Fluff — When it comes to prepping for time off, your to-do list may feel very full and overwhelming. But I bet if you determine which tasks NEED completing, your list starts to feel less stressful. You should relax during your downtime. Don’t start it off by stressing over incomplete, inconsequential tasks. And don’t waste the time leading up to time off on tasks that won’t have an impact. If it isn’t urgent and important, let it go. As Elsa would say…
  5. Set Yourself Up for Return And finally, as you prep the tasks you do before we leave, look at what you have coming up after your return. Is there something you can add to your priority prep list to help make the transition easier when you come back? For instance, do you plan to take the week between Christmas and New Year’s off? Do you also have some sort of sale or promotion starting at the beginning of January when you return? What can you do now or to make that transition easier coming out of your downtime?

Implementing these 5 tips will help you learn to take time away from your business. And actually enjoy the time with your family, your friends, or just by yourself. Upon return, you will find yourself refreshed, focused, engaged, and energized…what are you waiting for? Schedule that time off!


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Amy McBride - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Amy McBride – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet personal stylist Amy McBride…

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Amy is a fellow Columbus resident and mom entrepreneur I connected with via Instagram. She is the as a CPA by day and stylist by choice, Amy is the definition of balancing left and right brain.

With Closet Confidence, Amy helps busy women find their confidence and simplify their lives via their closets. She has always loved fashion and it became a confidence tool as she navigated a corporate finance career and motherhood. Now Amy works with other women (and men!) to create wardrobes that empower them to confidently focus on the things they are most passionate about. She offers both in-person and virtual services including closet edits, personal shopping, and personal styling.  Amy believes that confidence starts from within and a confident closet is a vessel to allowing your best self to show from the inside out.  That’s why her work starts with who her client is as a person and creates a wardrobe that serves her…her body and her life.

Amy lives with her husband, son, and daughter who are the best of friends…most of the time! Like any mom, she thinks they are just the funniest humans alive. They love getting outside (especially these days) and exploring the local metro parks. There is always music playing in their home and you can often find them having spontaneous dance parties. The kids are more into our music than kid songs with favorites including Grateful Dead, Beatles, the Band, and Johnny Cash. We also have a 3-year-old rescue pup named Mickey who they thought was a good idea to adopt a month before their daughter was born. He’s probably the most difficult child! 🤣

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

You can listen to my conversation with Amy McBride 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 people find their confidence and simplify their lives via their closet. I believe confidence comes within and our clothing is a tool to allowing our best selves shine from the inside out. Since an early age I have loved fashion and it became a confidence tool as I navigated a corporate finance career. When my kids were 1 and 2 I finally jumped into this business idea that I had been thinking about for years. If I was going to be working and away from my kids it had to be doing something that I loved and felt impactful. Crazy time to start a (side) business? Yes. But worth it. Absolutely. I run Closet Confidence on the side while working a job in corporate finance full time.

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

I think passion is so important in running your own business. There is nothing more motivating than the passion behind your why, not money, not success. And running a business is hard so you need that passion to keep you going. Specific to my business I think my greatest strength has been combining all of these aspects of myself and my experiences. My analytical business sensibility, combined with creativity and love of unique and beautiful things, and finally the way I connect with people. I think everyone deserves to feel special. I have really enjoyed being a part of each of my client’s journey to uncover how uniquely special and talented he or she really is.

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

I think it’s expanding my impact. While I love working with clients one on one and love it, I have often thought about expanding into working with more people. Like in a group setting or in the social media space. I know I need to think bigger if I want to grow.

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

Who cares what people think? I spent a lot of time worrying about what people thought about my business. Will people get what I am doing? Would my corporate colleagues think of me differently? What if people don’t like my style? Ultimately I want to serve my customers and audience in the best and most authentic way possible. I have learned that I won’t be for everyone, but that is okay.

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

Oh man, this is a hard one and a work in progress for me. I think the most elusive commodity in the life of a working mom is time! Early on I felt like if I wasn’t at my full time job, I should be working on my business. It burned me out and kept me from being present for that family time.

Now I set aside nights and weekends that are family only. I also think it’s important to prioritize time with your partner. I’ve also learned to leverage the times that I am most productive and creative. For me that’s the morning, so if I want to get a lot of work done I’ll get up super early before the family wakes. I think finding that balance and intentionality of time takes trial and error to figure out what really works for your family dynamic. I’ve also found that as much as it helps to schedule and block time our family needs some flexibility in that schedule.

Where can we find you online and social media?

Closet Confidence Website

Instagram

Facebook

LinkedIn


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If Life Gets In the Way Plan - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Create Your “If Life Gets In the Way” Plan

Do you have a plan “if life gets in the way”?

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My sister recently broke her leg after falling off a ladder. The injury brought life in her busy family with four kids to a screeching halt. And it got me thinking…whether it’s the upcoming holidays or a family emergency, do you have a plan for your business “if life gets in the way”?

I think as business owners, we often think “I can’t take time off for the holidays”. Or “keeping my fingers crossed my kids don’t get sick”. But the fact is you can take time off. And you don’t have to fear stepping away from your business in case of emergency. All it takes is what I’m calling an “if life gets in the way” plan.

Creating this plan helps you identify what actually MUST be done if there is an emergency. Or if you’d like to take time off. It solves the problem of feeling stressed before you go on vacation because you know what to focus on. And after because there is less playing catch up. It helps you identify tasks to delegate if your kid gets sick. Or you need to take time away to help your sister with her 4 kids when she’s shattered her tibia.

Can you take some time to identify those priority tasks that will keep you afloat or that are absolutely necessary? Then you can create a plan in case of emergency. Or in case of vacation. Or in case of the holidays.

If you haven’t previously identified your priorities, you may have just ignored your work if an emergency arose. This could lead to stress of playing catch up when you return to it. Or you might stress yourself out getting all your ducks in a row before a vacation. And then you miss the first few days of relaxation trying to un-wind what you wound up the week before.

Right now, you might be looking at the holiday season and think “there’s no way I can take any time off”. Or “I’m afraid if I pull back I will lose momentum”. When it comes to thinking about someone in your family getting sick or injured, do you think “I’ll just cross that bridge when I come to it”? But the holidays are stressful enough. Living during a pandemic is stressful enough. Don’t add to your stress levels when you could prevent that stress with a little extra planning now.

Creating your “if life gets in the way” plan helps you stay present during your vacation. And lessen the stress when emergencies arise. And who wouldn’t want to enjoy vacations more? Or lessen the stress in case of emergency?

As you create this plan, you will start to see where you need to focus your time and energy. Whether you are prepping for time off or simply your regular workweek.

And you’ll be able to be that friend or family member who can swoop in to help at a moment’s notice. Along with staying more present during the time off with your family. You’ve create the piece of mind that what is necessary is complete so you can sit back and enjoy. Or help.

3 Steps to Create Your “If Life Gets In the Way” Plan

If this sounds like something you’d like to incorporate ASAP, I’ve got 3 super simple steps to make creating you “if life gets in the way” plan.

  1. What MUST Completed? – First, you must determine your priorities. I know, broken record, right? But this is why it is so absolutely crucial that you figure out what must be done on your daily and weekly to-do list in order to keep your business afloat, continue to serve and grow your community, and move you toward your goals. If you aren’t sure what your priority tasks might be, pick up my FREE Priority Recipe here.
  2. Eliminate the Unnecessary – Once you’re determined the priority tasks, identify what can go in case of emergency or if you are taking time off. We all have “fluff” on our to-do list. Or tasks that are great but not necessary. Those are the tasks we can let go of when we need the time off. You can always add them back in later. Or maybe you’ll find you didn’t need them anyway.
  3. Delegate What You Don’t Finish – After we’ve decided what we must do and what we can eliminate, figure out if there are tasks you can delegate. Delegating could mean hiring someone to post on social media. Or scheduling your posts for that week. (Delegating to technology is still delegating). Depending on how much time you need or want to take off, there may not necessarily be a ton of tasks that need your hand. But if it is something to complete and it doesn’t require your specific expertise, pass it off to a VA, team member, or an automated system.

Ready to start creating your “if life gets in the way” plan of action? Be sure to grab Your Priority Recipe to set your priority tasks. Then eliminate anything that isn’t absolutely necessary during the time you need off. And figure out the tasks to delegate that don’t need your specific expertise. I want you to feel comfortable taking time off whether for pleasure or emergencies. If you’re struggling to figure out your plan, drop a comment below. Or reach out to me via DM on Instagram or Facebook. Just search for Business Savvy Mama.


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How to Teach Kids About Time Management

Wondering where to start when teaching kids time management skills?

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The idea of kids and time management was suggested by one of the Instagram followers. She said “I need tips to help my middle schooler with time management. How does one introduce such a topic. Since we are a few months into the school year, this seems relevant.”

I couldn’t agree more. Especially in light of the current school year. Many moms and mom entrepreneurs are juggling time to teach their kids with all the other balls they’ve got in the air.

Plus, the schools do a great job of sneakily setting up routines and structure, providing accountability, using due dates…you know, all those time management strategies. And they do it without presenting it like “we are going to learn time management now, kids.” But many of us don’t have that structure to fall back on. And that is exactly why we are going to talk about it today.

Teaching time management to kids of any age helps them learn the value of time and how to use it best. The sooner your kids learn this skill, the sooner they can start to hone it and make it work for them.

No matter how old you kids may be, you can start to introduce the concepts of the passage of time. Of using a schedule and creating a structure to your day. And choosing priority tasks. If you can start working with your kids on just the basics on a regular basis, you will start to see their ability to manage time improve…and you might see some improvement for yourself as well.

Because here’s a little secret…You do not have to be the sole scheduler in your family. Your kids have the ability and capacity follow their own routine or even schedule their own events depending on their age. You might be worried that they’ll do it wrong or something will get missed, so you just do it yourself. But will you always be there to make sure they’ve scheduled everything in their planner once they leave your house? Or that they’ve plotted plenty of time to complete a massive work project due? Better to practice on tasks or events of lesser importance…The sooner you introduce the concepts of managing time to kids, the more time they will have to develop the skills before you aren’t around to do it for them.

Now, you might be thinking “kids are too young to learn time management”. Or “they don’t really need to manage their time if they’ve got me”. Or “they’ll just figure it out later”. But like a whole host of “adulting skills” like balancing a checkbook, doing laundry, or keeping a plant alive…it won’t just magically happen when they move from your home to their own abode. It can take some time to develop those skills. And the sooner you start to teach them, the better.

When your kids learn time management skills, they develop self-discipline. And self-discipline has been shown in multiple studies to have a greater impact on academic success that IQ! Not to mention the overall benefits of learning to prioritize tasks. Or giving yourself time to complete projects. And just learning to respect time, both yours and other peoples.

Another benefit when your kids start to develop their own time management skills…you’ll find pockets in your day for you. For instance, a while back we started teaching our boys a bedtime routine. We encouraged them to create a routine that included brushing their teeth, getting water, going to bathroom, and so on. It also included a short wind-down play time with a timer. And it took us a bit of time to figure out our flow…but now my kids put themselves to bed AND I’ve bought myself back at least an hour in the evening. And my guys are 7 and 9. And this, my mama friends, is a major benefit of teaching your children about time management, structure, and routine.

Your kids benefit by learning a crucial life skill. Their teachers benefit because your child understands timelines and due date. And the importance of getting the important and urgent homework done first. And you benefit by gaining back time you making sure they complete the tasks on the schedule you created.

Tips to Teach Kids Time Management

I promise, every kid and adult has the capacity to learn these skills. And like I said earlier, the sooner the better. Because like in all things from riding a bike to multiplication tables to using a planner, practice makes better. And here’s where you start…

Start Early – As early as you can. Even preschool age kids can learn the basic ideas of the passage of time. Or how to follow a routine. Or why we do tasks in a certain order. If your kids are older, start by slowly introducing the idea of routine and schedule. Maybe start a Sunday review or the week ahead. Or allow them to write their activities and tasks due on the calendar themselves. This starts to develop that connection between I have “x” amount of time to do “x” amount of things.

Help Kids “See” Time – And speaking of that connection, my second tip is to show your kids time. We’ve gotten away from analog clocks and “seeing” time. And we might forget how hard it is to understand the concept. When your kids can see the passage of time on the hands of the clock, in an hourglass timer, or even as a kitchen timer ticks away, it helps to cement the idea that time is a limited resource. Especially if your kids are young, saying “10 minutes” is the same as “2 hours”. But if you indicate when the clock moves from the 2 to the 4, it develops the awareness of time.

Give Them a Calendar – And along with learning awareness of the passage of time, it is so important to empower your older kids to schedule it for themselves. This is where that self-discipline we talked about earlier becomes key. Teaching your kids to create calendar events for homework, projects, commitments, rehearsals, games, and social events helps them understand where they need to physically be. And also how they need to adjust to complete priorities. It will resonate much more with your child if they see that they have a project due on Monday. And they know they have basketball tournament all weekend. So they need to make time earlier in the week to start the project. As opposed to you knowing that all of this is due and nagging them to start because they will be tired on Sunday. And not have the energy to finish.

Don’t Overschedule – This instance exemplifies my next tip with is to avoid overscheduling. It is much easier for a child to keep up with a jam packed schedule when they’ve got you as a personal assistant. You shuffle them from place to place and stay on top of what they have due when. But the reality is, that sort of scheduled life is nearly impossible without that assistance. You are giving them a false sense of what is possible in their 24 hours in the day. Not to mention, the added stress of no down time. Choose the favorite, best, or most important activities and tasks and get them on the schedule…that they are making themselves, of course.

Create a Routine – Once you’ve chosen your priority activities and written them on the calendar, you will see a pattern emerge. A structure or routine, if you will. Which is my fifth tip…lean into routines for regularly scheduled activities. Routine helps with decision fatigue. And to offload some of the daily stress because in some capacity, you know what to expect. If Tuesdays are busy because you go straight from school to tennis, be sure to create a routine of packing your dinner. If you always have spelling tests on Friday, make a routine to practice on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday while you’re cleaning the dinner dishes. Look for places you can repeat regular tasks to save space on your schedule. And save your brain power for other decisions.

Learn to Prioritize – And my final tip to teach your kids about time management is to learn to prioritize. Which comes as a shock to pretty much no one. But I hope that you are seeing a pattern emerging…Whether it’s teaching your kids or setting up your morning routine for yourself, it is so important to learn which tasks fit your values. And which tasks are important. And which ones have consequences.

As I was reading the studies linking self-discipline and academic success, researchers found that those who succeed focused on the tasks that make a impact. They knew what was urgent and important and did that first. And while using the Eisenhower Time Matrix we talked about last week feels a bit extreme for your 2nd grader, you can teach them that it is important to study for a test (urgent). Or finish their chores (important). And to complete those tasks before they play video games (not urgent and not important). Practice makes better.

And if you or you kids struggle with deciding what’s important and urgent, be sure to pick up your free Priority Recipe. It’s a step-by-step guide to decide what to do. And what not to do now. You can grab it HERE.


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Nicole Simonin – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Health and Fitness Coach Nicole Simonin of Shape it Up…

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Nicole and I met 3 years ago during a crazy YouTube VEDA (Video Every Day in August) challenge. That crazy ride bonded us. And we’ve stayed connected ever since. 🤪

Since 2006, Nicole has been helping women lose weight for the last time. She is an ACE Personal Trainer, ACE Health Coach, host of Shape It Up Over 40 podcast, founder of Shape It Up, LLC, author of “The No Fuss, No Mess Shape It Up Cookbook”, licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and former professional ballet dancer. Nicole has been featured in Rachel Ray in Season, Bicycling Magazine, Real Simple, MSN and recently at the TEDx Cape May event.

Nicole is the mom to a teenage son and daughter and a dog named Trixie. Her incredibly busy life includes lots of soccer, basketball, school, and fencing.

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

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

I’m a Health and Fitness Coach – I’ve always found how the human body works to be fascinating. Really interested in fitness, nutrition and mindset. Initially I choose it bc it was a way for me to interact with adults as my kids grew up and I love helping women feel comfortable in their own skin.

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

I am very creative and I like to like huge leaps….if it doesn’t scare me then I am doing something wrong.

Nicole Simonin - Shape It Up - 5 Questions with a Mom Entprereneur

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

I think overall I have my biz skill down. Now it’s time to add gasoline to the fire and level up.

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

Find a great coach and jump in

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

A calendar. Schedule in free time. Block out my days and do a task in the time I have given it.

Where can we find you on social media?

Shape It Up Website

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The Difference Between Urgent and Important - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

The Difference Between Urgent and Important. And Why It Matters.

Do you spend too much time on urgent and not enough time on what’s important?

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Today we are going to explore the Eisenhower time management matrix to help you define your urgent versus important tasks.

Let’s start by defining the difference between urgent and important. And I think Stephen Covey, author of “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” does a better job than I could…So let’s hear how he breaks down the difference between urgent and important…

“Urgent matters are those that require immediate action. These are the visible issues that pop up and demand your attention NOW. Often, urgent matters come with clear consequences for not completing these tasks. Urgent tasks are unavoidable, but spending too much time putting out fires can produce a great deal of stress and could result in burnout.

Important matters, on the other hand, are those that contribute to long-term goals and life values. These items require planning and thoughtful action. When you focus on important matters you manage your time, energy, and attention rather than mindlessly expending these resources. What is important is subjective and depends on your own values and personal goals. No one else can define what is important for you.”

Stephen Covey

Learning to determine the difference between all the various combinations of urgent, not urgent, important, and not important, will help you define the priority tasks you need to focus on.

If you can use the tactics we talk about today with your to-do list to determine which quadrant of the matrix your task falls into, you can manage your time better. And complete the tasks with due dates that require your expertise. You can schedule the tasks that are important for you, your family, your growth, and your mental health. And determine what you should delegate or eliminate when you feel stressed or your schedule feels full.

Are you currently prioritizing your to-do list? Or do you give equal weight to all the tasks on your list? Which may make your list feel overwhelming or like it’s never complete?

But you might be thinking “I don’t have time to actually finish my tasks so I definitely don’t have extra time to delineate between urgent and important tasks.”

But what if by taking a few extra minutes, you would feel more in control. You could learn to delete the time-wasting to-dos that prevent you from spending time doing things you enjoy or with your family and friends.

You can start to develop a rhythm to your daily to-do routine. And spend less time on your work because the tasks you are dedicating your time to are having a greater impact on your business and your family. And you’ll be making room on your schedule for personal projects that enhance your life, improve your health, or just make you happy.

How much more present you can show up for your clients, co-workers, and family when you feel accomplished and fulfilled? You know this is a no-brainer…you want this life. And you can have it.

How to Determine What’s Urgent and Important

You just need to practice your prioritizing. So let’s dive into exactly how you determine which tasks are urgent and important. Your tasks will fall into one of 4 categories:

  • Urgent & Important
  • Not Urgent & Important
  • Urgent & Not Important
  • Not Urgent & Not Important

Your Urgent and Important Tasks require you to take action because there is a deadline or a consequence if you don’t complete them. It might be paying bills, work for a client, or getting an oil change in your car. If you heard my episode last week on the 4 D’s of Time Management, these Urgent and Important Tasks would fall in the “Do It” category. It must be done and avoiding it won’t make it go away, it will just delay a consequence. So just do it.

Next, we have your Important but Not Urgent Tasks…these tasks help you reach your overall business, personal, or family goals. But they usually don’t have a deadline or consequence. And so we put them off in favor of those tasks that ARE urgent. But often, these activities have the biggest impact on us reaching our goals, even more so than the urgent tasks. Keeping our mental and physical health in order, spending time with our family or on ourselves, learning new skills, or growing our community has a huge influence on our success. Yet we often neglect these important tasks. So how do we fix it? We schedule time for these. Put it on the schedule. Make it a date.

And you may be thinking now “but if I have to do the urgent and I have to schedule the important, there is no way I’ll get it all done”. A-ha…I give Quadrant 3. The Urgent but Not Important Tasks…

The magic of quadrant 3 is that it does not require your specific zone of genius. These are the tasks you delegate to help offload some of the weight of your schedule. Sure there is a consequence if you don’t do the dishes, but does it require your hands? Or could you ask your family to help? Can you offload your social media or accounting to someone else? Can you turn off notifications for your email or text messages so you control what is urgent? If it is truly urgent and important, if there is a deadline or consequence, it is part of your quadrant 1. You know what that means for you. Don’t let someone else determine your priorities.

And finally, quadrant 4 is your not urgent and not important tasks. These would technically fall into the “Delete It” category. (Although I don’t think many of us have Quadrant 4 tasks like endlessly scrolling social media or binging 12 hours of Netflix on our to-do list.) You do deserve downtime. But is focusing your downtime on not urgent, not important tasks preventing you from doing a task you’ve deemed important? Like exercising? Or spending time with family? Or taking up a new skill? Important doesn’t have to mean “work” per see. It can just mean a task that you’ve decided it is something that is valuable to your life. And if you have a choice, wouldn’t you want to choose something valuable?

Ok, so a quick review before you tackle prioritizing your to-do list. Here’s a breakdown of what’s urgent, what’s important, and what’s not:

Eisenhower Time Management Matrix - Urgent and Important Tasks
  • Quadrant 1 is your Urgent and Important tasks. There is an approaching deadline or consequence to inaction. You must do these tasks ASAP.
  • Quadrant 2 is your Important not Urgent tasks. Things that enhance your life or business like exercise, spending time with family, or networking with fellow business owners. Get these tasks on to your schedule at specific times.
  • Quadrant 3 is your Urgent but Not Important tasks. These activities will need completed but don’t require your specific expertise. Or may feel like they need to be done NOW because the person emailing, texting, or asking you for help assigns a deadline on their terms, not yours. These are tasks you can delegate or delay.
  • Quadrant 4 is Not Urgent and Not Important. Delete these tasks from your routine. Or at the very least push them off until you’ve completed the urgent and important for the day.

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