Procrastination and Motivation - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

This is Why Your Procrastination Affects Motivation

Ever wonder how your procrastination affects your motivation?

On the podcast this week we discussed “How to Stop Avoiding the Hard Stuff”. But crossing tasks off our to-do list isn’t just about accomplishment. What we do (or don’t do) impacts our mental and physical health. Not to mention our bottom line as business owners. And yet, procrastination is rampant among entrepreneurs. That’s why in our BSM Aftershow deep dive we are talking how procrastination affects motivation and success as a mompreneur.

Did you catch the accompanying podcast? Need a refresher?

Click here to listen to “How to Stop Avoiding the Hard Stuff” …

For this week’s chat about how procrastination affects motivation, we are discussing:

  1. How procrastination impacts your mind.
  2. Discovering why you need to do something and why you’re avoiding it
  3. Simple steps to motivate yourself to get it done.

Want additional resources on priority tasks, trimming your to-do list, or how to work less? Check out these past podcast episodes…

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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 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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You Need a Plan (Not Luck) for a Successful Business

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

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

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

Why You Need a Plan

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

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

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

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

Benefits of Creating a Plan

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

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

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

Where to Start When You Need a Plan

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

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

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

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

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

Family Fun Tip

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

You could:

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

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

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How to Determine Your Impact Driven Tasks

Are you focusing on impact driven tasks in your business?

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

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

Why Impact Driven Tasks?

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

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

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

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

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

How to Determine Your Impact Driven Tasks

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family Fun Tip

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

Cake for breakfast? Yes.

Building a pillow fort in the living room? Yes.

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

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

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

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How to Create a System & Why You Need To

Have you created systems for your business or home life?

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In this episode, we are going to dive into one of my favorite topics…creating systems. And I know when people hear systems they think “rigidity” or “inflexible”. But I am hoping by the end of today’s episode you will see that systems give you freedom. They help you combat decision fatigue, make fewer errors, and get more done in less time. Which of course leaves you more time and bandwidth for you time. Or time with your spouse. Or time with your family.

Let’s start by defining “system”. A system is a series of tasks completed with the objective of a particular outcome. For instance, I have a very detailed system checklist for every podcast episode I put out from the idea to the release date to the graphics and possible guest interviews. I want to make sure I do every “I” and cross every “t” so I have a system in place to make sure I do that. Because I have mom brain. And forget things.

Sometimes your systems may become part of your routines. As in I routinely use my podcast system as part of my routine to release two podcast episodes per week. My routine is the action I do regularly. My system is a series of tasks aimed at a particular outcome.

The fact is, the more systems you can create in your day, the more mental bandwidth you can free up for decisions and actions that matter. It’s estimated that you make up to 35,000 decisions a DAY. No wonder you’re tired. But creating systems means you don’t have to decide what’s next. You know because it’s on your check sheet.

Can you take time to jot down each step the next time you perform a regular task? Like the steps for creating a blog post? Or assembling a social media post? Or onboarding a new client? Then you can create a successful system.

Currently, you may have a sort of loose knit structure to your tasks. You may think that you’ve done something so many times that there is no way you’ll forget a step.

But what happens on the day you’re distracted by a sick kid or something on the news and you do miss a step. I don’t want you to kick yourself for not taking a few extra minutes to create a system so you can streamline your decisions and double-check that you didn’t miss a step.

You may feel like this is too much work. Or that you really aren’t that bothered by regularly recreating the wheel. But trust me. Your brain knows. It’s tired. It wants to be creative or focused on making crucial decisions that can help your business grow.

And speaking of business growth…when you create systems now for those regularly performed tasks, you make it easier to pass them on as your business grows. If you alone know the secrets, it can be difficult to teach your process to someone else. Or you’ll still need to create a system when you bring them in. So why not do it now and start reaping the benefits?

Benefits like fewer decisions to make so you free up your bandwidth to make more creative or important decisions. Or fewer errors because you can run down a checklist to make sure every part of your task is complete. And your brain loves structure. It loves knowing what to expect and your systems provide that stability and structure to your day and business.

Think systems are just for your business? Think again. You can create systems to help offload decisions and make life easier in your home life. Like a system for meal planning. Or cleaning your home. Or planning intentional, quality family time. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Imagine…what if you could answer the questions “what’s for dinner” or worry about what you’ll make at the end of a busy day because you have an easy system in place so everyone knows what you are eating when.

3 Steps to Create Systems

Have I persuaded you to sidle up to the systems express? To climb aboard the locomotive to get more done with more clarity, fewer mistakes, and less decisions. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Recording – First, choose one, specific action like sending an email newsletter or creating a weekly meal plan. Make a detailed list of every step in your process.  I recommend charting the steps while you are actually going through the motions so you don’t miss a step. And be sure to include EVERY step. You may fill in the blanks if this is something you have done many times before but, remember, you may not be the only one using this system. Include every step so you can make your system foolproof.
  2. Reading – Next, read through your system to make sure you’ve included every step. As you read through your steps, make sure each step logically leads into the next without jumping ahead. Or expecting the person following it to “just know” that there is something missing.
  3. Reviewing – Finally, have a colleague, team member, family member, or friend review your steps. Chances are if it makes sense to them, it will be easy to implement for anyone who needs to.

See, that doesn’t sound so bad right? It’s as easy as Recording, Reading, and Reviewing. Record your steps. Read through them to make sure you didn’t forget a step. And review them with someone else to make sure they make sense.

But I also totally get if it still feels like too much. Especially if the idea of structure is new to you. That is exactly why I’ve created 10 Simple Systems to get you started.

In this course, you’ll receive simple systems to get your started in areas like recording your monthly metrics, determining your priority tasks, and even taking time off. And as a special introductory offer, I’m giving all listeners $20 off the regular price. For just $27 you have access to all 10 simple systems to help you clarify your steps and streamline your decision making.

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Family Fun Tip

This week’s tip was inspired by my sister and her brood of 4 kids under 8. One of their favorite family activities is to have a living room camp out. Sometimes they make a fort and sometimes they just throw the sleeping bags in a pile. You could make it feel more like a real camp out by making s’mores on the gas range or in the microwave or putting on your shoes in the middle of the night to walk to the neighbor’s to use the restroom. 🤣🤣 🤣 But seriously, her kids LOVE these campouts. And it’s just another example of how our family time and memory making doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. It can be as simple as sleeping bags on the living room floor.

Remember if you have a family fun tip you’d like to share, be sure to DM me or tag me on Instagram @businesssavvymama. And you can pick up your free copy of my Family Fun Bucket List below to make sure you are scheduling plenty of time for doing the things that you love with the people you love.

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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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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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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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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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