Spot the Signs of Burnout - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Spot the Signs of Burnout & Overcome It

Do you know your signs of burnout?

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Do you take a break or do you break down? Are you afraid that slowing down or scaling back might mean you miss an opportunity? Or let people down? Or that you aren’t living up to your potential? What if I told you you can take advantage of opportunities, live up to your potential, and maintain a healthy mind, body, & spirit? It starts with knowing the signs of burnout.

On this week’s episode, we are peeling back the layers of what burnout looks like. And how you can incorporate steps to overcome and prevent it in the future. A 2020 Gallup poll reported that 48 % of respondents sometimes experience burnout and 21% always do. That means that 2/3 of those surveyed are regularly or always experiencing burnout! Yikes! That’s a lot of mental, physical, emotional, and performance damage due to burnout. 

But you’re lucky because like so many aspects of self-improvement, spotting the signs before you’re in too deep can go a long way towards prevention. And that is exactly why we are talking about the signs of burnout and the steps you can take to create an anti-burnout plan for the future.

Why Recognize the Signs of Burnout 

The term burnout was first seen in a 1974 book by Herbert Freudenberger called “The High Cost of High Achievement.” Freudenberger defined it as “the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce desired results.”  

When you put a plan in place to prevent burnout before it starts, you maintain your motivation and devotion to your goals, your dreams, and your relationships and actually reach your desired results. By slowing down enough to recognize when your body, brain, emotions, or productivity is telling you â€śhey there…we need a bit of a break to recover”, you can start to stop the problem before it gets out of hand. Or take a break before your broken as I say. 

You might be thinking you can’t slow down. Or if you don’t do it, no one will. Or you’ll take a break if you can just make this much money or cross these tasks off you to do list. 

But do you also find yourself resenting people who take breaks? Who practice self-care? Who read a book or enjoy a cup of coffee a quiet cup of coffee in the morning? Or a glass of wine in the evenings rather than slogging away doing work for their business or their home? Do you really want your life to need to stop in order for you to take a break? 

When can recognize the signs of burnout, you can work to extinguish their fire before they’re out of control. You’ll feel happier. More accomplished. More successful and able to enjoy that success.  

And you can stay motivated because you feel less irritation, bitterness, and discontent. Your body will feel healthier and stronger. You’ll sleep better, cry less, and maintain a normal heart rate more often. 

Not to mention, you will like your spouse, kids, clients, team, boss, mom, dad, or anyone else who could set you off because you’re burned out and not because of anything they did. 

What are the Signs of Burnout

As I’ve said, the first step in learning to overcome and prevent burnout is awareness. Let’s do a quick overview of how burnout looks in four different areas of your life…your physical signs, mental signs, emotional signs, and performance signs. 

Firstly, let’s talk about how burnout appears to you physically. You could notice some or god forbid all of these symptoms as you are reaching a breaking point: headaches, intestinal issues, sleeplessness, tense muscles, clenched jaw, low energy and/or fatigue, a change in eating habits, and you feel like you are constantly getting sick or can’t seem to kick an illness. 

You may also notice a mental reaction to burnout. For instance, you may experience decreased joy, decreased sense of accomplishment, feelings that you are unable to keep up aka overwhelm, racing thoughts, trouble making decisions or decision fatigue, distractibility, difficulty focusing or concentrating, or a heightened emotional response.  

Emotionally you may feel like you are stuck, trapped, depressed, anxious, unmotivated, in constant fear of failure, negative, helpless, and/or angry. 

And really quick before I move on to the performance signs of burnout, I want to take a quick minute to address the seriousness of these heightened emotions and mental states. If you are experiencing these thoughts and emotions, there are people to who want to help. Speak with your doctor, a therapist, or a counselor. Because these feelings that start as burnout can quickly manifest into other damaging thoughts and feelings. You are loved and deserve to be supported and helped. If you become aware of these thoughts or emotions and they are simply too much, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your doctor, therapist, or counselor for help.  

Finally, let’s talk about how burnout shows itself in your performance…both as a business owner and as a mom. You’ll notice a drop in completed tasks or increase time to complete a task. You might quit more often or easily. You’ll accept not finishing or following through. And procrastinate more frequently. You’ll stop showing up. You’ll find yourself increasingly disorganized. Now, you always struggle with performance issues like procrastination and disorganization. The difference between it being part of your executive function and burnout is if this is a change for you. A complete 180 from how you usually act. If you find yourself performing in ways that are very un-you, that may very well be a sign of approaching burnout. 

What to Do When We See the Signs of Burnout

So now that we’ve talked about the signs, what can we do when we notice them. First up, you can create strong boundaries. That’s right. Not self-care…we’ll get to that. Not get a massage or take a vacation. But create boundaries that both identify your limit so you don’t overflow the amount you can handle. And ones that create a clearly defined line between what can and cannot cross into your realm.  

I was listening to an interview on the What Fresh Hell podcast with Dr. Pooja Lakshmin who specializes in women’s mental health. She discussed the increase in feelings of burnout moms were feeling in terms of the pandemic and juggling more balls. She emphasized that the overwhelming feeling we assume is burnout is a result of a system that set working moms up to do too much. And essentially fail. Because it is just not humanly possible to do it all, all the time, with a smile on our face, a song in our hearts, and heels on our feet. What can we do as we await a change in perceptions and systemic expectations? We can do is put our foot down as to what we can handle and what we allow in. This is why setting boundaries is so crucial to overcoming burnout.

And once you’ve set your boundaries, you’ll notice workloads decreasing. Stress levels lowering. Resentment fading. Productivity increasing. Focus returning. And relaxation and self-care as a real possibility to maintain your flow.  

That’s why your action steps this week are to:

  1. Write down what you notice your burnout triggers to be. If you aren’t 100% sure, keep an eye out. Remember 2/3 of people surveyed experience some sort of burnout always or often. As you start to feel “stressed, notice any changes in your physical, mental, or emotional health. Notice if your performance, output, or regular habits have shifted or changed dramatically as a result of increased workload, activities, or perceived expectations.  
  2. Create your boundaries. Back in July I did a whole episode on how to identify, communicate, and create positive mantra around maintaining your boundaries so after we finish up here, I recommend you hop over to episode 86 “How to Create Boundaries without Mom Guilt” from July 28th, 2021.

Click here to listen to “How to Create Boundaries without Mom Guilt”.

But before you head over there, I want to offer my help in conquering your big, bad, burnout demons. As I said before, getting a medical or counseling professional on board is crucial to right your ship. Where I come in is helping you solidify your boundaries. We’ll create a workflow that focuses on priorities for work and home that aligns with your values & goals. And we make time for you doing what you love so those feelings of burnout stay at bay. When you are ready to live your best mompreneur life, book your free clarity call at bit.ly/bsmbookacall so you can start your journey from burnout to bliss as soon as possible. Click below to schedule your free clarity call today 


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Boundaries & Mom Guilt - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Create Boundaries Without Mom Guilt

Mom guilt wreaks havoc on the mindset of mompreneurs…

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Ever put boundaries in place to protect your time and energy only to find that stupid mom guilt rears its ugly head and wrecks your plans? Yeah, me too. That’s why today we are discussing how you can create strong boundaries and ditch the mom guilt.

Do you ever say “yes” then resent saying “yes” because it means you’re making a sacrifice? Feel like you’re always doing but never for yourself? Would you like to feel like you control your schedule? Enjoy the activities you participate in? Or want to spend time with family instead of feeling like it’s out of obligation? Then you need to create some boundaries. And we’re going to talk about how you can do it without feeling mom guilt. Or wife guilt. Or any number of other guilts you feel when you put yourself first.

Establishing clear boundaries allows you to identify and communicate where you draw the line, how much you can handle, and when you know you have reached your capacity. Going over the line or over capacity leads to resentment, frustration, burnout, feeling disrespected, and a multitude of other generally bad feelings towards our work, our clients, our families, and even ourselves.

When we clarify our limits, communicate our boundaries, and practice protecting them, we also protect ourselves from all that comes with living an over-capacity life.

For too long, our society has honored overworking and overcommitment. We glorify moms who don’t sleep because they sacrifice day in and day out their kids. We honor business owners who ignore their families and personal needs to get that 6 or 7 figure success.

I can understand why you would feel exhausted, anxious, depressed, frustrated, confused, or just plain burnt out. It’s grueling grind. Not to mention, the moment you find time and space for you, there’s a little voice in the back of your head saying “doesn’t your child need you right now?” or “a good mom doesn’t need a break from being a mom.”

There is a way out of this vicious cycle…establishing and communicating clear boundaries to your spouse, kids, clients, team, and whoever else you make commitments to helps you take control of your time and energy. In time you can better focus your time and energy on what you truly value.

You will squash the feelings of resentment or anxiety you feel about letting people down. If they know you’re at capacity and they try to breach it…that’s a them problem not a you problem. You will also gain back time and energy for doing what you love and nurturing you. Rather than constantly tapping yourself out for the sake of others.

And speaking of others, creating and recognizing your boundaries will help you learn to better respect other people’s boundaries. You’ll improve your relationships because you can ask about their limits and respect their capacity.

What Boundaries Are and Are Not

Before I share my simple steps for creating boundaries without feeling guilty, I want to address some of the resistance I hear from my community to setting boundaries.

  1. Setting boundaries is NOT ignoring people or causes you care about. But setting boundaries is about focusing your time and aligning your energy with what you truly value rather than spreading yourself too thin.
  2. Setting boundaries is NOT cutting yourself off from family, friends, or activities. However, setting boundaries is scaling back so you don’t go too far or run overcapacity.
  3. Setting boundaries is NOT selfishly limiting your options. Setting boundaries is making time and energy choices that align with the values of a healthier, happier mom entrepreneur.

I’m not saying setting boundaries is going to be easy, especially at first. Mom guilt is a beast. Setting boundaries is a skill that takes a bit of practice. But the more you practice, the easier it will become. The more you will see the benefits of protecting your time and energy. And you’ll tame that mom guilt beast with a present, happier mom during her non-work hours.

Creating Boundaries without Mom Guilt

Here is my simple, 3 step approach to start successfully creating and communicating boundaries…

  1. Identify where you need boundary…What gives your anxiety? When does your heart start to flutter? Where do you say “yes” when you really want to say “no”?
  2. Communicate your boundary with the person or people it may affect…This is a super important and often overlooked step. And that can lead to resentment. You know, when you set a boundary but don’t tell anyone. Then they violate it and you get angry. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. For help with steps one and two, check out episode 81 “How to Communicate Boundaries in Work and Home Life” where I give you an easy exercise to create a personal boundaries statement.
  3. Create positive boundary reminders…Because let’s face it, just because you create a boundary doesn’t mean those guilty feelings are going away. Mom guilt will still nag you. People may try to get to you agree “just this one time” or say “we really need you”. You may feel the urge to backtrack on your boundary after saying “no”. This is where you remind yourself why you put these boundaries in place. Repeat to yourself statement like “It’s OK to set boundaries”. Or “Feeling guilt doesn’t mean I made the wrong decision”. Or “I am not responsible for people’s reactions to my boundaries”. (That’s the one I have to remind myself of regularly.)

Today’s action step to help you create healthy boundaries without mom guilt is to identify where you need a boundary. Then communicate that boundary to the person or people affected. And finally, pre-write some positive boundary reminders for when you feel like you want to break your own rules.  Remember, putting other’s wants and needs first all the time runs you down. Then you, in turn, will turn to others to meet your needs and you could potentially violate their boundaries, either intentionally or unintentionally. Creating healthy boundaries disrupts this cycle.

And if you need help identifying where you need boundaries or communicating your boundaries with your clients or family, I’m here to help. On a free, 15-minute clarity call we can discuss where you feel stuck or spent and how I can help you go from Busy to Blissful as a mompreneur. You can sign up for your free call at bit.ly/bsmbookacall today. I believe you can create strong boundaries and crush your mom guilt.


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High Performance Mompreneurs - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

4 Simple High Performance Habits for Mompreneurs

Are you a high performance mompreneur?

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There are so many things you need to run your business. From computers to software, to classes and marketing. But how much time are you investing in the most important asset of your business? Yourself! This week we are discussing high performance habits for mompreneurs and why it is so important for you to take care of the you part of running a business. And easy ways you can work this care into every day. And to be clear…we aren’t talking specifically about “self-care” in the traditional, although it is technically self-care. It’s more of creating habits to maintain a healthy mind and body so you can continue serving your customers, creating amazing content, and stay healthy to care for your family.

Benjamin Franklin said, “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water”. Too often as both moms and entrepreneurs, we allow ourselves to run down before we take the time to care and nurture our bodies and mind. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple, everyday steps you can take to take care of yourself to stay healthy, stave off burnout, and limit common entrepreneur mental health issues like stress, anxiety, and depression.

If you can commit to making incremental changes to your daily habits involving your mind, body, sleep, and downtime, you too can stay happy and healthy as a mompreneur.. Often, we separate our physical or social life from our business life. But they actually all work together. And the more harmonious we can make them, the better our overall health and mindset will be. That’s what makes high performance mompreneurs.

How Mompreneurs Benefit from High Performance Habits

If you’re stuck in a loop of grinding it out or hustle, hustle, hustle when it comes to your business but feel like your relationships, physical or mental health, or sleep patterns are suffering due to this hustle…it’s time to care for and protect your most important mompreneur asset…you!

When you adopt these habits you’ll be able to better cope with truly stressful situations. And not let the small stuff throw you off your game. You’ll be able to stay physically healthier to show up for your family and your business.

You’ll sleep better which will help you show up more focused, creative, and alert for both your business and home life. And you’ll make time for the people who matter on a regular basis.

If the hustle is keeping you from spending time with your family, spouse, or friends, then what good is that hustle. Let’s nurture our relationships that matter while nurturing ourselves AND growing our business.

Simple Habits for High Performance Mompreneurs

Here are four areas where you can uplevel your “you care” to become the high performance mompreneurs you need to be. Those areas are your mind, your body, your sleep, and your relationships.

  1. Mind – And real talk, if your first reaction to hearing the word “mindset” is “that’s such a buzzword” or “what a fad”, you are probably the person who need mindset the most. Just saying. There are so many simple ways to incorporate developing a growth mindset into your daily routine. Start a gratitude practice. Start an affirmation journal. Meditate. Flip the script on failure to see it as a learning experience. Loosen your grip on “it’s my way or the highway” and find places you can adapt, modify, or edit. When you are able to see the abundance in your life, believe in who you are, stay present, learn from what doesn’t work, and be open to alternatives you will be a happy and healthier entrepreneur…no question.
  2. Body – For far too long I thought of my physical health and my entrepreneurial life as two separate things. And when I realized that I needed to keep my body healthy in order to run my businesses as an optimal level, it’s like a lightbulb went off. Just like you need your computer to be healthy and up to date if your work is done on your laptop. Or a truck driver needs to maintain their rig. Your body is the key to your business success. It generated the idea for the business and continues to generate content, growth points, new ventures, or is just doing the work day in and day out. You need to keep it in optimal working condition. Eat healthy. Exercise regularly. Take vitamins. Drink plenty of water. Reduce alcohol consumption. All of these habits work together to help keep your body in peak working order so you can tackle the daily duties of running your business. And all these healthy habits work even better when you focus on our third habit…
  3. Sleep – And I know, depending on what stage of motherhood you’re in, you might be like “um, what’s sleep?” But part of the reason you might feel unfocused, unproductive, unable to remember thoughts, or uncreative could be linked to lack of sleep. Sleep is when your brain and body reset and repair. Getting the proper amount of sleep leads to better concentration and productivity. It can also help you stave off an array of mental and physical health issues like weight gain, diabetes, and depression. Not to mention, it boosts your immune system to help keep you healthy. Getting a good night’s sleep may mean keeping your phone outside your bedroom. Or choosing not to watch one more episode of the show you’re binging. Or creating a bedtime routine that helps you fall asleep faster. A little effort but so worth the reward.
  4. Relationships…The final important habit to keep your mompreneur body and mind healthy is to make time for your important relationships. Date nights with your spouse. Play dates with your kids. Coffee dates with your friends. Is there an activity with friends or family you’ve been putting off in order to “get work done”? Or do you think you’ll make time once you’ve reached a certain point of success? The truth is…burning yourself out and neglecting relationships that fill your cup will slow down your success. Take time to step away from your work to spend time with the people you love doing what you love. You will return with better focus, more creativity, and more energy to complete the tasks you need or want to do.

Your action step to start creating high performance habits as a mompreneur is to start pivoting your daily routine with the suggestions given today. Don’t try to do it all at once. Especially if it is all very different from what you are currently doing. Small, incremental changes on a regular basis are more sustainable.  And you are more likely to stick with them until they become part of your routine. As opposed to going whole hog and giving up after a week because it’s just too much change at once.

Find simple, subtle ways to incorporate mindset shifts like starting a gratitude practice or writing a daily list of what you accomplished. Nurture your body by finding time to exercise 2-3 times per week or limiting alcohol consumption to the weekends. Find nights during the week where you can get a few extra hours of sleep to allow your body and mind to reset and recover from all your ask it to do. And schedule some downtime with your spouse, your family, or your friends to step away from work and focus on fun. You know I love when you focus on fun!

If you find you’re struggling with incorporating these habits for high performance mompreneurs, let’s talk about how I can help. When you schedule a free clarity call with me, we’ll review your current goals, discuss your schedule, and clarify your priorities to make sure all the parts of your life your value are getting the time they need and deserve. You can schedule your free call by visiting bit.ly/bsmbookacall. You can have the successful business and fulfilling family life you want. Let’s work together to make it happen.


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Find More Fun - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Instantly Find More Fun as a Mompreneur

Is it possible to easily “find more fun”?

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The answer is a resounding “yes”! Think of it like this…When you start a gratitude practice, you quickly start to recognize all the things you are grateful for throughout your day. I believe the same can be true to find more fun. And it’s easier than you might think. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustly bustly life of running a family and a business and forget to stop and smell the fun roses.

Chances are you do experience some sort of fun or activity you previously thought was fun on a daily basis. You’ve just decided it was normal. It’s become a baseline and therefore you no longer recognize it as “fun”. Or you’re so busy that you’ve scaled the activities you enjoy back to their most basic form which you don’t deem “fun”. Can you make the mindset shift that an activity is enjoyable? Or you can make a task amusing? Or can you prioritize finding fun in your day? If you can, you will start to recognize it’s easier to find fun than you think.

Want to enjoy your mompreneur life more? Make the mindset shift that you do have fun or you’ll find more fun every day. Rather than all work and no play, you’ll experience pockets of fun and pleasure every day. And as I love to point out in the Fulfillment-Productivity cycle…when you feel more fulfilled, you’re more productive. And when you’re more productive, you free yourself up to find more fulfillment.

You can find more fun so simply and easily with subtle mindset shifts. For instance, if you order pizza every Friday night, it might not feel fun anymore. But how could you reframe or make it fun? Make your own pizza? Try a new topping combo? Or a new pizza place? Even just hyping it up by talking about at breakfast…”Hey, it’s pizza night? Are you guys excited? I am”

It is so easy to think our lives are mundane or lack fun. Because we’ve let fun become normal. But in the textbook definition of fun, it means something you find enjoyable, amusing, or entertaining. I bet there are parts of your day your find enjoyable, amusing, or entertaining. Watching your kids play? Drinking your morning coffee? Watching TV with your spouse after the kids are in bed? It’s time we recognize those normal or regular tasks we do that we find enjoyable, amusing, or entertaining as FUN!

Why You Need to Find More Fun

And you might be thinking “I just need to shift my thinking to find more fun in my day?” Yes. Yes. And yes. It is all about perspective. Instead of rushing from one thing to the next without taking time to enjoy it, your life might feel lackluster or boring. But when you recognize what you enjoy, appreciate what amuses you, or stay present for what entertains you rather than rushing to the next thing, you’ll feel the benefits of finding more fun.

Benefits that include lower our stress levels. You know, the stress that negatively impacts both your work and family life by causing frustration, a short fuse, sleeplessness, and a myriad of mental and physical health issues. Fun combats stress…“pew-pew-pew”

Daily fun might be moving your body in a way you find fun to balance out your hormones. Or laughing every day to increase the gamma function in your brain. Because through this gamma function, laughter literally heals the brain for better memory function while reducing feelings of depression, anxiety, and sleeplessness. Laughter is truly the best medicine!!

And there’s no denying that having fun creates better relationships with our spouse, our kids, our friends, and ourselves. Think about the last time you truly stepped away from all your mom duties and submersed yourself in fun with your spouse, family, or friends. Did you fall asleep with a smile on your face? Did you wake up the next morning feeling rejuvenated and with more energy to tackle your day? I want to help you find more fun in every day so every day can have this level of enjoyment and enthusiasm.

How to Easily Find More Fun

Where do we start finding fun? Here are 3 questions to ask that help you immediately find more fun every day:

  1. Can you recognize what you enjoy about your day? I started by comparing fun to gratitude in the sense that once you start to recognize it, you see it everywhere. What do you enjoy about your day? Or what is amusing about your day? What is entertaining about your day? Make a note of these things as they occur. Stop and relish the moment. Recognize that it is fun.
  2. Can your reframe to find fun? I get that not everything we do every day is considered fun. But for those tasks and activities we have to do but don’t find enjoyment in, can we reframe to find fun? If we hate creating social media content, can we find enjoyment or entertainment in the responses or connections we make with our community? If we dislike doing the dishes, can we find enjoyment in our clear sink and clean kitchen? Reframe what we don’t like to find the enjoyable or amusing parts of it.
  3. Can you make it fun? Mary Poppins said “in every job that must be done, there is an element of fun”. How can you make those tasks and activities you dread or don’t particularly like to do fun? For instance, I HATE folding laundry. I’m am totally guilty of letting clean clothes sit in the dryer or baskets for days even weeks. That is until I instituted my Friday Laundry Folding nights. Because my husband works early Saturday mornings, my family is all in bed by 930pm Friday nights. This is the time when I get to watch my shows like Bridgerton or the Friend’s Reunion or any number of YouTube baking tutorials uninterrupted and for as long as I like. And I enjoy these shows as I fold the laundry (and usually while sipping an adult beverage). I have figured out a way to make something I do not enjoy fun.

Your action step to immediately find more fun in your life is to recognize the parts of your day that you do enjoy. Your morning coffee? Family dinner? TV time with your spouse? Relish in what you do that you actually enjoy. Then, find ways to reframe tasks you don’t love in a way that makes them enjoyable. Is there an outcome or result that you enjoy? Focus on that rather than the part you don’t enjoy. And finally, find a way to make the un-fun fun. Listen to your favorite podcast while doing dishes. Make recipes that bring you joy when you dread cooking. Create a bedtime routine with your kids that includes enjoyable, calming activities so you end the day on a positive note.


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Better Productivity through Rest - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How Rest Is the Secret to Better Productivity & Success

Can rest make for better productivity?

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Can you slow down to speed up your success? Is that even possible? Today we discuss how rest and relaxation can actually improve your productivity and success rate. More than a constant hustle, hustle, hustle vibe. It may feel counterintuitive to think rest, relaxation, or taking a break from your work can actually help you achieve more.

But a fulfilled, healthy, and well-rested mompreneur has more energy to work. She has better focus and creativity to generate new ideas or problem solve. And she has a greater appreciation for the work she does on a daily basis. Plus, she knows she can step away to nurture her relationships outside her business without worrying about falling behind. And she actually looks forward to serving through her business rather than dreading her work. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the kind of mom entrepreneur I want to be.

The Key to Better Productivity & Success

When you create time for intentional rest as an entrepreneur, you are able give your brain a much needed break. These “brain breaks” improve your productivity because your brain is less fatigued. Rest breaks help boost your creativity because you refill your energy reserves, rather than tapping an empty tank. And rest helps to reduce stress…you know that “fight or flight” response your feel when you’re on a deadline, struggling to figure out what to do next, or worrying about if and when you’ll succeed? Rest activates your parasympathetic nervous system. This reduces the amount of stress hormones in your system that can directly impact your physical, mental and emotional health, and even your longevity. In a nutshell, rest helps keep you healthy, strong, and successful during your crazy entrepreneur life.

When you can find time in your day for short rest breaks and during your week for longer non-work related activities, you will reap the benefits of slowing down to speed up.

And you may be asking yourself “how is this even possible?” Doesn’t working more create better results? Don’t I just need to hustle until I find what works? Won’t someone take my place if I step away?

Your fears are quite common. It does feel really backwards to think not working is the key to working better and smarter. To completing more tasks. Or achieving greater success.

The Benefits of Rest

Here’s the thing…The well-rested mompreneur has a healthier mind and body. She experiences less stress and anxiety. And she copes better when stress and anxiety rear their ugly little heads. She is more creative because her well-rested brain is better at solving problems and producing solutions. And her productivity improves because her brain, like the other muscles in her body, works more efficiently and quickly when it has had time to recover. She can confidently step away from work at the end of the day and nurture the relationships with her family and friends without thinking “ugh, I just need to do one more thing and maybe that will be the key.”

Easy Rest Ideas for Better Productivity

Rest is so vital to your success as an entrepreneur. And if you’re thinking “I just don’t even know where to begin”, here are 4 easy ways you can incorporate daily rest into your routine:

  1. Take short breaks…First, whether you schedule them in or just step away when you feel the need, even a 5 or 10 minute break is beneficial. Take some deep breaths. Do a short meditation. Put laundry away, unload the dishwasher, or some other non-taxing activity that doesn’t require deep thought. Take a short walk. Find a way to change gears and give your brain a break for a bit. She’s been working hard. She deserves it.
  2. Create healthy habits…Habits are great for the brain because it doesn’t have to make a decision, therefore it’s like a mini-break for your brain. Healthy habits or routines could include making the same healthy smoothie for breakfast every morning. Or an after-lunch walk routine. Maybe a morning meditation habit or gratitude practice. Even a short 20 minute afternoon nap if you need it. These regular habits and routines give your brain the rest it needs to recharge for the important work you’re asking it to do during the day.
  3. Create a sleep routine…Sleep might just be the most important restful activity you can do. But I can totally relate to the mom who can’t settle her brain at night. When you develop a routine that tells your brain “It’s time to wind down and go to bed”, you’ll find it easier to fall and stay asleep. Your routine might include a skincare routine. Reading. Shutting off screens or turning the lights down. Taking a shower or bath. And my personal favorite…drifting off to the sounds of a soothing sleep story.
  4. Make time for fun…And Finally, fun is my preferred rest choice. It gives me a break from the grind. It helps me develop relationships with my family and friends. And fun is FUN! Don’t let all work and no play make mom a dull lady. Find a way to incorporate some sort of simple fun into every day. Dance to great music. Play board game. Take a bike ride. Watch a funny animal video. Make a new recipe. Keep it simple and keep it regular. Everyone’s fun is different but there’s no reason you can’t have fun every day.

In conclusion, your action step to start incorporating rest into your routine is to brainstorm ways you can incorporate the suggestions I gave you into your daily schedule. When can you take short breaks and what will you do? What healthy habits can you include in your daily routine that can offload some decision making but also increase your mindfulness? What would the elements of your sleep routine include or how can you improve your current bedtime ritual? And finally, what are the simple ways you can experience fun today, tomorrow, and every day?


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Protect Yourself from Decision Fatigue - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

5 Easy Ways to Protect Yourself from Decision Fatigue

Decision fatigue causing you frustration, stress, and brain fog?

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Chances are very good it is. We are faced with hundreds if not thousands of decisions every day around everything from what to wear and what to eat. To where to live and vacation. To what to watch or which podcast to listen to. Our brains are constantly in some sort of decision making mode. And frankly, it can get to be pretty exhausting. But is there a way cut down or cut back on decision fatigue without losing productivity. Or eating the same thing 3 meals a day? Actually there is. And that is what we are discussing today.

Making a conscious effort, dare I call it a decision, to redirect your decision-making energy can help you reclaim and redirect that energy in both your work and home life. When you utilize one or more of the 5 tips I’m giving you today help protect yourself from decision fatigue, you will free up energy and time to focus on bigger, more important decision that can impact how your business grows, how much money you make, and how you spend time with your family.

Before now, you may not have given much thought to how many decisions you make in a day or how it could affect your energy. You may even be thinking “It really doesn’t bother me that much”.

But let me ask you this…do you ever feel totally drained when your kids ask you what’s for dinner? Like unnecessarily irritated? Or do you struggle with what to do first when you sit down to work? Maybe you wish that someone would just give you one choice so you didn’t have to spend so much time researching all those options? If any of this sounds familiar, you may be suffering from decision fatigue.

Benefits of Curbing Decision Fatigue

When you make a conscious effort to streamline the less important decisions, you see a major impact on larger decisions you face. Mostly because you transfer your focus, effort, and energy to those larger, impact-driven tasks and activities.

You’ll no longer waste energy deciding what to wear or what to eat because you create a routine or system to offload that decision. You arrive at your desk fresh and ready to tackle your work or decide what needs to be done.

And not to mention…humans actually love the comfort of routine. So while the thought of a routine like Taco Tuesday may seem boring to a mom who loves to cook…There is comfort in knowing exactly what you need to get from the grocery store. And your kids knowing exactly what will be on their plates.

Easy Ways to Protect Yourself from Decision Fatigue

Reducing your decisions is easier than you might think. Here are 5 easy ways you can start today to help cut back on decision fatigue.

  1. Decrease your options. Sometimes more just means more stress or information overload. And I don’t have to tell you that a tired mom entrepreneur doesn’t need more stress. Often, having too many options actually makes the decision harder. A study at Stanford found that when grocery shoppers were offered six different flavors of jams, 30% of shoppers purchased a jar of jam. In contrast, when shoppers were given 24 different flavors of jam, only 3% of shoppers purchased a jar. Reduce the number of options your choosing between to help you make a decision faster and easier.
  2. Limit Your Distractions. As we’ve talked about in previous episodes, any way you can improve your focus will improve your productivity. And as entrepreneurs, so much of our day is making decisions. What we are going to sell in our shop. How we are going to promote our offers. What we should blog about this week. Distractions like cell phone notifications, email pop ups, or even noisy kids can pull us away from our decisions. And increase the time it takes to work AND the stress around the decisions we are making. While eliminating all distractions may be impossible, look for places you can make a change to help you focus. This can help you make decisions faster and easier.
  3. Make Your Important Decisions First. There are lots of numbers thrown around on the interweb about how many decisions we make during the day. And while I couldn’t find a definitive source or number, it’s safe to say we are faced with LOTS of choices every day. Let’s make a little analogy. Say you’re going to work out. You start by running 3 miles on the treadmill. Followed by 30 minutes on the bike. And another 20 on the elliptical trainer. After over an hour of cardio, you decide to try to bench press twice your body weight. Chances are, it may have been easier to start with the bench press when your energy sources weren’t tapped. And the same is true of your decisions. If you know you have a big day making big decisions, schedule decision-making time first thing. Rather than waiting until you’re tapped later in the day.
  4. Create Routines. So routines are a specific pattern of behavior in a specific sequence. Like my morning routine: wake up, let the dog out, go to the bathroom, let the dog in, feed the dog and cat, get lemon water, meditate, and gratitude journal before I start my work. Every weekday morning the same thing. Most mornings, I am up for 60-90 minutes before I make my first big decision. Because I’ve got a bit of autopilot action going on.
  5. Create Systems. In the same vein, creating systems helps you create a pattern of repeated actions for a specific outcome. Like my podcast publication system. I have a specific checklist for each episode that contains all the necessary steps. From writing the episode to recording and editing to graphics for various social media platforms. I do have to make some decisions within the system like topics or photos. But I don’t have to recreate the wheel and decide what steps I need to take to publish each episode. I have already decided the steps, I just need to act.

And speaking of acting, your action step to help you protect yourself from decision fatigue is to employ one of the decision curbing tactics we discussed today. Decrease the number of options you research or create. Limit distractions so you can stay focused. Make important decisions your first priority when you start to work. Create a routine so your mornings or evenings or meal planning can run on autopilot. Or create a recorded system for regular activities. Then don’t have to decide what to do each time you publish a blog post, post a new item in your shop, or create a sales email for your community.


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How Being Too Busy Affects Your Brain & Body

Ever wonder how being too busy affects you?

How is all that stress from running from place to place, task to task, activity to activity affecting your mood? Your sense of accomplishment? Or your relationships and sleep patterns?

The answer, in a nutshell, is that it’s just not good. And that is why we are discussing “the why” behind how busy affects you. Because when you find yourself fighting with saying “no” or creating margin like we discussed in this week’s podcast “How to Avoid Overscheduling Your Life”, you can refer back to why it is so crucial to take the steps. So you can protect your mental and physical health. And you can protect your relationships.

Can I stop being too busy?

When you are clear on your “why”, it is much easier to stay motivated. Why do you want to protect your mental and physical health? Or why is it so important to maintain healthy relationships with your family, friends, and clients? It may seems so simple, but the step is often overlooked.

Did you catch the accompanying podcast? Need a refresher?

Click here to listen to “How to Avoid Overscheduling Your Life” …

In this chat about being too busy we discuss:

  1. Recognize what happens when there is no room for the unexpected.
  2. Learn how being too busy affects your mental health
  3. Hear the impacts of constant go, go, go on your physical health.

Want additional resources on why it’s important to take control of your schedule? Check out these past podcast episodes…

Still feeling overwhelmed? Confused about how to say no and create margin without disappointing your family, your clients, or yourself? I can help! Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation call to discuss how I can help you experience more fun and fulfillment as a mom and entrepreneur. Book your free call at bit.ly/bsmbookacall.


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Accountability: How You Benefit and Why It’s Important

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

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

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

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

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

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The Benefits of Accountability

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finding Your Accountability Partner

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

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

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

Family Fun Tip

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

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

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


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