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Tips for Creating a Successful Morning Routine

Is it even possible for a mompreneur to have a successful morning routine?

I’m just not a morning person.”

“I could never wake up that early.”

“I need as much sleep as I can possibly get.”

These are the sorts of things I hear from people when they find out I am up between 430am and 630am nearly every morning. They are also the sorts of things I said to my coach who introduced me to the world of morning routines before I jumped on the bandwagon. And my 180 on early mornings and the results I’ve seen from others in my community who finally have the time for focused work, self-care or just a little quiet alone time are exactly why we are talking “Tips for a Successful Morning Routine” on this week’s episode.

Look, I know early mornings aren’t for everyone. But just like anything else in your business or mom life from Facebook Groups to chore charts, how will you know if it will work if you won’t try it? I feel like sometimes we are more comfortable complaining that we don’t have the time we need to write a blog post in quiet or take a shower without heads peeking in rather than make a simple shift that can allow us to create the time we need. That is exactly what I did.

My first business coach was a huge fan of morning routines. and as she would listen to me complain week in and week out about not having the time to build my business and spend time on myself, she would gently suggest it was time to set the alarm clock a little earlier. Eventually, I relented. If only to prove her wrong. There was no way this night owl, mom of toddlers was ever going to be able to wake up any earlier than absolutely necessary to get my kids wrangled and out the door to preschool before I started my day of appointments. I agreed to wake a half-hour earlier until our next meeting in a month.

Within a week I was hooked. By the time our appointment rolled around, I was waking an hour earlier. I had found the magical time I didn’t think was possible. And I want to help you find it too.

Why Start a Morning Routine

How would it feel for you to start your day, your way? Instead of leading with hustling, bustling, and feeling behind…You could start with feeling accomplished. Nurtured. Awake. Fulfilled. And don’t you think everything that comes after that kind of morning is just going to be better?

A successful morning routine is a combination of setting your alarm along with having a plan for how you’ll spend your time. And of course, putting the phone down, shutting down Netflix while getting your booty to bed a little earlier.

A morning routine gives you dedicated time when the world is quiet to focus. To breathe. To enjoy the silence before the chaos. Rather than trying to focus on creating social media content or workout with one child yelling in the other room and the other strapped to your left leg.

And as I said in the intro, I get that you don’t think you’re a morning person. But how about this quote from Amy Landino’s book “Good Morning, Good Life”

“I’m not a morning person; I’m a life person.”

Amy Landino, Good Morning, Good Life

Do you want to be a life person? Do you want to have time for what you enjoy? To build the business of your dreams? To take the course your bought or start the day with a clear sink? Creating a morning routine that allows you to fulfill your desires can make you a life person, even if you’re not a morning person at your core.

As you dive into your morning routine, you’ll notice the rest of your day feels less stressful. You’re accomplishing more around your house or in your business because of the focused time you’re spending first thing in the day. You’ll actually have time for some stress-relieving activities like working out, reading a book, or taking a shower and getting yourself ready without feeling rushed. In time, you will notice that you now control your daily schedule rather than your schedule controlling you.

Creating a morning routine also helps set the tone for the entire day. You can start feeling accomplished and fulfilled rather than frazzled, stressed, or stuck in an endless loop of being behind.

And picture a school morning where you’ve woken up and worked out, scheduled some social media posts, and/or finished folding the laundry BEFORE the kids wake. Now you can focus on making sure they have what they need for their school day and, dare I say it, sit down to drink your coffee with them while they eat breakfast because you are feeling like you’ve already crossed items off your to-do list before they even work up. Can you see it?

Steps to Creating a Successful Morning Routine

You deserve to start your day your way. You are worthy of time to focus on your needs. And finding that time can be easier than you think…if you can just get past the little alarm clock part. I’ve got 5 steps that I share with my community when they are looking to create or reinvest in a morning routine.

  1. Know Your Why…as with so many parts a pieces of your business or lives in general, knowing WHY you are trying a new habit or the benefit it will have when you stick with it goes a long way to ensure your success. Why is waking up earlier important for you as a mom? As a business owner? As a household manager? How can making this shift improve the quality of life for you? Your family? Or your clients?
  2. Get to Bed…Once you are super clear on why you want this time in the morning, you got to get to bed. And I realize everyone’s bed situation is different based on your kids’ ages, your sleeping situation, even the size of your house. But even if you aren’t waking up at the crack of dawn, preparing your body to sleep and fall asleep faster is an important skill for mompreneurs. Way back on Episode 13 of the podcast, I talked about 6 Ways to Get to Bed Earlier to Wake Up Earlier that covers everything from bedtime alarms to shutting down screens to creating a bedtime routine you actually look forward to. (You can check out 6 Ways to Get to Bed Earlier to Wake Up Earlier here) But the big takeaway is that you need to do whatever it takes to get yourself to bed earlier if you want to successfully wake up earlier.
  3. Set Your Alarm Earlier…And now that you’re getting yourself to sleep earlier, it is time to wake up earlier. I highly recommend starting slow. Set your alarm 15-30 minutes earlier to start. Even 10 minutes is better than nothing…especially if you have a purpose for you time (which we will talk about in our next step). Also, think about your alarm style. If a blaring beep isn’t doing it for you, try waking to music. Or using an alarm clock that uses light versus sound. I recently switched over to a clock like this and I have to say waking to light and chirping birds is much more pleasant than uh-uh-uh.
  4. Plan What to Do…And once you’re up and raring to go, it’s best to have a plan for your sacred time. Think about what you’d like to do the night before. Or create a morning ritual. Think about the tasks or activities you consider important but that feel like you don’t have time for or can’t devote the time you need to. I like to suggest something for yourself, something for your home, and something for your work if you have time. For instance, you jump on the treadmill for 15 minutes, start a load of laundry, and review your priority tasks for the day. Self, home, business…check, check, check. And all of that could be done in around 30-45 minutes.
  5. Plan for Failure…And my final step in creating a successful morning routine is to plan to fail. Because it is going to happen. Vacation. The holidays. A sick kid. A sick you. And perhaps you just need a bit more sleep one day which turns into a week of snoozing. It can happen. And it’s ok. What’s important is to reflect on how you got off track and reinvest in why it was you wanted to start your morning routine in the first place. Then continue with what was working for you and take this chance to drop anything that wasn’t. Remember “if a plan doesn’t work, change the plan, not the goal.” If the goal is to wake up earlier to have more time for you or focused work or maintaining your home, but you can’t wake up early when you got to bed at 1130pm every time, perhaps the plan needs a zhuzh. You can use a stopping strategy to help preplan for any backsliding you encounter. Fill in the blank…If I __________, I will _________. If I hit turn off my alarm 2 days in a row, I will contact a friend to text me to make sure I’m up on the third day.Or if I find myself going to bed later which makes it harder to wake up early, I will create time in the middle of my day to watch my favorite show rather than staying up too late. Think about how you can get back on the horse if you happen to fall off.

And there you have my 5 steps to help you, yes you, even the most non-morning person, create a successful morning routine. Know why it is you want or need to wake up earlier. Create a plan to get yourself to bed earlier. Start setting your alarm a little earlier. Have a plan for how your will spend your new found time nurturing yourself, focusing on your business, or maintaining your household. And finally, know that it is ok if you get off track. Life happens. And mom life happens even more. But deciding now how you will reinvest will help you get back on track quicker and easier.

And if you’re looking for help in creating your successful morning routine or just managing your time in general, I’ve got several different ways to help you make the most of the time you have, focus on the priority tasks that will grow your business AND help you spend more time with your family. Whether you need to create a prioritized workflow or a thorough evaluation of your time and goals with accountability to keep you on track, I’m here to help. Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation call to see how I can help you overcome your overwhelm to live your most fun and fulfilled life as a mom and business owner. Click the link below to book your free call today.


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Make Time for Self Care - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Make Time for Self Care as a Mompreneur

How in the wide, wide world of motherhood are you supposed to make time for self care as a mom business owner?

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Do you make time for self care? I say “make time” because I hear over and over that people don’t HAVE time. Maybe you overschedule work and over-commit to activities. Maybe you put the needs of your spouse, children, clients, team, dog, or whoever else before you because that feels like how it’s supposed to be done. You know, you’ll get around to self-care eventually. But what happens when you don’t have anything left to give. Depression? Anxiety? Burnout? Arguments? Resentment? Divorce? Well, that doesn’t sound so good.

That is exactly why we are talking “How to Make Time for Self-Care as a Mompreneur”. As a 2 time entrepreneur and mom to 2 boys, I know how difficult it is to make time for yourself. This is why I’ve created six simple steps to help you work a little self-care into your routine without feeling like you need to dedicate the time you don’t have. Or spend money you feel like is not there. Making these small shifts will help you make the time and help you realize how crucial taking care of you is to creating a more successful business and home life.

Katie Reed, a writer and mom blogger who focuses on mental health said “Self care is giving the world the best of you instead of what’s left of you.” Well, hot damn! If that that’s not a big reality slap across the face. And so true! Self care encourages you to create a healthy relationship nurturing yourself so you can in turn give the best of yourself to your family, your friends, your clients, your business, the list goes on.

When you make self-care a priority to make the time for it, rather than trying to have the time for it, you to can give the best of you to the world.

So often as a mom, you put your needs on the back burner. You perceive an expectation that you are required to do it all, be it all, achieve it all…whatever all is…and all without taking the time to care for ourselves. Or that the main-pedi we receive for Mother’s Day once a year is supposed to make up for the 364 days of putting it all out there.

Why You Need to Make Time for Self Care

You may be thinking “yeah, Christy. I would love to take more time for myself. But when? Do I cut out my children’s activities? Stop meeting with clients? Cut back on my marketing? Sleep less? Stop eating?” I get it. It can seem like there is just no where to fit it in.

But rather than start with the when, which we will get to, I want you to start with the why. Creating a lifestyle where you care for you helps to maintain your health and promote a healthy lifestyle to your family. It can help you prevent disease or cope better with an illness you might be experiencing. Not to mention, when you take care of you, you are must less likely to experience burnout, overwhelm, depression, anxiety, or flying off the handle at 7am when your child merely asks for a lunch treat that you haven’t had a chance to pick up for the store yet. (Does it sound like I’m speaking from experience on that one? Yeah, might have done that once or twice.)

On a daily basis you will engage in behaviors that enhance your mental, physical, and emotional health. Which in turn can help you work more productively, focus better, solve more problems with ease, and maintain solid relationships.

And speaking of relationships, when you give the best of you instead of the rest of you, your kids notice. Your spouse notices. Your clients notice. While they may not say it, they know that the quality of their relationship with you has improved because the quality of your relationship with your self has improved.

How to Make Time for Self Care

So we discussed your why. Why you need to make the time to take care of you. Now for the how. Here are you six simple ways to make more time for self care…

  1. Recognize what you are already doing that you enjoy. Chances are, you are already engaging in activities that could be considered self-care. They’ve just become so routine that you don’t see them as the textbook definition of self care which is “taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness”. Back in July, I did an episode called “How to Instantly Find More Fun as a Mompreneur” (click here to listen to that episode). In it, I talked about finding fun in the same vein as seeing abundance. If you just live your life without recognizing how abundant you are or having gratitude for what you have, you will constantly think you need more. But when you start to recognize all you have around you, you open yourself up to receive even more. And the same can be true when it comes to your self-care.  Do you read books you love before bed? Buy a face cream or lotion that makes you feel good? Have regular date nights with your spouse or family nights with your kids? When activities become routine, it’s easy to forget that they help you improve your mood and mental health. Next time, stay present and recognize how spending this time is truly a form of caring for you.
  2. Find tiny moments. There’s been a bastardization of self-care over the years. It took self care from doing things that help you support your well-being to spa day or girls trips. And believe me, I am not knocking spa days or girls’ trips. But those activities have a short lived impact on your overall well-being and happiness. What will really have an effect is finding ways to care for you regularly. Like waking earlier so you can meditate, journal, read a book, or just drink your cup of coffee in quiet. Doing a 10 minute dance work out video on YouTube. Listening to you favorite podcast. Eating your favorite take out once a week so you don’t have to stress over dinner to have a meal you enjoy. Find the tiny things you can do that nurture you. And remember to recognize that you are purposefully doing this tiny act to take care of you.
  3. Declutter your schedule. Number 3 and number 4 go hand in hand. First, you are going to declutter your schedule to make the time you need. I know it can feel like there is nothing that could possibly go so then it becomes a matter of priorities. Is it more important to take care you so you can be your best for the people in your life? Or is it more important to do whatever else you’ve committed to on your schedule? When I start working with coaching clients, we complete a time tracker. I want to see where they are spending their time so we can budget that time better based on their priorities and values. The time tracker is always a HUGE eye opener in terms of where they thought they had no time. And what they actually spend their time on. Check out your schedule and see if there are places you can delete activities to make time for you.
  4. Schedule It. So you’re deleted or decreased time spent on other activities? Now you need to schedule the time for the activities that do contribute to your well-being and happiness. Just like a doctor’s appointment or a work meeting, if you put it in writing or on a digital calendar, you are much more likely to follow through than if you just think “I have an open hour Tuesday afternoon. I’ll self care then”. You need to block it out to make it happen.
  5. Set Boundaries. And once you have it on your schedule, you need to fiercely protect that time by setting boundaries. Don’t allow your client call to go over. Shut the door to say to your family “this is mommy time”. Turn off your cell phone so you aren’t distracted while you’re playing a board game with the family. Or out with your girlfriends. Set boundaries to protect your self-care time for what it is…time to help you focus on your well-being and happiness.
  6. Ask for help. And finally, if you are still struggling to make time for self-care, you need to share your needs. And ask for help. Whether it’s a spouse or a family member or a friend, explain your struggle along with why you need this time and space. For instance, say to your spouse “I really need to make time to workout 3-4 time per week. Let’s work out a schedule where you can watch the kids on x, y, and z day”. Or with a friend you might say “I would love to do a sitting swap with you so we can both get a little alone time”. Asking for help can feel akward and hard. But if you keep doing the hard things, they eventually become the easy things. Not a single one of the successful entrepreneurs you look up to have done it alone. Not a single one. So the sooner you can ask for help in taking care of your most important asset as a business owner…AKA you…the more you’re on your way to being a successful entrepreneur just like them.

You’re action step to finally make time for self care as a mompreneur is to incorporate the six simple steps we talked about in today’s episode. Start by recognizing activities you already do that contribute to your well-being and happiness. Then find tiny moments throughout the day where you can dedicate 5-10 minutes to you. Next declutter your schedule of anything that doesn’t align with your values that can go. Instead, schedule time that will help to fill your cup. And finally, set boundaries around activities you consider self care to reap the full benefit of that time spent. And if you are still struggling to make the time, ask for help. The people around you that love and support you want to help. Don’t deny them their opportunity to help you be a better you.

Still feeling like you just don’t know what to do for self-care? Like you don’t have a good support system? Or you just couldn’t possibly find time in your schedule? I’d love to help you tackle those tasks. You can sign up today for a free 15 minute clarity call by clicking the link below. Let’s discuss how I can help you find time for you along with managing your time for work better. Then you can have plenty leftover for doing what you love with who you love.


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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 “hey 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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Communicate Expectations - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Clearly Communicate Expectations for More Success

Do you communicate expectations at work or at home?

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Do you tell people what you expect from them? Or do you bring them into what you are expecting of yourself? If not, how can they possibly know what to do or how to best support you? People want to help you succeed. Or they just want to help you in general. And a great way to help them help you communicate expectations aka tell them what you need from them. Genius, right?

Last week, we discussed managing our expectations. We also recognized the difference between what we perceive as an expectation. And what is actually expected. Now that you are clear on what you are expecting from yourself (if not, you should pop back and check out that episode by clicking here), it’s time to bring those people that the expectations affect up to speed. Which may be part of the process that feels intimidating. But not after today. 

Ready to feel understood? Seen? Satisfied? And Successful? Start to clearly communicate expectations to the people in your family. Your team. Your clients. And anyone that you expect anything from. When everyone is on the same page working towards the same goal, you’ll have less misunderstandings, less resentment, and you’ll feel less overwhelmed. You’ll create a baseline for behaviors. And you’ll open the lines of communication as they relate to your relationship and the expectations you have. 

All it takes is you taking the time to create and clarify what you expect. Then communicating those expectations to those they affect. Uh, sure Christy. You make it sound so easy but I’m just not a confrontational person. 

If this is what’s spinning your brain right now, you may need to reframe your mindset around setting boundaries or explaining what is expected. Communicating needs is not looking to start a fight. Boundaries are put in place to establish limits. Expectations are what you and others hope for or work towards. 

When we aren’t clear on our limits and what we are working towards in our relationship, confusion abounds. Resentment builds up. And it just makes life harder in general. Ever found yourself pissed off because you’re folding laundry while everybody else is outside having fun on a beautiful fall day? Or you work super long hours for a client going above and beyond when you don’t feel appreciated? Was the work you are doing clearly laid out and defined? Or is it a product of what you “think” you need to do for your family or clients? See how that resentment starts to creep in? 

Benefits of Communicating Expectations

When you clearly define and communicate expectations, you are aware of the workload or the requirements for your job…. whether that job is in your home or with your clients. You can reduce your workload because all those extras you thought were necessary are not necessary. You can delegate jobs you added to your list that doesn’t require your ability. 

Now, you can build your daily to-do list around these expectations at home and at work. Rather than what you perceive your spouse, your family, your team, your boss, or your clients want you to do. Remember, when you clearly define what is expected, there’s no wiggle room… you know what the expectations are expectations are and create a task list or schedule based on those expectations. 

And when you create your schedule around the clearly defined expectations, there’ll be less side-eye at your spouse for enjoying the evening while you are working. because. You’ll no longer resent your clients for underappreciating the extra work you do. We’ve defined the expectations of every job and all involved and communicated so it’s all sunshine and roses from here on out. Or at least it is monumentally better than you bitterly cursing under your breath because you feel unappreciated and undervalued. 

How to Start Communicating Expectations

I know sometimes these conversations can feel hard.  But I think this quote from Thomas Fuller sums it up well…. “All things are difficult before they are easy.”  The more you have these conversations, the easier they become. The more comfortable you are with the idea that you do not need to do more than you are absolutely expected to do, the easier it will become to have a conversation about your expectations of yourself or others. 

I’ve paired it down to 2 steps to effectively share your expectations: create and communicate. First, when you create your expectations write down the who, what, when, where, and why. Who is involved? What is happening? Where is it happening? Why does it need to happen? As you develop these expectations keep them as simple as possible. Don’t be wishy-washy. Don’t go overboard with explaining. Keep this super simple. Make it as clear as possible so there is no mistaking the expectation.  

Once you clarify the expectation, it is time to communicate expectations to those involved in making them a success. Set a family meeting time. Create an onboarding document for new clients. Have a team meeting to present the new system. If you’re feeling a little nervous before this meeting or presentation, give yourself a little affirmation pep talk.  

  • I give myself permission to set and share expectations and boundaries that support myself, my business, and my life. 
  • I’m worthy and deserving of setting expectations that serve me. 
  • I’m worthy and deserving of setting boundaries that serve me. 
  • It is easy for me to share my expectations and boundaries with others.  
  • It is safe for me to share my expectations and boundaries with others. 
  • I honor myself by setting and communicating my boundaries and expectations with others. 

Action step & CTA (Consequence & Deadline):  

Your action step for this week is to clarify and communicate your expectations with the people they affect in your life. Write down a simple version of who it affects, what is involved, when it needs to happen, where it needs to happen, and why it needs to happen. Once you’ve clarified your expectations, schedule a time to communicate expectations with those affected. Create a document for your team or for new clients. Call a family meeting. Have a date night with your spouse. Whatever you do, make sure that you don’t create the expectations and skip the part when you include the people involved. Give yourself a pep talk using the affirmations from today’s episode.

Still struggling to clarify and communicate expectations and goals as a mom and business owner? Tired of feeling angry, ignored, or overworked, let’s change that. Let’s talk about how my programs can help you overcome your overwhelm and stop your stress. You can live a more fun and fulfilling life as a mom and business owner. And that is exactly what I am here to help you with. Book your free call by clicking below to start your journey from burnout to blissful today. 


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How to Manage Expectations as a Mom and Entrepreneur

How do you manage expectations as a mompreneur?

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Productivity guru David Allen said “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything”. And yet as moms and business owners we continue to push ourselves to the breaking point to do everything. I’ve done it. And I see it in my community. I also know from what I’ve done and what I’ve seen that running ourselves ragged trying to do it all only leads to burnout. And stress. And potentially health problems…again speaking from experience here. That’s why I’m here to help you develop a better way to manage expectations.

I’m totally former president of the “trying to cram way too much into a day because I think I have to” society. Those expectations we think we have to meet can really do a number on our stress levels. Our self-esteem. And our sleep patterns. And our relationships…you name it.

To be completely honest, I wrestled with preparing this episode. And I think it’s because this is an area where I regularly find myself needing to reinvest in my mindset. So often, all that added pressure is entirely brought on by our own minds. And by no means am I suggesting we settle for less than we absolutely desire or deserve. I’m just saying, let’s take a minute to realistically evaluate our schedules, lists of tasks, and expectations for work and home life so we can confidently stay on track to achieve our goals and desires.

Entrepreneurship as a mom can be a rough road. Especially when you’re first starting out. Once the initial excitement wanes, you may find yourself continually thinking “what the f did I get myself into?” The sooner we learn to realistically manage our expectations when it comes to what is successful in our business and our mom life, the sooner we can learn to actually enjoy the life we are creating as a business owner.

Managing expectations comes down to a brutally honest review of your skills, your time, your support system, your finances, and your desires. Remember, we can do anything just not everything. The sooner we learn to ask for help in our home and business life, delegate tasks that aren’t in our skillset, spend money to make money with systems or automation, and set manageable goals aligned with our vision AND time available, the sooner we will crush those previously held expectations of who we should be and how we do it. And we will start to relish in the here and now, which sets us up for future success.

Currently, you may be running your business and home life based on how you perceived an entrepreneur life looks like. Or maybe you are trying to be your own mom, who kept an immaculate house but did not work additionally outside the home. Maybe your favorite online business building guru is full of amazing strategies but also single or childless.

Benefits When You Manage Expectations

You are 100% unique when it comes to your family, your business, and how they all work together. There isn’t a single mentor, regardless of their yearly income, Instagram followers, or number of team members they have, that shares the same needs as you. And yet we often model our view of “success” after these other people. No wonder we are struggling to recognize the difference between actual and perceived expectations as a mom and business owner.

But when we start to manage our expectations on a realistic level that is based on our goals, our values, and our time available, we can stay motivated. We learn to accept a range of success and celebrate it. Rather than the constant belief we are failing or missing the mark.  

We are better prepared when life happens…like a sick kid or your internet’s out before a big meeting. The adage “Done is better than perfect” could become a sort of mantra. Helping you complete the work and home tasks that are required while leaving you time and energy for yourself and your family.

And speaking of your family…if you were to ask them, do you think they would be more concerned about a perfectly kept house that you spend hours maintaining in the evenings after work and school. Or would they rather have you present for a board game or a movie night? How can we get to a place where we can better juggle all the things and the perceived expectations we have for our home and business life?

It’s helpful to think of success in a range rather than black and white. There are so many tiny victories to celebrate that will keep us motivated and lead us to greater success.

Click here to hear why we need to celebrate those tiny victories in Episode 21 “3 Reasons You Should Celebrate Everything” from August 2020.

If we only focus on reaching the big, hairy goals or celebrating life working out exactly how we planned, we miss the opportunity to revel in the abundance of the great things we are doing along the way. Instead, let’s think of our “successes” on a good, better, best scale. I learned this as a goal-setting method from a former coach. And it’s a great way to help manage expectations and create a more abundant attitude toward success.

How to Manage Expectations on a Sliding Scale

Here is your action step to start using a sliding scale to manage your expectations. I recommend starting this exercise by working through a couple of stress points. Use a journal, a piece of paper, or the notes app on your phone. After a while, you’ll start noticing your reaction to perceived expectations in the moment. As GI Joe used to say “knowing is half the battle”.

Let’s start by writing down a perceived expectation. What is an expectation you believe is required of you that feels overwhelming or impossible? Let’s use the example of tackling a sinkful of dishes at the end of a very long day. Your perceived expectation may be that despite feeling exhausted or wanting to hang out with your family on the couch watching “Lego Masters”, you need to spend your time in the kitchen doing these dishes. That’s the perceived expectation which is causing stress or overwhelm.

Next, let’s look at the actual expectation. Did someone, other than yourself, tell you to complete this job or action? Or is the expectation of completion coming from you? Back to the dishes example…Did your mother always had clear counters and a clean sink before going to bed? Do you also feel like that is expected of you? Did your spouse ask for it? Or your kids? Most times they did not. And yet the expectation is there. Deeply rooted in your daily routine creating stress and potentially resentment. Chances are that the expectations that cause the most stress in our daily lives are coming from our own mind. Which is great because it means we have an opportunity to evolve our thinking.

Using our good, better, best sliding scale…how can we meet the expectation of doing the dishes and not go to bed resenting the fact that your spouse and kids are enjoying their evening on the couch while you do the dishes. The “Good” option may be your put the dishes in the dishwasher and call it a night. “Better” may be you get the dishes in the dishwasher, soak the pans, and wipe the counters down. And “Best” might be you complete all the actions. Most nights you may be ok in your better to best range. But on the days you don’t have it in you, and you really want to snuggle down with your family, good is also ok.

How about a quick example from the business world. Let’s say you have a perceived expectation that you need to post 6 days a week on Instagram. As well as creating 4-10 stories a day. Creating that much content requires you to stay up very late after the kids go to bed. You’re losing sleep. Missing out on time with your spouse. and have found yourself generally cranky trying to meet this perceived expectation. What could a good, better, best scenario be for this situation? “Good” could be you create just the posts or just the stories for the week. “Better” is you create 4 posts instead of 6 and 2-5 stories per day instead of 10. “Best” is you create all the content you perceive necessary to grow your business and increase your income.

Regardless of completing your “good”, “better”, or “best” goal, you’re still producing content that will help grow your business. But now you are better managing expectations so you can juggle your need for downtime. And reduce the resentment that life is all work and no play.

How are you feeling about managing your expectations on a scale from good to better to best? Changing up years of patterns and thoughts can feel daunting. As I said in the opening, managing expectations is mindset matter I am constantly working on. If you’re also feeling overwhelmed or still aren’t sure where to start, I’d love to help you. Let’s evaluate the tasks on your to-do list and come up with your range of success for those tasks that wear you out. Click the link below to schedule a free clarity call. And discuss how I can help you manage expectations, reach your goals, and still spend time watching Lego Masters on the couch with your family.


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How to Organize Your Business When You’re Not Organized

Let talk how to organize your business when you not organized.

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Do you ever catch yourself thinking “I don’t have time to organize”. “It’s just not a good use of my time”. “I would rather do work”. My question for you is “do you really have time to not be organized?” Learning how to organize your business could be the best way for you to manage your time, work productively, and create more of a balance in your work and home life as a mom business owner.

Today I am wearing hats from both of my businesses…Let’s talk about organizing your business when you don’t feel like you are an organized person. I spent over a decade as a professional organizer helping moms to overcome their clutter and simplify their stuff so they could do more of what they loved with who they loved. So yeah, you could say I have a bit of a passion for organizing. And not just because it looks pretty.

Practicing your organizing skill is truly a way to optimize your time and energy. You can show up a better mom, a better business owner, a better spouse, and a better you all around. And today we are going to talk about easy ways you can start to practice your organizing skills…Even if you’ve spent your life thinking you’re disorganized.

Why Take the Time to Organize Your Business

When you take time to organize your space and time as business owner, you can work more efficiently. And expend less energy completing the necessary tasks. It takes so much energy to run a business, especially if you are just starting out or a solopreneur. Why spend any more time than you absolutely have to search for documents you know you created? Or distracted by the piles of papers on your desk when you don’t have to?

Decide today to devote time on a regular basis to decluttering what is unnecessary. Create systems. Organize your space and schedule. And regularly maintain it all will ensure you keep your business and your household running at an optimal level.

And as I said in the opening…you may think you don’t have time to organize. But do you really have time not be? Disorganization shows up as lost items or files, missed deadlines or communications, unpaid invoices or lack of invoicing…the list goes on. All of these actions take a toll on both your productivity and business success. As well as your stress levels. Because, let’s face it, if you are constantly looking for things, missing deadlines, or forgetting invoice clients, it’s going to cause a bit of stress and strain in your already tapped out life.

And if you’re thinking “I could never be an organized person”. Or “I’m creative so I can’t be organized”, I’m here to help you see that everyone can benefit from a bit more organization.

You’ll complete tasks because you know when they’re due AND where the supplies you need to complete them are. You’ll serve your customers better because they will receive their services or packages in a timely manner. And happy customers mean more money. Maybe even repeat business. And more business means more compensation. More compensation means less stress because your efforts are rewarded. See how nicely that all works together!

And this isn’t just a long-term strategy. I want you to close your eyes and imagine a workday where you know what you need to do. You know where you can find everything you need to do your job. You start your day in a clear workspace where you can focus. And end your workday by resetting the space for next work session. Can you see it?

And practicing your organizing skills in your business is bound to spill over into your home life too. You and your family can set up systems to find all sorts of items that were previously on the “mom, where are my (insert lost item)” list. And, as I used to discuss with my organizing clients, the earlier you start to practice the skill of organizing with your kids, the better. I firmly believe you can teach an old dog new tricks. But I also know the sooner you start to nurture skills the better.

First Steps to Organize Your Business

So, where do you start honing your organizing skills as business owner? I’ve got 3 simple steps that even the most disorganized person can implement to start organizing their space and time. Reduce. Systematize. Maintain.

  1. Reduce – aka decluttering. When it comes to organizing anything, whether physical stuff or calendar clutter, the first step is to reduce the amount of items that need organizing. It just doesn’t make sense to organize something you don’t need. Or you don’t use. Or that doesn’t bring value to your day. When you look at the papers you keep, do you actually need them all? If you’ve got digital copy, do you need a printed copy? Or could you keep a well labeled digital copy on the chance you’ll reference it again. Rather than taking the time to print and file that document? When you look at your desktop, is everything there necessary for you to complete your job? Or does it cause a distraction or additional stress because your desk looks messy. When you look at your schedule or to-do list, do the tasks or activities add value and increase the bottom line of your business? Or are they unaligned with your goals and values causing you to waste your precious time and energy. Look at your space and schedule and ask yourself, is this all necessary and essential? If the answer is no, what can go. I am giving you permission to let go of items or tasks that don’t serve your vision, goals, or values.
  2. Systematize – For some reason, many business owners love to make things harder than they need to be. Even when they know they don’t have the time for it. It’s the “I don’t have time to get organized” lie again. But when you take a little time to organize systems for routine business tasks, you’ll work more productively and have fewer mistakes or missed opportunities. There’s a chance you’re already using some sort of systems in your business and you may not even realize it. Do you have templates you use for social media? A nurture sequence when new subscribers opt-in to your email list? Or a process for sending products to customers once they’ve purchased from you? Then you’ve organized systems designed to offload some of the decision making you do during your workday. AND to ensure the work is completed with fewer mistakes and consistent results. Currently recreating the wheel every time you have a repeated task in your business? I challenge you to look for places you can create systems. Creating a new blog post? Uploading new products to your website? Writing an email newsletter? Onboarding a new client? These are all places you can write down each step you need to complete in the process. Then create a checklist of these steps. I know, I know. It may seem redundant to record routine tasks when you are used to doing them over and over. But some days, mom brain kicks in. Some days we miss a step. And mistakes can cost our time and money. Not mention, you can easily delegate a well documented system as your business grows. And your business will grow now that you’ve committed to using your time and space more efficiently. For even more on creating systems for your business, check out episode 57 from February 2021 called “Systems: What are they and why you need them”.
  3. Maintenance – Maintaining what you decluttered or the systems you’ve created is so key to staying organized. And yet, this step is so often overlooked. Organizing is never set it and forget it like a Ronco Rotisserie Oven (how’s that for a throwback reference). We have to review and reevaluate to make constant improvements. You might find that items you once thought were necessary for your workflow aren’t anymore because you’ve digitized a system. Or tasks your once did no longer align with your current vision and goals. Or the system you created feels clunky, outdated, or complicated. Just because you reduce and systematize doesn’t mean it’s complete. For instance, I make a habit of reviewing my marketing numbers at the end of every month. I’ve created a weekly marketing checklist, aka a system, so I know what I would like to post where. And when I write my podcast. And what needs completed that week to accomplish my marketing goals. Based on my marketing numbers each month, I refine and review my weekly system. I look for places I can eliminate tasks or where I need to lean in a bit more. Schedule time in on a regular basis, maybe monthly or quarterly, to review what you’ve done. And determine if it is still working for you. Or if it might need a little zhuzh.

Here are your action steps to organize your business, even if you don’t feel like you’re an organized person…

First, reduce the clutter. Eliminate any items that you don’t absolutely need or that cause distractions. Ask yourself “will I realistically need this? Or am I just keeping it because I might use it or someone else told me to have it”? Let go of items that don’t directly contribute to your success. Or align with your values. Or that distract you from doing focused work. You don’t have to overhaul your whole office at once. Start small. A drawer. Your desktop. A day on your schedule. Then tomorrow, do a little more.

Next up, systematize. Are there areas of your business where you repeat tasks? If so, create a checklist or automation to ensure you complete each step accurately. And yes, I know words like accurate and timely can start to sound a little confining to a free flowing creative. But when you create simple systems to offload the regular, boring, non-creative yet essential tasks, you free up brainpower for more creative time in your work.

And finally, schedule time for maintenance and review. Sure, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But as we develop organizing skills, we find that the stuff or tasks we thought we needed, aren’t really necessary. In fact, they may actually distract us. Make an appointment on a regular basis to review the state of your workspace, your schedule, and your systems. Evaluate that they align with your current, vision, goals, and values.


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How to Decide What to Do When You Work

Struggling to decide what to do when you sit down to work?

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Ever sit down to work on your carefully curated list of tasks to-do that someone, somewhere said you “need” to do and feel completely overwhelmed by it all? Then today’s episode is for you! Let’s decide what to do for you when you work.

The topic of deciding what to do because it comes up over and over in my community. Figuring out what to do and then doing those things can really zap your energy as an entrepreneur. Add to that the duties you have as a mom and around your home and it’s no wonder this feels so daunting. But it doesn’t have to. And today I am going to share a few simple questions that will help you narrow that list down to your priority tasks when you are feeling confused, indecisive, or overwhelmed. 

Ugh….What Do I Do???

Staring at a to-do list of 10, 20, 30, or more tasks can feel completely overwhelming…even to the most productive go-getter. And whenever you have a large quantity of anything…whether it’s tasks on your to-do list or clothes in your closet…making a decision becomes even harder. Today we are solving the problem of knowing what to focus on NOW from your to-do list in order to get the right things done, work efficiently, and save time and energy. 

The mompreneurs who make a regular practice of evaluating the tasks and carving out time for the ones that are urgent and important often feel less stress. They can do more in less time because the tasks they focus on make a difference. And many of those tasks we thought we needed to do don’t need completed. All it takes is a little evaluation and prioritization. 

Feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list or confused about what to do? It’s often because you pick what to do willy nilly, rather than focusing time and energy on tasks that truly make an impact. Many times you choose a task because you like to do it or because it is easy. But I’m here to tell you…those are often not the tasks that will move the needle in helping you grow your community, work more efficiently, see more results or, most importantly, make more money. As busy mompreneurs pulled in 127 different directions, you have to stop wasting time on low-value tasks. 

But what are those low-value tasks? How do you even know what is a waste and what is productive? You have so many voices in your ear, mine included, telling you what you should and should not do. The fact is, only you know your priorities based on your goals and your values. But the more you practice prioritizing what’s on your list based on those goals and values, the easier it becomes to see exactly what you need to do when you sit down to work. Or what to do with your free time. When you manage to carve out that 3 minutes and 48 seconds. 

How You Benefit When You Decide What to Do

When you use the simple questions I’m sharing today to prioritize your to-do list, you focus on tasks that matter. You reduce feelings of overwhelm and stress because you can focus time and energy on only the tasks produce results. And you often reduce your workload because you can give up the tasks that don’t truly align with your goals or your values. 

On a daily basis, you will feel confident that what you are doing will benefit of your business, your self, or your family because those tasks are directly aligned with your goals or your values. 

And you aren’t the only person who benefits from a less stressed, less overwhelmed business owning mom. Your family will see more of you because you can accomplish more in less time. And you can show up less distracted or stressed at mealtimes or sporting events because you know the work you’ve done (and left behind) made an impact.  

Steps to Decide What to Do When You Work

So how can you arrive at this glorious place where can decide what to do, your tasks align, your to-do list shrinks, and you can walk away from work at the end of the day feeling accomplished? It’s easier than you might think. 

First, let’s take a second to review the difference between your urgent and important tasks. I did a deep dive on this topic in episode 38 titled “The Difference between Urgent and Important. And Why It Matters” back in November of 2020. But in a nutshell…your urgent tasks require immediate action. Your important tasks aid in reaching your long term goals. And your daily to-do list will contain a combination of both urgent and important tasks.  

Which leads us to my four, simple TRIM Your To-Do list questions. I developed these questions based on prioritizing what is urgent and important to my clients. Not what this guru said you have to do in some workshop or what that IG post said you need to do in order to (fill in the blank). These questions help you decide what to do based on the goals you’ve set for your business and personal life. Along with the values you hold for yourself and your family. 

  1. Is the task time sensitive? As in does it have a due date. And, importantly, is that due date approaching. If the answer is yes, the task is a priority and you should complete it asap. If the due date is in the future, schedule time to complete the task closer to the due date. These time sensitive tasks fall under the urgent category when it comes to prioritizing your to-do list. 
  1. Is the task required to move on to the next step? This would be a task like sending a questionnaire to a new potential client so you can schedule a sales call. Uploading new pictures to your website for your online shop so you can add those new seasonal products. Creating an opt-in so you can start collecting email addresses. If completing this task means you move on to a new, necessary phase of tasks directly related to your goals and your success, then those tasks are priorities and must be done. 
  1. Does the task make an impact positively or negatively? This category of tasks includes but is not limited to: scheduling a doctor’s appointment, going to your child’s choir concert, working out, self-care, showing up on social media if that is where you market your business, family dinner, scheduling client calls, taking an online course, and so on. Many of the tasks that make an impact will fall into the important category. They contribute to your long term goals and align with your values. And they are often overlooked or afterthoughts. Or we just try to squeeze them in rather than treating them as a priority. That is also why we often feel extra stress or overwhelm because we aren’t making time for these important tasks that make an impact. 
  1. Will the task make me money or cost me money? Remember…you are in business. Businesses make money. Otherwise it is a hobby. I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve talked with mompreneurs who will spin their wheels for hours planning marketing content or writing blog posts and ignore the tasks on their to-do list that can actually result in sales. Making money is a priority as a business. And your task list should reflect that. Likewise, if you avoid tasks like invoicing clients or paying bills, that avoidance is costing you money.  

Your action step to decide what to do when you work is to prioritize your to-do list. Ask yourself these questions about the tasks on your list…Is this time-sensitive? Is it required for me to move to the next step? Will it make an impact positively or negatively? Will it make me money or cost me money? If the answer is “yes” to one or more of those questions, it is a priority and needs your precious time and focus first. Time Sensitive. Required. Impact-Driven. Or Money Related. That’s the TRIM in TRIM your To-Do List. 


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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.


Need additional support in creating your best mompreneur life? Want to create a solid and simple plan to get your work done and have fun? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute call to see how I can help you feel more fun & fulfilled in your work and home life.

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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?


Need additional support in creating your best mompreneur life? Want to create a solid and simple plan to get your work done and have fun? Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation 15-minute call to see how I can help you feel more fun & fulfilled in your work and home life.

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