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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 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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How to Create Margin in Your Mompreneur Life

What do you think of when I say “create margin”?

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Terms papers? Profits? The fact is, margins are key to maintaining a balanced schedule as a mompreneur. That’s why we are talking about this important and often overlooked boundary…how to create margin in your schedule. Last week we talked about the importance of rest to stay healthy and productive while juggling your business and home life. This week we are diving into a specific sort of rest break. A full stop, transition space between tasks and activities to help us catch our break. And to help prevent feeling overwhelmed, overstimulated, and overscheduled.

This quote nails it…

“Margin is the boundaries, the rest that is built into your every day life.  It is the space between our load and our limits. Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between breathing freely and suffocating. It is the opposite of overload.”

While I couldn’t find exactly who said this, I think it perfectly sums up margin and why you need margin.

When you can commit to creating space, a buffer zone, or emergency fund for time in your schedule, you will feel less stressed and anxious. You can take time to enjoy the current task or activity you are focusing on because you aren’t worried about what you didn’t finish before and what you’re rushing off to next.

Continuing to jam one activity after another after another into your schedule isn’t sustainable. Well, not if you want to feel present in your life. Or like you can actually breathe.

And I get the desire to do it all…you want to serve all the people. Do all the things. You want your kids to experience all the activities and have all the things. You want your house to look like Real Simple magazine or cook recipes from Martha Stewart every night. But there will come a point when you feel exhausted, overwhelmed or out of control. You can either break and burnout or start to prioritize.

Having margin means you’re less full and less rushed. You have time and space to breathe. To transition from one activity to the next.

It means the tasks and activities on your schedule are intentional and bring you or your family joy. It means you have time to finish and close out your work mom life and transition into home mom life without feeling anxiety because tasks and activities overlap, intermingle, or slam into each other day after day.

Your clients and team can benefit from a more prioritized and streamlined schedule because you can focus and show up energized. And your family will also benefit from this “less is more” approach to activities. Kids’ brains, especially in adolescence, are already overloaded and overstimulated without piling extra activities or running around on top of what is already expected. Think of this as an opportunity to be a shining example of the ebb and flow it takes to stay healthy mentally and physically as an adult.

4 Strategies to Help Create Margin

Ready to create margin in your schedule? Here are 4 strategies to help you streamline your schedule and create more buffer zones between activities.

  1. Schedule Transition Time…This is the biggest offender I see in my clients and community when it comes to an overloaded schedule. There just isn’t time between. We eat dinner in the care while we rush from soccer to Girl Scouts. We schedule Zoom meetings back to back without a chance to get a sip of water or go to the bathroom. And when we neglect transition time, we run late. We have to cancel. Or we just run ourselves down. Your brain needs a chance to close out one activity before it rushes to the next. As you look at your schedule, see where you need to create a buffer zone between activities. Even 10-15  minutes gives you’re a chance to complete, rest, and pivot. Then you can show up more attentive and less flustered for your next task or activity.
  2. Stop Overbooking…I said transition time was the biggest offender when it comes to schedule stress, but usually that is because we are overbooking ourselves. Rushing from one thing to the next with no downtime is not sustainable. No wonder moms are exhausted. And it’s not just us. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that sleep problems affect 25 to 50 percent of children and 40 percent of adolescents. And when kids are overstimulated by activities or staying up late doing homework due to an overbooked scheduled, it can impact their mental and physical health. Before you add another task or activity to your schedule, ask yourself “is this necessary?” “Is this truly important?” “Will this make me or my family happy?” “Do I honestly have the space for this in my schedule?” If you answer “no” to all of these questions, you need to use tip 3 which is…
  3. Say “NO”…This can take some practice. It may even take a lot of practice. Especially if you are used to being a “yes” mom or a “yes” woman. But protecting your schedule and your margin. Finding time to transition or rest is more important. Stop feeling like saying “no” means you are letting people down and think of saying “no” as a way to say “yes” to you. And your family. And your priorities for home and work life. For a deeper dive on “How to Say No and Why You Need To”, click here to check out my episode from January.
  4. Delegate…And finally, if you feel like your have narrowed down your schedule to the absolute priorities. To the activities that bring you or your family joy. To the tasks that are absolute priorities for your household or business. And yet you still can’t create margin, it may be time to delegate. Where can you employ help so you can complete the tasks without burning out? Who can help you transition or rest between activities? Is there someone you can hire to help with marketing while you take calls? Can a spouse, neighbor or another parent that can drop off for soccer practice so you can complete work or home tasks and have chance to breathe and pivot? Asking for help is not weakness, it’s protection. Say it with me…”asking for help is not weakness, it’s protection.” Who can and will you ask for help so you can protect your time and energy to focus on your priorities at home and at work?

Your action step to create margin in your schedule to protect your time and energy is to look at your schedule for this week, next week, or the coming weeks. Where can you plan transition time? Or adjust to give yourself a buffer zone between appointments and activities? What could you delete or reschedule to keep tasks and activities from slamming into each other? Can you say “no” to any commitments or upcoming activities to help free up some space in your schedule? Or are there tasks you can delegate to a spouse, family member, or team member that can help you stay focused and present rather than scattered and overwhelmed?


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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How to Communicate Your Boundaries to Improve Productivity

Looking to improve productivity?

Look no further than your boundaries. When you establish and communicate clearly defined boundaries around your time and space, your focus and productivity skyrocket.

And communicating these boundaries doesn’t have to be an awkward conversation. Or feel like your scolding your family, friends, or clients. It can be as simple as an after-hours email responder saying you’ll reply during your work hours tomorrow. Or a document for new clients stating your exact work hours and exactly what is included in their package or product.

When you look to improve your productivity, look no further than the places you lose focus. Or work outside your zone of genius. Or teaching your nuggets to entertain themselves while you take a call.

Did you catch this week’s podcast? Need a refresher? You can click here to listen…

For this week’s chat, we are discussing:

  1. Review how to create a personal boundary statement.
  2. Setting personal boundaries to limit distractions.
  3. 5 ways sharing your boundaries helps improve productivity.

Want additional resources on streamlining your day? 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.


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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How to Communicate Your Boundaries for Work & Home Life

How are you at communicating boundaries you’ve set?

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What do you think of when I say “boundaries”? Restrictions? Limits? Freedom? Let’s talk about how communicating the boundaries you put in place for your work and home life can protect you from burnout and stress. The communication part of boundaries is so vital and yet so often overlooked.

For some reason, we like to establish clear boundaries about when we work. Or what kinds of projects we do. Or the space we need to complete a job…But then we neglect to tell the people around us about then. And subsequently, we get frustrated our family members or clients don’t respect the boundaries we have put in place. Or sometimes we violate our own boundaries because no one knew that line was there so we can cross it. Right? No. Lack of boundaries creates lack of respect, whether crossing that line is intentional or unintentional. And starting today, you, your family, friends, clients, and team will know exactly where your line is.

Why Establishing & Communicating Boundaries is Important

Establishing and communicating boundaries allows mompreneurs to safeguard themselves against burnout and failing to meet expectations. When you clarify the limits of what you allow in, what you accept from someone else, and how much your capacity is, you can communicate these limits to the people around you. And when you communicate your limits, you can problem-solve for overflow. You can prevent feeling overwhelmed because the people involved are aware of our capacity and limits.

Many of the mompreneurs in my community feel like running overcapacity is just par for the course. Or that if they just reach a certain point, everything will balance out or their workload with decrease. There is also a fear of saying no to business opportunities because their business may not be as successful. Or they fear saying “no” to their family because they don’t want to put their business before their family. Many times, they fear saying no to both which lands them in a cycle of exhaustion, stress, and overwhelm.

On the flip side, you could create healthy boundaries. You can clarify the limits of what you allow in. Establish what you will accept from someone else. And know your capacity to protect yourself from burnout and overwhelm. Then, you can communicate these boundaries with others. They will now know how to respect your needs. But can also hold you accountable when they notice your nearing capacity or allowing people to violate your limits.

Over time, you will discover that by decreasing the amount you allow in will allow the quality of what you focus on will increase. Higher quality work in your business. Focused, present, intentional quality time with your family.

You can actually look forward to your work because you know that when you reach your limit, you can shift out of work mode and into mom mode with ease and confidence. Your daily or weekly workload can shift from work you don’t love or working with clients you don’t love to only doing what you love.

And when you focus on doing work you love or working with clients you love, you can show up to serve better. And a mom who feels fulfilled and productive in her work can step away at the end of the day. She can focus on her family in the evenings, on the weekends, or on her days off.

Steps for Creating & Communicating Boundaries

I know setting and communicating boundaries can feel overwhelming itself…Especially if you’ve just dealt with doing it all or saying yes to everything for so long. That’s why I have a little fill-in-the-blank exercise for you. You can create a boundary statement to communicate to your clients, team, family, or friends.

  • The first step is to recognize where you need this boundary. Where do you allow people to crash through the fences you’ve tried to use to establish a boundaries? Are there places you’re allowing people to overload you? Or places you allowing yourself to go over capacity? Then fill in the blank for this statement… “I need to create a boundary around ___________”
  • Next, let’s talk about why. You know I love knowing the why behind any change or effort you make. Why is it that you feel you need this boundary? Because you don’t have set work hours? Or because it is hard to work when kids are constantly interrupting you? Maybe because when you spread yourself too thin with clients, all your clients suffer? Dig into WHY you want this boundary in place and fill in this blank… “I need this boundary because _____”.
  • And finally, let’s dive into how you know when you’re approaching your limits. Do you snap at your kids more? Have trouble sleeping? Feel anxiety, sleeplessness, or the need to overeat? When you take a step back, you can usually see a pattern when you reach capacity. What is that trigger you would like to avoid? How can that affect your mental and physical health as well as your relationships and business? Now fill in this blank… “I know I am approaching my limit when _____”.

We have clarified where we need a boundary, why we need it and how it protects us. Now we are going to create a boundary statement. We can use this for our benefit by placing it as a visible reminder to review on a regular basis. And we can use it as the basis for our boundary conversation with our family, clients, or team.

You can create your statement by grabbing the answers we just created and placing them in this statement…

I need to (insert boundary you need to create) because (insert reason why you need the boundary) and I no longer want to feel (insert how you know you are approaching your limit).

Examples are “I need to create specific work hours because I am not making progress just trying to fit my business building work in here and there and I no longer want to feel stressed and defeated.”

Or “I need to no longer schedule calls after 5pm because I want to focus on spending time with my family in the evenings and I no longer want them or me to feel like they are second to my business.”

Once you have your statement ready, make time to communicate it with your family or clients. Remember that this change could invoke some strong emotions. But, in the end, you are protecting your passion, relationships, and mental and physical health are what is most important.

Your action step to establish and communicate your boundaries today is to create your boundary statement. Then schedule a time to meet with the people affected by your change.


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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You Need “Mom Office Hours”, Here’s How to Create Them

Do you set aside specific mom office hours to work on or in your business?

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Or do you just wake up with your fingers crossed hoping you can do some work today? Ever feel like you’re cramming too much into your day? Or like your energy is so scattered you can’t find your rhythm? It may be time to buckle down and create some specific mom office hours. This helps you focus on business building and client serving activities while your family learns to respect that mama’s working right now.

When you block out specific times on your calendar for mom office hours, you are more likely to actually do your work during those hours. Committing to scheduled time to work on your impact-driven tasks makes you more money and grows your community more successfully. Plain and simple.

And when you commit to an appointment with yourself to work, your productivity and focus will increase. When you treat these office hours just like you would if you were leaving the home…by communicating with your spouse, caregiver, or children that you are working and not to be disturbed, you and your family will start to respect your business as a business, not a hobby.

But Mom Office Hours Aren’t for Me

You might be thinking “my life is too inconsistent. I’m better when I just play it by ear and squeeze in work when I can.” Or maybe you’re saying “what I’m doing is working. Yeah, it can be chaotic but we muddle through.”

And muddling through might be fine for now. But when you start to treat your business like a business, you will see greater growth. Just think of the entrepreneurs you look up to…Do you think they are just squeezing it in when they can? Or do you think they are setting aside specific time for focused work?

Designating specific office hours helps you find a flow and dive into tasks that generate more income and reach more potential clients. There’s also a mindset shift that happens when you start treating your business as a business. Meaning you set aside specific time to work both on and in it. Haven’t seen the growth you hoped for with your business? It may be because your brain is subconsciously telling you it isn’t really a business…yet.

These assigned office hours help to feed the Productivity-Fulfillment cycle I like to talk about. When you are more productive, you’ll feel more fulfilled in your work. And feel more comfortable stepping away to spend time with your family in the evenings, on the weekends, or for a vacation. Feeling more fulfilled in your work and home life inspires you to focus and work more productively during your office hours. Because you want to leave your work to work hours and focus on doing what you love with who you love the rest of the time.

5 Steps to Create Your Mom Office Hours

Ready to schedule your mom office hours? Here are 5 action steps you can take to next level your productivity, grow your business, and confidently step away from work to focus on family life each day.

  1. Plan Work Blocks – Look at your schedule for the week and determine when you can “work”. You might base these blocks around when you have clients. You might want to work a few hours each day. Or you might want to have long days where you bust out everything you need for the week. Each one of you is as unique as your business. You know your needs. The big takeaway is to block out that time on your schedule and treat that time as an appointment.
  2. Communicate Your Plan – Once you have blocked the time out, it is important that you let the other people involved know what’s up. The people we live with aren’t mind-readers. So if we need focused time and space, we need to communicate this need with the people around us. Got little people who might not understand “mommy’s working, go play for a while”? You need step 3 which is…
  3. Problem Solve for Distractions – You might to arrange childcare for you kids. Or something as simple as turning off phone notifications. The important thing is to recognize what distracts you while you are doing your focused work. Then create a solution to the problem in advance rather than putting work aside.
  4. Have a Specific Work Space – Once we have the time blocked out, we’ve told our family what’s up, and we’ve limited distractions…We need to go to our workspace. Does this mean you need an office? No, not at all. I built my first business from my laptop at the kitchen table. But I had a specific workspace and a place to organize what I needed to do my work. When you create a workspace, your mind will know the routine. And slide more easily into “I’m going to work now” mode. Plus, when you have a workspace, you won’t waste that precious time you’ve set aside to work searching for what you need to do your work. Whether it’s an office or your laptop with a portable file box full of what you need, designate a workspace.
  5. Make a Plan – Know what you need to work on or your goal for your allotted mom office hours. We don’t want to waste time figuring out how we will spend the time. Look at your to-do list when you plan your work blocks for the week. Assign a specific task to each block. No multi-tasking because we want to focus on completing an impact driven task during this time. And remember Parkinson’s law which states “work expands to fit the time allowed”. That’s part of the magic of office hours…If you say “I am going to finish this project or this task during these office hours”, you are much more likely to finish it during that time. As opposed to giving yourself an open-ended time frame.

Your action steps for today are to create some mom office hours in your schedule for the rest of this week or next week. Look at your schedule and plan the time to work. Communicate with your spouse or children when that time will be. Pre-plan for any distractions that may interrupt you from your focused, productive work. And make sure you have a designated workspace and clear tasks you will work on during your office hours. As I said before, when you treat your business as a business, your brain and the people around you will also see your business as a business.


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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Streamline and Simplify Making Decisions - Business Savvy Mama Aftershow

How to Streamline & Simplify Making Decisions

Exhausted by making decisions?

Or maybe your feel blocked. Unmotivated. Irritable. Disappointed in your progress. Like you can’t make even the simplest decision. It may be brain fatigue.

In fact, the tiny organ sitting inside your skull uses 20% of your body’s energy to control all functions of the body and interpret information from the outside world. And when you are running it through your daily list of mom duties, work tasks, and the general decisions associated with living, it can start to get really tired.

Is there a solution for making decisions?

When you implement easy routines and systems, you can reduce the number of decisions, and therefore the brain fatigue, you have in a day. And when you reduce brain fatigue, you can improve concentration, focus better, and make decisions easier. What a neat little cycle…create a routine to reduce making decisions to help making decisions easier.

Want to learn more? Check out the video below!

Did you catch the accompanying week’s podcast? Need a refresher?

 You can click here to listen…

In this chat about streamlining and simplifying making decisions, we discuss:

  1. Learn how routines & systems reduce decision making and brain fatigue.
  2. Learn what the difference is between creating a routine & creating a system.
  3. Hear examples of easy to implement routines & systems for your work or home life.

Want additional resources on streamlining your day? Check out these past podcast episodes…

Still feeling overwhelmed? Confused about how to create a routine or system? Or struggling to implement systems to help with making decisions? 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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Avoid Overscheduling - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Avoid Overscheduling Your Life

Are you guilty of overscheduling?

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Is busy just part of being a mom and an entrepreneur? Or is it possible to raise well rounded, activity immersed children AND create a success business without feeling overwhelmed? This week we are talking how to avoid overscheduling your life…both as a mom and as an entrepreneur.

Moms LOVE to say yes. We love to be involved. And we love to help. We hate to feel like we are letting people down. Especially our kids. BUT what happens when all those yeses compound to create a schedule that feels stressful and overwhelming? An anxious, stressed-out, overstimulated, unfulfilled mom entrepreneur is what happens. But we’re going to fix that.

When you actively work to control your schedule rather than letting it control you, you will find that there is time and space for what you truly value. For the priorities you’ve set for yourself, your business, and your family. And whatever fear or struggle you had in letting go of the events that don’t tick those boxes will dissipate quickly as you bask in the new found time and energy you’ve created by protecting yourself.

When you utilize the 3 steps I give you today, you take back control. You stop worrying about letting people down or disappointing your PTA or volunteer group or children and start making decisions about your time that focus on your values, your goals and your priorities. Both for your family and for your business.

If you’re usually a “yes” mom and you’re thinking “there is no way I can change my schedule. This is just the way it is going to be until my kids get older. Or until I can hire help. Or no one else can do it like me.” I have a truth bomb for you. You can make a change and stand up for the life you want. Or you can continue to complain and live that life that everyone else wants from you. Your choice.

When you stand up for your time, your values, your goals, and your dreams, you will start to see your life align. You can spend time fulfilling your vision with the creative energy you previously spent fulfilling someone else’s vision. And you can reallocate the time and effort you applied to reach someone else’s goal to your goals.

You’ll find ways to fill your cup, whether it’s for personal or business reasons, on a daily basis because you stop or limit what you are pouring out to others.

You can show up present at your child’s event without thinking about the other 100 things you have to do when you don’t dilute your energy. And you can devote focused effort to an organization you feel truly passionate about rather than giving the bare minimum to help them succeed. You and your family will start to see that less truly is more when it comes to your schedule.

Avoiding Overscheduling is About Knowing

Resetting your busy life is all about “knowing”. We are going to know where we need to be, know what space we need around that activity, and say no to tasks or projects that no longer align with our values or goals.

The first step to avoid overscheduling is to know your schedule. And to be honest, this is the task where you mamas are killing it. Most of you maintain some sort of family and business calendar so kudos to you. Where I see struggles start to arise with clients and in my community is when those calendars stay in separate places. Like when we schedule a meeting until 4 when soccer pick up is at 4:30.

This leads us to our second step to avoid overscheduling which is knowing the space we need around the activity. We know soccer practice ends at 4:30. We know we have a meeting until 4. And we know it takes 20 minutes to get to soccer. That’s running it pretty close if the meeting runs over. Or if there’s traffic. Or you can’t find your keys. What you need is margin. Or a buffer zone.

A huge factor in the anxiety we feel is the continuous slamming of activity into activity is. There is no transition time. We need breathing room. Do you have a transition or buffer space when you look at the schedules for you, your business, your kids, and your spouse layered on top of each other? If not, it may not be the actual number of activities that is causing you to feel overwhelmed, but the fact that there is never a minute to catch your breath in between.

And if you’re saying “Well, there’s nothing I can do about that, it’s just how it is.” That brings us to our third way of knowing which is actually N-Oing noing. Saying no more often. Protecting your time and energy by choosing tasks and activities that align with your goals rather than rushing to something your aren’t passionate about. Telling your kids “no” to the 17th activity they want to add when you feel like your evenings are spent as a chauffeur. Telling your clients “no” I can’t have a call at 8pm because that is my family time.

It’s gonna feel uncomfortable. I know, I’ve been there. You’re going to feel like you’re letting people down. But you are the decider when it comes to where you spend your time and how you expend your energy. Let’s stand up for our priorities, values, and goals rather than letting others dictate our day or free time.

Ok…I know that might ruffle few feathers out there, but if you are feeling that, it may be because you know there needs to be a change. Change is often uncomfortable. And hard. But a year from now, do you want to be proud of the leaps you’ve made in your business and personal life or stuck in the same stressful schedule cycle of overscheduling? If you’re ready to take action, I want you to take a look at your schedule. See how your commitments overlap or butt up to one another. See where you can build in some margin or a buffer zone to allow for transition from one activity to the next. And see where you can say no to build in space for your projects and goals as well as slowing the frantic pace of zooming from one activity to the next.


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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Creating Social Media Boundaries - Business Savvy Mama Podcast Aftershow

Why Creating Social Media Boundaries is Important & Necessary

Social media boundaries are a key to productivity.

On the podcast this week we discussed What to Do When Social Media Sucks Your Time, Energy, & Effort. But as with so many changes we look to make, knowing WHY is important. Knowing why we need social media boundaries helps us know our limits, understand our process, and share with others why those barriers are in place. Your why can also help you keep reinvesting when want to give up or give in.

Did you catch the accompanying week’s podcast? Need a refresher?

 You can click here to listen…

For this week’s chat about creating social media boundaries , we are discussing:

  1. How to focus on your path, without falling into comparison.
  2. Where to redirect energy lost to mindless scrolling.
  3. How to recover time to spend on your in-person relationships.

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

Still feeling overwhelmed? Confused about how to set boundaries without losing potential customers or falling behind? 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.


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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Social Media Sucks - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

What to Do When Social Media Sucks Your Time, Energy, & Effort

Sometimes, social media sucks…

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Ahhh, social media…the blessing and the curse of 21st-century entrepreneurship. And probably life in general. Full disclosure before we dive in…I love social media. In fact, I may love it a little too much. Which is why I created some social media boundaries for myself…which are a constantly evolving work in progress. And I wanted to share some steps you can take to protect your time, energy, and effort when you know social media is a vital part of running your business but social media sucks you into scroll holes.

Identifying and addressing any social media sucks in your daily routine help to protect your time and energy. And maybe most importantly, your mindset.

If you can create some clear rules around who, what, when, where, and how much you engage with social media, you can continue to use it to grow you community, build your brand, and make money…just with some clearly defined and maintained boundaries to protect you.

The strategies I share today help you shift from the “I have to spend lots time on social media to build my business, even though a significant percentage of the time I spend isn’t doing that” to “I am going to be intentional how I spend my time on social media”.

Depending on your stage of business you are in, you may feel like you have to show up everywhere, every day, at all hours. And I get that. When I started my organizing business in 2009, there weren’t even Facebook business pages. Fast forward to my coaching pivot in 2019 and I felt completely overwhelmed by sheer number of platforms and users. And the gurus say “go where your audience is.” Well, what if you don’t know where that is??? You have to spend time everywhere to figure that out, right? Maybe not necessarily so.

When you create an intentional plan for your social media, you can see growth without spreading yourself too thin. Or spending hours on multiple platforms and possibly losing precious time to mindless scrolling. I may be speaking from experience here.

You’ll approach social media with a clear plan for what you post. And boundaries around how much time and energy you spend on a platform outside of your business building activities.

This new clearly defined, boundary-bound plan of action for your social media will benefit your community because your time on social media will have a clear goal serving them. And you’ll reclaim time to focus on other aspects of your business, your family, or yourself…Sans cell phone by creating clear parameters around your social media use.

Creating Boundaries When Social Media Sucks

Ready to create some boundaries around your social media to protect and efficiently use your time, energy, and effort there? Here are 4 ways you can easily create those boundaries, especially when you are feeling sucked in:

  1. Take a break. Whether for a day or a week or whatever time you need. Maybe it’s just from a certain platform that really sucks you time and energy. Step away from daily interactions. Of course, you could still schedule content if you feel it necessary. (And I’m sure social media experts are cringing when I suggest you post and ghost…but it’s just for a little while.) The idea is just to hit the reset. Spend your time elsewhere. See how you feel and how your daily patterns, thoughts, and focus changes.
  2. Scale back on the number of platforms. If you’re spent trying to keep up with Facebook and Instagram and TikTok and YouTube and Pinterest and Clubhouse and whatever new flavor of the month social media pops this week…scale back. Where are you seeing the most growth? Which platform do you enjoy the most? Where do you have the strongest community or most interactions? Maybe you chose a platform for business and a platform for personal time. But by scaling back the number of places you are creating content for and posting to, you can reclaim time and energy to funnel into other activities.
  3. Set Time Limits. Who gets stuck in scroll holes? You can’t see me but I am raising my hand high. In fact, when we were deep in the thick of the quarantine, I spent close to 4-5 hours a day scrolling according to my phone’s tracker. 4-5 hours!!! And I can tell you nearly all of that was not “work related”. Both Apple and Android have built-in trackers that allow you to shut down access to the app after a certain time period. And there are third-party apps that do the same thing.  The idea being that you can limit mindless scrolling and focus energy when you are on the app because you know if you don’t get it done in your 60-90 minutes of app access a day, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow. It’s like Parkinson’s Law says “work expands to fit the time allowed”. If you say you will get your social media work by spending 60 minutes a day on the app, you will. If you have no parameters, the time you take will also have no bounds.
  4. Hire help. Finally, if you are easily distractable, prone to mindless scrolling, or you feel like building your social media presence sucks way too much of your time, energy, and effort…hire a professional. Just like any time you hire an expert to do the job they are an expert in, they can do it faster and with better results. Freeing you up to spend time in your zone of genius without the risk of getting sucked into a scroll hole.

Looking to scale back how much social media sucks your time, energy, and effort? Your action step for today is to apply 1 or more of the strategies. Take a break. Scale back the number of platforms you are using. Set time limits for daily platform use. Or hire a professional to help with your social media. Any one of these things can help you re-evaluate and re-calibrate your relationship with social media. And put you on the path to reallocating your time and energy.


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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