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Best Productivity Tips For Working Moms from Female Entrepreneurs

There is so much on your plate you don’t know where to start or you are caught staring at your screen with only the sound of crickets playing in your head.

Does this sound familiar?

Whether you run your own business, work outside the home or in the home, you have probably struggled with productivity at one time or another.

We have all been there.

I started working from home 4 years ago when our second child was born. While I am so grateful for the opportunity to work from home it took some time, and a really awesome babysitter, to find ways to be productive in order to fulfill both my roles as an employee and a mother.

During that time, I came to realize that the foundation to being a productive working mom is good time management.

Related Article:  “Time Management Tips for Moms

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Female Entrepreneurs Share Their #1 Productivity Tips For Working Moms

So how do you set yourself up for success and increase your productivity?

I talked to female entrepreneurs that are rocking it in their online businesses to find out what their number 1 productivity tips for working moms.

My best tip would be to set timers. I am someone who usually focuses too much time on one specific task. What I like to do is list out my tasks from most important to least important. Then I will set a timer on my phone (usually an hour depending on the task) Once the timer goes off I will stop the task and focus on my next “to do”! If I don’t complete my task by the time my timer is up, I will bring it to the bottom of my list and work on it again after I work on all other items on my “to do” list! -Ell Duclos

Ell is the creator behind Boss Girl Bloggers and ellduclos.blog and has turned her passion for writing and inspiring others into a full time career.

 

It’s so important to be intentional with your time. Create an hourly schedule, set an alarm, and stay focused on your work during work hours. It’s really the best way to get things done and excel in your business. – Cate

Cate Rosales is the mommy-of-two and blogger behind SweetandSimpleLife.com. She helps aspiring female entrepreneurs start a blog and earn passive income, so you can live life on your own terms!

 

Avoid over-scheduling your time. Plan no more than 60% of the time you have available during a work session. You will be able to tackle unexpected items and allow yourself to go slower, so that you can be more creative and thoughtful about your work. – Jenny

After years of juggling work and home life, Jenny left her job to be a full time mama to her three littles. She loves encouraging other mamas to find the right balance so their families can thrive. Read about Jenny’s tips for Spending More Time Doing What You Love, on her blog Home After Three.

 

My number 1 productivity tip is to practice single tasking. When you turn off distractions and focus on one task at a time, you can put 100% of your energy into that project. What’s more, you don’t waste time refocusing your thoughts while jumping from task to task. Single tasking helps you quickly reach your “flow state” and stay there, which allows you to plow through your to-do list with much greater efficiency. -Paula

Paula is the voice behind I’m Busy Being Awesome, a resource for busy women looking for balance in their lives. Working together, she helps women create strategies to manage their time, get organized, maximize their productivity, and find time for fun. Read all about Paula’s “3 Simple Steps to Singletasking” to learn more!

 

Staying productive as a WAHM is essential because it is easy to fall into the trap of doing household chores instead of working. One of my biggest tips is to be consistent in your planning. Before I start each week I plan my days with themes. Monday may be an admin day, Tuesday a writing day, and Thursday a promotional planning day. Having a theme allows me to create a plan for each day according to how it’s themed. This keeps me organized and on task!Autumn

Autumn is an honest, real and never perfect bad-ass wife, mom and PPD, anxiety and life survivor. She’s also behind the blog She’s A Wreck that brings you practical parenting and motherhood tips. 

 

I feel that the best strategy to increase productivity is to stop multitasking. I have found that when I focus on one task at a time I am more efficient and focused. As a mom this means that I often work when my children are asleep or outside with friends.- Lauren

Lauren’s site Simply Well Balanced, helps moms create balance and find the joy in motherhood. She shares tips about practical minimalism, homemaking and family activities.

 

Sometimes we bypass the most practical things for what’s new and flashy. However, when it comes to getting more done, as much as possible, you should get more sleep! -Rose Barnett

Rose Barnett knows what it means to struggle as a mom and that’s why she compiled 97+ Successful Mom Resources to help you find purpose, get organized and generate an income.

 

Set Yourself Up For Success

Now that you have these awesome tips to help you with productivity, I want to share with you a few tools I use that help me stay on track and keep me moving towards my goals.

Planners

Passion Planner

Planners are kind of my thing and this one rocks. I have used a Passion Planner 3 years in a row. This planner is laid out in such a way that you can organize both your personal and professional life. There is lots of space for goal setting and reflection at the end of each month. It’s high quality and the binding never breaks.


Academic Passion Planner Pro Aug 2018 – Jul 2019 – Goal Oriented Daily Agenda, Appointment Calendar, Reflection Journal – (B5) Monday Start (Radiant Rose Gold)

Productivity Planner

This is another planner that I absolutely love. This planner provides some guided list making and helps you beat procrastination!


Productivity Planner – Daily Planner – Non Dated 5 x 8″ – Accomplish your 2018 Goals

 

Motivational Books

If you are looking for some books to give you a kick in the butt and jump start your productivity, here are a few of my favorites:


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business


The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life


You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth


Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

 

Tech Tools

These are some of my favorite tech tools that work wonders for my productivity. And they are all FREE!

Google Drive

You can create text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more with google drive. Plus, since everything is web based you can access your documents from anywhere, even your phone. And the autosave function is a life saver.

Google Keep

Think of google keep as your virtual sticky notes. I use google keep to take quick notes, or write down an idea or something I need to add to my to do list.

Stayfocused

StayFocused is a free Chrome extension that restricts the amount of time you are allowed to spend on “time-wasting websites” like Facebook.

Cozi

The all in one family organizing suite. It includes a calendar, to do lists, recipes and meal planners, and a family journal.

Remember The Milk

The BEST To Do list app out there right now.

 

Armed with your new set of productivity tips for working moms and some awesome new tools, it’s time to set some big goals and get to work!

What do you struggle with the most when it comes to productivity? What’s something that gets you motivated and keeps you on track for meeting your goals?

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7 Time Management Tips For Busy Moms

As moms we juggle so many things on a day-to-day basis. It’s easy to feel a sense of overwhelm at all the moving parts in our day.

Guys, I have a little secret for you. I write a lot about getting organized and time management tips for moms not because I am the most organized person on the planet. It’s because I used to struggle with managing my time and often ended up overwhelmed. At some point I realized something had to give, and I needed to buckle down and figure out how to stay on the ball.

Related: Best Planners for Moms

In the beginning, getting organized and time management was actually really hard. I thought I would put things on the calendar and poof! They would automagically get done. (You thought that too, right?)

I messed up a lot and tried so many tactics before I figured out what actually worked. My success in getting organized to reduce the feeling of overwhelm was part mindset and part having the right tools and systems in place.

A Winning Mindset

Let’s talk mindset. I can sum this up with one simple quote. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right”.

If you think you are doomed to be forever overwhelmed. Well, you will be right. If you think you’ll never get a handle on your budget and finances, you will be right.

But, if you think you can tackle your to-do list. You will. If you believe in yourself and commit to a budget, you will achieve your financial goals.

Now, I know this is easier said than done.

Our minds are muscles, and powerful ones at that. If we train that muscle to think negatively about our ability to get organized, be productive, and achieve our goals (both big and small), then we will continue to struggle in these areas.

But, if you begin to train your mind to see that you are capable of achieving what you set out to do, then it will become easier for you to accomplish these things.

Before I share with you my list of tools and strategies to win on a daily basis, I want you to close your eyes and visualize what it is you want to achieve.

Do you want to have a cleaner house?

Do you want to be on time more often?

Do you want to have more free time?

Whatever it is, these are your goals. Focus on them for a few minutes and feel what it would be like to achieve those goals.

Good.

Now let’s talk about some tools that will help you achieve those goals.

Time Management Tips to Reduce Overwhelm

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1. Put it on a Calendar

I know I said putting things on the calendar doesn’t mean they will automatically get done. But using a calendar and writing things down will set you up for success.

Writing things down and being intentional will make it easier to be more productive.

Most smartphones come with a built in calendar app. But there are so many other free calendar apps out there that let you do so much more. I’m talking email reminders, specialized alerts, and more!

One of my favorite calendar apps is Cozi. It seriously does it all, and it’s free. You can read all about Cozi here.

Start using a calendar and write down the things that have to get done.

 

2. Make Daily To Do Lists (and make them shorter)

I love my daily to do lists. They help me stay focused, reduce my procrastination, and help me to just get things done. But not all To Do lists are created equal.

The trick to getting through your to do list? Make it shorter. Make it realistic. What can you actually accomplish? That’s it. I’m talking a to do list of 3 or 4 tasks, 5 at the most.

Making shorter realistic daily to do lists, rather than a total to do list can help you focus and be more productive.

You can still have an “Everything I need to get done list”, but break it up into smaller chunks each day. It will reduce the feeling of overwhelm and will actually serve as a motivator.

If you get through your to do list each day you will have a greater sense of achievement and you will be motivated to do more.

And if you don’t? It won’t make your next day’s to do list too much more overwhelming.

 

3. Create an “Already Done List”

A few years back I read the book “The Gifts of  Imperfection” and it was a total eyeopener.

Among many things that I loved about the book was the author Brene Brown’s suggestion to create an Already Done List at the end of the day.

A lot of us (me included) get to the end of the day and think “I didn’t get anything done today”!

But it’s not the truth.

In reality, I got the kids to school on time, walked the dog, ran to the store, tidied up the house, breastfed a baby all day, and gave everyone baths and got them to bed.

So as part of your evening routine, or really any time you need a reminder of how much you actually do accomplish, sit down and write out all the things you did that day. I bet it will be a longer list than you thought.

 

4. Create a Meal Plan

Look. I know cooking from scratch everyday is not a realistic goal for everyone.

But, you can still create a meal plan that will reduce the stress around the question “what’s for dinner?”

Meal planning saves me so much time and stress. I don’t have to panic on a day when we are running from one place to another after school. By having a meal plan in place, I can plan to make one of my go to easy meals for busy nights.

I won’t go too much into meal planning here because I’ve already talked about meal planning a ton here.

Just know that meal planning will save you time, money and stress.

 

5. Morning routine

You know those mornings where everything goes wrong?

It can ruin the rest of your day, right?

You can set an amazing foundation for an awesome day by creating a morning routine. I mean a morning that has intention and sets you up for success for your whole day.

I have 7 simple rules for creating an amazing morning routine. I’ll give you a sneak peek here:

  1. Wake up early
  2. Get dressed
  3. Don’t Check your phone
  4. Hydrate
  5. Eat A Healthy Breakfast
  6. Pack up the Night Before
  7. Give yourself some wiggle room, even if it’s just 5 minutes.

Read more about setting up your morning routine.

 

6. Sunday Planning Session

Every Sunday I sit down for 20 minutes with my coffee and I look at my week ahead. I think through the things I need to do, where we need to be, and set some goals for myself.

If you are new to creating a weekly plan or even if you are a sometimes planner like I was, creating a plan and writing it out for the week actually provides you with greater flexibility. By doing a weekly planning session you will 1) know what happens when and 2) make smart decisions when things come up. This will deter your week from going into a tailspin when there are hiccups.

Starting a weekly planning session may seem daunting, but I promise you after a couple of times you will have your weekly schedule done in no time! You will feel prepared and ready to take on the week.

I love doing this on Sundays because it’s a chance to take a deep breath and really focus on the week ahead.

You can read all about my Sunday planning session here.

 

7. Make time for self care

Yes friends. Take some time for yourself.

If you don’t, you will burn out and you will not get anything done.

And you know I’m right.

You should schedule self care just like you schedule everything else. Put it on your daily to do list, or block some time on your calendar to take care of you.

Self care is not selfish and is necessary for us to be the best versions of ourselves. Self care doesn’t have to be a trip to the salon or an hour massage. It could be as simple as going for a drive, listening to your favorite podcast, or going for a 5 minute walk.

 

Final Thoughts….

You don’t need to implement all these time management tips tomorrow. Start with one and slowly weave it into your day. Once you get the hang of one, try another.

Remember to also work on your mindset. Focus on the positive and on achieving the things you set out to do each day. Believe that you can and you will.

 

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5 Best TED Talks for Moms

I love listening to inspiring and insightful stories about motherhood and parenting. One really great (and unexpected source) for these types of stories is TED Talks.

If you’re not familiar with TED talks, they are short (18 minutes or less) talks that cover all sorts of topics from finance, to medical research, to parenting. (Read more about TED talks and their missions here: https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization)

I hope that by sharing this list of TED Talks for Moms you find something that resonates with you. An idea that pushes you to think differently about your parenting, your child or gives you inspiration and hope.

I know I am not a “perfect” mom, nor do I want to be. Honestly, if anyone ever tells you they are doing it all right, they are totally lying to your face. These talks are not about being a perfect mom. Instead, I believe these talks will broaden your perspectives on motherhood and parenting.

Related: Letterboard Quotes About Family

 

TED Talks are an amazing way to hear inspirational stories and learn about a variety of topics including parenting! Check out these TED talks about motherhood and parenting tips. You won't be disappointed! #motherhood #momlife

 

While this list of TED Talks for Moms is not exhaustive, these are a few of my favorites. For me, they have inspired some thoughtful reflection on my own family.

They are also really enjoyable to listen to.

5 Best TED Talks For Moms

1. For Parents, Happiness is a Very High Bar

This is actually the first parenting TED talk I ever listened to and it totally changed my perspective on parenting. Jennifer Senior asks the question “why is raising our children filled with so much anxiety and so much confusion?” In her talk Jennifer Senior talks about how parents have been parenting for thousands of years yet in recent times we have become so anxious about raising children. We are all worried about doing it “right” so we buy all the books in hopes of being the right type of parents. She offers some gentler advice for parents in hopes of reducing their anxiety and enjoying their roles as parents. I think this is a must for every parent.

Liked Jennifer’s talk? You can also read her book:

Book: All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

 

2. To Raise Brave Girls, Encourage Adventure

I absolutely love this talk. Caroline Paul is not only engaging, but she speaks so honestly about how we as parents (and society) don’t allow young girls the opportunity to be brave, but instead teach them to always be cautious. She shares the story of her life as a female fire fighter and how her experience in a male dominated profession helped her to realize certain truths about how we treat our girls. After listening to her talk, I started looking at things through her perspective and realized just how much of what she said was true. This one was a real perspective shift for me!

 

Liked Caroline’s Talk? You can also read her book:

Boook: You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World

You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World

 

3. How To Raise Successful Kids Without Over Parenting

By setting so many expectations and serving as our children’s “Concierge” (Julie Lythcott-Haims term) we are actually holding our children back and hindering their success. Her perspective is brutal and refreshing at the same time. Julie also talks about cultivating “self efficacy” in children and letting kids experience the outcomes of their actions. There are some great takeaways from Julie’s talk.

Liked Julie’s talk? You can read her latest book:

Book: How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

4. How My Son’s Short Life Made a Lasting Difference

For anyone who has gone through the loss of a child, this is a powerful and beautiful story about finding hope and healing afterward. I shed more than one tear listening to this talk. They started as tears of sadness, but soon I was crying because of this families strength, courage and the hope they offer to others. Sarah Gray’s story is truly an inspiration!

Liked Sarah’s Talk? You can read her book:

Book: A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy's Gift to Medical Science

A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy’s Gift to Medical Science

 

5. My Year of Saying Yes To Everything

Shonda Rhimes talks about how she started saying yes to all the no’s. Specifically, she shares how saying yes every time one of her children asked her to play had an amazing impact on her professional life. She is so candid and honest in this talk. On top of this, she is just such an amazing speaker and story teller.

Liked Shonda’s Talk? You can read her book:

Book: Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

 

Lesley Fightmaster Meditation

This isn’t a parenting one but here is an awesome short meditation because us moms can always benefit from some deep breathing!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this list of Best TED Talks for Moms and that you heard something here that struck a cord with you.

Which one of these talks is your favorite?

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best TED talks for moms | parenting tips

best TED talks for moms | parenting tips