Archive for January, 2015

calendar with pinsI am busy. Like, really busy. And, I know that you are too. We all are. Today’s post is about how I maintain a high level of productivity despite the fact that I am being pulled in a million directions all the time.

1. I take care of myself: This may sound like a no-brainer but I have heard from about 79-too-many moms out there complaining about not having time for themselves because they give it all away. Well, I for one am not impressed by the mommy-martyr. I choose to put myself on the top of the list. If I need to work out or go out or write in quiet or spend a little investing in myself, than I will do that. My family needs me sane and happy so they accommodate that.
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2. I take care of my health: The #1 killer of productivity is not being in great health. I eat well, I exercise, I take my vitamins, I get plenty of sleep (see #3), and keep my stress low.

3. I get plenty of sleep: During the week, I am very rarely up past 10pm. Most nights I am in bed between 9 and 9:30. I get about 8-9 hours of sleep on most nights. Now, the exception to this is those of you with little babies. But, if your kids are sleeping thru the night, so should you. Don’t stay up checking emails or goofing around on facebook. Put (insert new game for iPhone I don’t about here) away and go to bed. Leave the laundry until tomorrow or the weekend. Sleep is more important.

4. I do what I love: I don’t mind working on my ‘work’ because I love it! I really do. Both of my jobs! When I am talking to someone about small changes they can make in their lives to make them healthier, happier, feel better, it fills me with joy. That’s not work. Also, when you get to make your own schedule, you can work during your periods of high productivity.

5. I do very little multi-tasking: I find that my mind works better and I produce better work when I am focused on one task. Doing it all at once, doesn’t work for me. If I am working on something and a distraction pops into my brain, I ‘capture’ it somewhere, and continue with what I am doing. If you have too many balls in the air, you WILL drop one.

6. I take professional development seriously: I read books and watch videos and do trainings and ask questions and go to conferences. The better my skills are, the more productive I will be. In this day and age, there are so many resources no matter what you do for a living. There are free TED talks on every possible topic, watch 2 a week. There are approximately a bazillion books written on sales, marketing, business, etc. Read one every month.
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7. I say NO: I talk about this a lot and it was very hard for me to get used to. But, I say no when I don’t want to do something. I am already so busy doing things I DO want to do, why waste times on things I don’t want to do.

What about you? What do you do to stay productive?

*****Work with me**** If you are interested in taking a little more control of your schedule and want to create something of your own, send me an email. I’d be more than happy to meet with you and answer any questions you might have.

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FullSizeRender (9)This morning I was reading a blog post about a mom who got fed up with snacking and it sparked an old feeling inside me. I have talked about snacking before, I have ranted and raved about snacking before, I will talk to anyone who will listen to me about snacking before, but I need to bring it up again.

Our snacking is out of control! Grown-ups and children but this post is going to focus on our kids.

I’ll never forget the time I had to run into Kohl’s really quick to grab something. Maybe a 10 min. trip. I had my daughter with me and the second we crossed the threshold with her stroller she asked for a snack. She not only asked for the snack, she just assumed there was one coming. Like I have a magical snack dispenser in my purse that shoots out pretzels and yogurt covered raisins. When I told her I didn’t have anything, she made my trip to the store much less pleasant. But, it’s not her fault- it was mine. You see, it’s easier to give kids snacks. If they are busy with cheerios, they aren’t whining. They aren’t crying in the car if they have Teddy Grahams. But what is that teaching them? Instead of looking out the window for 15 minutes and observing the world, they are digging for more cheap carbohydrates in a plastic bag. At the store, instead of having polite conversation with mommy and smiling at strangers, they are looking down into cardboard-like ‘gold fishys’. Instead of learning that sometimes they have to behave, even though they are bored, they are self soothing with junk food.

And, even if you are pretty strict with snacks, you have to be like a mom-ninja to avoid all the sugar crap that is being offered to them around every turn. Bank- here, take a hard candy. Hair cut- here take a lolli pop for acting like a human child should act. Grandma’s house- I only gave them 3 donuts with their chocolate milk this morning. Here take a 100 calorie pack of cookies for the 20 min drive home. (Sorry Mom- but you know I am right.) Birthday party- I know we just ate cake with electric blue frosting, but here is a goody bag with more candy for later. Sports activities- The kids stood out in a field being yelled at to pay attention every 3 minutes for a half hour. Let’s replace all those electrolytes and carb load! It’s madness!

Take a look at Pinterest and do a search for Fun Snacks for Kids. Ugh, not only do we not need a snack every hour, we certainly don’t need homemade ‘sushi’ made from a tortilla, chocolate spread, and a banana. (seriously, I just searched it to see what would come up and it was my worst nightmare). I get it, once in a while that is cute… But, your kid should be able to just eat a frickin apple once in a while. Besides, if they only eat sandwiches that look like Teddy Bears, how are you going to sustain that.

All that said, there is a time and place for snacking. Of course there is. I am not depriving my children. But, let’s be careful about what message we are sending. You don’t get a cookie because you didn’t throw a tantrum in toys r us. I expect you not to throw a tantrum in toys r us. You don’t get graham crackers to get you thru the 1/2 mile walk around the block. Your young, healthy body can more than handle that level of exertion. You don’t get crackers because you are bored at the store with mom. Use your imagination. Children that eat when they are bored, turn into grown ups that eat when they are bored.

It is not healthy for kids to maintain a high level of sugar in their little bodies all day long. Cereal, yogurt, dried fruit, cookies, graham crackers, gold fish, juice boxes are all FILLED with sugar (and if they don’t have a lot of sugar they turn into sugar in their blood stream immediately). I don’t want to get heavy into the science, but it becomes very hard for kids to control their mood and their behavior when there is a constant up and down in blood sugar or if it is always high.

So, let’s put an end to this. Take a stand against sugar with me! Go cold turkey. Your kids will be fine. In fact, they’ll actually be hungry at dinner time.

Me, this year

thumbs upThis is like part my new year’s resolutions, part a diary entry, part a declaration of what I want in life. There is something magical about a new beginning and reassessing where you are and where you want to be. But, be careful, don’t linger in the past. It is exactly that, past. You can’t change it so don’t dwell on it. Reflect, but do it with the utmost love and forgiveness for yourself.

FEAR: I am done with fear. I am tired of worrying about what people think of me. I am tired of being scared to follow my gut. I am tired of following the unwritten rules because I am afraid to live by my own set. Look out world, I’m coming for you.

FITNESS: I am going to get to the point that I can do anything physical without thinking twice. Tennis? Sure! Go for a hike? Of course! 5K tomorrow? Yep! Anything that comes along I will be capable of doing.
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WEIGHT: I seriously don’t care about how much I weigh any more. Am I comfortable in what I wear? If yes, than I am good. I love my body. Why should I worry about whether other people do?

BRAIN: I am going to feed my brain daily. I am going to cherish and protect it like the magical creation that it is. I am going to read books that overwhelm me, that inspire me, that teach me, that challenge me, that fill me up.

SLEEP: I am going to make sleep my bitch!

LOVE: I am going to be fair with my love. I am going to love more and ‘mad’ less. I will try to praise before I criticize. I will end fights at that moment when you realize that you are actually just frustrated about something else.

KIDS: I am just going to keep loving them with all of my capabilities. I will not worry that they don’t have something, or that they can’t be in everything, or that they were ‘bored’ yesterday. I will not compare myself to other moms. All they need is my love and my time.

BUSY: I am going to keep on saying NO. I simply don’t like being busy. I am not going to feel guilty about that anymore.
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HAPPY: I am going to make this the hap hap happiest year since Bing Crosby danced with Danny f’ing Kay… But, seriously, life is amazing and I have so much to be grateful for. I love my life and I am going to focus on my special brand of happy.