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The right priorities

And why am I always putting out fires?

Priorities… Everybody has them but everyone’s priorities are personal. While I cannot tell you what your priorities are, I can help you find them. And I can help you work on them more intentionally.

If I were to have you list out your top 5 priorities and then your top 5 time-consuming activities, they probably wouldn’t match up very well. Because the truth is that while we usually know what our priorities are, we struggle to find time for them.

Why? Because we are putting out fires, that’s why!

Let me demonstrate this to you using Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Priority Matrix. This is not new to you, but how we are going to approach it probably is. Continue reading How can I tell if my Priorities are Right?

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Scheduling is essential for success!

Let’s face it… scheduling is important. You can either let life happen to you, or you can plan, schedule, and manage your life. In other words, it is within your power to create the life you want. It may take time and it may take diligence, but you are in the captain’s seat, at the helm of your own ship.

scheduling is like steering

 

Let’s take vacations for example… If you want to take that dream vacation, you need to put it on the calendar, even if it is 5 years out from now. Then it’s time to plan for it and save for it. Otherwise, that dream vacation is simply not going to happen.

Continue reading 5 Scheduling Essentials for Success in 2017

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How “preparing” makes it possible!

What can you do to make the most of 2017, both personally and business-wise? From my experience, preparation is the key. Getting ready for a new year is not all that different from preparing for a big race. That’s why I’m excited to give you my top 3 strategies for making the most of the upcoming year.

1. Buy a monthly planner or desk calendar – the biggest one you can find!

You can usually find something suitable at your local office supply store. You definitely want to be able to see a month at a time (not a week) and have enough room to write some important deadlines and tasks in the boxes for each day.

preparing with monthly planner

 

I suggest that you do this scheduling activity by hand, not on your computer. While I think that Asana, Basecamp, Trello, and several other online apps are pretty awesome, this is not the time to use them. You can transfer your information over to one of those tools later. Continue reading Preparing by Scheduling for a Great 2017

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How can balance be achieved through scheduling?

Being a homeschool mompreneur can get a little wacky, throwing our families into a tailspin, if we are not careful. Balance is important for everyone, but it seems to be particularly critical for moms.

Scheduling and mindfulness provide better balance

Scheduling and mindfulness provide better balance

I have not always been very good at maintaining balance in my life. I have gone through times over the years when I couldn’t stop working on my business and times when I didn’t want to work at all; I have endured a messy house for days on end and then went on a cleaning and decluttering rampage to rid my family of the mess once and for all; I have eaten perfectly and exercised faithfully month after month only to fall victim to a deadly combination of delicious home baked goodies and frightful weather that shook my resolve and dashed my good habits.

Through the passage of years and experience, I am learning balance. I am learning that planning and mindfulness are the keys to balance in my life. I would like to bet that this is true for you too. When I make an appointment with myself, I am likely to keep it. If I make something healthy, I am likely to eat it. If I have an audiobook or podcast on my phone, I am likely to take a walk to listen to it. If I schedule a day-off and plan something with my family, I am likely to show up. Continue reading Scheduling for Better Balance

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