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The Lull: Productive and Fun

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For most of us the week between holidays is a lull between special days. There’s work to do, but we also want quality family time.

It’s in weeks like these that it’s difficult to be productive. We aren’t as focused as we could be. Sometimes we think, “why bother?” and put even less effort into trying to be focused.

I say this is the BEST time to be extremely focused.

As you start your week, decide ahead of time exactly what work or projects you will finish. Schedule them in and give yourself a very specific time frame to accomplish them.
Then, let the rest go…

Our tendency is to have this idea floating around in the back of our head that we “should” be doing more. I don’t believe it. I should be doing exactly what I said I would do. I’m going to do it within the time frame that I planned to do it. Then, I won’t think about it.

How can you make the lull productive and fun? You are the one who gets to decide how you will experience this week. I recommend making that decision on purpose, rather than by default.

-Molly Claire
Mompreneur, Life Redesign Coach

Calendaring

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The entrepreneurial spirit often comes with passion, excitement, big ideas, and ADHD.

It’s true.

We all have some level of distractibility. No matter where you stand, today’s post is a quick and easy reminder about effective calendaring.

It’s nothing new or revolutionary, but it works.

When you have a project to complete, do this:

  1. Write down every detail that needs to be completed. (No, really – everything. Separate each task.)
  2. Write down the exact amount of time you will spend on each part of the task. Do your best to guess. Remember that if you give yourself an hour to do something, it will take an hour. If you give yourself “all day…” it will take all day.
  3. Calendar in each part of the project, like an appointment. An appointment has a beginning and an end. It requires us to commit.
  4. Follow your calendar.

Big projects are usually overwhelming because of how “big” they seem in our mind. When we get mathematical about it, that’s when we move closer to our goals.

Feeling overwhelmed? Too much to do, too little time?

Calendar. Do the math. Set appointments. Make it happen.

Have a great week!

-Molly Claire

Mompreneurs and Back to Work

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It’s *Mindset Monday* and everyone’s heading back to work after the holiday break…

Last week I gave myself permission to take some time off.
I decided to get some R&R and catch up on my non-work life.
I started a cleanse with Bev Aron (amazing) and took the week to re-group.

Now, it’s Monday and it’s back to work.

I noticed a little bit of dread coming up, which surprised me.  I love my work and I have a passion for it.  So, why was I feeling dread about diving back in?

One of the myths about being an entrepreneur is that everything we do all the time will excite us.  We think we’ll have so much passion for it, that there won’t ever be moments that require discipline.
The same could be said about the decision to be a mom.

We have this fairy-tale idea that “doing what we love” or choosing what we want, doesn’t include challenges or things that we… don’t love at all.

It’s easy to make this mean that we should do something else instead.
I don’t think it has to mean that at all.

For me, it simply means that doing what I love requires me to be disciplined.
My business requires me to be vulnerable and take risks – which is hard.

Just because it requires a lot from me, doesn’t mean it’s not 100% worth it.

How are you feeling about going back to work today?
If there are some negative emotions there, what are you making it mean?
How can you learn from what’s coming up for you?

Have a great week!

-Molly Claire
Life Redesign Coach, Mompreneur

Entrepreneur Success: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood”

It’s *Mindset Monday* and it’s time to listen…

The ability to listen is one of the best skills you can cultivate

My kids’ school uses Stephen R. Covey’s “Leader in Me” curriculum.  They learn, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”  My 6-year old chants this habit, and loves to point out when she’s doing it ( or when someone else isn’t…)

We all want to be heard.

And sometimes our desire to be understood is exactly what gets in the way of us hearing others.

We want someone else to listen and “get” what we are saying so badly, that we forget to offer them the same.  When it comes to your business, learning to listen so intently that you understand, is the best possible way to find solutions.  In fact, understanding is the only way to find solutions.

The only way to solve a problem is to understand what’s actually happening.

This includes listening to those you are working with, and making an effort to understand what they are saying.  When we can listen with the intent of understanding, we can eliminate wasted time, annoyance, and blatant misunderstandings.

What if your desire to understand someone else was as strong as your desire to be understood?

What would be different?  How much better would your relationships be?  How much faster and easier would it be to solve problems?

Give it a try this week.

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

Have a great week!

-Molly Claire
Mompreneur, Life Change Agent

Mom, I’m bored: A quick tip for Mompreneurs

When my kids tell me they’re bored…

I tell them it means I’m doing a great job as a mom.

They hate it when I say that.

I believe it’s good for my kids to be bored sometimes.  When they are bored, they do interesting things they wouldn’t otherwise do.  They learn that it’s their job to create an interesting life and challenge their minds – no one else’s.

As business owners, we have the job of keeping our business interesting.  There is no one offering us a sales incentive or rolling out a new program to encourage us.  We get to create that for ourselves.

Same goes with the job as “mom.”  When we are doing mundane work day in and day out, we are the ones that can create something interesting in our life.  If we are counting on the daily grind or our somewhat demanding kids to keep us from being bored, we will be sorely disappointed. 

So the big *mindset Monday* question is – how do you keep your life interesting?  How do you create something meaningful in your business?  What is your source of internal motivation?  How do you tap into your creativity?

If your life seems boring or you are stuck in a rut… what can you do to change that?

And what would be different if you had that spark and excitement back to create something great?

Have a great week!

-Molly Claire