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Sep 24, 2015

This episode of the Boss Mom Podcast features NJ Rongner. NJ is part of the Boss Mom team and also works as a blogger and freelance writer. She's super intentional about carving out family time and making her minutes matter.

 

In this episode you'll hear: 

  • The reason why NJ made a family mission statement and how she uses it.
  • How NJ's family mission statement convicts her everyday and helps her become a better mom.
  • Why Dana doesn't keep her work email on her phone.
  • Why saying no really means saying yes.
  • What happened when NJ said no to her someone who wasn't an ideal client and industry.
  • What happens when you switch the word have to with the word get to.
  • The rhythm NJ's family follows based on the different seasons and why it works for them.

Three things NJ's loving:

  1. Dino's Pizza joint- a place that has both cheese pizza (for the kids) and chicken tikka masala.
  2. The This Is My Fave community on Instagram. Instagram link here.  Email sign up here. 
  3. New England in the fall.

Can I quote you on that? 

"When you've got a million things going on, a family mission statement will help you make quick decisions."

"My work time is my work time and my family time is my family time."

"My blanket decision for everything is no. Straight off the board, no. It's so much easier to change a no into a yes than a yes into a no."

"When you are really careful with your ideal client and you turn down the ones who aren't your ideal client, the right ones will come as long as you're putting out the right product for your ideal client."

"I want my kids to live in that sweet spot where their passions and talent intersect. And the only way I know how to make that happen is to model it myself."

"If I want my kid to live a life where they're passionate about their work, I have to find my passion for work and live it."

"As boss moms, it is really important to think about the things that make us happy and do them. Because, when we have our feet planted firmly in both worlds, there are a million demands coming at us from all the fronts. So make time and space that's just for you. When you take a little time for self care, you'll carry it over and will be able to be a better boss and a better mom.

"It's okay that something that worked for you for a season doesn't work for you anymore because you've grown and changed into a new season."

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The next time you say no, what are you actually saying yes to? 

Sep 3, 2015

Hey there passionate moms and passionate entrepreneurs. Welcome to Episode 3 of the Boss Mom podcast.

I don't know about you, but I get exhausted with all of the decisions I have to make each day between my business and my family; sometimes it can be overwhelming. Over the years I have discovered a few things that can help battle what I like to call decision fatigue, and I wanted to share them with you in today's episode.

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There are two types of decision fatigue that I want to talk about today.

The first, is when there are just too many options. Think of all those times you are trying to find the right tool for your business or family. There are so many options, and maybe you have felt bogged down, frustrated, or overwhelmed. I mean, you don't have enough time in the first place to go and research every single option out there, right?

The second type is when you have too many different decisions to make throughout the day. We make tons of subconscious choices each day, but these are the choices that you consciously make, and then worry about later.

Now there is one thing that can really help battle both of these...and it's a good strategy. Having a clear strategy for your business, and family, will not only make decision making easier, but it can really how much time and effort you're putting into each decision that you have to make moving forward.

Here's some of the ways to help you create a good business strategy:

First, is to really know your purpose or what is commonly referred to as these days is your "why".  What is it that you want to achieve? What is it that you're really trying to change in the world?

How does this help battle decision fatigue? Because, when you know why it is you're doing what you're doing, all of a sudden, making decisions becomes so much easier. Now you are able to use your 'why'' as a sounding board to make sure your decision really aligns with what you're trying to accomplish?

Second, is set priorities. A lot of times we have decision fatigue because we have shiny object syndrome. There's so many cool new things coming out, so many new courses, so many new people to follow, so many social media platforms we should be on. Then, all of a sudden you can't decide what to do, because you have your hands in so many pots that it's really tough to know which ones to continue.

How does this help battle decision fatigue? Well, when you are super clear on your main priorities to grow your business, it becomes easier to stop yourself from trying to make too many decisions on things that don't actually get you to your goal. Basically, it becomes easier to just say no, and not feel bad.

Third, is to create a schedule. When you are thinking about creating your schedule, think about what items are prerequisites of others. So, what do you have to do now, before you can do the next thing?

How does this help battle decision fatigue? When you consider the elements of your day, week, month, that have to get done first in order for other things to happen, then you are making sure that you stay on schedule AND not wasting time or money by not fully utilizing your resources. You are also able to limit the number of larger decisions that need to be made each day, which can really help cut down on your decision fatigue.

Here are some things you can do to help eliminate that decision fatigue when it comes to making a decision with just too many options.

  1. Set a time limit of how long you're going to allow yourself to research that particular tool, or resource.
  2. Know who your influencers are and then listen to their preferences and let them, well, influence you.
  3. List what you need. Why do you need this tool? What do you need it for? The more details the better.
  4. Make the best decision you can in the time you've given yourself, and then act.

And that is how I deal with decision fatigue. I would love to hear how you deal with decision fatigue. Share in the comments below.

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