Time Management For Dummies

Time Management For DummiesIf you are like me, you have a hard time getting everything you want done in a day, week, month, year! In fact, it’s not even a “hard time” it’s more like IMPOSSIBLE!

I get frustrated because there is so much I want to do in my lifetime, and try as I might, I can’t seem to find a way to add hours to my 24 hour day. And unfortunately for me, my body needs tons of sleep to function properly, so giving up sleep to get more done is counter-productive for me. Boo!

Since I can’t find extra hours, I have learned a way to make the most of the time I do have, and I have developed a simple monthly process I use to fit in as much as I possibly can. Like anything, it takes practice to get this down, but after a couple months, this will be a quick, easy, painless, and mega beneficial process to help you make the most of the time you have.

Here’s what to do…

  1. Make a list all the goals or things you want to accomplish for the following month
  2. For each goal, list all the activities it will take to reach that goal
  3. Schedule first all the time sensitive activities into your calendar
  4. Schedule second all the highest priority activities into your calendar
  5. Fill in the remainder of your calendar with the other activities
  6. If you have way too many activities and not enough time, go back to your goals and rank them on importance
  7. Repeat until you can schedule all your activities into your calendar

If you still can’t fit everything in, you need to make some decisions about what is most important to you.

Unfortunately we all only have so much time and typically have way more things we want to add into our lives. Is there something you can take out that you don’t love? That isn’t serving you anymore?

PRACTICE! Like anything this takes practice! It may be months before you can actually get everything you want into your schedule!

Be patient and forgiving. You WILL mess up! It WILL be frustrating! It’s OK! Stick with the process and the results will come!

This is a great time of year to start working on this to make it a habit. I love when we have a new month AND a new year to start working toward creating our life instead of letting our life just “happen”.

Please reach out if you want help with this process. I have helped hundreds of people with this over the years.
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I Found Supermom Today

I Found Supermom Today | Fitness Goals and MindsetI have been a health, fitness, wellness, and nutrition coach for over 20 years and have always struggled with coaching moms because I have no kids of my own.

There are times I hear excuses and I think “if I was a mom…” but I could never say them or justify them because we don’t know how we would respond in a situation UNTIL we are in that situation. So I typically use my sister and my clients who are moms and find awesome and creative ways to work around their excuses as examples.

I have met some pretty amazing moms out there who don’t use any excuses to get to where they want to be physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and financially in their lives. So admirable!!

Today when I was biking on the bike path after a loop around the hills of Horsetooth, I passed a woman who I just HAD to tell you all about. She is getting it DONE…no excuses! Now I don’t know this woman, I don’t know her goals or anything about her life, but I do know that what she was doing today on the bike path could eradicate some of the biggest and most popular excuses I hear moms use.

Picture this…

This woman was walking, pushing her baby in a stroller, with the dog leashed to the stroller, on her headset talking to someone on the phone, pushing the stroller with one hand and pumping a dumbbell in the other hand!! SERIOUSLY! She was getting in her cardio and strength training, walking her dog, hanging with her baby, getting her vitamin D, AND chatting with her mother-in- law (or whoever) all at the same time!! And who knows, she could be a biz owner calling clients or following up with customers…even more impressive!

I just wanted to share this because I do believe if something is important to you, you will find a way to make it happen. I read about a woman who was training for the Badwater 135 mile running race and every day ran an hour before the kids got up, got the kids up and ready for school, worked, picked the kids up and took them to their after school activities, ran an hour during their activities, made them dinner, did homework, got them to bed, and then ran an hour at night. This gave her 18 miles of running a day during the week, and then she would run a little longer on the weekend to get in the longer distances. She had a job, a family, and still made her dream happen! That is for sure a supermom!!

At the pool where I coach swim team, there are always moms up in the bleachers doing lunges on the steps, running the bleachers, and doing pushups on the railings. My sister runs around the soccer field during her daughter’s practice. I have a friend who has 2 kids and still trains for ironman triathlons while taking care of the kids AND juggling her hubby’s crazy fireman schedule. There are people out there doing what you want to do under the same circumstances you are in, making it work, and doing what it takes to make their dreams come true.

NO MORE EXCUSES!!

I am super good at time management. If you want help working your goals in to your life, I am here!!

Get in touch with me and let’s CRUSH it together. I want YOU to be the exception to the rule. I want YOU to be the one I use as the excuse buster in my next post!

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Homework: Set Your Priorities

Homework - Set Your PrioritiesThe great thing about setting your priorities is that it makes decision making simple and quick. Making a decision is usually the hardest part about making a decision. It is time and energy consuming and personally agonizing, but once a decision is made, whether negative or positive, it instantly relieves the stress and anxiety associated with making the decision in the first place.

So how do we make decision making quick and painless? Easy! Set your priorities on a regular basis and make your decisions based on your set priorities.

For example: Your priority for the month is to pay off your credit card. You are hungry and can’t decide whether to drive through Del Taco or swing by Whole Foods and get a vegan sushi. Del Taco is $3 for a meal, Whole Foods is $22 for a meal. Looking at your priorities, Del Taco wins. Easy!! Now, if your priority for the month is to eat healthy or lose weight, Whole Foods would be the clear winner. Simple as that! But, if you hadn’t set your priorities up in advance, you may be going back and forth with pros and cons between which to choose for lunch and miss your entire lunch hour all together. Make sense?

Here is another example: Your priority for the month is to get a promotion at work or grow your business. You stay up too late the night before and can’t decide whether to set your alarm for 5am to get some extra work done or to set your alarm for 6am and get an extra hour of sleep. Since your priority for the month is to build your biz, it’s a no brainer, get up earlier and get to work. If your priority for the month was sleep, rest, well-being, health, etc, then you would choose sleep. See how this works?

I like to do this monthly as it’s a long enough time to get used to my list and make a difference in my life, but a short enough time to account for the changes that are constantly happening.

1. Toward the end of the month, I take a few minutes to set my priorities for the upcoming month. I look at my calendar, life, and short and long term goals and make a list of my top 10 priorities IN ORDER for the following month.

2. I read through them and change any around until I have an order I am happy with.

3. I sleep on it and re-read them the following day to make sure they are still in order of importance. Don’t be afraid to make changes. The first few times you do this you will be making LOTS of changes!

4. Practice! Each time you have a decision to make, even as simple as the 2 examples I posted above, check your list before you make your decision. If you don’t like your decision, consider changing your list! Again, the first few times you do this you will be making lots of changes 5. Once you get in the habit and practice with the easy decisions, the hard ones will just take care of themselves!

6. AWESOME right!!! Now start living the life you created!

If you have any questions about this, please reach out! This has made my life so much easier and I want to help yours be just as easy.

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Make Next Year Your Best Year

How To Make Next Year Your Best YearDo you set goals? Do you break them down into “bite sized” pieces so they are easily digestible? Most people don’t do either and I think that is the reason most people don’t have what they want in their life.

I have been working with people on setting health, fitness, personal, and business goals for over 20 years. The reason I think most people don’t keep their new year resolutions (goals) is not because they don’t want to accomplish them, but because they don’t have a plan.

I have been setting and completing the majority of my goals each year for pretty much my entire adult life. I want to show you what I do so you can do it too and have a better chance for making all your dream and goals a reality next year.

Step 1:

Set a goal in each of the following categories…

  • financial/money
  • business/career
  • hobbies/recreation
  • health/wellness
  • relationships/family
  • spirituality/service
  • personal growth

I like to set 2 goals in each but I am an experienced goal setter and have more time than the average person. Well, not more time, we all have 24 hours each day, I’ve just mastered my time management skills. So I would start with one goal in each category.

Step 2:

Rate each goal on a scale from 1-10 on how excited you are about it. If it’s under an 8, change it!! You will never work to accomplish anything you’re not excited or passionate about.

Step 3:

For each goal, break it down to what you need to do in January to reach your goal by December. For example one of my goals is to have $15K in an emergency fund. So to start on track throughout the year I need to save $1,250 a month. Another one of my goals is to read a book on leadership every month.

Easy to break it down, this month pick a book and read it!

Step 4:

Make a list of all the daily/weekly activities you need to do to reach each goal. Using my example of savings I could put on my list: sell something, teach a class, make something to sell, market what I already have made, promote my amazon affiliate link, pick up an extra job, sub fitness class, spend less on food, limit eating out, check auto insurance plans, use less electricity, drive less, work business more, etc. I could go on and on but you get the point.

Step 5:

Schedule time to do your activities toward each goal. This is the most important step in my opinion. If you are waiting for extra time to get this stuff done, you’ll be waiting forever. No one has “spare” time!

We make time for what is important to us!! I have met people who like to argue with me saying they are too busy for anything extra, but again, we all have 24 hours in a day and we all get to choose how we spend it. So don’t consider your goals and dream “extra”. Make them a priority and schedule them into your day!

Step 6:

Get an accountability partner…or two. This is the next important step imo. I have success partners for every category in my life, and they are all different people. Most I do a weekly or monthly call/meeting with. This is a great way to keep you on track even when you don’t “feel like” staying on task, which as we know is often!!

Step 7:

Write all of this down and hang it up where you see it every single day. We all know out of sight out of mind. Don’t miss out on your goals and dreams just because you forgot all about them!!!

Step 8:

Just do it!! Do something right now toward one of your goals. Research shows people who take action immediately are more likely to achieve results.

If you have no idea what your goals are, I can help! I have a free 7 day video course to help you figure it out! You can find it at:

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And if you are looking for some inspiration to stay on track, here are a couple more articles to keep you dreaming…

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Why I Love Streaking | Goal Setting Tips

Why I love Streaking | Goal Setting TipsSorry to disappoint you, I don’t mean streaking like running through the quad at a college party naked! I mean…if you’re into that, I don’t judge, I have just never done it to see if I like it, but any and all streaking stories are welcomed (no pics please, I still have Will Ferrell from OLD SCHOOL stuck in my mind and that’s plenty).

I’m actually talking about using “streaking” to pick up a healthy habit and repeat it daily for a certain length of time. This can be for health, nutrition, fitness, business, finance, relationship, personal growth, spiritual or any other area of your life. It’s so easy.You just pick something and commit to doing it every single day until the date you decide to end it.

Here are some examples of streaks…

Health/Fitness/Nutrition

  • Bike (one I am currently doing): bike every day at least 30 mins
  • Run/walk: run/walk at least a mile a day
  • Water: drink at least a gallon of water each day
  • Veggie: eat a serving a veggies at every meal
  • Vitamin: take your vitamins/supplements daily
  • No sugar: don’t eat any sugar

Business/Finance

  • Meet new people: add one new person to your database each day
  • Share: share your business in some way with one new person a day
  • Savings: save at least $1 a day
  • Debt: pay at least $2 a day toward credit card
  • Sales: sell at least 2 things a day

Relationships

  • Show spouse love: say “I love you” first thing every morning
  • Kiss: one passionate kiss each day
  • Write a note: write a note a day to your sig other
  • Friend gratitude: send a thank you card to a friend a day

Personal Growth/Spiritual

  • Gratitude journal (also doing this one currently): write or post something you are grateful for daily
  • Read/listen to books: read 10 pages or listen to 10 mins of personal growth book every day
  • Give back: do a random act of kindness each day

I could go on and on but you get the idea. And the great part is, like the drag race in GREASE, “the rules are…there are no rules”. This is YOUR streak so you get to make up the rules!

Here are 4 reasons I love streaks…

1. It moves me toward something I want. I would only pick a daily activity that is a habit I want to create for life or something that is working me toward a result I want.

2. I am forced to do it daily. Streaks are not easy or they would already be a habitual part of your life, like drinking coffee. Most coffee drinkers can’t get through their morning without coffee, but they don’t have to be on a “coffee streak” to drink their cup (or six) every morning!

3. In the end I am closer to creating a habit I want as part of my life anyway. Not only am I working toward a result I want, but along the way I am creating a positive habit. This habit may not stick daily but it will for sure be closer than it was before the streak.

4. It is fun and inspires others to be better. I have been doing streaks my whole life because they are fun and challenging and move me toward my goals. I have not always shared them because I never knew how many people I could inspire just by sharing my stories. Over the past couple years with social media being more and more a part of our daily lives, I have gotten better and better about sharing my own. I’m sure the people who know me think it’s TMI sometimes, but if I can inspire or motivate ONE person to be better, grow, love herself more, just do it, go outside his comfort zone, or follow her dream, I am happy!! And all the haters just fade away!!

So now what? Now it’s time to take action. Pick a habit you’ve been wanting to start and pick a length of time and start today!! Share your streak with those you love and trust (if you’re new to all this sharing and personal growth stuff) or with everyone you know or don’t know (if you’re more advanced and their possible negative reaction won’t faze you at all), and start streaking!!

If you have no idea where to start, my new video course will help. Go to www.ItTotallyMatters.com and sign up today!!

And I would LOVE for you to share your streak with me! Thank you!

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Create the Life of Your Dreams in 7 Simple Steps

Create the Life of Your Dreams in 7 Simple StepsSound too good to be true? It’s not! I have personally used these steps to create my ideal life and I want to share them with you.

Are you someone who…

  • Struggles with time management?
  • Has a hard time saying no?
  • Has difficulty with prioritizing?
  • Is unsure of life purpose?
  • Lives each day out of fear?
  • Makes daily decisions out of desperation?
  • Has a hard time making decisions?
  • Has difficulty setting boundaries?

If so, this will ROCK YOUR WORLD!

Every single thing we do in our life matters. Every action, every inaction, every decision, every habit (good or bad), every choice steers out lives in one direction or another. Most people are on autopilot and don’t make intentional decisions because most people think it won’t make a difference…until they wake up one morning and realize the life they are living is nothing like the life they desire.

That was me! I was in that position about 10 years ago. I woke up unhealthy, unhappy, with no control or hope for anything different.

I don’t want that to happen to you. But I know it already has for most people.

I want to take you through my 10 year journey with 7 simple steps…cutting the fat and fast forwarding through the things that didn’t work for me. You must commit to the steps and you must be willing to take an honest look at yourself and your life. Lying to yourself won’t help you in this path. Make sure you spend TIME on each step and only move to the next step when you feel ready.

One final note…during this process, three things will accelerate your success…

1. Keep a journal and write in it daily…just whatever comes up

2. Also keep track in your journal of everything you are grateful for in your life…at least 3 daily.

3. Share your plan with someone you love AND trust…ask them to hold you accountable.

Hey…they may even want to join you!

Now that you KNOW you want to make changes in your life, you HAVE your journal (notebook) ready, and you have the SUPPORT of a close friend or family member, you are READY to begin.

Plan Steps

Step 1: Write out a 5 year vision of what you want your life to look like. Use the following categories: Finances, Career, Relationships, Hobbies, Personal, Community, Health, and Family. This should be what you WANT your life to look like in 5 years, not what you think you can HAVE. You are describing your DREAM LIFE in 5 years. Write it in complete sentences like it has already happened. And be as specific as you can. Example: I am happily married with two kids living in a house with lake access.

Step 2: Now read it out LOUD to yourself or someone you trust (ideal is someone you trust, but I know that is super risky, so for now, reading it out loud is perfectly fine). On a scale from 1-10, how excited are you about this life?? If it is under an 8, re-write it. If this isn’t what YOU truly want (maybe you’re trying to please someone else or living someone else’s dream), then you will NEVER get it!

Step 3: Set a 12 month goal for each category you wrote about. It should be a goal that will move you TOWARD what you want in 5 years. This can be in a full sentence or just a statement. Example: If you said in 5 years you will have run a marathon, maybe a 12 month goal is a half marathon. Or if in 5 years you want to lose 50 pounds, your 12 month goal is 10 pounds. If you want to own your own business and quit your job, your 12 month goal may be to make a list of all the businesses you could start and begin to look into them.

Step 4: Now set a 30 day goal in each category that will move you to your 12 month goal. So you are breaking down your 12 month goal. Example: If you want to have $10,000 in savings in 12 months, you will have a 30 day goal of saving $850. Or if you want to write a book in a year, you may start with making an outline of what you want to write about in the next 30 days.

Step 5: For each 30 day goal, write down 1-3 SIMPLE daily activities that you can do toward your 30 day goal. Example: If your 30 day goal is to go back to college to finish your degree, you can go online and look at admission requirements to the colleges near you, you can find out the website to apply for financial aid, you can locate your high school/college transcripts, you can start a separate savings account to add $5 a day into, etc. Make sense? So these all need to be super easy activities, like something that will take you less than 15 minutes.

Step 6: Pick one action from each category and write it down on a checklist and commit to doing ONE each day for the next 8 days. Let me be clear, that is only one action per day, so less than 15 minutes of your time each day. If you have less than 15 minutes each day, break down your activities even further. Like if you are wanting to lower your blood pressure to get healthier, your activity that day may be to eat a giant salad for dinner. The key to this working for you is to make the steps easy enough that you will do them.

Step 7: The last step is to pick another activity from each category, write it on your checklist, and commit to doing ONE a day for the next 8 days. If you only had ONE activity for that 30 day goal, just repeat that activity each week. If you find one activity is producing better results than another, do more of that one. This is an ongoing process and you need to be evaluating it on a constant basis…that is why you have your journal.

At the end of the 30 days, you will have spent a total of about 5 hours doing what it takes to move toward your IDEAL life you wrote about in your 5 year vision. Over the course of a year that is 60 hours and you will start seeing some AMAZING results.

Every 30 days choose the next 30 day goal to get you toward your 12 month and every 6 months chose another 12 month goal to get you toward your ideal life. The reason I re-evaluate my 12 month goal every six months is because our lives are changing so quickly these days AND we can see what is working and what is not working sooner…and fix it! Effective activities are vital!

The keys to making this work are:

1. Consistency. You must develop a habit of doing something easy, tiny, and simple every single day

2. Evaluation. You must constantly be keeping track of which activities are effective and which are not. If you get to the first 30 day mark and you have one of your goals that you aren’t even close to reaching, you need to evaluate if you are doing the correct activities to get the outcome you desire.

3. Prioritize. If you are adding new things into your already crowded, busy life, you need to start thinking about what you are willing to give up that doesn’t serve you anymore. Often times when we start doing work toward what we love, we find joy and a new lease on life, so some of the things that aren’t as important to us anymore or aren’t having a positive effect on us, will fall by the wayside…this is a GOOD thing!

4. Beware. Not everyone is going to support you going after your dreams! Focus on what YOU want. Hang your vision where you can see it. Read through your goals daily. Gravitate toward people who are positive and encouraging. Steer clear of those who are negative and make you feel self-serving or impractical. Read inspiring books, listen to great music, watch motivational movies, and KNOW that you are doing what you WANT and NEED to make your life better.

The last thing I want to mention is that YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO YOU WILL BE WITH FROM THE DAY YOU ARE BORN UNTIL THE DAY YOU DIE. You must make yourself happy. You must be willing to let go of what others want for you and attach yourself to what you KNOW is right for you. Saying NO to them is saying YES to you. And that is what will give you the strength, courage, and tenacity to step up and create the life of your dreams.

Fun: 3 Life Lessons I have learned from living in an RV for 18 Months

[Blog Post} Life Lessons I have learned from living in an RV for 18 MonthsAbout 18 months ago, my husband and I sold pretty much everything that wouldn’t fit in the “new” RV we bought and left on an adventure. The first question most people ask me is WHY. Then they want to know details like how we are making a living, where we have been, how long we are planning on continuing this lifestyle, and do we actually poop in front of each other.

I have talked about WHY we started this journey, but wanted to share the incredible life lessons I have learned along the way. It’s funny because they aren’t things I didn’t KNOW before, I just needed a reminder of the importance they play in my life. These 3 messages I have learned are SUPER simple, so simple in fact that they are very easy to incorporate into ANYONE’S life, but they are often overlooked and forgotten, and leave most of us wanting more out of our lives.

Relationships are better when you spend time together.

I know! Shocker right??? Seems so elementary but in our busy, fast paced, electronic world, it was really easy to believe that an ”I love you” text or a Facebook tag saying “my hubby rocks” on Throwback Thursday was just as valuable as time together. And I think I just got lazy assuming he just “knows” how much I love him. After all, if I didn’t love him I wouldn’t be married to him right?? WRONGO!

Simplicity ROCKS.

We are hearing this more and more often, but “simplicity” to most people still means we each only have one car, one TV, and one closet full of shoes. When we first packed up the RV and realized 75% of what we own would NOT fit, we naturally rented a storage unit to store a bunch of crap. After only 3 months on the road we realized if we hadn’t needed it by now, it’s probably not that important. So other than one “memoir” box each and a few box files with tax stuff, etc, we gave the rest to goodwill. And every month we spend on the road, I need less and less. I make it a goal to get rid of 10 things a week. Simplifying is liberating, gratifying, and brings out my creative side that was hidden VERY deeply for the past 30 years!

I grow most as a person when I am thrown into the world with no rules.

UGH! This was a hard one for me. I am the QUEEN of personal growth. I am reading books, listening to podcasts, watching inspirational videos, and seeking personal development pretty much every waking hour. Where I failed was putting it all into practice. In theory, I understood what Darwin was saying when he said “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” And I believed him!

But…I was living a rigid life that only worked because I was disciplined and methodical in my work and personal life. When my environment changed and I no longer had control of many of my circumstances, the shit hit the fan and I had to adapt or fail at my big adventurous plan. I chose to adapt…and it was exactly what I needed to break through to the next level of ME.

So yes, I suggest getting out of your comfort zone ASAP and watch yourself grow into the best version of YOU!

Oh, and BTW…yes on the “poop” question! Get over it!