Organize Your Life in 20 Minutes a Week

summitA few weeks ago I completely missed an important lunch date with a friend. It was something I had been looking forward to – and it was on the calendar where it shouldn’t have been overlooked. But when she texted me to confirm just 10 minutes before our scheduled meeting, I knew instantly I had messed up. I had entirely forgotten our appointment. This doesn’t happen to me often because I’m slightly Type A when it comes to my calendar. But when it does happen, it’s always a result of one thing – I had neglected to conduct my Sunday Summit.

The Sunday Summit (a name I borrowed from a mentor of mine although I adapted her process to fit my lifestyle) is a weekly meeting I hold with myself to get organized and focused for the week. If you’re like most women, you’re juggling many different roles and responsibilities. And even though you are good about keeping your calendar up to date and managing your ever-expanding “To Do” list, things inevitably slip through the cracks. The Sunday Summit is my attempt to prevent that from happening. And it has the added bonus of helping me prioritize, reflect and communicate.

Here’s how it works: [Read more…]

Three Free Tools for Saving Time on Social Media

One morning I opened up my Facebook Page, determined to share something encouraging or funny or at least somewhat valuable and I stared at the blank “status update” window for about five minutes. I started typing a few times only to quickly delete the text and resume my writer’s block. Then, I did what any productive professional would do – I spent the next 20 minutes browsing through my feed hoping to be inspired or, at the very least, distracted. Eventually, I closed my browser without having left a comment. And I got to work.

Has that ever happened to you? I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves because we’re told that social media is a wonderful tool for business and that we need to make sure we’re active online. But sometimes, we’re just not in the mood to be social. Other times, we’re perfectly happy being social, spending hours mindlessly watching pet videos and liking someecards when we should be working…or spending time with our families. But we get swept up in all the smiling faces and we can’t seem to click away. (It happened to me twice while writing this blog post!)

That’s why I use a few tools to help me organize my time on social media. I’m not trying to be sneaky by pre-scheduling updates. Instead, I’m trying to be productive so that I’ll be able to spend my time online having real, live conversations with people – not stressing over what to write. And I’m getting help sifting through all the distracting (but entertaining!) messages so I can concentrate on the ones I want to read and comment on.

I rely on these three free social media management tools to help me better prioritize my time online: [Read more…]

Meet Other Christian Mompreneurs Here!

FBgroupOne of the reasons I created the International Christian Mompreneur Network was because I was feeling lonely. I didn’t quite fit in with all my working mom friends. And I didn’t have time to chat over coffee with my stay-at-home-mom friends. I craved the connection with other women who were doing what I was doing — running a business while raising a family. But I had zero time for networking luncheons and zero budget for week-long conferences in exotic destinations. Plus, I wanted a group that felt more comfortable than the ambitious professional organizations I’d been a part of. I wanted a place where it was OK to talk about business and profits…but it was also OK to talk about potty training and spiritual warfare. I searched far and wide…and couldn’t find the right fit.

So I carved out a little space for us on the internet. It’s our very own virtual community for connecting with other women, encouraging moms in their work, asking for prayer support, sharing your latest news and getting answers to business questions you’re too embarrassed to ask elsewhere. [Read more…]