Make Your Bed (And Other Productivity Tips from Mom)

A young woman making the bed and organizing the roomMoms love to make rules. We love to spout advice and impart little words of wisdom on our precious ones. But is anyone even listening? I know I didn’t feel like listening when I was a child. All of my mom’s rules and advice seemed so restrictive and controlling. But now…now that I’m a mom and can see how foolish I was…I know that mom’s advice was spot-on. Even if she didn’t realize it at the time, my mom’s rules helped me develop a good work ethic and create a lifetime of productive habits.

Five Habits Your Mother Was Right About:

Make Your Bed. I used to think making my bed was a waste of time. I figured I would mess it up again each night, and nobody would even see it during the day to know if it was made or not. But I discovered that the act of making the bed actually helps me set the tone for the rest of my day. If I wake up and make my bed then I’ve already accomplished something before the day has even started. I know it sounds strange but when I get dressed and leave my bedroom for the day, a tidy bed translates into an organized state of mind. So now matter how chaotic the day becomes, at least I’ve started with some semblance of order. And – here’s the bonus – when I collapse into bed at night, I’m not reminded of the messy pieces of my life.

Go Outside and Play. If you grew up the same way I did, you spent most of your weekends and summers outdoors. As soon as my chores were finished I left the house to ride bikes, play with friends or explore the woods behind my house. The exercise, fresh air and nature discoveries were abundant. I think that’s a huge part of what made me happy, healthy and creative. It’s not as easy now as it used to be, but I start most of my days outdoors – running or riding a bike. And I try to get outside every evening, even if it’s just to eat dinner on the back porch. Nature has a way of recharging me and giving me a fresh perspective to tackle whatever task I have at hand. [Read more…]

Welcome to the Business Counterculture

You know you really should be blogging. Forget that! Blogging is out….you should be podcasting. And if you don’t have a Facebook Page for your business, you are going to fail. But if you really want to attract customers, you need to be on Instagram. And Pinterest. And Periscope. Oh, and did you know you need to host a live event? And create a passive revenue stream? And monetize your blog? And raise your rates? And hire an assistant? And publish a book? And get a high-paying speaking gig?

WHAT?! If you really listened to all the well-intentioned business advice out there on the Interwebs, you would drive yourself crazy! And drive your customers away. More importantly, you would be an emotional disaster – wondering why “everyone else” is able to keep up with the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship and you can’t seem to figure out how to sync your calendar on your iPhone.

I’m a huge believer in lifelong learning – and whenever I want to make a change I always look to others who have gone before me. But – and I say this with gobs of respect and appreciation for my many mentors – sometimes you have to do your own thing. There comes a point when all the advice, predictions, guidance and instruction become counterproductive. Like we tell our children, just because it’s popular, doesn’t mean it’s right – at least not for everyone.

You’ve probably been there before. You get so immersed in what OTHER people think you should do, that you lose sight of your own goals and plans and dreams. You spend all your time trying to “figure stuff out” and you don’t actually make any meaningful progress.

What if you followed your own instincts? What if you talked with one trusted mentor and soaked up the advice and then made decisions based on what YOU feel is right for YOUR business? What if you stood up for what you believe is right and said NO to what everyone else is doing? It would be liberating! And probably more successful than the constant struggle to keep up with the confusing and evolving “expert” recommendations. [Read more…]

Meet Featured Sister Marie-Therese Hernon

Marie-Therese HernonI have to confess, the first time I heard about “tapping” I thought it was kinda woo-woo. I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that this practice could be healing. I like to think I’m open to alternative medicine…but this practice seemed strange to me. But I have several friends who swear by the results of tapping! That’s why I’m excited to share Marie-Therese’s story with you and hear from an expert who has experienced the benefits of tapping herself.

Meet Featured Sister Marie-Therese Hernon

Business Name: Tap It Behind You

Marie-Therese’s Story:

When my mother was diagnosed with brain cancer, my siblings and I made it first priority to help my father care for her. I took the train from Connecticut to New York every weekend. It gave me the opportunity to demonstrate my love in a way I never had before.

Our family was lucky. Although my mother was bedridden for much of her illness, she was not in pain. However, the prospect of losing her did take a toll. During the day, I did what I had to do, whether it meant tending to her needs or taking care of my children. But at night, I did not sleep. [Read more…]