Monday, November 14, 2016

Start your week with a clear head - Headspace App

Sunday night and Monday mornings always seem so "heavy" to me.  I love my job, but I hate the heaviness that comes along with the rushed week in front of me.

I recently read an article in Outside magazine by Tim Ferriss (4 hour workweek).  He does a podcast of "successful" folks and the most common theme among his guests is that they meditate religiously.

So I'm trying out a few guided meditation apps.  I'm on day 3 of Headspace and I love it.  It's free (for now) and the soothing, hunky accent puts me into a different world for 10 minutes.  It's quick to learn, simple to navigate, and gets to the point.  It's guided, but not forcefully guided.  If that makes sense.

If you feel the same heaviness this Monday morning, give it a shot.  You deserve a little alone time.  Even if it is only for 10 minutes!

Have a great week and I would love to hear if you have had success with other tools.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Halloween Hangover (Candy that is)

OK.  This is so awful, but pretty funny.

I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy 2016 ...

I'm pretty sure my husband and I are dipping into the Halloween candy more than the kids are.  And yes, selfishly, I want to get it out of the house.

This is our plan.  Let the kids hand select 7 pieces of candy.  1 for each day for the next week.  The rest is going to one of the convenient drop off locations for Operation Gratitude (see link below).  I know, I'm the worst mom ever.

The second plan for the weekend is have a "scavenger hunt" for the kids.  Collecting the few Halloween decorations we have displayed.  The child who collects the most decorations the fastest "wins".  Tricky I know....

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful Mother's!  The hardest, most rewarding "job" ever!

For all of you procrastinator partners, here are a few gift ideas with no purchase required.

A uninterrupted shower or bath

A picture of me with my kids (I'm always the one taking the photos)

5 minutes of primp time before above said picture so it doesn't look like I rolled out of bed

Plan and make dinner

Keep the kids busy so I can read a book / magazine

Allow for 1 on 1 time with each individual child

Schedule an hour our two for one evening every week to "do my own thing".  

A big, sincere THANK YOU for all that we do!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

5 Technology Life Hacks for the Busy Mom

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5 Technology Life Hacks for the Busy Mom

1.  Turn off App notifications 

Studies in regards to phone usage say we check our phones 110 times per day!  What else do we do 110 times per day?  Every time that little signal chimes when we have an email, Facebook notification, or text, most of us are guilty of stopping what we are doing to check it.  By turning the notifications off, you can complete a project without getting distracted by the "noise".   Try starting with your email and Facebook notifications.  You are now in control of when you check your messages and responding to them on your time.  Trust me, try it for a day.  You will be amazed.

2.  Part 2 to #1 is set aside time to address both business and personal email.

The average number of business emails sent and received in a typical workday is 125!  According to the McKinsey Global Institute, the average American spends 13 hours per week or 28% of the work week dictating, reading, deleting, sorting, and sending emails.  Set aside time in the day to address your inbox.  Set aside business and personal time separately.  Accept you will never win the "I'm caught up on my email" game.

3.  Prevent unimportant emails from clogging up your phone inbox

Doesn't everyone have a junk email inbox?!?  I suggest multiple email addresses and only have the necessary ones directed to your phone.  A personal address, a business address, shopping (and check when you have time) address, and a junk email inbox (you never check).  And for pete's sake, spend a few minutes to unsubscribe from marketing emails you are sure not to need.  This takes a little bit of time, but will save you hours!

4.  Use the Do Not Disturb function on your phone while you are working on a task

I love this function on an Iphone.  Tell me you haven't been annoyed by a text you received while you were trying to compose an email and you were side tracked.  You can Do Not Disturb your phone for specific times during the day.  You can even schedule your Do Not Disturb time! Are you concerned you won't receive an emergency phone call?  If a person calls more than 2 times in 3 minutes, it will allow it to pass through.  You can also allow calls from certain numbers when you are in this mode.

5.  Create an email address or 2 for your kids.  

This isn't really a life hack for you, but more for the sake of your kids.  Email addresses are being snagged up left and right.  Create an address and link it to your own.  If you send the relay the new email addresses out to family, you may receive some cute little notes from family your kids can view when they get older.  For example, my daughter's aunt sent her the sweetest note after they spent the day together when she was 1.  It was the sweetest and I know my little one will get all giddy reading it someday.

If you have any of your own technology life hacks, feel free to list in the comment below.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Cleaning

I remember my single, working mother taking an entire week off of work to "spring clean" our 1200 sq. ft home.  She would rent that monster of a floor steam cleaner, clean the baseboards, and scrub everything in sight to her knuckles bled.  I don't have time for that.  And, I don't want to waste a week of vacation to spring clean.

At Mommy Assistant, we are guessing you would rather not take a week off to clean and get organized, so every week we will be blogging about ways to manage the chaos of motherhood.  As best as we can.