Friday Five: The Back to School Edition

Your kids are in school again! Hallelujah! Release the doves!

(Unless you live on the east coast, and your school district respects the sanctity of Labor Day, and you don’t start school until Tuesday September 6. In which case – live up the next 24 days!)

Even if you don’t have kids, you’re going to see a lot less of them at your community pool, and walking around Target in the middle of the day. You get to celebrate too!

I am a major fan of new starts. January is a great month because you have the obvious start to a new year, but it’s also my birthday, so I usually need to hit the restart button on my year, even just 21 days in to the new one.

August/September is another time for a new start – and not just for kids! It can be a time for cheap new office supplies, AND new goals for your business. Here are five tips to get you on track to having a successful start to a new academic/final third of the year!

Schedule getting back on schedule.

It seems like a crazy notion that you would have to train children to sleep – but it’s a real thing. You start when they’re babies, and you have to keep training them until they are old enough to be responsible for their poor choices. For example – when’s the last time you stayed up too late watching just one more episode of your favorite show, but you still had to get up early and go to an important meeting? Last week? Yeah, me too.

Children get cranky when they don’t get enough sleep – but guess what? So do adults! This is a great time to reassess how much sleep everyone in your household needs, and to schedule a proper bedtime. I’m not saying you have to go to bed by 9 pm, but if you run on 5 or more cups of coffee a day, and the bags under your eyes look like they should have Kate Spade logos on them, maybe you could consider getting just a little more rest.

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Have an agenda. 

I’m not talking about a hidden one. Just an actual one made of paper and binding material. There are so many cute ones right now, and they are so discounted! Or get a giant white board calendar if you are a very visual person, and you need to see all your best laid plans, laid out via dry erase markers. Or as my husband kindly, and constantly, reminds me – there is a free calendar on my phone. Whatever organizational tool you may choose, fill it! Fill it with the right things – hours to blog, times to network, days to learn. If you’re like me – if it doesn’t get scheduled, it doesn’t exist and therefore doesn’t happen.

Find your missing peace.

Here at Showit Headquarters, we have Monday Moments led by Elisa Watson, and she shares with us ways to know ourselves and better ourselves. We talked about the Peace Index a few weeks ago, which you are supposed to fill in to see how your Purpose, Place, and People contribute to making you feel Peace.

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If you are feeling low in a particular area, you need to assess why, and make a plan to improve it! Some things are easier to change than others – but all things are open to change. Right?

A major success story of using this tool is that a friend of mine noticed in January that her purpose was LOW. So she made a plan, specifically to write more, and in less than a year, she has writing and speaking engagements happening left, right, and center!

Set a goal. Hustle to achieve it. Enjoy the peace once you get to where you’re going.

Show your work.

I have been a mostly stay-at-home mom for the last nine years and have enjoyed so many, though not all, minutes of that chapter of my life. Back to school didn’t affect our family for a long time in any way other than that’s when we had A LOT of brand new crayons that I got for $0.25. Maybe you are in the same boat of still having really littles in your home. If you’re trying to juggle staying at home with the kids, running your business while they nap, and basically doing it all, STOP. Find another friend who is in the same boat, and trade off on watching each other’s kids. Or if it makes financial sense, get a sitter to come out so you can go out and work! I am never more productive than when my kids are napping, and when I am paying someone to watch my kids so I can meet a deadline. And you know what – absence DOES make the heart grow fonder!

If you are in that time of your life where you get some time to yourself EVERY WEEKDAY from about 9 am – 3 pm, research some new tools that will help your business run more efficiently. Maybe you need to find a mentor, or read more books. Or maybe you need to show more – maybe with a new website that has a great desktop, as well as a phenomenal mobile platform- I know of a REALLY good one for you.

Dream it, create it, Show it people!

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Know your boundaries.

Once the kids are home, or your significant other, or parents, or whoever else you might live with – set aside your work and look people in the eye balls and converse with them. If you can only set aside an hour of absolutely focused, electronics-free time, then one hour is great! If you can do more, than do more!

I know I say this all the time- to get off of your phone, but I’m saying this as a reminder to you and to me! I will be so good for a few days, but then I let my guard down, and all of a sudden I am sitting on the ground with my baby, and I’m on Twitter. What the heck? I don’t even like Twitter! Why am I choosing to browse through that instead of being engaged with my child?!?!

Hopefully you are feeling encouraged and motivated to add or change one thing to your routine to make THIS the most productive and wonderful time of the year.

Happy Friday!

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