Motivational Monday – Chinese Takeout

Career, Lifestyle, Productivity

I literally wrote it down that tonight I was going to cook dinner. That included stopping by the store before picking up girls at daycare and then go home.

I got home and realized I had forgotten to do that. Dave and I like this restaurant called Red Corner in Midvale UT. Their prices are great. You eat dinner together, and have enough leftovers for days.

Sometimes paying someone else to make your dinner makes more sense.

Don’t let an unchecked task get to you. Stay focused and soon it’ll happen!

Does Accepting a Counter Offer at Your Current Job Really Work?

Career, Money

NO!

Please do yourself a favor and don’t accept a counter offer from your current company, especially if you already told them you accepted the other offer.

You may be flattered you’re getting the recognition you finally deserve but trust me your employer isn’t giving you the counter offer because they think you’re a super star. They are giving you a counter offer only because you are leaving at a very bad time for the employer and keeping you is less expensive and less hassle than to find someone else.

Think about all the times you’ve asked your employer for more pay and/or responsibilities and they come up with excuses as to why. They don’t want to say that the real reason they didn’t want to move you up is because it is certainly cheaper to keep you at your current role instead of paying you more. And of course pile you with more responsibilities.

Counter offer is only to the employer’s benefit, not your benefit.

What should you do when presented with a counter offer? Don’t tell the employer, “I’ll have an answer by Monday”. You tell them, “Thank you, you’ve been very good to me but my mind has been made up”.

Give your resignation notice, leave and go seize the new job opportunity!

Finding The Perfect Planner

Lifestyle, Organization, Productivity

Digital vs Paper?

Digital planning didn’t work for me.

It bugged me too much to bounce from the task app, the notes app, and the calendar app on my phone and tablet. It’s easier for me to turn to a sheet on my planner and see the date, task list, and notes all on one page. Also it is harder to ignore handwritten tasks than it is to ignore notifications on your phone or Outlook. Digital definitely has benefits but paper is here to stay.

Paper Planners

If you go paper based, any planner/organizer that fits your needs will do. It is important to choose one that is

  1. the right size for your needs, and
  2. fits your thinking processes so that you’ll use it

All of us lead different lives, so that’s why there are zillions of planners out there. You may have to try a few before you find the right planner that’s right for you.

Options for Trying Out New Planners

Target is a good option to test planners. They are not expensive and they have a lot of pretty and/or functional ones. The other option is printing out templates of the planner you are thinking of using. You can also try drawing out a template in a bullet journal or notebook.

If you never use planners before, it’s best to start inexpensive to see how your thinking process meshes with the planner layout. You don’t want to spend a ton of money on a planner that does not work well for you and not use.

The Right Planner

The right planner, when you open it has to delight you. It has to inspire you because without that, it’s not going to keep you being productive. It should make your life easier and it should make you happy. If it’s not working out or it’s frustrating you, then it’s okay to try another planner, or go back to digital.

Also as your life changes and as your kids grow, your schedule changes, and therefore your planning changes.

It’s always exciting to start a new planner, so give it a shot, and continue planning.

What planner do you use? If in market for planner what have you seen and liked so far?

The Real Cleaning Schedule for Working Moms

Career, Lifestyle, Organization

Forget about it! 

My house is not clean everyday.  Work gets busy and other priorities take precedence.  No one’s coming over, cleaning can wait!

Your home should be clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.

When do I clean? Certainly when people are coming over to visit. Once I know I’m expecting visitors, I schedule that on my calendar.  During the week I can plan ahead of when I need to get in gear for cleaning my house before people come over.  No one needs to see a dirty house, and sometimes, visitors can wait too.

President’s Day Recap

Family, Lifestyle, Productivity

On Sunday, Vivi already started to plan on what to do for our day off together

  • Breakfast
  • Park
  • Lunch
  • Play
  • Go Home
My kiddo getting into the habit of planning!

And we did just that yesterday, President’s Day 2020!

The girls

It was a well-needed break from the hectic routine of girls in daycare and school and me away at work.

I asked Vivi before bed about what was her favorite part of the day.

“Spending time with you!” Aw, why thank you. 🙂

The Real Basics of Time Management for Busy Moms

Career, Lifestyle, Productivity, YouTube

I think a lot of moms think that because life with kids is so hectic, nobody can expect them to be on a timeline. Effective time management (“Planning”) is extra important when you’re this busy with kids.

Planning is not about using a specific planner (although a planner with daily, weekly, and monthly layouts can do a lot). Planning is about learning to use one calendar only and make it into one focused tool. You do not need a separate calendar for school, another one for work, kids etc. Planning systems like the block schedule, or week at a glance with half hour increments will not be as effective until you know what your month looks like first.

My goal with planning is to make sure that upcoming events I’m trying to fit in doesn’t cause big conflict with my full time job, children’s school schedule, or vacation I already planned for.

If you do not already have a planner with 12 month layout, print out 12 sheets of the monthly calendar from January-December. You can search monthly calendars online or search for a calendar template in Excel. Make selection, then print. Then grab a pen!

How I Plan My Month to Month

What goes on in my planner!

I begin writing things down for month to month for the entire year of 2020 plus the first 3 months in 2021.

I do all of this in the exact order:

  • Work Schedule – anything in the month where I know I must be at the office and days where I should not miss work, arrive later, or leave early. In my case, it’s month-end close! On month end, I can be at the office from 8:30am-9pm. For February 2020, it was Feb 3rd through 7th, labeled as “D1-D5” on my calendar. I do this for the whole 12 months, because business days can land on a different day of the week each month.
  • Bank Holidays – any holiday where your company is closed or little activity going on at work. I like knowing bank holidays for my job because when the Federal Reserve Banks are closed, all other banks, including online banks I work at don’t have daily work to prepare and review. I definitely do plan taking those days off. I prioritize that time to be with my kids. My kids need a break too from school & daycare to be with me at home.
  • Kids School Schedule – most school districts do have their calendars published online for the current school year and upcoming school year. Write ALL those dates down for the next 12-14 months.

Once I have those 3 things hashed out for the whole year, it’s really easy to plan everything else that comes up! Dental appointments, pediatrician, school carnival, parent teacher, jury duty, church, Airbnb hosting etc.

I encourage everyone to give this a try, let me know how this works for you!

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