Posts Tagged ‘calm’

Getting Out of Overwhelm (Ep 014) // April Perry of Power of Moms

3 Step Process for Getting Out of Overwhelm

If you often go to bed feeling like you will never get caught up on all of your responsibilities, wondering how you could’ve worked so hard all day and still have a massive to-do list, this episode is for you.

April Perry, the co-founder of the websites Power of Moms and Learn Do Become, shares a step-by-step process for getting out of overwhelm.  April has spent thousands of hours developing time management systems that help important people–from business leaders to mothers–organize their *minds* so they can focus on their true priorities, get more done, and be more present with their families during downtime.

In this episode, April explains this process in detail:

 

1) Make an ACCURATE list of all of the projects you have brewing in your mind.  (Include for your family, for you, and beyond.)

2) Narrow that list to no more than 7-8 projects to tackle this month.  Put that shorter list in a visible place to reference often.

3) Using that list, identify tiny “next actions” that will move each project forward.

 

Show Notes

-PowerofMoms.com

-LearnDoBecome.com

-Getting Things Done by David Allen

-Essentialism by Greg McKeown.

For more about April’s organization systems, please visit learndobecome.com/STEP.

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Controlling Kids’ Clutter (Ep 008) // Tana Parke

3 Strategies for Controlling Kids' Clutter

It’s the witching hour–when you are trying to get dinner made–and your four-year-old son is whining that there’s nothing to do.  You walk with him to the playroom, only to find that he has dumped out every bin of toys, yet can’t seem to find anything suitable to hold his attention.

Unable to face the mess of Legos, cars, Magformers, and stuffed animals that are now strewn everywhere, you simply close the door to the playroom and pretend it doesn’t exist.  You turn on the TV to keep your little man occupied, and you wonder, What new toy should we get him for Christmas that he will actually play with?

If this scene sounds familiar, this episode is for you.  I invited Tana Parke, a mother of five children and a semi-professional organizer, to share three strategies for keeping our kids’ clutter at bay.  Our discussion includes exciting topics, like:

  • Why you should hide some toys from your children for a while
  • Who might be happy to receive some of the little trinkets that your kids have collected (it’s not who you think!)
  • How to teach your kids to think critically about whether or not they actually want a new toy or trinket
  • Why The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up doesn’t work for children (and how you can modify it!)
  • How to allow your children to have some “treasures” while also keeping them from being hoarders

…and much more!

3 in 30 Podcast // Parke Family

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How to Create a More Peaceful Home (Ep 007) // Cate Johnson

Ep 007 How to Create a More Peaceful Home

“At any given point, you can say, ‘This is not how the story is going to end.'”

Cate Johnson was a mother of two young children with a big, beautiful home in the country.  From the outside, it looked like she was “living the dream,” but inside, she felt like she was drowning.

She craved peace and connection with her children–but instead she felt only chaos and overwhelm. She spent hours cleaning her big home while her kids watched television. She felt heartbroken that she was not the mother that she had always wanted to be.

In this powerful episode, Cate shares three small but significant changes that transformed their home environment:

1) Using the five senses to create a haven of peace.

2) Designating a “kid of the day” to eliminate fighting.

3) Structuring their family time around rhythms to create stability.

Cate is now a fulfilled, empowered mother, and she has a message of hope for all of us: We can have more peaceful homes, no matter where we live.

Show Notes

Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne

Lullaby Playlist

Whole Family Rhythms

Cate Johnson Quote--FINAL 3 in 30 Podcast 2

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