6 Tips To Being Confident And Setting Your Goals!

How many times in a day do you find yourself asking yourself “Where did the time go?” Let’s face it, we could all use a little help achieving our goals and improving our productivity. The key to doing this is to figure out what you want and make a list of your priorities.
With the fast-paced lifestyle we all lead, it’s no wonder you can’t find any time for yourself or to do the things that are important to you. You seem to spend all day doing for others, that at the end of the day, you have no energy or time left in the day to do anything for yourself.

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Tip #1: Ask Yourself What Do I Want To Accomplish?

Whether it is today, next month or this year. You need to set a goal. A long-term goal is essential, but also include steps you need to achieve that goal. This way, you not only have small goals to help monitor your progress and motivate yourself with your achievements, but you also have a built-in way of knowing that you’ve thought in depth about what you’re doing and are acting wisely. These small goals will also keep you on track in reaching your bigger goal.

Tip #2: Now Create Your “To Do” List To Reach Your Goals

Once you have your steps, turn them into to-do lists. It may helpful to have not only daily lists, but weekly and monthly ones as well.

Another trick that might be helpful when prioritizing your goals is create a list of activities you do daily, committees and/or organizations you are currently active and participate in. Compare that list with your “to do” list for reaching these goals and decide if there are activities that can be eliminated to make more time for you to reach your goals! You may find things that can be delegated to a Virtual Assistant or maybe even your children.

Tip #3: Stick To It

Once you’ve set your priorities and made your to do lists, you need to stick with it. Sure, if things change, you may need to do some tweaking here and there, but you put a lot of thought into your lists and you need to trust your own judgment. If you keep backtracking and re-prioritizing, you’re never going to get anything done.

For most of us, it is generally easiest to make a list and then pick and choose which things we’d like to do off the list. The problem with this is that something you like doing more may not be as urgent, and the more important items will be put off until the last minute when you absolutely have to get them done.

A better way to look at your list, is pick the one thing that you’re dreading doing. Sure, it might take you a while to get it done, but once you do, you’ll not only be less likely to procrastinate, you’ll also have a sense of accomplishment and momentum to get through the rest of your work.

Tip #4: Be Realistic About Your Time

A key part of time management is being realistic. Many people think that if they set lofty goals, they’ll get that extra push from the perceived time crunch and actually meet them. The truth is, if you set unrealistic goals, you’re rarely going to meet them. If you continue to not meet your goals, you’re going to become discouraged and actually lower productivity and work quality.

One of the most important steps in time management is taking responsibility for your actions and how you manage what you do during your days. When we fail to meet a deadline, many of us blame it on other things, like a distracting co-worker or a great show that was on TV. This leads us to believe there is nothing we can do about meeting deadlines, which just isn’t true. You need to own your own time. If you don’t meet a deadline, figure out what you did wrong and what you can do better next time to fix it.

With a little effort and a lot of conviction, you can stick with your plans and achieve your goals.

Tip #5: Learn To Say “No”

I know sometimes it’s just easier to say “yes” to all the requests, but if you want to reach your goals the most important things is you are going to learn to have to say “no”. Set boundaries when needed to help you stay on track in what you need to get done to meet your goals.

Tip #6: Keep Your Goals Visible

goals_deadline Whether you create a vision board, have a hand written list or use a cork board, keep your goals visible to you that you can read daily.

What is a vision board?  A vision board is a collage of pictures, phrases, words or items that represent you and your goals.  Vision boards are for inspiration; think of it as a vision of the future.  These goals can be long-term or short-term.  By seeing these images on a daily basis, you will keep the motivation to reach for those goals and dreams.

I have also created a vision board on Pinterest if this may help you get started.  Check it out:

Follow SpecialMoms A Business Club for Mom Entrepreneurs’s board Vision Board on Pinterest.

Do you have a vision board? Will you be creating your vision board today?

 

Rules for Kids Using Social Media Safely

This is a guest post.

Twenty years ago, moms were worried about their kids safely crossing the street and whether or not they ate too much sugar. Nowadays, moms (and dads) have to be vigilant about the role of technology in their children’s lives, particularly when it comes to social media.

If you’re a mom, know someone who is, or are even looking for a few helpful tips for your own life, here’s a shortlist of rules to enforce if you want to be sure your kids are using social media safely.

6 Ways to Keep Kids Safe on Social Media

1. Parents Must Have All Passwords

It may seem like an invasion of privacy but it’s crucial your children know you’re actively checking out all their online communication. Make sure they give you the passwords to all their social networking profiles and that you check them often! They’re only useful if you’re monitoring.

2. No Photos That Are Inappropriate

Of course, what’s “inappropriate” will vary from family to family but in general it’s a good idea to keep photos of your kids in bathing suits, in front of your home, and sleeping off the web. A good rule of thumb is: if you wouldn’t want mom to see it, don’t put it online! And of course, you should be checking your kids’ online photos often to make sure one slipped through the cracks.

3. Don’t Give Out Identifying Information

It’s important that you talk with your children before they’re allowed online about what’s best kept to themselves. Obviously things like your phone number, your home address, and your kids full legal name should never be shared over social media but it’s also smart to nix the use of birthdates, sports team numbers, and your kids’ school name as they could be used to track them down in real life.

4. Obey the Time Limits

Social media can be a great addition to a child’s social development but it’s smart to limit the number of sites they use. Facebook and Twitter are great, as are Instagram and Pinterest, but more than two social sites is simply too much. Your kids don’t need to spend more than an hour per day using social to connect with their friends…any more than that and they could be missing out on In Real Life opportunities!

5. No Chat Rooms!

Chat rooms are notoriously hard to monitor and they’re the perfect hiding spot for child predators. If your kids are going to end up talking to someone you’d rather them not, it will likely be in a chat room. Have them promise they’ll never visit them and check up on them often.

6. Do Not Talk to Strangers

The main difference in social for kids and social for adults is that kids have no need to talk to strangers online. They lack the ability to properly assess someone’s character based on subtle cues and they should have plenty of personal friends already online to keep them busy! Social for children should be a means of catching up, not a means for meeting new people.
If your child has special needs they’ll likely need special attention when it comes to the web. If you feel more comfortable allowing your child to use social media only when you’re present, you’re well within your right as a parent to set that standard. First and foremost, keeping your child safe online should be your priority.

How do you keep your children safe from social media predators?


Guest Author Ryan Currie is a product manager at BizShark.com, with 5 years experience in online marketing and product development. In addition to web related businesses, he also enjoys the latest news and information on emerging technologies and open source projects.

blogging tips for beginners  When you decide to start a website, you not only have to think about how you want to design it, but also how are you going to market it.  Marketing is the key in all business, online or offline, and will be a foundation to your success.  Taking the necessary steps to get your website noticed on the search engines is not a complex process, but it does take some time and effort.

The very first thing you can do is to start a blog.  Blogging is an excellent way to start bringing traffic into your website.  Let people know why you started a site, and what you intend to do with it.  How are you going to help people and be any different than the next guy?  Blog posts that contain keyword-rich content will help your site rank higher in the search engines,

although it may take some time for this to happen.  Get your voice out there and be consistent.

  • Write with your audience in mind – What is it that your target market wants to read about?  How are you able to solve their problems with your site or product?
  • Engage your reader by asking them questions – The simple way to know what your readers want is to ask them.  Make them want to leave comments and suggestions regarding your content.  Once your audience feels like they can engage with you, trust begins to form and a solid relationship can be created.
  • Clear, concise headlines – Make sure your readers know what your content is all about.  Having a headline that centers on an issue the reader wants to know about will draw them in and make them want to know more from you. 
  • Call to action – Once you’ve wrote your epic content, make sure there is a call to action following the blog post.   You can offer them something in return for signing up on your email list.  This can be a free report, e-book, or set of articles that help them solve a problem.
  • Social networking –Social media is such a big part of online marketing in today’s world.  If you want your website to get noticed you must become a part of a social community.  You will be able to expand your readership, and gain a larger following.  The reach that social media has is vast.  This is not something you want to pass up when trying to build your business.
  • SEO – Optimize your website with keyword rich content.  This can allow your ranking to be higher within the search engines.  SEO is not something that can be learned overnight.   It will take some time, effort, and patience on your part but it can be a helpful technique in getting your website noticed.

No matter what way you choose to market your site, just make sure put your audience at the forefront of everything you do. They have chosen you as a valuable source of information by even coming to your site and reading your content.   Your audience definitely plays a factor in how you should market yourself and your site.  Be transparent and unique in your delivery and you will be sure to build lifelong relationships with people that like and trust you. 

5 Tips to Help Mom Entrepreneurs With Time Management

time-management Managing a home based business is becoming more and more popular with the increase in number of mom entrepreneurs.   However, working from home is not as easy as it seems.  Some moms find it hard to manage their time and run a business.  Knowing that at the end of day you spent your day productively is something that mom entrepreneurs ask themselves all the time. Are you a work at home mom?  How do you manage your time?

As the saying goes “Time is Money”. Therefore, we should value our time to make sure that we will not have any regrets later on. We need to budget our time and we need to spend it wisely.

1. Start the day with a plan. Usually moms get up before other family members to plan their day. Spend some minutes to come up with activities for the day then list them down on a piece of paper in priority of what needs to get done first. I usually try to think about things the night before, so when I start my day I know what needs to be done.

2. Organize your workplace. Mom entrepreneurs do have their own workplaces and these should be kept organized. Make sure that your office is not a mess because if it is, you will not be able to concentrate on your work. Instead of working, you would be distracted by the dirt scattered around, and when you need to find that specific paper it’s hard to find.  I personally have an issue with this one.  My desk has stuff all over it and it’s very frustrating to me.  I do try every weekend to clean it up, so I can start my week off organized, but by the middle of the week there is just stuff everywhere.

3. Don’t spend much time on reading emails or checking your Facebook account. These are among the distractions that must be avoided. If you are working, make sure not to open your email or Facebook account as these will just eat much of your time. Rather, concentrate on your mom on laptop work and perhaps, if you are finished early, you can then check your email. Again another issue I have.  I actually know moms that do not open email or Facebook, and actually have a scheduled time in their day that they get back to their emails.  Try it and see if this works for you.

4. Schedule everything that needs to be done in your day. Since you are a work at home mom, there are other things like preparing dinner, laundry, homework time and so on. Make sure to set a schedule for these tasks. You can do them before starting your work, or you can do them on your break.

5. Stay positive. As a mom entrepreneurs there are days that just don’t work out.  You get a phone call from school or a call from a frantic client.  

Don’t let it derail you from what you need to get done. Always look at things positively and your day will end up with great results.

Along with these 5 tips, your self-discipline also plays a huge role.  If you are not disciplined or motivated you will fail.

{GIVEAWAY} Spark of Amber Jewelry


Spark of Amber
is a company that sells all natural Baltic Amber teething jewelry (necklaces and bracelets) and also 100% natural Baltic Amber jewelry for adults.

(Pictured left) I was so captivated by the color and raw look of the Baltic Raw Amber Bracelet “Woodland” Raw Amber.  and the Baltic Amber Ring “Tropical Peace” Style 2.

Benefits of Amber:

Baltic Amber is a fossilized resin found in the Baltic Region, primarily in Lithuania.  It contains 3-8% of Succinic Acid, long prized for its medical qualities.

Europeans greatly prize beautiful Baltic Amber for its claimed 100% natural anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and calming properties for babies and toddlers.  The jewelry is light weight so easy for babies to wear.

I don’t know about you but I have seen many mommy blog with their children wearing these necklaces, and since I don’t have a baby I don’t know personally if they work.  teething necklace

So when I was contacted by Julie the owner of Spark of Amber, that she would like to be featured in our guide, I was so excited to review the bracelet and ring pictured above.

My Thoughts: The ring is beautiful.  The colors remind me of the tropics.  The nice thing about all this jewelry is that the colors are so versatile and unique, but can coordinate with other pieces of jewelry.    The ring is elastic so it should be able to fit any size finger, note that it can be a little snug. (If you like your rings fitting a little looser, just make a note when you checkout that you would like the ring in a larger size).  The bracelet is beautiful.  I love the unpolished raw look of the stones.  Both the bracelet and ring are beautiful as the rest of the jewelry offered by this company.

(Disclosure: I was given the Amber bracelet and ring to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own.)

Buy Now: Bracelet is $21.99 and can be purchased directly from Spark of Amber by clicking here.

Buy Now: Ring: is $12.99 and can be purchased directly for Spark of Amber by clicking here.

 

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But here is the fun part.  Spark of Amber is giving away one of the Baltic Raw Amber Bracelet “Woodland” to one lucky winner!  US Residents only, must be 18+ to enter.  Enter every day.  Ends 11/30.  Use the form below to enter.  Good luck!

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Ways I’ve Helped My ADD Daughter to Excel

Engaging a child with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) can be a difficult task at times. Some days seem to be easier than others, but it all boils down to my own motivation to keep her on task. Although you can be faced with a great amount of frustration, you need to realize that the child is honestly doing their best. For some parents, this can be quite difficult at times. You just need to realize that you’re not going to be able to force them to change their genetic makeup and you need to roll with the punches.

1. Reading More – As my daughter loves everything dinosaur related, I’ve used this hobby to engage her to accomplish a lot of tasks. Although she doesn’t have much motivation to read some materials, she is always eager to read if it has to do with her reptilian “friends.” This has made a great impact in her reading at school in general. Although the teacher still has a problem getting her to read requested materials, my young daughter puts a great deal of effort into her ever growing collection of dinosaur books.

2. Repetitive Repeats – One way I have been able to get her to focus on a task is by having her repeat my instructions back to me. If she gets it wrong, I give her the instructions again asking her to repeat what I just said. This way, she has to think about what it is I want her to do in order for her to relay it back to me. This has worked exceptionally well, and I’ve found that it is much easier to repeat myself in this manner over the frustration of dealing with miscommunication later on.

3. Eliminating Distractions – Limiting distractions when she is learning has made a vast improvement in how well she retains knowledge. Even in school, her teacher tells me of how my daughter doesn’t seem to focus well in the group of children within an entire class, but she can easily do what needs to be done if she is alone or in a much smaller group. I’ve found this to be true within the home as well. When I am helping her with homework or asking her to complete a task, all music and television needs to be off momentarily. Having her focus on my eyes while I speak to her also help her to remain focused.

4. Scheduling – Being on a set daily schedule has been greatly beneficial for my daughter. Although the first few weeks were a bit of a rocky start, she has adapted and has made great progress keeping to it for day-to-day requirements. However, this required a great deal of vigilance on my part. You can’t just make a schedule and expect an ADD child to follow it from the beginning. There are times where I have to stop and remind her what she is supposed to be doing, but those moments are getting fewer and fewer as time goes on. I’ve also had to rearrange my schedule a bit in order to keep her on task, but it’s a small price to pay to help my daughter take the first steps to being successful in life.

While raising an ADD daughter has been frustrating at times, she has been our sunlight when things seem to get dark. Her outlook on life is comical and she is always in a perky mood. No matter how much life tends to beat me up, I can always rely on her to be the one to pick me up with a hug and an, “I love you.”

Author Bio:

Elizabeth Reed is a freelance writer and a resident blogger at Liveinnanny.org. She particularly enjoys writing about parenting, childcare, health and wellness. In addition, she is an expert consultant on issues related to household management and kids.