HOW TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE?

Mums, I have been feeling terribly frustrated about my unproductivity these last three weeks, so I started to review some self-help and motivational books to give me back some energy, motivation and discipline. Of course, that motivation and action comes mainly inside ourselves but reading or hearing something inspirational can be a good step to be more productive again.

I also found the reason I was feeling so tired during this time. Guess what? I am pregnant again! It was not in our plans but once it happened here we go again, four years at home. I will have to organize a new schedule, so I can make things happen after the new member of the family comes.

So let’s talk about the subject of this post.

HOW TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE?

>Make a to-do list/goals list

Before any step, you must know the path you are taking, the direction that you want to follow.

Make a list with your main goals, with what you intend to do and with what you seek.

This is the first important step: to find a purpose and outline the main tasks you need to complete to achieve it.

>Time journal

A time journal is a detailed record of your day (and detailed means that. Even when you go to the bathroom or the number of hours you are watching tv or reading an email must be registered).

You should record, at least, every half an hour or even less, to have a real perception about how you are spending your time and where you can get time from to make it more productive.

For example, instead of spending half an hour watching youtube videos about funny cats, you could use that time to improve a skill, read about a subject that interests you or work on something or even build your own video with funny cats.

A journal time can be written manually or you can use apps. Nowadays there are good ones, tracking what you are doing in your laptop or mobile phone and they report with precision how much time you spent in activities like talking on the phone, going to Facebook, writing an email, etc.

Two examples of apps for time tracking are Timely and Rescue Time.

Example of how a time journal can be made:

12h00-6h00 a.m. – sleeping

6h03-6h10 a.m. – bathroom

6h10-6h30 a.m. – Make and eat breakfast

6h30-6h40 a.m. – dress up, wash teeth and comb hair

6h40-6h42 a.m. – kiss bye-bye family

6h42-7h00 a.m. – walk to the bus stop/wait for the bus

7h00-7h30 a.m. – going to work (inside the bus)

7h30-7h40 a.m. – walk to the office and sit in the desk office (…) and so on.

As Michal Stawicki says in his book Master Your Time in 10 Minutes a Day:

Most people believe they already know precisely how they use their time. Most people are wrong.

There are dangers you should be aware of that come with keeping a time journal. By being conscious about tracking your time, you may find yourself changing your behavior just to make a more impressive journal. For a couple of weeks you may limit your unproductive activities and then, as soon as you finish the tracking exercise, slip back into old, less effective habits.

So, you must be honest with yourself when making the time journal and try to commit to the tasks you proposed yourself to do. This can be a big help to be more productive.

>Be organized

To be organized is very important, in order to be productive in any task.

From housework to the office or even at school, be organized is one of the strongest pillars that can take you further and save you a considerable amount of time.

Imagine for moments you were blind. You would need to have things in a fixed place, ordered in a way you could find them immediately, without thinking twice where did you put your keys, your clothes or your notebook.

It also implies that you give priority to some activities, instead of others. You must check what are the most important tasks for you to finish first and what tasks could give you more time to complete others. As I mentioned in a previous article, while you are cooking lunch, you can do other activities like making the bed or vacuum the house. This way, instead of making just one activity at a time you can do several at once and save many minutes or even hours at the end of the month.

>Walk a few steps at a time

It happens regularly that at a certain moment we are enthusiastic and we feel we can complete a task fast. However, it is also common that after that feeling, if we do not achieve our goal we feel frustration and many times we give up.

To avoid this, it is better to “walk a few steps at a time”. Do not try to do it all at once, but complete your tasks in parts. You complete one small step, then another one, until you have reached your main goal. You will find enduring results and the probabilities to get frustrated and give up are much less.

>Speed reading

Have you ever tried to do speed reading?

I am from Europe and around here we are not used to learning speed reading at schools. For that reason, many of us have not even heard about it before.

The first time I have heard about fast reading was through my husband (he comes from America).

When you read more in less time, you can definitely be more productive. You can learn more in less time and you can also do more with that new information you have.

For that reason, I considered this one of the most effective ways to be more productive. Even when you are doing an internet search it can help.

To have an idea just check this video I took from youtube about speed reading tips:

>Typing faster

This is another good tip to be more productive. When you are typing in the computer, you can do it faster if you learn how to type without looking to the keyboard.

There are very good apps for free around there for learning this skill and also video tutorials, like this:

>Sunlight

It is proved in several studies that sunlight boosts productivity at work.

In a study named Why We Need More Nature at Work: Effects of Natural Elements and Sunlight on Employee Mental Health and Work Attitudes, it was evaluated how workers were affected or not by sunlight and nature in their office.

The study concluded that

Exposure to natural elements is associated with decreased levels of diastolic blood pressure, depression, and anxiety, and increased attentional capacity (…) Exposure to natural elements (e.g., green spaces) can reduce the impact of stress, increase psychological well-being, and support recovery from illness.

So, if you want to increase your creativity, another important tip is working surrounded by windows; have plants or a view to a nice landscape and the results can surprise you.

If you have other tips concerning how to be more productive, do not hesitate in leaving a comment.

 

 

Unproductivity

These last two weeks were unproductive.

We were sick for some days, we had relatives visiting us for some other days and consequently, I broke the routinary habits about writing and studying with which I was starting to get engaged.

Consistency and constancy were compromised again and discipline was gone for a while.

I did not try the Apowersoft screen recorder and the trial period for the VIP version ended.

My husband just recently told me “Why don’t you try QuickTime?”. Honestly I thought that QuickTime was more adequated to watch movies but in the end, it also makes a screen recording. So, during the next few days, I really have to restart with full batteries and find a way to try this and maybe other options.

For now, I just leave you this small article.

Let me know, once more, if you have any tips for recording screen software (for free, for Mac).

 

 

Searching tools for my online lessons (Google Slides and Apower Rec)

This week I “lost” three mornings in my son nursery. It was a very nice experience, by the way. Educators invited parents to go and watch their children during their time in the kindergarten, to see how their routine is, what they are doing. We could play together. However, that time I use to have in the mornings to housework and to search or write a little bit was completely gone.

The time I had at night was used to start the structure of the online lessons I am preparing and that I mentioned in a previous article.

I have a Mac Book Pro from 2007. I would like to use Keynote but is not supported, so I decided to make a search for free options for Mac (there are not so many I must say) and ended up with Google Slides.

To get familiar with it, I watched this really nice tutorial, that explains almost everything about the way Google Slides works.

Google Slides works pretty much like PowerPoint and you can make great presentations with it. There are just two CONS:

  • You cannot insert recordings into the slides directly from your desktop. In fact, there is a recent option called Audio Player for Slides, made by EdtechTeam, that makes it possible but you must download it from Google Drive and it is somehow intrusive because they will have access to all your data in Google Drive.
  • You cannot make that a Google Slides presentation advance on its own before publishing it to the web. So only after that, we can have a real perception of how the slides will work altogether (you can watch animations one by one, but not in totality).

So, my next question was:

 How can I record my voice and make the presentation to put it in Udemy or other platforms?

It will be necessary to make a screen recording with a specific program, while I put the slides running at the same time and record the voice.

Camtasia could be an option for screen recording. It is known for being one of the best software in the market to do this but is quite expensive (more than 200 dollars).

After a deeper search, I downloaded Apower Rec. Next week I will let you know more about it, once I have not tried it yet.

If you have a better idea, please let me know (it must be for Mac and for free).

See you next week!

 

HOW TO CREATE A GOOGLE ADSENSE ACCOUNT

Mums, finally this article came out. There are tonnes of information about it around there, especially videos in youtube, but I will make it anyway. You know how I like to explain things in an easy way for you, don’t you?

If you are not familiar with what Google Adsense is, you can read my post about it, clicking here.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE CREATING A GOOGLE ADSENSE ACCOUNT

1. Do not, ever, give INVALID CLICKS. That means:

  • Do not click in your own advertisement. Google can easily identify them and close your Adsense account, excluding you forever!
  • Do not ask friends, relatives or even your blog readers to click in your advertisement. It can be detected easily. Remember how people are connected and found nowadays in Social Media. Google could detect that in the twinkling of an eye.
  • Do not use programs that generate automatic clicks. That is a Black Hat technique and could finish with all your efforts.

2. Be sure you have enough content.

You can be rejected if you are trying to put Google advertisement on a website with only 4 posts, for example. Even if there is not a consensus about the number of articles, try to apply when you have around 20 articles.

3. Have original content, with quality.

Do not duplicate the information. It can also be a reason for being rejected. To be sure you are not duplicating information you can check it in Copyscape.

4. Check your backlinks.

Always provide links with quality and which are working. Sometimes you mention a website and later it is not working anymore so you will have a dead link. That counts for SEO results and also when you are applying for Adsense.

5. Wait for at least one month to apply again in case your website is rejected by Adsense.

HOW TO CREATE A GOOGLE ADSENSE ACCOUNT?

1. Firstly you must enter the Adsense page and sign up.

  • Fill in the information they ask you for (like in the image below).
  • You must have a Gmail account.
  • You must be the owner of a website with unique content (not duplicated). 

2. Give and validate your phone number, address, and bank account.

After saving the information when you signed up, you must sign in, give your address, phone number and choose the payment method, in order to proceed with your Google Adsense account.

To be sure you are giving them the right phone number, Google will send you a code to your phone (you can choose if you want to receive the code by SMS or voice message) and you will have to insert the 6-digit verification code in the website. After click on “submit”.

The address you gave will also be verified when your earnings reach the verification threshold (usually 10 dollars, but will depend on the country you are living in. Please check that information here).

To verify the accuracy of your bank account information, when you reach the threshold, Google will deposit a very small amount of money there. You will have to check in your bank account the following days and write on the website that value. Only then, they will deposit the full amount in your bank account.

After this first stage, only when you reach an amount of 100 dollars approx. , you will receive your next payment. This is one of the disadvantages if you do not have much traffic or clicks on your website. It can take months or even years, but the intention is that you try to increase your traffic and do it, of course.

3. Add and choose the type of advertisement for your website.

After you signed up and gave detailed information about your telephone number, address and bank account, it is time for the next step.

Enter your Adsense account, and click on “New ad unit”, as you see in the image below

I recommend you to choose the “responsive” option, in which Adsense will adjust the advertisement according to your website structure. However, you can explore the different options and choose the one that fits your taste better.

I would tell you also not to choose just text ads. They look a bit outdated, like the one you see in this image.

In-article ads can be the most appropriated because they appear between paragraphs and will help to enhance a better reading experience, like the ones you can see in my blog.

In-feed ads can bring you more clicks because it makes people think that it is a post, but in the end, maybe you will not have loyal visitors because they can feel cheated.

After you choose the type of advertisement, Google Adsense will generate a code that you will have to insert in your website. It is something like this:

4. Insert the codes in your website (WordPress, youtube, blogger, etc).

Once I have WordPress I will show you where to insert the code here. You just have to enter in costumize>appearance>widgets>text and insert there the code.

5. Wait for Google Adsense approval

Once it is the first time you will have to wait for Adsense approval. It can take one day, one week or even a month, to have your advertisement working. It will depend if your website was already detected by crawling and also if it is according to Adsense rules.

Hope this article was useful to you. Let me know if you have any question.

Siblings rivalry and Playground.Zone

Mums, the last two weeks my children have been fighting with each other so often, that it has been hard for them and also for me to control feelings of irascibility that come from that.

Even if I am trying to be patient, constantly reinforcing that siblings should make an effort to get on well, do not offend or hit each other, that they should try to be best friends, that respect is one of the most important rules between people, it seems that my messages are getting lost somewhere. Is it normal or am I failing as a mother?

I try to make activities together with them every single day (like the ones in this link and in this one too) and at the same time trying to give them some space because they always want me to play with them and I think they should try to do it together or alone more often.

They are still young (3 and 4 years old) and I have never had brothers or sisters, which makes it harder for me to understand these rivalries. When I was teaching, students did not have brothers or sisters in the same class, so it was never a subject I had to deal with…until now.

I had so many plans for this week in terms of writing. I wanted to write more articles on Mum.CEO about Google AdSense and investigate deeper the way it works in small details.

I started to write some articles on the new website I have (https://Playground.Zone) but I feel it could have been better and more. These rivalries took me out so much energy that when I wanted to come and write it down, it did not come easily, so I decided this week I would talk about siblings rivalry in Playground. Zone and take advantage of that too to let you know about this new website.

Maybe you have the same problem or have ideas about the subject.

I must write more articles, read more, maybe change the visual of the website a little bit.

I am not sure about Mum. Ceo visual too. Since I put the advertisements it looks very different, not so “clean”.

I could not make anything with the online courses since the last week or even study.

So, I ended up reading again some chapters of the book  I read one year ago called Siblings without Rivalry, from Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. It helped me to remember very important tips, that I have not been using.

In case you have siblings rivalry at home too, maybe you find this article useful. Otherwise, give your suggestions. I am all ears and maybe it can help other mothers too.

How to make money from your website?

Mums, if you are not new around here, you probably noticed I put advertisements in the blog. It does not look as “clean” as before, but it was one of the ways I found to put in practice some of the knowledge I have been acquiring during this motherhood/CEO journey. Also, a way to make money from the blog.

Recently I have been reading and listening to videos about this subject and found that if I put that information together here, it could be useful for you too.

The easiest ways to make money with your website

> Google Adsense

If you have a blog, a forum or other type of website, Google Adsense can be an option to have an extra income. Adsense is an advertising platform that allows you to earn money.

The amount you will earn depends on several factors:

1. The quantity of visitors/followers (the most visitors/followers you have, the biggest chance to get a click in one of the advertisements presented on your website).

2. Said that the number of clicks and the time people are watching your advertisement are what decides mostly of what your income will be. Adsense also gives you a commission per thousand impressions (in a simplified way, impressions are the number of views of your posts. If people view your posts, consequently view the advertisement you have there. So, even if they are not clicking they are watching that advertisement somehow and that counts too, even if only in every 1000 views).

3. The content quality (the best the content is better because you will have more visitors/followers and consequently it increases the probabilities that somebody clicks in the advertisements. Do not click in your own advertisements, because Google has smart ways to know it and it can block your Adsense account. Just use White Hat techniques to increase your website visitors.

Maybe you do not know it but through cookies, Google tracks what sites you have been watching and considering that and the country you are located in, they choose the advertisement that will appear in your screen, when you enter a website.

It means that advertisements are not static, they change according to the person, computer and location of the person that is visiting your website. That can increase also the probabilities of receiving a click and make more money with your blog.

You can also adjust the type of advertisement you would like to use in your page and be attentive to your website design because not all of them are Google Adsense friendly.

In another post, I will tell you how to create a Google Adsense account.

> Affiliates

The second way you can make money easily with your website is with affiliates.

Affiliates are companies/products that you recommend on your website.

Trough a link you put in your webpage (you must contact the affiliate and have a code to generate that link in your page) and each time somebody purchases something from them through that link, you earn a commission.

There is an infinity of affiliate marketing possibilities but you should choose one that is trustable and that sells something connected to your niche. If you have a website about babies, you should just choose affiliates connected to baby products. Otherwise, people will not be interested even in click on that link.

Do not think about the money but in satisfying your audience, that is the one you are writing for and that you should please.

LIST OF AFFILIATES:

  • AMAZON ASSOCIATES – The most trustable in the market. Conversions are very high. If you get a purchase, even if in a different category than the one visitors “clicked” in your page, you will receive the value of the total purchase the visitor made. To make it clear, imagine your visitor clicked on a link in your webpage to buy diapers on Amazon, but at the end, when entering Amazon via your website, that visitor bought toys and clothes for baby, you will get the commission for all the purchase and not only the diapers. Even if commissions are not that high, if a person makes a good purchase, you earn a good commission. Just watch it here:
  • CLICKBANK – Is another affiliate program. It uses mainly digital products but there are also some physical products. Once many products are expensive, you can get a commission of 75% (not so common, but possible). You should also check the “gravity”, that tells how many affiliates sold that specific product during the last week. The more gravity you find, the better are the opportunities for you to seel that product if they are according to your niche. You must put banners of them on your page to be profitable.
  • SHAREASALE – Is mainly focused on tangible products (not digital). You can get up to 20% of commission in some products. It pays monthly, contrary to other affiliates.
  • RAKUTENAFFILIATENETWORK– You need to have a considerable amount of visitors monthly and page views superior to 500. Based on that information, they will pay you more or less. Just use it when you have a bigger audience.

When choosing an affiliate you should choose those who are a compliment but not a competition to your website. If you are selling products for babies, do not bring an affiliate that sells the same kind of product. Choose, for example, an affiliate that sells books about babies or parenting.

There are other ways to promote affiliate products. One of them is picking a niche in Google or another web browser (for example, write “Football affiliates” in the browser and several options will appear according to the niche you chose). Just be more careful with this last option, because some affiliates are not trustable and are not transparent.

> ADVERTORIALS

They are basically informative articles with the intention to advertise a product.

The article gives you information about some kind of subject/product and at the same time, it is advertising the product it is talking about, in a subtle way.

Advertorials, to be effective, must give priority to good content. Only after that, they must include the advertisement (70% good content + 30% advertising is the perfect formula to be successful with this kind of monetization).

I remember some time ago I was reading the news on BBC and suddenly I saw an article about a product that was supposed to heal eye problems. I thought “this is BBC so it has credibility and it is not trying to cheat me”, but at the end, they were trying to sell that product. Only then I got aware of advertorials.

There some important rules with this kind of monetization:

  1. You must have a considerable amount of traffic on your website (at least 500 people every month).
  2. You must write something with quality and credibility.
  3. Do not sell yourself cheap. The most traffic you have to most you can charge. Imagine you have 500 to 1000 visitors every month, it would be normal to be paid 50-100 dollars. If you had 10000 visitors per month you could charge 200 dollars, and so on. There is not a fixed amount, but experts recommend not to sell yourself for a low price. At the end you are giving them the space in your blog and the audience for the company to be advertised.

> SELL YOUR OWN PRODUCTS

This is another option to make money with your website. Not easy as the last ones.

You can sell your own products, tangible or digital (online courses, books, clothes, toys, etc).

For this, you need to create your online store, receive payments in PayPal or other methods and find a way to increase your audience.

Share your ideas and let me know if you have something to add.

Have a nice week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your passion?

Mums, have you already found your passion in life or do you feel you have no idea about it?

What we are taught to do since we are young

Many of us are taught to follow the rules of the system, get a job from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., receive a decent salary and live like this until the retirement day arrives. Then, if you are lucky and still have some strength you can finally enjoy life when you are in your 60’s. This because you passed the most productive years of your life doing something you did not enjoy to earn something you think can give you more stability.

I was taught like this until I met my husband. He is American and I am European. I know it can sound like a prejudice, but in Europe, we are mostly taught to follow a system and its rules, have a job, work for somebody because it is economically “safer” and more comfortable, while in America (for this I mean American continent) there is somehow a common incentive to do what you love and to endeavor, considering your passion, because people believe that if you do what you love you have much more probabilities to succeed.

Wouldn’t it be nice to spend our life doing something we like and be paid for that?

It is ok you do not want to be an entrepreneur but even if you are working for somebody you should be happy doing it. That means you would feel more satisfied and it could also have a positive impact on your health – less stress, more enthusiasm and the results for the company that hired you would also be better, for sure.

Five Ways to find your passion in life

Do not expect that after reading this article you will have an epiphany about what your passion is (maybe you have it – lucky you!).

Usually, it requires some hours, days or even weeks of reflection until you can find the right answers.

After I made this search for myself too (it took me weeks to find the answer), here are some questions I found helpful.

1. What would make you wake up from bed at 4 in the morning with joy?

This is a tough one, isn’t it? However, if you find the answer, you are definitely in a good way to find out what your passion is.

Would you wake up early to make a trip? Would you wake up early to read a book? Would you do it to go running or practice a sport? Think about it.

2. In what would you spend your time, if you had financial abundance?

Imagine you have full freedom to spend your money without thinking in “tomorrow”. Then you would do what you enjoy because you would not have the concern about money.

Would you attend an art course? Would you make volunteering? Would you become a writer? Would you travel around the world? Would you create an ONG to help refugees? Would you spend all your time resting (in this case, maybe you could open a company that made bed mattresses)?

3. Make a list with what you do not like doing and with what you are mediocre at.

It can sound something simple, but many times we do not even think about it. When you make a list with what you are not good at or with what you do not like, you eliminate many options.

This exercise can help you to find what you like and what you do well (not necessarily with excellence, but fairly good) more easily.

4. Try to imagine yourself in five years. What would you be doing, when you visualize it?

When you make this exercise you think about your future, about what you would like it would be (you will certainly think about something that you like, which can lead you to identify your passion).

Have you ever read the book The Secret, from Rhonda Byrne? Most of it is about visualization and its importance to lead your mind and (un)conscious to act somehow and bring results you wish or attract the most.

According to Marci Shimoff:

Many people in Western culture are striving for success. They want the great home, they want their business to work, they want all these outer things. But what we found in our research is that having these outer things does not necessarily guarantee what we really want, which is happiness. So we go for these outer things thinking they’re going to bring us happiness, but it’s backward. You need to go for the inner joy, the inner peace, the inner vision first, and then all of the outer things appear.

5. Try something new 

Try something new can also help to find what you like. It can be a new experience or a new reading about a subject you are passionate about. That can bring you new ideas, other points of view, a different focus for your thoughts or ways of life.

Citing Harriet Tubman, before finishing this post:

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

How to earn an income teaching online

Mums, the world has never been so technological before. That means there are plenty of opportunities to work from home. One of them is teaching online and you do not need to be a real teacher to do that, just share with the world the knowledge about a subject you are good at.

What do you need to start teaching online?

Firstly you need to outline the course structure, dividing it into sections. Imagine yours is about Healthy Cooking.

  1. Identify what is the main goal of the lessons. In the example given it could be something like encourage people to cook healthy food, giving them knowledge about the way they can do healthy recipes but also mention some important tricks and tips about that.
  2. Outline the course, dividing it into sections. Example:
  • Section 1 – Introduction (welcome your students to the course; show some healthy ingredients versus non-healthy ones; teach one cooking trick that makes people feel you are already giving them something to learn; attach a pdf with some information connected to this subject).
  • Section 2 – Fundamentals of healthy cooking; why should we eat healthily;
  • Section 3 – Mediterranean diet – healthy recipes;
  • Section 4 – Veggie recipes…

3. Choose the video style for your course :

  • Slideshow with voice over (you can use Keynote, PowerPoint, Google Slides).
  • Videos with slides or graphics (you can use the software mentioned above).
  • Video-based (use iMovie to edit the videos. It is such a great editor and free of costs, as all the software I mentioned in this post).
  • Screencast courses (these are the videos in which you show the computer screen to explain something. You can use OBS if you have a Mac or Quicktime if you have Windows).

4. Material needed:

  • Computer/tablet/Laptop.
  • Camera (can be from your computer, iPhone or smartphone. Invest just in what you can now. Update later).
  • Microphone – it is usually recommended that we buy a microphone. In the books I’ve read, Blue snowball, Audiotechnica ATR2100 or Rode Podcaster are the ones recommended with decent prices and good quality, but I cannot tell you about my own experience. Honestly, I will try the cell phone microphone or the mp3 one at first and see how it works.

Where can you start to teach online?

  1. Udemy

  2. Teachable

  3. Your Own Website

I’m now starting to prepare the lessons (I’m in the outlining), so just tried Udemy and Teachable. As soon as I try others, I will put the information on the blog and give you more details about it and also about the ones I am using.

What I can tell you until now is that the experience I am having with both is positive. They are easy to manage, you do not need to have amazing technical skills and they are free (of course you have the option to pay and have some extra features that can be helpful, like have extra help with marketing or have the possibility to put your own domain there, but in a beginning I recommend just options for free, once we are not earning money yet ).

Have your own domain is almost a most. You can put the same content there, but try to offer some extras on your own website, because you can earn more and have more loyal subscribers, that are really searching for you. In Udemy and Teachable you have to pay them commissions and can be harder to find that loyalty. However, their marketing is very powerful and can help you to increase your income considerably.

General advice

  1. Before structure and launch your course, make a search on Youtube, on the platforms you are teaching and even in  Google Keywords or Amazon bestsellers, to check if the subject you are teaching is saturated or not and to find out what could be improved that leads other people to choose your lessons instead of others.
  2. The better your content is the more subscribers and good reviews you will have. That is what can lead you to the top 10 in e-learning platforms.
  3. Try to start with courses for beginners and then jump to the other levels.
  4. Create several courses, so your opportunities to be successful will increase.

 

 

New Year’s Resolution

Mums, many weeks have passed since the last post. I had many doubts and thought about giving up the blog and the working from home plan.

The lack of results, consequence of my indiscipline, boost me to make a new C.V., ready to send to some companies but my inner voice was telling me something different: How can you give up? That is why you do not succeed. Are you going to work outside to earn some pennies that you will see disappear paying extra nursery time and a babysitter? Why don’t you give it another try?

(This made me think in the book of Michal Stawicki called Power Up Your Self-Talk that I recently read. It mentions the influence our inner talk has in our decisions and how we should build up a positive self-talking to improve our life).

So, I came back again to the old plan, more redefined this time and more directed to action. Of course this took me weeks.

It was thinking in improvement that I decided to take some action. So, I bought some courses in Udemy, two of them about Python and Swift  (remember some posts ago I mentioned I would like to build an APP for toddlers and I was told in Quora these two programs could help to make it).

I am not sure I am happy or I regret it. I must admit it is a first for me in programming so it is a must to learn other concepts that sometimes I have no idea about. Maybe it was crazy, maybe it can bring some fruits. I am not sure yet, but in the end, it will increase my knowledge.

I am also studying more about Udemy itself and once I was a language teacher Before Mum, I am planning to structure at least one course, to begin with ( in another post I will let you know more about Udemy and the way it works. Just need to make some experiments myself to give you a personal point of view).

Promise I will start to write more often in the blog from now on. Once a week sounds good, right?

Hope to hear from you and your projects, feelings or challenges.

Plan A update – “Working From Home With Children”

Mums, almost two weeks passed since the last post (Working From Home With Children – Plan A) and as promised I am going to tell you how it is going.

So, let’s start to analyze briefly the result for each topic I already mentioned in the last post and add other ideas at the end.

>Dedicate a maximum of 3 hours to housework daily

This topic was hard to change during the first days. I was very attached to the old routine (changing a habit is such a challenge) but the last week has been successful. I could finally dedicate an average of just 2 hours per day or even less to housework (cooking included). How?

PRIORITIZATION – One of my weak points in time management is prioritization and sometimes instead of taking advantage of time and doing several things at the same time I tend to do one task at a time.

So, I started to organize time in a different way. For example, instead of cooking, after making beds, after cleaning bathrooms or dust, I made something like this:

1) Wake up 30 to 40 minutes before children and prepare meals for the day.

2) While meals are being cooked I have a quick shower, dress up, make our bed and tidy some messy spot in the living room .

Without children demanding these tasks can be completed much faster, that is why I recommend you to wake up a while before your child/children and do not stop anytime to watch your devices at this first stage, unless you have all done yet. That will take you time!.

3) Children wake up – they eat and after breakfast, while they dress up, make pee and clean their teeth, I set the dishes from the washing machine and make their beds.

4) Take my older son to the nursery with the bike  (it is less than one kilometer from home, we could walk but there are almost always distractions in the way, so instead of taking 25 minutes to go and come back we just take 10 minutes :  3 minutes to arrive and leave him there, play 5 minutes with my daughter in the nursery playground, come back home to finish tasks (vacuum the floor, clean the bathroom or put some clothes washing – in 20 minutes things are done).

> Take advantage of children playtime to study or work

Said the above, the rest of the time can be dedicated to children and to study/work for an hour or more during the day if they are calmly playing or watching TV.

If your child sleeps a nap, that can be also a good opportunity to work.

It was such a step, Mums, that is still hard to believe how easy it was and how much time I have been wasting during years with such small and insignificant tasks.

> Listen to motivational speeches

Mums, this has been really helpful.

I have been listening now motivational speeches once to twice a week and I surrender. It definitely helps.

Have you ever heard about impacttheory.com?

They have very good interviews with people that really help to improve your vision and motivation, through their life experiences.

> Make a new plan and have discipline and consistency about it

If the other topics have improved a lot, this one is still searching for its path. To achieve discipline and consistency in a plan it is necessary to create good habits and I am  readjusting the plans according to the improvements made, trying to make them habits and bring some new ones that can be positive and worthwhile.

I would like to implement meditation soon and maybe write a gratitude journal, but that will be subject for another post.

Work from home with children should not be an excuse to a failure but definitely one of the main motivational reasons to keep going in this path and make all to be successful for us but specially for them, that see in us an example and bring the future in their hands.

Share your ideas too! There is nothing better than sharing experiences and knowledge together, bringing more enlightenment to our path for CEO.