Productivity as a WAHM: Automate Whenever Possible

June 19th, 2009

Hi again, I’m Nicole Dean, and today is Day Five in my series of Guest Posts about “Productivity when Working from Home”. Today I’ll share one of the biggest mistakes you can make as an online entrepreneur.

Doing everything the SLOW way.

Let me give you an example from your day to day life.

Do you scrub all of your clothes in a stream on a washboard and then carry them back home in a basket and then hang them out to dry on the clothesline?

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Productivity as a WAHM: Lists for the Kids

June 18th, 2009

Hi, I’m Nicole Dean, and I’m guest blogging here on Lexi’s blog this week as part of my Summer Blog World Tour. This is Day Four in my “How in the World can You be Productive when you Work from Home” series.

Yesterday I talked about making a to do list for yourself and how that simple activity can help you to get more done every day. If you haven’t read that post yet, check it out here: Productivity: A Daily Action List

Today, I’d like to talk about giving the kids their own jobs to help you better focus. My kids are 7 and 12, but, I’ve been working from home since 2001, so I’ve been home with little ones long enough to share battle stories. But, let’s make sure to clear one thing before I begin. I surely don’t want to sound like I know it all. Anyone who has been to my house knows that I do not have it all under control. Not even close.

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Productivity as a WAHM: Your Daily Action List

June 17th, 2009

Hi again, I’m Nicole Dean. I’m a Guest Expert here this week at Lexi’s request and I’ve been talking about “Productivity when Working from Home”. If you missed the previous lessons, you can find Day One here: Valuing your Time & Day Two here: Timing your Work.

Today I’d like to talk about something that’s huge as far as being a Work at Home Entrepreneur.

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Do You Need to Break Through?

December 19th, 2008

Meeting Lille Metropole
Creative Commons License photo credit: fdecomite

Sometimes in life, you get stuck. You get into a rut. You may know it or not, but you will most likely stay there. It’s nice and comfortable and safe there. But it doesn’t change the face that you’re stuck. What’s holding you back? How can you move forward?

We found out many of the answers this week. Today we concluded a week-long breakthrough session in Mom Masterminds with our business mentors, Kelly McCausey and Lynette Chandler, and life coach Aurelia Williams. Every morning this week, we had an hour-long teleconference to discuss various issues that could be getting in the way of growing our businesses. Kelly and Aurelia kept the topics a surprise to us each day so we would not come to the teleconference with our preconceived notions. As a result, our minds and hearts were open and we candidly explored our feelings, attitudes and behavior.

We covered the following topics:

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A Moment of Clarity

October 17th, 2008
El rayo que no cesa

Image by una cierta mirada via Flickr

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about decluttering my business plan and deciding to focus on learning. Well, I have no problems whatsoever with learning – I love to study. I do have a problem with ACTING. And recently, I found myself devouring Internet marketing courses, blogs of people I admire, and doing so many other things in the name of “learning” … but not doing much to apply anything.

So today I made another decision: time to stop just “reading about” and start “acting on”.

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