Work Life Balance

12 OFFICE DESK HACKS TO IMPROVE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY (Infographic)

Posted by Donna Vail on May 08, 2017  /   Posted in Work Life Balance

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Successful working moms know, your space has a great influence on you, your energy and how your day goes.

When you’re balancing between taking care of your children, homeschooling, working, family and running a household, you need all systems to support your success. This includes having an inspiring environment from which to work.

It’s amazing how making a few changes, being more organized and what seems like little things can make for big differences in your productivity. Here’s a few of the things I’ve done to set myself up for success.

My desk sits in my bedroom so it’s very important to me that I have everything in order for when I sit, I can focus on my work. This means the bed is made, neat and clean with comfy pillows. Don’t worry, it’s not inviting me back to bed because while I love laying in my bed, I like to work and be active more. The sheer act of making it deters me from getting back in.

With the windows and french doors, there is plenty of lighting in addition to a bright lamp and room lighting. Bright lighting is important and this makes for a great plant area. Now in the city, I find myself really looking for the green after having lived in the forest and research shows that exposure to the color green makes you more productive.

I have five children under roof right now so it makes for a busy household and at times, noisy. Getting my focus on and not letting myself get caught up in the noise, I wear earbuds and play my “working music.” This is a selection of music that’s only used for focused work time. I also have music specifically for writing. That means no listening to it other than when I’m working or writing. I’ve programmed my brain and body when I hear this music, it’s time to work or write. Most distractions are eliminated. Since my children are older they’ve been instructed to take care of each other and only get me if absolutely necessary. If you have younger children, I highly recommend you only do this when another adult can care for your younger children.

If I’m really out of it and need to brighten up, I keep essential oils handy in my drawer. I’ll use peppermint or sweet orange as a natural stimulate for the brain. Just a drop or two on my wrist or forearms does the trick. You can also get fabulous diffusers from Young Living Oils.

For many years I worked in a small cluttered space. Stacks and stacks of books have always been taking up space but I find it makes for greater productivity when I have a clear desk and only what I’m working on. Besides the candles, flowers, lamp and collection of crystals, I keep current books near my desk easy to reach and reference while other books are shelved. All files are put away. Now I only need what I’m currently working on; my organizer and laptop. Once I’m done with work everything is put away. This makes for a clean space since it’s in my home and an easy start for the next work session.

Have you used the Pomodoro technique? There are all kinds of great apps with Pomodoro timers. I set my own by working 50 minutes with a 10-minute break to stretch, refresh on water, walk a bit, check on what’s happening with the children and when the timer goes off, back to work for another 50 minutes. I do 50 minutes because the shorter time frames seemed to stress me more. The most I do is two blocks of timed work, other times are more task oriented and in between homeschooling, meals and being with the children. There are some focus days I add time blocks to during the week or on the weekend. I encourage working moms to set themselves up for their needs and what works best with their family dynamic.

One last tip that I feel is very important and I try to do every day, is gazing into the distance. We are traveling people so part of our wiring is walking long distances out in the open where we can gaze far and wide. I do this by taking walks, looking out my windows on a regular basis and of course driving to other places. With a busy household, you don’t have to wait long until it’s time to leave the house again. While working I make it a practice to look out the windows and look to the sky. Research shows it only needs to be something that is 20 feet away. I also give myself the view of beautiful pictures, many of nature and vistas I would not normally see where I live by putting my television on a Google picture app. It cycles through many beautiful pictures and works of art.

Whether you’re in an office or working from home, it’s very important to set yourself up for productivity. There are more ways to improve your productivity from The Business Backer infographic below as well as referenced research. See the resources and comment below what’s your favorite-makes-all-the-difference hack.

Stay inspired!

Peace and love,

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Courtesy of: The Business Backer

BLACK FRIDAY – CYBER MONDAY TO A SMART START

Posted by Donna Vail on November 25, 2016  /   Posted in Academics, Conscious Parenting, Learn More, Live More, Love More, Work Life Balance

BLACK FRIDAY – CYBER MONDAY SMART START SPECIAL!

It’s that time of year again when we wrap up our Thanksgiving and start looking to the holidays then the New Year. I know you’re going to be busy with the holidays coming up but while you’re busy with that, thoughts will be flowing about getting a strong start back into the New Year. Making changes that will give you more power. Switch it up so you’re not so overwhelmed. Glad to have the distractions of the holiday but know you’ll have to face the everyday ordinary struggles and challenges. I think of it as doing surgery on yourself. That’s way too painful. And, so is trying to see just what’s stopping you or letting go of what’s no longer serving you.

How do I know? Because I’ve had to do and continuously do a lot of work with my own share of mentors. In fact, I always have a mentor I am working with to help me build the life I truly want to build. They help me see the pot holes in the road, face what I avoid, navigate what’s stopping me and show me the way that’s simpler and more graceful.

Experiencing an outgrowth, I realize how important it is for moms to have the support they need. We’re doing the toughest and most important job in the world. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the support we need. That’s why I’ve put together New Year – Smart Start Coaching. It’s more than 75% off! I’ve kept you in mind knowing that you’ll be busy during the holidays so I’m setting you up with an audio program to keep you thinking in the direction you want to go and then getting into the coaching sessions first thing in January. Click here all the details where you can learn more.

Hurry! This offer ends Monday, November 28th, midnight CST.

Don’t forget, this makes a great gift for mom! I’m making 2017 about giving moms what I wish I would have had when my children were little. Look forward to sharing the journey and time together.

If you have questions, send me an email at donna@donnavailinternational.com

Here’s to your success and joy!

Peace and love,

How to Increase Focus and Let Go of What’s Stopping You

Posted by Donna Vail on September 13, 2016  /   Posted in Conscious Parenting, Entrepreneurship, Live More, Work Life Balance

How to Increase Focus and Let Go of What’s Stopping You

At the end of the day are you feeling stressed, burned out, out of focus or exhausted, barely able to finish out the high demands of the end of the day? Is it hard to wake up in the morning, when you don’t even feel rested, knowing the demands of the day will press you once again? That’s because you’re either/and/or trying to do too much, you’re overbooked, on sensory overload and multi-tasking.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Parents are carrying a heavy load with taking care of the basic necessities, work, parenting, homeschooling, and life. This is something most people are challenged by. Unless we’ve been taught how to manage effectively, the challenges arise so we can navigate better. It’s not about you being good enough or smart enough, a lot of it is about how we’re wired, our environment and navigating in a respectful way. Respectful to others  but first to ourselves.

Our brains can only manage so much however with our great technology and innovations making it easier to be plugged in 24/7. Thus, it becomes easier to get run down, have unreal expectations and feel defeated. Before we even realize it we’re reaching for more. We’ve become addicted to multiple stimuli and the adrenaline rush experienced every time we get stimulated by our devices or multi-tasking or split-attention. Our adrenaline bank is not for day to day over-stimulation, it’s for emergencies, and to keep you safe for a quick response when needed.

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How to Create a Strong Foundation for the Long-Term Success of Your Homeschool and Life

Posted by Donna Vail on July 18, 2015  /   Posted in Events, Learn More, Work Life Balance

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In homeschooling our children, so much focus is placed on what curriculum to use and how to teach them everything they need but this is just skimming the surface. With a short sighted focus such as this, we can be left with burnout, schedules that irritate already stressful relationships and that dreaded constant nagging worry, “Am I doing enough? Will they have what they need?”

Then we’re met with all the other moms that keep up the pace and accept all the stress as part of the bargain, so you think you should as well. But do they really keep up the pace? And what about all the pain and anguish they’re not telling you? Are you showing up but deep down inside you’re stressed, lonely, wanting to care for yourself, do right by your children and find freedom from the worry and guilt?

I know because I’ve stood in that very spot before, actually several times . I’ve been right where you are. Deeply convicted but just can’t seem to bring it all into a flow that lasts. The only difference between you and me is that I’ve found the way out and discovered it doesn’t have to be stressful, lonely or riddled with worry and guilt. I work with moms all the time in this very spot; lonely, stressed and wanting to be the best mom for their children. I’ve helped them transform their life into the life they love to live.

“I loved every minute of working with Donna and in her training modules. As a result of working with Donna, I am much calmer. I feel that my children and I will be able to live our dreams of homeschooling. I feel that they will be well equipped, if not more equipped, for their lives as adults.” -Tina Brown, mom of 2, Utah

Join me for this full training in the top three areas that will transform you and your homeschool in a way that creates a strong foundation for the long-term success of your homeschool. In the process, it will spill over into all areas of your personal and professional lives as a family. I look forward to serving you and seeing you flourish.

Peace,

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Do What You Love Mommy

Posted by Donna Vail on May 10, 2015  /   Posted in Conscious Parenting, Lifestyle, Love More, Work Life Balance

mothers dayAs a busy mom with a busy family, moms can sometimes be the last to get their refill on energy, have space to think and time to be still, eat a warm meal, or have a break between fixing things, solving other peoples issues, and cleaning up messes. When our day begins, our feet hit the floor running. I myself am one to keep going all day until time to tuck myself.

I think mom’s middle name is give, it’s just what we do because we wouldn’t have it any other way. We love and are grateful for our families beyond measure. But unfortunately if we let ourselves go too long, always giving and never receiving, we become out of balance. I used to be very nervous about such talk of receiving more. In fact, any attention on me or special occasions were difficult to receive without feeling like I should be doing the work. I had all kinds of justifications and beliefs to support myself always giving and never receiving. Letting myself be the one is who always up all night, doing it all, being there for everyone, serving everyone else first, eating lukewarm meals, basically trying to be super mom but never admitting it because it’s not super, it’s just what I do.

Then I ran out. I crashed. I burned. I almost died. It was cumulative over the years. Even though I had taught my children to help and my husband and I did a lot of partnering, I still sacrificed myself to everyone else. In my mind there was no way I could take for myself. I was simply unwilling to fully receive.
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Daily Practices for Moms to Generate More Energy

Posted by Donna Vail on May 21, 2013  /   Posted in Live More, Love More, Work Life Balance

Moms are busy people. That goes without saying and to accomplish all that you need to do in a day it’s important that you have a sustainable and steady flow of energy. So how is your energy level?

On a scale of 1-10, what is your current energy level? How has your physiology been lately? How do you feel? Have you had the energy levels to significantly move you forward in the direction you want to go?

Most people operate at about a 5, but you deserve to be at an 8 or 9. Your spouse and children deserve you to be at an 8 or 9 or higher. If you’re lacking sustained energy, then it’s time to generate the energy you need, for fulfilling your purpose and I’m not talking about caffeine boosts or power drinks.

Generating good energy should be one of your top goals. Having sufficient energy to get through your day, accomplishing your goals and having enough left over to also enjoy your family is paramount to living a balanced life. Now let’s explore how to generate a healthy energized body.

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