Podcast with Kat Sturtz, Rocking Your Path Life Coach & The Purgatory Relief Coach for People Who Think Marketing Is Hell.

In today’s podcast I get to introduce you to one of the most remarkable women I have the blessing of knowing & calling a friend! 

I met Kat back in 2012 when I was just starting out on my writing journey. After a wonderful conversation with her, I was off to one of her writing groups. At my first group meeting I was in awe at how wonderful she and the group were. How welcoming and the information, guidance, and encouragement I received cannot be expressed in words… I was so touched. To this day I truly feel Kat helped give me the legs to stand on and go for it! I started Rocking My Path. 

Soon after I started attending the writing group I began blogging for The Detroit News, other online publications, and even a couple magazines. 

And that is what we are going to focus on during this segment of For Dragonflies And Me. Today Kat & I are going to talk about Mindset & Motivation and her Rocking Your Path world! You’ll learn how she guides people to grow in their solo-entrepreneurship! 

My passion is helping time and cash-strapped solopreneurs build a profitable home-based business. 

I especially love helping clients break free from despair, leaking money, or making little at all.

What about You? What keeps you up at night, tossing and turning trying to figure out how to get past all the obstacles life throws at you?” Kat Sturtz.

For those of you looking for Marketing and Promotion coaching…
Clients, biz friends, and followers know Kat affectionately as The Purgatory Relief Coach for People Who Think Marketing Is Hell.

“Marketing is necessary but it needn’t leave you feeling stuck between Heaven and Hell. And it doesn’t need to be expensive, hard to do, or leave you feeling icky at the end of the day either. Not when you follow the marketing strategies, tactics, and advice I love most. Top on that list: If you don’t like being marketed to in a particular way then don’t use that method in your own marketing. Doesn’t matter if it’s being touted as the current best tactic to use. If you don’t like it, it’s likely your target niche doesn’t either.” Kat Sturtz

…and we will also chat about a wonderful organizational tool, Trello. I am currently taking that course & will have a blog coming up all about it!

Be sure to join the group for this event on Facebook so you don’t miss a beat!
See you there!

Until then, happy day friends!
Jean

Organization 101 Day 1- Routines: How-to create them & stick to them!

“First comes thought; then organization of that thought into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality.” — Napoleon Hill

I live by my calendars & journals which are neatly organized with my routines and lists. I strive for organization in the midst of my daily responsibilities as I wear several different hats: wife, mother, writer, podcaster, YouTuber, and entrepreneur! When I need to take a breath from all of my responsibilities, I love to get lost in my garden. It is my reprieve from the daily grind of life. It’s where I go and write down my thoughts, to-do lists, inspirations for articles, & topics for my podcast. The garden welcomes me without hesitation and without judgment. It just requires a bit of time weeding and tending to it… which has never been a chore for me to do.

Many of the topics I discuss in this series I learned from an incredible lady named Marla Cilley, A.K.A. The Flylady. Her book, “Sink Relections” taught me how to incorporate all this lessons. It was from the inspirations from her book how I developed my P.M.S. concept! So now lets get into today’s topic!

I recently retired from my ‘Day-Job’ where I organized & managed over 70 events for a local DDA (Downtown Development Authority) and over 40 for a local Chamber- not at once, but back to back for the last seven years.

I also have a second cookbook and gardening book in the works while I am building my new Podcast and YouTube channels. I love to stay busy doing what I love!

To say the least, I have to keep things organized!

Pro Tip: Understand & realize your limitations! This will help you stay organized & focus on what is time sensitive and what can wait. Being able to say “No” is essential to not becoming overwhelmed.  Oh wait… I’m getting ahead of myself. That is my upcoming topic- P.M.S.- I can’t wait to share that with all of you! 

Organize= Peace of Mind

I plan a daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal agenda according to what project is at hand.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to help you organize your life by teaching you how to set and maintain routines.
Routines are the key to success in life and when you have a plan of action written down to visually see, you will succeed!

There are many benefits to creating routines which include keeping yourself organized, scheduled, and on track. You’ll be able to create daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal routines that will be geared toward your life and what is happening with you and your family.

The first step in the process of creating YOUR happy organized life is to begin creating your routines!

Creating and Maintaining Routines

Think about YOURSELF!

First, think about yourself and what your needs are. For instance, do you work a part-time or full-time job away from home? Do you have kids at home? Are you single or married? How big is your house?

Make a detailed list, but not too detailed!

Get a notepad and write down what you’d like to accomplish in your home over the next week & through the current month. Start small and don’t worry about trying to organize the list right now, you’ll do that later. Right now just focus on brainstorming and write down everything you think of no matter how large or small the task.

What are your normal tasks in the home?

Write down your normal household chores on your notepad. For example: laundry, cleaning out the fridge, stripping the sheets, vacuuming, etc. Include any & all chores you do throughout the week.

Get your calendar out!

Now take your calendar & make a list of your appointments for the current month. This will be your point of reference. Include everyone in your household, even the fur-babies!

Now that you have all the basics down, you’ll be able to create routines for everyday of the week and organize your time through the year.

The next step is my favorite! P.M.S.~ This is not going to be what you think…and this is for the next day, so keep posted!

Now that I’ve created my routine, how do I maintain them?

Like anything else, once things become a habit it’s much more likely you’ll continue to do them. Routines are no different. By doing your routines on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, they’ll become second nature to you!

I have my routines for each day of the week written down in a journal. I keep it open on the counter during the day so everyone can see it freely.

Here is a sample of a simple routine.

MORNING ROUTINE

  • 6:30 am~ Rise and shine with a smile and get the coffee brewing!
  • Head to the bathroom to get ready. While I’m there, swish the toilet and sink; get a load of laundry together to start- Wednesdays & Saturdays for laundry.
  • Brush my teeth; get a quick shower; put lotions on; get dressed.
  • Throw laundry in if it’s laundry day
  • Check email/messages with my cup of java; send any responses that need done.
  • 7:00 am~ start waking the rest of the clan up… get breakfast going.

This would be during the school season. I have a different one for our summer schedule.

If you missed Day 1 follow this link to see the schedule of topic posts http://fordragonfliesandme.com

Keep posted for the next in the series as we look at P.M.S. and how wonderful it is! I’m excited to share this with you in a Podcast. Jump on over to my Podcast & SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss an episode!

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Happy Day,

Jean

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Organization Day 3: Using a Journal and Day Planner

journalWelcome to Day 3 of my new Organization series! Today we’re going to discuss the importance of using a journal and day planner as well as calendars.

If you missed the first post in the series, here’s the link https://fordragonfliesandme.com/2013/10/29/organization-series-day-1-creating-and-maintaining-routines/ . You can find the second one by using the ‘next’ button at the bottom of that page.

A brief re-cap of the previous two posts puts you at the point where you’ve created and P.M.S.’ed your lists and routines. Now you need a place to keep them so they stay organized and are easily accessible.

This is where a journal, day planner and calendars come into play. Using these tools will help you keep on track with visual ease. I could never keep up with my many ‘hats’ without them.

My journal is primarily used for household tasks and responsibilities where my day planner and calendars keep my work related projects scheduled.

First lets look at the journal. It can be as complex or simple as you the designer want it to be.  Be aware that it’ll evolve and grow along with your children and as home renovations occur.

I thought it would be helpful if I explained how my journal is set up, so here we go.

I use a leather-bound 1 1/2 inch 3-ring binder for my journal. It’s filled with top loading plastic sleeves and side tabbed divider sheets.

My Sections are in this order: Zones, Daily Routines, Daily Home Blessing, Menu Plans & Grocery Lists, Tools, Personal and Activity Frequency List.

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Here’s what is in each section:

Zones refer to each room of your home and is where you’ll put your room-by-room detailed cleaning routine lists. With this concept of zone cleaning, spring and fall cleaning can almost be eliminated.

Daily Routines holds my morning, daily, after school and evening routine lists as well as each day of the week’s schedule of routines that get done. This is where the example of my morning routine I shared with you last time would be placed.

Here’s an example of my Monday Routine:
*Purge magazines and newspapers
*Fill bird feeders
*Bathroom (this is where you’ll go to your Bathroom Routine)- tub, sink, toilet, floor
*Wash all area rugs and throw blankets, laundry
*Kitchen floor, sweep, dishes

The Daily Home Blessing is my Mission Statement. I’ll share this in another post!

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Menus & Grocery lists. I decided to spend one day with the help of my husband and children to design our weekly menus for a year.  That may sound a bit scary but not really… you see I didn’t make 52 separate menus. I designed two groups of menus according to the seasons. Spring & Summer’s menus focus on the fresh produce we’re growing and that’s available. The second is Fall & Winter which features what we’ve canned, frozen and what’s in the root cellar along with what we’re still growing in the fall garden and winter hoop house. I created eight weeks of menus for each group. This allows me to rotate over two months. I keep that weeks menu on the fridge so we don’t have to think about meal prep, especially during our busy gardening and canning season. Having a menu helps in grocery shopping and meal prep every morning. I will go into detail on menu planning and grocery shopping in an upcoming post… so stay tuned.

My Personal section holds things that inspire me. I have several poems on mothering, being a help meet, cartoons, drawings from the children and cards from friends and loved ones.

Frequency of Activities section simply holds a list of how often I want to do particular tasks.

*Each section has a Title Page. I have family photo’s, pictures the children have made, poems, cards and other special things to me.

As I said, your journal is exactly that- yours. Let it be a reflection of what you love, who you want to be, your faith and your passions!

Now onto Day Planners and Calendars.

I purchase a new day planner along with a desk calendar every year. I live by my day planner and calendars because they allow me to visually see what I have going on and aid me in planning ahead through the year.

I also have my Google Calendar, but honestly… I like my tangible planners and calendars best. It’s not always easy for me to jump on my desk or laptop. I know lots of friends that use their calendar on their phones as well. I think this is a great idea, especially for setting up appointment reminders.

As a writer, I have many dead-lines for articles and projects that cannot be forgotten. I keep a list of the magazines, blog, etc. in my day planner in the side bar on the Month-at-a-glance page. I  write what articles need to go to which one and the due date. Having these visible on this page makes it really easy to organize my writing time through the month.

I also own/manage a winter farmers market. I keep all the events, special guest vendors, permits due as well as any other important info I need to remember here. Otherwise, all 24 weeks of floor plans, that were completed well before opening day are in a work file. I print out that weeks floor plan on Monday so I can be specific in business emails and remind any vendors of ‘need-to-know’ info.

I also keep all my appointments in this part of the planner.

IMG_8351On the Daily Pages of my planner I keep more detailed information. Here are some examples
*On office/desk day I’ll jot down all my phone calls that need to be made.
*I put down what’s for supper if it requires something needing to come out of the freezer, like meat.
*I’ll add extra chores to be done that may not be on that day’s routine. For example, during canning season my kitchen gets a bit more messy. The day we do apple sauce I may want the floor washed or the cupboards wiped down when we clean the following day.
*Errands and appointments.
*Birthdays and anniversaries.
This is my favorite spot because I love the feeling of accomplishing my tasks and seeing them be crossed the list!

My desk calendar is basically a large visual and it’s where the children leave me notes of what is on their agendas.  I then add them to my planners.

Well… now you have the ideas of how to create your own journal and an outline on what to include in your planners and calendars. Go ahead and start working on these until I get back with the next article in the series…how to do a ‘walk through’ and then the how-to on Zone Cleaning!  Keep posted!

Happy day,
Jean