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Podcast 20: Weekly Planning System for Busy Moms

Podcast 20: Weekly Planning System for Busy Moms

Purpose Driven Mom Podcast

Episode 20: Weekly Planning System for Busy Moms

 

 

 

 

This episode is a sneak peak into the 15 Minute Formula Course and shows you the weekly planning system that helps me be super productive! Follow these steps each week to start your week with intention!

 

Episode Show Notes

2:15 Review of the Week

4:10 Digital vs. Paper Planning

6:27 Why I’m obsessed with Trello – check out a sample of our dates and events board!

trello-weekly-planner

10:15 How to set up your weekly planning system

13:30 Adding in things you can’t change

14:50 Next, add in your 15 minute goal break down

16:02 Which habits or routines are you working on?

17:43 Adding in learning time for you and your goals

18:18 Batching the rest of your tasks

20:00 Nightly planning system

 

 

 

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Links and Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode

Plum Paper Planners

Trello Free Mini Course

Simple Steps to Make Your Morning Easier

How to Set up Your Week to Be More Productive

How to Schedule Your Day as a Work at Home Mom

How to Fit Self Care Into Your Day

How to Find Time to Workout as a Busy Mom 

Digitally Organize Your Prayer Time to Become a Prayer Warrior

Create a Morning Routine in 3 Easy Steps

How to Time Block and Get More Done!

How to use the 15 Minute Formula to Break Down Your Goals {podcast episode 01}

Using Habit Stacking for Life Long Goals (podcast episode 08)

 

 

Trello for Meal Planning

Trello for Meal Planning

 

How to use Trello to Organize Your Life (the ultimate meal planning solution)

 

Trello is the best meal planning system out there. 

 

I’ve tried so many other ways to create a meal plan – paper, recipe binders, and even adding a million things on Pinterest and nothing really stuck for me. 

 

I grew tired of rewriting the same things over and over each week. The paper clutter was driving me crazy and the meal plan kept falling off the wall. And Pinterest was working – until I couldn’t remember where I had saved that dinner recipe I wanted and wasted more time searching for things. 

 

Enter Trello. 

 

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Trello is a website and app that allows you to organize just about everything in your life. I love it so much that I even created a course all around it that you can grab here!

 

I use Trello for our family calendar, to organize projects for work and home and to map out my goals. 

 

Related Post: Goal Setting with Trello + Free Board

 

Recently though I started to use Trello for my meal planning! Going digital with your meal plan allows you to save recipes that you see online, take pictures of one from cookbooks (but get rid of the book and clutter), and mix and match meals your family loves.

 

Tip for using Trello for Meal Planning

 

If you don’t already have a Trello account for free!

 

Once you’ve done that you’ll want to create your own board for meal planning. I’ve made one board that is my home base for recipes that I reference whenever I make my monthly meal plan. 

 

Oh and if you’ve never made a monthly meal plan and don’t know where to start, you have to go listen to this podcast episode I did with Elisa from Meal Planning Blueprints where she breaks it ALL down!

 

When you’re in your board you can create lists for just about anything you need to help with meal planning and menu prepping!

 

trello-meal-planning

 

You can make a list of 

  • Family favorite recipes
  • Organize your meals by theme nights (Mexican Monday, Slow Cooker Sunday etc…)
  • have  a pantry inventory right on your board
  • Or even price lists for different stores

 

These lists come in handy because, while I prefer to use Trello on my computer, it’s also a great app! I reference mine all the time when I am out of the house and need to get something. I check my pantry inventory to see what I need or I might check out a recipe that I saved and see what I have to get.

 

Once A Month Meals

 

Trello Card Features for Meal Planning (the card template you need to make)

 

Each card has some really cool features that you can use to make your meal planning board even more amazing!

 

Labels

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You can use labels to organize by type of cuisine or even how long something might take to make! Then you can filter your cards when you’re looking for something to make!

 

 

Attachments

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I use the attachment feature a ton when it comes to my meal planning board. 

 

If I see something on Pinterest that I’m actually going to make (and not just something that is really cool but way out of my league), I can save the link directly to my card. This eliminates me having to scroll and re-search Pinterest for it later!

 

Checklists

 

trello-meal-planning-checklist

 

Checklists are a great way to create a shopping list for that recipe. If you copy the recipe into the card description, you have everything you need!

 

Just create a checklist and copy it in and BAM, Trello will make a checklist right there in the card for you!

 

Trello Menu Planning

 

Now when you sit to create your meal plan, you have everything in one spot. You can filter, move things around and customize it!

 

I like to add calendar power up to this board so that I can create a list for the month and move recipe cards around. The calendar power up allows you to look at things easily. You can get one power up for free with the basic plan!

 

Once you make a recipe you can add it to the bottom of the list so that you keep your monthly meal plan rotating or add it to a list labeled ‘recipes made’. You can even add labels whether the family likes it or not so you know how often to add it into the rotation!

 

Related Post: Once a Month Freezer Meal Planning 

 

How to Copy a Trello Board

I have a FREE menu board for you to copy! You can head over and sign up for this free mini course on Trello that we’ve created for you!

 

organize-trello

 

In it you’ll be able to copy our menu boards and learn the basics of this amazing tool!

 

Hope this helps you when you set out to meal plan! Make sure you pin it to get back to later!

 

trello-meal-planning

 

More Trello and Meal Planning Resources

The 7 Best Products to Make Meal Prep Easier!
6 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget
7 Day Post Partum Weightloss Plan
80 Day Obsession for the Breastfeeding Mom
21 Day Fix Extreme while Breastfeeding
Easy and Healthy Air Fryer Recipes
Almond Crusted Chicken
Caribbean Banana Curry
7 FREE Freezer Cooking EBOOK + Recipes
Must-Have Meatloaf
Turkey Meatballs
Banana Oat Pancakes
Elisa Giorgio Interview
Lauren Richmond Interview
21 Day Fix Meal Plan for the Breastfeeding Mom
2B Mindset for the Breastfeeding Mom
Weight Loss Tips for Moms: How to Keep Weight Off for Good
20+ Kid Approved St. Patrick’s Day Snacks and Recipes

 

Podcast 13 Getting Ready for Back to School

Podcast 13 Getting Ready for Back to School

Purpose Driven Mom Podcast

Episode 13

Getting Ready for Back to School

 

 

 

It’s time to get ready to prepare for back to school! Instead of feeling overwhelmed this school year, let’s dive into routines and systems you can start with your kids to help decrease the stress!

 

 

 

 

Episode Show Notes

3:13 Join the Master Your Time Challenge!

4:38 How routines help our kids (and us!)

6:24 Transitioning kid’s sleep schedules

12:20 Start your evening routine now

14:50 Changing tech rules now to make back to school easier

20:00 How to limit coffee and sugar before bed

 

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Links and Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode 

Master Your Time Challenge JOIN NOW! Kicks off August 13th

Get on the waitlist for the 15 minute formula!

Ultimate Productivity Bundle

Podcast Episode 03: Creating an Evening Routine 

Podcast Episode 09: Making a routine for smoother mornings

 

 

Related Blog Posts

Simple Steps to Make Your Morning Easier

How to Set up Your Week to Be More Productive

How to Time Block and Get More Done!

The Best Way to Get Organized for Back to School 

Activities to Prepare for Preschool 

How to Save Money on Back to School Clothes

7 Ways to Homeschool on a Budget

Podcast Episode 08 : How to Use Habit Stacking for life long changes

 

 

 

 

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Podcast 10 – Travel Tips for a Stress Free Vacation

Podcast 10 – Travel Tips for a Stress Free Vacation

Purpose Driven Mom Podcast

Episode 10

Travel Tips for a Stress Free Vacation

 

 

 

In today’s episode I am going to share my best tips and resources for how to plan a stress free vacation with your kids! I’ll share what routines went well, how we saved money and vacationed on a budget and how you can enjoy the trip as well!

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode Show Notes

4:28 Why we haven’t taken a family vacation in two years

6:30 Quick Summary of our Trip

8:53 Things to do before you leave for vacation

13:38 How to Set a Budget for Your Trip

20:58 How to Save for Your Trip

23:00 How to save money when you are on your trip

28:09 Routines that helped for a stress free trip

32:00 Travel Tips for Car Road Trips

35:00 Pool and Beach Travel Tips

36:15 What I wish I did on this trip

38:13 Trip Ideas for transitioning home after vacation

 

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Links and Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode 

Watch my IGTV on how we packed snacks to save money!

How to Create a Bedtime Routine for Your Kids

Get $10 free from Rakuten (formally Ebates) before you book your trip

Use Ibotta for cash back on your trip

Use Amazon Home Services for House Cleaning

Need Help Budgeting? Grab my Busy on a Budget course here in the Master your Money Super Bundle

 

 

Busy Bags and Activities for the Car Ride

 

 

 

 

This travel potty is amazing! It folds up and you put a bag under it for easy clean up!

 

 

 

Related Travel Tip Blog Posts

4 Steps to Cheap Summer Activities

How to Survive When Money is Tight

How to Change Your Money Mindset

5 Ways to Save Money on Groceries

How to Get Your House Clean in 15 Minutes a Day

 

 

 

Need Help Getting Your Budget Under Control so you can Save for your trip?

Try the 5 day FREE challenge to kick your debt to the curb!

 

 

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Podcast 08 Using Habit Stacking to Make Life Long Changes

Podcast 08 Using Habit Stacking to Make Life Long Changes

Purpose Driven Mom Podcast

Episode 08

Using Habit Stacking to Make Life Long Changes

 

 

 

In today’s episode we’ll have a chat about habit stacking and how it can help you make life long changes in your life.

 

 

 

Episode Show Notes

1:38 Join the Waitlist for the 15 Minute Formula 

2:08 What is Habit Stacking?

3:37 Benefits of Habit Stacking and How Habit Stacking Works

5:50 Internval vs External Motivation

7:35 Why you need systems in your home

8:14 Where you can use Habit Stacking

10:07 How to Get Started with Habit Stacking

15:01 Using Habit Stacking with Your Kids

24:07 How Habit Triggers Help

27:30 Tracking Your Habits

30:48 Finding Accountability on Your Habits

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Links and Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode 

Busy Mom Goal Setting Challenge 

Join the 15 Minute Formula Waitlist!

Healthy Habits Transition Course (use code PODCAST for $5 off the course!)

 

 

Related Blog Posts

Podcast 01: How to Break Down Your Goals in 15 Minute Chunks

How to Set up Your Week to Be More Productive

Habit Stacking to Make Routines That Stick 

 

More Resources to Achieve Your Goals as a Busy Mom

Ultimate Productivity Bundle 

Design Your Day: Time Management for the Busy Woman (use code PODCAST for $5 off!)

Organize Your Life with Trello

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Using a Time Blocking Template As a Busy Mom (Free Download)

Using a Time Blocking Template As a Busy Mom (Free Download)

What is time blocking and how to use a time blocking template?

 

Time blocking your schedule is a must have time management strategy for moms! 

 

When you time block, you are looking at your schedule in a way that gives you flexibility AND structure 

 

Time blocking is the concept of looking at your day in extended period of time instead of hour by hour. 

 

Hourly schedules used to work great for me. When I was teaching and in the classroom, I had a million things to remember. I had to be at many meetings throughout my day, show up at certain times and follow a ton of deadlines. 

 

When I left teaching 5 years ago to become an entrepreneur and work at home mom, I thought that using an hourly schedule like I did in the classroom would keep me focused and on point.

 

Instead, it led me to burn out FAST. 

 

I had left teaching so that I could have more freedom, be more in control of my time and allow my job to align with my top priority – my family. 

 

I found that by using an hourly planner I was stressing myself (and my family) out, felt more overwhelmed and behind and didn’t have a system that I could use to run my home that left space for us to just be human. 

 

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How does time blocking help save time?

 

Time blocking is a mom’s best friend when it comes to time management. 

 

We have so many things on our plates as busy moms and it sometimes feels impossible to get anything done.

 

How many times have you let overwhelm just paralyze you? 

 

I’ve been there too. 

 

I jam pack my schedule on Monday with a ton of to-dos, pretend that I’m superwoman and can get it all done, and feel overwhelmed and defeated by Wednesday. 

 

Related Post: Habit Stacking to Make Routines that Stick 

 

When you use time blocking, you give yourself the freedom to live life while still being productive. 

 

Yes, you’ll probably put too much on your plate and there are times when you’re still overwhelmed but if you incorporate time blocking into your day you’ll feel more in control and actually productive – instead of just spinning your wheels day in and day out. 

 

Time blocking helps busy moms manage their time because it gives you and your family structure AND freedom. 

 

 

Examples of time blocks as a mom

 

When you time block, you split your days into chunks around events that are happening. 

 

For example, you might have a morning chunk from when your kids wake up until they go to school, or an afternoon chunk from lunchtime until nap. 

 

Time blocking can help so much because you can customize them to what you need and  change it each week or even each day. 

 

I make a typical time block for our Monday through Friday that pretty much stays the same. I change it on the weekends  when we have more activities or I have to go to work. 

 

This week for example, I  have had to switch the entire time block around because of summer camp and sports practices. 

 

Even when you have to move your time blocks around, you can easily shift things from block to block. 

 

Here is an example of our current summer time blocks. It’s important to note that I have a 2 year old who naps 1x a day, a 3.5 year old who goes to summer camp from 9am-12pm and she is currently dropping her nap (I know… I’m sad about it too) and a 12 year old who goes to camp 9am-3pm that is 30-40 minutes away. 

 

I’ve listed below how I space my blocks out and you can read this post if you want to see what I put in each block and how I structure are day! 

 

Time Block #1 Early Morning

5:00 am – 9:00 am 

 

Time Block #2 Morning

9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

 

Time Block #3 Afternoon 

12:00 pm – 3:30 pm 

 

Time Block #4 Evening

3:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

 

Time Block #5 Mommy Time

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm 

 

As you can see I don’t recommend making any of your time blocks longer than 4-5 hours. 

 

I’ve also anchored our times around an event – school drop off, naps, or bed. This allows for natural changes in our schedule as needed. If for example, the kids naps get switched or someone has to get picked up early, I can just move things around. 

 

When you fill your time blocks, instead of exact times (unless you have an appointment or something you have to do at a certain time) you fill them with general things. It allows you to manage your time but not be tied down. 

 

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For example, if my morning time block is always errands and outside play time for the kids, I can figure out what time we need to leave or where we have to go. 

 

If my kids know that during our evening block, I”m going to workout in the playroom and they get a show, it’s predictable for them. The know what is going to happen during that block and I can customize each day with what workout I plan to do. 

 

Why you should have a template for time blocking.

 

I suggest having a template when you’re time blocking so that when you do your weekly schedule you don’t have to always start over. 

 

Templates allow you to have predictability and help you think of your day and task in chunks instead of saying ‘what do i have to get done each day’

 

I use my time blocking template each week to pre plan out errands, activities and tasks. 

 

I suggest trying to keep things as predictable as possible for yourself. Try to batch all of your errands on one day or one time of the day (maybe after you’ve just done school drop off so that you’re only in the car at that one time in the morning) 

 

By using a template to preplan things, it also gives you some urgency to stay on your time blocks and allows you to see the week at a glance. 

 

A time blocking template also helps because it will allow you to know the best time to make plans. If you know that your afternoon time block tends to be more time bringing kids to activities than if someone asks you to meet at the park for a playdate, you can suggest meeting during a better time block.

 

Sample time blocking template and free download

 

I use a very simple time blocking template each month. I have a general one that I fill out and adjust it monthly as needed. 

 

Again, you can adjust your time blocks daily if you need to, but know the more predictable you can keep it the better! Time blocking is more about predictability and routine that being time bound and super structured!

 

This template is great to keep on the side of your fridge so that your kids and family can see what the week looks like or to put in your planner so that you have it at a glance. 

 

If you want to start time blocking for your family , you need to grab this free template. 

 

 

It’ll help you identify your general blocks (or even print one out for each day! Whatever works best for you!) so that you can start being more intentional about how to spend your day and get done what you need!

 

Make sure you PIN this to come back to later! I’d love to know how you’re using this template! Post it in the comments!

 

 

More Time Management Tips for Moms

Simple Steps to Make Your Morning Easier

How to Set up Your Week to Be More Productive

How to Schedule Your Day as a Work at Home Mom

How to Fit Self Care Into Your Day

How to Find Time to Workout as a Busy Mom 

Digitally Organize Your Prayer Time to Become a Prayer Warrior

Create a Morning Routine in 3 Easy Steps

How to Time Block and Get More Done!

 

More Resources to Manage Your Time as a Busy Mom

Ultimate Productivity Bundle 

Design Your Day: Time Management for the Busy Woman

Organize Your Life with Trello