FINDING CLARITY IN THE CHAOS
Sabrina Greer, a mom to three boys, is the Founder of YGTMama Inc. and has two booming businesses – clarity coaching and a media/publishing company. She has 4-best selling books as well as a 5-star rated podcast called “You’ve Got This, Mama”.
In this episode:
- The importance of courage and confidence in making change and propelling yourself forward.
- Multitasking is not effective. We can be trying to do a million things but actually be getting nothing done. Sabrina shares strategies that can help us make the most of our time and manage our motherhood/work juggles.
- Everything is a choice – what we think, how we deal with things, and how we react to things. We can choose to be intentional with how we spend our time in our work life and in our family life.
Connect with Sabrina:
Podcast: You’ve Got This, Mama
On this episode of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast, I had a fantastic conversation with Sabrina Greer about how to find clarity in the chaos of juggling motherhood and work.
If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 8 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast.
Sabrina is an all round beautiful soul and my coach and mentor! She is a role model for so many moms, a great listener, and a fantastic motivator. She has actionable strategies and sound advice for finding that clarity in the wonderful chaos and adventure of motherhood. Her words of wisdom: “You’re worthy of whatever it is you want. It is possible.”
IT TAKES COURAGE AND CONFIDENCE TO MAKE A CHANGE
Sabrina has had an amazing journey which led her to become an entrepreneur. Courage and confidence have been so important to Sabrina in her own journey to get to where she is today.
Sabrina talks about how it takes courage to make a change. It is often easier to stay stuck and to keep doing the same things. This can be more comfortable than the fears around making a change. To make a change, you also need to have confidence to keep propelling forward and that this may require you actively developing new skills and seeking out resources. As a clarity coach, Sabrina uses her own experience to support other moms in developing their courage and confidence.
Having children is the biggest change in our lives and children are our greatest teachers. Sabrina described how children really shine a light on what is important and what our priorities are and how they have changed when we become moms. This shift is inevitable. The only thing that is constant in life is change. If we are afraid of change and we are afraid to lean in – we are always going to feel stuck. Some women want to continue to work after having children. They are looking for a purpose outside of their children. There are lots of ways to do this and this might not be the career we had before becoming a mom.
- It is ok for your priorities to change.
- It is ok to want to do work that fulfills your soul.
- It might not be what you were doing before. And… That’s ok.
Sabrina knew that she didn’t want to spend her life building someone else’s dream and she knew that she had the courage and confidence to help others see that in themselves.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TIME
Sabrina has a lot going on in her life and juggles many things – 2 booming businesses, 3 children, a puppy, and even chickens at her rural home! She reminds us that what we see on social media is the highlight reel and not the real deal.
Pain points vary from person to person but for moms often include overwhelm, isolation and mom guilt. Sabrina offered some fantastic ideas and strategies to help manage these things.
Multitasking ALWAYS leads to overwhelm because we are spreading ourselves too thin. You could be doing a million things but actually doing nothing. Let yourself focus on one thing at a time and when you are doing a task break it down into segments.
Sabrina uses the “10 – 20 – 60 Rule” as a time management strategy.
- For example, she will designate 10 minutes to spend on social media. She will go in with an intention (post, engage, source information, find a new client) and she will even set an alarm!
- She will assign 20 minutes to something not work related. For instance, she will get her kiddos started on an activity, she will fold a load of laundry while listening to a podcast on her phone in airplane mode or with her phone in another room.
- She will spend 60 minutes very focused on one task such as writing a blog post, creating content, or having a client call.
Sabrina talks about how you have to find a method that works for you to block time but setting a timer really helps to ensure that you stay on track and that you aren’t breaking time constraints.
Sabrina recommends triaging your responsibilities. What is an emergency? What can wait? What is even unnecessary? We often try and take the unimportant things and put them first because they are easier.
Having a million thoughts in your head can be incredibly unproductive. Sabrina talks about how you need to get it out of your head so that you have more space to take in information and to get things done effectively. You can write things down on sticky notes or in a notebook or by using voice memos on your phone. Sabrina usually does this first thing in the morning.
TURN OFF YOUR NOTIFICATIONS:
Our phones are a huge source of distraction! On the main screen of Sabrina’s phone she only has her calendar, camera, notes, and voice memos. She doesn’t get any notifications from social media.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING INTENTIONAL
Sabrina talks about how it is not uncommon to feel stuck in the overwhelm of motherhood. It’s not easy. You are not alone in your experiences but how you deal with things, in terms of thoughts, reactions, and actions, is a choice. Our kids are looking to be loved. They want to be seen and heard.
- If we can get things out of our heads, we can be more present.
- We need to give ourselves permission to accept our faults. We are doing the best we can.
- We can look to find those smaller moments of really intentional, quality time with our kids where we can be truly present.
Thanks so much to Sabrina for this inspiring conversation and thank YOU for tuning in!