Category Archives: Systems + Tools

Seven secrets to setting (and achieving) goals as a new mom

Seven secrets to setting (and achieving) goals as a new mom

In late 2017 I joined a research team working on the psychology of goal-setting and goal-coaching during the perinatal period. I’m not a goal setting expert by any means, but together with technologists, maternal health experts, clinicians, and psychologists, the team reviewed the evidence around goal achievement, primarily from neurobiology as well as evaluation of… Read More

5 Things You Need to Know Before Hiring for Your Maternity Leave

5 Things You Need to Know Before Hiring for Your Maternity Leave

It’s an exciting time in life when you’re expecting, but it can also be an overwhelming and scary time, too. Especially when you’re also the owner of a small business. One of the best things you can do for yourself, and your growing family, is to have solid plans in place for how you will… Read More

The Step-by-Step Guide to finding the right Nanny

The Step-by-Step Guide to finding the right Nanny

Honestly, I started looking for a nanny while I was still pregnant. But (surprise, surprise!) most nannies are interviewing for positions where the baby is born already … rookie mom moment on my part, for sure! My early search was largely based on how anxious I was feeling about a nanny: Would my child be… Read More

Five Ways Your Business Skills Help Prepare You For Motherhood

Five Ways Your Business Skills Help Prepare You For Motherhood

I work with a lot of whip-smart women who are rocking it in the business world. When they meet with me for the first time about maternity leave planning, one of the fears that often comes up is whether or not they will succeed at this parenting and motherhood thing. There’s so much that you… Read More

3 Business Systems You Should Set Up While You’re Still Pregnant

3 Business Systems You Should Set Up While You’re Still Pregnant

Meg and I bonded over our nerdy affinity for systems and tools…especially as they relate to planning for maternity leave. If your to-do list is as big as your belly (and growing), setting up systems may not be your priority … but it should be. I’ll let Meg tell you why and how:   I… Read More

The Step-by-Step Guide to finding the right Virtual Assistant

The Step-by-Step Guide to finding the right Virtual Assistant

While there are several key issues you need to think through before hiring a VA for your maternity leave, there is also the actual hiring process. I thought I would walk you through, step by step, to actually making a hire. This is the process I have used myself, and supported clients in implementing. You… Read More

8 questions to ask to design a ghostwriter workflow for your maternity leave

8 questions to ask to design a ghostwriter workflow for your maternity leave

Last week Kimberly shared her tips for how to find the right match for a ghostwriter. Once you have found the right person, it’s crucial to set up a workflow. This post goes into detail about what questions you need to ask yourself to figure out what the ideal workflow will be for you.  … Read More

Six things you can do when you feel like you are making no forward progress in your business

Six things you can do when you feel like you are making no forward progress in your business

This sucky sucky feeling will appear (over and over) as you get used to becoming a working mother. Because #havingitall is a myth. Balance is a myth. You learn to redefine productivity, reorganize priorities, and centralize the wins that pre-baby might no have seemed like a big deal.    Don’t get me wrong, there is… Read More

6 baby tracking apps your business-owner brain will love

6 baby tracking apps your business-owner brain will love

Us Type A control freaks business owners love a good tracking system. When I had just given birth I asked some of the smartest entrepreneurs with new babies what they used, and then did my homework to figure out which ones are the best (IMHO).   In no particular order, here’s some of the apps… Read More