Last November when I went to Pinners Conference, I attended a class about how to make the most of your time. The speaker, Nicole Carpenter, founder of MOMentity, gave us 10 tips for getting more done and most of them were easy enough that you could implement them the next day if you wanted to. If I had to guess one of the top 3 things most people say the don’t have enough of, it’s time. It’s elusive. It goes by too quickly. It’s viewed as either your enemy or your friend. It’s something we don’t have control over. Or do we?
After the class finished, I approached Nicole and asked her if she would be interested in a collaboration. I loved her upbeat, positive attitude and her enthusiasm was contagious. A week later, she emailed me and asked if I’d like to participate in her upcoming Define Your Time course: a four week workshop where you work through four different modules, attend training calls and complete homework assignments. While I feel like I’m pretty good at managing my time and staying organized, I also recognized the opportunity to learn some new skills to help me manage my life even better.
Nicole is a mom as well as a business owner, so she totally gets both aspects and how life can get crazy and out of control. From her website:
“I know you are overwhelmed and, on some days, losing your mind! I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to love your kids to pieces but be unhappy with yourself (and even your life). I know what it’s like to FAKE HAPPINESS and be TOTALLY DISCONNECTED from your kids. I even know what it’s like to WISH FOR DIFFERENT even when others would say what you have is pretty great. Do you feel this way? It’s OK, there is a way out! Out of disconnect and out of overwhelm. MOMentity is here to help moms lost in motherhood realize they can both love themselves and their family and teach them a process that can make it happen.”
Doesn’t she sound like someone who “gets it”?
The class started and it was a fairly small group of women. Some had taken the course before and others, like me, were new. Nicole does a great job leading the calls and making sure everyone is able to share their thoughts, questions or concerns. Nicole is so sweet and completely genuine. She is passionate about helping women and is motivating to listen to. She really knows and believes and applies everything she teaches. She is also super real and not afraid to share the times when she has trouble, even with her own program. I really appreciated this because it made me feel like even if I were to get off track, that I could jump back on board and keep moving forward.
For me, the most helpful part of the course was the first section where she lays the foundation for the following modules. Define Your Time isn’t just about giving you a bunch of tools for time management, although that is part of it. It is about figuring out your own values, where you currently spend your time and where you want to spend your time. Once you’ve laid all that out, then you build on that newer, stronger foundation as you move forward with the other modules. The reason I liked this portion of the course so much was because I realized that where I was spending my time and where I wanted to spend my time weren’t in alignment. As a result, I was conflicted with how to best manage my time. It was actually a very eye-opening experience and it’s something I’m still reflecting on a month after I finished the course.
Overall, I thought the course was very well put together. Nicole does everything she can to help you be successful and apply her methods and tools to your own life. She makes everything very personal and applicable and helps you think about time in a different way. After taking her course, I feel more in control of the time that I have available because I have the tools I need to make time work for me instead of the other way around. Define Your Time is a great option for anyone looking to get control of their life and make some positive changes using proven tools.
If you’d like more information about the Define Your Time course, click HERE to go to Nicole’s website.
Do you feel like you’re good at managing your time? What areas are hardest to manage?
This sounds like an awesome course! Time management is so important!
Definitely sounds like something I need!! I am so bad at time management.
This is neat! I definitely feel like time management is important, but also like you mentioned finding out what you value and want to spend time on.
It was a really good course and definitely helped me identify some areas where I could make some changes in how I used my time.
You should take a look at it and see if it's something you'd like to do! Nicole has a lot of great tips!
That was the area that I found most helpful to me. Using the "homework assignments" that went with each module and writing things out and seeing it with my own eyes was super beneficial.
Definitely something I should look into – I have zero time management skills haha. Thanks for sharing!
I am trying to get better about this — writing in weekly blog tasks like writing my newsletter, scheduling time for social media, and scheduling time for applying for sponsored posts. That way, I'm not trying to do everything, everyday.
It really makes all the difference when you have a better control over your time. Although I wouldn't guess you are bad at it with everything you seem to get done for your blog! 😉
Absolutely. She talks a lot about different ways to use your time more effectively and it varies a little from person to person.