Are you a great multitasker? Many Mums are and it’s something that many of us feel proud to claim. There’s even a recent scientific study that claims to have proof that women are better multitaskers than men (your partner may be rolling his eyes right about now!)
But does multitasking really do us any good? Are we really more productive when we do several things at a time? The answer, according to Mindful Mum founder Victoria Hood, is NO. It appears that we might actually be harming our effectiveness by juggling several tasks at once. By not focusing on a single task, we’re actually making room for error and mistakes, as well as adding more stress and overwhelm into our already busy lives.
In J9’s interview with this inspirational young Kiwi Mum, we explore how being present in the moment and focused on one thing at a time can transform the results you get – both from your business and your relationships. We also hear Vic’s tips on how to bring up happier, balanced kids who are better-equipped to deal with today’s complex modern world, using mindfulness techniques. Vic also shares a super-cool ‘Mind Jar’ activity you can do with your kiddos this week to get started (see below for more info).
We challenge you to stop and do nothing else while you listen to this interview so that you can fully absorb everything that Vic is teaching on the call!
Oh and make sure you listen all the way through for Victoria’s fantastic giveaway!
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Here’s what Victoria and J9 cover in the podcast interview:
- The benefits of mindfulness on your personal well-being as well as your relationships with your family
- The impact of multitasking on your productivity and effectiveness
- How Victoria has used outsourcing to cope with the rapid growth of her business
- The inspiration behind the 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge for mums
- Why Mums need to prioritise their own health and well-being
- Routines/activities that help Victoria practice mindfulness on a daily basis
- Why the word “should” has got to go!
- What mums can do to teach and encourage their kids to practice mindfulness
- Victoria’s personal journey to success and what’s in store for her in the future
Resources we talked about:
- The Mindful Mum Facebook Page
- Mind Jar Video
- The ‘Pause Breathe Smile’ Mindfulness Programme for Schools (you can also download this PDF for more detailed info about the programme).
Top tip for a 20 hour a week (or less!) business:
Victoria shared many tips on how to be more productive in this interview but the number 1 takeaway was around outsourcing. Victoria’s business has taken off very quickly and without the help of her outsourcing team (including her business coaches here at Get It Done Mum!) there is no way she would have been able to manage this growth and launch her first online programme so quickly, and in such an effective way. From the outset, Vic has committed to getting help in her business so that she can focus on facilitating her face-to-face workshops and creating her new programmes, which of course, is what she loves to do and is best at!
Giveaway: Grab a FREE spot on the next “Find Yourself in 30” Mindful Mum Challenge
We are super excited to be able to offer one lucky Mum the chance to win a free spot on Vic’s next 30 day mindfulness challenge for Mums valued at $60 (officially called ‘Find yourself in 30’). To go in the draw to win you need to:
- Listen to the podcast episode
- Complete the mindfulness challenge that Vic and J9 lay down during the interview
- Share how the exercise was for you in the comments below this blog post.
We’ll ask Vic to choose a winner and they will get a complimentary spot on the next 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge starting on May 1st, 2016
What was the challenge again? To spend one day (or at least 1-2 hours) paying attention to your internal dialogue, and jotting down any of those should voices that may pop into your head. I should do this, I should do that, I should be that…you know the ones we’re talking about!
As Mums we often place unnecessary pressure on ourselves, giving our inner voice free reign to reinforce the belief that we should be and do everything for everyone around us. All these should’s we insist on telling ourselves can take the joy out of the things we do and make us feel as if we are never quite good enough. This exercise aims to raise your awareness of that inner voice, so you can shut it down!
Please note: There is no right or wrong way to participate in this exercise. It’s simply about noticing, then jotting down what comes up for you. Whatever comes up is a.o.k
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