Mantras For Uncertain Times

Mantras for uncertain times (and always because life is never certain).

These have served me well over the years, before parenthood and since having kids.

Read them aloud, write them out, read them daily, recite them while recording and listen back. Choose your preference. It’s ok if you don’t believe it at first.

You may cry. Get frustrated. Laugh. Question the truth in these statements.

But over time, through repetition and practice, these thoughts will become things. They will exist in your life. You will be creating your own reality. And you will see, feel and experience the impact.

Try it out and let me know how you go. Please share with others who may need to believe in their own power again (or for the first time in their lives).

Sending you good thoughts, always. 💜

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Affirmations to repeat:

  • My family loves me the way I am
  • The less I do, the more I receive
  • Everything is unfolding for me
  • No is a complete answer
  • My worth is not my work
  • Showing up is enough
  • I’m a creative force
  • Life loves me
  • All is well
Mantras For Uncertain Times | Notes From Another Land | Amy Maureen Lynch

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Remembering A Pivotal Summer Four Years Ago

A bit of background to how Babies, Business + Breakfast™ began

Hi, my name is Amy and I’ve been hiding from the internet since early July 2020 (read my previous few posts for more info).

Time to reintroduce myself for new scrollers and old faithfuls (in case you missed me)! 👀

Amy Maureen Lynch walking with her newborn in Queen's Park, London, England before beginning a Campus for Mums startup program with Google for Startups.
Photo of Amy Maureen Lynch (me) walking with her newborn in Queen’s Park in London, England before beginning a Campus for Mums program with Google for Startups.

This photo is from July 2016 when we had our first son in England.

It’s two weeks after an emergency c-section birth and I’m slooooowly and painfully walking (if you can call it that) around Queen’s Park in London. In my comfy trousers–pants are undies there–which are also my PJs at times.

My Mom snapped it after arriving from Canada to meet her first grandkid and help me leave our flat more often as my husband had to return to work. I can hardly wash a teacup without crying–this really happened–and I’m not supposed to carry anything heavier than my baby…he was 99th percentile, so I had to level up quick!

Despite all of this, I figured out how to get him in an extra long baby wrap based on a YouTube video, left the house before 10 a.m. with a bundle of babe on the outside of my belly (so bizarre) and waddled down to meet Grandma at the Thameslink after her long flight. I am winning at life. 🏆

Things were going so well. Why not join a 10-week startup program in one of the busiest areas of the city with my newborn while I was at it? So I did. Sporting those very same trousers, baby wrap, my little dude and a laptop at times.

Four years and another kid later, I haven’t stopped bringing my WHOLE self into business settings (children included).

The End.

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Ok – not really.

BUT this is the beginning of the story about how I started Babies, Business + Breakfast™, a growing community of parents who want to invest in themselves alongside their loved ones.

They attend our events, read our newsletters and believe the future of work includes making space for them, alongside their families.

Our programming is designed with yours and your family’s needs at the top of the priority list. Not as an afterthought!

Because you’re not the only one who wants to do what you do, alongside the ones you love.

You can subscribe to my bi-weekly Babies, Business + Breakfast™ newsletter here: http://bit.ly/BabiesBizBreakfast

If you want to learn more about my work and parenthood adventures about all of the above–zebra pattern trousers not included–scroll through past blog posts on this website by searching ‘babies and business’ and access flexible work resources here: https://notesfromanotherland.vipmembervault.com/

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Nice to (re)meet you!

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A brief intro to the story behind:
Babies, Business + Breakfast™

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Celebrate Your Wins: If You Don’t Who Will?

Do you ever take a moment to look back at how far you’ve come?

Photo by my husband from the launch of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub in Eastern Ontario one evening in June 2019, where I spoke–while babywearing my one-year-old–about creating more parent-friendly corporate spaces and experiences.

Celebrate your wins: If you don’t, who will?

I always forget to but when I feel out of sorts, things aren’t working or I’m getting overwhelmed, instead of trying to push through the never-ending to-do list (often created by myself), I am a big fan of the ‘ta-da!’ list.

Listing out things you’ve already done.

“Wow, thanks Amy. So enlightening.”

But hear me out.

Looking back over the past month may not wow you, but try looking back at the past year, the past five, the past 10.

  • What have you done during those periods of time that you’re proud of?
  • What was the hardest thing you encountered?
  • What did you think was going to be hard but in reality, was a lot easier in retrospect?
  • What moments excited you?
  • And what, as an 80-year-old*, will you be glad you tried? Even if you failed.

These are some ‘ta-da!’ list writing prompts which are great to work through in your own time. But they can also be applied to the present moment, your future goals (and the inevitable challenges).

Amy Lynch presenting at CreativeMorning Ottawa with her kids
Photo by Finn Lin for CreativeMornings Ottawa

At the very least, I hope writing out or mentally running through your answers as you read them will make you crack a smile.

I always try to transmute my fears into excitement, anticipation and at the very least, a bit of an experiment.

Because if you never try, you never know. And I’d rather be momentarily uncomfortable than left wondering for a lifetime!

A great personal example from the past year of doing something–which used to scare me and now excites me–to spread a message, after seeing how speaking up can create small (and large) changes in the community.

If you’d like more examples of how I’ve done things which scared the shite out of me (momentarily) and what happened when I did them, check out the January 2020 post ‘A Decade In Review’ on my blog here: https://notesfromanotherland.com/2020/01/02/a-decade-in-review/

*I don’t believe in retirement or a specific ‘time’ for things, pick a random age!

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My Biggest Secret To ‘Remote Work Success’

I signed up to my fourth remote work gig this week since 2014.

Remote working from a café in Co. Kildare, Ireland

I’ve done remote work–before becoming a parent and since having our two kids–logging on from cafés, pubs, hotels, libraries, museums, art galleries, airports, coworking spaces, conferences, hospitals, apartments and home offices.

While balancing major life moments like pregnancy and childbirth, miscarriage, the illness and deaths of loved ones, the celebrations and marriages of loved ones and moving countries three times (once with a baby!) for a mixture of companies, over the past six years.

Some things they all have in common (besides me)?

  • They approached me
  • I pitched them
  • We negotiated the arrangement
  • I defined what I would be delivering
  • We communicated regularly
  • I delivered what I said I would
  • They paid me for my time
  • I got to do flexible work
  • They got what they asked for
  • Everybody wins

It’s worth noting I’ve provided marketing communications and project management services for all four arrangements–as opposed to producing a product based offering–but all of the companies have been in completely different industries, one was in a different hemisphere to me and I worked with both B2B and B2C.

All of the companies had physical premises but we created a remote work arrangement, I learned on the fly and grew with the businesses as their priorities evolved.

I’m still learning and growing but I feel there are a few things I can share with you to make your transition to remote work (and life) easier, whether it’s a current temporary set up or future long-term goal for yourself.

Becoming a parent in London, England

My biggest secret to ‘remote work success’?

Create meaningful relationships, build trust and deliver results on time (and ideally above your employer/client’s expectations). Rinse and repeat.

Sounds simple but there are many layers beneath those points (like looking after yourself, managing your time, getting the right tools, effective communication, I could go on…) and it’s much more difficult to execute on all of those consistently, over a long period of time.

Which is why, like entrepreneurship, I believe remote work IS POSSIBLE for everyone but it is NOT EASY.

Otherwise, everyone would have been doing it already, no problems and crushing goals online.

What works for me, may not always work for you but I can share a bit about what I do.

You can take from it what you will, test it out and see how it impacts your life and your results.

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Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

You can download the Amazon Kindle app for free from the Apple Store and Google Play.

You can then purchase, download and read the eBook version of my book from your mobile, tablet or device!

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Startup Blogging: Create What You Want To See In The World

My first book is currently on sale! 📲

Startup Blogging Book Resources by Amy Maureen Lynch

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

You can download the Amazon Kindle app for free from the Apple Store and Google Play.

You can then purchase, download and read the eBook version of my book from your mobile, tablet or device!

There’s currently a Kindle Countdown sale* running on the eBook version from July 16–23, 2020 in the US and UK markets (unfortunately I can’t run it in other markets yet).

*Amazon marketplace prices vary by your purchase location.

About the book

I’ve been blogging for over 10 years and this book has been written to help you solve real problems, for real people and focuses on:

  • designing a blog around your values, interests and time commitments;
  • creating content, sharing your ideas and seeking feedback; and
  • defining what you offer, your ideal customer and launching your Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

It aims to help current and aspiring creatives, freelancers, bloggers, flexible workers, business owners and side hustlers with limited time.

This book is not designed for people who have an existing business and want to create a blog as a menu item on their website to drive traffic, otherwise known as content marketing.

You’re going to be learning about how I’ve done the reverse–starting a blog, maintaining it through multiple iterations and big life changes (like moving countries four times and having two kids).

Over time, I’ve used it to test business ideas based on my original content and conversations with people around the world.

What started as an online expat travel diary and a means for me to remain connected with family and friends abroad, turned into:

  • media requests;
  • guest speaking opportunities;
  • connecting with strangers;
  • advocating for issues she’s passionate about;
  • validating business ideas;
  • creating a growing community; and
  • making a positive impact.

This is the magic of getting your ideas out of your head and into the world!

By the end of this book, you’ll have a clear idea of:

  • what themes your blog will focus on;
  • how and when you’ll create original content;
  • who your ideal customer is and how you’ll reach them; and
  • what solution you’ll offer, launch and test.

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience contains links to resources and templates to help you work through the exercises and action items mentioned in the book.

The Kindle Edition is normally $5.99 USD:

  • From July 16–20, 2020 it will be available for $0.99 USD or £0.99
  • From July 20–23, 2020 it will be available for $2.99 USD or £1.99

Before returning to the regular price. The Kindle Edition is also available for free to download for members of the Kindle Unlimited program.

*Amazon marketplace prices vary by your purchase location.

Extra support for readers:

If you’re interested in learning more about my book, you can click on the button above and use Amazon’s ‘Look Inside’ feature to view the Table of Contents and read the Introduction.

Resources mentioned in the book, which I have created in a digital format for Startup Blogging readers to access include:

  • Chapter 1: Your Why – Exercise and Action Step
  • Chapter 2: Your Values – Exercise and Action Step
  • Chapter 3: Your Time – Productivity Resources, Ideal Week Template and Action Step
  • Chapter 4: Your Tools – Action Step
  • Chapter 5: Your Content – Writing Prompts, Exercise and Action Step
  • Chapter 6: Your Ideas – Marketing Prompts, Content Generation Resources and Action Step
  • Chapter 7: Define Your Solution – Business Model Canvas and Ideal Customer Resources, Ideal Customer Questionnaire Script and Action Step
  • Chapter 8: Launch Your MVP – Content Tracking Prompts, Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Exercise and Action Step
  • Chapter 9: Test and Evolve – MVP Testing Prompts, Terms and Conditions, Privacy and Refund Policy Template, Exercise and Action Step

I will also send you a sneak peek PDF copy, if you write an email request to: contact[at]amymaureenlynch.com.

Feedback on Startup Blogging:

Part of the contents of this book were originally created and delivered by me as a conference workshop for an event in 2019.

The content has been carefully edited to focus on making it more digestible and actionable, encouraging you to startup blogging now and test your ideas over the coming months.

“I liked that the focus was on organic development of community and ideas instead of just social media marketing. I also like the periodic questions to consider what I wanted to do with the information.”

“Enjoyed the ideas for how to share your message or find out what resonates with people.”

“I love Amy’s generosity with sharing her knowledge and experience. Really great session.”

“Lots of useful ideas for starting and growing an audience.”

“(I enjoyed) the personal experiences of the presenter, interaction with audience, resource materials and focus on doing things for passion rather than just for money.”

“The topic is very interesting and well presented.”

“Very inspiring.”

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The Patriarchy Isn’t Going To Smash Itself

We Have To Do The Work

Amy Maureen Lynch babywearing her son while presenting at the launch of the Women's Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub in June 2019 at Impact Hub Ottawa.
Amy Lynch presenting while babywearing her son at the launch of Canada’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) in Ottawa in June 2019.

Read the transcript of my talk for the WEKH launch or listen to audio here.

In April, I had a casual chat over email with a new contact about smashing the patriarchy.

Please meet Margo Aaron of ‘That Seems Important‘.

If you haven’t already heard of her, subscribed to her straight talking newsletters, read her blog or watched your YouTube channel critiquing websites, please go do that soon (after you read the rest of this post ideally).

She had sent a newsletter about the pandemic covering the new ‘future of work’ in which she wrote:

There is a difference between “not working hard enough” and legitimately impossible circumstances and we’ve blurred that line so hard we can’t tell the difference.

And did her words ever ring true for me.

I replied about how I’ve been bringing my kids into business settings since 2016 and this is what I wrote:

I’ve been writing about remote work for six years and flexible work since becoming a parent four years ago…including my experiences bringing my children into business settings, on my blog: https://notesfromanotherland.com/

As a result, I started hosting parent-friendly professional development events, to make sterile, corporate tech spaces more human for people and their families.

When I explain the concept to understanding strangers, I refer to it as fucking the patriarchy from the inside but instead of a Trojan horse, we arrive with a baby in a stroller, carrier or car seat.

People started to sit up and listen a bit before but now others are living it and I can feel the change already.

Sending parenthood solidarity to you, off to go feed my minions before my next writing shift can be attempted!

We traded a few back and forth words of encouragement. I recommended she check out Hurrah For Gin‘s brilliant writing, artwork and social commentary, she sent me info about similarly themed artwork I must buy.

Then we got back to our respective writing work–dismantling the system that binds us all to an unrealistic expectation of maintained work productivity outputs, alongside outdated parenting responsibilities and the unpaid mental, emotional and physical labour of full-time childcare–while navigating a global health crisis coinciding with economic decline.

All in a day’s (unpaid) work.

Yes dearest reader, if you’re with me on this website, you are in some small way also working with us to smash the patriarchy from the inside.

Because it won’t smash itself and if we wait for that to happen we will be waiting a loooooooooooong ass time.

Photo from my ‘Baby In The Boardroom’ presentation for CreativeMornings Ottawa

Watch the video below and read the transcript or listen to the audio here.

Thanks for joining me and if you want to learn more about what else you can do to impact the evolving future of work we’re currently experiencing, please check out my flexible and remote work resources here:
https://notesfromanotherland.vipmembervault.com/

You can also subscribe to my free monthly Work + Life newsletter here: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

I’m taking a summer social media sabbatical so this blog and my newsletters are where you’ll be hearing from me until late September (at least).

Enjoy the weather wherever you are, look after and be kind to yourself. Smashing the patriarchy is a marathon.

Thanks for listening / participating / reading!

– Amy (+ Family)

Photo by Finn Lin for CreativeMornings Ottawa

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For more tips on how I work from home with young kids, you can check out these flexible and remote work resources on my website here: notesfromanotherland.com/digital-resources

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We All Need To Feel A Little Less Alone These Days, Despite The Fact We’re Never Really Alone.

Last Chance Today: Reserve Your Space In The Babies, Business + Breakfast™ Community + Membership In 2020

Today is the today!

I’m closing registration for Babies, Business + Breakfast™ Membership + Community today, Friday, July 3rd 2020.

Please take a moment to read the rest of this blog post.

Amy Maureen Lynch NFAL Webinar Flashback 2019 With Baby
Flashback to 2019: Me trying to present a webinar with my baby…
turns out toddlers and preschoolers aren’t any easier to present with!

I came across a news article in another group I’m a member of yesterday and it summed up my feelings during this pandemic so well:
https://www.todaysparent.com/family/family-life/parents-mental-health-coronavirus/

Frustration. Resentment. Feeling cracked open. Then quickly picking up the pieces to make sure the kids don’t ‘notice’ anything is wrong, different, strained.

The article from Today’s Parent in the same series about sending kids to summer camps is also a good read and this paragraph jumped out at me:

“Having parents (often women) sacrifice their careers and their own mental health to support their children while schools are closed to keep everyone ‘safe’ needs to end. It is impossible to work from home and take care of young children effectively.”

Impossible to do it effectively. Yet we keep trying. If we haven’t already been practicing self-compassion, now is the time to embrace it.

Resilience can’t be cultivated without acknowledging how difficult things are/can be/have been. Or how out of depth we are. And letting go of what we think it should be like/look like.

Because when I try to focus too much on ‘fixing’ it’s the little things that cause the breakdown…like the refusals to nap, the endless meltdowns because of tiredness due to said nap refusals and not understanding why we can’t go to the park/see people/touch things.

Pheeeeeeew. It’s a marathon.

Babies, Business + Breakfast™ Community + Membership is now open for registration!

I want the Babies, Business + Breakfast™ Membership + Community to serve as a virtual safe and empowering space for you to:

  • Meet other like-minded parents
  • Discuss things which don’t revolve entirely around your children
  • Invest in yourself at a time which suits your needs
  • Learn from experts you can’t currently connect with
  • Get inspired by how others have navigated mixing babies and business in the past
  • Explore new ways of making things work for yourself and your family right now and in future

It’s not going to be all content – who has time for hour-long webinars and 20+ page PDF workbook journal prompts right now!?

I’m finding it hard most days to work without being interrupted by a child who refuses to do ‘quiet time’ instead of napping.

And that’s ok because I’m not the only one raising kids during a pandemic and trying to fit in productivity spurts around their ever-changing routines.

As part of the Membership, we’re focusing on connection and community just as much as content.

Because we all need to feel a little less alone these days, despite the fact we’re never really alone.

Whenever I doubt myself, I come back to my favourite quotes or read stories of others who’ve overcome the odds and made it work.

One of my favourites is from Nora Roberts:

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

I always thought she was a writer of fiction books for people–like me–who want to escape reality but this woman has written 220 novels to date and sold 500 million copies around the world.

She started writing by hand on paper as a stay-at-home mum with two kids, later transferring her stories by typewriter. When she became a single parent, she kept her family going on the book advance payments she received. When she wrote ‘too much’ for her publisher to handle, she created a pseudonym to keep releasing books under. She currently publishes around FIVE books PER YEAR under two different pen names.

And it all started because she decided to make it happen.

By taking Babies, Business + Breakfast™ online, I’m venturing into the unknown and taking a leap but I know if I stay in the same place and don’t try, I’ll be left wondering.

If you’re ready to step forward and join me in 2020 as a Founding Member, I would love to have you on board as we build the future of what this community looks like.

Registration Closes Today 🚼📊

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Reserve your space for 2020, we start in July and go until December.

Invest in yourself alongside your kids, while making new connections.

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More expert advice and practical resources.

Less fear of missing out and feelings of isolation.
More inspiring connections and parents like you.

Less tackling massive to do lists in too little time.
More mental clarity and taking action.

Founding Members in 2020 will have access to the online membership portal content and private community discussion threads starting from Wednesday, July 1, 2020 through to Tuesday, December 29, 2020.

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

Why I Started Bringing My Kids Into Business Settings

Bringing Kids Into Business Settings Since 2016

One of my goals for 2020 is to get more comfortable speaking to camera.

I would like to create more video as it’s quicker to do during nap times! 🎬

It’s also easier for my audience (busy parents) to consume, instead of only newsletters and blog posts.

I’m working on it slowly but surely and you’ll be seeing more of these kinds of posts!

This week, I’m talking about how Babies, Business + Breakfast™ began when I became a parent and:

  • started bringing my children into business settings
  • becoming an accidental activist (while babywearing)
  • getting some change tables installed in corporate spaces
  • creating the Babies, Business + Breakfast™ community
  • producing parent-friendly professional development events and digital resources
  • speaking about inclusion (again while babywearing)
  • advising others on designing more inclusive and flexible work solutions for primary caregivers, like pop-up childcare at events
  • and am now transitioning to an online community and membership program.

Thanks for listening / watching / reading! 🤓

– Amy (+ Family)

Amy Maureen Lynch | Notes From Another Land | Bringing Children Into Business Settings

Join Us As A Babies, Business + Breakfast™ Founding Member In 2020!

Invest in yourself alongside your kids, while making new connections:

  • We focus on parent-friendly professional development (easy to implement content for people short on time and your kids are always welcome to join us)

  • We want you to invest in yourself alongside your loved ones (show up as you are, wherever you are, whenever you can)

  • We’re exploring mixing babies and business (create the change you wish to see, progress over perfection)

  • Our guest speakers have been there, done that and wish we existed when they were starting out (learn from their insights, challenges and experiences)

  • Our community is full of like-minded people who share similar values when it comes to flexible work and parenthood (make new friendships, professional connections and feel less alone on your journey)
Babies, Business + Breakfast™ Community + Membership is now open.

Registration is now open from:
June 22 until July 3, 2020

If you’d like to join us in 2020, you can:

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

remote work with kids time blocking template | Notes From Another Land | Amy Maureen Lynch

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

Working From Home With Kids Tips And Interview

Working From Home With Kids | Amy Maureen Lynch | How I Get Stuff Done Using Time Blocking

Working From Home With Kids

How I get work stuff done on week days when I’m watching the kids during pandemic restrictions:

  • decide what one thing I want to focus on that day (marketing, finance, project work, admin, sales)
  • figure out which times of the day will be best to work on bits of it at a time – write quick notes on paper or our whiteboard which we ALSO use for appointments, meal planning, etc while drinking my morning coffee as the kids play
  • computer use is saved for nap, quiet or bed time, as they automatically will assume I’m going to put on a show or movie for them if I bust it out
  • then try to turn my thoughts about it off until the time I plan to work on it and direct my attention to my kids for the day
  • we spend time outside, going for a walk, doing activities, having lots of snacks and meals
  • I do chores with them or alongside them as they play nearby…NEVER during the dedicated time I plan to work
  • when things in the day don’t go according ‘to plan’, I adjust my expectations, try to be flexible and go with the flow

Our house gets messy but I feel much more satisfied when I’ve created something and my kids are content, than when I have clear counters because I cleaned during my free* time.

Do what works for you, everyone has different things which bring them joy. ✨

*Your time is never free: you must define it, carve it out, protect it and then use it wisely!

Watch The Interview About Working From Home With Kids

I did an IG Live interview and a guest post yesterday about this topic with Julia Slanina, Founder and CEO of Treehouse Medical, a data-driven maternal and pediatric portal designed to serve the needs of mothers, families, and providers.

Here is the guest post:

Working From Home With Kids Mom Life | Amy Maureen Lynch | IGTV Interview for Treehouse Medical

🚼📊 WORKING FROM HOME WITH KIDS 🚼📊
——————
Today’s guest post is focused on helping you make working around your kids schedule more productive and comes from @amymaureenlynch, founder of @babiesbusinessbreakfast, mom of two young kids and a remote worker since 2014. 💻

If you’ve found your windows of ‘work’ time during quarantine shrinking based on your kids’ attention spans, this one’s for you. ⏳

I’ve used time blocking over the years to improve my efficiency with work tasks and output, while lowering my stress levels and feeling more in control when the unexpected (always) occurs. 🎢

Quick time blocking basics for parents I recommend:

  1. Choose a visual and focus on your week ahead (e.g. wall calendar, whiteboard, diary or online calendar).
  2. Break your days into three parts based on your usual wake and sleep times: morning, afternoon and evening.
  3. Pick ONE daily priority for each of the following three areas: work, home and self (e.g. draft a proposal, get groceries, go for a walk).
  4. Write it down! Select which part of the day you plan to focus on each area.
  5. Adjust your expectations and remain flexible! Other things will arise but your new schedule will be better able to accommodate them when they do.

Thanks for giving me another reason to talk about what I love to write about Julia: Flexible and remote work (with kids)! 🚼 📈

We cover time blocking, working in sprints, batching and of course, mixing babies and business in this 30-minute episode.

Key takeaway: Treat yourself like a plant. 🌱🌞
Confused? Watch the replay and you’ll get it.

There’s a free time blocking template for you to download and lots of previous posts about how I do what I do on this blog, if you use the search function to type in:

  • flexible work
  • remote work
  • babies and business
  • work and kids

You can watch the working from home with kids replay on their IGTV channel here and in the video below.

Flexible + Remote Work Resources

  • Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
  • Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
  • Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

For more tips on how I work from home with young kids, you can check out these flexible and remote work resources on my website here: notesfromanotherland.com/digital-resources

remote work with kids time blocking template | Notes From Another Land | Amy Maureen Lynch

Join Us As A Babies, Business + Breakfast™ Founding Member In 2020!

Invest in yourself alongside your kids, while making new connections:

  • We focus on parent-friendly professional development (easy to implement content for people short on time and your kids are always welcome to join us)

  • We want you to invest in yourself alongside your loved ones (show up as you are, wherever you are, whenever you can)

  • We’re exploring mixing babies and business (create the change you wish to see, progress over perfection)

  • Our guest speakers have been there, done that and wish we existed when they were starting out (learn from their insights, challenges and experiences)

  • Our community is full of like-minded people who share similar values when it comes to flexible work and parenthood (make new friendships, professional connections and feel less alone on your journey)
Babies, Business + Breakfast™ Community + Membership is now open.

2020 Registration is now open from:
June 22 until July 3, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST

If you’d like to join us in 2020, you can:

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch