Refocus Your Energy on Your Goals

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At GirlMogul we’re big on goals, low on resolutions.  Resolutions are big sweeping statements about what you wish you would happen.  Goals are specific, tactical with a clear end and a timeframe. A resolution is to start a business.  A goal is to select your business name and incorporate it.  Or in another familiar example,  resolution is to lose weight.  A goal is to lose five pounds by January 31st.

Of course to get your goals, there may be a whole host of smaller steps.  After one does not get from no weight loss to five by wishing alone.   Neither does one decide, willy-nilly to pick a business name without checking some crucial steps off of the to-do list.  But as you can see these specific, discrete goals give something to really aim for.  And you can truly celebrate your accomplishments.

I am heading out on vacation next week and I find that this is both good and bad.  I finally have some time to slow down and think. I come back with tons of great ideas, but I also lament how little I have accomplished. Some years, it seems as if I am in the same place I was the year before.

But this year I became super tactical with my goals.  And I have made tremendous progress.  But recently, with the begininng of spring I found my self re-evaluating my goals.  And I urge you to do the same.  Now, I didn’t reverese course or head off in a new direction.

Instead I refined my path, re-defined some priorities, moving one project up on the to-do list.  I also renewed my vow to write down my goals for the next five months every day.  This simple technique is incrediably powerful and it takes but a few mintues. If you do it first thing in the morning you will be crystal clear and focused on what you need to do for the whole day.

It’s an incrediably powerful tool, and I urge you, with the change of seasons, to take the time to recommit to your goals this year. If you had resolutions, then take one and turn it into a goal – perhaps make it smaller or more specific with a short, one or two month timeframe.  Write out the to-do list that will make this happen – maybe it’s five steps.  Write and live these steps for the next 30 days AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS…

Please – tell us about it  – tell us what your goal is and what happens when you write it down every day and FOCUS on it for the next 30 days…


How To Save Big on Back to School Supplies

Save on back to School Supplies
Save on back to School Supplies

Like most moms are you fearing back to school time because of the expense of school supplies?  Here are some quick tips on saving big money on academic supplies

  • Use the List – most schools and teachers will put out a list of required and suggested supplies for the school year  – you can either download these on the school websites, or find copies in the local stores.  Get this list as soon as possible and map out your spending priorities.  See what you need to buy new and what you can re-use from last year.  Make your “new” shopping list before heading out to the store
  • Stick to the list – Once you have your essential list, make sure you stick to it – just having a list will prevent impulse purchasing but if you go with your tweens, make sure they know they have to stick to the list.  If there is something not on the school supply list that they really want, allow them to purchase it with their own money, or a special back to school stipend.
  • Tax- Free holidays – make use of the fact that many states now have a tax-exempt week just prior to back to school time.  This could mean that many, if not all, of your school supplies will be tax free – and this could save you up to 10% off your total bill.
  • Shop Online – Use the internet to scour for deals at the big retail chains.  You can sign up for e-coupons on school supplies or even find out if there are any free shipping deals – saving you a trip to the store entirely!

With these simple back to school money saving tips, going shopping for school supplies with for your tween can be easy and cost effective.  And soon, you’ll be looking forward to the rumble of school buses in the morning – without the fear of blowing your budget.

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