How to Balance Work and Family

network marketingThe first step to finding balance in your life is to assess how you want to live your life.  What is working for you and your family? What is not working for you and your family? Spend time thinking about all of the tasks and responsibilities you have.

Also consider what tasks and responsibilities are detracting from your quality of life. Finally, consider what tasks or activities you’d like to be able to spend time on. For example, maybe you dislike managing email and social networking and would like to be able to spend more time working in your community.

Solutions;

Once you have an understanding about what isn’t working for you and your family and what you’d like to change, it’s time to start looking for solutions. How can you shift your focus from one task to another? Here are a few potential solutions.

1. Hire an assistant – You can hire a virtual assistant to manage the tasks you want to eliminate from your list, such as the email and social networking. You can also hire an intern or a part-time assistant to work with you in your office (even your home office).  You can hire a virtual assistant at oDesk.com (they are cheaper than you might think, you can name your price and people bid on your job.)

2. Outsource – Consider outsourcing the tasks on your list that you wish to get rid of. For example, if you dislike social networking or customer service, then outsource those tasks.   I have already made it know in past posts that I use oDesk for my outsourcing needs but know others who have great success with Elance.  The two best places to get your outsourcing done.

3. Schedule Your Time – Start scheduling your “me time” right from the start.  Don’t wait till you have one more spot on schedule and then call it “me time” that is just leftovers… you are worth more than just leftovers.  Make room for it in your day, week, and month. In fact, it’s a great idea to sit down with your family and a calendar and schedule your vacations for the year. This simple step helps you plan your business around your vacations instead of the other way around. It helps you put your personal life first.

4. Change your schedule – Take a look at your schedule and see if it supports a balanced life. For example, if your exercise time is scheduled for eight o’clock at night after the kids go to bed, then that may be a sign that you’re putting yourself last on your list. Move it to first thing in the morning – put yourself first.

Do you have other suggestions for balancing work and family?  Let us know please.


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Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal

We have heard it over and over before that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and there is a reason why, let’s look at it.

First we know that breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal but, that doesn’t stop millions of Americans, and people around the world, from skipping breakfast or opting for only a drink of coffee. The truth is that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and you will have a much  healthier diet if you include breakfast in your daily life.

 

Breakfast is named so because it is when we—break our fast. When you sleep, you are not eating for 6 to 9 hours at least, and more if you haven’t eaten since dinner the night before. Therefore, breakfast is the first time you’ll be eating anything for a very long period of time. Some nutrients, like proteins, cannot be stored in the body and are therefore not present, so the body needs you to replenish the “low” levels of such nutrients. Breakfast is like the match that lights the fire. It truly is a very important source of energy for your body in the morning.

 

Eating breakfast in the morning also helps you avoid some illnesses and disease. For example, your sugar levels are probably out of whack from not eating for many hours, so having breakfast levels out the amount of sugars in your body, helping to prevent diabetes. Eating a healthy breakfast also helps you to provide food to your stomach so that you don’t overeat at lunch because you are so hungry. Overeating leads to obesity, which comes with a whole host of problems, including heart disease.

 

Healthy breakfast foods, like eggs, fruit, or bran cereal are also a good source of many of the vitamins and minerals a person needs during the day. If you don’t eat these things in the morning, it will be hard to make up for that loss later in the day. Remember that without the proper amounts of nutrients, you body will not function correctly. When you eat a healthy breakfast, it also makes you choose healthier foods during the rest of the day, so that you continue to get the proper nutrients needed for your body.

 

Setting aside 15 minutes in the morning to eat breakfast every day can truly make a great different in your diet. In the best case, your breakfast will include foods from at least three different food groups. For example, you can have whole grain toast (bread food group) with peanut butter (protein food group) and a banana (fruit food group). Top that off with a glass of milk to drink, and you’ve even hit a fourth food group. Breakfast does not have to include a heavy pancakes and sausage meal every day to be healthy, and even grabbing a single piece of fruit or a muffin is better than skipping the meal completely. Breakfast is important to your health!

Selecting Affiliate Marketing Opportunities

1-1251904949ycvAContinuing from the other day as I promised on affiliate marketing, there is so much to know, where do you begin?

First off, there are a wide variety of affiliate marketing opportunities available. Many different companies and websites offer affiliate marketing opportunities. In most cases the blog owner simply needs to submit the website address of his blog along with some other basic information for approval. In most cases the company is not likely to reject the application unless the content of the website is deemed to be objectionable or otherwise in conflict of interest with the company’s goals.

However, although getting approved to display affiliate links on your website is a rather simple process, this does not mean blog owners should select these affiliate marketing opportunities without discretion. It is a far better idea to carefully select affiliate marketing opportunities with companies who are of interest to the target audience of the blog.  Otherwise, why would your target market ever click on your affiliate links?

A well focused blog that is reaching a specific target audience should seek to display marketing links directing website traffic to companies which complement the blog without acting as direct competition to the blog. This helps to ensure the blog visitors will not only be interested in the affiliate marketing links and therefore more likely to click on the links but will also help to ensure the blog visitors do not find the affiliate marketing links to be bothersome.

Be sure once you do decided on an affiliate program and you sign up with them, that you write down all information about your affiliate program and your link ID.  Keep these all in one place and periodically check on your affiliate programs to make sure everything is in order and keep track of money owed to you.

Next, I will talk about how to use these affiliate marketing programs to your advantage.


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Affiliate Marketing and Blogging

Affiliate marketing is one way in which bloggers utilize their blog to generate revenue. The amount of revenue generated by a blog featuring affiliate marketing links may vary significantly depending on the amount of traffic the blog receives as well as the compensation offered for the affiliate marketing.

What affiliate marketing essentially entails is creating a link on the blog to another company’s website. The other company then compensates the blog owner according to a previously agreed upon contract. This compensation may be awarded in a number of different ways. The blog owner may be compensated each time the advertisement is served, each time a unique website visitor clicks through the advertisement or each time a blog visitor performs a desired action such as making a purchase or registering with the website.

Over the next couple of days I will be talking more about different aspects of affiliate marketing which bloggers should understand including selecting opportunities carefully, maximizing the income potential for these opportunities and understanding the requirements associated with these affiliate marketing opportunities.

There is a lot to learn about affiliate marketing, so, I will take a couple of days to try and explain the ins and outs of affiliate marketing and how you could possibly make a nice living by being an affiliate marketer.

WAHM IT – FREE Masters Course For Work At Home Mom’s.

bigstockphoto_Cooking_4941573Work at Home Moms (WAHM’s), have special needs.  They are trying to balance, family, work, household chores, chauffering, you name it.  But, still, you want to run a business and stay home with the kids.  There is a lot of information available to you but you MUST go look at the FREE WAHM-It Masters Course.  I have been busy reading and studying it.  I have followed much of what Ken Envoy (who developed this course) has done for some time, he is a master in network marketing.

I am always following the latest and greatest that the masters of network marketing put out.  I read anything that can benefit my blog, my business or motivate me to reach for my own home business goals. In the WAHM-It Masters Course it not only shows women how to be a Work-at-Home Mom (WAHM) and successfully build a real business on the net, but it also is very motivating. It is full of women’s personal stories whom have started busiensses and who now make more money that they never thought possible. I also love to hear about women who are new to trying to work at home, and that are doing well as their business grows.

If you are a WAHM or just looking for ways to earn more money, or are a mom looking to start a home business, check out this FREE WAHM Master Course! It costs nothing and offers a great deal of tips any one starting a home based business can use.

 

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