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At Not for Sissies, we believe being a mom doesn’t mean you have to give up your life. Instead, motherhood can be a time to reinvent and creatively transform your life into more fun and flexibility without losing your income. But there’s no plan and no one to show you how. That’s why all moms need to The 12 Week Year.
As a mom, it’s incredibly difficult to prioritize ourselves (including our careers) when everything (and everyone) seems more important.
Reading The 12 Week Year changes everything.
Why Moms Need The 12 Week Year
Don’t let the book overwhelm you. I’m sure you probably don’t have time to lounge and read a book. But it’s on Audible. You can listen to it throughout the day or during a commute.
Now you have absolutely no reason not to read (or listen) to this book. And don’t let the cover fool you, it may seem like a business book but it’s actually a life planning book and all moms need The 12 Week Year.
This is a book about getting more stuff done; feeling like you’re accomplishing something important, and having the confidence and the tools to commit to your goals no matter what happens.
All moms need The 12 Week Year. While being a mom isn’t a business, we work like we’re in business. Having the tools to set goals, create our own plans, and build in time for our personal projects is absolutely liberating.
Who doesn’t want less stress and more time for your own projects? Here are 3 no nonsense reasons you need to read (or listen to) The 12 Week Year.
1. Get More Stuff Done!
This book is amazing because it helps you stop juggling and start feeling like you have control over your day and your life.
The most unusual thing about The 12 Week Year is the switch from 12-month planning to 12-week planning. You create a BIG dream for yourself and then you attack that vision in 12-week intervals by focusing on a few tactical aspects of that BIG dream vision.
This is so awesome because you can create new tactics and change your priorities every 12 weeks to align with your big goals.
For instance, perhaps you’re a mom who’d like to live a healthier lifestyle. As a part of this healthier lifestyle, you want to:
- Earn a sustainable income from home to reduce your stress and anxiety and spend more time with your family.
- Cook more meals with whole foods and vegetables
- Exercising regularly.
Most moms out there know that you’d probably have to sacrifice sleep to accomplish this big dream. But with The 12 Week Year, moms can use the vision and time blocking strategies to plan out their week on paper to make time for these activities without undermining or neglecting existing responsibilities (or priorities like sleep).
2. Feel good about what you do!
So many moms never feel a sense of accomplishment about what they’ve done because everything seems to be one random task after the next.
The book emphasizes the importance of consistency. The authors would rather have you working toward your goal for 30-60 minutes every single day than working on it for 5 hours once a week.
So if your goal is weight loss, that’s a 30-minute walk. If you’re a writer, that’s 30 minutes of solid writing time.
And it’s amazing and absolutely liberating not to feel like you need to have three to five hours free each day to work on a single priority to be successful.
And with every task you accomplish, whether it takes 30 minutes or two hours, you can feel good not only because you’ve completed it but because you’re building your “consistency muscles,” and you can see how it relates to your BIG dream/vision.
3. Removing the guilt from Saying NO!
When you’re working to accomplish anything, breaking it into manageable chunks and being consistent allows you to see if you’re making progress.
Once you start seeing how good it feels to start making progress, it’s a whole lot easier to say NO to interruptions. If that means, finding an activity for your kids for one hour or waiting until they go to bed, saying NO to interruptions becomes a necessity to maintain your commitment to accomplish your vision.
In The 12 Week Year, Brian Moran calls this accountability. He says,
Accountability is not consequences, but ownership. It is a character trait, a life stance, a willingness to own your actions and results regardless of the circumstances. “
When you have a written plan of what you need to do, saying NO to interruptions or committing to make-up any interruption before you fall asleep that day is the process of being accountable to yourself and your BIG goal/vision.
Being able to remember the BIG BIG goal and to understand how your 12-week year plan will help you achieve everything you set your mind to accomplish.
For me, this helps me make peace with my mommy guilt because I know two hours away from my kids each day will ultimately benefit those munchkins.
I love this book. For moms, The 12 Week Year is an amazing tool to help create personal and family goals without feeling overwhelmed or frustrated. Every mama needs to read and execute this tool in her personal and professional life. You will not regret it.