Hi super awesome mom. I want to tell you about three really great ways mobile devices can help working moms like you , and they all come down to management. Mobile devices can help moms manage their lifestyles, families and careers. Mobile devices are easy to use and readily programmed to host apps that can support personal and professional life management. They also come equipped with multi-media communication features that not only allow working moms to capture what they want but to communicate it in deeply enriching ways. When working moms put mobile technology to work, they are able to save themselves a little me-time while being right-on-time for everything else.
Lifestyle Management Using mobile devices to manage your lifestyle, family and career, includes knowing your device and curating just the right apps to support your management plan. Like anything, you want to look at apps from an outcomes point-of-view first. In essence, what do you want to happen in the end? If you are focusing on lifestyle, perhaps you are considering a health and wellness program to lose a few pounds and gain more energy. Well as they say, there is an app for that, however, not all apps are for you. Some might focus on losing weight by any means necessary, and not on the healthy manner that you are going for. You have to read the apps and make sure the one you choose is a match made in heaven before you start a program that sucks.
Family/Home Management Family management also requires knowing what you want before you start using apps. For family management you might be focusing on your budget, and there are really great apps for budgeting out there but you have to determine how much energy you are willing to put into your budgeting. The thing about apps is they only work if you do your part. However, creating a budget and savings goals in the right app can definitely help a working mom manage her finances. You might also look at apps that can help you with managing your time. Time management is always a pain-point for working moms. There never seems to be enough time in the day or enough energy in our bodies to get it all done. But, if you find a good app match for time management, you will be on your way to less stress and more energy.
Career Management Finally for career management we are talking about two things, skills development and professional branding. You can take classes online, with your mobile device. You can get professional certificates from the best colleges in the world in MOOCs, using your mobile device, and you can even go to college and get a higher-education degree, using you mobile device. Do I have your attention yet? Next, as I said you can use your mobile device to build your professional brand. Your brand is what employers think and say about you when you are not around. This means your words, works and personal publicity need to be aligned with the outcome you want. Did you know you everything you post online is creating a digital footprint that either leads people back to you or away from you? If your social media is not painting the picture you want employers to see, you best to clean it up and repaint as quickly as possible before it becomes a digital tattoo. Meaning, somebody might print or share something you may not stand for anymore and that is not in the best interest of your career goals. To find out what your brand is right now, google your name to see what comes up. Then do like contractors do, clean it out, then build it up. To learn more about using your mobile devices see my post, It’s Time to Get Mobile-Centric.
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Instructional Designer and Founder of Leap Learn Live, Inc.
Hi super awesome working mom. You work hard all day long and nights too. You could use a break, or at least some help. I think you deserve a special helper. One that can assist you in managing your life, home and career. Wouldn’t that be nice? Well guess what, you probably have one already but maybe you just haven’t trained it to do all of those things we just agreed that you deserve and need. It’s your mobile technology. Specifically, I am talking about your smartphones, tablets and laptops. Just like a puppy, once you train em you will love em like family.
Why aren’t you using your technology? I would be willing to bet, most of you are not even using 10% of what your mobile device is capable of, and I know why. You simply don’t know how. Am I right? And, you don’t know how because it takes time to learn new stuff and maybe you just haven’t found the time.
A plan that might work The thing is, new technology is overwhelming at first, but if you take it one small piece at a time, you will be amazed at what you can learn and do. If you pick just one feature a week to learn about, before you know it, you will have customized your devices to be the “mama’s little helper” they are capable of being. Just one a week. I would probably start first with learning about the device's features. Where can you learn to use your mobile devices? Start first with learning about your device(s), one at a time, before you focus on apps. YouTube and Google are your new besties and go-tos for quick and convenient tutorials. All you need to know is the type of device you have, google it and find videos. Most manufacturers have their own tutorials these days as well. It really is that easy.
So, pick a day and a time to learn about your device(s). Remember just one at a time. After all, you deserve to know what all they can do for you if they are going to take up space in your home and life.
Please be sure to share all of the tips and tricks you learn, and links to where you learned it with your gal-pal community (we need to work on that name) in the space below.
Welcome to Leap Learn Live the Blog! My name is Stacey Clark, and I am a supershero! AND if you are a mom, you are too. Own it!
Have you noticed that lately there are a lot of superheros in the spotlight? Interestingly, none of them are moms like us. Everyone everywhere knows that moms are the world's true superheros, or should I say sheros? A supershero mom is no marvel, it's real all day every day.
With all that moms do for their families, and even their communities, you would think there would be more support in the world for their personal development, more monuments, holidays and free stuff. At a minimum, though there should be more support for working moms in the workplace, and policies that help, not hinder a mom's professional growth. With that said...
My tiara is tipped to all moms everywhere, whether you work at home or out in the world. In my eyes, the work you do, cultivating human beings, is bigger and more important than any other work done on this planet. All of you should know that I have nothing but love and respect for any woman who chooses to be a real mother. With that said...
This blog is meant to create a space for working mothers, and mothers who want and need to work: The goal is to build community, provide support, and help working moms and moms who want to work, strengthen their 21st-century knowledge, skills and abilities, while designing a life they love living.
If you are a working mom, or a mom who wants to work, it's time to join the fold and get the respect, support and free stuff you deserve. The Leap Learn Live Tribe is your tribe, a new band of sisters ready to support you and push you into the life you deserve. Are you ready?
In the coming days, this blog will begin posting to three sections, Leap, Learn and Live.
LEAP The Leap posts, are where working moms can share their stories of both home and work challenges as well as successes, and get generative feedback from other working moms who understand where they are coming from. No one is perfect, we all make mistakes. Mistakes when reflected upon create the foundation for learning. That's why judgement is not allowed, only support and understanding.
LEARN The Learn posts are where moms can find articles and tools to help them develop the 21st-century knowledge, skills and abilities they need to compete in the digital/information/global economy. The fourth industrial revolutions is here and working moms who want to stay employed need to hone and own the skills 21st-century employers are looking for.
LIVE The Live posts are dedicated to lifestyle design. they will include posts on wellness, finance and budgeting, organization, time management, and a host of other topics that can help working moms lead higher-quality lives. Live posts should help working moms create the fulfilling, purposeful, healthy and happy lives they really want to live.