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The Productive Woman

Laura McClellan | Noodle.mx Network

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The Productive Woman
The Productive Woman

The Productive Woman

Laura McClellan | Noodle.mx Network

46
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41
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A podcast intended to help busy women find the tools and the encouragement to manage their lives, their time, their stress, and their stuff so they can accomplish the things that matter most to them.

Latest Episodes

Dealing with Distraction

Does distraction interfere with your productivity? Celebrate with me The Productive Woman turns 5 years old on July 1, 2019. I'd like to celebrate by putting together an episode featuring feedback from the TPW community. Would you consider sending me a message I can share with listeners in the upcoming episode and tell me a little about what The Productive Woman podcast means to you? Feel free to share why you listen, what your favorite episode is, or what key lesson or takeaway you picked up from the podcast. You can also do this via voice message--use the voice memo app on your smartphone to create an audio file you can email to me, or click on "Send me a voice message" on the right side of this page. I hope you'll participate--send me your email or voicemail message by June 5, 2019. If you send a voice recording, please keep it under 2 minutes and make sure to introduce yourself so I know who to be grateful for! Understanding and managing distraction I've noticed lately that I’m more easily distracted from work, from personal tasks, and even from conversations. I started thinking about how easy it is to be distracted and decided to do a little investigation into distractions and how to deal with them. What is a distraction? A distraction is “a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else” or (according to Webster) “something that distracts: an object that directs one's attention away from something else.” Synonyms include diversion, interruption, disturbance, intrusion, interference, obstruction, hindrance. Notice the definitions don’t assign value to the thing that’s distracting or the thing that’s being distracted from. Both are neutral. Good things can distract from good things, or even from better things. Good things can also distract from bad things, as in the case when medical professionals using distraction during painful or uncomfortable medical treatments. But when it comes to being productive, distractions come with a cost. The impact of distraction Economic Impact Digital distractions, for example, come with an economic cost. According to one source, social media alone costs the US economy $650 billion. In another article, The True Costs of the Distraction Economy, the writer points out the economic costs of the “distraction economy," described as “one where people have prioritized technology over people.” According to this article, our efforts to connect through technology result in us disconnecting as we’re focused on the tech rather than the people we’re actually with. This particular article was written in the context of business and talks about the risks for leaders: setting a poor example for those we lead and failing to establish focus. I thought these ideas could be applied in our homes as well. “If a leader is constantly distracted and not paying attention, they're telling the rest of their team this is an acceptable standard. . . . Leaders operating without focus and intentional attention risk damaging relationships, missing key performance objectives, losing top talent to other organizations, [and] customers choosing other companies [and] vendors taking advantage of their distracted state.” Individual/Relational Impact

48 MIN1 days ago
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Dealing with Distraction

Redefining Modern Motherhood, with Joanna Parker

Seeking solutions to a daily parenting challenge inspired Joanna Parker to launch a business helping other moms. We chat about how she balances motherhood and entrepreneurship. Balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship (and helping other moms do the same!) Joanna lives in Englewood, New Jersey with her husband and three children. She is the founder of a company called Yumble, which is a weekly subscription service of fully-prepared, healthy meals designed just for children. Between spending time with her family and running her business, her days are very full. A typical day Joanna starts her mornings with an early workout. She gets back home in time for her children to wake up around 7 am. From 7 to 8:30, she is 100% in "mom-mode," having breakfast with them, getting everyone dressed, talking about their day ahead, and driving them to school. At 8:30 am, she comes back home and puts her Yumble-hat on she commutes to New York City with her husband. She spends all day with her team in...

44 MIN1 weeks ago
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Redefining Modern Motherhood, with Joanna Parker

Motherhood & a Life That Matters

As we approach Mother's Day in the U.S. and many other countries, it's a good time to ponder whether/how motherhood and productivity are connected or in conflict. How does motherhood factor in to a life that matters? This episode is being published a few days before Mother’s Day in the U.S. and many other countries. Mother’s Day is celebrated annually in many countries (not all on the same day) as a day to honor mothers and mother figures. This got me thinking: how do motherhood and productivity interact? What does it mean to be a productive mother? Or a mother who’s productive? I have raised five children with my husband. They're all grown, so we're now empty-nesters. But for many years, our lives were consumed with kids in the house. I stayed home with my kids for a number of years, homeschooled for 10 years, and it was a challenging and rewarding stage of life. Thinking back on those years made me ponder what it means to be productive as a mother. Does having children interfer...

29 MIN2 weeks ago
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Motherhood & a Life That Matters

Latest Episodes

Dealing with Distraction

Does distraction interfere with your productivity? Celebrate with me The Productive Woman turns 5 years old on July 1, 2019. I'd like to celebrate by putting together an episode featuring feedback from the TPW community. Would you consider sending me a message I can share with listeners in the upcoming episode and tell me a little about what The Productive Woman podcast means to you? Feel free to share why you listen, what your favorite episode is, or what key lesson or takeaway you picked up from the podcast. You can also do this via voice message--use the voice memo app on your smartphone to create an audio file you can email to me, or click on "Send me a voice message" on the right side of this page. I hope you'll participate--send me your email or voicemail message by June 5, 2019. If you send a voice recording, please keep it under 2 minutes and make sure to introduce yourself so I know who to be grateful for! Understanding and managing distraction I've noticed lately that I’m more easily distracted from work, from personal tasks, and even from conversations. I started thinking about how easy it is to be distracted and decided to do a little investigation into distractions and how to deal with them. What is a distraction? A distraction is “a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else” or (according to Webster) “something that distracts: an object that directs one's attention away from something else.” Synonyms include diversion, interruption, disturbance, intrusion, interference, obstruction, hindrance. Notice the definitions don’t assign value to the thing that’s distracting or the thing that’s being distracted from. Both are neutral. Good things can distract from good things, or even from better things. Good things can also distract from bad things, as in the case when medical professionals using distraction during painful or uncomfortable medical treatments. But when it comes to being productive, distractions come with a cost. The impact of distraction Economic Impact Digital distractions, for example, come with an economic cost. According to one source, social media alone costs the US economy $650 billion. In another article, The True Costs of the Distraction Economy, the writer points out the economic costs of the “distraction economy," described as “one where people have prioritized technology over people.” According to this article, our efforts to connect through technology result in us disconnecting as we’re focused on the tech rather than the people we’re actually with. This particular article was written in the context of business and talks about the risks for leaders: setting a poor example for those we lead and failing to establish focus. I thought these ideas could be applied in our homes as well. “If a leader is constantly distracted and not paying attention, they're telling the rest of their team this is an acceptable standard. . . . Leaders operating without focus and intentional attention risk damaging relationships, missing key performance objectives, losing top talent to other organizations, [and] customers choosing other companies [and] vendors taking advantage of their distracted state.” Individual/Relational Impact

48 MIN1 days ago
Comments
Dealing with Distraction

Redefining Modern Motherhood, with Joanna Parker

Seeking solutions to a daily parenting challenge inspired Joanna Parker to launch a business helping other moms. We chat about how she balances motherhood and entrepreneurship. Balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship (and helping other moms do the same!) Joanna lives in Englewood, New Jersey with her husband and three children. She is the founder of a company called Yumble, which is a weekly subscription service of fully-prepared, healthy meals designed just for children. Between spending time with her family and running her business, her days are very full. A typical day Joanna starts her mornings with an early workout. She gets back home in time for her children to wake up around 7 am. From 7 to 8:30, she is 100% in "mom-mode," having breakfast with them, getting everyone dressed, talking about their day ahead, and driving them to school. At 8:30 am, she comes back home and puts her Yumble-hat on she commutes to New York City with her husband. She spends all day with her team in...

44 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Redefining Modern Motherhood, with Joanna Parker

Motherhood & a Life That Matters

As we approach Mother's Day in the U.S. and many other countries, it's a good time to ponder whether/how motherhood and productivity are connected or in conflict. How does motherhood factor in to a life that matters? This episode is being published a few days before Mother’s Day in the U.S. and many other countries. Mother’s Day is celebrated annually in many countries (not all on the same day) as a day to honor mothers and mother figures. This got me thinking: how do motherhood and productivity interact? What does it mean to be a productive mother? Or a mother who’s productive? I have raised five children with my husband. They're all grown, so we're now empty-nesters. But for many years, our lives were consumed with kids in the house. I stayed home with my kids for a number of years, homeschooled for 10 years, and it was a challenging and rewarding stage of life. Thinking back on those years made me ponder what it means to be productive as a mother. Does having children interfer...

29 MIN2 weeks ago
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Motherhood & a Life That Matters
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