Work+Life Harmony for Overwhelmed Women

Megan Sumrell: Time Management and Productivity Coach

Welcome to the Work+Life Harmony Podcast, where you will learn practical tips on all things time management, organization and productivity for women. Are you feeling overwhelmed, frazzled and exhausted trying to do #allthethings? Each week, you will hear practical advice, real stories, and awesome interviews from other women that are finding work+life harmony as they juggle (not balance) their lives, families, work and businesses ...without sacrificing themselves or the things they love.You’ll walk away feeling empowered and equipped to manage your time, get organized, and skyrocket your productivity! read less

Tackling Grief & Productivity with Krista St-Germain
Jan 17 2023
Tackling Grief & Productivity with Krista St-Germain
In this episode of Work + Life Harmony, Krista St-Germain, a master certified life coach and widow, helps us tackle the heavy and hard topic of productivity through grief, teaching us to actively prioritize joy, acknowledge our emotions, and challenge the pervasive grief myths that can hinder our healing.Krista St-Germain was a widow at the age of 40 after her husband was killed while trying to change a flat tire. She found herself struggling to find resources to help her through her grief and eventually stumbled upon a life coaching program. Through that program, she was able to learn how to change her thoughts and create something she genuinely wanted in the future. Krista now hosts a podcast to help other women struggling with grief, teaching them how to manage their thoughts and emotions and prioritize joy. With time, their brains can adjust to the new reality and create new data.In this episode, we talk through:1. How can we tackle productivity through grief2. What are the common myths surrounding grief3. How can we prioritize joy when planning our lives, both during and after griefYou can connect with Krista further on her website or over on Instagram @lifecoachkrista. If you are struggling with grief, she also has a free grief quiz that you can take to help decide which of her podcast episodes would serve you best:www.coachingwithkrista.com/griefsupportOverwhelmed? Frazzled? Tired of your calendar controlling you?You are in the right place! Sign up for this free, on-demand training and learn how to gain control of your time no matter what life throws at you!>>> https://www.megansumrell.com/freetraining
4 Steps to Reestablish Routines
Jan 10 2023
4 Steps to Reestablish Routines
If you were off your routines for 2 - 4 weeks, it can take 2 - 4 to get back on track!After the holidays, it's time to take on what can seem like the daunting challenge of getting back on top of your routines, while learning to navigate the central conflict between your pre-existing routines and your new goals. This episode is about the steps you can take to get back into routines and even add in new ones! I share the most important trick I've learned over time of getting into the habit of any routine and you'll walk away with tips to make it easier to get back into your routines in a calm, intentional, and peaceful way. When you have the right systems and tools to plan and manage your time, you can live a life of harmony! Tune in to:1. Learn four steps to help you get back on track with routines you may have stepped away from after the holidays. 2. Discover how to create a morning routine that serves you based on your unique personality type and schedule. 3. Find out how to set yourself up for success by reintroducing routines one at a time and making sure they are present in your weekly plan.After listening in, let's connect on Instagram over at @megansumrell. DM me and let me know what routine you are bringing back this week so I can cheer you on!Like what you heard here? I’d be honored and grateful if you would head over to iTunes to leave a review and let other female entrepreneurs know what you learned! While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Overwhelmed? Frazzled? Tired of your calendar controlling you?You are in the right place! Sign up for this free, on-demand training and learn how to gain control of your time no matter what life throws at you!>>> https://www.megansumrell.com/freetraining
The Non 'New Year New You' Plan
Jan 3 2023
The Non 'New Year New You' Plan
New year, new you, NO WAY! You don't need a new you. You are fantastic just the way you are. New year, new you implies that who we are isn't enough. How about we switch this to "New Year, I'm Here!".With the original phrase, you are putting all your eggs in the New Year basket and this puts you in the place where you need a fresh year to do something different. I simply don't believe in this way of planning.The solution? Listen in to find out!In this episode, you will learn the following:1. Why the phrase "New Year, New You" can set you up for failure, and what to say instead.2. How to make the most of a new year without overwhelming yourself with trying to become a "new you".3. Discover a powerful planning process to help you prioritize and accomplish your goals throughout the year.Ready to finally ditch overwhelm and learn how to gain control of your time no matter what life throws at you? DM me on Instagram the word "training" and I will send over my free training.Like what you heard here?I’d be honored and grateful if you would head over to iTunes to leave a review and let other female entrepreneurs know what you learned! While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss an episode.Overwhelmed? Frazzled? Tired of your calendar controlling you?You are in the right place! Sign up for this free, on-demand training and learn how to gain control of your time no matter what life throws at you!>>> https://www.megansumrell.com/freetraining
Saving time with Outsourcing with Michelle Fernandez
Dec 27 2022
Saving time with Outsourcing with Michelle Fernandez
Do you run your own business? Outsourcing can come in many shapes and sizes.  Today, I have Michelle Fernandez here to talk about the differences between using an agency vs. an independent contractor when you're ready to outsource tasks. She digs into how both can save you time and how to think about when to use each type.Michelle Fernandez is the founder of a boutique marketing agency specializing in fractional CMO, Facebook ads, and funnel building to create predictable growth for businesses. She is also a mom of adult twins and understands the importance of managing time to create Work + Life Harmony.Listen in as we discuss:1. What are the pros and cons of hiring an agency versus an independent contractor?2. What questions should you ask when looking for an agency to outsource tasks?3. What are the time-saving benefits of working with an agency?Michelle also has a podcast called The Traffic & Conversions Show and you can find her hanging out on Instagram at www.instagram.com/themichellefernandezLike what you heard here?I’d be honored and grateful if you would head over to iTunes to leave a review and let other female entrepreneurs know what you learned! While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss an episode.Overwhelmed? Frazzled? Tired of your calendar controlling you?You are in the right place! Sign up for this free, on-demand training and learn how to gain control of your time no matter what life throws at you!>>> https://www.megansumrell.com/freetraining
The Importance of Routines for People with ADHD to Stay Organized and Productive with Skye Rapson
Dec 13 2022
The Importance of Routines for People with ADHD to Stay Organized and Productive with Skye Rapson
Are learning time management and productivity skills a waste of time if you have ADHD? No! I am by no means an expert in this area so I brought one on the show instead. ADHD expert, Skye Rapson, joins the podcast and is an academic with over seven years of experience working in adult education. She has studied in various fields, including Psychology, Sociology, and Public Health, and is now a Doctoral Candidate in Population Health. Skye was diagnosed with ADHD at the start of her doctorate. Since then, she has dedicated time to researching and disseminating ADHD studies, focusing on supporting others with strengths-based, neurodiverse-friendly tools and systems.Skye shares some of the strategies today to build effective systems and help alleviate feelings of overwhelm and anxiety.In this episode, you will learn the following:1. How does time blindness affect people with ADHD?2. What are some strategies for externalizing time?3. How do routines help people with ADHD?If you would like to connect with Skye, head over to her website https://www.unconventionalorganisation.com/ or find her on Instagram @ unconventionalorganisation.Like what you heard here?I’d be honored and grateful if you would head over to iTunes to leave a review and let other female entrepreneurs know what you learned! While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss an episode.Overwhelmed? Frazzled? Tired of your calendar controlling you?You are in the right place! Sign up for this free, on-demand training and learn how to gain control of your time no matter what life throws at you!>>> https://www.megansumrell.com/freetraining
Having a Full Schedule Doesn't Equal a Full Life
Dec 6 2022
Having a Full Schedule Doesn't Equal a Full Life
I'm always surprised when people look at my weekly planner and see how much white space is in there. To the outside world, I appear to be a highly productive person. But the fact is, I have a lot of free time on my calendar. That's because I prioritize the things that are most important to me. And I've realized that a full calendar or full schedule does not necessarily mean that you have a full life. In fact, sometimes it can mean the opposite. If you're constantly overbooked, over-scheduled, and over-exhausted, it's time to take a step back and assess what's really important to you. That way, you can fill your life with the things that bring you joy and make you feel accomplished, content and satisfied.In this episode, you will learn the following:1. How my schedule looks more blank than you think2. The importance of removing things from your calendar that don't fill you up.3. The benefits of having large chunks of time in your life that are not full.Like what you heard here?I’d be honored and grateful if you would head over to iTunes to leave a review and let other female entrepreneurs know what you learned! While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss an episode.Overwhelmed? Frazzled? Tired of your calendar controlling you?You are in the right place! Sign up for this free, on-demand training and learn how to gain control of your time no matter what life throws at you!>>> https://www.megansumrell.com/freetraining
Setting up a space in your home that supports productivity with Amy Pottenger
Nov 15 2022
Setting up a space in your home that supports productivity with Amy Pottenger
In this episode of Work + Life Harmony, Amy Pottenger shares her expert tips on creating a dedicated space in your home for work - even if you don't have a separate room! Are you struggling to find a dedicated space to work at home? Check out these tips for setting up a work-friendly space in your home, no matter the size!"Your home is your secret weapon to achieving the life and the business that you desire."Amy Pottenger is a residential interior designer and productivity expert. She has been designing homes for over 15 years and is passionate about helping people create spaces that support their goals and improve their daily lives.In this episode, you will learn the following:How your home design impacts your daily lifeThe importance of having a dedicated space in your home for productivityHow to repurpose rooms or areas in your home to create a functional and stylish home office.You can connect with Amy at https://refreshdesign.net/ or on Instagram.  Like what you heard here? I’d be honored and grateful if you would head over to iTunes to leave a review and let other female entrepreneurs know what you learned! While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss an episode.Overwhelmed? Frazzled? Tired of your calendar controlling you?You are in the right place! Sign up for this free, on-demand training and learn how to gain control of your time no matter what life throws at you!>>> https://www.megansumrell.com/freetraining
How Planning Systems Prevent Overwhelm
Nov 1 2022
How Planning Systems Prevent Overwhelm
Planning tips and organization techniques are fantastic for getting things in order in the short term, but they aren’t enough to prevent us from feeling overwhelmed again later. That’s why we need repeatable planning systems in place, and today, I’m sharing three of these life-changing processes!Do you know the difference between planning tips or techniques and planning systems?Both are amazing and can help you out, but only one is capable of preventing you from feeling overwhelmed continually.While planning techniques give you those quick wins, they aren’t enough to stop you from feeling overwhelmed in the long run because they aren’t part of a repeatable system. That’s why, today, I’m sharing with you the three planning systems you need to keep the stress and overwhelm at bay LONG TERM!By the end of this episode, you will learn:Why planning tips feel so rewarding in the moment but don’t prevent overwhelm from creeping back inThe three continuous, repeatable planning systems I use How to start using these processes in your own life to stop feeling overwhelmedLike what you heard here?I’d be honored and grateful if you would head over to iTunes to leave a review and let other female entrepreneurs know what you learned! While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss an episode.Overwhelmed? Frazzled? Tired of your calendar controlling you?You are in the right place! Sign up for this free, on-demand training and learn how to gain control of your time no matter what life throws at you!>>> https://www.megansumrell.com/freetraining
Finding Time for Personal Development with Michelle Wolfe
Oct 25 2022
Finding Time for Personal Development with Michelle Wolfe
If you’re new to personal development, it can seem daunting at first. There is SO much to choose from, and as a busy mompreneur, how do you find TIME to fit it in? Michelle Wolfe is here to help, and she’s giving us the tips we need to make personal development an easy part of our Work + Life Harmony.When you hear the words “personal development”, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind?For many women, it’s the overwhelming feeling of having to find time for yet another thing in your schedule coupled with the confusion of not even knowing where to begin.Thankfully, today’s guest, Michelle Wolfe, is here to give us the direction we need to approach personal development from the perspective of achieving Work + Life Harmony — NOT from the stress of adding yet another thing to our plates.By the end of this conversation, you will learn:How to find time for yourself and your personal developmentWhat’s most important for you to focus on in this area as a mompreneur with a lot going on alreadyThe reasons prioritizing this kind of time for yourself really does benefit your overall work + life harmonyThen, if you’re ready for more from Michelle, follow her on Instagram at @themichellewolfe and check out her fabulous fitness apparel line, MUVE (remember to use the coupon code MUVE10 to snag your discount!).Like what you heard here?I’d be honored and grateful if you would head over to iTunes to leave a review and let other female entrepreneurs know what you learned! While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss an episode.Overwhelmed? Frazzled? Tired of your calendar controlling you?You are in the right place! Sign up for this free, on-demand training and learn how to gain control of your time no matter what life throws at you!>>> https://www.megansumrell.com/freetraining
How Planning Changes Your Personality Test Results
Oct 18 2022
How Planning Changes Your Personality Test Results
Most of us approach personality test results with the idea that they can’t be changed, but recently, I’ve seen shifts in not only my own Myers-Briggs personality type but in the types of women in my community. And today, I’m sharing how weekly planning may be impacting these changes!What is your Myers-Briggs personality type?For years, my personality test results showed I was about as INTJ as they come! However, recently, I’ve noticed that these results — specifically the first and last letter in your Myers Briggs personality type — have a direct impact on how you plan and manage your time AND that, with weekly planning, they can even shift.By the end of this episode, you will learn:The way to understand your personality test results and what it really means to be an introvert or an extrovertHow my Myers Briggs personality type has shifted over timeWhy weekly planning can change your test results — and your life!Like what you heard here?I’d be honored and grateful if you would head over to iTunes to leave a review and let other female entrepreneurs know what you learned! While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss an episode.Overwhelmed? Frazzled? Tired of your calendar controlling you?You are in the right place! Sign up for this free, on-demand training and learn how to gain control of your time no matter what life throws at you!>>> https://www.megansumrell.com/freetraining
3 Ways to Make the Holidays Less Stressful
Oct 11 2022
3 Ways to Make the Holidays Less Stressful
The holidays are on their way, and for most of us busy moms, this means a big dose of holiday stress is barreling our direction, too. Thankfully, feeling overwhelmed during November and December doesn’t have to be your norm, and today, I’m giving you the planning tips you need to make that happen!When do you start prepping for the holidays most years?Believe it or not, I usually start in September, and I’m here to tell you that, while it may seem like feeling overwhelmed is just a natural part of Q4, it does NOT have to be this way!Today, I’m sharing with you the planning tips you need to reduce holiday stress and actually enjoy this time of the year with your family and friends.By the end of this episode, you will learn:Why feeling overwhelmed during the holiday season is normal, but NOT inevitableThe three areas you can plan for ahead of time to lessen holiday stress: gift buying, scheduling, and food prep (trust me on this last one!)Key planning tips you need for each of these three areasLike what you heard here?I’d be honored and grateful if you would head over to iTunes to leave a review and let other female entrepreneurs know what you learned! While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss an episode.Overwhelmed? Frazzled? Tired of your calendar controlling you?You are in the right place! Sign up for this free, on-demand training and learn how to gain control of your time no matter what life throws at you!>>> https://www.megansumrell.com/freetraining
Managing Expected Mess vs. Clutter with Katy Wells
Oct 4 2022
Managing Expected Mess vs. Clutter with Katy Wells
Today’s guest, Katy Wells, has truly changed my life with her decluttering methods and organization tips and allowed me to stop feeling overwhelmed about the physical things in our house. I know she’ll also be a game-changer for you when it comes to finding ways to simplify and declutter your home!Is one of your goals for next year to declutter your home?Today’s guest, Katy Joy Wells, is THE expert you want to learn from on this topic, and she’s back with the organization tips you need to tackle decluttering without feeling overwhelmed.She’s also shedding light on the difference between managing expected mess and decluttering. (This was a HUGE eye-opener for me!)By the end of this conversation, you will learn:The systems and organization tips you need to confidently get more organized in 2023How to tackle large decluttering projects around your house without feeling overwhelmedThe subtle difference between expected mess and clutter — and why it mattersThen, if you’re ready for more from Katy, check out her Toy Clutter Cure.You can also follow her on Instagram at @katyjoywells and tune into her previous appearance on the Work + Life Harmony Podcast in Episode 135.Lastly (but certainly not least!), be sure to join Katy and me at my upcoming Plan-a-Palooza event on October 18th and 19th, where you will learn everything you need to declutter in 2023! Grab your ticket HERE.Like what you heard here?I’d be honored and grateful if you would head over to iTunes to leave a review and let other female entrepreneurs know what you learned! While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss an episode.Overwhelmed? Frazzled? Tired of your calendar controlling you?You are in the right place! Sign up for this free, on-demand training and learn how to gain control of your time no matter what life throws at you!>>> https://www.megansumrell.com/freetraining
Planning Large Home Projects with Tasha Agruso
Sep 27 2022
Planning Large Home Projects with Tasha Agruso
As a part of the Meet the Guest Expert series for our upcoming Plan-a-Palooza, I’m so excited to introduce you to the DIY home project guru, Tasha Agruso! She’s sharing her best project planning tips to help you stop feeling overwhelmed about the big things you want to tackle in your home.How many home projects are you currently putting off because just the thought of them leaves you stressed and feeling overwhelmed?You are definitely NOT alone in this! In fact, many women avoid large home projects altogether because they are so daunting.That’s why, today, I have the master of DIY home projects, Tasha Agruso, here to give us the actionable planning tips we need to break down large projects into manageable steps.By the end of this conversation, you will learn:How Tasha plans for large home projectsKey planning tips to help you DIY the bigger projects you’ve been avoidingThe way to maximize your time when doing home projects so you stop feeling overwhelmed and actually get things DONEThen, if you’re ready for more from Tasha, follow her and her business on Instagram @tasha.kaleidoscope and @kaleidoscope_living.And be sure to join Tasha and me at my upcoming Plan-a-Palooza event on October 18th and 19th, where you will learn her entire home project planning system! Grab your ticket HERE.Like what you heard here?I’d be honored and grateful if you would head over to iTunes to leave a review and let other female entrepreneurs know what you learned! While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss an episode.Overwhelmed? Frazzled? Tired of your calendar controlling you?You are in the right place! Sign up for this free, on-demand training and learn how to gain control of your time no matter what life throws at you!>>> https://www.megansumrell.com/freetraining
The #1 Way to Stop Procrastination In It Tracks
Sep 20 2022
The #1 Way to Stop Procrastination In It Tracks
If you think you’re the only person battling procrastination, you’re dead wrong. EVERYONE deals with this, and there’s a good reason the productivity tips you’ve been trying aren’t helping! If you’re ready to stop procrastination for good, you need the #1 strategy in today’s episode. When was the last time you found yourself feeling overwhelmed because of procrastination?Whether or not we’d like to admit it, we ALL have some work to do when it comes to procrastination.That’s why, this week, we’re talking about how to stop procrastination and why all of the productivity tips and tools in the world won't work without this #1 key strategy! By the end of this episode, you will learn:The two reasons it’s so hard to stop procrastination and why it leaves us feeling overwhelmed What doesn’t work when it comes to putting an end to our procrastinating The #1 productivity tip you need to kick procrastination to the curb for goodLike what you heard here?I’d be honored and grateful if you would head over to iTunes to leave a review and let other female entrepreneurs know what you learned! While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast, so you don’t miss an episode.Overwhelmed? Frazzled? Tired of your calendar controlling you?You are in the right place! Sign up for this free, on-demand training and learn how to gain control of your time no matter what life throws at you!>>> https://www.megansumrell.com/freetraining
Why You are Always Winning the Game You Are Playing with Mindi Huebner
Sep 13 2022
Why You are Always Winning the Game You Are Playing with Mindi Huebner
Annual planning time is here, so I’m once again chatting with one of my favorite podcast guests, Mindi Huebner, as we dive into how to master your mindset while creating your long-term plans and priorities. Because we all know that no matter how great our plans, nothing works without the right mindset!How many times do you start working towards a new goal or plan with your intentions and priorities in check, only to have your mind completely derail you?Don’t worry, I’ve been there, too, and know firsthand that it’s hard to make progress on even the best thought-out plans when we don’t have the right things in place between our ears.That’s why, today, I’m bringing back the incredible Mindi Huebner, who is here to help you master your mindset when it comes to long-term goals and annual planning. By the end of this conversation, you will learn:Why those voices in your head and your “internal clutter” always seem to derail you and your prioritiesThe way to approach annual planning and long-term goals in a way that will work for youHow to finally stop self-sabotaging, own your identity, and master your mindsetThen, if you’re ready for more from Mindy, be sure to check out her previous appearances on the podcast in Episode 102 on habit stacking, Episode 34 on mastering your outcomes, and Episode 10 on living your life on purpose. You can also follow her on Instagram @mindihuebner.And be sure to join Mindi and me at my upcoming Plan-a-Palooza event on October 18th and 19th! Grab your ticket HERE.Like what you heard here?I’d be honored and grateful if you would head over to iTunes to leave a review and let other female entrepreneurs know what you learned! While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast, so you don’t miss an episode.Overwhelmed? Frazzled? Tired of your calendar controlling you?You are in the right place! Sign up for this free, on-demand training and learn how to gain control of your time no matter what life throws at you!>>> https://www.megansumrell.com/freetraining