5 Life-Changing Books Busy Moms Must Read To Combat Overwhelm

As a busy mom, it’s not easy to find time to curl up with a book, but I do try to squeeze in at least a chapter a day, especially for the life-changing takeaways in these books. So I thought I’d share the books that I think busy moms absolutely must read to combat overwhelm.

I have always been an avid reader, and I am trying to cultivate a love of reading in my girls as well.

Easier said than done, I know…



I figure one of the best ways to teach is by example, plus it’s a great excuse to indulge in my favorite hobby!

We don’t stick to just one format – so you’ll see options for e-readers, book subscriptions, and “real” books. Just keep in mind that if something piques your interest, you can probably find it in a number of formats! And just in case you don’t already have a Kindle or other e-reader, check this out: – Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices


The 5 Choices is one of my favorite books on balance and productivity that’s out there. If you feel like you are too busy to be productive – take the time to learn the concepts in this easy read and finally feel like you can gain control of your life once and for all. Being able to clarify my roles and priorities has really been life-changing!

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Declutter Your Mind is the definitive handbook for getting rid of the mental clutter that has been causing you overwhelm. If you want to stop the stress and stop the negative thinking once and for all, grab a copy of this book to learn how to take control of your mind and use your thoughts to your advantage.

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The Worry Trick is a must read if worry and anxiety are interfering with your quality of life. Part humor and anecdotes, this book was written by a PhD and provides real solutions that can be integrated into your everyday life to overcome worry.

Unwind is delivered in classic FranklinCovey style, with easily implemented tips and 7 specific paradigm shifts aimed at eliminating the root cause of daily stresses. This book offered a great perspective about how changing your mindset about how you approach life can greatly decrease stress levels overall.

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Only Love Today is a collection of shorter essays and reminders to dwell in love, many of which appeared originally on her blog. It would make a perfect gift for a busy mom for Mother’s Day, but I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to decrease their stress and trying to be more present. Rachel is the Hands-Free Mama and her latest collection is full of short essays on a variety of aspects of life.

If you read as much as I do, then you know how convenient it is to have books available across multiple formats.

Try looking for one of these life-changing books for busy moms on an audiobook service or at your local library!


Have you read any of these books, or are there any you think I should add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!


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Supermoms Systemize Everything! (2 Tips to Get You Started Now)

How to Systemize Everything

If you’ve ever looked at another mom & wondered how she manages to get it all done, the answer just might surprise you.

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It’s true.

The most productive people all have one thing in common: they don’t reinvent the wheel every day.

Instead, they’ve figured out the best, most efficient way to do every task, & they create a system to do just that.

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No matter what business you’re in & what projects you find yourself tackling, a systemized approach will help you:

  • Work faster & produce more
  • Produce higher quality results with fewer mistakes
  • Easily outsource the tasks you don’t like to do

The Magic of Templates

How many times do you answer email from potential clients?

What about responding to customer complaints?

Or mailing your JV partners about an upcoming launch?

All of these tasks & more become effortless when you create fill-in-the-blank templates that can be repurposed for specific uses.

Templates can be as simple as a “canned response” set up in your email, or you can use software such as Text Expander (for Mac) or Phrase Express (for Windows).

You could even create a template document in Dropbox* or Google Drive to house all of your templates for easier access from any device.

While templates will undoubtedly save you time, the real beauty is that once they’re created, you can easily outsource things like email & even sales or other administrative tasks.

Simply instruct your assistant or VA on the proper use of your templates, & you’ll be free to do other, more important things.

Checklists Prevent Mistakes

It might seem counterintuitive, but when you perform the same tasks over & over again, it’s easy to miss a critical step.

You might think you paid your affiliates this month—you might even remember doing it—only to look back to see it was never completed!


But once you implement checklists, it’s suddenly much more difficult to miss an important task.

You can easily create checklists for all of your common tasks & projects using nothing more than a text document.

I like to create them in Google Docs and be able to have access from anywhere thanks to my Google Drive folders.

If you’re managing a team, checklists shared between team members allow you to see exactly what tasks are complete & which are still outstanding. 

You can create a project management spreadsheet in Google Drive, or utilize a collaborative tool such as Asana or Trello* to streamline communication.




Templates & checklists can turn you into a productivity superstar, & it’s so easy to get started!

  • The next time you answer an email you’ve answered before, save your response.
  • The next time you set up a new product in your shopping cart or create a new opt-in page, take the time to record the steps.

These documents will make future projects easier and faster to complete, & best of all, you can hand them off to your future assistant to do instead.

What ideas do you have that make it easy to systemize tasks in your life? Let me know in the comments 🙂


How To Set SMART Goals to Achieve Your Dreams (Plus SMART Goals Worksheet)

Stop Talking about Your Goals Like They’re Dreams…Make Them Come True By Setting SMART Goals Instead!

You’ve probably heard of SMART goals before…and that’s because it’s a formula that works.

Download the SMART Goals Worksheet to guide you through setting your own SMART Goals!

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According to a research study on goal setting by the Statistic Brain Research Institute, a staggering 92 percent of people that set New Year’s goals never actually achieve them. What a bummer!!!

Setting SMART Goals, in turn, provides a structure to self­-regulation by helping people to organize, prioritize and manage their motives (Affiliate Link – Shah & Kruglanski, Handbook of Motivation Science). They go on to describe detailed methods for structuring goals, which can be summarized for most of us within the SMART Goal Setting framework.

That’s some impressive science to back up goal setting! And yet it’s something we’re never taught exactly how to do. But the statistics don’t lie, and they make a strong argument for getting good at setting SMART goals and making a habit of it.


A 1953 Harvard Business Study, which may or may not be the result of internet lore, found that the 3% of graduates from their MBA who had their goals written down, ended up earning ten times as much as the other 97% put together, just ten years after graduation. Just another reason to get your SMART Goals Worksheet for free 🙂

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Here’s an overview of setting SMART Goals:

SPECIFIC – Your goal needs to be written out precisely & you need to know the WHY behind your goal…some benefit or emotional attachment that will keep you focused.

For example, your goal might be to earn $1,000 per month through your side hustle to pay off all of your debt by the end of the year.

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MEASURABLE – This is where your journal comes into play. It works like a report card and a method to measure what you want to accomplish and what you have actually accomplished. If your goal cannot be quantified, then you won’t know when you have succeeded!

An example of a measurable goal would be “I want to deposit an additional 100 dollars per week to our bank account. I’ll accomplish this by writing five 500-word articles each week for a life coach.”

ACTIONABLE / ACHIEVABLE – There are different things that “A” can stand for, but it’s usually actionable or achievable. In order to achieve anything, you must take action. So, make your goal actionable, where you do something each day that will eventually result in an accomplished goal.

Goals should also be achievable
or you will quickly get frustrated. Be accurate about the time it takes to reach a goal, and what actions it takes to get there. Also, if there is a delegated task, know who will be responsible for doing it.

REALISTIC / RELEVANT – “R” can stand for realistic or relevant, and both are important. If you want your goal to succeed, it should most certainly be realistic or you will fail.

If you’re currently making $500 a week and your goal is to increase that to $12,500 in 90 days, that’s not realistic. However, you may be able to increase it by $300.

Once you achieve that milestone goal and are earning $800 a week, you can set a new goal to increase your income by another $500 a week or something similar.

Your goal should also be relevant to your life’s vision and match your values. There’s no point in making or achieving goals that have no relevance to your long-term life goals. You could instead use that time to reach goals that get you one step closer to actually reaching your life goals. So always ask yourself if the goal is relevant to your life goals.

TIME BOUND / TIMELY / TRACKABLE – Various authors refer to the “T” in the SMART goal setting framework as time-bound, timely or trackable. All of these T’s are important parts of the goal creating and setting process. If you don’t set a time limit and you can’t track what is happening, your goal will be hard to quantify or show as achieved.

To help you work through creating and setting SMART goals, download the SMART Goals Worksheet below!


Quick Recap:

How do you set SMART Goals?

  1. Goals should be Specific
  2. Goals should be Measurable
  3. Goals should be Actionable/ Achievable
  4. Goals should be Realistic/ Relevant
  5. Goals should be Timebound/ Timely/ Trackable

I can’t wait to hear about your success at setting effective goals for yourself using the SMART Goals Worksheet!


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