How I Build my Essential Oil Business in 3 hrs a Day (or less!)

Hello! Today’s topic is mostly for my business partners, but instead of only posting it in our Facebook support groups, I figured I’d share it here so network marketing professionals in other companies can benefit from it.

So, building a business in 3 hours a day – sounds too good to be true? The truth is, most network marketers build their businesses on extremely part time hours around their full times jobs and family time, usually working during those dead hours of the week most people spend watching TV or scrolling through social media (I haven’t been a TV person for years, so that part’s easy for me. But if it’s not easy for you to give up, don’t worry, the time you “lost” watching TV – aka invested in your future – will be well worth it).

As a stay a home mom without a daily babysitter, I sometimes barely have a chance to make food to eat (much less to eat it). But my income more than doubled last year, and that’s typical of moms in my company. How do we do it? We make our plan, and stick to it. Here’s mine, for a typical workday. Keep in mind you can do this 5 days a week, or 1 day a week, as long as you’re consistent, it will work. I’ve pared it down to the essentials – the revenue producing activities – that really count.

Hour 1 (before kids wake up):

30 mins personal development (read a book like Go Pro by Eric Worre, The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, or the like)

30 mins in your back office (checking numbers and planning who you will call today, praying over your customers and business partners, reviewing scripts, and planning what you’ll say when you call them).

Hour 2 (naptime and/or while pushing baby in the stroller – sometimes this is split between naptime and stroller for me):

On the phone following up with customers, contacts, and/or business partners, or

Teaching a class/product experience or

1-on-1 meeting with potential customer

Hour 3 (after dinner):

Prep for upcoming classes/product experiences/events you’re involved in

Answering emails

Teach webinars/online product experiences

Attend webinars for company-specific training or further product education

Schedule social media posts (try to schedule 2-3 days’ worth at a time)

Blog (if you have one)

That’s it!

But what if you only have 2 hrs a day? Then perform the Hour 3 tasks either a) only on days you do have a 3rd hour, or b) reduce each hour to 40 minutes and spend a little less time on each task. That’s the beauty of network marketing – you go at your own pace, and as long as you keep moving, you’ll be successful!

*I only have one child, so make adjustments if you have multiple kids. Also, this schedule works with my daughter’s current age (1.5 yrs) but will have to be adjusted as she grows up and does different activities/drops a nap/etc.

**This schedule is assuming you will prep meals, plan errands all for one day, and other time-saving habits to ensure you’re using the minimal time you have wisely. I’d plan for a babysitter (or husband or sister or friend) to take the kids for 2 hrs, once a week, so you can meal prep and write out your schedule for the next week. Then, you can pull homemade pancakes out of the freezer in the morning to feed the kids, and put dinner the slow cooker in just a few minutes time, to save huge amounts of time during the weekdays.

Was that helpful? Would you add anything to the key tasks I listed? Let me know in the comments!

(Mostly) Gluten-free Meal Planning

Hey everyone! Happy Easter weekend 🙂 Any fun plans? We’re running errands today, and are headed to church tomorrow morning then lunch with the family ❤

Since the groceries stores will be closed tomorrow (Sunday’s our regular shopping day), we’re meal planning grocery shopping today. One of the ways I’m prepping for the baby’s birth in August is by going (mostly) gluten and sugar free for the 3rd trimester, to strengthen my body’s cells to make for birth that’s less traumatic to my body and quicker to recover from. I’m still 3 weeks away from trimester 3, but I figured I’d gradually make the diet changes instead of going cold turkey at Week 27. Plus I need to build up my GF/SF recipe book before I find myself on a hungry rampage through the kitchen without GF/SF options to choose from! 😉

Here’s the plan:

Breakfasts (in addition to the usual eggs, GF toast, smoothies, oatmeal)

Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars (I printed the recipe somewhere years ago…I’ll post it when I make them)

Sticky Monkey Buns (not GF/SF in the slightest…these are for my husband!! lol)

Lunches

Polenta Pizza

Leftovers

Sandwiches on GF focaccia!! Can’t wait to make this bread!

Dinners

Grilled Chicken with artichokes (excellent how-to cook demo here)

Spaghetti & Meatballs with homemade sauce

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Sausage and Cheesy Polenta

Quinoa-Garbanzo Bean Salad

Desserts

Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge (for Easter lunch. Recipe from Money Saving Mom)

1 cup natural peanut butter
4 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons maple syrup
4 ounces quality dark chocolate (I used Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Cream peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and salt together in a bowl. Pour mixture into a foil-lined 8×8 baking dish.

Top with chocolate chips or chopped chocolate and freeze for at least two hours.

Remove from freeze and remove fudge from foil. Cut into one-inch squares and and store in an airtight freezer bag.

Makes 20 servings.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Annnd an update on the bump, cause it’s week 24 and I’m in love with this little baby (except when I stand up and instantly have to pee…)

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Have a blessed Easter, friends!

❤ Gina

A Walk In the Park + Organizing Files

Hi! How’s your Thursday going? I love Thursdays–they feel like the start of the weekend for me, because once inorganic chemistry lab is over around 10:30am, I’m done with classes for the week!

Yesterday I took my stir-crazy dog for a walk through a neighborhood behind the one we live in.  Ours is pretty small, and the townhouses all look the same, so I’m all about exploring other parts of the neighborhood for a more visually interesting walk.

About 20 minutes from home, this is what we found:

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…at the end of the road was a private park hidden deep within the neighborhood! Complete with playground, basketball court, volleyball court, open field, benches, and dock overlooking a lake.

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(pics were taken from my iPhone, while on my armband that I wear when walking/running, hence the crooked-ness, lol)

We explored the park for a while, but since there was no water (and no bathrooms 😦 ) me and Rita headed home. By that time, we’d been out for 45 minutes, and in the hot Florida sun, that = instant tan! Pretty much the first time my skin’s seen the sunlight since before winter 😉 I’ll definitely be taking walks more often now that I’ve discovered a fun route.

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The most recent part of my newlywed home improvement list was to set up a file box and organize the massive piles of paper that were collecting on every flat surface in the house!

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This was a small, small portion of the problem (well, my husband didn’t seem to think it was a problem…lol). Our solution was a box we picked up for a few dollars at IKEA, and file folders from Wal-mart.

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And voila! A super cheap, very efficient method for us to keep everything in order.

Up next on our list: creating a Spend Plan (and applying it!). I’ve been reading Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey, and after a talk on finances with our pre-marital/marriage counselors (we counseled before the wedding and continued after–an invaluable part of prep and maintenance of a healthy marriage, IMHO, but we’ll talk about that another time), we really saw the need to tell our money where to go at the beginning of the month (instead of tracking where it went at the end of the month like we used to do).

Number one priority: paying ourselves at the start of the month. I’m talking about SAVINGS! I’m one of those people who really gets a thrill out of saving money (mostly watching the dollar amount grow every month!), and one of our goals is to purchase a house without a life-long mortgage attached, so now’s the time to get ready for that.

After we’ve ironed out the Spend Plan, maybe I’ll post some tips and ideas to get your own Spend Plan started.

On to dinner! We’re making Mac-N-Cheese tonight–yummy!

TTYL, ❤ Gina