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029: The Simple Way to Plan Ahead, Get Organised and Find Your Me Time | Nicole Avery

When you plan for the things that are expected, the unexpected becomes far easier to manage

[Nicole Avery]


In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday, we’ll be talking about the value of planning when you have kids. Now I know organising your everyday life – creating routines, setting up systems, sorting your cupboards – may seem time-consuming and dull, but stay with me on this one, because seriously, it’s a gift that keeps on giving.

My guest today is SuperMum Nicole Avery

Nicole lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and five gorgeous kids ranging from 7 to 17 years old. She more than most knows the importance of organising the chaos of family life, and by pulling together her business know-how, hands of experience as the mum of five, and the things she’s learned from other families to bring us ‘Planning with Kids’. She’s written a book by the same, is a sought-after speaker, and has created a blog, a podcast, a menu planner app, an e-course called ‘Planning and Present’.

Today Nicole will teach us why careful planning acts as a safety blanket in our life as a busy mum. Mess and disorganisation brings and extra layer of stress to our lives and so planning for the known components of family life means you are better able to cope with the whole host of unknowns that family life constantly throws up at you.

Nicole leads by example because although she has a tribe of kids and a busy family life, as well as running a business, she still finds time to run marathons and carves out relaxed and fun time with her children.

I’m really grateful that Nicole has agreed to talk to us today because she will share with us the simple way to plan ahead, get organised and find your me time.

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In this episode, you’ll find out:

  • The huge impact that planning will have on your life, despite it feeling mundane and dull
  • How, with good planning you can get your mornings to be stress-free and run like clockwork
  • The areas of your life that you can automate and how to get great systems in place
  • How reducing the need to continually make choices, you can energise yourself by reducing decision fatigue
  • How to deal with the overwhelm of getting organised if you’re starting from scratch
  • How to be more conscious about the use of your time, which free’s up time for more important things
  • How to plan in time for yourself to achieve your own goals, despite being a really busy mum




 Hope you enjoy todays show!


What do you think?

If you have a question or want some advice from a super organised mum of five who finds plenty of me time and family time due to careful planning, ask away.

So let us know in the comments. What areas of your life are disorganised? How can you streamline and systematise your life to start finding some space for other things?

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

NICOLE’S WEBSITE: Planning with Kids 

NICOLE’S BOOK:  Planning with Kids: A Guide to Organising the Chaos and Making Time for Family Fun

NICOLE ON FACEBOOK: Planning with Kids

SUPERMUM PODCAST EPISODE: 012: How to Retain your Willpower, Right through ’til Bath Time

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller

FIND TODAY’S SHOW AT:  www.Lisa-York.com/029

Lisa York

Lisa believes a happy mum brings up happy kids who become happy adults. With four children aged 7, 6, 4 and 2, being kind to herself is an ongoing challenge. But she’s trying.

Lisa lives with her family in Canberra, Australia.

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5 replies
  1. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    Wonderful to hear that even organised mums can learn more. It must be very welcome to get the kids to plan dinner!

  2. Elaine
    Elaine says:

    Sorry for the delay in posting, but I LOVED this podcast. I think of myself as organised, but now I can be even more so! Love the website Nicole. I want to sit and read it all, so I’ve ordered your book so I can dip in and out of it. The family menu planner is in circulation to get everyone to enter their choices. Feeling very excited! Thank you you two x

  3. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    It was a privilege having you on the show Nicole. Such fun talking about all things planning!

  4. Nicole Avery
    Nicole Avery says:

    Thanks so much for having me on your podcast Lisa – it was a pleasure to chat with you!

  5. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    What areas of your life are disorganised?
    How can you streamline and systematise your life to start finding some space for other things?

    Have your say in the comments

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