5 Things Successful Mom Bosses Do

5 Things Successful Mom Bosses Do

A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to attend a super fun event with other bloggers and Mom Bosses that were totally inspiring to me. I always love hearing how successful women became successful and what they do to stay that way. And because I’m such a super generous and thoughtful person (ha!), I partnered with STARTplanner to share some tips that I have learned with you!

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Mom Bosses Set Goals. Mom bosses have a dream and a vision of what they want to achieve and where they want to be. They set big goals and mini goals that will help them meet the big ones. Mom bosses’ goals are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely). Sure, they shoot for the stars but they make sure what they’re working for is possible and has a deadline.

Mom Bosses Plan. They don’t just some goals and hope that it happens. They make plans and put in work. They prioritize, block time, and get it done. When their plans don’t work, they course-correct and make new ones.

Mom Bosses Integrate. There’s no such thing as “work-life balance” anymore, my friends. “Work-life integration” is the new normal. I’ll never forget when the president of my company said to stop managing two separate calendars; “You only have one life,” he said, “you should only have one calendar.” Mom bosses realize that sometimes work will take more time than life and vise versa, but they integrate the two together in order to try to find some sort of harmony. They don’t try to separate, they integrate.

Mom Bosses Stay Accountable. They tell others what their goals are and they find accountability partners to help them stay the course. They hold others accountable, too, and share their wisdom and learnings along the way.

Mom Bosses Write it Down and START. They know they can’t possibly remember everything and need to keep themselves on track. And, they start. Today. They don’t wait.

So, is it possible that there is one centralized place that Mom Bosses can keep track of everything? Well, I’m so glad you asked because the answer is YES! I’m so glad I have been introduced to the 2017 Hustle Planner by STARTplanner and I can’t wait for 2017 to get here so I can use it! STARTplanner cares about all aspects of your life and has included pages for all of it. Because I love it so much, here are some photos to show you some of the different ways the STARTplanner Hustle Daily Planner helps Mom Bosses do all the things mentioned above. This thing is chock full of goodies and this is only some of what’s in there! And, can we talk about how gorgeous it is?! The cover design was hand painted by Hannah Joiner Crosby (who I got to meet and she is super talented and super sweet).


Located just north of Atlanta (ATL whoop!), STARTplanner was founded just 18 months ago by a couple of amazing Mom Bosses who have already taken the planner community by storm. I got to meet co-founder, Kristy Dickerson, and she’s amazing. STARTplanner makes daily and weekly planners and fun organizational accessories. The planners are jam-packed with everything you need to help you succeed in your personal and professional life. STARTplanner empowers individuals to get organized to chase their dreams and the company stands behind the belief that all aspects of ones’ life have to work in tandem to succeed.

Don’t wait to become a Mom Boss. START today! Use code PENCILMESHANNON for a free set of “Like a Boss” pencils with your STARTplanner purchase!

2017 will be the year of the Mom Bosses, STARTing with you.

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  1. December 26, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    Ha ha awesome post! Love your blog!

    • December 27, 2016 / 12:22 am

      Thank you SO much!

  2. December 5, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    Obsessing over this planner. It’s so pretty! It’s definitely on my wish list

    • December 5, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      It’s a great buy for sure!

  3. December 5, 2016 / 7:09 am

    I have so much on my to-do list; this post was definitely something I needed to hear. Not to mention that STARTPlanner sounds phenomenal!

    • December 5, 2016 / 7:41 am

      You should totally get one!!

  4. December 5, 2016 / 5:55 am

    Yess! Especially the START is important, we can talk or plan many things but as long as we don´t start executing it serves no purpose. Great post from a great mom boss!

    • December 5, 2016 / 6:34 am

      Thanks so much, my friend! Starting is key!

  5. December 4, 2016 / 11:52 pm

    Yes, I totally agree. Having an accountability partner makes a huge difference!

  6. December 3, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    What a great idea this planner!!!

    • December 4, 2016 / 1:28 am

      It’s a great one!

  7. December 3, 2016 / 6:12 am

    That planner is just beautiful, and I love all your tips…I especially like what the president of your company said! Such wise words!!

    • December 4, 2016 / 1:28 am

      Thank you! He’s definitely very wise!

    • December 2, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Yes! That’s the best part!

  8. itsahero
    December 2, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    I NEED one!

    • December 2, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Yes girl! You totally do!

  9. twoboysonepup
    December 2, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Love that planner! I need to pick one up!

    • December 2, 2016 / 3:48 pm

      You totally should!

  10. December 2, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    These planners look ahhhmazing! I love the work-life integration, too – so true that you have to integrate it all!

    • December 2, 2016 / 3:48 pm

      Yes, girl! Balance is impossible!

  11. December 2, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    I haven’t seen this planner! Love it.

    • December 2, 2016 / 3:11 pm

      Check it out – you’ll love it for sure!

  12. Latasha
    December 2, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    Yesss! I love love love the planner! and Yaaay for Mom bosses!! 🙂
    Let’s set those plans and ROCK ’em out! 🙂

    • December 2, 2016 / 3:11 pm

      Yassssssss Queen!! Yasss!

  13. December 2, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    Great post, I love the planner and the tips. I’m not a planner, I like to fly on the seat of my pants like a flying monkey.

    • December 2, 2016 / 3:10 pm

      Haha! I used to be like a crazy planner and have become more laid back but I definitely need something to keep me on track these days.

  14. December 2, 2016 / 12:15 pm

    Really cute planner and great tips! Love those thoughts on work/life balance 🙂

    • December 2, 2016 / 12:16 pm

      Thanks girl! You need one of these!

  15. December 2, 2016 / 11:54 am

    Holla!!! Keep crushing it friend!!! Great pictures too!!!

    • December 2, 2016 / 12:06 pm

      Thanks so much, Kristy! You inspire me!

  16. December 2, 2016 / 11:44 am

    LOVE this post, not just because I’m partial to STARTplanner, but I love every single thing you said. And I’m loving the “work-life integration”! That is so wise…and so true. I’m not a mom, yet, still trying to nail down being a wife, but this is so applicable for anyone who works. Learning how to integrate my two schedules might just be my new goal for 2017! Thanks, Shannon! Enjoy your new Hustle😁

    • December 2, 2016 / 12:06 pm

      Thank you, Kara! I can’t wait to use it! And yes, girl! So applicable for everyone!

    • December 2, 2016 / 11:07 am

      Thanks for reading! !

  17. December 2, 2016 / 9:44 am

    START. I’ve got to sit down, write it down, and GO. I love these planners – especially the size! Headed to check them out! Thanks for sharing!

    • December 2, 2016 / 9:52 am

      Yassss! I hope you love it!

  18. Five for the Road
    December 2, 2016 / 7:50 am

    Great list! I love integrating work and home. I never thought about it that way but now it seems so obvious. I’m going to put my calendars together today!!

    • December 2, 2016 / 9:52 am

      Thank you! That’s great! Makes life less confusing!

  19. December 1, 2016 / 11:18 pm

    This post is inspiring and that planner looks ah-mazing!

    • December 1, 2016 / 11:20 pm

      Thanks, girl! It is!

  20. December 1, 2016 / 11:01 pm

    What a beautiful planner! I really want to start off the year with this kind of focus!

    • December 1, 2016 / 11:15 pm

      Yasssss girl! Get one!

  21. kozyandco
    December 1, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    I love this post, it’s so inspiring! That planner is gorgeous too!

    • December 1, 2016 / 11:15 pm

      Thanks, girl! I highly recommend it!

  22. December 1, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    This planner looks amazing! I blogged about a planner today, too!! 🙂

  23. December 1, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    I love this planner so much! Can’t wait to get mine!!! Great things moms do!

    • December 1, 2016 / 11:18 pm

      Yes girl! You’re gonna love it!

  24. December 1, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    This planner is so pretty! I need to get started making my goals for 2017!!

    • December 1, 2016 / 11:19 pm

      It’s never too early! Thanks!

  25. December 1, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Love the planner, I need a new one for the coming year, do you have info on these?

    • December 1, 2016 / 11:20 pm

      Hi! Yes, I have one and it’s awesome! Visit this link –> goo.gl/AInwF3 to learn more and order one!

  26. December 1, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Gorgeous! I love the gold edges

    • December 1, 2016 / 11:20 pm

      Thanks for reading!

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