Today I have a guest interview, which I love to do! Molly Gold is the developer of an exciting company called GoMom! She offers planners for busy moms like us that are as beautiful as they are practical. She is also giving away one of her products... read on to learn more!
Molly, I have to say I love your company and what you are doing to help moms get organized and stay organized. Can you tell us how GoMom got started?
I was rocking my first born one afternoon...he was about 8 months old...and the layout for the planner was clear in my mind. As a new stay at home mom, coming from a meeting planner background, I couldn't figure out what was missing in my productivity and was dumbfounded that there wasn't a planner out there focused just on Moms. I played around with the idea in my head, talked to moms at playgroup, and fiddled with how we could do it for the next 4 years and after a New Year's Resolutions challenge from good friends, came to market in March of 2000.
What is one of your favorite time management tips for busy moms?
My favorite tip is to first map out your family schedule and then work in yourself. Might seem backwards, but when you do this, you can see if your family is overcommitted, how you might be able to rearrange things for less stress, and it also keeps your commitment to your family foremost in your mind when you choose to commit your own time. You really see how you impact each other.
How do you balance a business and your family?
Just as hectic as the next girl! I find I'm most productive, and guilt free, during the school year because without my children home, I can hyper focus. I challenge myself to work really smart during those family free windows. And then I find that if I focus entirely on them from afterschool hours to bedtime, we get to bed on time and if I want to work a few more hours between 9 and 11, again its hyper focused and very efficient.
What is your favorite product you offer? (I know, it's like asking you to pick a favorite child!)
Probably our wirebound simply because its the core format that was introduced at Target in 2004 and it seems to work best for the broadest number of Moms. I do have a soft spot for the school organizer because it really has helped me to stay disciplined about not keeping more paper than I have to when it comes to that area of my life.
What is your vision/mission for GoMom?
GO MOM!'s mission is to make positive mothering a daily reality one Mom at a time. We believe passionately that intentional scheduling will lead both Moms and the families they love to a more balanced and joy filled life and we aim to offer them the educational and product resources they need to do just that. As moms are getting back into the swing of school, what advice do you have for them? Well, its straight from our overview, but its the core of our success. Apply the GO MOM! Schedule. Organize. Grow. formula and give yourself 4 to 6 weeks to settle in. First, work with a schedule that monitors all family members and provide structure and a sense of order. Second, use your new found time to better organize your home and the way your families lives within it. Finally, enjoy the success found in both committing and protecting time by making room in your life for the joy that comes from spending time together. Know in your heart that raising your family is truly the most important job any woman can ever have and rise to the challenge.
Thanks Molly for stopping by today!
Molly is giving away a copy of her School Organizer to one lucky winner! So, if you would like to win it, leave a comment sharing one organization tip that has worked for you. I will randomly choose a winner on Friday.
To see the School Organizer (and some of her other products), go to this link: