Here are the questions and comments I get most often through either email or the comment section on this blog.
- How do you do so much?
- Do you ever sleep?
- You’re great. You do so much and your house is always perfect.
- You have too much time on your hands/I wish I had as much time on my hands as you do.
O.K. let me address those with you right now.
How do you do so much?
I had to give this one a lot of thought because even though it seems like an easy question it really isn’t. There are several things that factor into my accomplishing as many things as I do.
- I plan. I automatically think of a project, compile a list of what steps I need to take to get to the end of the project. Automatically. It just happens in my brain like magic. This isn’t because my brain is magical (although it does run in the family, one of my sisters actually had a unicorn horn grow out of her forehead … if that’s not proof of a magical brain I don’t know what is). It happens because I have used the same planning techniques over and over for so long that I can apply them to any project or goal instantly.
- I don’t wait for someone to help me. If I waited for someone to help me to do everything I wanted to do I’d never get anything done. I’d spend my whole life sitting around waiting for help.
- I’m able to motivate myself. This is where a lot of people get into trouble doing things. They can’t motivate themselves beyond the dreaming of something phase. Or they motivate themselves right to the middle of a project but can’t go any further.
Do you ever sleep?
- I sleep between 6 and 8 hours a night depending on how long I work into the night or how excited I am to wake up in the morning to start on something. Seriously. That’s how much I love doing stuff. I wake up early so I can get to it.
So how can I do as much as I do and still sleep 6-8 hours a night? 1) no kids. 2) no husband 3) it’s my job. Having said that, when I did have a husband (and I use the term loosely) and even when I had a full time job as a television host and writer I still did more than most people. Ask anyone that worked with me. They’ll confirm it. I get ridiculously excited over accomplishing things. There’s the actual “thing” itself to love whether it’s an organized closet that you know will save you time and aggravation, or the fire pit you’ve always wanted to build, PLUS there’s the bizarre high of accomplishing something.
You’re great! You do so much and your house is always perfect.
- Not much to say here except YUP! I’m great and my house is always perfect. Also I never toot, birds land on me when I walk outside a la Snow White and my hair is a natural shade of champagne platinum.
- I’d like to inform you all that my house is not even CLOSE to always being perfect. Ask any of my friends or relatives. You can’t expect to do all the stuff that I do (or you want to do) and have absolutely everything perfect. Once you free yourself of that notion you’ll be on your way to getting way more stuff done. For instance, 3 years ago when I decided to build a chicken coop, for the entire time the inside of my house was a disaster. I just didn’t have the time or energy to keep it nice. If I had worried about this I probably would have eye twitched myself right into the looney bin. You have to teach yourself to NOT care if one thing slides in order to make another thing stick.
You have too much time on your hands.
- This one annoys me to no end. We all have the exact amount of time in every day. And we all decide how we choose to spend that time. Sure you might not think you have time to make some ridiculous stack of rainbow coloured pancakes because there’s no value in it to you. While I on the other hand might think I don’t have time to spend an afternoon shopping for shoes. Because that doesn’t have value for me (although my mother wishes it did). It’s not about who has more time. It’s about what you perceive as a valuable use of your time.
Kay, now it’s time for me to pitch my next live, online video workshop titled “The Art of Doing MORE Stuff”. Because it ain’t that hard. Any of it. You really can do all (or at least most) of the things you’ve always wanted to do but just didn’t get around to. Things that will make you happy, fulfilled, excited, accomplished and just plain better than your neighbours. You just need a little guidance and a lot of motivating. That’s where I come in. I’m the gentle ass kicker you need.
Cassie (who works on the video courses with me) and I decided this was the perfect way to launch the series of live video courses I’ll be doing this year. (Seed starting coming up in early April!) We’ve spent months going over content and what we think will work best for you to help you get some shit done. All those Pins you’ve pinned, or the kitchen renovation or the vegetable garden you always thought you were going to have but never got around to. This workshop, which will include 3 live, hour long, video sessions with me (and an evening on your own doing a workbook) is designed to help you GET MORE STUFF DONE. It’ll be one part practical information, one part SERIOUS motivation for you and one part accountability.
Day 1 – Live video with me. On this night I’ll give you all of the practical tools and techniques I use to get both small and big projects accomplished. I will be a motivating fool throughout and by the end of the hour you’ll be scrambling to get to whatever it is you’ve been putting off for years.
Day 2 – You fill out your workbook alone from the comfort of your home. Your workbook will help decide what it is you really want to get done along with a calendar to plan it out.
Day 3 – Live video with me. This session is where you’ll get to ask all the questions you want so I can help you reach your Doing Stuff goal.
Day 4 – Live video with me. This is the accountability day. Where you get to brag to me and everyone else about what you got done. I’ll also help walk you through problems that may have come up. (Day 4 of the workshop takes place 2 weeks after the first portion of the workshop is finished)
Interested? Click on over here to learn more about the workshop and sign up for the workshop.
Make this the year you actually GET. STUFF. DONE.