How I Do Less to Achieve More

Thanks so much for your engagement with my blog last week. You have been telling me that you want to live a life of true success — not of shallow achievement and shiny objects–but one full of the good stuff–the real stuff. You want to get great results, have great relationships, and maintain a resilience that will sustain you for the long-haul. You want to live a truly great life.

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I have spent decades collecting understanding of the true meaning of personal and leadership success. As a Christian counselor with professional experience in neuropsychology, I have developed a whole-brain process that can help you use more of your brain to help you get this goodness into your life at the point of performance–when you create your plans for your everyday life: this is Think Time Planner.

As promised, today I am going to share with you how I do less to achieve more.

One of the classic characteristics of people with ADHD is impulsivity. In the area of goal achievement, this means that when you see something that needs to be done, you feel you MUST do it NOW!

As a result, many of your efforts are fragmented in a million directions, and you struggle to get results.

It feels like this: “I worked so hard all day long, and I still got nothing done!!”

If you are going to achieve your peak performance, this will never work. You simply cannot spend your important energy like that. You cannot afford to be exhausted and not get results.

Here’s how I do less to achieve more.

Following is a part of my process no one else is talking about:

I separate my ideas into two phases: Dreaming and Deciding.

First, in the Dream Phase, I dream big and get all of my ideas on paper in the Dream Phase of my Think Time Planner. Here, I have a place to immediately act on the idea that came into my head–without ruining my day with an impulsive 5 hour task that “has to be done now!” When an idea pops into my head, instead of DOING it NOW, I satisfy my impulsivity by WRITING it NOW…as an idea in the Dream Phase. I don’t have to do it now “so I don’t forget it.” I write it down.

Next in the Decide Phase, I evaluate which actions will get me the most results in the direction of my vision. I DECIDE what to do…

Here’s how:

Research tells me that about only 20% of my actions will give me about 80% of my results, so the LAST thing I want to do is write everything down and attempt to do it all. This would almost ensure that I suffer exhaustion with not much to show for all of my effort. I have a lot on my plate, and that’s just not going to work in my full life. I need to spend my energy carefully–so I get my best results.

So, now you know my secret to do less and achieve more.

First, separate your ideas from your actions.

Second, decide which ideas will give you the most bang for your buck before you commit to do them.

BUT IT’S NORMAL TO WORK FROM DAWN TIL DUSK. I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR!

Sure, it’s true. Many entrepreneurs wear busyness as a badge. But, chances are, these entrepreneurs are not getting their best results. Sure there are busy-seasons, but watch out or busy seasons follow other busy seasons and simply become a way of life. The truth is that being busy is the opposite of being intentional. It’s reactive instead of proactive. The better way is to pause and evaluate the best use of your energy–not to run yourself into the ground to get results.

Here’s the good news: It doesn’t have to be that way!

Here’s what Kelly had to say the year she launched her business:

“Think Time has been giving me tools to use my time better, without compromising my priorities of time with family. It has given me the space to visualize and dream. It has also helped me evaluate more and think about the areas the need pruning. I am cheering you on!!”

When was the last time you heard of an entrepreneur launching a business and feeling great about their time management and family priorities? Think Time is next to magic!

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Okay, as promised, next time, we will talk about relationships! We have hinted toward the importance of nurturing relationships along the way today but next week, we will deep dive into that topic. I am going to share a perspective you probably have not heard in your other entrepreneurial groups. You won’t believe how important this is!

If you have found today’s content valuable please share this blog in your ADHD and entrepreneur groups.

The One Thing Entrepreneurs with ADHD Need to Succeed

You have a powerful brain, but you have a problem.

It’s hard to control your mind.

Yet, this is exactly what you need to succeed.

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Dr. Edward Hallowell is a world renown expert in the ADHD brain, and he loves working with entrepreneurs. After decades of working with entrepreneurs with ADHD, he notes there is one mistake that entrepreneurs with ADHD make that keep them from being successful.

The ADHD mind is so powerful and has tons of energy. The difficulty, he notes, is in directing the energy.

Dr. Hallowell says it is like having a Ferrarri engine with bicycle brakes. You have so much power–as much as an engine in a Ferrarri, but the design of your brain is not geared to slow yourself down so you can control the energy in the most effective path.

Your mind is like a Ferrari engine with bicycle brakes.

Dr. Ned Hallowell

As a psychiatrist and expert in ADHD, Dr. Hallowell refers to himself as a “brakes specialist.”

As an entrepreneur with ADHD, you have an important task in front of you every day, and you need your creative and powerful mind to accomplish it. However, the brakes of your mind are insufficient to control the power.

This may translate to you being on too many social media platforms, diving in without a business plan or strategy or being off to the next thing while accounts still need to be paid.

Dr. Hallowell says that the one things entrepreneurs with ADHD must do to succeed is to direct their energy.

Direct your energy.

Dr. Edward Hallowell

To have success in your business, be sure you have a strategy to direct your energy.

This is what I mean when I say “don’t just dive in…take time to think-time, and get more time to focus on what matters most.”

When you take time to think-time with your Think Time Planner, you intentionally direct your energy. That is, you choose to use your best energy–not in a million directions–but toward what is most important.

Getting the most important things done is what drives results.

So, to skyrocket your results as an entrepreneur with ADHD, take time to think-time with your Think Time Planner. Just one hour a week can dramatically transform the other 168 hours.

Because Think Time Planner is designed with your brain in mind, it helps you have an outlet for your creative energy while getting the clarity you need to succeed.

Don’t let your powerful mind control you.

Instead direct your energy by using your Think Time Planner this week so you can find time for what is most important and get your best results.

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ATTITUDE

You already know this, but like all good truths, it is often good to be reminded.  

A lot is going on.  

Some is good.  

Some is bad.  

Some is in your control.  

And some is not.  

With a lot of our world shifting under your feet and over your head, I want to dig deep and share with you from some wise writings of one who has gone before us.  

Viktor Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist and psychotherapist who endured and survived the horrific Nazi concentration camps. He observed many people suffer and endure much.  

He made many, many observations that are worth pursuing, but today, I will share one from his seminal work, Man’s Search for Meaning: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”  

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”  

VIKTOR FRANKL

Your attitude, your choices, and your way. These are 100% yours all of the time.   This is why I include the Serenity Circle tool in my Think Time Planner.   There is much wisdom to be gained by gaining perspective on what is in your control and what is not within your control.  

In these days when much is shifting and much is out of your control, remember the one area that you have 100% control over is your thinking and your choices.  

Don’t let anyone or anything steal your freedom to THINK or your freedom to CHOOSE.  

Think Time Planner helps you get the clarity you need to succeed so you can choose your attitude, your choices, and your way during these uncertain days.  

Shop our store or select from a few of our options below so you can live on purpose and achieve your goals in our distracting and changing world.  

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Overcome Overwhelm: Get the Time, Focus, & Energy You Need to Succeed.

Do you have a dream or a goal that you want to pursue this year?

Maybe you want to find time for art after work. Maybe you are looking for a new place to call home after life as you have known it has been uprooted this year. Maybe you want to try homeschooling your kids.

You feel that if you could achieve this, you would feel more positivity and a sense of accomplishment. You might be busy, but you would be doing what you love.

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But, to bring these dreams to life, you have some obstacles to overcome.

You don’t have time.

You work so hard, yet have a million to-dos left at the end of your busy days. How could you even think of adding more on top of it?

You don’t have money.

You know to boost your productivity, you will probably have to invest in specialized ADHD coaching–which can cost thousands of dollars. You just don’t have that this year. (And…you already said you don’t have time!)

You are sooo tired.

After work, you are sooo tired. How could you even imagine finding time and energy for something else?

Please hear me.

These obstacles are real. 

They can slow you down…

And they can get you down…

So much so that at times you may even be tempted to stop.

But, don’t let that happen to you!

These are not meant to be roadblocks.

They are meant to be obstacles.

And, like all obstacles, they are meant to be overcome, and I can help.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, an entrepreneur with lifelong symptoms of ADHD, and now a homeschooling mother of six, I get it.

As a creative entrepreneur, I know what it is like to have more ideas than hours in a day.

As one who has lived at a variety of income levels, I know what it is to have seasons in which there is too much month at the end of the money.

As I move through seasons of being pregnant and having newborns, toddlers, and sensory kids, I know what it is like to struggle to have enough energy for my day.

However…even with these obstacles…I have found a way to live on purpose and achieve my goals–even in a distracting world, and I am excited to share this with you.

THINK TIME PLANNER – FIRST IN CREATIVE PRODUCTIVITY

For over five years, I have helped amazing people just like you* overcome overwhelm and get the time, focus, and energy you need to succeed. 

Think Time Planner is the FIRST Creative Productivity Planner designed to harness the power of your creative mind to boost your productivity so you can get your best results. By using both right brain thinking and left brain thinking, you boost your ability to discover and define your desires, to focus amidst distraction, and to create a strategic plan to bring your dreams to life.

With Think Time Planner, you can boost your focus, motivation, and energy toward your dreams and goals so you can get results. 

Y’all, it’s a GAME CHANGER.

I will tell you more later, but for today, I want to emphasize the importance of not waiting until a time in the future when you “have more time” or “have it all together.”

In my next e-mail, I will share a simple formula that is included in the Think Time Planner that can help you find more time (even if you have NO time) so you can achieve your dreams and goals–even in a distracting (and demanding) world.

So, keep your eye out for my next e-mail.

Until then, know that I am…

Cheering you on!

Christine

p.s. Between now and then, would you take a moment to comment and share this blog post? Thanks a lot!

*I am obliged to note that, of course, I don’t know your exact situation and abilities. Results will vary. My goal is to help YOU get your BEST results…whatever those are!

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How to Find Time for a Morning Routine

Hey guys! You may have noticed a new type of post I added to my Instagram feed this week: #workfromhomehacks

These are simple, creative ways you can find time for what matters most so you can get results at home.

After 7 years of working from home with kids underfoot, I understand that you need to be strategic if you are going to squeeze in time for your dreams and goals and be the parent you want to be.

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A lot of entrepreneurs with ADHD have a hard time implementing morning routines. You are probably just thankful to be able to get out of bed! I totally get it. I am #notamorningperson either.

Today I am going to share you a simple habit I have implemented that is central to my morning routine strategy. With all of the distractions in my house (5 little kids), this one tip can save me up to 40 minutes in the morning.

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Here’s a simple tip you can add to your rhythms to find more time in the morning too.

Simply get into the habit of making a warm breakfast the day before. Slip it in the oven in the morning while you grab your coffee, and voila! it’s like you have a personal chef in your kitchen serving you while you get your day started on the right foot.

Some of my favorite breakfasts include zucchini bread, sweet potato carrot cakes with sausage, and veggie-infused quiche. Simply garnish with fresh berries for the Pinterest look and you are ready to go!

The compounding results of an open morning time block are many.

1. More Present. The thing I love most about this habit is how present you can be in the mornings. You can be more present to your soul and spirit and your relationship with God and others. You can be more more present to what is on your heart and mind and write these down on your Daily Planner pages to keep them from spinning through your head throughout the day. You can be more present with your family. Instead of over-focusing on the urgent task of flipping pancakes or scrambling eggs last minute, you are freed to greet your children and connect with them better during their most cuddly time of the day.

2. More Energized. While I recommend starting your mornings in calm, quiet solace allowing your mind to wander, I also recommend having a distinct point when you pivot to exercise. On your Think Time Planner, highlight this time block in orange to represent how energizing this part of the day is to your dreams and goals. Here’s why: by keeping an active and healthy body, you energize your body and your mind for the tasks of the day so you can get your best results.

3. More Time. When you clear your mind in the morning by getting on paper what is on your mind, you reduce internal distractions and promote focus toward your dreams and goals. By exercising each morning, you are likely to feel better and to boost your energy. If you have been with me a while, you know that when you find more energy and more focus, you often find more time. You can learn more about that on my blog here.

Don’t set yourself up for a frazzled day by leaving breakfast to the last minute anymore. Design your ultimate morning routine in your Routine Worksheets, and make time for it by making breakfast the day before.

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7 Tips to Avoid the Productivity-Killing “While I am At It” Habit

Have you ever set out to complete a task and instead of actually finishing the task, gotten sidetracked by things that you did “while you were at it?”

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This “while I am at it” phenomenon happens all the time to entrepreneurs with ADHD. You have a lot of responsibilities and an abundance of attention. You also struggle to immediately recognize the significance of different tasks–they all seem equally important. So, everywhere you look something needs to be done, and as a person with ADHD, you want to do it right now.

Unfortunately, this habit of doing things “while I am at it” fragments your best efforts so you don’t get traction toward what you originally set out to do. Even if you do get several things done, your most important tasks still do not get done.

Everything we know from productivity suggests that doing even a very few “most important tasks” can far outweigh doing a million inconsequential tasks. (I talk more about that in my course Cut Through the Noise.)


To get your best results in a distracting world, you want to stay focused on what matters most and be sure to get those precious few things done. But how?

Here are seven things you can do to help your brain focus and achieve what matters most.

  1. Know where you are going. The first thing you want to do is begin with a vision of the ultimate result you want to see. (Key word: WANT.) The ADHD brain is more highly motivated by goals that are internally derived–not externally “forced.” So, find out what compels you and craft a clear picture of where you want to go. Beginning with the end you desire in mind will add a lot of clarity to your week and help you prioritize.
  2. Clarify your most important priorities. Before you go into a day, week, month, or a year, clarify what three things you most want to accomplish during that time frame. One of the significant aspects of the ADHD mind is that many tasks seem equally compelling. Don’t get sidetracked from an important task simply because you have not clarified that it is a priority. Take some think-time to identify which high results actions will get you quickly to the vision of what you want most.
  3. Write it down. Research shows that simply writing your goals can boost chances within the general population of completing tasks up to 42%. For people with ADHD, it is especially important to externalize your goals–making them concrete and visible. With your Think Time Planner, you can record your most important tasks on your Rosebush Tool and break them down into actionable steps with your To Do Concept Cloud.
  4. Know your why. When you get clear on your motivation for completing a task, you are more likely to recognize and overcome the obstacles that get in your way. Help your brain process and fall in love with your inner motivation for completing your priorities by drawing a picture of your “why” in the “Motivation” column of your Prioritized To Do List in your Think Time Planner.
  5. Address the obstacles. Did you know that positive thinking alone can actually decrease your chances of achieving your goals? That’s right! Recent research out of NYU on goal achievement shows that you must also address the obstacles within yourself and create a clear plan around them. So, don’t just reach for the stars. Create a plan to overcome your real life obstacles. With your Think Time Planner, you can address the obstacles with your Rosebush Tool, your Concept Clouds, and your Routine Worksheet.
  6. Time slot and highlight your tasks. Decide when you will do these things. Estimate the time these priority tasks will take. Add more time because people with ADHD often underestimate how long things will take. Then, whether it takes three minutes or three hours, schedule time on your Calendar Tool in your Think Time Planner. To help your brain process that these are critical tasks requiring action, color them red or bright orange.
  7. Celebrate your success by checking it off! In the busyness of life it is easy to work really hard and simply keep going to the next thing. However, when you just keep moving forward, your brain misses out on the opportunity to recognize that you have completed the task you set out to do that is connected to your larger goal. Engage your brain’s reward system by checking the task off your list, coloring in a box, or enjoying a bite of dark chocolate. Taking time to celebrate your achievement of important tasks can boost your focus and energy for the next step.

Opportunities to achieve your dreams and goals abound in your day to day life, yet it is easy to get pulled off track by lesser things. Don’t let distractions steal what matters most. Apply these seven ADHD productivity hacks with your Think Time Planner so you can avoid the “While I am At It” Trap and achieve what matters most—even in a distracting world.

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3 Ways to Give Attention to Your Dreams & Goals

How often do you take time to create clarity around your dreams and goals? 

Each week offers opportunities for being intentional, yet it can be easy to just dive into the next week and miss life-changing opportunities.

The Think Time Planners & Courses help you remember to create attention for your dreams and goals each week as you Dream, Decide, Do, & Review. 

Here are three ways you can give your dreams and goals the attention they deserve:

  1. Set aside uninterrupted think-time. Ask yourself what you really want. Every week in the Dream Phase of your think-time, allow yourself to dream big–as if there were no obstacles. This helps you to identify what you really want.
  2. Draw what you see. To boost your attention toward these dreams, draw an image of what you have in mind. It can be as simple as a dollar sign or a stick figure; however, don’t underestimate the power of this step for your visual ADHD mind. When you develop so much clarity around your goals that you can feel them, research shows that your subconscious mind gets to work to make your dreams a reality.
  3. Say yes to only a few things. To bring your dream to reality, you will need to take one more step and guard it! There are less important activities–and even some good ones–that threaten to steal your time and attention from your most important goals. Get clarity in the Decide Phase on what steps will help you make it happen in the best way possible. You can get more done by doing less. You just need to decide which steps these are.

Enjoy consistent progress toward your goals and develop a confidence in your abilities as you take time to give attention to your intentions each week. 

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Don’t let distractions steal what you want most.

Achieving your dreams and goals starts with giving them the attention they deserve.

In my signature course Cut Through the Noise, I walk you step by step how to ensure that you can give your best attention to your intentions so you can bring your dreams to reality.

There has never been a better time to invest in yourself.  How you achieve your dreams and goals impacts EVERYTHING YOU DO.  It is the gift that keeps on giving…and could even change your family tree.

Don’t let the distractions of life get in the way of your dreams and goals.

Buy a planner or start my course today!

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Two Ways to Help Yourself Relax

Relaxation is imperative for the rejuvenation of our bodies and our minds, yet sometimes it is hard to relax. 

At times these may be due to physical problems, emotional problems, or spiritual problems. If this is the case, please waste no time in talking to your doctor, counselor, or pastor.

At other times, however, it may be due to a simpler problem–the problem of over-commitment. When you have too many things scheduled, you may genuinely not have time to give your body the respite it needs so you can produce your best work.

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Here are two ways you can keep this from happening:

First, take time before you dive into each week to evaluate what “to dos” you are saying yes to. Even if you have the desire to build relaxation into your schedule, you may not because you feel is “in the right thing to do” to fulfill your commitments and obligations (which of course is true). This is why you want to be very careful to say “yes” to very few things.

Second, take time to evaluate how you can include relaxation into your daily and weekly routines.  You can brainstorm ideas on your “To Be Concept Cloud” and schedule them in your Dream Routine. You will be amazed at how much more effective, connected, and productive you will be when you intentionally plan time to relax and allow yourself to do so.

How do you best relax?

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p.s. Don’t let the busyness of life steal your chance for relaxing rejuvenation anymore. You deserve it, and you will get your best results when you do! Use your Think Time Planner to build rejuvenating routines into your daily life.

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Let’s Keep This Idea. But Let’s Do It Later.

Often, when we have an idea, we think we need to act on it right away. This is not always the case.

This simple belief can get us in so much trouble and stress out our lives and mess up our schedules.

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Many many things can be delayed and can be just as amazing–if not better–for it. 

If you feel a little overwhelmed or busy, look at what is on your calendar. What can you delay? 

Take some think-time today to ask this question and see what you notice.

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p.s. Have you ever wanted to have a life-coach, but didn’t know where to start?  A little think-time can change your life.

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It’s a New Year!

Happy 2019!

It’s a new year!

The slate is blank.

Last year is officially over.

This year has officially begun.

Do you feel the freedom to dream big?

Do you feel the freedom to do things differently?

Do you know how to get better results and have more time?

Do you know how to become who you want to be while still getting stuff done?

Do you have the Life-Coaching Planner that captures your dreams and moves you toward your goals?

If not, get on that!

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p.s. Do you feel stuck under an endless pile of to dos?  Do you feel like you were made for more?  Guess what, you are!  A little think-time can change your life.

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