Your Secret Superpower

How Drawing Your Dreams Can Change Your Life

In my last blog, I shared with you that I made a discovery that helped me move from running on empty to stress free and productive. I promised I would tell you more, so here we are!

At the time I had already tried “all the things.”

I had spent a decade studying leadership, psychology, and personal development. I knew what to do, yet I still struggled to cut through the noise and focus so I could make the right things happen.

Finally, when I discovered this secret superpower skill, all of the other pieces fit together, and I could finally achieve my goals in a distracting world.

This worked for me and my creative mind.

Would you like to know what my discovery was?

Of course you do–or else you wouldn’t be on my blog!

I love to share this story.

Here it goes.

Through an educated experiment…

I discovered…

the secret of visual thinking.

Or more simply put…

The secret of drawing your dreams–and even your goals.

Drawing your dreams is like creating a visual of your visualization.

And unlike most life-changing things, you CAN try this at home!

The first time I looked at a complex project and compared it with my sketch, I was shocked. I had trialed my experiment on a complex organization project in an overpacked garage on a Saturday with 3 kids 4 and under.

There were distractions galore!

And, I finished it.

The end result looked just like my picture!

Drawing your daily goals can help you double down your focus and get better results.* (*Results vary.)

Now, I didn’t become more disciplined, take medication, or have a coach beside me.

I simply engaged a different part of my brain by drawing…(and doing one or two other things I teach in my planners and courses.)

BUT, drawing my goals is the cornerstone.

This foundational change made all of the difference for me.

Prior to this experiment, I had read my favorite time management book five times, but now using visual thinking I could put what I knew into action in a way that worked for my unique mind.

And you can too!**

Engaging the visual thinking part of your creative mind can help you* to better clarity what matters most to you, to help you fight distraction, and to help you persevere to the end of complex tasks so you can achieve your goals

It’s a lot like visualization that professional athletes use; however, drawing your goals is like doubling down on visualization. It’s visualizing your vision by making a visual representation of it. : )

One of you told me, “No matter how busy my week is, whatever I draw on my Think Time gets done!”*

Some research suggests keeping your drawing in front of you can increase your ability to achieve your goals by up to 42%!

“No matter how busy my week is, whatever I draw on my Think Time gets done!”*

Laura, pediatrician and homeschooling mom of 4

And.

This.

Changes.

Everything.

Don’t worry. Be happy. Increase your chance of achieving your goals by drawing them.

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Now, you may be thinking…

“That is too simple. You don’t understand my life. There is no way drawing my goals will help me. My struggle is real.”

I hear you. I don’t know your life, your struggles, nor your capacity. I only know what the research, my personal experience, and other Think Time users have told me.

After listening to you guys for 6 years telling me stories of overcoming obstacles to your dreams and goals using Think Time Planner…today I am more convinced than ever.

Think Time works.

Think Time works.

Think Time works.

Just this week, I heard how one of you completed writing an entire new curriculum for a Bible study. You know how hard crossing the finish line of a huge project is! The author (a homeschooling mom of four kids, including a 6 month old) said, “I finished my (huge) project because of Think Time Planner!”*

Think Time Planner is the first whole brain planner to help you engage drawing and creative thinking to boost your productivity.

I love hearing YOUR success stories when you dream-plan using the techniques I teach in my planners and courses.

In my next blog, I will share an important difference between us and “them” (the other people who encourage you to pursue your dreams.) According to the research, this technique can actually make the difference between success and failure. And, it is surprising. Keep your eyes open for your e-mail next Thursday. You won’t want to miss it.

Until then, be sure you are using your Think Time Planner this week to get clarity, find time, and get results, so your dreams and goals can happen…so you can do what only you can do and be who only you can be.

More than ever before, this world needs what you have to offer.

Sincerely,

Christine

*All testimonials are taken to be true but are not verified in any way.

**Every person is different. Both natural ability and effort will vary, so results also will vary.


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Where Did the Time Go?

Are you looking back and wondering where all of your time went?

As you look forward to this next year, do you feel the confidence that you can set goals and achieve them?

No matter how crazy the world is or how crazy your life is, wouldn’t it be great to actually feel the confidence that you have a say in what goes onto your calendar and into your life?

To actually have a strategy to find time for what you want most?

Could there be help for me? I am not organized. I am terrible with time.

I can imagine it sounds too good to be true if you haven’t experienced it yet.

But…

It.

Is.

So.

True.

Even for those of us who don’t have a track record of being organized or productive…there is an answer.

Just 7 years ago, I lacked the confidence that I could create a goal and bring it to pass.

I binge-read time management books, and they helped a little, but I just could not get the good stuff into my life.

I have always been passionate about dreaming big–but I did not have the practical skills to bring these dreams into my day to day life.

I would run from thing to thing–expending a ton of energy but not getting results. I would stress myself out and others as well…but, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t seem to gain traction.

But, then, I made a discovery that changed everything for me.

With this strategy, and everything else remaining the same, I could all of a sudden focus and stay on task.

So, today, I no longer feel discouraged about my dreams, but rather I feel confident and capable as I pursue them.

Because of this discovery, I now have a new past with a track record of successes that have gradually re-built my confidence.

Today, instead of feeling defeated and deflated, I feel optimistic and hopeful about the future.

…which naturally makes me want to dream more dreams…and go after them.

I’ll tell you more about what happened in the next e-mail.

Talk soon,

Christine

Let’s Talk About Overcommitment & Overwhelm

You want to have the time, so you say, “Yes!”

You commit…for just this one sports season…or just this one school year…or just to get our foot in the door

And all of these “just this ones” string together…

and you all of a sudden have a lot on your plate…

You may be feeling this right now as the new school year has kicked off.

“What have I gotten myself into?” 🤦🏼‍♀️

“Why did I think I could do all of this?” 😱

Thankfully, there is a way out.

When you take time to think-time, you use your whole brain to quickly and clearly help you see into the future so you can prevent overcommitment and overwhelm.

  1. You sketch a picture of your wild success. This sketch helps your visual, creative mind to “see” into the future better than a list or a schedule. You can see clearly the end result you want most.
  2. You mindmap “all the things.” Getting all of the options on paper can show you how many things you really want to do. It’s a lot! The reality often is that it is impossible to “do it all” without sacrificing something or someone that matters most. Once you see the tradeoff clearly, you realize something has to give. Now you are ready to prioritize.

It’s impossible to “do it all” without sacrificing something or someone who matters most.

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3. Then, with your vision on the left and all of the options on the right, you choose the few things that align with your vision–what matters most to you.

As it turns out, getting clear on what is most important is most important.

Getting clear on what is most important is most important.

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When you have clarity on what is most important, the excess starts to show itself for what it really is–less important.

When you take time to think-time, you say “no” confidently, because when you say “no” to something, you are really saying “yes” to what you want even more.

When you live aligned with your big “yeses,” you increase your opportunity to experience that “just-right” feeling of peaceful productivity and prevent that dreaded feeling of overwhelm.

Don’t waste another season overcommitted and overwhelmed.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Simply #taketimetothinktime and leave overwhelm behind.

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Is It Possible to Be Present & Be Productive?

Do you ever feel like you have to choose between being present in your own life and getting results?

You don’t have to choose any longer!

Think Time Planner helps you to be mindfully aware and get real results in real time.

Recently, I watched an interview between Tim Ferriss and Brene Brown discussing a plethora of wonderful topics—shame, authenticity, mindfulness, and more. Within the conversation, I heard Tim wish for a process that merged mindfulness and productivity. I wanted to jump through the screen and hand him a Think Time. 

Here it is, Tim! 

For 6 years, Think Time Planner has artfully combined top practices in mindful awareness and purposeful productivity.

With Think Time Planner, you regularly insert a purposeful pause into your life to create your plans.  Within this purposeful pause, you are guided through exercises that encourage you to be in the present moment, to be with your thoughts, and to acknowledge what is. 

Become aware of your dreams and goals as you move through the Think Time exercises.

However, this “mindful presence” you achieve when you #taketimetothinktime is not detached from the realities of your day to day life. Bringing your dreams to life is a constant negotiation between what “is” in your heart (your dreams, your goals, and your desires) and what “is” in your day to day life (the pressures, responsibilities and realities of your day to day life). 

The ultimate goal is to creatively align these realities when they are disparate.

Mindful awareness of what “is” becomes the foundation from which you become aware of the dreams and goals aligned so you can negotiate them with your current reality. 

By allowing your mind time to "be" you can have greater opportunity to bring your dreams to life.
By allowing your mind time to “be” you can have greater opportunity to bring your dreams to life.

Acknowledging what “is” and being “present” in the “here and now” are central practices to living a purposeful and productive life.  These practices have spiritual roots and implications beyond the scope of this mini-blog, but they are very important.

By not living in denial… 

By not focusing too much on the past or the future… 

By accepting what is—both what is on your heart and what is in your life… 

By staying in the here and now while taking action that propels you forward…

You have greater opportunity to experience bringing your dreams to life—even in a distracting world.

How to Beat Procrastination

Have you ever known that you wanted to get something done, but noticed you are not actually taking the steps to accomplish it?

Chances are, it’s not the last minute. 🙂 

Ha! 

Right?!?!?

Your creative brain engages when you are at the deadline—the REAL deadline.

And it will not be tricked.

But, could it be?

The more responsibilities you have to manage, the less working up to the deadline serves well the other areas of your life. How can you work with your brain to help you accomplish goals – even before the real deadline?

It is possible to help your brain engage before the deadline. To do so, I recommend following three steps.

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WARNING: The three steps are probably not what you are expecting. You probably expect something like, #1 make a list, #2 prioritize, and #3 be disciplined to follow through. 

For the creative mind, however, those types of steps often work against you–serving to demotivate you often instead of motivate you.

And goal achievement for the creative is all about MOTIVATION!

Take a moment, and allow yourself to imagine that another way–a more fun way–to achieve your goals exists.  And, this method is steeped in neuroscience research to help you boost your focus, motivation, and energy so you can achieve your goals.

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Here are the three steps:  

1. DRAW IT. Draw what you want to accomplish. Even add realistic colors to make it look as close to real as possible.

2. IMAGINE IT. Next close your eyes and imagine yourself completing that goal.

3. FEEL IT. Engage your senses. What will it be like to actually accomplish this goal? Really see, feel, hear, taste, and smell in your mind what this moment is like. Are you leaning back in your chair and closing your computer? Giving someone a high five? Taking a reward bite of your favorite dark chocolate? Take a moment to feel this.

What happens when you do these three things?

Your brain thinks it is the last minute and engages your last minute energy.

Here’s how: the beauty about this exercise is that your brain does not distinguish between what you clearly imagine and what has actually happened.

You really are what you think!

So, if you see yourself at the last minute in your mind, your brain kicks into gear to make these goals happen–thinking it is the last minute.

So, the next time you feel procrastination raise its ugly head, use these three easy steps to help you kick your brain into gear so you can beat procrastination and get results.

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Do you struggle with planning?

“I am not a planner.”

I have said it all my life. I would even say it today. I don’t like all of the details!

(Which is sort of awkward in the planner business. Ha!)

But truthfully, I have hated planning so much that in past seasons of my life I even gave up my voice & preferences simply to not have to make a plan.

I would have rather gone along with someone else’s plan entirely than exert the effort to figure out the details. (insert “ick” emoji)

Thankfully, I have since found a way to plan that works with my ADHD-style brain, preserves my voice in the world, and helps me live a win-win life with those around me.

However, for so many, this solution has not been discovered yet. Why is planning so hard?



One of the executive functions with which ADHD interferes is “seeing into the future.”

That’s why you may have grown to become a “conquistador of chaos” (to quote professional organizer Julie Morgenstern) as well as–I might add–an amazing innovator.

You have had no choice!

For most of your life–whatever it was–you didn’t see it coming!

However, there is a secret strength of the ADHD mind you may not have thought of applying to planning. That is, when you want something, you are virtually unstoppable.


“Here’s your strength:

When you want something, you are unstoppable.”

-Christine Wilson


So, the key to YOUR SUCCESS is different than neuro-normies. Instead of starting with “what has to be done” and depending on discipline to carry it out, you need to start with what you really want. I call this “starting with the dream.”

For you, it is crucial to take some think-time to envision what you really want to help you get really clear on what matters most to you so you can get THAT on your calendar.

Then, and only then, will you be the best version of yourself.

You will find yourself to be much more effective. As Steven Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, recommended, “Don’t prioritize your schedule. Schedule your priorities.”

Don’t prioritize your schedule. Schedule your priorities.

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When you plan this way, your heart and soul will be into it, and you may just find, you like it!

What are you working on?

Go for it!

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Fatigue Makes Cowards of Us All + 5 Things You Can Do About It.

Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed with all that is on your plate that you were crying at night—only to wake up after a good night’s rest and feel able to move into the “hard” with perseverance and fortitude?

I don’t remember where I heard this phrase the first time, but it really resonates.

Fatigue makes cowards of us all.

Vince Lombardi

When you are tired, it is easier to feel afraid and overwhelmed.

When your brain is refreshed after good sleep, it is sharper and better able to sift through the thousands of inputs you have to deal with on a daily basis.

This impacts not only how you feel about your life, but it impacts your best decision making and your relationships.

Decision fatigue from a long day has set in and your brain is tired. You physically cannot access the higher levels of thinking until you reboot your brain with a good night’s sleep.

So many of the arguments couples have happen after 8pm. And this physical reality impacts everyone—no matter how smart or accomplished you are.

Even psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud and his wife never discuss any big decision after 7 or 8 pm.

So, if last night you felt overwhelmed with all that is on your plate, take note of the feelings using the reflective, mindfulness exercises in your Think Time Planner.

Here are 5 ways you can use your Think Time Planner to calm your big feelings and move forward with confidence:

  • Jot down what you want more of and less of in your life with the More of / Less Of exercise.
  • Sift through what is in your control and out of your control using your Serenity Circle Exercise.
  • Review what is working and what is not working in your Review Box.
  • Gain perspective on where you have been, where you are and where you want to be using the Timeline Tool.
  • Record what you are grateful for even in the hard seasons in the “I am Thankful For” area.

Simply putting words to these big feelings can help your brain calm down (helping you move your right brain big overwhelming feelings into the left-brain logical part of your brain) so you can get your bearings and move forward into your life with confidence.

If you enjoy topics like this, you may want to take a deep dive. I’ve got an audio-only course in my subscription called From Chaos to Confidence. It’s designed for overwhelmed people who don’t have time to think. You will learn how to APPLY strategies to your days that will help you

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Are You Smart, But Scattered?

They didn’t teach you this in school.


You were smart, but scattered.

As an adult, you know you are capable of more.

You may be asking:

Why do some people get results while I just get exhausted?

How can I get more done in less time–even if I don’t have a history of being a “productive person?”

Why can’t I just get things done?

If you are asking these questions, you are in the right place.

As a person who has struggled with time management and getting things done my entire life, I understand the struggle. It is real. It even hurts to know that your most important dreams and goals have been on hold…for a decade.

Six years ago, I finally discovered through an educated experiment from both professional and personal experience how to “hack” my unique brain to get more of the right things done in less time.

For the first time in my life, I could focus and complete a complex task without getting pulled off course!


I was amazed as I realized I could use the strengths of my creative, visionary, idea-generating brain –not to scatter me in a million directions–but to help me identify what matters most, boost my focus on it in a distracting world, and feel the confidence I am getting the right things done.


In 2016, I launched my 3DR Process in an easy-to use planner. And since that time, I have helped people from every age and every stage to bring their dreams to life.


“ I have only had planners that looked like grids before this. I have never had a planner that taught me how to plan.” — Erin


As I interviewed my “raving fans” I discovered so many of them were like me–entrepreneurs with ADHD. So, I have niched this year to serve you.


You guys, no one else is doing this.


Instead of learning from a $2000 online course on a Saturday what to do and then feeling frustrated that the ideas are not in your real life, Think Time Planner helps you take action and APPLY the top neuroscience based creativity and productivity strategies to your day to day life so you make different decisions so you get better results–at a fraction of the price.


This spring, I have launched added an online subscription to provide additional support through self-paced online courses, webinars, interviews, and additional content that helps you get the good stuff off the shelf and into your day to day real life.

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The feedback is already rolling in.


“I just started and am getting so much out of it!”

“No one else is doing this, using right-brain AND left-brain techniques to boost productivity!”

“Just listening to the lessons while I do my afternoon chores, I feel so much more capable.”


Please.


Don’t waste your days wondering why you are working so hard and not getting the results you want, take time to think-time and use your beautiful brain to help you get more time to focus on what matters most–so you can bring your dreams to reality.


Simply go to think-time.com and buy a planner and subscribe.


Don’t leave your dreams and goals on hold anymore. They matter!


The support you need is ready for you.


Simply click here to buy a planner and subscribe today.


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3 Secrets to Building Your Resilience


Good morning!

I have loved chatting with several of you this week about how you are simplifying your life and supercharging your dreams with your Think Time Planner.

Over the last few weeks we have discussed the three pillars of true success. First, we discussed the importance of getting real Results. It doesn’t matter how much energy you expend; what matters is the results that flow from your efforts. (It is possible to do less and achieve more!)

Next, we discussed the importance of valuing Relationships. You’re not just a machine. You need people, and they need you! You are a human BEing created to DO amazing things! Keeping your relationships strong is central to true success–and living your unique purpose.

This week, we will discuss the third “R” — Resilience. Anybody can sprint for a short season and accomplish a lot in one area of life but leave a mess behind in others. There is an art to being able to perform at a high level across all areas of your life over the long haul. True, sustainable success over the long haul is the goal.

Often, productivity processes include only strategies for simply getting things done. You are in the right place if you not only want to get things done, but you want to get the right things done–living on purpose and improving your performance along the way. This is what I call “Resilience.”

Here are three secrets you can use to build your resilience:

1. Refuel your energy.

Have you ever had the time open on your calendar to complete a complex task, but you got there and just didn’t have the energy? That is the worst! Prevent this problem by constantly building into your energy. On the “to be” cloud each week in your Think Time Planner, plan for ways to renew your energy. This includes rejuvenation in your relationships, your spiritual life, and your physical life. Schedule some R & R & R (rest, relaxation, and recreation) each week to help you replenish your energy.

2. Keep a whole life perspective.

If you only focus on what you “have to do” when you make your plans, you could quickly become a candidate for burnout. Don’t let that happen to you. Use the Think Zones area in your Think Time Planner to see at once 9 key areas of your life that need to work in harmony for you to achieve true success. Trust me, I have seen it. Even just one intense season of overdoing it can cause problems can literally sabatoge your truest dreams and goals for the rest of your life. Keep a whole life perspective in mind as you make your plans to succeed for the long haul.

3. Cultivate a strong mindset.

It really all does begin in the mind. As you move through your days, things will go well and they will not go well. You need to have a mindset that is ready to celebrate the successes and learn from the failures. Along the way, continuously build into your mindset as you dream big, practice creativity, developing your spirituality, strengthen your boundaries, cultivating a spirit of gratitude and regularly review what went well and what didn’t. These mental disciplines will help you continuously improve your resilience through the ups and the downs of life.

You are in the right place if you are not only wanting to get things done, but you are wanting to get the right things done.

Life is too short to be satisfied checking off a list every day and not aligning yourself with skills and practices that help you live your true purpose and develop an ever-increasing level of performance.

To continuously grow in resilience, build into your energy, keep a whole life perspective, and cultivate a strong mindset so you can be energetic and present as you achieve what matters most in a distracting world.

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This week, I have enjoyed chatting with several of you this week about what you love about your Think Time Planner and your new Subscription. You are telling me that you are saying yes to fewer things and confidently moving through your week focused on what matters most as you bring your dreams to life. You have been “scattered and overwhelmed” for far too long and are quickly finding the answers you need.

Yay! Thanks for sharing!

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Most entrepreneurs & leaders with ADHD have amazing dreams & goals but struggle to cut through the noise so they can achieve them. At Think Time we’ve developed a neuroscience-based process to help you build the mental tapestry you need to succeed so you can live on purpose and achieve your dreams & goals. (every brain is different and results vary…of course!) 

“I put my kids on my to-do list!”

This has been so much fun!

I have loved interacting with you throughout this month on three of the most important aspects of success: results, relationships, and resilience. Keeping these three pillars in view will help you get your best results in a distracting world.

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Last week, on IGTV, I had the opportunity to speak with parent Coach Tyler Drouet of Simplify Parenting about helping your kids move from chaos to order with time management tips for kids with ADHD. Then, I was privileged to welcome my friend September James to our community to share three tips on building community while building your business. Check these interviews out if you missed them!

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Now, onto this week’s topic! This week, we have turned our attention to the importance of building relationships.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have had the privilege of having a front row seat to the self-concepts, hopes & dreams, and journeys of people on a deep level.

Among one of the most profound impressions I have gained over time is the monumental importance of our family relationships in shaping who we are and who we believe ourselves to be.

Interpersonal neurobiologist Dr. Dan Siegel says that the wiring of our brain is literally created as we interact with those in our lives. The interactions in our relationships make us who we are.

Dr. Henry Cloud says it this way, “The brain runs on three things: oxygen, glucose, and relationships.”

Even though they are so important, relationships can be one of the first aspects of your life to suffer when you become overwhelmed.

Don’t let that happen to you.

Use the “to be” cloud in the Dream Phase of Think Time to brainstorm ways to stay connected to God, to your purpose, and to others. 

Then, use the Routine Worksheet to build the best ideas into your routines.

At times, simply having something on your calendar helps you move what matters most into your life. As Steven Covey said, “Don’t prioritize your schedule. Schedule your priorities.” Allow relationships to get on the calendar.

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You may be thinking, I will pay better attention to my relationships after I launch my business. 

What if I told you that you didn’t have to wait?

The year that Evan launched his new business, not only was he able to bring his dreams to life, but he also told me he felt more aware of the needs of his wife as he used the Think Zones exercise in his Think Time Planner.

Similarly, the year her husband founded a church in a new city–an entrepreneurial endeavor–Mary felt the freedom with her Think Time Planner “for the first time to put my kids on my to-do list. I don’t know why this never occurred to me before!”

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It is simply not enough to “get things done” while your relationships remain on the back burner. You need to get the right things done–including being present with the people in your life. 

Let me remind you: you are not a machine. 

You are a human BEing designed to DO important things. Make time for those who matter to you–even in busy seasons. Your spouse did not covenant “for better or for worse” to be put on hold. And, your children need your attention to thrive.

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Don’t settle for short-term success in one area of life.  

Take time to Think Time and get more time for what matters most–in your professional life and in your personal life.

Next week, we’ll discuss how you can maintain your vitality for the long haul as we discuss developing resilience.

How have your relationships shaped who you are? Would you comment below?

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