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. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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…
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Do you have time but still struggle to get the right things done? How can you find time for what matters most when life gets in the way?
Here’s what you have told me. You believe there are two primary things that keep you from living on purpose and achieving your goals.
#1 more time
#2 improved focus.
These two needs are critical for your goals and are actually very, very intwined. Let me explain.
Have you ever had a million things to do and the deadline was upon you? Do you remember that you “got it all done?” It may have seemed like a miracle, but things just “worked out.”
Dr. Cal Newport, author of Deep Work, suggests that intensity can be traded for time.
“Intensity can be traded for time.”
-Dr. Cal Newport
That is, if you are more intense, you can accomplish more in less time. On the other hand, if you are low on energy or highly distracted and unfocused, you lose a LOT of time.
Dr. Newport’s formula could be described in mathematical terms as time = intensity
time = intensity
To get more time, up your intensity–just like you would when the pressure is on and the deadline is fast approaching.
To help you get traction with Dr. Newport’s idea, I want you to break it down another step.
What is intensity?
Intensity increases when you have increased energy and increased focus in a singular direction.
To explain this mathematically, I defining intensity as “energy x focus.”
So, time = energy x focus
The next time you feel over whelmed that you have so much to do and so little time, don’t get discouraged and wish for a day in the future in which you will have more time. Instead, get strategic. How can you boost your energy and your focus toward the goal for which you wish you had time?
Don’t get discouraged. Get strategic!
-Christine Wilson, LPC
With this formula, you can create practical strategies to find more time in your life for your dreams & goals.
Let’s start with one strategy to boosting your energy—self-care.
When was the last time you were hoping for more time and decided you needed to go to bed earlier, build more exercise into your routine, or make wise eating decisions? Well, good job if you did. It is one of the most strategic ways to boost both your focus and your energy–which gives you more time.
If you are like many people, often, when you want to accomplish a big goal, self care is the first thing to go on the back burner. However, this works against you–causing you to lose valuable time–just when you need it the most. The energy you gain from good sleep, exercise, and nutrition propels you toward your goals and allows you to accomplish your goals faster because you have more energy available.
Think about how many goals can remain on hold when you “don’t have the energy.” Don’t let this happen to you! Use this idea of taking time to boost your energy to your advantage so you can achieve your goals.
Next, let’s talk about a strategy to boost your focus.
Often, when people feel like they have a lot to do, they get a quick idea of generally where they want to go and just dive in. They think, “There is no time to lose. I need to start right now!” Well, this impulse is exactly the wrong way to boost your results.
Here’s why: When you dive into a project without clarity, you can waste your best energy on low-results activities that leave you empty for what matters most.
When you dive into a project without clarity, you can waste your best energy on activities that don’t move the needle–leaving nothing left for what matters most.
On the other hand, when you take time at the beginning to develop a crystal clear clarity around your goal…so clear you can feel it…research shows you are less vulnerable to distractions and more likely to achieve your goal.
Being distracted SLOWS YOU DOWN. So, diving right in causes you to lose time in the long run. Stepping aside to develop a compelling clarity around your goal helps you get the best results by focusing your best efforts on high results-yielding activities.
Retirement strategist Chris Hogan calls this Dreaming in Hi-Definition. When you paint such a clear picture of what you want that you can taste and see it, your focus is boosted and distractions simply do not hold as much sway. You gain time.
This is why energy Think Time Planners and Courses help you improve your energy and boost your focus so you can find the time you need to succeed.
You may be thinking that you don’t need to be strategic like this. You just need to try harder. Let’s talk about that. Unfortunately, trying harder will not help you achieve your goals. Here’s why.
There is a problem.
Research shows that 90% of the thoughts you have today are the same thoughts you had yesterday. This means that if you like the results you are getting, then, yes, do more of the same.
However, if you need to overcome an obstacle, change a pattern, or solve a problem, you need to think differently. How do you think different thoughts? You need a guide to help you think about your thinking. When you do this, Psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud says, “When you think about your thinking… Voila! New neural pathways begin to form!”
And, when new neural pathways begin to form, new ways of being and doing are born. New paths can be explored and experienced. Your changed behaviors and new solutions are on their way!
This is the big “why” behind taking time to think-time. Improved thinking leads to improved results.
In my next e-mail, I will be sharing another important strategy to include in your goal achievement toolbox. I will share a tip that can help you avoid losing up to 23 minutes every time this happens. It is so critical to your success and will help you maintain the boosted energy and focus you need to succeed. So, keep your eye on your inbox for this!