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Do You Need To Kill Your To-Do List To (Finally?) Achieve Your Goals

You know how whenever you go on holiday you make all these grand resolutions about how magically different your life will be once you return? I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this. For me this, the impending transformation of my life and over-packed schedule is something I daydream about even on a weekend getaway, so you can imagine how grandiose my fantasies became on my recent 6-week trip of the US and Canada. 6 weeks of breathing space from ‘normal’ life has me determined to turn over a new leaf or two, and to do it starting right away. My main focus is figuring out a way to have more free time to focus on the things that are truly important to me.

  • Time for my family and myself (I’m talking real time, not the kind where I’m doing my emails or admin while trying to read a book with my daughter or watch a movie with Enzo).
  • Time to breathe and reflect – either alone with my journal, or over a morning coffee with friends. Typically I don’t make time for this sort of thing because I have so much to get through on my daily list that I can’t possibly stop to focus on the present.
  • Time to work on my big 3 goals for the next 12 months without being constantly distracted by afore-mentioned list.

If you’re like me in that you tend to take on way too much, find it tough to say no to anyone or anything, or are simply spectacularly good at being busy 24/7, then you’ll know how tough achieving this simple 3-point list is going to be. Not least because regardless of how impressive your intentions, the reality is that returning from any sort of holiday generally has you hitting the ground running as you desperately try and catch up on all that important stuff you’ve come to resent so much. And before even so much as a week has gone by you realise that you’re right back where you’ve always been. Over-scheduled to the max, 36+ items on your daily task list, and bouncing from coffee to coffee as you smile your way through your whirlwind life and try to tell yourself you are going to make those changes. Soon. Just as soon as you get a chance to think about exactly how you might do that. Just not this week of course – this week is crazy. Next week for sure.

Right?

Could it be time to kill your to-do list?

Do you remember a time when you just woke up, had breakfast at some sort of leisurely pace, read the papers or a book or just chatted before starting your day? When you didn’t have a checklist to work through, because you only had a few big important things in your life to worry about (like, say, passing school that year or finding the perfect dress for your formal) and so it was hardly likely you’d forget about them? When it was only natural that once the ‘work’ part of the day ended (well before dinner!) you’d hang out with your friends, or watch a show, or read, or simply be? Man I miss high school sometimes! But seriously, why can’t we live our lives this way as adults? Why has it become so impressive to fill every teeny-tiny minute of your life? To the point where your feet have barely hit the floor before you have 3-5 tasks on the go and your mind whirring with all the possible combinations of activities you have to get through and how best to churn your way through them? Sanity be damned huh?

the power of less

A few months back one of my mentor’s, Charles Poliquin, recommended the book The Power of Less. It’s one I’d heard of many times around the blogosphere, but considered that I didn’t need because I already read the author’s blog Zen Habits and know all that he has to say on productivity and getting more done. Yes, I can be quite arrogant on occasion – and in my post-vacation fantasy-land I decided to be honest about the fact that whatever it is I’ve been trying to do productivity-wise is not working for me. It’s working in terms of output, but the output is not necessarily as on-track with my goals as I’d like it to be, and it’s sure not working for me in terms of feeling in control of my time and my life.

So I went ahead and kindled The Power of Less from Amazon, and have been taking some time to read it every night this past week. Here’s what I’ve learned and already started to apply:

  • You have to have limits on most things in your life – especially the stuff that consumes time without really adding satisfaction. Emails and admin are prime examples, but you can apply limits to just about everything. Start by considering the things that typically demand daily time from you – especially those tasks you tend to just keep chipping away at because they’re never really complete.
  • It’s futile to try and work on more than a small handful of big goals at a time. You’ll just bounce around with no clear direction and find it difficult to complete anything. Choose just 3 big goals for the next 12 months.
  • Ticking off 1 big goal does not allow you to add on another – you have to finish all 3 and then set 3 more. This stops you constantly pushing something back.
  • Each day you should spend time working on at least one of your big goals. Alternatively you can simply look at your to-do list and kill anything that doesn’t tie in to one of your big goals (and set limits for the fiddly ‘must-do’ tasks).
  • A great way to keep yourself on track daily is to set 3 Most Important Tasks for that day. These are the 3 things that – if you get nothing else done – will make that day a success and have you going to bed satisfied. I’ve been doing this for a week and it’s given me an incredible sense of freedom and achievement.

If you think about it, all of this advice is about doing less rather than more (hence the title of the book :)). And let’s be realistic. You’re never ever ever going to complete everything on your to-do list, so why are you letting your life flit by as you so earnestly try to achieve the impossible? For me, this is a work in progress. I can’t say I’ve completely killed my list, but I’ve definitely reduced the feeling of urgency to Get Everything Done. And I have killed a few big projects that didn’t tie in to my 3 big goals. Which feels fantastic.

How about you? Think about the past 12 months – did you achieve 3 big goals? Would you like to do so in the next 12 month period? Could it be time you started killing your to-do list? Time to start doing less to achieve more? Or perhaps you have a productivity tip of your own to share? Please comment below!

You can check out The Power of Less here. You can buy it as an e-book or a paperback.

Don’t forget –

Life is Now. Press Play.

Kat x

P.S.

Rebel.
Upstart.
Fuck the system; screw the rules.
Won’t do what they told me.
Too much.
Unreasonable.
Ridiculous.
Unprofessional.
Crazy!

Should I go on? I could, but I think you get the picture.

You’re the one who is not only not like the other PEOPLE, you’re also not like the other entrepreneurs.

They, they actually think they’re different; non-conformists?! Don’t make me laugh. You and I both see it as it is:

They just wanna be told how to build a pretty little website and a pretty little social media page or three and a pretty little online product or course and get their pretty little headshots and do a pretty little pre-scripted dance all over the internet so that other equally pretty fucking bland and boring and same same-y peoples pay them money,

And they can all sit in a pretty little womans circle together patting each other linking elbows and stroking each others hair and singing Kumbaya as the sun sets over another day of sinking ever deeper into the unremarkableness that is their lives.

They are the ones who are not only willing to jump through hoops, they also want to build more hoops for other people; they want to perpetuate the hoop jumping life and their whole sales pitch is basically some version of “I will help you to have a better and shinier hoop, come see!”

lolol

BUT REALLY.

Meanwhile, you –

You’ve tried the hoop-jumping life, maybe more than what you care to admit. And, whilst you’ve nothing against sitting around with other ladeez and stroking each others hair, you and your girls; the real ones?

You don’t exactly fit in in the typical woman’s circle.

You don’t feel at home with the pretty-preneurs, not even on the internet let alone in real life.

You don’t actually GIVE a fuck about having all your shit perfect,

Polished,

And just so –

And the idea of having sales and marketing and content processes which you have to systematically pre-plan and then work through and endlessly join dots with?

Makes you want to hurl.

Sure –

You’ve bought in at times to do the idea that maybe you DO gotta do it as they say.

An automated webinar, perhaps?? Facebook ads which carefully and smartly tell the world who you are and how you can help? A sales plan proven and tested by the greats. The gradual sinking slow decline of your soul, your joy, your dreams, and even your pussy as everything within you that once knew she could HAVE IT ALL AND DO LIFE HER WAY SLOWLY DRIES,

WITHERS TO NOTHING,

AND DIES?

Sure –

Why not

And look.

It’s not that any of these things are bad or wrong. Maybe right now you’ve got to a certain point by playing by the rules … kind of. Following what ‘logic’ suggests you do. Breaking free here and there with wild little jaunts into over the top madness, noticing how THAT lights you up and also how people respond to it … but ultimately continuing to go back to trying to find the right fucking system to get you to where you want to go,

Because this thing of trying to just be you interspersed with trying to get it all right and make it work, well –

It’s God damn tiring –

But also, in the end, if we’re going to be black and white about it, it hasn’t got you to where you want to be!!

You KNOW you should be making SO much more money.

NOW.

With consistency, and yeah, while of course of COURSE you’re down for doing the work, you also feel like it SHOULD be a lot easier, more flow

And you know that you know that you know that you’ve still not let out the most unrestrained and fully expressed side of you!

– The you they can’t look away from
– The you they are MAGNETIZED by
– The you who automatically commands a huge freakin’ following, and sales to match it

You know who I’m talking about –

THE MILLIONAIRE REBEL YOU!

Starting January 18th!

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The revolutionary fucking leader who tears SHREDS off of normal every damn day before the rest of the world has barely sipped its coffee!

Who is FULLY unleashed in what she says, how she shows up, how she does business, how she does life.

Who does not give a fuck about following rules! Or sales systems! Or strategies! Who can and will do what works for HER, and if it happens to resemble other ways people build an audience and make a fuckload of money online, cool, and if not, so what! That is not the point! The point is –

She knows what works for her.
She backs herself unapologetically.
She DOES it.

And she gets the damn results. The BIG results. The CONSISTENT results. The FUCK yes results, not just with money but with the VIBERY of it all.

Imagine …

Waking up every day and KNOWING you have crushed the day before it already begun because THAT IS WHO YOU ARE AND HOW YOU ROLL!

* Your shit sells (at any and all price point)
* Your creativity and inner ideas machine flows endlessly (you always know what to put out into the world and that when you speak people PAUSE EVERYTHING AND LISTEN, whether it is with free content and shenaniganery or with your paid stuff)
* You don’t even have to think about low end or high end or how to take people through a value ladder or some such bullshit, the value ladder is YOU CONTINUING TO BE YOU, and the more that you DO you the more people just take themselves through whatever it is you’re offering!
* It is easy, natural, fun, and OBVIOUS how to build your automated income, funnels, the ‘cash machine’ side of your business.
* In fact the whole damn thing feels fun and easy and like you’re just being you (the full on you, the too much you, the rebel you, the fuck all of ’em THIS IS WHAT I STAND FOR AND NOW I’M GONNA TELL YOU you!),
* and at the same time you have the DEEPLY grounded and certain knowledge that the way you’re doing it, hot mess and chaos vibes and all, is WORKING. PS – the reason you feel certain of this is because your bank balance and soulmate audience and their feedback reflects it, not bc your spirit guides told you it’s coming

All of this is ALREADY available to you.

It is who you are and what you were born for.

You did not come here for normal!

You are one of the truly crazy ones, who has something inside of her that will leave the world BREATHLESS –
and allow her to make millions and impact millions –

BUT NOT IF SHE CONTINUES TO DO BUSINESS AND LIFE BY TRYING TO SOMEHOW BE A NON-CONFORMIST WHO CONTINUALLY CAVES AND CONFORMS.

For this to work,

REALLY work, like next next NEXT level $ and life flow work,
you’re going to need to FULLY turn your back on the idea that your breakthrough is waiting on the other side of you adjusting, filtering, compromising, playing the game the way the other entrepreneurs are playing it, or worrying about what the fuck your social media looks like!

What you’re going to need to do is simple:

FLICK THE DAMN REBEL MILLIONAIRE SWITCH BABY.

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All in on madness.
All in on crazy.
All in on chaos.
All in on the TRUE epic awesome ridiculousness and too much-ness of YOU.

REBEL MILLIONAIRE

Starting January 18th!

For those who were born to run the damn thing,

To turn the world on its head and dance on top of it,

And who are ready to do just that.

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