Today I have such a great guest that I am so excited to introduce you to. Today’s guest is someone who I feel like I already know because we have so many similarities about our lives and I will tell you all about them here in a bit. Today I am interviewing Kate Northrup, author of a brand new book called Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Busy Moms.
Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author, and Mother
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Simplifying Your To-Do List with Kate Northrup
Kate Northrup is an entrepreneur who supports ambitious women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process. She is the founder and CEO of Origin Collective, a membership where women all over the world gather to achieve more while doing less. Her first book, Money: A Love Story, has been published in 5 languages. Kate lives with her husband and business partner, Mike, and their two daughters in Maine.
So welcome Kate and thank you for joining us today!
Some Questions We Discuss in This Week’s Podcast:
- What is the do less philosophy and how can we actually achieve more by doing less?
- What are the first steps when it feels like we don’t know where to start?
- How do you manage and track your energy?
- How do you manage your to-do list?
- How do you know what goes on your to-do list?
- When is your weekly planning session and how long does it take and do you have it the same time every week?
- If there was one action they could take to help them achieve more by doing less of what would it be?
Here are some of the tips from Kate, listen to the podcast for more!
Q: How do you manage your to-do list?
A: I like to make a weekly to-do list as opposed to a daily to-do list. And here’s why. Life is quite unexpected. We are going to have unexpected things happen to us every single day for sure, every single week, but mostly every single day. And you don’t have to have kids for that to happen, right? You know parents have stuff happen, your neighbor needs something, your boss, this, I mean stuff happens.
Most time management systems and scheduling protocols and practices assume that we can control our lives. And while I believe we can control our responses to our lives, we cannot control our lives completely. When you do a weekly to-do list, what it does is it allows for the flexibility of life’s unexpected events, which are completely inevitable.
Q: How do you know what goes on your to-do list?
A: There are three questions that I recommend asking before something goes on your to-do list and they are: 1) Does it need to be done? 2) Does this need to be done by me? 3) Does it need to be done now?
Q: When is your weekly planning session and how long does it take and do you have it the same time every week?
A: So sometimes I do it on Sunday nights. It just depends on how much I want to fall on the floor after a weekend with the kids. And then sometimes I will do it Monday mornings first thing. So the girls go to daycare Monday mornings and I’ll do it at 8. Mine is really simple. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes. I ask first what does my body need? So I’ll ask what phase in my cycle I’m in and what does my body need? Then I look at what are my top three priorities for the week.