Episode 8: You Be You


We all do things differently–and that’s okay. In this episode Shannon and Janine talk about how it doesn’t matter how you do things, as long as your way is working.

Discussion topics include:

  • Why comparing yourself to others isn’t helpful
  • How it’s your own standards (not your mother’s or the media’s) that matter
  • Dispelling some myths about professional organizers and life coaches
  • “Faking it until you make it” (or not)
  • Janine’s freak out when she invited a group of professional organizers to her home

Please note: We had some technical difficulties with this episode, which was originally supposed to be Episode 5. It kicked our butts. As a result, you might notice a few sound problems. But we liked the content so we embraced good enough and published it. We hope you enjoy it enough to overlook the sound issues.

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Episode 7: What Is Good Enough?

It’s hard to know how to stop at good enough if you haven’t identified what good enough means to you. Shannon and Janine discuss why it’s important to understand your own standards of good enough–and how those standards are very personal.

Discussion topics include:

  • How standards can vary depending on the importance of what you’re working on
  • How living with teenagers has caused Shannon to embrace a different standard of good enough in terms of housekeeping (spoiler alert: the word “botulism” is part of her standard)
  • The challenge of living with people whose standards of clutter are different than yours
  • Shannon’s technique for avoiding over-researching purchases
  • How Janine straddles the divide between the future and the ancient ways

Comment from Janine: I looked for black gunk on my stove and decided that it might be invisible since my entire stovetop is black.

 

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Episode 6: Task Management

 

Shannon and Janine get excited talking about task management and the various methods we’ve used over the years to stay happy and productive while trying to get stuff done.

Discussion topics include:

  • Mark Forster‘s task management systems
  • Todoist, which we’re both customizing to our needs
  • The importance of writing down tasks
  • Using Post-it® Notes to keep track of tasks
  • The value of shaking up your system
  • To-do List Bingo

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Episode 5: Good Enough In Practice

Janine and Shannon truly embraced the concept of “good enough” when creating this podcast. In this episode we talk about how we went from idea to launch in less than two months (with five episodes recorded!). It’s been a great lesson for us on the value of letting go of perfectionism.

We let it be easy when it came to:
  • Choosing the podcasting app we use to produce the podcast (we’re using Cast — it’s a super simple way to get started!)
  • Selecting topics
  • Selecting the name of the podcast
  • Deciding what had to be in place before we could launch
  • Creating a logo for the podcast
  • Rehearsing our conversations (or not)

Listen to the inside scoop on how putting “good enough” into practice allowed us to make creating a podcast fun and easy!

Note: This was originally scheduled to be Episode 6, but a technical difficulty made us temporarily shelve the original Episode 5, so this turned into Episode 5. (The other episode will be published later.)

 

 

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Episode 4: Self-Talk


What is that little voice in your head telling you? Self-talk can be positive, but all too often it’s negative and not at all helpful.

Shannon and Janine discuss turning the negative self-talk around so that it’s actually helpful.

Other topics include:

• Using self-talk to your advantage
• How to minimize the impact of negative self-talk
• The epic ABC Afterschool Special, “The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon”
• Shannon’s rant against the word “deserve”

Link: The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon is available to watch on YouTube. Enjoy!

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Episode 3: Backsliding

Everyone backslides. Shannon and Janine see it all the time in their clients (and we experience it ourselves, too).

In this episode we discuss how backsliding is part of the process and how important it is to be kind to yourself when it happens.

Other topics include:

• What to do if you backslide
• How to avoid backsliding in the future (spoiler alert: daily habits can be really helpful)
• Janine’s effort to get back into Todoist after backsliding with it
• How being kind to yourself is good self care

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Episode 2: Rewards

Janine and Shannon discuss the how helpful it is to reward yourself for progress (as opposed to success).

When you reward accomplishing steps along the way to achieving your goal, you keep yourself motivated. Rewarding yourself will help you do more in the long run.

Our discussion touches on:

• Why we don’t have to suffer to succeed.
• Creating a doable to-do list (and why that’s important)
• Coming up with ways to reward yourself
• The value of taking a break

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Episode 1: Done Is Better Than Perfect

Our first episode! Shannon and Janine talk about a basic tenet of embracing good enough: the idea that done is better than perfect.

We talk about how getting started and finishing something–even if the result is less than perfect–is so much better than waiting for perfect to come along.

Included in the conversation:

• How perfectionism can keep you from getting started on a project.

• How being willing to make mistakes makes getting to good enough possible.

• Strategies for letting go of perfectionism and easing into good enough.

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