Episode 38: Personal Capacity

If you feel you should be running at 100 percent capacity, you’re not doing yourself any favors. This week Janine and Shannon discuss personal capacity and how making sure you’re giving yourself plenty of room capacity-wise can help you be happier and less stressed.

Discussion topics include:

  • How personal capacity is like the memory capacity of your computer or phone – when you fill it up, everything slows down
  • The fact that it’s unreasonable to expect that you can function at 100 percent capacity
  • How unnecessary thoughts can take up valuable personal capacity
  • Letting go of worry so that you can use that energy for more important things
  • The many things that factor into personal capacity, including having a realistic perception of how long something will take
  • Managing your own expectations of what you can get done in a given amount of time
  • Setting yourself up for success with a realistic task list
  • Ways you can expand your capacity (hint: stop overthinking and close up your loops)
  • Getting stuff out of your head and onto paper (or pixels) to free up your brain

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Episode 37: Laura Roeder

Laura Roeder, founder of MeetEdgar

We’re thrilled to welcome Laura Roeder, founder of MeetEdgar, the social-media marketing application that changed the way many people post to social media. Shannon and Janine talk with Laura (a naturally good-enough person) about how she deals with perfectionism on the part of her team members and customers, how to know when something is good enough to launch into the world (before it’s perfect) and the difference between thinking about your goals and actually working toward achieving them. Laura offers lots of great insights!

Discussion topics include:

  • The fact that Laura is naturally a “good enough” person but can get perfectionistic in her area of expertise
  • Dealing with team members who are perfectionists
  • Knowing when something is good enough to release into the world
  • Recognizing that most situations aren’t life and death
  • The value of “done for now”
  • How Laura deals with perfectionists among her customers (hint: she tells them what to do!)
  • Understanding the questions behind the questions
  • The elusive nature of data (and how hard it is for us to draw conclusions from it)
  • The value of leaving evidence so that you know you’re at good enough
  • How perfectionism can stymie people

Links:

  • MeetEdgar, the social media application Laura founded that allows you to automate and schedule your social-media posts. Laura is offering GTGE listeners a one-month free trial of MeetEdgar. Just use the coupon code PODCAST when signing up.

Episode 36: Feeling Satisfied


Feeling satisfied–even when something isn’t perfect–allows you to embrace a good-enough mentality. This week, Janine and Shannon discuss the importance of finding (and recognizing) satisfaction. Feeling satisfied doesn’t lead to complacency–in fact, it’s life enhancing.

Discussion topics include:

  • Janine’s shocking (to Shannon) inability to tell a joke
  • How feeling satisfied is an important aspect of a good-enough mentality
  • Looking for places to feel satisfied without perfection
  • Paying attention to what you can do instead of what you can’t do (and feeling satisfied with that)
  • Shannon’s post-concussion challenges and how she is trying to feel satisfied with what she is able to do
  • Gratitude vs satisfaction
  • Setting yourself up to feel satisfied by putting the brakes on perfectionism
  • Applying this concept to your task list (hint: include tasks instead of projects on your list and keep the list short)
  • How being satisfied with less than perfect doesn’t make you complacent
  • The fact that feeling satisfied can actually enhance your productivity
  • How you can feel satisfied with something while also looking to improve it (which Janine is proving with her new yoga practice)
  • Cultivating the habit of finding satisfaction in where you are, rather than waiting for satisfaction to find you