Episode 28: Letting the Holidays Be Easy

The holiday season can be really hard on perfectionists, who often want to do it all and do it right. This week Shannon and Janine talk about making it easier for perfectionists to let the holidays be easy.

Discussion topics include:

  • How “shoulds” can get in the way of enjoying the holidays
  • Janine’s truly simple holiday traditions
  • Choosing the elements of the holidays that are doable
  • The time-saving benefits of holiday cookie exchanges
  • How the December holidays can be challenging for perfectionists
  • How Shannon creates the holidays she wants (including this year’s Thanksgiving of giving)
  • Embracing good enough to make holidays easier
  • How giving clutter-free gifts helps the recipient and makes gift-giving easier
  • A special clutter-free gift idea from special guest Miranda Adams, Janine’s niece
  • Giving the gift of experiences or services, rather than stuff
  • Choosing a theme word to capture the essence of what you want for the season to use as a guidepost to help you make choices
  • Starting earlier on holiday tasks to avoid the stress of last-minute activities

Links:

  • Minted, the awesome service Janine uses to personalize, print and address her holiday cards (that’s an affiliate link)
  • Care, the charity gift-giving service Miranda mentioned

Episode 27: The Thrill of Done


It can be thrilling to finish something. But if a project is large, the thrill can feel like it may never come–especially if you’re chasing perfection. In this episode, Janine and Shannon talk strategies for incorporating the thrill of done into any project so that you can stay happy and motivated while you try to get your stuff done.

Discussion topics include:

  • What’s thrilling about finishing
  • The challenge of building the thrill of done into large projects
  • How to identify “done”
  • Using a timer to help you feel done with something
  • One technique for building done into an email purge
  • How perfectionists don’t get to feel done if they’re trying to get to perfect (because perfect is impossible)
  • Some wisdom from Harold L. Taylor on perfectionism
  • The benefits of celebrating in the middle of the project
  • How breaking a task into small tasks (and calling each task done) can be motivating
  • How Shannon and Janine apply the thrill of done to our genealogy research

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Episode 26: Multitasking

 

Many people (especially perfectionists) feel like they’re being more productive when they attempt to do multiple tasks at once. This week, Shannon and Janine discuss why the opposite is true.

Discussion topics include:

  • The alluring temptation of multitasking
  • That most multitasking is not actually multitasking; it’s rapidly switching between single tasks
  • Concurrent multitasking: activities that are possible to multitask
  • Body doubling and how it can help in organizing
  • The perils of driving while listening to podcasts
  • Using ScreenTime on the iPhone to limit the distraction of technology
  • Practicing being mindful as a way to combat multitasking
  • Using a timer to stay focused
  • How multitasking lowers your IQ (says a study)
  • The truth about multitasking: You think you’re being productive and you aren’t!

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