Creating a Life Aligned with Your Capacity: How I Went from Overwhelmed to Thriving with Boundaries

Creating a Life Aligned with Your Capacity: How I Went from Overwhelmed to Thriving with Boundaries
How I became a planner mixed with spontaneous, which makes no sense, I know! How I created my life to line up with my capacity. How boundaries saved me, physically, mentally, and emotionally (eventually.)

PAST SELF: An extreme planner, like everything was planned out, maxed to capacity (and beyond,) stressed everyday, and simply surviving (if you can call it that.) I was working a full time job (outside the home,) homeschooling my kids, and attempting to live up to everyone's expectations.

See I was also a people pleaser and perfectionist (that was failing miserably.) With so many things going on, I was drowning. Something had to give and it had to happen NOW before I lost my shit...again!

PRESENT SELF: A flexible planner, not maxed to capacity (most times, I'm not perfect,) with room for self-care, and intentional family time. See I'm not only surviving, I'm thriving - AND I'm not done upleveling it! (psssst - I'm here to support you with this desire)

I make every decision with these 2 questions in mind now:
1. Does this serve myself and/or my family?
2. Do I have the capacity for this? (energy, time, mentally, etc)

I've worked on my mindset in all areas, opened my mind to all the possibilities, and really felt into what the hell I truly desired from life. I started working through my trauma (OMG, that's some hard shit.)

What did I truly desire? Well I didn't have the answer for a very long time, because I didn't know who the hell I was. As I started feeling the feelings, as I started giving myself grace, as I started prioritizing myself - I freaked out. My nervous system didn't know what to do, it was panicking.

Throw in an ADHD diagnosis and things got even more interesting. Things started making sense however. Why things were harder for me, why I felt like I had to have everything planned out, why my energy and focus felt ALL over the place. What I realized is that I had been masking all my life to survive. This was one of the pivotal moments in my adult life.

To wrap this up, my past self, unknowingly, was desiring freedom, answers, fun, and it dug itself out with a lot of hard work, one bite sized step at a time.

      • Transforming my mindset
      • Working through the trauma
      • Creating systems that work with my brain
      • Giving myself grace
      • Slowing down - not always being busy
      • Learning to say "no" when things didn't align
      • Implementing boundaries with myself and others
      • Creating a flexible schedule that feels good
      • Having an open mind
      • Surrounding myself with like minded humans
This is a recap of years, just a few snippets of my thoughts and feelings. There are so many ways to get to your desires (which in itself is overwhelming,) and you get to pick which path you'd like to go down based on so many different factors in your life and business.

I'm here to support you as you go on this journey. From feeling in alignment with your desires, to creating a schedule and space that feels good, and creating a plan and systems that work with your brain so you can move forward with the least amount of resistance!

You have to start and starting with one bite sized action step is how you do it, then the next one and so on. Get the accountability you need to take the action you desire and chase after your dreams!

There are a few options on how to work with me, however, here are the 3 most popular.
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Working From Home Tips for the Neurodivergent Entrepreneur

Working From Home Tips for the Neurodivergent Entrepreneur
Working from home has become the new norm for many entrepreneurs. With the flexibility it offers, it can be a great option for those with neurodivergent traits who may struggle with the traditional office environment. However, working from home also presents its own challenges.

To help neurodivergent entrepreneurs navigate this new way of working, we've put together some valuable tips:
1. Create flexible routines: Neurodivergent humans often thrive on routine and structure. Establishing a consistent daily schedule may be difficult, and it can help you stay organized and focused. Plan out your tasks, set aside time to work, and ensure you take regular breaks.

2. Designate a dedicated workspace: Set up a designated workspace in your home that is specifically meant for work. Ideally, find a quiet area where you can minimize distractions. Customize your workspace to suit your sensory needs, whether it's using noise-cancelling headphones, dim lighting, or adding fidget toys.

3. Establish clear boundaries: It can be easy for work to spill into personal life when working from home. Set boundaries by clearly defining your working hours and communicate them to your colleagues, clients, and family members. Having clear boundaries helps maintain a healthy work-life balance.

4. Utilize technology and productivity tools: Take advantage of technology to enhance your productivity. Utilize project management tools, time-tracking apps, and productivity apps to stay organized and focused on your tasks. These tools can help you break down complex projects into smaller, manageable tasks.

5. Take regular breaks: Neurodivergent humans may need more frequent breaks to recharge their energy and maintain focus. Schedule short breaks throughout the day to engage in activities that help you relax and recharge, such as going for a walk, practicing mindfulness exercises, or engaging in a sensory-friendly hobby.

6. Communicate your needs: Don't hesitate to communicate your needs to your team or clients. If you require specific accommodations or adaptations to improve your work environment, share them openly. This can include requesting written communication over phone calls or providing transparent explanations of your preferred ways of working.

7. Seek support and connect with others: Building a network of like-minded humans can be invaluable. Connect with other neurodivergent entrepreneurs through online communities or professional networks. They can offer insights, support, and understanding that will help you navigate the challenges and celebrate your successes.

8. Practice self-care: Prioritize self-care to maintain your overall well-being. Engage in activities that help you relax and destress, such as exercise, meditation, or hobbies you enjoy. Taking care of your physical and mental health is essential for long-term success.

By implementing these tips, neurodivergent entrepreneurs can thrive in a remote work environment. Embrace your unique strengths, adapt your work style to suit your needs, and remember that success comes in many different forms. Working from home can provide the freedom and flexibility to excel in your business while honoring your neurodivergent strengths.

If you'd like to join us for coworking sessions, Level 02 or 03 of the Hyperfocus Treehouse is perfect for you because there's coworking and so much more to support you in this entrepreneurial journey.

Why the Hell Do I Need SOPs??

Why the Hell Do I Need SOPs??
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) serve as the backbone of any successful business or organization. These are documented steps that outline how activities and tasks should be carried out to ensure consistency, efficiency, and quality across all operations. SOPs provide clear guidelines and instructions to team members, detailing the necessary steps, tools, and resources required to complete a task effectively.

Creating, updating, and using SOPs is a system in itself that you may struggle to put into place. More on how I can help later.

Why SOPs are Important:
Imagine running a business without any set procedures in place. Chaos and confusion would likely occur, leading to inconsistencies, errors, and wasted time and energy. Whether you're a small startup or a large corporation, SOPs are essential for streamlining processes, maintaining operational consistency, and achieving desired outcomes.

Here are a few key benefits of implementing SOPs in your business:
1. Improved Efficiency: SOPs eliminate guesswork by providing a detailed roadmap for completing tasks. With clearly defined steps, team members can work more efficiently, saving time and energy.

2. Consistency and Quality: SOPs ensure that processes are standardized and consistently followed by team members. This consistency results in better output quality, as everyone is working towards the same goal using the same approach.

3. Training and Onboarding: SOPs are invaluable when it comes to training new team members. By having comprehensive guidelines readily available, you can streamline the onboarding process and reduce the learning curve for new team members.

4. Continuous Improvement: SOPs aren't set in stone. They provide a foundation for identifying areas of improvement and implementing changes to optimize processes. Regularly reviewing and updating SOPs allows businesses to adapt to new technologies, industry trends, and customer or client needs.

Struggling to implement these SOPs or put systems in place in general? I'm here to help. You can join me in the Hyperfocus Treehouse or grab your very own VIP day to get those SOPs in place.

5 Reasons Why Every Business Owner Needs a Task Management System

5 Reasons Why Every Business Owner Needs a Task Management System
As a neurodivergent business owner, you have a lot on your plate. I mean more than the typical plate. You manage deadlines, deliverables, team members, and clients, all while juggling a ton of tasks. It is definitely hard to keep track of everything! Sometimes, leading to missed deadlines, frustrated clients, and decreased productivity. One way to minimize these problems is by using a task management system. 

Here are some reasons why:

1. Increased Organization and Productivity: A task management system allows you to organize your tasks and prioritize them based on their deadlines and importance. You can break down larger projects into smaller tasks, assign them to team members, and track their progress. You can also set reminders and deadlines to stay on track and work through procrastination.

2. Improved Collaboration: If you work with a team, a task management system can improve collaboration. You can assign tasks to team members, set deadlines, and track progress all in one place. You can also communicate within the system, ask questions, and share files. This can lead to fewer miscommunications and a more productive team.

3. Better Time Management: With a task management system, you can see all your tasks in one place and prioritize them based on their importance and deadlines. This can help you manage your time more effectively and avoid spending too much time on less important tasks. You may need a support human for this if this is something that stops you in your tracks or overwhelms you.

4. Reduced Stress: When you have a lot of tasks to complete, it can be overwhelming and stressful. A task management system can reduce this stress by helping you stay organized, prioritize tasks, and track progress. You can rest easy knowing that nothing will fall through the cracks.

5. Improved Accountability: A task management system can also improve accountability. You can assign tasks to team members and track their progress. This can help ensure that everyone is on the same page and completing their tasks on time. And there's you too. Snoozing those tasks, yea, it keeps a record.

Overall, using a task management system can save you time, improve collaboration, reduce stress, and improve productivity. With all the benefits it provides, it's no wonder many successful neurodivergent business owners rely on these systems to stay on top of their tasks. 

Need support getting your task management system in place, grab Streamlined Task Management. Options shown: Sunsama (personal planner) with basic Notion project management. Bonus! ClickUp daily planner space.

When Overwhelmed with Tasks

Have you ever had a chaotic week that you thought would never end!? The tasks and commitments just kept piling up overwhelming you!? 😟 More realistically, does that sound like your life?

I've had so many of those weeks and at one point, that was my life! I have ADHD which means I struggle with time management and I'm the queen of overloading my schedule because for some reason, my energy today said I'd have energy on that day in the future to do the things I've said yes to.

Relatable?

Inevitably, these turn into chaotic weeks and months!

Here are my 5 tips to getting through that chaotic week(s)
🧡 lots of rest whenever possible
🧡 ensure you have food, snacks, and WATER! (I'm hollering this one at me!)
🧡 make sure you have a 100%, or as close to that as possible, day to rest following that chaotic week(s)
🧡 see if you can minimize your workload/commitments moving forward
🧡 it's ok to say no to the things that will stress you out, overstimulate you, or you simply don't want to do AND you don't have to have a reason.

Many of us LIVE in this chaos consistently and that quickly leads to burnout, exhaustion, sickness, and mental health issues. The holiday season just adds to this...

If you are someone that wants to create a life and business without those things consistently knocking at your door, keep reading...

Step one is evaluating your workload, commitments, and schedule.
What can you remove, what can you minimize, and how do these things make you feel?

If you really want to dig deep into these things, you have options. As a productivity strategist for your business, household, and life that works specifically with ADHD & neurodivergent entrepreneurs, I get it, things are hard - from RSD, time blindness, executive dysfunction, etc.

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