Success Coach Jacqueline Julien is Today’s Honoree

Hey You! Thanks for stopping by! Pull up a seat and I’ll tell you a little about myself.   I always thought I was good at managing my time. I met all my deadlines at school and work (even though meeting some of those deadlines meant burning the midnight oil and copious amounts of Mountain Dew). I had all my to-do lists, back of envelope scribbled notes, and post it notes all centrally located in a pile on my desk. I told myself that my workspace was an ‘organized mess’. My to-do list traveled with me week to week. I remember one time when I finally crossed something off my to-do list after it been on it for 6 months. I joked about it because hey, aren’t we all soooooo busy! Then I decided to start a business*.

So much to do!

I didn’t know what needed to get done first. I wanted to do everything all at once. I’d work on a little bit of my website, then get sidetracked trying to contact clients and then I needed to work on social media. I felt stressed out, overwhelmed and overworked. I felt I needed to spend all my time on my business and when I spent time with my family I felt guilty because I wasn’t present with them and I was waiting for bed time so I could get back to my business tasks. I tried about every time management technique I could find. I read the advice of million dollar business owners about productivity (get up early, make your bed, don’t go to bed until everything was done, blah, blah, blah). What the gurus were saying just wasn’t work for me.

Holy light-bulb moment, Batman!

I went back to my roots in clinical psychology to understand how our minds can influence our productivity. I got a deeper understanding of what was standing between me and getting my work done. I realized that people work differently and what works for some doesn’t work for others. I had been fighting against myself trying to be productive. I stopped focusing on what didn’t work for me (hello, I’m soooo not a morning person). I found a way to prioritize tasks that wasn’t just about how important a task was (ummm, everything seems important!) but about how it impacted my business.

Fast forward to present day…

I am running a productivity coaching business (isn’t that why you are checkin’ me out) without always feeling overwhelmed and overworked. I find myself accomplishing my tasks and having time left over. I’m not feeling pulled in a million directions. I enjoy the time I spend with my family because I’m not worried about what is happening with my business. I stick out like a sore thumb at parties because I’m not “bragging” about how busy I am. I’ve taken everything that I have learned from psychology, owning a business, time-management and productivity and developed a 4 phase system tailored to the individual, with supportive accountability to crush the obstacles in the way of being a productivity powerhouse. Now, I help other overwhelmed entrepreneurs break through their barriers to productivity so they can get more done in less time and enjoy the freedom of owning a business.

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