Do you feel overwhelmed with your todo list? Is "creating fulfilling happiness" missing from that list? Everyday Happiness with Katie Jefcoat is here to help you. In 2-minutes a day, over time, you’ll discover how to reduce overwhelm and create lasting happiness through Katie’s signature method of Intentional Margins, happiness science, and musings about life. Start your day with a positive mindset. Many of us can get deep in the feeling of overwhelm. The anxiety of our own ambition can weigh heavily on our thoughts and emotions. We lay down and close our eyes at night and our chest begins to feel heavy. More items on the to-do list than the day before. How will we ever going to get off the hamster wheel of to-dos? When are we going to start living life for more than the hustle? As a recovering lawyer and passion driven entrepreneur, Katie knew something had to change. What she found is that you can have harmony, be intentionally productive and create massive impact, all at the same time - without feeling guilty. So she asked herself a simple question: "How can I get off the hamster wheel and how can I show others how to do the same? She knew she'd had a system for herself, but she’d never put it into defining words. On August 15, 2019, she sat down at her dining room table with her friend Jenna (her business bestie). Post-It notes covering the table. This is where she first defined the concept of Intentional Margins. What are Intentional Margins? INTENTIONAL MARGINS™ (n): A buffer of space and time to create harmony between your to-do’s and your priorities. Now you can get the support you need to manage your overwhelm, one little tip at a time. Regardless of the industry, Everyday Happiness blends inspiration with a pragmatic approach to finding Harmony. You'll be encouraged to throw “balance” out the window for a more achievable approach called harmony. Through Intentional Margins™, you'll be encouraged to develop what harmony means to you, by identifying your priorities at work and at home. Every day, we'll end the podcast help you feel equipped to jump off the hamster wheel of overwhelm and go out there and crush your day. --About the Host-- Katie Jefcoat is a community curator, speaker, author and motivator who supports ambitious women (and a few good men) move from feeling hectic to harmonious. As a recovering trial lawyer, she knows first hand what it feels like to have a demanding job. As an entrepreneur with a passion that lights her hair on fire and a busy family she’s in the thick of it with you. Many people strive for balance and think overwhelm is just a part of life. Sadly, the hustle culture and our never-ending to-do list is creating a life where our priorities are getting the leftover scraps of time. Katie introduces people to what she calls - Intentional Margins™ - a kind of life in which they reduce randomness, create harmony between their to-dos and their priorities and intentionally enjoy the meaningful parts of life - without feeling guilty. Without exposure to a different way, we remain stuck on the hamster wheel of to-dos and never find the “balance” we yearn for. Katie works diligently to expose her community to different ways of doing things, because she fundamentally believes we deserve to make time for our priorities. We deserve to live a life of harmony. And it’s within our control to create it. Katie curates a smorgasbord of content related to managing your calendar, handling overwhelm, setting boundaries, reducing randomness, saying no, self-care, the power of your choices, and more in her Intentional Margins™ Membership Community -- which she calls the coziest virtual coffee shop (on Facebook). Connect and learn more at www.katiejefcoat.com.
Thursday Sep 29, 2022
Thursday Sep 29, 2022
Thursday Sep 29, 2022
When working to find some kind of flow for your happiness, how do you find it? Tune in to understand how these three analogies may work for your life.
Welcome to Everyday Happiness where we create lasting happiness, in about 2 minutes a day, through my signature method of Intentional Margins® (creating harmony between your to-dos and your priorities), happiness science, and musings about life.
I'm your host Katie Jefcoat and I believe that if you want to achieve the elusive balance in your life, however you define that, you need to first define what success looks like for you – you need to define what the finish line is, for you. There are a million ways to do anything, but we need to be clear on what matters to us and how we are going to get there. This micro-podcast is inspiration and Intentional Margins® is a tool to help you get there.
I ask myself every quarter, every week and every day, ”what does success look like for me in this season, this week, this day”?
Let’s talk about balance. When I hear the word balance, I think of the scales of justice and everything being equal. Well, it’s not. Every day is different, every season is different. To me, balance is illusive and frankly not what I’m after.
So what if we called this feeling Rhythm. Adam Grant used this term in a seminar I heard last year. He said the chorus is the work and the melody is the family/personal life and together there is rhythm. Perhaps this analogy will work for some. I can see his point that when everything is working together, there can be rhythm, but I often find in my life, it’s not that simple.
I like the term harmony. It’s the yin and the yang. When they are pulled apart they are completely off balance, but when they are put together, they are in harmony. Some days are more heavily focused on one aspect of life than others. Different priorities. Different days, different seasons. There is no formula in my mind for the perfect balance or the ideal rhythm to make the music. It doesn’t exist, there are too many variables, minute by minute. So I like to think of harmony and know that I’m doing the best and I can. And to tell you, you are doing the best you can.
Tomorrow we are going to get more tactical and talk about how we decide where to focus our attention to create this sense of fulfillment and happiness.
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