When I met Steve he was working 70+ hours a week, spending much of his non-client time having to complete tasks at the last minute and always feeling like he was in 'catch-up' mode.
He was frustrated over never being able to get to his longer-term projects, the piles of which were stacked around his office, energetically weighing him down.
He was caught in the trap of having created a highly successful coaching business by always saying yes to his clients but without fully understanding his capacity – and what time he needed to actually grow his business in the direction he wanted it to.
After coaching together for a number of months Steve has dropped to roughly 55 hours of work each week and eliminated all of his “after-hours” clients to free up his evenings for the first time in years.
His office space was revamped to create a dynamic paper system that flowed easily from year to year without getting over-full and stagnant.
Together we developed a system that allowed him to capture and consolidate ALL that he had to-do, including long-term projects, ideas, and immediate action items that had previously fallen through the cracks.
And one of the biggest changes Steve saw was in understanding his capacity. He now has clear strategies for leveraging his time and for monitoring on a month-to-month basis how many hours he has available for client work and when he can comfortably start saying no.
Because of his new boundaries and rituals that we installed he is confident that he is creating the time for the most important work each week – and for not working at all!
Here’s what Steve said in his own words:
With the perfect balance of genuine expertise and a truly artful coach approach, Julie helped me tackle 3 important domains of organization — how I manage my tasks and to-do list, the physical environment of my office, and the holy grail of more effectively managing my time. Guided, prodded, motivated, and provoked by Julie's coaching, I:
- have finally landed on the task management system that I've been seeking for years, perfectly tuned to my needs,
- have an office environment that feels pristine, organized, efficient, and welcoming each time I enter it, with systems in place to keep it that way, and
- have made significant changes in several fundamental aspects of how I manage my business, changes that are already yielding positive results in terms of the balance between the time that I spend on my work and the time that I devote to the rest of the priorities in my life.
The results, especially in terms of the reduction in stress associated with all of this, couldn't be more dramatic. I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to work with Julie, and recommend her unconditionally to anyone seeking help in getting better organized.
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