3 Things That Are Keeping You From A 3-Day Workweek...

 
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Who wouldn’t want a 3-day workweek, right?

It offers you plenty of time for family, friends, travel, self-care and to simply enjoy life! Hello, 4-day weekends, need I say more?!...

But, despite desiring a more fulfilling work-life balance, few women successfully find a way to work LESS, make MORE and live BETTER.

 
 

So, that got me wondering...what’s holding us back? 

I surveyed my community (you!), and here’s what I found…

#1 MONEY

The number one reason women in my community gave for not working just 3 days a week was money (which is totally understandable). When we subscribe to the idea that we need to trade hours for dollars, working more hours means more dollars in the bank. Pretty simple math, right? 

But, the problem is that this is an antiquated belief, and one that I strongly believe we’re ready to move beyond. There are countless ways to leverage our time, energy and creativity to make MORE while working LESS especially in the entrepreneurial world. 

This also stems from the idea that more money automatically equals more happiness, but time and again in study after study it’s been shown that once our basic needs are met our happiness only increases incrementally when we make more money. The truth is, when we work ourselves ragged in the pursuit of money we’re putting our lives and our happiness on HOLD. 

To reframe, I offer you this simple question: what is the value of your TIME? 

Time for family and friends, simple pleasures, afternoon walks, weekday lunchdates, long weekends, morning yoga. Time for doing the things you love most right NOW. Time for living. 

To me time is priceless. 

So, with that way of thinking a 3-day workweek makes you more abundant and successful than anything else possibly could because you get to enjoy the immeasurable value of your time.

#2 MINDSET

This block presented itself in a few different ways in the women I surveyed…

Some women felt that they had to hustle (especially in the early phases of their business) in order to “earn” success. 

Others felt guilty when they weren’t working. 

Still others doubted their ability to be able to make more money and serve more people while working fewer hours. 

All totally valid. Yet, all -- at their core -- are just self-imposed limitations.

Here are the facts:

  • :: A recent study found that when subjects worked over 25 hours/week cognitive performance decreased as fatigue and stress took over
     
  • ::  The 40-hour workweek is an antiquated model designed by the unions for industrial workers who have “8 good hours a day” (not for gorgeous women entrepreneurs like you!)
     
  • :: Longer hours are often more about “proving yourself” than about productivity
     
  • :: You fill whatever hours you have -- more hours means more time to waste (boy, I know this one is all-too-true…)
     
  • :: When you work just 3 days a week, you can save money on things like childcare, healthcare (because you aren’t working yourself ragged and chronically stressed), take-out dinners, house cleaning services, etc. and have more time for yourself, your family and the things you love most!

The reality is you can build your business and your life any way YOU want, because there’s no ONE path to success. 

If you choose to believe that you can work fewer hours and still be wildly successful, you can be. 

Your mind is the most powerful business-building tool you’ve got! 



#3 DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO

Another factor that came up again and again was not knowing what to do. Women desire a 3-day workweek, but then have no clue how to implement it. 

I get it. When you’re an entrepreneur running the show and still have responsibilities outside of your business like a family or full- or part-time job, it can feel impossible to think about getting everything done.

But, lucky for you, I’ve already walked the path from full-time hustle to 3-day workweek flow, and it’s something that I know you can do, too.

When we get caught in overwhelm or find ourselves analyzing our ideas and options to the point of total paralysis, here are two things that I find helpful mentally, emotionally and productively :-)

  1. Just do ONE THING. Any one thing that would feel good to get accomplished, and then bask in the good feeling of its doneness. It could be anything from writing an email, scheduling your weekly social media content, getting a proposal out to a prospective client, outlining a new program or offer or booking a massage (because you totally deserve it!).

  2. Take something OFF your to-do list. This is a very liberating exercise. Look at your to-do list (or evaluate the mental to-dos you’ve been carrying around) and land on a task that you’ve been putting off again and again and again. And ask yourself, would anyone notice or care if I didn’t do this? 99% of the time the answer is NO. No one would notice. No one would really care. So, perhaps give yourself permission to simply remove it from your to-do list all together!!! Ahhh….sigh of relief! (If you truly feel that you can’t remove it, see #1 and do ONE THING to move it toward completion. Or, see if there’s somebody in your life who could handle it for you!)

  3. Join the FREE 3-Day Workweek Challenge to learn how to make the upgrades necessary to start living your ideal workweek now. Join us here.

I guarantee that if you apply these two exercises to your daily to-do list, you’ll immediately begin moving through your day more efficiently and productively. And that feels pretty darn good.

If you’re committed to creating your perfect-for-you workweek in 2018, I’ve got some super exciting news for you -- the first-ever FREE 3-Day Workweek Challenge kicks-off on Monday, January 15th and will teach you how to make the upgrades necessary to start living your ideal workweek NOW.


P.P.S. Don’t worry, The Clarity Confessions aren’t going anywhere! I’ll still be bringing you amazing interviews every other week, but these Dose of Clarity episodes will give you a chance to learn more about my personal (never-ending) journey towards Clarity :-)


 
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I’m going on a Facebook LIVE TOUR + I’m coming to a group you love!

Happy (almost) New Year!

Two weeks ago I had a BIG idea to kick-off the first-ever 3-Day Workweek Challenge with a bang!

I thought it would be super fun to go on a 3-Day Workweek Facebook Live Tour and share my best tips and strategies for designing your Ideal Workweek with as many people as possible.

Flash forward to today, and thanks to my lovely, super generous and quick-to-action friends, I have a dozen “tour stops” booked for early January -- and I’m likely coming to a Facebook you LOVE (or will soon fall in love with!).

If you want to galavant around Facebook with me learning my absolute best tips and strategies to design your ideal workweek for 2018 so that you, too, can work LESS, make MORE and live BETTER, check out my fabulous tour stops below.

This is going to be a really high-value tour! I hope you’re able to attend one...or two...or several of the live events listed above. 

Might be a good idea to set a calendar reminder for the ones you want to attend so you don’t miss them :-)

Enjoy the rest of your holiday week, and I’ll see you in the new year!
 

P.S. If you’re super excited about the idea of living your Ideal Workweek in 2018, join the totally FREE 3-Day Workweek Challenge here. We get started on January 15th.

Big Announcement! The 3-Day Workweek PODCAST is here!!!

I hope you’re enjoying a fun and relaxing holiday week with your loved ones, but I needed to share some big, exciting news with you! 

Moving into the new year, my entire brand is shifting to teach you what I know best: how to create your ideal workweek that enables you to work less, make more and live better.

All our offerings -- our programs, freebies, challenges, podcast, products and services -- are ALL going to support you in intentionally designing a life + business that you completely adore. Very exciting if you ask me :-)

And, just in time for the arrival of 2018 -- the 3-Day Workweek PODCAST is here!!! Welcome to a place where 3-day workweeks, 4-day weekends, 5-figure months and 6-figure years are the norm!

Here’s what you can expect from the 3DWW Podcast:

  • Stories and strategic advice from inspiring guests who work less than 25 hours/week and have 6 or 7-figure businesses (if they can do it, you can too!)
  • Tools and techniques that will enable you to work LESS, make MORE and live BETTER
  • Mindset shifts that are imperative to creating and living your ideal life right now
  • Tell-all conversations about what work-life harmony really looks like
  • An insider look at my 3-day workweek, my business and my life as a wife, mom of 2 and entrepreneur
 
 

P.S. I’m hosting a 3-Day Workweek Challenge in January! If you’re ready to work less, make more and live better in 2018, click here to be the first to hear when the challenge kicks-off :-) 


 
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  • Join the #3DayWorkweekMovement by grabbing your FREE 3-Day Workweek Guide - just complete the form below!
 

10 Signs You’re On the Right Path [plus holiday gift inside!]

Happy Holidays!

One of the most important gifts we can ever give to ourselves is the gift of inner peace. 

For me, inner peace comes from knowing, with unwavering certainty, that I’m on the right path.

This season is the time of love and miracles, and I want nothing more than for you, too, to feel the deep peace that comes from knowing you’re on your right path.

With that in mind, I’m sharing with you 10 things that I recognize as communication from the Universe/guides/angels/God/spirit/energy. When you start to see ALL the ways that the Universe is making herself known and guiding you on your path, you can’t help but feel supported and excited for the journey.

If you’re ready to fully open your eyes to the beauty, comfort, joy and overwhelming peace of being supported -- this one’s for you :-)

In this Dose of Clarity episode, I’m sharing…

  • 10 signs that the Universe is communicating with you -- when you learn to recognize the signs, you’ll begin to trust them. That’s when life really flows!
  • A little holiday gift! Free PDF download which outlines all the signs so you can remind yourself of them daily. Just fill out the form below to receive your PDF straight to your inbox!
 
 
 
 

P.S. I’m hosting a 3-Day Workweek Challenge in January! If you’re ready to work less, make more and live better in 2018, click here to be the first to hear when the challenge kicks-off :-) 

P.P.S. Don’t worry, The Clarity Confessions aren’t going anywhere! I’ll still be bringing you amazing interviews every other week, but these Dose of Clarity episodes will give you a chance to learn more about my personal (never-ending) journey towards Clarity :-)


 
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  • Join the #3DayWorkweekMovement by grabbing your FREE 3-Day Workweek Guide - just complete the form below!
 

Use this to create your Ideal Schedule for 2018

With 2018 just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about my plans for the new year -- and I’m guessing you might be, too. 

Having a clear framework for my working hours ensures that I’m my most productive, efficient, focused self, and I know from experience that’s how I achieve my BIGGEST goals!

BIG goals are reached with consistent, feel-good action, and having a schedule that honors you, your lifestyle and your business is the single best way I know to hit those new milestones you’ve got your sights set on.

In this Dose of Clarity episode, I’m sharing…

  • The way I structure my 3-day workweek to ensure I have plenty of time to work on NEW projects and ideas (and not just constantly be serving my current clients)
  • How I keep focused and avoid “shiny object syndrome”
  • How you, too, can create your Ideal Schedule for 2018 that’ll set you up for reaching your biggest goals in the new year
 
 

P.S. Don’t worry, The Clarity Confessions aren’t going anywhere! I’ll still be bringing you amazing interviews every other week, but these Dose of Clarity episodes will give you a chance to learn more about my personal (never-ending) journey towards Clarity :-)


 
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  • Want more tips, strategies, and resources for creating your own 3-Day Workweek? Subscribe, rate, and review The 3DWW Podcast
     
  • Join the #3DayWorkweekMovement by grabbing your FREE 3-Day Workweek Guide - just complete the form below!
 

Your 3-Day Workweek gift guide is here!

Happy Holidays to you!

I just love this time of year, so I thought it would be fun to put together a holiday gift guide of super helpful items that make my 3-Day Workweek possible.

If you (or someone you know) are hoping to work LESS, make MORE and live BETTER in 2018, the items on this list will serve you tremendously!

 
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1.) 3-Day Workweek Schedule [free!]

  • If you’re ready to create your ideal workweek in 2018, this is a must-have! This free guide provides you with everything you need in order to design your perfect-for-you schedule including a task list, fillable template and insider look at my 3-day workweek for inspiration :-)

2.) Attract High-End Clients [$67]

  • My 3-day workweek would not be possible without the amazing, high-end clients I get the privilege of working with. If you want to find, enroll and maintain high-end clients in your business, this mini-course will teach you how to do exactly that. Good stuff!

3.) Erin Condren Planner [$50+]

  • I am so in love with my Erin Condren day planner. I’ve gifted myself one each holiday season for the past 3 years. The layout and cover are totally customizable so you can design the planner that suits your needs the best.

4.) Vivid Vision Planbook [$47]

  • One of my favorite things to do in the final weeks of the year is to set my vision for the year to come. Th Vivid Vision Planbook is a fantastic tool for clarifying your deepest desires and mapping them out in a strategic way so that you can realize them in 2018.

5.) Must-Read Books [$15+]

  • Books are one of my favorite things to give and to receive. If you’re looking for some good ones to add to your bookshelf (or e-reader), these are some of my favorites.

6.) Moleskine Journal [$16]

  • I journal nearly every day (sometimes 2+ times a day). It gives me a direct doorway into my deep inner knowing. Whether you currently have a journaling practice or not, why not treat yourself to a beautiful new journal for 2018, and commit to seeking guidance from yourself first and foremost!

7.) Ellia Essential Oil Diffuser [$75]

  • I just LOVE my essential oil diffuser. It sits on the corner of my desk and perfumes my office with the scent of lavender. It’s totally luxurious and calming.
     

8.) Join the 3-Day Workweek Challenge [free!]

  • In January, I will be hosting the first ever 3-Day Workweek Challenge to help you define and make the incremental upgrades necessary to starting living your ideal workweek NOW. This short + sweet 5-day experience will ensure that you’re setting yourself up to work less, make more and live better in 2018. Click here to join the challenge waitlist.

 

Want to share this gift guide with someone you love? Enter their name + email below, and we’ll send it to them. #sharethelove

 
 
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Dose of Clarity: How I overcame 3-day workweek guilt...

One of the things that comes up over and over again when women consider working LESS is guilt.

“I should be giving this business my all!”
“I should be busting my butt to make this work.”
“I should be hustling 24/7 otherwise this won’t take off!”

I feel ya. Before I had my kiddos, I felt totally guilty giving myself time to attend a yoga class, have a lunch date with a girlfriend, take an afternoon walk or sometimes even just shower!

In today’s Dose of Clarity episode, I’m sharing…

  • The big, bad F-word related to guilt
  • A powerful reframe when you’re feeling guilty
  • One word you need to start using TODAY to release guilt once and for all
  • A key thing to remember when guilt rears its ugly head
 
 

P.S. Don’t worry, The Clarity Confessions aren’t going anywhere! I’ll still be bringing you amazing interviews every other week, but these Dose of Clarity episodes will give you a chance to learn more about my personal (never-ending) journey towards Clarity :-)


 
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Confession #045: "Flying my 'freak flag' is the key to my success!" with Jenny Fenig

 
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I am so excited to introduce you to my wonderful friend Jenny Fenig in today's Clarity Confession! Jenny is an award-winning coach and entrepreneur, best-selling author, spiritual brand strategist, yogi, wife, and mother. Her bestselling book is Get Gutsy: A Sacred, Fearless Guide for Finding Your Soul’s Calling and Living Your Dream. and you can also find her hosting the Get Gutsy Podcast.

During this interview we trace her journey from moving to New York to pursue a career in public relations, landing in the "conference production" industry after a move to Massachusetts, and deciding to make a major career shift to coaching in 2008. Jenny is truly inspiring, and this episode of The Clarity Confessions will help you to learn to let your own "freak flag" fly!

 
 

Check out Jenny's Clarity Confession to learn…

  • The winding path that brought Jenny to her current career as a coach
  • How Yoga Teacher Training served as a catalyst for success and influenced Jenny's entrepreneurial journey
  • Her biggest self-care secrets (which may surprise you!)
  • What her day-to-day schedule looks like (and how she manages to fit everything in!)