Learn How You Can Do It All
Do you ever wonder how it seems like some moms can just do it all? Do they have a secret super power you don’t have? In her new book How to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life – While Only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eye Out With a Sharpie, Linda Formichelli shows us how we can layout a plan and do it all (without wanting to poke our eye out with a sharpie).
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I first heard about How to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life While Only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eye Out with a Sharpie when Linda Formichelli requested beta readers. I was totally intrigued by the title of this book. I really wanted to know her “revolutionary” plan. After reading the book, I was not disappointed. Formichelli shares unique ideas and perspective to help you create your own plan to do it all.
As I started reading this book, I expected a step-by-step guide to mastering my career or making more money. But How to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life While Only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eye Out with a Sharpie is about more than advancing your career. It’s about a creating the life you love and always wanted to live.
Without giving away too much of the book, Formichelli’s suggests 12 desires to include on your Do-It-All plan for a full and meaningful life. Desires like travel, crossing a finish line, creating an amazing home, entertaining, volunteering and more. You can always expand the ideas from the book to match your talents and desires, too.
5 Things I Learned from How to Do It All
I Can Do More Than I Think I Can
Many times the reason we don’t do it all is ourselves. We stop ourselves. We come up with all the excuses for why we can’t do it or don’t have the time to do it.
This book will change all your thinking about what is possible and Formichelli will give you many ideas on how you can organize your day and your time to get more done (yes, it’s even possible with children and working part-time or full-time).
The Right Attitude Can Take You A Long Way
I have always heard that it’s our attitude more than our ability to something that will affect if we do it and how well we do. If we have an I can’t attitude, we will never be able to accomplish our goals and desires.
Being able to Do It All is hard work. We have to commit to doing the work if we are going to accomplish our Do It All list. Formichelli will encourage you to have the right can-do attitude.
A Few Minor (Painless) Changes Can Make a Big Difference
Many times, we overwhelm ourselves with small tasks. How to Do It All is packed with insights to help you see where you make small changes that result in big differences. For example, you probably have a “to-do” list that you write for every day, but do you have a “to-don’t” list?
We can also reduce or eliminate activities that take up too much of our time but add very little benefit like social media and watching TV, or constantly checking your email (hand raised).
Reviewer’s note, one suggestion from the book is to sleep less. Some may find this suggestion controversial, but I agree with Formichelli in that if you are sleeping too much, you are losing valuable time you could use to complete your Do-It-All goals. It’s better to find your optimal amount of sleep for each day. For example, I have found I need about 7 hours of sleep. I also get up at 5:00 am to work on my D0-It-All goals before I take my children to school and go to work.
Making these small changes save us so much time during the day. With this “found” time we can use for activities that really matter to us.
Make a Plan and Work Your Plan
If you don’t have a plan, it’s unlikely you will ever complete your Do-It-All list. In the past year, I have been learning to use a planner and set goals for myself. As I make plans and set goals, I find I can reach my goals.
The Do-It-All plan will help you set goals and see how you can reach those goals in steps. You will find help and resources to accomplish your Do-It-All plan.
Do-It-All is not One Size Fits All
We all don’t have to have the same Do-It-All list. When you first hear “Do-It-All” you may be thinking, making lots of money or being the president of a large company. But that is not what the Do-It-All list is about. It’s about considering what matters the most in your life and doing those things. For some of us, we will focus more on our work, for others we may find our life is more complete and meaningful with travel, family and friends.
We can all create a wonderful life and do-it-all. But first you must decide what do-it-all means for you.
If you are looking for help to define what is important for you to have a fulfilled life and a plan of action, I recommend How to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life While Only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eye Out with a Sharpie.
What would you include on your Do-It-All list? Why not start a Do-It-All list today?