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If you’re a mom, then you know what it feels like to always be pressured to do more. You run yourself ragged trying to keep up the appearance of being a great mom, and getting to and from all the kids’ activities is about to push you over the edge. Sound familiar? The good news is that it’s OK to slow down and do LESS—-and you’ll find more satisfaction and joy along the way.

Kate Northrup is an entrepreneur, activist, bestselling author, wife, and mom who supports ambitious, motivated, successful women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process. Her new book is Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Busy Moms, and Kate’s here to share what she has discovered.

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Show Highlights:

  • The new book about productivity and efficiency for busy moms
  • What the book teaches us about doing less and freeing up our energy
  • Why she HAD to write the book
  • What it’s like to give birth—-to a book
  • The natural cycles that we work within as women
  • Kate’s Upward Cycle of Success and how each one applies to the four seasons:
    • Emergence (spring)
    • Visibility (summer)
    • Culmination (autumn)
    • The fertile void (winter)
  • Why it’s difficult for high achievers to settle into the culmination and fertile void cycles
  • The statistics that show we work best with 52 minutes ON and 17 minutes OFF
  • Kate’s “Check Your Vitals” experiment, which connects how you spend your time with your biggest wins
  • Her chapter titled “Simplify,” and what we can do to reclaim our time 
  • The problems when we don’t create good boundaries
  • Hey mom, do you really NEED to do all the things you’re doing? (Why Kate says NO)
  • The problem in our culture with overscheduled kids and the way we, as moms, judge each other
  • Ask yourself, “What is complicating my life because I let others tell me what I need to do?”
  • Ideas for simplification:
    • Use a meal planning and grocery delivery service
    • Cut back on your children’s activities
    • Pare down your wardrobe
  • The concept of time vs. value (and how to use it to simplify)
  • How Kate’s book unravels the philosophy we are taught that the more we DO, the more valuable we are
  • Why we need to be comfortable with empty space and unplanned time
  • The paradox of Kate’s book: Doing LESS is a way to feel MORE self-worth
  • Kate’s concept of “Egg Wisdom,” which she learned from her mother; it’s the best model for doing less


Find out about Kate, her book, and other resources:  www.katenorthrup.com/book and www.katenorthrup.com  

Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Busy Moms by Kate Northrup