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There’s always a lot to do, but we seem to run out of time for everything to get done. Sometimes, we have days filled with dissatisfaction and regret thinking about the things we missed on our To-Do List. The thing is, we don’t have to do everything. Just because we can, does it mean we should. Kim Sutton shares her secret and techniques on positive productivity- working the way smart people work. It’s easy to get distracted, especially if you have what Kim calls, the Chronic Idea Disorder, which is the title of her upcoming book. She explains the struggles one with this condition faces and how to turn this malady into a benefit. Failures and obstacles are merely small fractions that make up the entirety of progress. Whatever it is that makes things hard, it’s “overcomeable.”  Being busy is different from being productive as their outcomes convey. Productivity breeds progress and it only comes with teaching yourself to do more than just chase money.

 

“Whatever is going on right now is recoverable. And all we need to do is keep on going.” –Kim Sutton

 

Highlights:

04:05 What is “Chronic Idea Disorder” and How to Recover From It
08:25 Create a Priority List
13:19 The Entrepreneur’s Worst Enemy
14:31 How to Teach Your Clients How to Expect
16:37 Saving the Life of Entrepreneurs Through Positive Productivity
18:00 How Perfectionism Impacts Progress
21:48 Don’t Share Your Wounds; Share Your Scars
27:24 The Pomodoro Technique

 

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Quotes:

“We’re blessed with all these ideas, but if we don’t have a system to contain, control and conquer them, then we are going to be lost.” –Kim Sutton

“We’re not an employee; we are an entrepreneur. So you have to set some boundaries with yourself and with your clients so that they know that you are there to serve them, but you are not there at their back and call 24/7.” –Kim Sutton

“It takes less time to teach people how to treat you properly than it does to untrain the bad teachings that you did in the past.” –Kim Sutton

“Whatever is going on right now is recoverable. And all we need to do is keep on going.” –Kim Sutton

“Keeping a positive mindset is the most important thing.” –Kim Sutton

“Sometimes you just got to let things go. Make your choice and move on; be fully committed to that choice.” –Arlene Gale

“Wounds are actively bleeding. They’re opening there or they’re open, they’re potentially festering. But scars show that… you’ve healed and you’ve moved on.” –Arlene Gale

“You do need the outlet sometimes, but you don’t need to share that response with the rest of the world. You do it for your own peace of mind and you move on.” –Arlene Gale

 

Meet Kim:

 

It’s when we are in the darkness that we are able to see light. Kim Sutton, a Marketing Mentor, Podcast Host and a creative entrepreneur, knows how it is to breathe yet not feel alive. Behind the curtains was a wounded woman. She was a victim of domestic violence, extreme anxiety and sleep deprivation. She has been living her life to the expectations of others, aiming for perfection until her body surrendered and so is her desire to live. Rising from the mire she’s sank into, she was determined to make things right, this time, following her own passion and purpose. As she found the key to being positive and productive, she made it her mission to save her fellow entrepreneurs from the deadly traps that hinder them from working smart.

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Transcription:

Arlene Gale: Today’s topic is myths and mindsets around the difference between being busy versus being productive. And yes, there is a difference, or let’s say this a different way, it’s about myths and mindsets about learning to work smarter, not harder. I mean we’ve all heard that old cliche, and as a writer I cringe when I say cliche cause you know we’re not supposed to do that. But you know, why do we always insist on recreating the wheel? Or starting from scratch when we can start halfway through the process we’ve already learned the hard way, but we’re going to talk about those things today. We need to think about how our life is structured with boundaries or without boundaries potentially that make our work harder for us to. So this just comes to me, do you know someone who always seems to have their act together? Yeah, you know, that picture of that person should immediately come to mind because I think we all have that person in our lives. You know, the one that’s more organized, the one that seems to get so much more done than we do. Maybe they volunteer more, they smile more, they laugh more, they go out to grocery shop and they’re wearing full makeup and they look like they just came from church because they’re all put together, you know? So maybe that’s more of a confession of the fact that, you know, that’s just not me and I’m getting better about it because I have established priorities in my life. And I think by creating priorities, I am more organized and I do get a lot more done. But it’s also about giving myself grace when I create a priority list that’s maybe 10 or 15 items long and I only get two or three of them done. So there’s a variety of factors that play into the myths and mindsets about being busy versus productive, or working smarter instead of harder.

So I want to introduce you to my fabulous guests this week, her name is Kim Sutton. She is author of the forthcoming book, Chronic Idea Disorder: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Overcoming Idea Overwhelm. I mean, doesn’t that sound like, you know, don’t you want to slap yourself on the top of the head and go, why didn’t I think of that? But Kim did because she’s learned the hard way that just because you can do something doesn’t mean should. Kim has a podcast called Positive Productivity and it launched in 2016 after she recovered from a three year cycle of chasing everybody else’s success and then being severely sleep-deprived. So let’s talk to Kim about her podcast and about Chronic Idea Disorder, and how she works with people who have a passion and a purpose, or she uses her passion and purpose for empowering the broke, broken, and burnt out business owners so that they can set up the systems and support that they need to make time for self care and the other things that they deserve in her life. So Kim, welcome to Mindset Meets Mastery with Arlene Gale.

Kim Sutton: Thank you so much for having me, Arlene.

Arlene Gale: Well, this is exciting. So first of all, Chronic Idea Disorder, I hear you talk about that. And again, I really do thump myself on the forehead and go, yeah, I’ve got that, how come I couldn’t put it into words like you did. So, explain to the listeners what is that?

Kim Sutton: Chronic Idea Disorder is a term I coined in 2015 like so many other things or ideas in my life. They hit me out of nowhere, usually in the shower, while I’m driving, while I’m cooking, cooking is always a bad experience anyway, and when I get hit with an idea it gets even worse, so the likelihood of burning goes up about 200 fold. But anyway, I was in a Facebook group and all of a sudden it hit me and I made a quick meme and said, Chronic Idea Disorder is incurable condition resulting in a never ending supply of entrepreneurial ideas. And I know some people get offended because I say disorder, but I consider it a blessing at the same time, so it’s a double edged sword, blessed with all these ideas. But if we don’t have a system to contain, control, and conquer them, then we are going to be lost, that’s the nice word.

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Arlene Gale: Because it does, it takes us into a tailspin of incapacity because sometimes we get overwhelmed, maybe overwhelmed as a better word, but if you have Chronic Idea Disorder, some people might get overwhelmed so they can do nothing, and then maybe there’s other people who just do things half baked. Is that kind of what you’re talking about when we get over the Chronic Idea Disorder?

Kim Sutton: I was a chronic half Baker.

Arlene Gale: So, can you give us an example in your life about something that has suffered because of Chronic Idea Disorder and how did you recover from that professionally, personally, whichever.

Kim Sutton: So my bank account, my business, and my family all suffered because of Chronic Idea Disorder, because I kept on starting ideas. I mean, I would love to know how many listeners have about a hundred URLs in GoDaddy account? Me, Arlene, I know you’re guilty.

Arlene Gale: Guilty as charged.

Kim Sutton: Yup. And I can’t even tell you how many I have because I would purchase them, start working on the website and then it would go–

Arlene Gale: Yeah.

Kim Sutton: It’s the best way I can describe it. And so I would put 40, 80, sometimes a couple of hundred hours into building something and never launch it, that’s a lot of time to go to waste. I have full courses recorded, and created, and stored in my Dropbox. I don’t even want to know how much money of storage I’m paying for, just because of all these courses that I started and never released. But most of the time it was because I was chasing money and not chasing my purpose and my passion.

Arlene Gale: Wow. And that’s so important because like you, I’ve been there, you know, chasing the money. And I think, you know, I think people are pretty smart, and I think that one reason a person might have trouble say closing a sale with a potential client is because we’re chasing the money instead of the passion. And I think somehow our customers can feel that. What do you think?

Kim Sutton: Oh, absolutely. And when I see people having flashed sales at the end of the month, I’m like, Oh, that person needs money for their mortgage payment or their rent, you know, they’re a little bit tight. And I know that’s assuming big, but having conversations with a number of people, I know it’s the case. Oh, I need to make another $1,600 at the end of this month. I better put a flash sale out there. And I was talking to a friend just recently who was talking about having a black Friday sale for American listeners, you know what Black Friday is? And I think internationally Black Friday is we’ll known, what I said: “Why? Why?” You know? And I said: “Do you understand that you’re devaluing your products by having a flash sale for Black Friday?” She said: “Well, I need the money.” I said: “But people can feel that.”

Arlene Gale: Yeah. And that’s interesting, I’ll never look at a flash sale the same way again. But yeah, it makes a lot of sense. So what is one, if the listeners saying, Oh yeah, I got this too, what is one key hint, or boundary, or something that you could suggest that people look at implementing to help them calm down and get organized and start doing things one step at a time or one thing at a time?

Kim Sutton: Well you actually I already touched on it earlier when you were talking about the 10 to 15 items on your to do list. For the longest time, I had GSD lists and for the sake of our listeners, I’ll just call it my Get Stuff Done lists, and those lists had, there were days that I had 40 or 50 items on my list, and it felt horrible when I only got one or two items done it was, what did I get done today? Those could have been huge projects that I got done, but it didn’t feel as substantial because I had all this other stuff on the list. So as I already shared, I get huge ideas in the shower, I was taking a shower just about six months ago, that’s not my last shower people but–

Arlene Gale: Thank you for that certification (laughs).

Kim Sutton: Yeah (laughs). Just want to clarify that. And I heard, cause I hear things all the time, I know that sounds really woo, but I heard this should not be a GSD list this needs to be something better because you are not working on stuff. That’s not what the voice said, that’s what you know, shot stuff though. Think about, all of your listeners need to think about what they’re actually working on, is it? Or is it important actions? So I immediately changed it that day to now being my PPA lists, which is my Prioritize Purposeful Action list. And I only put five items on that list every day.

Arlene Gale: Wow.

Kim Sutton: Those are the ones that I need, that I know, I should rephrase that, that I know are the most important and will make the biggest impact for me or my clients that day.

Arlene Gale: And I think that’s so important because I think some people try and move through their business life without any list or without any priorities. To me that’s the difference between being busy versus being productive. So they’re busy, busy, busy, busy, busy, busy, busy, busy, busy all day long or all week long and then at the end of the day they’re exhausted but they don’t feel like they’ve gotten anything done because all they can think about is the stuff they didn’t get done. So, I think making a list and setting priorities, and you have to kind of do it in your way. I know every Sunday night before I go to bed, I sit down and say: “Okay, these are the things that I need to do this week.” And then I’ve circled three that I want to do the next day because I was one of those people, I go to bed exhausted and in tears because I didn’t get anything done because there was no way to measure what I had gotten done. And like you said, even though it was a big project that I did, it didn’t feel like much because it was like, Oh, it was only one thing,that sounded like familiar to you?

Kim Sutton: It sounds familiar, but I’ll take it one step worse that I just wasn’t going to sleep.

Arlene Gale: Oh no, you’re pulling all nighters?

Kim Sutton: I slept maybe two to three hours a night for 18 months straight, and that all came to a head in July of 2016 when I had an absolute meltdown.

Arlene Gale: Yikes. So pulling those kinds of modified all nighters, or you know, for me, and that might as well be an all nighter. What kind of issues did you experience with your health? I mean, was there really any mental clarity? I mean, not getting enough sleep can be really kind of bad.

Kim Sutton: Oh, I was in a constant state of anxiety. There were days that I would get up after two to three hours of sleep, come out to my desk to do work and just be so anxiety ridden that I couldn’t focus. I would go back to bed, but not be able to sleep just because I felt like I was being suffocated by my stress.

Arlene Gale: Okay. We’re going to take a quick break and come back and talk to Kim a little bit more about how did she overcome this kind of stress and sleep deprivation. Also, I want to talk a little bit about how multitasking is the entrepreneur’s worst enemy and about setting boundaries in life. So hang with us listeners and we’ll be back with Kim Sutton in just a moment.

So welcome back everybody. We’re speaking to Kim Sutton, the upcoming author of the book, Chronic Idea Disorder, and also podcast host of Positive Productivity. And we’re talking about being sleep deprived. And I want to take that into, you make a statement about multitasking is the entrepreneur’s worst enemy. Can you talk about that? Because you know, I usually think of my ability to multitask as a huge benefit, but how is that maybe hurting me?

Kim Sutton: Oh my gosh. So before we started recording, you saw all the tabs I have opened?

Arlene Gale: Oh yes.

Kim Sutton: Well all those things–

Arlene Gale: You’re worse than me, I mean, I really, yeah, ehmm.

Kim Sutton: Yeah. Well, I had to say all my tabs are open right now because I’m going back and forth between different applications for one set task, which I know is ridiculous considering I have 30 tabs, but what I’ve seen so many entrepreneurs do is leave Facebook open so they can go and check if anybody liked their posts, or they have their email open so they can get notifications when a new email comes through, and there’s all these different distractions that are coming in all day. I made a conscious decision to turn my email notifications off. I turn off Skype whenever I’m not using it and even those notifications are off, and my cell notifications are off. It drives my kids crazy, but it also has eliminated all the extra: “Hey mom, I want to stay late at school today. Can you pick me up?” I don’t see the message, then they can find another way home. I know that sounds horrible, but being an entrepreneur does not make us the parent show for 24/7.

Arlene Gale: That work into then what you talk about as far as creating boundaries?

Kim Sutton: Oh, absolutely. Because what happened was, when I was going back to multitasking, I would be working on one task, I would get an email notification, I’d think, Oh, I need to go check it out right now. I would go check it out, then I would forget what I was working on and it would take me 10 minutes to get back into whatever I was doing. But now by not getting all those notifications, Oh, I should also say that also trained my clients to expect immediate responses. And when you start training your clients and your customers to expect immediate responses, that’s what’s the dog have log — yeah, we don’t want to set that up as an expectation because we’re not an employee, we are an entrepreneur. So you had to set some boundaries with yourself and with your clients so that they know that you are there to serve them, but you are not there at their beck and call 24/7.

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Arlene Gale: Right, but is there are some clients who will want you to get on a call at six o’clock on a Saturday night and you’re sitting there in a movie theater with your loved ones and that’s just unreasonable people. Yeah, we need to set boundaries for ourselves personally and professionally, and then I’ve read some articles about, we teach people how to treat us. So that’s what you’re basically saying, right?

Kim Sutton: Oh, absolutely. It takes less time to teach people how to treat you properly than it does to untrain the bad teachings that you did in the past and I’m speaking from seven years of personal experience there.

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Arlene Gale: Right, absolutely. Because boundaries in our society I think have gotten really, really squishy, and I think that causes a lot of misunderstandings, and hurt feelings, and lack of productivity. But I think that’s as far as I’ll take that conversation in a worldly direction because that can get into dangerous territory. Tell us a little bit about Positive Productivity, your podcast, and what is your goal with it?

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Kim Sutton: This is gonna sound like a really far fetched goal, but I’m working to save the lives of entrepreneurs. When I fell into that sleep deprivation, sleep-deprived state that was so anxiety ridden. I was laying in my bed wondering if I could, and I know this is really sad people, so I’m sorry, but I was wondering if my ceiling fan would support me if it would support my weight because I was ready to end it all. I was so frustrated with everything and it’s my mission to prevent entrepreneurs from getting that low, or to help them recover from that say of broke, broken and burned out. Positive Productivity is on a mission to remind entrepreneurs that whatever is going on right now is recoverable and all we need to do is keep on going. I know that’s easier said than done, but trust me, I’ve experienced it all just about I’ve experienced it all. So I find that just keeping a positive mindset is the most important thing.

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Arlene Gale: Absolutely. You know, and I think sometimes we treat some setbacks as, you know, life altering, world altering catastrophes. And that brings me to an idea of, what are your thoughts on perfectionism, and how perfectionism impacts progress.

Speaker 4:  Oh my gosh.

Arlene Gale: Yikes. I heard that button bit pushed all the way over here (laughs), please go on.

Kim Sutton: This is such a timely question because just in the past couple of weeks I was called out in a post and I’m very transparent, Arlene, you know that.

Arlene Gale: Oh, yeah, absolutely.

Kim Sutton: Some people say I’m overly transparent, but I don’t see why we as entrepreneurs, we as a people, we as influencers should hide what we have gone through because by hiding it, we are not helping anybody. A friend said to me last night, she was at an event last weekend and she said: “Share your scars and not your wounds.” And I’ve shared my fair share of scars. One of the reasons why I was so anxiety ridden and why I was working 22 hours a day was, because what I was seeing on social media was people’s depiction of perfection, they weren’t sharing their struggles. And there was one person in particular that I was following, coincidentally, the week that I launched my podcast, she opened up and shared her story with anxiety, and depression, and burnout. And had I seen that six months before, I would have felt human. I don’t know if that makes sense, but I felt like an outlier that, Oh my gosh, what am I doing wrong that I can’t, I just can’t get it right like she is, but I didn’t realize I was getting it right, my own kind of right.

Arlene Gale: Right. Well and that’s a slippery slope that’s really steep. Especially I think for women, when we start comparing ourselves to other women, you know, how far they are on the business trail without thinking about, well, they’ve been doing this for 20 years and I’m just now jumping in it. So that comparison stuff ladies, it’s just got to stop. And I think also women, we need to be supporting each other and helping the people coming behind us to come along. You know, it’s not about giving a handout as much as it is, in my opinion, giving a hand up, you want to speak either of those issues.

Kim Sutton: Oh, I love that. It is, it’s totally a hand up and by sharing all, I’ve gotten more feedback from podcast episodes, and blog articles, and lives where I’ve been totally transparent than I ever do, than I ever did when I was pretending that everything was perfect. You were talking about getting stuff done earlier, and I’m looking around my office, I have five kids listeners, looking around my office, I chose to take a shower this morning rather than clean my office, which kids? I don’t know what will happen, but it’s like they have a cannon full of clothes that they shoot into my office on a regular basis, there’s no reason for clothes to be all over the floor, but I had a choice. Do I take a shower? Or do I clean? Right?

Arlene Gale: And those choices, whether they’re personal or professional can then impact, you know, sometimes you just gotta let things go, make your choice and move on. Be fully committed to the choice you make too, because you could be sitting here stressing out and trying to huffing and puffing and trying to pick up clothes while we’re doing this podcast and then neither nobody wins, right?

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Kim Sutton: Oh, absolutely. And I also learned I had to delegate. I mean, even this grocery shopping? I can’t stand grocery shopping early and I just can’t stand it, and I can’t stand sending my husband to go grocery shopping because he comes home with all this unnecessary stuff, like four packages of cookies, we don’t need four packages of cookies. So we signed up for a grocery delivery service, which saves time. I can stay here working and he can do what he wants to do, or you know, we can spend time with the family and spend 15 minutes online loading our cart whereas we would spend two hours trying to keep one of our four year old from grabbing the person in front of us butt, it’s happened multiple times.

Arlene Gale: (laughs) So I want to circle back a minute and talk about the difference between sharing scars versus wounds because wounds, you know, visually just imagine everybody, wounds are actively bleeding, they’re opening their, or open their, potentially festering, but scars show that you’ve been through the stuff, you’ve been through the hurt, the pain, you’ve learned lessons the hard way, but you’ve healed and you’ve moved on. That’s kind of what I see in my mind about scars versus wounds. You want to add anything to that? Or clarify any more on that?

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Kim Sutton: I would say that if you’re raw right there in the moment and still dealing with it, don’t share it yet. Keep Facebook, and social media, and your email drama free and then let a week or two go by and share what you learned

Arlene Gale: And that’s the difference, so you’re not sharing the blood and guts in the heat of the moment, you’re sharing a teachable moment is basically what you’re saying.

Kim Sutton: Exactly.

Arlene Gale: I like that. I like that because there is a lot of responding in the heat of the moment on social media and that of itself can cause drama, and trauma, and stress, and wound people. I mean it is, it really can wound people.

Kim Sutton: I remember a few years ago seeing a high school friend posted on her Facebook feed on her birthday, how mad she was that her husband had not gotten her birthday gift. It’s like who needs public shaming like that?

Arlene Gale: Yeah, yeah. I’m not sure that’s a good way to encourage him to remember next time or make up for that.

Kim Sutton: Exactly.

Arlene Gale: I know at least my husband wouldn’t respond to that very well, but we’ve been married 37 years, so we don’t tend to do stuff like that. It boils down to kind of, Oh, let’s talk about this human decency.

Kim Sutton: Right.

Arlene Gale: I mean, courtesy, self respect and respect of others, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about business, you know, personal or professional stuff. What do you think?

Kim Sutton: Oh, absolutely. There’s been plenty of things in my business and I’m sure there’s been plenty of things in yours that in the heat of the moment I would have loved to go blast some people on social media. Even when I am heated in the moment, I won’t send emails. Like, I will not respond to somebody who has taken me off in the heat of the moment because I know that’s not how I’m going to respond in the best way. So I will usually save as a draft and send the next day after I’ve had a chance to review, revise, and refine.

Arlene Gale: Yeah. See, and you got more self control than I do. I get on my word processor and I write a flaming response, and then I let it sit, and then I read it out loud, and then I delete it, it’s like, ouch that was bad. But you know, you do need the outlet sometimes, but you don’t need to share that response with the rest of the world. You do it for your own peace of mind and you move on, get over it.

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Kim Sutton: Absolutely.

Arlene Gale: I mean, that’s my opinion. So I want to run you through three rapid fire questions. So basically what that means is I’m putting you on the spot, ta-da, you ready?

Kim Sutton: Mmm.

Arlene Gale: Well that was an underwhelming, yes, I am. But let’s do it anyway.

Kim Sutton: Because you didn’t prepare me for these.

Arlene Gale: No, I didn’t. That’s what makes it so much fun for me and our listeners. So we’re talking about mindsets and myths. So can you start by telling us what is, like, one of the biggest mindsets or myths that hindered you from being able to move your business forward?

Kim Sutton: All the gurus who are talking about hustle. I thought hustle meant money, hustle meant success, and to me hustle meant giving up sleep, so that’s, yeah.

Arlene Gale: Okay. So again, it’s about, it potentially then becomes about being busy and working harder instead of being productive and working smarter.

Kim Sutton: Right, exactly.

Arlene Gale: Wow. So the next question then is, what is a mindset or a myth that you’ve latched on to that has really helped you to grow your business?

Kim Sutton: Everything is overcome, overcome, Oh, let me, can you say that word for me over–

Arlene Gale: Overcomable?

Kim Sutton: Thank you, I don’t know why that, yeah (laughs).

Arlene Gale: Girl, I’m here for you, I’ve got your back (laughs).

Kim Sutton: And I have to tell you, can I add one more to–

Arlene Gale: Sure.

Kim Sutton: –what I’ve seen working with my clients is that the clients who are making multiple six figures and seven figures don’t get wrapped up in the tiny things. They don’t let a little mistake, or a typo, or a grammar error, or an oops on a landing page messed them up. It’s the ones who are struggling who get wrapped up so big in the tiny things.

Arlene Gale: Yeah, because again, it goes back to that perfection kills progress. I have so many clients that won’t put up a website because they’re still trying to get the copy perfect and they don’t realize that they can’t run their business. They can’t move forward because they’re so focused on that one thing and getting it right instead of going in, and adjusting, or fixing, and find tuning later, yeah, good one. All right, so the last hot seat question is can you give us maybe your top, your number one golden nugget, or an action step that listeners can implement that you find extremely valuable in your day to day work.

Kim Sutton: I want everybody who’s struggling with multitasking to look up the Pomodoro Technique.

Arlene Gale: So say that again.

Kim Sutton: Pomodoro, P-O-M-O-D-O-R-O, I think that’s the proper spelling.

Arlene Gale: Okay.

Kim Sutton: No promises there, but it’s 25 minutes of focus time on one activity, one activity followed by a five minute break to work on anything else that you want to, it might be the Pareto principle as well. I dunno, it’s one of those still Positive Productivity does not mean perfection, either the Pomodoro Technique, or the Pareto principle, but it’s 25 minutes of set focus time followed by five minutes of break. And when you stick with this, you won’t be as tempted to go check Facebook, Emails, Skype, everything else while you’re focused on that one site activity. And I can almost guarantee that you will see your productivity shoots through the roof when you have those 25 minute set focused times.

Arlene Gale: Okay. There’s your golden nugget everybody, just try and start implementing to overcome Chronic Idea Disorder. So Kim Sutton, please before we leave, tell us where we can find you, connect with you, and what day does your podcast release and where can people subscribe and listen to that Positive Productivity?

Kim Sutton: Sure. So everything can be found on my personal website, which is thekimsutton.com, the Positive Productivity Podcast releases on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and you can find it on all the major listening platforms. But if you head of where to the podcast page on my website, you can subscribe right through the player at the top, and if it’s all right, may invite people to sign up for–

Arlene Gale: Absolutely, please do.

Kim Sutton: I love to invite listeners to sign up for the Work Smarter Not Harder Challenge, where I’m going through a whole bunch of actionable strategies that will help get you out of your business and back into bed, or back with your family wherever you want to be.

Arlene Gale: Ooh, you almost turned that into a completely different show, I’m blushing now. Anyway, maybe I haven’t had enough sleep. Okay, so Kim Sutton is really a brilliant person and someone I highly suggest that you connect with. So go to her website, which is can you give that again please?

Kim Sutton: thekimsutton.com.

Arlene Gale: And everything you need to know about her starts there. So again, thank you Kim for taking time out of your busy schedule to join me here on Mindset Meets Mastery with Arlene Gale, and listeners, I want to leave you with this thought. “Don’t let the world dictate your story. Be mindful of the stories that you tell yourself about what is or is not possible.” Because you know what? You get to choose to write your own story every day in your own way.