Managing To-Do's

I have a workload problem- but not a me problem.

November 16, 2022

I’m Kelly Nolan.
I'm an attorney who'd been decently organized through law school but got quickly overwhelmed as a actual attorney. After nothing else worked for me, I created this system – and kept on practicing law. Years later, I found out others were interested in learning it, so that's what I do now! Let's get this realistic system in your hands so you can start living a life that feels more calm, doable, and that lights you up.
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I can still picture the first time a client said this during my very first Bright Method program in April 2020.

Since then, it’s become a bit of a pattern. Every program, at least one person will say something along the lines of,

“Now that I see it all laid out in my calendar, I realize I have way too much on my plate. But I also realize it’s not a problem with ME.”

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THIS BREAKTHROUGH.

When you realize you have a workload problem – not a “me” problem – you stop blaming yourself and asking yourself to fundamentally change. Instead, you start looking for solutions to the problem, the too-much-work problem.

You eliminate some things.

You delegate others.

You outsource more.

You feel more confident saying “no” or “later” or “yes, but we have to push out some other things to take that on.”

You protect your schedule from meetings so you can get focused work done.

You decline social events you’re not all that excited about because you need a breather.

You do all this BECAUSE YOU KNOW THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU.

You are not failing – it’s just objectively impossible and unreasonable for you to keep trying to accomplish it all.

And now, you actually get to do something about it to improve your life.

I get that it’s hard to get here. Most of us like and need evidence before we’re willing to accept things. Make sure you’re using a time/task management system that tells you objectively when your work is nearing your capacity so you know when to adjust – instead of blaming some non-existent character flaw in yourself.

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