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Do you ever feel crushed under the weight of too many projects and not enough time?

Does it feel harder and harder to actually get things done?

Add to that an earnest effort to be your most productive self via daily routines like morning routines, evening routines, a bajillion wellness rituals — and it’s not surprising that a lot of folks are struggling to keep up.

If you’re already overwhelmed with work and want to find time for your side hustle or a personal project, today’s episode is for you.

What if there was a simpler way?

What if you could simplify your life and have more time — for your side hustle and life goals?

Simplicity and focus keep a side hustle from becoming a pushed-aside hustle. Click To Tweet

You’ll learn the truth about my method for getting things done in the early days when I was working to make my side hustle come to life.

Plus, I’ll share a simple mantra that’s made a profound difference in my productivity.

To this day it helps me stress less and achieve (a lot) more.

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to know:

What’s the one project that deserves more time and attention — and why? And, what’s the next milestone that would get you closer to the finish line?

Leave a comment below and let me know.

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Thank you a million times over for adding your voice.

Your kindness and contribution help to make this one of the brightest communities online.

If you have friends, clients or colleagues who are working on their side hustle or simply want more help getting things done, share this post. They’ll thank you for it.

With love and appreciation,

XO

Marie

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  1. This is uncanny! I’m wham bam thank you mam in the middle of streamlining/simplifying my work life. I’m now listening with intent to simplify to amplify!

  2. LLLLOOOOOVVVVVEEEEDDDD THIS! Great episode! Make me feel good!

    1) simplify is the way to go – working on one thing at a time and taking care of my mind.

    xox

    • Jac

      Amen!!

      I think we can get too caught up in the “hustle” that we work ourselves to exhaustion and nothing ever gets done or the results turn out okay. We need a good balance. I think that’s really hard to achieve everything, so I definitely agree with “simplify to amplify.”

  3. Megan

    This is great advice. I used to be so stressed out as a full-time professional, AND a yoga teacher, AND starting to work towards my MBA. It was hard but I decided to let go of teaching yoga for a while to focus on work/school and it has helped so much with my stress levels and now I have the time to do really well in two areas, instead of struggling to be good enough in 3-4.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      LOVE this, Megan! Thank you so much for sharing your personal experience with simplifying here. We’re glad to hear this strategy has helped with your stress levels and what you said is so powerful – having the time to do really well at fewer things, instead of struggling to be “good enough” in several. You GO!

  4. Hi Marie,
    Great question from Vanessa! Yes, it’s quite a juggling act with a corporate job, trying to build a business, and managing life’s many responsibilities. Trying to find a balance becomes overwhelming. I’ve had my business for a year and a half and I’m working on creating my first course. My thoughts are all over the place on where to start it, how much to put into it, and is it the best starting point for my ideal clients. So, my first step will be is set aside quiet time and sketch it out so I can create it.
    Here’s to simplifying!! 🙂

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Sounds like a perfect plan, Debbie. Setting aside that dedicated block of time each day to create your course will give you such forward momentum in your business. Happy simplifying!

    • DebbieCromack, I’m with ya! I am trying to write my lesson plans for workshops I want to teach, AND learn how to market them, AND learn how to use Pinterest better, AND write more posts on my blog, AND put finishing touches on my book, AND trying to create an e-book, AND do my day job, AND AND AND!!! AND It just doesn’t work! I’m going to do my best to live by this new Mantra…Simplify to Amplify. What happens is that I become overwhelmed with projects I need to/want to work on, and then I don’t do anything but sit on Facebook. What a time waster. It’s time to change that! <3
      Daelyn

  5. marilyn haverly

    I needed this, too! I read Danielle LaPorte’s new book recently while on vacation and its message dovetails with yours, Marie–in so many ways. I can get all caught up with self-improvement projects and work-related projects and before I know it I’m feeling like the day is crammed and constricting. (or at least my “shoulds” are in full force and making me feel like the day has been taken from me.) Thank you for your support and encouragement!

  6. Awesome advice! I love everything you do Marie, so thanks for all of it. I tend to overburden myself with too many side-hustles and self-improvement projects so this video really spoke to me!

    The one project that deserves ALL my time and attention right now is working on my new blog on meditation and mindfulness for busy professionals and thoughtful skeptics!

    Here are the milestones for moving forward:
    1. Publish one blog post per week to send to my listserv.
    2. Begin working on a short video course on the fundamentals of mindful breathing.
    3. Send out 3 email pitches this week for potential guest posts on other sites.

    Thanks for the inspiration and the kick in the butt, Marie!

    Here we go!!

    • Hi Jeremy, this sounds awesome! I just subscribed on your website and I’m looking forward to seeing and reading your content! Nina

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      We’re so glad this resonated with you Jeremy! Your blog idea sounds fantastic, and this clear focus and action steps will help you immensely in moving this particular project forward. Keep up the awesome work – we’re cheering you on!

  7. Thanks Marie! I love the simplify and amplify mantra. It works. I’ve been trying (rather putting off) to write a book for over 5 years. Have the outline done, ready to go, but no go. I have a psychotherapy private practice, was also helping run a web design company, and 2 blogs. So of course, no book. So I have withdrawn from the web design company, cut the practice to 3 days, and this year have been writing 5 pages every Monday (when I don’t have clients to see). It’s working! I just write. Don’t look back, don’t read what I write, just do it and the book its being written. When it’s finished, I’ll rewrite, and rewrite until it’s ready to go. One project. It works! Great advice!!!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      WOOHOO, Barbara!! We love hearing how well simplifying your life and making space for writing your book has been working for you. Keep it up, you’re doing amazing. We’re wishing you so much success with your book!

  8. Pien

    Oh Thank you, Marie! Right on the dot! That timer-thing is also really useful! Xxx

  9. Simplify to amplify – my new mantra!
    My one project that needs my attention is filling my soon to be launched website with a considerable amount of valuable content. Why? Because I want to show myself that I can accomplish it and that I, former elementary teacher, can be a successful entrepreneur who earns a living with what she loves to do – contribute value and inspiration to other people’s lives. The next milestone to get me closer to the finish line is writing five articles for my website (it’s similar to an online magazine) until next week at this time.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Wonderful, Nina! Love your vision and clarity for this new chapter of your life. You can SO do this. Cheering you on as you write those articles for your site! And we’re wishing you all the best with your launch 🙂

  10. Amazing! I just did this. Deciding where to put your attention when you have too many projects takes up all the energy required to attend to them. One thing at a time please. Letting go of my secondary goal felt so good. Sanity prevails!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      YAY for sanity, Ellen! What you said is so true. Great job on focusing down 🙂

  11. OMG, the morning routine part had me rolling!!!! When I first got my yoga cwrtification, I thought I would continue to implement 1.5 hours of yoga in the am and pm, plus 1/2 hour of meditation, 1 hour of dance training, and a half hour of journaling. Was taking way too long that I had to wake up at 4 am to male it on time to my day job. Love this reminder that I can simplify my morning/evening routines to make more room in my day for my “one” project..Lol, key is One;).
    Okay, so my 1 project for this month is to Train 1 hour in the am and 1 hour in the evening for my salsa competition. That is doable. Thank you!
    Thanks for this insightful video♡♡ Cheers from India

  12. This one was sooo good! I am one of those who have way too many projects at one time.
    One Project that I need to do is start a blog, starting with the first post!
    Thanks Marie!

  13. Love it! Yes, I come back to this idea again & again! I can only get so much done in a day/ week/ month. It’s better to focus/ niche down/ LESS IS MORE. Thanks so much for your fun reminder !

  14. Cassy Huidobro

    Marie! I can’t wait to be a guest on your show and tell you face-to-face how awesome your advice is! I love this episode and it was a good reminder to check in to make sure I’m not doing too much. I loved the rabbit example! Balance, my friend. Thank you for this advice!

    Cassy

  15. Kellie

    Too funny. At the beginning of this year, I had an epiphany, while working on 2 projects simultaneously, taking calls for 2 others at the same time. Basically none of it was getting completed correctly. So, I decided that it’s one thing at a time. If I’m working on this client’s stuff, I don’t stop and drop everything to do something for that client. I haven’t controlled the phone calls quite as well, but “one thing at a time” has become my mantra. And guess what. I actually am getting things done. And hopefully I’m nicer to all my customers at the same time!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Yes to getting things DONE, Kellie – we love hearing how well this is working for you! It really is such a powerful mantra for completing things with quality and care. Thank you so much for sharing your experience here and keep it up – you’re doing awesome!

  16. Very important information, appreciate it! I will be using the” doing less to accomplish more” philosophy. It’s simple but true. Thanks Marie.

  17. Thank you Marie! I LOVED “Simplify to Amplify”! – Less is More! I will take that advice as I build up my business! Thanks for being so inspiring, humorous and timely!

  18. Kendyl

    I love all your videos and emails, but this is the one I needed.

    Like Vanessa, I have a day job that for the most part I love, but I also have a freelance career that I hope will eventually become my full time career, or at least lead me to owning my own business. On top of that, I have so many personal projects that I want to do, and after (finally) starting to take care of myself physically after thirteen years of neglecting that part of my life, I don’t seem to have enough time in the day for things like meals, let alone my projects.

    So, I am shifting my focus on all the different projects and things that I want to accomplish to start my novel. I have the characters fleshed out, the plot ready to go, the setting is chosen, and I have yet to actually start putting words to the page.

    This project needs to become my top priority as the characters and their lives are so vivid to me. Their story deserves to be told. Even when I am going about my day, I may see something, or hear something that makes me think, “I wonder what so-and-so would think about this, or do in this situation.” It’s time to put other things aside so I can give life to this story.

  19. I have so many ideas and goals that I am trying to uphold and I am getting none of them done!
    1.) I have created a blog that I post to weekly. This is totally attainable but I get sidetracked and am always hustling to get content out there.
    2.) I am studying for a nutrition consultant certification that has totally taken the back burner to my blog and other project ideas I have. I think this is the project I need to focus on, as it will truly push me forward into making my side hustle a real career.
    I need to finish my assignments and take my test to be certified, I am going to simplify to amplify with this task!

  20. Indeed Marie, there IS beauty in simplicity. I still remember reading…yes, I can have it all…but not at the same time. I have tried to keep this message in mind and focus on what is really important at the moment. Thanks for the message.

  21. Great clip! From past experience of trying to do it all and getting nowhere, I had just begun this process a few months ago and FINALLY seeing results! This hits it out the park! “Simplify to Amplify” is going on a ribbon that I print and will be woven into my customer’s and client’s promotional needs as well. Thanks, Marie!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Beautiful, Anita! It’s great to hear that you’re already seeing results from simplifying 🙂

  22. Love this advice. Thanks Marie! When things pop up during the day, whether its a new idea or someone needing my attention I try to ask myself if doing, or not doing, this task gets me closer or further from current goal. That usually keeps the decision making pretty simple 😀

  23. Stacy Allen

    Hi Marie,
    This was a reminder, to remain focused and stay on my game of creating my side hustle. Simplify to Amplify!!! OMG, I was thinking that my 20 minute morning routine and the 10 minute evening routine was too much, LOL!!!! And thank you for the reminder that it is to remain focused on the HUSTLE not the HUSTLES!! 🙂

    Thank you for being so fabulous,
    Stacy

  24. Giuliana

    Hi Marie, this episode resonated with me – BUT I find it difficult to choose which one project to focus on. My pesky Gemini tendencies take over and I want to move forward with everything. You’re right though – I’ve been working on the same book for 3 years, my new website hasn’t exactly happened and I now find my interests to be shifting again (I’ve been taking acting classes and LOVE them). It’s such a challenge to finish one thing – especially when I’m still figuring out what I want. I remember you mentioned that when you were in your 20s you were bartending, being a dance instructor, writing a book and working on your coaching business – did you focus on these at the same time? Or how did that all unfold and when did you need to figure out what to prioritize? I know you can’t answer all the comments under every video – so, if Team Forleo sees this, is there an interview or article that will go in more depth? XO

  25. Lera

    Thank you for this episode. I was literally thinking as I checked my email – I never get anything done! And I totally relate to the time consuming morning routine. But choosing just 1 is really hard. I set a goal for myself that by next year I would run a marathon. So I’ve been training for that. If I had to choose only 1 thing to focus on, it would be this one. And the task for today – run 20 minutes at “race” speed. (My first 5k is Saturday – first milestone!). Much love!!!

  26. The project I need to stay focused on is illustrating a book my husband wrote. Why – because he is very talented and it is a fantastic book, and we believe it could be the start of a series! It is a large (and overwhelming) project and I keep moving it to the back burner (truthfully letting it fall right off the stove!) for paid work, house work, parenting, blah blah blah.
    The one thing I can do today is open the list of planned illustration, look at the next in line and do some rough sketches for even 30 minutes. If I carve out 30-60 minutes a day I can start making headway.
    Thanks for the reminder and encouragement!!! Your videos are always the best!! 🙂
    Erin

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      This is such an exciting project, Erin! Blocking out that time each day to work on the illustrations is so key. Keeping it manageable and small, but focused and consistent, will create big results. We’re wishing you and your husband all the best with your book!

  27. I loved this message. So timely for me. I have created a coaching program as well as a FB support page/group for women who are embracing or facing menopause/peri and post. Honor Your Pause, the things your mother never told you! I am adding on a retreat for Fall 2017. It is easy to get caught up in the busy, causing overwhelm that brings progress to grinding halt! Simple, easy and joyful has been my mantra, I love Simplify to Amplify! Thank you Marie 🌞

  28. Emily

    So loving this episode!!! You know, I have to say sometimes starting ONE web business can seem like multiple side “hustles” because you got to do the website, and the beta-test, and the book (especially if your brand is a writing brand like mine), and the blog. But, I got this. Simplify to amplify! I just hired a developmental editor, so I’ve gotta get that book in by June 23rd. I feel confident if I focus on one thing at a time the puzzle pieces will come together. But I have to admit, sometimes when people ask me “Aren’t you making money on that yet?” I get a little nervous. I mean I have a day job, so I’m fine, and I feel like I’m on the right track, but when’s it going to happen?

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Emily, you’re doing so great! It’s fantastic that you have a deadline for your book, this helps tremendously with focus and prioritizing what needs to get done. Be patient with yourself, as most new business owners – Marie included – work on their side hustle for several years before they begin to see the monetary results of all their hard work. Stay focused on your larger vision and trust that if you’re staying connected to this, truly serving people, and putting in your best effort – you will see results in time.

      I think you’ll find these episodes of MarieTV on this topic helpful, too:
      https://www.marieforleo.com/2011/06/transition-day-job-dream-business/
      https://www.marieforleo.com/2014/07/start-small-or-sucky/

      • Emily

        THANK YOU!! I needed that. Posting my little comment on Marie TV is always such a big motivator for me. Being interactive helps me to think about how far I’ve come!!!

  29. Mandy

    “Simplify to amplify” rings so true to someone who is still learning how to say “no” to favors (yes, it’s me). Here’s my big things:

    1) Main gig: studying well. I’ll be taking on a one year intensive course and it’s a big investment both financially and in terms of time, so I set out a goal for myself. I already study a good amount weekly, but I would like to bump it up. I will study for 2 hours per day, with my little list of pre-defined topics, just for knowledge building (as well as doing my homework and actually going to class).
    2) Personal life: can’t really call it a side hustle, but I do want to take care of my health. I would like to run/jog 30 minutes each day at first, meal prep twice a week and eventually get into Pure Barre. All the research and recipe searching and cooking (I’m quite the novice in this area) will demand some time until it becomes a habit.

  30. Kayla

    This was a great video – I have a question though…
    How do we find balance when school is thrown into this mix?
    I am feeling pulled back and forth between school (which I have just returned to after being out of the game for years), and creating my own business, all while maintaining my day job to pay the bills.
    My dream is to have my business up and running as a way to fund my education, while pursuing my passion of helping others, but I’m struggling to balance time between studying and building my little empire.
    Please help!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Kayla! It sounds like you have such clear priorities, which is a great starting point. We completely understand how busy things can feel with a day job, side hustle, and school on top of all that! For you, blocking out time to focus on each of these areas will be key.

      When you’re working on your studies, that’s ALL you’re working on. Be sure to schedule in a set amount of time to focus on school each day, and make sure you’re sticking to that. Same goes for your business, if this is something you’re wanting to prioritize alongside your schooling. Setting aside specific time chunks for moving this forward outside of work and school is essential.

      Simplifying or saying no in other areas of your life will be essential in order to stay on track with your goals in these areas, and we’re cheering you on as you go for your dreams! You can do this 🙂

  31. Amy

    How true is this… great video! Sometimes I just want a mom to take care of me again, and I’m a mom of a grown son. It’s a good thing I enjoy what I do because working 30+ hours a week at a job, then freelancing AND trying to get a side thing going is leaving little room for much else. If I had to meditate, journal and cook meals that would take me hours, I would be done.

  32. For me it’s finishing the sample chapters in my book proposal. I now have a literary agent and most of my proposal, but I’m finding myself stuck on the additional sample chapters. I let my part-time day job in breaking news, the production of my weekly podcast, my newspaper column deadlines and my kids activities edge out the heart-centred work I desperately want to see come to fruition, and that’s my book. I know I need to buckle down and get those chapters done so my agent can start shopping around my book.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Great clarity, Brandie! It’s so common for many of us to let our passion projects fall by the wayside, when there seems to be other more urgent day-to-day matters at hand. Setting aside dedicated time each day to work on your chapters will help you to get those DONE. There’s another episode of MarieTV that I think you’ll find really helpful and I wanted to share it with you:
      https://www.marieforleo.com/2015/01/prioritize/

      Wishing you so much success in finishing your book proposal!

      • Thank you, Julia. I enjoyed that episode and appreciate the encouragement.

  33. Amen. I struggle with this situation All The Time. Right now, in fact! As a freelance writer, every interruption blocks my flow and causes me to say, “Uh, what was I trying to say?” Constant interruptions slow down my work flow, resulting in missed deadlines and always always always being stressed out. I can not remember the last weekend I had when I wasn’t thinking about work (or putting in a few hours to catch up). But I’m working on simplifying life. To wit, my house is a mess, so what? I converted my meditation into a walking meditation in the morning so I get fresh air and exercise. And I’ve begun scheduling meetings, coffees, conference calls, etc. – as much as possible – in one day or all in the morning or all in the afternoon. This allows me to block off a day (or half a day) working on one project, get it done, and then move on to the client project. At least something is getting done! Of course, there are a million other things I’d love to do in my personal life and as a side hustle. But I try to remember a great line an old friend told me: “You can do everything. Just not at all once.”

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      LOVE the ways you’ve simplified in your life, Nancy – brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing them here 🙂

  34. OMG! I’m sitting here staring at 4 different personal projects and 3 work projects and a slew of of “should do’s” sitting on my desk. Not to mention tiles for the kitchen renovation all over the place (black or grey for the floor, or glass or porcelain for the backsplash… what about countertops… AHHHH!)

    My head is going to explode.

    The only project that I really want to do, or care about however is the children’s book. I have an agent and she’s waiting for my revisions yet all this other stuff gets in the way.
    So my next task, is to storyboard the next round of revisions.
    Done.
    That’s it.
    That’s ALL I CAN DO AND IT WOULD BE HUGE!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      You GOT this, Lorena! You’re not at all alone in being overwhelmed by all those projects on the go, this sounds like a very familiar scenario 🙂 We’re cheering you on as you focus on your children’s book – how exciting!

  35. Focusing on my training for this week and by Monday I will be ready to take the test without being stressed. Last two weeks of June work on my blog site 😊

  36. This video appeared in my inbox at the perfect time. I was seriously just discussing with my “work wife” how there never seems to be enough time for my side hustle! Do you guy have me bugged? 😉 Thanks for another great video!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      SO glad to hear this was perfect timing for you, Melissa!

  37. Always keeping it fun + relevant Marie TV Team! You put so much value in to these videos + podcasts that it motivates me to engage + leaves me inspired for my day.

    The side project that deserves my time is my travel + personal development blog. I’ve only been doing it for a year and a half after years of being afraid to start but it’s worthy of all the extra time I can afford to give it because it makes me SO happy to share my stories + advice to try and incentivize people beyond their comfort zones.

    Right now I’m focussed on improving my weekly content (making it more relevant to my target demographic, appealing headlines, quality of visuals, etc..) + growing my audience. The immediate next step is employing Pinterest efficiently to reach more people.

    Thanks again 🙂

  38. This is THE episode for me. two months ago as I was struggling to make Bschool, apply what I was learning, building my website, making the freebie for the optin and learning other skills that I needed for my business (coaching, professional organizer), while working my full time job and raising two children (4 y and 9months) I was losing my mind…
    Then me and my accountability partner had this idea. Work on bschool every available minute, turn you website into a landing page and set a date to release it again. I can use two weekends during this period to learn new skills because its classes that are schedulled for 2/3 days without interruption.
    All I can is that its working!! By know I’m half way on module 6, finished the first weekend on coaching certification and feel that its possible to do it all, BUT very important NOT ALL at the same time!!!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Beautiful Diana, you GO! This is such a perfect example of how simplifying can save us our sanity. Great job, keep it up. You’re doing amazing and we’re so happy to have you as a B-Schooler. Please do keep us posted on how everything’s going for you!

  39. Ok, I’m a guy, so I come at it from a different take, I expect, from most viewing this.

    I’m going to try these suggestions for today because if anyone “overbooks” his/her life, I’m there!

    One project, Lew (me). Now…GO!

  40. LaChaun

    OMG if this doesn’t hit home for me I don’t know what does! 2 weeks ago I was trying to get my 1 year old daughter to sleep through the night, while working full time and doing the Executive MBA (a full time evening MBA) while attempting to write the first draft of my business plan and giving up gluten and starting a workout regimen because every time I look in the mirror I get disappointed with my weight gain that snuck up on me. And I beat myself up saying “I can’t get just 1 of those things done! What kind of person am I if I can’t even work out!” Oh, and I am trying to make sure I have a great marriage on top of all of this. I didn’t realize that trying to do too many things at one time never works, I kept saying “I have to get better, I have to do better – and then I will be able to do all of these things at once”. This video was just what I needed to really hear that it’s ok not to be superwoman, and it will probably work against me at some point.

    • Janee Carlile

      It’s so overwhelming sometimes! Just reading your post almost gave me a panic attack! 😉 You ARE enough, and you CAN do it. From one mama to another. 🙂

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Lachaun, we’re so glad that this was just what you needed to hear. I can tell that you’re an absolutely INCREDIBLE woman, mother, and wife and you’re not at all alone in feeling the way you do. It’s totally okay to burn that superwoman cape and simply do your best in each moment, with what you’re currently working on or putting your energy into. From everything you shared, I know that you’re already doing this. Be kind to yourself, you are SO enough already, just as you are. You inspire us!

  41. Shawn

    I honestly think this was my FAVORITE – EPISODE – EVER!!!! My “new normal” (life simplified) started in January when I read Essentialism by Greg McKeown and this episode was a much needed breath of fresh air! You’ve validated the path I’m on and gave some new, tangible tips to implement to keep me on track. THANK YOU!

  42. Janee Carlile

    OH EM GEE! You are on my wavelength, lady! There is no ONE direct way to success other than to work your…you know what…off. It’s in the grind, right?! Thank you for debunking the ‘18,000 million things you have to do before 5:30am’ RULE. I think it does such a disservice. I’ve learned to use every.single.minute.of.the.day to get something done. I’m waiting in traffic for a train to pass… I pull out my book and read 4-5 pages. There are ways to harmonize life, one just has to be open to those opportunities.

  43. Hi Marie,

    I loooovvveeee this episode, it is “speaking to me”. Needless to say, I can relate.com!!!!

    Another thing, I really love the top you are wearing on this episode! But I will not ask where you got it from, because I might not be able to afford it anyways (sigh).

    Also, were you wearing only one earring, or I just couldn’t see because of the hair?

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hey Florian! We’re so happy to hear this episode resonated with you. Thank you for your kind words about Marie’s wardrobe – the ever-talented Elsa Issac always does an amazing job. Marie was indeed wearing two earrings, the one was just hidden behind her hair 🙂

  44. Tania

    Increíble como Dios o el universo hablan. Precisamente venía pensando en este tema ya que hay dos proyectos que me apasionan y me preguntaba si debía hacerlos al tiempo y he aquí la respuesta. No. Uno a uno, paso a paso. Excelente Marie, muchísimas gracias por este video, llega en el momento indicado! Un abrazo! Me encanta todo todo! Tu actitud, lo que nos enseñas, tu don de gente! Todo! Felicitaciones y bendiciones! Muchas muchas gracias!!!

  45. Christine

    Marie and Team:
    This past fall my adult son was visiting and he came to the breakfast table exclaiming that I needed to sell my photography and he was going to help me. Well, as well-intended as that statement was, I still needed to determine the photos, determine pricing, title them (that sent fear up my spine–classic overthink right there!) and yadda yadda yadda. Needless to say, his action froze me right into inaction! Fast forward to Spring, I decided that I needed to take a small step. My daily goal is to post one photo with a title each day on my personal social media account. What was the most shocking is the number of “friends” who wanted to know the professional photographer whose work I was posting. Mic Drop! I am currently displaying my work at a local hospital and I’m selling well to the employees. I was told the other day that my work has been the “most successful” So, now to add a social media presence to my photographic work and finally take my son up on that website help. One non-overwhelming step at a time because it was the tortoise that crossed the finish line first. Thank you for the reminder today!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      YES for taking small steps Christine, huge congrats on your success with your photography!!

  46. As a creative entrepreneur, I always have more than one “project” going at a time. It is how I operate. And, I agree with you Marie! Working your ass off is really the way to get things done! Routines are overrated! That said, I think you make a great point re: focusing on one thing at a time. I do a lot of “Timeboxing.” I allot a certain amount of time towards a certain task, and then move on. Or, I create mini projects so that the bigger projects are broken down into easy chunks that I can get done and accomplish, so I can move onto the next chunk without feeling overwhelmed.

  47. Years ago I did b-school and at the beginning of the 2017 session I watched half the modules to go through it again. But I decided to stop, and put forth 1-2 projects you reminded and inspired me to do. I’m gonna get those done, then watch the modules again, get another 1-2 projects and do those and so on.

  48. Lorelei

    You have reminded me of the ONE thing that has led me to write a memoir this year (355 pages in 5 months and now into the ending…and yes, my editor will have lots of fun cutting): use the timer.

    Love your phrase ‘simplify to amplify’ and you may have saved me thousands of dollars of wastage looking for solutions to getting sh*t done. Just focus on one thing at a time, and that means…accept you can’t do it all in a day, week, month, etc.

    One last thing: I absolutely adore your tips! Thank you for putting yourself out there in the world and as a drama teacher, lady, I am loving your videos, Marie!!! Great acting on the part of your team in this, too. Bravo. 🙂

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Thank you SO much for your kind words, Lorelei, that means the world to us coming from you 🙂 We’re glad to hear this resonated with you and are wishing you all the best with your memoir – congrats on all your hard work!

  49. Jane Sanford

    Oh WOW this is what I needed. Great show. I have know this for so long that trying to be successful with 3 different projects to get the businesses off the ground plus updating / decluttering a house for Airbub or rental / achieving great things in the garden for Open House plus the Veggie beds … and day job seem to be all at a stand still as i flip flop from one to another.
    Thanks Marie …I need to get my brain in gear and work on one and then the next….

    You are just great. Thanks jx

  50. Incredible timing, Marie. I needed this So F’g Badly today.
    I am bogged down in everything that needs to get done so that I can let women who are suffering (chronic fatigue, stress and sleeplessness) know that I can help them!
    No. 1 is updating the copy on my site.
    It is a painful process for me but I’m working on it & getting the support I need to make it happen.
    After I hit ‘send’ below, I’ll be setting my timer.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    Loooooooove this.
    xo,
    Karen Shoshana
    Wellness Girl

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Awesome Karen, we’re so glad this is just what you needed today! We’re sending you positive copywriting vibes, we know you can get this done and that you’re going to help so many women through your work. You GOT this!

  51. Christine

    THIS! THIS is SO my problem and your words have hit home! I have bookmarked, starred, screenshot, etc. this episode and will def re-watch whenever I am feeling overwhelmed. Thanks so much for speaking to my heart and my head.

  52. I genuinely enjoyed this episode as I do with the others. I feel stuck with endless of projects in my head at the moment.
    I wrote a diary with all the projects in my head. I selected one project and I am going to follow it.
    Thank you so much for your work Marie, you’ve truly changed my life.

    Love

    Mira

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Wonderful Mira! Thank you so much for your kind note, that means the world to us. We’re glad to hear this helped and are so excited for you to move forward with your project!

  53. Marie, sooooo cool
    this came at the perfect time for me, coaching a client who is so overwhelmed with clients and I will use ‘simplify to amplify’ is my new mantra….
    and for me too, as I would love to get my simple how to book written – still not finised, and published as an e book

    thanks again and love your top!!
    T

  54. Pooja

    Great episode! It really was a kick in the butt for me! I’m currently studying to become a health coach, getting adjusted to married life, making adjustments to myself to live my healthiest, looking for a part time job, getting ready to set up a blog, also joined a online program to learn about essential oils, and trying to put something on Instagram everyday, and at the same time trying to remain sane! I realize I am putting WAY too much on my plate right now and this is definitely the reason why I am not satisfied in any of the projects! What should deserve my utmost attention now is job searching to bring in some income, but I really want to dedicate time to my blog and health coaching business…What should I do? Is there a way I could do both? I will start by dedicating half an hour each day to applying for jobs.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Pooja! This sounds like such an exciting time for you. You can absolutely do both, you’ll just want to be sure that you’re really prioritizing what’s MOST important for you to be working on right now, and ensuring that you’re setting aside the necessary time to devote to that in your days. As you said, blocking out time to apply for jobs is a priority right now. You can also block out time to work on your business each day, as long as you’re sticking to these priorities and keeping things simple enough that you don’t feel too overwhelmed or spread too thin in any one area.

      Perhaps there are a few things you mentioned that could be simplified or adjusted, so that you’re allowing yourself the necessary space for your key priorities at this time. Remember that you can also add things in slowly, to avoid overwhelm or feeling defeated if you find you aren’t able to make so many changes all at once.

      We’re wishing you all the best and hope this helps!

  55. Thanks Marie! Right now I’m moving my work to the next level and creating a weekend women’s gathering for inspiration, rejuvenation, and fun for about 80 women! What I need to do TODAY is email a few potential presenters and refine the contracts!
    ~Laura

    • Tori B

      Laura, I think serendipity is working it’s magic. As I get out of the box others keep trying to stuff me into, I have rediscovered my whole self. My Why: I share my joy and inspire others to give themselves permission to prioritize joy NOW and trust in themselves. Just today, inspiration hit me to finally write my speech with the sole purpose of spreading joy while sharing inspirational stories. I was stuck giving too many ducks, as Marie says, about what other people thought of my topic. Seeing what you are creating inspired me to put it out there!
      And my ‘simplify to amplify’ today was to focus on my most important project: speaking on topics that bring me joy, make room for positivity through meditation, and let the inspiration roll. ~Tori

  56. Laura

    I am constantly trying to remind myself to focus on one task at a time so I can completely one thing at a time. I have such a long to do list I want to do anything all at the same time.
    This video is great reminder!

  57. Love, Love, Love this! I was reluctant to bow out of a volunteer role over the last two weeks because I knew it would be spreading myself too thin, I put it off because I felt guilty since I had already made the commitment. A minute after I sent my regrets I watched this video and felt much better about my decision to focus on my main priority; organizing the Self-Love Revolution Day. Creating a day where people can come together to learn about Self-Love is more in-line with my purpose (and I find it ridiculously fun too).

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Adrienne, we’re so glad to hear that! This sounds like such an exciting project you’re working on, we’re big fans of self-love over here 🙂 Great job on focusing in on what’s most important and joyful for you.

  58. OMGoodness this video could not have come at a better time!! I am currently in the process of launching my side hustle (Social media is live, site will be up a few days – EEEEEE!!!) and I had some residual guilt about not having my morning routine en pointe because launching a business is so full-on! I am online with the web developer, I am creating social media content, I am booking clients – it is ALL GO. Thank you so much for your simplify and amplify mantra – I’m going to re-tweet it right now! <3 xoxo

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      YAY, Sarah! We’re wishing you all the best as you launch your business. So glad that this was great timing for you!

  59. This is such a great video! I am working on becoming a public speaker and am very fortunate to be working with a manager who does a lot of promotional work for me. However, I still feel overwhelmed with taking care of my 2 month old son AND working from home full time until my husband finishes his degree. I commit an hour a day to writing my talks but it still feels overwhelming because I need to write SIX talks. I feel like I work on them all at once, without ever really perfecting any of them. This was such a good episode to help me realize that I need to perfect and finish my talk on positive self-image for teens. If I know I can nail that one, I think I’ll have confidence and focus to finish the other 5.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Absolutely Stacey, focusing on one talk at a time will be so powerful for you in feeling a sense of accomplishment, that will keep you moving forward with your writing. This will also keep you out of that pesky overwhelm. We’re wishing you all the best with your public speaking – how exciting!

      • Thank you! I have some big gigs lined up which can add to the overwhelm…so just take it 1 step at a time. Thanks for your encouragement!

  60. What project deserves more time? And not just time, but completion!? There’s so many! How do I choose? Shooting online Exotic Dance program, shooting the videos and writing content, and then launching.

  61. LH

    This is something I’ve struggled with for years. I’m still freelancing to pay the bills and self-fund my consumer products business and both are EXTREMELY demanding. I think limiting my morning routine – paring it down and really condensing it by setting a timer and stopping when the timer goes off – will be key.
    Any additional advice if both of these things (my freelancing and business) are really time-intensive? What else can I do?

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi there! You’re not at all alone in struggling with this balance. Keeping track of your time and really blocking it out will be super helpful for you in managing where you want to majority of your energy to go – your freelancing or your business.

      I think you’ll also find this episode of MarieTV helpful when it comes to prioritizing:
      https://www.marieforleo.com/2015/01/prioritize/

      • LH

        Julia, I think that’s the problem – I don’t get that much of a choice in how much time I spend on freelancing. It pays the bills and has to be done. It’s limited by clients’ budgets but the time that I have to do some of that work is actually the time of the day I need to make sales and PR calls for my business. That’s why it’s such a challenge. Any other ideas with this in mind? This has been a challenge for a long time.

  62. Thanks a million! Such good advice. Here’s a defined goal for me: get 1000 subscribers to my PAID YouTube workshop channel. How? Hustle, baby, hustle. But it’s laser focus on that one goal that will do it!

  63. Ok, this was great! I totally need to niche down to one goal at a time! So I’m going to decide on finishing our 2016 family album as its slipped away from me (and its already half way through 2017!)
    I’ve realised that creating those solid memories for my children are important, especially while the memories are still fresh! As each month passed from me not working on it, it just added so much extra pressure of another thing not finished. And stress comes from that which we do not finish, so finish it I will:)
    Each week I will sit down and do a months worth of photos until it’s complete. Thanks Marie for another great motivating kick up the butt I needed!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      What a fantastic, clear goal, Erin! Adding in the reason why this is important to you will only help with your follow-through. Love your clear timeline for this, too. Happy album-making!

  64. Bam! Well said, Marie! My current focus is getting my first proto type real estate investment primed up and in shape to be as valuable as possible to begin paying for itself and bringing in a passive income!

    My next focus is really in the back of my mind always… my big destination location coaching company. The real estate being set in place is the first part, the second I believe is enjoying each present moment living from my heart of hearts. From this place the fruit of blogs, videos, and coaching clients and followers exists.

    Thanks for all your encouragement! I love it!

    Danielle Josephsen

  65. Always incredible advice Marie, love your honesty – thank you!! I am getting better at focusing on one thing at a time – it’s a process! My daughter was making fun of me this morning for holding my coffee cup under the machine while putting cutlery away and standing in tree pose lol.
    I love the ‘simplify to amplify’ mantra and also use ‘slow down to speed up’ as one of mine 🙂
    PS – that top is incredible on you!!!

  66. Wow! Talk about timely, Marie. I really can totally relate.

    I have been really struggling with trying to find that balance with getting all the stuff I need to do at work and still find time for my side hustles (yes, I’m guilty of that, too).

    After much careful thought, the one project I’ve chosen that deserves more time and attention is resurrecting my food and travel blog.

    When I was starting out with my freelance writing career, my food and travel blog was instrumental in helping me get more clients. Unfortunately, I made the beginner mistake of choosing the wrong web hosting company. Long story short, the company closed down without warning so I didn’t have time to find a new web hosting company and migrate it.

    The first milestone that I intend to do as soon as I wake up tomorrow is to start gathering again my files so that I can start polishing them up.

    Thanks so much for everything that you do!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      What a great, clear action step, Adeline! Often, all it takes is setting aside the time for these tasks or projects that we’ve been putting off to keep moving them forward in the direction we’d like. All the best as you get your food & travel blog up and running again!

  67. Alright! 🙂
    Project:
    Starting ads on FB and AdWords.
    Step:
    Make sales to cover the first month. Today I’ll put $2 in the My-Frigging-Awesome-Ads envelope.
    Ha!
    ha!
    ha!
    Aaalmost done!! 🙂

  68. This was a perfect message for me, at this moment.
    Last year I made the decision to start my own practice; I’m a massage therapist of 19 years and this is the first time I’ve not worked for anyone else. Which is scary! And exciting. And I had no idea how much time and energy it took; it’s overwhelming to say the least.
    Cut to almost 1 year later, and I’m not sure I want to do massage full time. Part of me is feeling like a wuss because I chose to start this so much further along into my massage career. But, I honestly never wanted to have my own practice until the last year or so. I keep going back to the fact that I would like to do massage 2-3 days per week and do something else on the side.
    Our (me and my husband’s) ideas are:
    *possibly start an AirBnB with our spare rooms upstairs
    *me working for a non-massage related company, for a breather. And that my taxes will be taken out. Because hustling to find clients now is majorly stressing me out (but doing this while building up my own practice slowly and methodically, and not feeling like I have to scrape up clients out of thin air, and potentially take clients that aren’t my ideal people to work with).
    *offer treatments at my office that don’t require me working myself to death (infrared sauna, foot detox machine, etc)
    Anyway, I’m having trouble keeping myself focused because right now, I’m just not sure what I want so therefore it’s hard to focus.
    Scratch that, I do know what I want: I am 51 years old and I want to focus on getting myself healthy (physically/spiritually/emotionally), traveling more with my husband, doing a bit of massage, and having a job that allows me to save my body and doesn’t require me to figure out why a client is having body issues!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Heck yes, Bonnie! Thanks so much for sharing– it sounds like you have some great goals to work toward in your life and business. Sometimes, expecting our passions or side-hustles to support other parts of our lives can feel like burning the candle at both ends, which is why it’s so important to nurture all areas of our life. Marie shares more about this and the power of finding other “life lines” to help support your bigger goals in this episode you may enjoy: https://www.marieforleo.com/2013/10/bridge-job/ Do keep us posted on how your ideas evolve, Bonnie– we’re all cheering you on!

  69. Dawn

    I’m finishing a Bachelor’s Degree while also writing a book, plus I have a full time job and two small children. I need to finish the degree, then write the book. This is hard for me.

  70. Marie, good reminder to simply and amplify as I am launching my rebrand and need to focus now on one main goal..sales! No side projects to distract..just good, old fashioned marketing and sales efforts now. Thank you!

  71. This post couldn’t have come at a better time! As a solopreneur, I feel like I’m being pulled in a hundred different directions. But I’m going to focus on just one project today. Thank you!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      So glad this message resonated with you, Kristen! Especially for “multi-passionate entrepreneurs” it can be tricky to know what to prioritize on a daily basis, but by starting small and focusing on just one project today, you’re off to an amazing start. Thanks for sharing!

  72. I am nearly finished with a project that will eventually become a “signature service” type of thing, but I had to admit recently that it’s going to take longer than I wanted to get it actually launched and selling for realsies. SO, I get a little bogged down and frustrated with it, and it’s hard to get it DONE. There are some revisions from the Human Guinea Pig Trials, and I need to finish up the one section that honestly, I’m so far beyond giving a shit about (the “sick” part of the Musick Business) that I don’t wanna. And everything I write comes off as pissed off, snarky angst. But if I can get this project done and let it really start to cook, I will be able to launch way sooner than if I keep procr-ass-tinating about it. The next step is to finish the draft of Module 4, warts and all, and get it out to my guinea pigs. Then I can make the revisions to all of it as one multi-tiered task, and put the som’bitch on the DONE pile. Thank you for the butt-kickin’ I was in need of, Marie. You have an uncanny way of popping things into my Facebook feed that are exactly what I am needing. Well done, your own bad self.

  73. Excellent, timely for where I am in my journey! Thank you. One focus, without judgement or guilt.

  74. Maira

    Marie you are just marvelous! Thank you for this precious advice! I thought my problem was basically don’t knowing how to organize myself, but not! Too many projects and routines!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      You’ve got it, Maira! We often beat ourselves up thinking we must not have what it takes to be successful, organized, or focused, when the reality is we’re simply spreading ourselves too thin in too many ways. Remember: simplify to amplify– thanks so much for stopping by!

  75. This episode is what I call Sinchronicity. Thank you very much!

  76. Excellent, timely for where I am in my journey! Thank you. One focus, without judgement or guilt! Moving forward one day and project and action items at time.

  77. Yesss this is so good. I recently realized that I need to just put the development of my brand new video production company on hold so that I can finish the documentary I started 2 years ago. Doing both at once isn’t happening. If I get a video client through my website that’s fine but the focus has to be on finishing the documentary. Just gotta push that baby out this summer!

  78. Hey Marie, great post!

    I’d say instead of daily routines, why don’t we make them weekly ones? For me, I jog once a week and hit the gym 1-2 times a week in which I have plenty of time to work on my side hustle in addition to my day job without compromising my workout goal.

    Cheers!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Absolutely Polly, whatever feels good to you personally and helps you feel your most productive, happiest, best self! Your weekly routine sounds like it’s working excellent for you, keep it up 🙂

  79. Julie Arnup

    Thank you Marie and Team Forleo!
    Another great episode and a reality check that spoke directly to me.
    I often find myself going into overwhelm, trying to hustle loads of to do’s and feel that I am the one who has to do everything. Sometimes I use a priority matrix when I have time to fill it in!
    No matter who we are we only have 24/7 so need to focus our energy on those tasks that will give us the magical 80% result.
    I love your mantra Marie and will be using this DAILY.
    Thanks again for all the amazing content – Love you loads!
    Julie xox

  80. The one project is my blog. Tks, Marie.

  81. Grace

    I’m finally letting go of trying to achieve 5-7 goals at once and am currently focusing on my physical and mental health through yoga and meditation. I’ve seen a HUGE difference in my stress and anxiety levels just in the past 5 days of these mindfulness practices and once they become a habit, then and only then will I start focusing on starting my business. I feel like I’ve gone from working from a place of striving to working from a place of rest. I even feel more accomplished and satisfied in my day job!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Wow, Grace, what a beautiful testimony! Less striving, more thriving, in all areas of life. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Beautiful, Grace – absolutely love this flip in perspective! It’s wonderful that you’re feeling better by prioritizing these practices, they really are such powerful tools that carry over into all areas of our lives. Working from a place of rest, what a revolutionary idea – love it 🙂

  82. Thank you for this great episode!

    Definitely need to simplify! But it’s not “easy” because they all matter, and I want to give a little bit of my attention to all of them, an md being able to achieve all of them.

    Right now I decide to focus on my blog. But I still do face the overwhelm, because my blog is on multiple topics (creative living, fashion, travel and photography). So basically I am trying to deal with taking pictures, editing, writing, find affiliates, … and all the other things that come with it. And I feel like I need all of them in order to make my blog, even just a post. And I don’t know how to stay organized, and simplify this, since I need all of the above.
    Ideas?
    Thank you
    Much love
    Kimiyo

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Hi Kimiyo! It’s great that you’re focusing on your blog as your primary project right now. We completely understand that a lot goes into this and the overwhelm that come along with prioritizing the individual elements so that they all get done.

      Perhaps it would help you to block out time for each of those individual tasks in your week (ie. photos, editing, writing, finding affiliates). We find that when you’ve blocked out specific time in your schedule to get certain tasks done, this helps to avoid the overwhelm that can come from having everything floating around in your head.

      I think you’ll find this special workshop with Marie on how to avoid overwhelm really helpful, as well: https://www.marieforleo.com/2011/02/deal-overwhelm-free-video-workshop/

      Really hope this helps!

  83. My one thing: complete funding for a film project. It’s important because it is the portal to a licensing venture that spreads a message about that “very special gift only I have.” I’ve observed lately that I have too many entrees on my plate. It’s not a lack of time that sidelines progress, it’s that each requires that extra noodle space, thinking, and manifesting energy focused on a single outcome. This is as important, truth be told more so, than any individual task on a to do list. As such, I’ve been carving up and selling off the cluttering entree assets to make way for the film and licensing venture that is my priority next chapter. So thanks for a chance to recognize yet again which entree is yummiest, and to validate that I’m heading in the right direction with my sharing (or effectively consuming) what’s too much on my plate.

  84. great info & mantra – Simplify to Amplify- thank you! A good and timely reminder for me, as I am genetically pre-dispositioned to have too many projects going. I am focused now on building my Reiki and Energy Healing business. One trick from my former corporate world days that I like to use to maximize my time and keep focused is to get clear on specific steps and tasks that need to be accomplished and assign them timeframes…so for example, I will plan out my week and list 3 things to complete from 2-4pm on Monday, then 4 things to do 5-7pm on Tuesday, etc. This helps keep me on task. I also make set time blocks in my week for working towards my goals. For example, every other Saturday from 9-11am I know I will be working on related tasks – and it becomes a part of my rhythm.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      YES, time-blocking is such a powerful tool for staying on-task and focused, Cristine – keep up the awesome work!!

  85. carla

    AB FAB episode today! Thank you Marie. You made me laugh and feel lighter today.
    The one thing I going to focus on is my side hustle. And my one task will be to figure out what that actually is!
    Thank you again for helping me believe that I can make this work and for reminding me that the world need the very special gift that only I have.
    Much love,
    Carla

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Absolutely, Carla! So glad this episode connected with you in such a deep way. Yes, the world absolutely needs your special gifts, but also know that there aren’t any deadlines– take your time and trust that you’re right where you need to be. As Marie often reminds us, “clarity comes from engagement, not thought”, so you’re already well on your way. Keep moving forward, we’re all cheering you on.

  86. Love this episode! I am becoming a Certified Professional Coach, and I want to feel more relaxed while spending so much time after work on coaching class for class and doing assignments. I’m going to make a list of all the assignments I have, and start working on them one by one instead of all at once!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Love it, Lindsey! It’s so important to find a system that works for you. Making those small changes/habits now will set you up for greater success in the long run. Congratulations on your amazing progress so far!

  87. Kelley

    Thank you so much for this episode. As you see I am late in watching it. Well, because, I was doing to much, again. So, Thank you. Time to SIMPIFY!

  88. My goal right now is to bring my second book to the bookstores. That means, I have to finish writing it and get it to the publisher! That ALSO means, stop editing photos in the meantime! #photographerandwriterprobs Thanks for the inspiration, Marie!

  89. I love this, I am so excited. Thank you so much for answering my question! And thanks to everyone for your comments!

    There are so many things I want to do, but I think I need to focus on finishing my landing page so I can get freelance design clients. Focusing on this one side hustle for now will hopefully create more income for me which will allow me to pursue the other things I want to do in the future. The next “finished” milestone for this project is sharing the landing page with my friend who’s said she will share with her network.

    Thanks for this! I am definitely changing my screensaver to “Simply to Amplify”!

    Have a great week!

    • I’m so overly ambitious that this message really resonated with me!!
      I so relate to Vanessa – why does it seem like there are never enough hours in the day?!!

      Love the easy mantra; simplify to amplify.
      Vanessa, if you get a screensaver of it, let me know!!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Whoop!! Thanks so much for asking such a great question that resonates with so many multi-passionate creatives in our community. Focusing on your landing page sounds like an amazing first step, which will give you a boost of confidence for when you start sharing your business with your network. However, another one of Marie’s mantras is “progress, not perfection”, so don’t worry about getting things perfect right away, you just have to get started: https://www.marieforleo.com/2016/11/progress-not-perfection/ Definitely keep us posted on your progress, Vanessa– you’ve so got this!

  90. Sue

    Oh wowzers – thank you so much for this Marie & the Universe. I needed this right now. Feeling like melt down and overwhelm. This is so, so true.
    SIMPLFY to AMPLIFY – LOVE IT

    x
    Sue

  91. SOOOO good! Needed this reminder today. I agree, it looks very “messy” (even though I make it look pretty organized) but yes as Marie described, you gotta work your ass off, and working on ONE thing at a time allows you to see the progress! As a mountain climber, I’m always reminded of this: If I tried to climb a mountain, needing to continually take one step forward to achieve the task and reach the summit, but always got delayed by needing to stretch more, taking longer tea breaks, read another book, I’d never get to the top! You gotta take one step to the goal everyday, or few days, in order to see progress.

    I’m committing to getting my children’s book series DONE and out there to publishers. No more procrastinating by reading other books, which I’ve been doing a lot of these days, or working on my other freelance writing. I give myself permission to do Laskasaurus writing ONLY till those scripts are in the mail!

    Booya!
    Thanks Marie and Team Forleo!
    So much love to ya’ll xoxox!!!!!!

  92. Marie! You said out loud what I’ve been thinking but didn’t see how to move forward… thank you! It’s taken me years to find the professional path that excites my soul and finally I’ve stepped into my true calling: coaching. HOWEVER… that meant coach training, business training (LOVE B-School!!), social media training and the training list goes on. I got so bogged down in getting trained that it’s taking me longer to actually start doing what I love. I still believe training is important, but I am embracing that I don’t have to do it all. So my first thing that I am focussing on is finishing my coaching training and getting certified so that I can serve my clients in the best, most empowering way. At the same time, I’m outsourcing my brand and website design. The next milestone I’ll do is set up my biz Facebook page, outreach to my personal FB friends about it and begin my blog. Public outreach comes after that… and as I write this, I’m now beginning to see how I can break it all up into a list of manageable chunks of things that easily follow each other so that I don’t get overwhelmed. Thank you, Marie!!!

    • Jeanette, I agree in particular with the “so bogged down in getting trained that’s it’s taking me longer to actually start doing what I love.” Thanks for sharing.

      • Jeannette Parker

        Thanks, Mary Anne! Glad it resonated with you. 🙂

        • Hailey - Team Forleo

          Yes, yes, yes! You’re absolutely right, Jeannette. As Marie has shared in the past, training programs and self-improvement can easily become crutches, or even excuses, that ultimately help us procrastinate instead of making progress. While it’s important to invest our time, energy, and resources into our personal and business growth, Marie often reminds us, that “insight without action is worthless”. By focusing on making progress toward one goal at a time, you’re already well on your way to more productive and positive habits. Thanks so much for sharing!

          • Jeannette Parker

            Thank you, Hailey! Such great reminders. I appreciate them!

  93. Thank you for this – great timing and sooo hilarious!
    I agree, all these hacks and morning routines – ugh! I like the timer idea, I’ve used it in the past and will implement more. Off to set the clock… 🙂

  94. paddy faller

    You have clarified what has been going through my mind for the last few months – I never seem to get finished with my priority tasks, as I tend to feel that the next task on my list is just as, if not, more important. Result – nothing ever gets finished!
    Thanks for the insight – Simplify to Amplify will become my slogan going forward.

  95. Rose

    So hard to want to focus on the one project, desire to work on a different project while the first one is kinda on hold. But I just came up with a few things I can do on the 1st number 1 project while awaiting other things to fall into place. Still considering 2nd thing kinda play time. Not as much ‘work’ involved!

  96. I’m a list maker. The problem is: my lists have so much crap on them, I get none of them done! “One thing at a time.” That’s my mantra now. Thanks for the reminder.

  97. Sathish Chandrasekar

    Hi Marie,
    Love your work. Thank you for all the inspiration you give.
    I am from South India, working in a public sector and I wanted to do something big in my life. I thought of writing exams for higher caliber and would love to serve people to the best of my ability. However, sometimes I feel overwhelmed with the day to day challenges I am going through. Work – Personal life balance, financial management, taking care of my Mom and younger brother, all these takes my day and I am getting no room to sit back & sketch my plan. Please help me on this. How to work for something big when you are already in the run of the mill routines?
    Thanks a ton. Love you and your team.

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Hi Sathish! Thanks so much for sharing a bit of your story with us. You’re so not alone– finding time to pursue our side-hustles, amidst all of our other responsibilities, is something many creative entrepreneurs struggle with. Keep in mind, many great things take time, so the best thing you can do is start small and focus on one action-step you can take today. For some more inspiration, checkout this great episode of MarieTV: https://www.marieforleo.com/2015/07/massively-productive/ I hope that helps, Sathish! If you have any other questions or if you’d like any other MarieTV recommendations, you can also reach out to us at anytime at infoATmarieforleoDOTcom

  98. Hey Marieeeeeeeeeeeee!
    Love your videos, my Tuesday will never be the same if I don’t watch your video first thing! I know loserrr!! I have a life I promise 🙂
    I totally resonate with this video, I decided to start a side project on top of my stressful full-time job and yes simplicity is KEY. I focus on little goals (3 goals) daily and make sure that I achieve them before 5 pm, thus I won’t be behind the next day and most importantly it keeps me sane and not feeling like I didn’t accomplish anything on that day.

    Love

    xoxo

  99. Rowena

    Hi Marie

    Thank you for the awesome message. Hearing those words “Simplify to Amplify” have suddenly made me realised why my projects are always half way done and never seems to finish and I become soo discourage. It is difficult for me to choose only one but will definitely do one at a time.

  100. This episode es amazing. You guys are doing better each day and it is absolutely astonishing to be part of the height you have achieved. Also, SIMPLIFY TO AMPLIFY is just what I needed today. Incredible wisdom.
    How about an episode on choosing the one thing which deserves my attention? Ja ja ja.. no, really.

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Esteban! We’re thrilled that today’s episode resonated so deeply with you. Knowing what to focus on “first” is something many multi-passionate creatives struggle with and something that comes up often on MarieTV. In fact, you may enjoy this episode: https://www.marieforleo.com/2017/02/decision-making/ on 4 decision-making strategies. Keep in mind, Marie often reminds us, “clarity comes from engagement, not thought”, so feel free to pursue each of your ideas, one at a time, to see which ones truly feel the most expansive and energizing for you.

  101. Kim

    Good, true, and funnneeee today! Thanks…simplify to amplify…prioritize…focus…take action!

  102. Laura

    My next project will be my web page. The single step that will take me there is the first meeting with the web designer/artist in two weeks. Go me!!! 🙂 Thanks for this Q&A Marie!!! Really appreciate it!!!

  103. Karen

    I love your videos. I want to convert my property into flats. The one thing I can do towards investigating this possibility is finding someone who can give me advice around planning.

  104. Betty

    My new practical simplify to amplify has eased time and decision making:
    1. I bought 6-8 jumpsuits, wear sneakers in the day when working and change to heels to go out. I never stress about clothes anymore, yeah!
    2. Use Bistro MD weight loss service-2 birds with one stone, losing weight loss with frozen healthy meals, no more shopping for food, cooking, and minimal clean-up! Buy fruit and veges to snack on occasion.
    3. Employed Fancy Hands for internet searches and research, appt. setting. Cut hours from my internet time and being on the phone.
    4. Cleared out any extraneous stuff and put it into storage to visually ease my life, make clean-up and organization easier.
    5. Have a laundry service. This is a must, since I live in NYC and would have to take to the laundromat. . Plus my sheets are perfect compact rectangles.

    Added costs over doing it myself: $300.00 month. I decided that it was worth it to have order, simplicity and lack of extraneous details to deal with. The effort I put into these simplifications have paid off in a more positive frame of mind, a sense of control, and better time management.
    Next:
    1. Getting financials tighter, crisping up my expenditures, figuring out how to rent my place out to live almost rent free. Then I will be able to focus on creative travel opportunities.
    2. Scheduling social activities long in advance, so I always have a plan for fun, which helps me to be less stressed and more productive when working. I use Fancy Hands to find Meet-up groups, concerts, lectures. They put it on my calendar for me. (I asked for a Bulgarian Women’s Chorus, and they found them!)
    3. Concentrating on ‘completions’. Taking anything that has been in the hopper for a while, and getting it done. Things like writing a will, health issues, getting electronic data organized.

  105. Lee Hayes

    Awesome advice Marie. Simplicity is everything or all we become is a Jack of all-trades and master of none. Focus on one thing and become a genius at that, whilst freeing up time to do fun things and actually enjoy this lifetime.
    Keep on keeping on!
    I love you
    Lee

  106. This was EXACTLY what I needed to hear today! I’ve been looking at my list all week trying to figure out how to fit everything all in. I’m a calligrapher trying to finish my website, add writing drills to my morning routing, etc. It all got so overwhelming, I started procrastinating everything.
    First things first: going to set a timer for writing so I don’t lose my muscle memory! Once that habit is established, I’ll set the timer to work on my website.
    Thank you for the advice!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      This is awesome, Christine! Creativity really is like a muscle– the more you use it, the stronger it becomes. Best of luck with your daily writing routine and on working on your website! Keep us posted on your progress.

    • Quetsy

      Nice plan. Success to you!

  107. MICKEY

    GOOD 🙂

  108. MICKEY

    I LIKE

  109. Mahal

    I can’t even… it’s like Team Forleo read my diary and this episode came out today. One way to simplify is to do my morning stuff in sequence and to finish the task. I start and stop a lot…like this comment. I’ve stepped away, clicked into other pages, sent a text message, and read one article before I completed the second sentence. Multi-tasking is overrated and it bruising my goal pace. Ok ok, here I go, will simplify. Thank you again!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      So glad this message came at the right moment for you, Mahal! You’re so not alone. Multi-tasking and distractions are common struggles, especially for “multi-passionate” creatives. In fact, focusing and productivity come up so often on MarieTV, we have an entire library devoted to these topics: https://www.marieforleo.com/category/focus-and-be-more-productive/ Start small and focus on “progress, not perfection”. You’ve so got this!

  110. You CRACK ME UP Marie!! The whole bit on the morning and evening routines, 635 things successful people do before 5am, etc. – SOOOOOOO good! And, so true!!! I obviously relate! Awesome! The key is obviously figuring out what works best for YOU.

  111. BEST EPISODE EVER!!!! Way to preach, Marie. You were seriously speaking the truth and I so appreciate it. I am about to launch my company and there a gazillion things on my To-Do List. I was totally feeling overwhelmed today (my grandmother passed this weekend so lots of emotional and family stuff coming up unexpectedly). But now, I am going to set a timer and write my weekly newsletter. Thanks again 🙂

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Thanks so much for sharing, Emily! We’re so sorry to hear about your recent loss– everyone on Team Forleo is sending you big hugs as you remember and honor the life of your grandmother. We’re glad this episode came at the perfect time for you as you’re in the process of launching your business. Best of luck as you set aside time to write your newsletter each week, we’re all excited to see how your ideas continue to grow and evolve.

  112. Christine

    Hi Marie. Thank you! I’m an at home mom and I needed this too. I think the reasoning behind my side hustle slowdown is that since I’m ‘not working’ I SHOULD have time for anything I want to do. NOT! My sons and hubby and mom and dog take an appreciable amount of my time, which is of course why I’m here. My ‘spare’ time is really hard to clearly identify. It’s easy to run the gamut from no side hustle to all side hustle so long as supper is ready and clean clothes are available for all. I will declutter this wonderful space! And I will become a certified yoga instructor! Just not at the same time.
    Peace & love,
    Christine.

  113. Angelika

    Dear Marie,
    Thank you for this great mantra: Simplify to Amplify! Needed to hear that today as I tend to schedule too many things on my daily calendar. Then I feel “guilty” when I haven’t finished the list and also didn’t spend enough time to work on my project. I will try to use a timer as you mentioned. This might help me to be more satisfied that I have worked for a specific time on my project every day.
    Cheers and lots of Love
    Angelika

  114. Tracey

    This episode made me feel better and more focused. I realized I had permission to do only the one thing. That if I got bored I didn’t have to do it for three hours a day just enough time to know I got some good work done. I get anxious when I have to many things I think I need to do. One book and one volunteer job, that’s what I’m going to do. Thank you so much for this Marie! Best ten minutes I’ve spent this morning. Now I’m off to make my dreams come alive.

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      So awesome, Tracey! Especially when it comes to our creative work, quality is so much more important than quantity, but like a muscle- the more you use and practice it, the stronger it will become. Start by building simple, sustainable habits and setting goals that feel energizing for you, and you’ll never dread sitting down to “work” again.

  115. Omg Marie this topic screamed at me! This is me! The problem is, it didn’t help at all! I’m a photographer and I have so many rabbits! Client communications, accounts, marketing, learning instagram, editing…the list goes on. Plus I’m a Mum of 3 under 6 and want to take care of myself so I can have energy for them, plus we are saving for our own home….so yeah still none the wiser!

  116. THANK YOU, Mrs. Forleo. I am a musician, and my music deserves more time and attention. The milestone that would push it forward is 30 min of voice practice, 4 to 5 times/week.

    This is important because it’s been my dream since I was 15 to be a professional singer-songwriter. Better get on that.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      You can SO do this, Julia! Getting serious about your regular voice practice times and sticking to them will absolutely help to push you forward in the right direction. We believe in you, and your music is such an important gift to the world.

  117. MyLinh Truong

    Hi Marie,
    Thank you for reading my mind! I am currently struggling with the daily business of an entrepreneur; I have 3 other projects that I’ve been wanting to work on so I took 4 days off to be alone. I just started one and was in the middle of it when, of course, I took a “quick” email break. The questions you posed in the subject line is exactly what I am feeling right now. I am hoping that this weekend has allowed me to slow down and re-prioritize a bit.
    The thing is, I give a lot of myself to others; even as an entrepreneur, neither of the two businesses are 100% my creation. This is why I am always thinking of other projects to do on my own. I frequently daydream of isolating myself for 2 months in order to complete my passion projects – which would essentially provide me with the empowerment and self-expression that I am currently lacking. I feel confined in my life, obligated to others without the freedom to do my own work.

    I know I would love to get away for 2 months but it would be at a high cost. Thank you for this video, but do you have any advice on how to choose exactly which one project to complete first?

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Hi Mylinh! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a bit of your story with us. We’re thrilled that this episode connected with you at the perfect time. It sounds like you’ve already made some great progress by setting aside time to work on your projects. However, knowing which “ones” to focus on “first” is a common struggle for many creatives. As Marie touched on in this episode, the best way to make progress is to focus on your priority (singular!) and start small, instead of spreading ourselves too thin over too many things. As she often reminds us, “clarity comes from engagement, not thought”, so the best way to figure out what project or idea gives you the most energy and feels the most expansive for you, is to truly focus on one at a time. I’d also recommend checking out this episode, all about setting goals with less stress: https://www.marieforleo.com/2017/01/goal-setting/ I hope that helps, Mylinh! Of course, if you ever have any other questions for us, or would like other MarieTV recommendations, you can write to us at anytime at infoATmarieforleoDOTcom

  118. Renayle

    This. Is. Just. What. I. Needed!!!! I was just going over all these routines I have (or trying to have), and I have been pretty anxious about it and upset I wasn’t getting anything done. Now, I’m just going to work on building my side hustle right now. Then when that’s done, I’ll tackle the next thing. Thank you for this advice!!

  119. I’m notorious for adding too much too my planner and end up getting no where! I just moved and I really want my apt to feel like “home”. So I need to just focus on building my oasis first. Then I can have my sacred space to start my B-School. I can’t wait. But I truly appreciate the reminder to keep things simple and don’t try so hard to be everything to everyone.

  120. This is exactly what I needed to hear today! Thank you soooo much! And, also thanks for sharing that it’s ok if things are messy. My life is so far from a straight line that it looks more like a tornado.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      YES, messy is totally okay Kellie Sue – life is messy and it helps if we can embrace this fact 🙂 We’re so glad this is just what you needed to hear today!

  121. Lia

    1 thing at a time. I think that is the best piece of advice I could have gotten right now. I love your videos and B School but I do’t think I’ve ever felt more directly talked to. I actually took a second to ask myself if I sent this question in and had to check on who you were talking to! Just pick ONE thing to focus on. I just quit my job because I was crumbling underneath it, and my dreams, and my too many goals, and all the routines everyone was telling me to do more of. I literally had a psychological breakdown from it all, and put in my notice, kindly and diplomatically so I will still be working with them (teaching yoga) but not in the role I had before (management). I feel so much better already, but I still feel overwhelmed by all the goals and dreams I have. I’ll pick my one for now. My health. My exercise. My body. That’s a good step one after a fall. Now to make that into smaller ones.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      CONGRATS, Lia! Prioritizing yourself, your health and well-being is a hugely positive step. We’re cheering you on as you begin this new chapter by being kind and gentle with yourself, first and foremost. So happy to hear this resonated deeply with you.

  122. When the world sends you the message and you heed it. YES! I needed this message/post today.
    <<>>
    My side hustle is a YA fantasy author. I’ve been struggling with book 2 and found the path but over the last week just not making it happen. This is my focus and guess who’s changing their morning routine to get it done? Me. 🙂 Thanks Marie, girl I appreciate you more than you know!

  123. Yaeli

    Thank you Marie!!
    On point as always.
    This is super relevant for me right now, trying to do way too many projects with little time and nothing seems to be moving!!!
    So plan of action is to create a website then move forward from there..
    I have so many dreams and aspirations and its so hard with two tiny people to look after! Being a mum is amazing, and has been a journey of growth and learning, I really needed to see this to help me focus! I am blessed to be part of B School, and still working through it slowly!!
    Lots of Love to you Marie and all the beautiful people on here!!

  124. Thank you, Marie!!! Loved it.
    Simplify to amplify!
    I will focus on what’s happening RIGHT NOW instead of always thinking ahead.
    I have vacation rentals and at the moment I am building an addition in my house. And I am constantly looking for real estate deals to do next!
    SO instead… I will focus on making my places look sharp and nice and trendy and get ready for guests once the reno is done.
    I will also focus on the place that is not being renovated and ways to improve my guests experiences.
    Instead of thinking on whats next, I will improve what I have now!
    Thank you for the brilliant insight, I needed this 🙂

  125. Lutece

    This was a message I was meant to hear today! I have been struggling lately with feeling completely burned out from my day job, and not seeing the progress I want in my side hustle. I am so anxious to complete my rebranded website, offering lifestyle freelance writing & blog creation services, but my energy fades once I’m home and I become extremely critical about my site. I will definitely try to simplify my process to amplify my results. Thank you so much Marie!!!!

  126. Cherie

    Omg! This is like a sign from the universe!! I just saw this episode pop into my inbox and I am seriously going to be late for work but I had to watch it. I was answering the questions outloud and nodding my head in agreence ha ha – I have been feeling the effects of overwhelm of late and letting guilt and comparison sneak in about how I’m not getting up early enough to do this morning ritual that seems to take up my whole morning and not really getting anywhere with my side hustle. I’m so exhausted by the time I get home from my day job that I’m not really being productive either. There is so much going on and so much I want to achieve – I feel like Ive lost the plot!!

    Thank you Marie for giving me permission!!! I feel clearer already x

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Awesome Cherie, we’re so glad to hear this helped bring you clarity! Simplifying your days and really focusing on what’s important to you will absolutely help you to keep moving in the direction of your dreams. Remember to be gentle and kind to yourself in the process 🙂 We know you can do this!

  127. “hackin’ fork in ma eye!” You crack me up!!! 😀

  128. Matthew McGuire

    Hi Marie my project that needs all my time is starting to write my novel. Why is it important for my life because I can get an audience who start to read my writing.
    The first task I will do to start my project on the right foot is by brainstorming ideas and making an outline for my story.

  129. Amy

    I am going to finish my dresser makeover. I’m going to tape it and spray paint it!!

  130. Angela Horne

    Thank you, Marie. Pure Gold.
    I am completing my first book – a spiritual novel.
    Focusing on that alone since last December. Have made real progress. The next task is to spend ten minutes editing a chapter with the working title “My Nights”. I would have then completed 90 minutes work on my book today.

  131. sam

    This was wonderful!! I am slightly addicted to that feeling you get when you first decide on a new side hustle or project -“OMG I have the best idea I must start immediately!”… that is before the reality of how much time you really need to invest in a business plan etc sets in! So if you get really specific and simplify your projects you can give it 100% of the love it deserves! My husband and I did this last week, Jack took 1 week off work and I closed the Big Pink Cake Order Book for 1 whole week (ok I still took one order, but she was a returning client and I wanted to make her daughters second birthday cake after making her first!!) so we could go do renovations on an investment property. HOLY moly we got so much done! We built a retaining wall, installed a new drainage system, did landscaping and removed an old ugly concrete path and wall!
    Simplify to amplify yo!

    Sam xo

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Wow, Sam! Congratulations on all of your recent projects– it sounds like you’ve made some amazing progress on your investment property so far. You’re so right, once the initial excitement of a new project or idea fades, it can be hard to focus and follow-through, but you’re totally not alone. This is something many multi-passionate creatives struggle with, and a topic that comes up often on MarieTV. Here’s an episode from the archives that you may get a kick out of: https://www.marieforleo.com/2014/08/follow-through-habits/

      • sam

        Thanks so much for the link Hailey, I shall enjoy it now with my morning coffee (my most effective morning routine lol)
        Sam xo

  132. Meleana

    Thanks for your mantra: simplify to amplify. This last school year I believe I was juggling way too many projects. Now that school’s out, it feels great to breathe a little slower. I found myself thinking a little deeper and actually posting on social media a little more, which is what I was doing beforehand. Less is more is what I’ll be focusing on to help me amplify what’s most important.

  133. Amelia Bell

    Thanks Marie, I love this but I am interested in your thoughts on a previous comment I heard you say once which was that you can do more than 1 thing at once. It was around you starting your life coaching business and teaching dance classes at the same time. Can you talk about this and how it fits in with todays video please. Thanks 🙂 Amelia

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Hi Amelia! Great question– Marie talks about her own journey as a multi-passionate entrepreneur, and shares tips for prioritizing and productivity often on MarieTV, but this particular episode from our archives may resonate with you: https://www.marieforleo.com/2011/08/combine-passions-or-choose-one/ For more ideas and recommendations, please feel free to reach out to us at anytime at infoATmarieforleoDOTcom

  134. Gina

    Wow! I love all of your work, but this episode is right for me, right now! I am sitting here feeling overwhelmed by everything I want to do both at my day job, my “side hustles” and at home with my family. Most of the time I just end up chasing emails during the day and chasing my chores at home. I have so many ideas, but I know I really need to simplify and focus to see a project cross the finish line. I will try to put your steps to use! Thank you!

  135. Richard

    Really, Really great advice!!

  136. Carmen

    Hey Marie (and team!),
    Thanks for all you are and all you do. This one made me both giggle & get teary (and I rarely leave comments, but wanted to acknowledge and send gratitude for the impact that both your message and your delivery had on me today). I am a get-things-done person and I give my all… to all… with lovingkindness, passion, enthusiasm, skill & insight. I am involved in many side and main hustles and still manage to make good time to be fully in and completely appreciate the present moment with my children.. even if it’s for a concentrated hour at th park, the beach, or just a chat on the couch over honey chamomile or froyo. I have known for quite some time that I have a responsibility to write a book that needs to be birthed… to share and tonahed light on… a message that needs to be heard…. to speak for those who don’t feel they have voices and offer the words to the eyes and ears of those who will help to comprehend and then catalyze the necessary awareness and subsequent healing… I do believe acceptance and connection and awareness is where healing begins… I have been neglecting (or respectfully downplaying) a very real calling to share my story to inspire others, and I have done so for many reasons, but first and foremost, so as to not call further drama, trauma and stress to my own life and the lives of my beautiful children. In making necessary and challenging decisions this past year, I have created the space for transcending and healing and compassion and forgiveness. I feel called to write this book that is essentially already written and to share and care and inspire and empower. Quite literally, I was once on my knees half jokingly but super seriously saying ‘please, God, no more enlightenment’. I (and my children) have gone through things I believe many are still going through and I am on the other side (or at least have 9 toes there!) because of my seemingly spontaneous, but surely quite perfectly gestated ‘strength’ as I released my long-term ideal deaire to never have a ‘broken’ family (although it was obviously more broken while connected) and finally stated ‘please go and try to love us from afar, because you are bringing anything but love to this family up close’. I packed his bags and kindly placed them on the porch. And after 48 hours of many Mommy and work responsibilities (including a family Girl Scout event as troop leader) and keeping things up to par although hardly breathing while fully committing to at least attempting to ‘practice what I preach’ and Inhale love deeply and exhale what no longer serves me’, I did it. I created a space… a gap… a distance…. and from that generated a much greater ‘objective perspective’, so that I may truly see the darkness that was once so attracted to the light was now clouding the light, and with all his might, mind you, the darkness never showed itself but behind closed doors…. anyway, we’re doing well now, the kids and me…. and I would write the book full time to get it done, but ‘writing is a risk and doesn’t pay’ and I have lots of bills to pay and I aim to pave a path with financial bliss… my children (and all children) deserve that. Ok thx for listening/reading. My book has written itself for the past decade and I so stubbornly never agreed with the ending, so I never finished it. After the evolution of many titles, the last one was Full Circle, but that implies we come back to where we started from, and it’s been much more of an upward spiral, so that is now the title of my column and the title for my book is Not My Story, meaning, no longer will I let these circumstances dictate my life and that I need not be self-defined by my the inadequacy of my past choices. Anyway, thx. You totally rock… my kids even look forward to your G/PG rated Marie TV Shows. Be well!
    Peace, Love & Light,
    GlobalPeaceGirl

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Thanks so much for sharing, Carmen! We’re all sending you our best wishes as you begin the process of writing your book. In the meantime, trust the timing and the process, and know that you’re right where you need to be. So glad to hear your kids love tuning into MarieTV, too– thanks for being part of our community!

  137. eBook marketing. Oh that should be my number one! Ok, keep it simple.

  138. Thank you for the advice. Sometimes it’s soooo hard to focus on just one task a day!!

  139. I’d really like to complete the Marie Forleo 8 week course. It’s been my 4th year I think, and I have never completed ALL the models. I’d like to get through it and implement all the strategies 🙂
    My commitment: dedicate 1.5 hours everyday (except weekends) to getting through the content. My business, life and family deserve it.
    x

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      What an awesome goal, Mara! The beauty of B-School is that there aren’t any deadlines for completing the program, but I love that you’ve dedicated time each day to working through it consistently. As we’ve learned from MarieTV over the years, even one video per week can do wonders, so know that we’re all cheering you on. Of course, if you ever have any questions or need a little B-School boost you can reach us at anytime at bschoolATmarieforleoDOTcom.

  140. Obu

    This is soooo true. Earlier this year, this is exactly what I felt like! But I did simplify and I am much more relaxed and productive 🙂

  141. Joni

    Oh Marie, just one…..just impossible.

  142. Perfect timing! My personal mandate is to stop working unpaid, unappreciated OT in my day job and refocus my side hustle energy on my personal development (professional designation, mentorship/networking, & embracing life outside the cubicle) with 3Y goal to be my own independent consultant. Thanks Marie!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Wow, Rebecca! Those sound like incredible goals. It’s so important to recognize how the decisions and habits we make today can get us closer to (or further from) our long-term goals. You’re off to a great start, definitely keep us posted on your progress– cheers to you!

  143. Mitchell Lagden

    Hi
    My life is so busy
    I use to have lots of expectations to achieve multiple goals in a quick hasty way that would see me being unmotivated to keep going.
    1. At the Gym 5 times a week in the morning.
    2. Combat training 2 times a week in the evenings then, 30 min of theory
    3. Studying a uni degree.
    4. working full time
    5. Kids activities 3 times a week in the afternoon
    6. Working on a start-up retail Business.
    As of a month or so ago I started to simplify and cut the things that I would not die if they did not happen and, focus on what I really wanted
    1. Cut the gym 2 two days a week no big deal.
    2. Combat training cut down to 1 afternoon a week.
    3. Postponed my uni study for 1 year.
    4. My wife takes the kids 1 week to their activities than me the other week
    So to simplify to amplify!!!! now I feel I have more motivation and time to work on my startup, and not feel so overwhelmed with the day afternoon routines.
    I know that there is more I could cut back on to simplify.
    Thanks for the Video it really related to me

  144. Hi Marie,

    This video was such a freaking breath of fresh air! Thank you! My husband has worked for Nike for 20 years and a phrase he always says is “edit and amplify”, so I need to take the advice.

    To answer your question, one project that needs to be moved forward is my private coaching launch. I try to please everyone but am completely booked out, and need to set boundaries by only taking on a set number of clients at a set price at a set time.

    To move forward, I need to set aside 90 mins to complete by landing page, set dates, and get emails written.

    xo
    Alexis

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Alexis! I love that your husband has practiced a similar mantra in his own work. Congratulations on your amazing progress with your coaching business so far– it sounds like you’re just a few action steps away from achieving your goals. Knowing when to say “no” is often just as (if not more) important than saying yes, and boundaries are essential for running a successful business. You’re off to an amazing start, keep up the great work!

  145. Tommy

    Great words of wisdom!
    I think we all know what to do when it comes to time management but we just need to hear Marie’s mantra. I have found it helpful to set time increments to manage my time. It starts with what should I be doing right now! Then next few minutes, then within the hour, then what was my daily goal, weekly goal, monthly goal, semi annual goal, and yearly goal. Just like Marie said: We must simplify.

  146. Benson Modie

    Thank you Marie, great advice……”simplify to amplify”……..and yes indeed “more is less and less is more”. Such is the language I wish to hear more of in life. Good lessons and thanks to you and your team!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Thanks for the kind words, Benson! So glad this message, and mantra, resonated with you.

  147. Tracey Marais

    Marie a.k.a my give me hope fairy!
    Watching this episode made me smile with relief. I am pursuing starting my own business after being in the corporate workflow for the past 20 years. Balancing personal life, work, children and home are proving to be more challenging than expected. I keep telling myself to stay focused because it’s so easy for me to wander off in my own dream world and become distracted or caught up in tasks that are not necessarily a priority. Mostly it’s me ‘keeping busy’, which actually interprets are procrastinating to get stuck into the tough stuff that requires my attention now. I am getting there with my list of what needs to happen now, and what can be carried over. Mostly, keeping it simple and taking on less to give the tasks I have the attention they require.

  148. Hi Marie, the project I’m working on is that I’m trying to solve my problem of my toxic family members and one of the ways to I’m trying to solve it is by letting go and I found that out on wikihow and another way is your way on I’m that video where you said one of us is gonna die and what I’ll do is I’ll take myself out maybe to a restaurant and I’m not working that is I don’t have a job that I get paid at. I get my source of income from SASSA (South African Social Security Agency) the one you helped me get. Im also working on something else I don’t know if I should call it a project but that is I’ve been donating to KFC add hope almost everyday, I think I started about around March up until today so does it mean to pause me donating at KFC add hope and work on solving my family problems at home and by the way they all older than me at home and except my niece.

  149. Thank you Marie!
    For talking about how it was when you started!
    I do same, no routine, just one focus intention and working every inch of time i have toward that goal.
    So… i’ll keep going and looking for what can be simplified 🙂

    Yaha!

    Thank you!

    Love

    Marian

  150. Hi All, I struggle daily not to do two things at once and I mean even on the toilet!!
    I’m completely overwhelmed as a Mother of 3 boys ages 15, 11 and 4 because as if that job is not enough, I’m also building a Coaching business, running a Morning Nightclub, teaching English as a Second Language, tangoing with my husband once a week and taking a kitchen-table art course. Writing this makes me laugh.
    My challenge is which one is the side-hustle? This is a new term for me. Ridiculous as my reality may sound to others, I have the fear that if I drop one of these I will not be feeding parts of me that NEED feeding, ie. exercise for my body, relationship with husband, outlet through art.
    I’ve decided I will let everything but the mothering go for the summer.HA! I will decide today on two tasks to forward the business, and just stick with the clients I have so far. Thank You Marie Forleo. I’m soo needing this help.

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Felicia! Thanks so much for giving us a glimpse into your life and a good giggle. It sounds like you’re truly a multi-passionate creative– and you’re in good company! In fact, prioritizing and productivity are common themes on MarieTV, so I’d love to share an episode from the archives that may resonate with you: https://www.marieforleo.com/2014/02/verberize-get-more-done/ You’ve got this!

  151. thank you Marie and Marie team – can I just say I love you and hope to get to meet you one day?!

    My first biggest drama teacher used to say, best tip for acting, but i think it is for life too is an old Chinese proverb “Simplicity brings victory, too much takes you off your path”

    My 1 goal now is recording my EP!
    yes there is my full time office client, my jazz shows, castings that come any time! and you gotta be ready!, sometimes sleep eating and my loving bf who needs my time too, BUT i need to focus on this one first!

    thank you for a reminder!
    lots of love from London town 🙂 UK

  152. I need to finish writing my book, I am quarter of the way through and I need to make time every day to write 2000 words.

  153. Melissa

    Marie this was pure entertainment! Hilarious and totally useful! Thanks for all your spirit, spunk and funny bone that keeps us laughing and learning.

  154. My website http://www.PoHuLocal.com. Get everything ready for my one year in business sale

  155. Marie Fernando

    Oh my! So spot on! I am caught up in this too many things to do so little time. I will need to follow this – SIMPLIFY TO AMPLIFY!

  156. Haha! This is hilarious Thanks Marie! I totally end up starting way to many things and don’t finish and am falling into danger of not competing my coaching course I started more than a year ago because Im too distracted trying to formulate workshops and other things already! I need to get focussed on finishing the course first duh! But sometimes can just seem so overwhelming that it’s more fun/ relaxing/ creative to focus on the awesome stuff that comes later!

    good reminder thank you!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      So glad you enjoyed this episode, Inge! You’re so not alone– once the initial excitement of a new idea or project wears off, it can be hard to follow through, which is why it’s so important to create sustainable habits that help you stay on track. Focusing on finishing your coaching course sounds like a great first step. In the meantime, here’s an episode from the MarieTV archives that may give you an extra bit of motivation: https://www.marieforleo.com/2013/07/follow-through/

  157. Danielle Arkit

    Hi Marie,
    Just wanted to let you know I always LOVE your outfits. I noticed you have worn these black jeans in the last two videos though – stellar favourites? I love my ripped jeans too… Keep up the awesome work – and just to let you know this video came at a crucial time for me!

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      So glad you enjoyed this episode, Danielle! Marie works with her talented stylist, Elsa (who often makes cameo appearances on MarieTV), to put together her outfits, so we’ll pass along your kind words. Great eye– there’s no denying the power of a great pair of jeans! Keep rocking yours, too.

  158. So on target… now to put this into action !!!

  159. Simplify to amplify! Love it! The timing of receiving this video in my inbox couldn’t have been more perfect. I’ve been feeling like I have too much going on and at times paralyzed with what needs my attention first. Thanks for reminding me to keep it simple, time to prioritize my side hustle!

  160. Valentina

    Thanks Marie! I wrote this mantra on the wall near my computer. I was one of those who surf the net by opening millions of windows and then reading nothing. When I started focusing mainly on my photography studies, I found more free time to read books after a long time! So next step is to learn personal branding techniques to make my passion my main job. Thanks again!

  161. The one project that deserves more time and attention is my side hustle, Wild Public! I am starting a lifestyle brand that will donate proceeds to non-profits. I am passionate about making our world a safe and happy place for future generations which why I started and I want to have the freedom of working for myself. My first product is t-shirts and my next milestone to get close to being finished is taking product photography for the website! I just got some samples in so I am very close. 🙂

  162. Marie- Love it. Synchronistic. I’ve just made a major decision to sideline my Passion Project – my Premium Online Course for Couples – Become Passion – Create Love that Lasts a Lifetime. Now to postpone the launch from Sept 17 to Feb 18 was a HUGE decision.
    BUT, I have a book deal – Buddha’s Bedroom, Awaken your Inner Lover with Mindfulness and Sex Therapy – and I just submitted my first 4 chapters. That book is 1/3 written now, but it is a huge project. And the book is going to be huge for the sales funnel for the course. And if I launch the course at the same time – they are both going to suffer.
    So I am simplifying by sidelining my main business project. But just you wait- February is gonna rock!
    ox
    Cheryl

  163. Dear Marie and Marie’s crew,
    Again a great advice, both inspiring and practical. I’m always wondering if you have a secret skill in mind reading?
    All the best
    Eric

  164. Avida Ecombate

    This is one of my favorites ever. Thank you so much for your craziness and sincerity. Your videos keep me sane.

  165. Fantastic advice! I used to struggle just like Venessa, I was working my a.. off juggling numerous projects, day job etc… and nothing ever seemed to be accomplished! Since I’ve decided to concentrate on one ☝️ and let me repeat: ONE project at the time ONLY! – things started to happen and fall into place, and each completed project fuels on other one. Additionally I’ve reduced my routines to daily meditation 15 to 20 min it adds so much to my mental strength that I gladly wake up 30 min earlier in the morning. Also I walk to work so I can listen to my audiobooks wile enjoying lovely cup of coffee. Xx

  166. Samira

    Thank you Marie for another great episode. I am just so impressed that every time you deliver great contents with entertaining episode and meaningful advice.

    I was actually very inspired by the interview with Mark Manson and did a little homework on why I want to do what I want to do especially related to personal development. This “Why” is just like a magic wand. Not only it help me in reducing the projects but also prioritizing my projects. First and foremost, I am going to take care of my health (especially physical but also emotional and spiritual health). The reason is that if I am healthy only then I will be able to work on my other projects too. (work on my communication skills, interpersonal skills, strong stamina, organizing skills, reading, writing and beautify my appearance too)

    The simple thing I started doing is meditating for 10 minutes in the morning and drinking water for keeping me hydrated.

  167. Thank you for your great energy – love you 🙂

  168. Thank you, Marie and Team Forleo, for this video! I was getting so sick and tired of being told to get up earlier and earlier, and add more and more into my morning routine in order be more productive. Long story short: it wasn’t working for me. It wasn’t until I watched this video that I realized how much pressure I was feeling to do All The Things. And now I can relax my shoulders, breath a sigh of relief, and stop should-ing myself into the ground. I want to get back to the few (and I mean three) daily practices that make me feel better so that I can manage my energy and devote more of it to my side hustle. Seriously, I feel a million pounds lighter. xoxo

  169. Sandy

    Hello Marie and Team Forleo,
    Another great episode and an awesome mantra “Simplify to Amplify”!! Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes!! The one project that deserve my time and attention is writing. I started to blog, however stop due to unforeseen events. I am going to take up some writing classes to enhance my writing and progress with my blog. The writing is also going to help me produce my own podcast. So in the words of Marie, I have to be consistent and persistent to get s$$$ done. Thank you again for a wonderful episode.
    Sandy

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Beautiful, Sandy! That sounds like a great plan. Writing, like most forms of creativity, is a practice– the more you do it the more natural it feels. We can’t wait to hear how your ideas for your podcast continue to evolve, so please keep us posted. We’re all cheering you on!

  170. Margaret

    That was fabulous Marie, I loved the humour which belied the serious message, which is that ‘any should s’ we impose on ourselves only leave us feeling under more pressure.! I have many projects in the mix, but the one I want to prioritise as I feel it will be most rewarding and joyful is the starting of a new Coaching group with another life Coach. I am already researching (as you advised)what people struggle with, and provide solutions to their problems! Thanks again. Mags x

  171. Brenda Heins

    I think is the best one so far! No wonder I feel so much anxiety – I have too much on my plate! Or rather I have too many things I want to do, feel I need to do, should do, etc., and I’m paralyzed to seemingly accomplish any of them. So I wander around aimlessly not accomplishing anything.
    My project that I really need to focus on is writing my novel. I have two started, but I really want to get one to a first draft this year. I have a million other creative pursuits, but I really need to prioritize my writing. So my next step will be to utilize my Scrivner program, separate my word document into scenes, and write 5 pages to submit to my writer’s group.

    Thanks Marie – you are the best!

  172. I am a beginning self-published author. I have published three e-books on Amazon. I identify with being overwhelmed with a schedule to get my tasks done. I retired on August 12, 2016. Since then I have attempted to become a professional author and speaker, but there’s so much to do! I relate and will make use of your advice, Marie, by focusing on one task at a time for a limited amount of time. Some people think I’m crazy, because I’m 69 years old. However, I feel great doing what I’m doing, and if Vanessa feels that way about her side projects, more power to her!
    Love your videos, Marie
    Frances A. Garcia

  173. I felt like this video was a special delivery to me. Yesterday, I talked about all the projects I wanted to do but I wasn’t accomplishing anything but scatter brain and gray strands. You have reiterated the need for me to simplify (at least for now). I want to focus on redeveloping my surface design portfolio. That was my goal many months ago and I haven’t followed through. It is now my priority.

  174. Alicia B

    Do you have more than one project on the go? Maybe you are a Scanner. You can check out Barbara Sher’s resource that I just finished reading called “Refuse To Choose”. In there, she talks about the type of Scanner you are (someone who has more than one interest) and she mentions doing one project for 3 months. This is based on the type of person I am but I really like that. There are other options for people who want to focus on two projects a day or two projects a year, you name it. Its really changed my life.

    Refuse To Choose – Barbara Sher.

  175. It is seriously always a pleasure watching these episodes…not only did you really touch on some important points, but you make me smile along the way. 🙂

    Although my former side hustle is still my main hustle, I still find myself feeling this way sometimes…like there’s not enough time to get it all done. I ADORE “Simplify to Amplify” and wrote it in big blue sharpie on a notecard and stuck it up on my office post board right away.

    Super solid advice for ALL of us creative entrepreneurs.

    Thanks Marie & Team Forleo!

    XOXO

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Love it, Ashley! ♥

  176. Evelyn

    Thank you for this! First time I’ve watched the show. I love your humor and just getting real. This is so timely because was just talking with my career coach about all of my amazing ideas and she was like (eyes bulging) “When are you going to do all of that?” So, I’ve been taking a step back and trying to simplify more, but not really getting it until watching this. It all makes so much more sense now. I totally know what it’s like to try and push 5 projects forward and getting none of them done! So, right now, I am going to focus on finishing my fairytale for publication. The first step/task that I will do is to finish writing it! I’m about 2/3 through and left it for something else. Now I am committing to focusing on it – and only it until I finish it (and get edits done, etc.). Whew! That feels doable! 🙂

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Love this, Evelyn – we’re honored to welcome you to our beautiful community! We’re cheering you on as you’re working on finishing your fairytale … you SO got this! ♥

  177. Thank you Vanessa for this Question. Even in my day job I was going bananas! My boss is amazing. He is the one that gave me the freedom to work one task at a time. I am doing much better. Thank you Marie for the mantra. My next tattoo for sure. 😉

  178. Impeccable timing – as usual. I am going to work on getting my site 100% rock solid.
    This will look like:
    Finishing all the content – About Us, Privacy Policy, etc.
    Upgrade the ecommerce software.
    Selecting and installing the right template and getting it to look how I want.
    I will not work on any other side hustles until this is done.
    What this means to me. It’s a new start. A rebirth of my first business that I loved with all my heart, but was forced to sell. It’s the Phoenix rising from the ashes.

  179. I actually have a great morning routine which I love and has helped me get back to self-care habits that had slipped.
    Yet the episode resonated with me as hubby and I run an international biz and it can get very “chasing multiple rabbits” so we dusted off our copy of Chase One Rabbit (a fabulous book) and nailed one bunny to the wall.
    In my personal projects I have just self-published my second Amazon book and before the third is finally finished I really would like to finish my self-publishing online course I am doing so I can become a better editor and writer.
    This is my side hustle focus for the next wee while 🙂

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      It’s great to hear you have a wonderful morning routine, Yvonne! We’re definitely not anti-routine … the key is all about whether our routines help us achieve our goals or are just a fancy time-sink or distraction. It sounds like your routine is helping to serve you and your well being, so absolutely rock on! 🙂

  180. OMG! I started my blog 3 years ago when I quit my job and started as a freelancer. What happened is that I got so caught up in all the other projects I am involved in as a freelancer (those that I earn a living from) that I stopped writing regularly. Now I feel bad because my goal was to make a business out of the blog rather than with all the other projects like communication and Yoga and personal coaching… simplify to amplify remembers me of why I started and that it is time to shift the focus again… so DIFFICULT not to lose track! Uaaaahg… Thank you for the little lecture! 😉 So needed!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      I SO hear you, Katharina – it can be so easy to get caught up in our day to day life and all the exciting projects that come our way. I hope “simplify to amplify” helps serve your goals in the best way and gets you back to writing a bit more!

  181. I love the whole “day job” and “side hustle” thing! I want to bring my side hustle to the foreground and let my day job slip behind, and to do that I need to focus right now on building a client base for my new and exciting bespoke celebration cake business.

  182. SSharma

    Nice One.. Simply to Amply 🙂
    Thanks for sharing Marie!!

  183. Great video. I am currently working on setting up my email service to automatically send emails to new customers. Work smarter, not harder. 🙂 It might be extra work right now but will simplify things for me moving forward. You encouraged me to stay focused on that until it is finished.

  184. Well, you hit the damn nail on the head, as per usual!
    I am focusing right now on promoting my new book, which is the first book I’ve published and set to officially launch on July 1st! Its called “Eat Here Now: a bite-sized guide to ritualize your life, nourish your body and feed your spirit”.
    What I need to take action on now is setting up some speaking/book signing gigs in my hometown, creating a page for the book on my website, and sending a copy to some potential reviewers/endorsers/promotion partners. And it is scary!
    And I’m doin it anyway!
    Thanks for your mantra, Marie. Very good. Simplify to amplify. Got it.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Love it, Britta! Congratulations on your upcoming book launch ♥

  185. Wow! Timely as always Marie! I was just having major anxiety over the decision to let go of one web design client and to not take on any new clients so I can focus on writing a book. Just as I was about to start hyperventilating, your video came to my inbox. Thank you so much for giving me the confidence to know I’m doing the right thing!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Oh we’re so glad to hear this was timely for you, Dana. Cheers to working on your book!

  186. Pavlina

    Wow, so good, Marie!
    I loved the episode. Took the pressure off 🙂
    I think I should focus on finally creating the right relationship for myself… but I feel quite mediocre, selfish, if not lazy when I say that. Like – honestly, no business to start, money to make??
    Sure I want that too. I am still not clear on my task. I’ll work on being a person I love and someone could fall in love with.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Wonderful, Pavlina! We’re so glad you enjoyed this episode, and I hope it helps you discover the task you most want to work on right now. Though I wanted to mention mention, creating the right relationship for yourself is absolutely a worthy task! 🙂

  187. Oh Marie, THANK YOUUU for mentioning the obsession over all these morning routine habits! It sometimes feel like the morning routine might as well take the whole day haha, and the to-do list for them are just too much!!! (typing this and then I see your mise en scene which is hilarious!) It’s so crazy how one thing becomes a trend and then you feel guilty almost for not following it.

    I am imploding because I am working on 3 different projects and it’s tough but I know it is temporary and once one of them is over I will just make more time for myself and it will feel like a great reward! Nothing has to last forever in the same way either.

    But thank you for reminding me that working on only one project at a time is much better.

    It’s so reassuring to hear you speak the truth!

  188. This was wonderful! We all too often are engaged with multiple projects (I follow GTD) and we can become spread too thin. What has the most significance? Not importance or urgency, but significance.

    Best wishes!
    -David

  189. Jodie

    This is perfect timing! I’ve been working on putting together a show in which I also wanted to dance in, I’m studying an Interior Design course, I have a photo shoot scheduled, I want to get super healthy, fit and toned AND my girlfriend and I have decided to open our own business. Oh and I also want to spend more time reconnecting with my friends and family.

    I’ve decided to let go of the show. Dancing is something I love and it was a big part of my life and identity for a long time but the business, my health, friends and family are my priority. I’m paying for the course so I will continue to do it; the photo shoot I’ll postpone for when I have more time. Maybe as my reward for completing my course 😊

    Thank you as always, Marie. It’s amazing how you can give the perfect advice at the perfect time for so many people. Divine timing!

  190. This is one of my favorite episodes so far! I loved your bluntness and finally, someone who speaks the truth to all the “routines”! Thank you! Getting my true wants and desires for my business in order and executing a plan is my next order….thank you for all you do! Carrie B=)

    • Ashley

      Agreed! Choosing one task and simplifying is something I’m always reminding myself to do. So glad she could reinforce this 🙂

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for your kind note, Carrie. We’re so glad you enjoyed this episode! 🙂

  191. Ashley

    Pajamas and the moon lmaooo xD This is one of my favorite episodes 🙂

  192. Wow, this is exactly what I needed to hear. I have too many things going on and I am wondering why I can’t get it all together. I really needed someone to come in and say, “Focus.” Thank you! :O)

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Yay, Christie! We’re delighted this was just what you needed to hear. You SO got this!

  193. Vanessa

    OMG! I felt as though you were talking directly to me. I both have the problem you addressed, and my name is Vanessa. Thanks for the advice.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Love this, Vanessa! We’re so glad this episode addressed exactly the same thing you’re facing – it was meant to be! 🙂

  194. I think this was my favourite episode so far! I didn’t even realise that I needed this talk.
    I work, I run a blog, started a fashion business, learning a new language as well as yoga and zumba classes and looking at gaining an extra qualification on the side, plus meditating, juicing and reading daily. The past week I just haven’t done anything because I didn’t know where to put my focus so just started a new box set! It can be hard to let things go but hopefully the mantra “simplify to amplify” will help get the momentum back to progress and finish projects. Thanks Marie xxx

  195. Susan Loughnane

    This was EXACTLY what I needed to hear today – so much common sense in this! The availability of information and choices we have in life are never ending and it can be overwhelming. My motto for the next few months is “one next thing” and I think your video speaks to this beautifully. My one thing this week is meeting with the accountant and lawyer who are helping me to complete the LLC for my small teaching business. I found myself calming down as I listened to your advice in this video. Thank you also for discussing the morning and evening routines (I feel the same way about the continuing litany of things I should be/could be doing…). It reminds people that we are human and if something works for you, great, but simplification is a beautiful thing. Thanks for the continued great content on your site.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Love this, Susan! Thanks so much for your kind words 🙂

  196. Charlotte Pingriff

    And this is why I love you Marie! Thanks for this, I so needed it! Your down to earth, no bullshit approach is so totally refreshing, and it’s why you’ll always be my go to business expert!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Oh what a lovely comment, Charlotte. That means the world to hear! ♥

  197. Caroline

    So, here’s my problem. I’m really passionate about comedy writing and was getting back into stand-up this summer and make a real go of it for the next year. But, I have a friend who owns their OWN small boutique and I’ve given them a few marketing/promo ideas here and there but, now they want to tap me for more projects this summer. They are willing to pay me so that’s not the issue. It’s the time it’s going to take away from true passion. I already have a full-time job in an unrelated field and have recently become a single mom. Not to mention all the routines you mentioned. There’s only so many hours in the day.

    I should also mention I have no formal education in promo and marketing other than one college course and a few years working in radio. So more practical experience and my own creativity. It’s fun to help and create mini-campaign ideas and could be a great fall back. So how do I say “No” to money and a potential career dropping at my doorstep while still being able to do the thing that I can’t stop dreaming about? But, how can I make it work? Is this one of those times where I focus on one thing and keep at it until I do better than anyone else?

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Caroline, this is such a great question (love your name btw!) In a nutshell, this comes down to what YOU want to do. If this opportunity that fell on your doorstep is something that lights you up, makes you feel great, and is exciting to you, absolutely go for it!

      If it’s not something that lights you up in this way, and is also taking time away from something that you ARE passionate about, it may be something that you’d want to kindly pass on. We did a great episode about this kind of situation a while back, so I thought I might share that for a few tips: http://www.marieforleo.com/2016/02/safe-or-inspiring/

      In terms of saying a kind no, we have some great episodes about that too:
      http://www.marieforleo.com/2014/05/backing-out-gracefully/
      http://marieforleo.com/2011/11/saying-no-to-clients/

      No matter what you decide, we’re wishing you so much success! 🙂

  198. My Climb Your Mountain group coaching project –
    this needs me to finish my program content to a standard that can be used over and over again!
    Great episode, thank you for the tips!

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