059: How to reclaim your time + energy – with Kate Northrup

By April 2, 2019February 15th, 2022The Simplifiers Podcast

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Ready to reclaim your time & energy? Well, it’s all about tapping into our inner feminine wisdom. Women run on a 28-day cycle, rather than the male 24-hour cycle. Instead of pushing, hustling, and grinding it out like men do, here’s how to do less.

Let me guess… your day ahead is jam-packed with back-to-back meetings. You dart here, there, and everywhere, and you’re nervous about how to get it all done.

(Not to mention, when in the world are you gonna squeeze in lunch, amirite?)

Girl, I feel you.

But what if there was a better way?

My guest today is Kate Northrup, author of Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time Management for Busy Moms.


Kate Northrup simplifies how to reclaim your time and energy, in a brand new way.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why we as women (and especially those of us who own their own companies) tend to be addicted to ‘busyness’
  • How you can take back control of your schedule and start to set effective boundaries in your work and home life
  • The four phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle, and what type of work you should focus on each week, to be most effective
  • What the ‘Upward Cycle of Success’ is, and how it all comes down to these four phases:
    • Emergence
    • Visibility
    • Culmination
    • The fertile void
      • This might crop up when you’re on the journey towards launching a new project (a book, a product or a big sales push.)

In Kate’s book, there are 14 simple experiments that you can apply immediately in your life. We take a deep dive in to Experiment #4 (Check Your Vitals) and Experiment #7 (Simplify).

Kate shares a couple of simple, practical tips that will help you save time and boost your energy.

So, if you’re ready to get off the “I’m so busy” train, and want to have enough time for the things that matter most in your life, this one is especially for you. I’m here to tell you, it’s possible, and Kate is going to show us how.

It’s time to simplify!


My challenge for you this week:

Date-map when the four phases fall in your cycle, and start planning how you could align your work with your cycle to optimise your energy. Share it with me, privately or publicly, by snapping a photo of you doing the thing and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Book: The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing – Bronnie Ware

Book: WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source – Alisa Vitti

Book: Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time Management for Busy Moms – Kate Northrup

Book: Money, A Love Story: Untangle Your Financial Woes and Create the Life You Really Want – Kate Northrup

FREEBIE: Have More by Doing Less: a free guide with 3 simple steps to create space for what matters most – email sign up to receive your free guide.

Bonus gifts: Preorder your copy of Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time Management for Busy Moms, And Get get 4 Incredible Bonuses!

Favorite quotes from this episode:

(04:27) “Our addiction to busyness is disconnecting us from what matters.” – Kate

(07:43) “How can we organize our time according to how our hormones are affecting our brain?” – Kate

(15:30) “It’s where you have to start unlinking your worth to your how many things you’ve got checked off your to do list.” – Mary

(16:07) “The moments of our life that are the most meaningful are the ones that we actually show up for.” – Kate

(17:59) “The fertile void is really that place of void, which means it looks like there’s nothing happening, even though there’s a lot happening under the surface, it’s like the winter time.” – Kate

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Would you like me to speak at your upcoming conference, workshop or retreat? I want to meet you!
I’ll be on tour in the states in April 2019 and I’d love to come and speak in your hometown!

I’m super passionate and love to talk about:

  • how to hire your first VA (aka. Virtual Assistant)
  • how to simplify how you use social media, personally and professionally
  • how to do less to accomplish more – helping you simplify, reduce the NOISE and nourish yourself as a business owner

Plus, if your event has a taco bar, go ahead and COUNT ME IN.
No matter if your event is big or small, let’s chat. I want to meet you!

Go to thesimplifiers.com/speak to learn more about the topics I love to speak on and to get the ball rolling!

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About Kate:

Kate is an entrepreneur, bestselling author, speaker, and mother. She has built a multimedia digital empire with her husband, Mike Watts, that reaches hundreds of thousands globally.

As a couple, Kate and Mike are committed to supporting ambitious women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process.

At the core, Kate teaches time and energy management practices that result in saving time, making more money, and experiencing less stress.

Featured in Women’s Health, Yahoo! Finance, The Today Show, the Huffington Post and more, Kate wants to show us today how we can do less and have more in life.

Kate’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Patricia Moreno – Founder of Spiritual Fitness, creator of the intenSati Method, spiritual teacher, keynote speaker.

Where Kate hangs out online:

Website: katenorthrup.com

Instagram: @Katenorthrup

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