Review: How to Get Sh*t Done by Erin Falconer

Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything

How to Get Sh*t Done by first time author, Erin Falconer, who is the editor in chief and co-owner of Pick the Brain is out of the gate better than Sheryl Sandberg of Lean In fame, in my opinion.

Firstly, the author, Erin Falconer uses coarse language, as she does in the title of her book, How to Get Sh*t Done, published by North Star Way, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.  And she uses this type of language without out any remorse. Why is that a big deal to me? She’s real and it reflects how I sometimes to speak (and write). She brings a credibility to what she is writing than say the professional piety of Sheryl Sandberg. Don’t misunderstand me, I get the whole Sheryl Sandberg mantra, but Erin Falconer brings it to the everyday woman whatever age, stage, or job.

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Introduction – Who am I?

Although the author and I may not have had a similar up-bringing, we shared similar hopes of conquering our paths to realizing our dreams. Erin Falconer, throughout the book, does a masterful job of relaying her experiences as though they were the reader’s own.

Best Quote and Answer!

Freud once asked, “What do women want?” (The author’s reply)

Good. Fucking. Question.

And that is how Chapter 1 starts. And that is when I knew I had to sit up straight and listen because I have asked that same question of myself a million times. “What do I want?”

It is also the reason why I believe this is a book not only for women but men too. Men, if you want to get in touch with your feminine side and maybe pick up a few tips for yourself too, read this book (and gift it to the women in your life as well).

The Power of POP

The author begins describing her method of carving out a productive life that allows for meaningful happiness and a real sense of satisfaction. She reminds us of the role of women and our innate need to make everyone happy except ourselves. She explains her three tenets of the POP Effect, Personality, Opportunity and Productivity by sharing how these principles became evident in her own life. Readers will see themselves in her experiences.

POP Truths

All her Pop Truths are on target. Here are some that stood out for me personally:

POP Truth: Language shapes us. Start saying NO. Stop saying, I’m sorry. (And one I have always tried my best to do) Release the crippling noose of should.

POP Truth: You Can’t Control Time, Only Priorities.

POP Truth: You’re supposed to enjoy the ride.

One of the most important Pop Truths (for me)

Less is a lot more. The importance of choosing three key goals. And my key goals that I have been trying to reach is peace and happiness in mind, body, and spirit. When I read that POP Truth, I felt this was the book I should have (damn it, there’s that word) written but didn’t. And I am so glad I didn’t even try because Erin wrote it with more clarity, intelligence and wit. She gave me more things to think about and tools to utilize in my own journey to getting shit done. She made me realize while I thought I was getting shit done, I wasn’t even close to it.

“Who you are dictates how you spend your time”

“Nothing’s going to come to you by sitting around and waiting for it.” ~ Zoe Kazan

Don’t skip over Chapters 1 though 6 to get to Chapter 7: How to Use Your Time Much Better Than You Are Right Now because you will not appreciate its’ content. There is much to pay attention to in chapter 7.

I give the same advice for Chapter 8 with her discussion on mentors and especially cleaning house of toxic people. She not only shares with the reader who we must have or not have in our inner circle but how to attract or dump them. (Don’t just tell me what or who but tell me how…. I like that!)

After you have read the entire book

Go back and bookmark Chapter 9: How to Create Your Own Personalized POP Plan! This chapter summarizes each chapter before it so the reader can go back to highlight, underline, and make notes to creating a personal POP Plan. I appreciate how this chapter is written and its helpful way in giving the the reader  a road map to returning to those important POP Truths.

One last hoot on this book

This book will remain in my personal library. In fact, I will be gifting this book to several people I know. Even though the target audience of this book is women, I believe women of all ages and men will find value in reading it.

Hoot Rating

Genre: Self-Help, Business & Money

On a scale of 1 to 5 Hoots, How to Get Sh*t Done, written by Erin Falconer has earned an enthusiastic 5-Hoot Rating!

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Movie Review: The Post, A Spielberg Movie

This is my first movie review I have ever written, but this movie, The Post directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer resonated with me. The movie will resonate with most pre-millennial age women. It is, however, a movie women and girls of all ages should watch and learn. Not only because Meryl Streep is brilliant in the starring role as Katherine Graham, but she captures the very essence of what it is like to be a woman of that era, and sadly, in some ways still today.

(My review may contain movie spoilers… you’ve been warned.)

It was unintentional that my husband and I went to see this movie on the day of the 2018 Women’s March. And to be honest, I had not read any reviews about this movie and only saw glimpses of the trailer on television, starring Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee. It was this movie that capped off a day of seeing women across America seeking the empowerment that Katherine Graham could never have imagined.

Captivating Scenes

There are many scenes in this movie that resonated with me and not just scenes of Katherine Graham. Scenes of Katherine practicing her presentation to persuade bankers to support her efforts to take the company, The Post in a public offering and then only to crash and burn in silence when the time came in the boardroom.

Ben Bagdikian, played by Bob Odenkirk, who is simply remarkable in this role, comes face to face with answering his own journalistic purpose when confronted with assuring Daniel Ellsberg played by Mathew Rhys that he will publish what has come to be known as the Pentagon Papers.

But there are two scenes that still bring tears as I write this review that were so moving and played so brilliantly by Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks that made it clear for me what the Women’s March of today means.

Katherine Graham is in her granddaughter’s bedroom watching them sleep and she is trying to read a note written by her daughter right after Katherine’s husband had died. Her daughter walks in the room and reads the letter because Katherine does not have her reading glasses. I will never forget the look in Katherine’s face, the softness in her voice and even more so, the look in her eyes in that incredibly reckoning and moving scene.

And the scene that really had me crying as I sat there in the movie theatre, is when Katherine stands up to her patronizing male advisors in that darkened study in her home. While Tom Hanks did a standup job of portraying Ben Bradlee (it wasn’t his best role, but I don’t know who else could have played Ben better), does not say one word, but the look on his face tells me that he is enjoying not just a Katherine’s decision but more importantly Katherine coming into her own as the head of her father’s publishing empire with her courageous decision.

Side Bar: Meryl Streep

Whatever you believe about Meryl Streep and her relationship with Harvey Weinstein, you cannot deny that she is a cinematic treasure of all time. I was wary about Meryl’s statements that she did not know about Harvey’s predatory behavior. I bring this up in this review because she plays a woman from my mother’s era and my era who often were conditioned to look away or believe that “boys will be boys.” And remembering my own #MeToo experiences, I believe it is possible that Meryl did not know (should have known? I don’t know in her case or in my own).

Hoot Rating

On a scale of 1 to 5 Hoots, the movie, The Post, directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer receives an enthusiastic 5-Hoot Rating!

P.S. As always, John Williams musical score is beautifully powerful.

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Final word

And for the men (and sadly too, the women) who may mock this review because of my reference to the 2018 Women’s March and begin chanting Helen Reddy’s song, I am Woman, Hear Me Roar. All I have to say about that is, I feel sorry for you and especially those around you. The Women’s March is about empowerment. We don’t need to agree on every topic relevant to women, but women will no longer be looked through, looked up and down, or looked past again. I want any future granddaughter of mine to be recognized and respected as an intelligent human being worthy of anything she puts her heart and mind in pursuing.

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