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.

How to Get Shit done

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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Transforming: Beauty in its time

Transformation

This spring my youngest son will be graduating from high school. In the fall, I will have both sons in college. I am facing an empty nest with my husband, Vinny Sal.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis

The second half of my life I vow will be transformed in spirit, mind, and body. As much as motherhood was, and is, the most fulfilling part of my life, I want to rid myself of that gnawing sense of living a mediocre life, an unexamined life. 2015 was a revelation of being busy and bored at the same time. I want to close that gap of who I am today and who God created me to be.

“Spiritual transformation doesn’t take place on Sunday when we get want we want. It takes place on Saturday while we’re waiting. It’s what is forged while we’re waiting, hoping, trusting even though we have yet to receive that for which we long for.” – Pete Wilson, author of Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?

This quote reminds me of football. Young men play countless games from childhood through college hoping to play in the NFL on Sunday. Yet few make it on the football field. While others receive what they long for in other ways as a coach, an assistant, a trainer, a sports analyst – whatever connects them to the game they love – football. I may never be a successful author, or an author at all but my Saturdays will be waiting, hoping, trusting that God is here in my current circumstances transforming me into who He wants me to be – a blogger? I no longer will allow my circumstances to distort my perspective and miss God and who He wants me to be.

I read many great books in 2015. One book, in particular, set me on a life-changing course in an unexpected way. On the back cover of the book, “Just Listen – Discover the Secret of Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone” by Mark Goulston, MD, it reads, “Is there someone in your life who just won’t listen, no matter what you say? … If only you could get that person into a calm and receptive state of mind, you’d probably be able to work out your differences…. Just Listen will get you there.” I read this book with the intention that it would help me to get through to other people. Instead, the book opened my mind to get through to me.

“The most successful people are those who don’t have any illusions about who they are.” Dr. Goulston quotes Bud Bray, author of “Is It Too Late to Run Away and Join the Circus?” In chapter 9, Dr. Goulston offers a challenge to the reader: ask friends or relatives how they perceive you. I carried out this experiment with my husband, two sons, close friends, my pastor, a long-time previous boss and other associates. I was astonished to the similarity of their responses. I am grateful to those who accepted this challenge to honestly share with me the top three descriptive words from the list given to them. The book, Just Listen, transforming my mind meant checking my dissonance of who I think I am at the door.

“Reach boldly for the miracle. God knows your gifts, your hindrances and the condition you’re in at every moment.” Bruce Wilkerson

#Vegan2016 – transforming the body not for vanity, but for fueling the spirit and mind to close that gap for who God created me to be. To be the best I can be in spite of any hindrances and conditions. In the words of one of the best coaches in football today, “Be better tomorrow than you are today,” Jim Harbaugh, Head Coach of my beloved University of Michigan Wolverines.

“The empty nest is not an empty life.” A Sparrow Sings

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV