153: How to Get Stuff Done and Have More Fun with Dr. Kim Kensington

Dr. Kim Kensington is a clinical psychologist who maintains a private practice in Santa Monica, California.  She is the author of the book, Starting Tomorrow: 7 Steps to Lasting Change – Get Stuff Done and Have More Fun!  She has written for and been quoted in numerous publications.

In this episode, you will hear Kim talk about being an expert in procrastination, both personally and professionally. Kim’s book is a step-by-step guide to making habits and creating routine.  This book is a simple 28-day program for individuals with no structure, no motivating, and no will-power.

Throughout the conversation, we share a lot of tips and resources, which you can find linked in the “Resources” section below.  We discuss being “stuck” and hyper-focus, considering most of us face both struggles at different times.  You will hear humorous stories and visit my Facebook page to learn how to win a copy of Kim’s book.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [08:08] – Kim talks about a play she was recently in.  Many individuals with ADHD struggle with memorizing lines. This is not something that Kim struggles with.  She talks about some of her strategies and a few resources.

  • [12:55] – Kim talks about her new book and what prompted her to write this book on how to make habits and create routines.

  • [15:00] – I ask Kim to help me figure out how to create the routine for a regular meditation practice. She talks about using my desire for fun to create the routine.

  • [21:00] – Kim says “If there is even the slightest chance for a decision to be made, we’re lost.”  She talks about choice and how we can train ourselves.

  • [22:27] – We talk about pop psychology practices in this area.  This leads us to a discussion on streak apps.

  • [25:26] – Kim explains that her book is not on procrastination or ADHD, but it’s on how to create habits from scratch, which happens to be an answer to procrastination and ADHD.

  • [26:28] – Kim explains, “Respect your timer or it won’t respect you” and how this can help us stop. This gives you the opportunity to eventually choose whether or not you want to continue.

  • [33:32] – Kim talks about activation and initiation being a major struggle.  For people stuck in this physical paralysis situation, she shares a tip to get off the coach.  This leads to a discussion on inventions.

  • [37:48] – I was recently “stuck” and my wife helped me by breaking down my physical movements into individual steps.  I also share a story about a time when I could not disengage from work.

  • [41:05] – We talk about hyper-focus.  Kim explains that prevention is the best way to fight hyper-focus.

  • [48:05] – The idea for this book came to Kim 2001. The book did not reach Amazon until December 31, 2015. She explains why it took 14 years for this book to exist. She also explains that this book was originally intended to be a class.

  • [55:37] – I share a story about Kim. For nearly every conference, there is a story about things not going as planned for Kim.  This includes missing flights and flying into the wrong city. I admit my own recent travel adventure, too.

  • [1:00:53] – Kim and I float the idea of creating a class on the content from her new book. Comment and tell us what you think!

Resources:

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