on: long-term time & project management
I have always dreamed of doing real planning in advance, but I usually bristle at the idea of locking myself in. In working with Cairene, instead of feeling stifled by planning, I felt liberated by it. I was able to create a map of what I want the next six months to look like that creates a feeling of freedom and spaciousness. From that map, I’m creating systems and routines that support me and my business. It’s happening organically and sustainably. It’s creating space for growth. And I’m brimming with enthusiasm for planning, which possibly has never happened before!
– Shannon Wilkinson | Perception Studios
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Completely gorgeous and loaded with helpful smartness.
– Lisa Baldwin | Zen at Play
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I’ve had this lingering “I have to do this” list, with all sorts of stuff that wasn’t necessarily time sensitive, but it was hanging there. And I kept thinking “I have to do ALL! THIS! NOW!” and it was jamming me up something awful!
I just went through all the Quicksand stuff over the past few days and wrote up my brain dump, which I’ve done a million times before. At first, I was put off by the task/project consequences cards, but I dutifully filled them in. SO HELPFUL.
I also saw how much actual working time I had. Keeping a Do-Over to three months totally made the difference: I can see that a year long “do over” is just silly, and impossible to work with! When I said “Okay, I’ve only got this much time” I saw what I could cut, and needed to – what was crucial and what wasn’t! – THIS was the element I’ve been missing.
I’ve got my Do-Over list and my time blocks. I know what I need to do. I’ve even scheduled a day off and blocked in breathing room. So I am so very, very grateful for this.
– Cathy Yardley | Rock Your Writing
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I just wanted to say how brilliant, compassionate and helpful the Quicksand book is!! Even though I haven’t applied the principles extensively yet, just knowing I have this as a companion is so reassuring. I can feel it changing me incrementally already. Thank you so much for creating and sharing this.
– M.J., Writer, Philadelphia
There has been something deeply healing for me about making peace with maintenance, especially understanding it as essential to the rest of my goals, and part of achieving those goals. What a relief to know that maintenance is important and urgent and that it’s okay for me to spend time on it. I have been feeling so much more loved by simply taking the time to care for myself through cooking, putting laundry away, changing the sheets & bath linens, and balancing my checkbook. So thank you for this ebook. It has made and is making a huge difference in my life.
Thank you so much for this course. It has been so much more than I anticipated.
I was looking for a way to manage my time that worked and a way to get over the procrastination, it-never-seems-to-get-doneness. Got that. But what I didn’t expect was the absolute subtle shift in how I regard time itself.
It is now a container of sorts rather than a driver. It doesn’t control what I do, but is just a tool itself. And shaping a day around how I work/what I need is so obvious and basic, and yet changes the very fabric of my life.
I have enthusiastically recommended this course to friends and colleagues. I so look forward to continuing to learn from you.
– Lori Stone | Roundabout
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I want to thank you Cairene, for really launching me on a new way to perceive time.
Thinking about everything in terms of containers these days really has shifted how out-of-control I feel in relationship to time. Schedules are just self-defined containers; tasks are just goal containers; time is just a container for ordering life in a way that isn’t overwhelming and confusing.
And now I’m forever thinking about time in terms of my metaphor. And getting a sense of when I’m traveling too far from my center point and stuff starts to feel wobbly. Cool!
And thanks to all my sister Time Disciples – I learned so many neat things from all of you! And I like knowing we all get to wear this title forever.
on: Systems Crafting
The smartest thing I did when I went on email sabbatical was to hire the brilliant and kooky Cairene to help me nail my systems. Crap was sorted. Miracles happened.
And it was Cairene who first helped me to understand that my business is a pirate ship. That solved a lot of stuff for me. Creating strong, supportive systems in my business so that ship is sleek, fast and unstoppable has been phenomenal. Especially given just how much resistance I had to so many different aspects of that process.
She really, really gets me. She gets how I think. And all of her suggestions and insights are remarkably useful for me.
I love her approach because it’s so non-punishing and curious and “hey, I get to do it my way!” What’s the word for that? Oh right, sovereign.
Cairene is wise, thoughtful, and unbelievably creative about time. And she’s a genius at transforming scary, boring or non-existent systems into ones that are organic, supportive, loving and fun. Systems!
Working with Cairene has helped me enormously. Understatement. It has changed my freaking life. I would be lost without her.
– Havi Brooks | The Fluent Self