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A podcast about overcoming perfectionism so you can do more of what you love. Your hosts are: Janine Adams, a Certified Professional Organizer, who is naturally good at good enough and Shannon Wilkinson, a Life Coach and recovering perfectionist who is learning to be better at good enough. Together they share tips, techniques and stories from their organizing and coaching practices, as well as their own lives, to help you find more peace, have less angst and take more action.

Getting to Good Enough Getting to Good Enough

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 43 Ratings

A podcast about overcoming perfectionism so you can do more of what you love. Your hosts are: Janine Adams, a Certified Professional Organizer, who is naturally good at good enough and Shannon Wilkinson, a Life Coach and recovering perfectionist who is learning to be better at good enough. Together they share tips, techniques and stories from their organizing and coaching practices, as well as their own lives, to help you find more peace, have less angst and take more action.

    Episode 227: Making Tough Choices Easier

    Episode 227: Making Tough Choices Easier

    We make so many choices each and every day and some are way more important than others. In this episode, Shannon and Janine discuss saving your brain power for the tougher choices and some strategies for making those choices easier.

    Discussion topics include:

    • The executive functioning drain of having so many choices to make
    • Letting as many decisions as possible being easy
    • Saving your executive function for the critical decisions
    • Making easy choices in advance
    • Janine's recent 30-day dress challenge (she wore two striped dresses at the same time!)
    • Limiting choices to make decisions easier
    • Shannon's no-brainer breakfast
    • The benefit of daily habits
    • A deep dive into overnight oats
    • Saving your brain power for consequential decisions (like health insurance)
    • Breaking down big decisions into smaller bites
    • Figuring out what aspects of an important decision are most important to you to narrow down the options
    • Optimizers vs satisficers
    • Letting go of the idea that you have to make the best choice
    • The article on overcoming choice overload that inspired this episode (thank you, Elise!)

    Visit the show notes at www.gettingtogoodenough.com for a link to the article that inspired this episode and for a picture of Janine wearing two striped dresses

    • 17 min
    Episode 226: Letting the Holidays Be Easy (Redux)

    Episode 226: Letting the Holidays Be Easy (Redux)

    It's officially winter holiday season, which can be stressful for many people. We want to help our listeners let it be easy! This week, we're re-running Episode 28, which we originally recorded for the 2018 holiday season. Our wish for you for this holiday season is less stress and more joy.

    The holiday season can be really hard on perfectionists, who often want to do it all and do it right. This week Shannon and Janine talk about making it easier for perfectionists to let the holidays be easy.

    Discussion topics include:

    • How “shoulds” can get in the way of enjoying the holidays
    • Janine’s truly simple holiday traditions
    • Choosing the elements of the holidays that are doable
    • The time-saving benefits of holiday cookie exchanges
    • How the December holidays can be challenging for perfectionists
    • How Shannon creates the holidays she wants (including this year’s Thanksgiving of giving)
    • Embracing good enough to make holidays easier
    • How giving clutter-free gifts helps the recipient and makes gift-giving easier
    • A special clutter-free gift idea from special guest Miranda Adams, Janine’s niece
    • Giving the gift of experiences or services, rather than stuff
    • Choosing a theme word to capture the essence of what you want for the season to use as a guidepost to help you make choices
    • Starting earlier on holiday tasks to avoid the stress of last-minute activities

    Visit the show notes at www.gettingtogoodenough.com for links!

    • 40 min
    Episode 225: Cultivating Contentment

    Episode 225: Cultivating Contentment

    Being content with your life is something most of us strive for. And it's so within our reach. This week Shannon and Janine discuss ways to be cultivate contentment while still being open to change.

    Discussion topics include:

    • Janine's unremarkable but happy-making dog walk
    • Noticing the things that are enjoyable and going well
    • Paying attention to problems vs consciously focusing on the things that are okay
    • Feeling gratitude even during adversity
    • The value of a gratitude practice
    • Shannon's happiness-inducing hummingbird feeder
    • Asking yourself "What else could this mean?" when something goes awry
    • How Janine and Shannon feel fortunate to be glass-half-full people
    • Aspiring for better while also feeling content
    • Remember: Feeling content doesn't mean you're giving up
    • Allowing yourself to be content where you are while you consider how you might like things to be different

    Visit the show notes at www.gettingtogoodenough.com to see a beautiful photo of Shannon's cat!

    • 15 min
    Episode 224: Reinvigorating Habits

    Episode 224: Reinvigorating Habits

    It is so easy for even the most ingrained habits to go by the wayside when you have a change in routine or other disruption. This week, Janine and Shannon discuss taking baby steps to reinvigorate your beneficial habits.

    Discussion topics include:

    • Janine's good-enough pre-Halloween raking of leaves
    • How disruption of routine can affect habits
    • Looking forward to the habits you need now, rather than blindly trying to recreate past habits
    • Janine's daily yoga practice that she's trying to rejuvenate
    • Allowing small efforts to count when you're building or rebuilding habits
    • Shannon's end of-the-day-yoga practice with her husband
    • Another beneficial habit: Making the bed
    • Shannon and Janine's favorite habit: Working on YNAB (You Need A Budget) every morning
    • Another habit Shannon is reinvigorating, using her Bullet Journal (in concert with Todoist)
    • Janine's enthusiastic use of her Bullet Journal
    • The value of the Bullet Journal index
    • Pairing new habits with existing ones

    Visit the show notes at www.gettingtogoodenough.com for pictures and links!

    • 19 min
    Episode 223: Jen Singer

    Episode 223: Jen Singer

    Being sick is hard. And perfectionism can make it even harder. In this episode Shannon and Janine talk with Jen Singer medical writer and author of the Just Diagnosed Guides. Jen has had her share of illnesses and she has used her extensive experience as a medical writer and a sick person to help other people diagnosed with illness, as well the people who care about them. Jen also shares how being ill helped cure her perfectionism!

    Discussion topics include:

    • The journey that led Jen to helping people who are sick and those who care for them
    Jen's Just Diagnosed Guides
    • Jen's mission to take the loneliness out of illness
    • Janine's experience as the caregiver to a heart patient
    • Why googling your medical condition isn't a great idea
    • How Jen learned the hard way to let go of perfectionism when she was ill the first time
    • Energy triage
    • Living with a chronic disease
    • Jen's advice on figuring out how you want to spend your time
    • The importance of self care and how the pandemic might have made it easier
    • Supporting someone with an acute illness vs a chronic one
    • The thing to say to a sick person: "How is it for you today?" (And then listen)
    • What NOT to say to a sick person
    • "It's not enough to mean well. Do better."
    • More about how being sick cured Jen of perfectionism
    • The physical consequences of perfectionism
    • Resisting googling a diagnosis
    • Letting go of perfectionism if you're a caregiver
    • The Circles of Grief

    Visit the show notes at www.gettingtogoodenough.com for links!

    • 32 min
    Episode 222: Charitable Actions

    Episode 222: Charitable Actions

    It can be so rewarding to volunteer for a deserving organization. But it can difficult to find the right place. In this episode, Janine and Shannon discuss some considerations and strategies for finding an organization to donate your time or money.

    Discussion topics include:

    • Avoiding perfectionism in finding a place to volunteer
    • How Shannon found her volunteer gig at a pediatric ICU
    • Ways to let it be easier to find volunteer opportunities
    • How it's hard to take action when you don't what you want to do
    • Considerations for selecting a charitable action
    • Some different ways to volunteer
    • Trying out some places before making a long-term volunteer commitment
    • Some of the benefits to volunteering
    • How perfectionism can also get in the way of donating goods
    • Some of the perils to wanting to donate to the perfect charity
    • Oregon's Cultural Trust that can help make it easy to donate

    Visit the show notes at www.gettingtogoodenough.com for loads of links!

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

//Thomas\\ ,

Brightens My Day!

Each episode offers plenty of food for thought and practical advice. I enjoy hearing both Janine’s and Shannon’s perspectives on a variety of topics. Their conversations always brighten my day!

GTGE fan ,

Good Enough to Get Unstuck

This has been such a delightful and helpful podcast that I tell all my friends of “my take aways” and encourage them to listen in so they can find their own take aways. Listening in has been a process of removing self-doubt and layers of misconceptions that have helped me to my “Ahh-ha” moments. I find myself saying: “If Duffy can do it, so can I”! Thank you for the thoughtful and honest discussions that help us get unstuck on what we know, but even better the process of discovering the things we never thought we were stuck in. Yay team! Thank you. Rob G

WeAreNotAmusedEither ,

On Epi 3, will review again later

This seems to be a brand new audio effort for both hosts. I’ve listened to interviews of Janine (on other podcasts) and they were great.

I fast-forwarded through parts of Epi 2 because of hella loud lawn equipment. Seriously loud/distracting/unpleasant. Epi 3 better and I expect they will learn to turn off cell phones and avoid unrelated asides as time progresses. Will stick with it for a while...

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