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Do you have big God-dreams but are worn out from doing all the things? Are you so overwhelmed by the never-ending to-do list that you end up doing nothing? Would it help to have just one simple thing to focus on at a time?Combining her expertise in project management with her love for the creative's heart, host Christa Hutchins equips busy Christian women who have big ideas with strategy and structure so they can do what God has called them to do.Covering topics such as time management, productivity, planning, strategy, organization, and decision-making, Christa starts in God's Word and digs into her toolbox to offer solutions for the big problems keeping you stuck. You'll leave with a just one simple thing to help you bring clarity to the chaotic swirl of ideas.

Just One Simple Thing Christa Hutchins

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 52 Ratings

Do you have big God-dreams but are worn out from doing all the things? Are you so overwhelmed by the never-ending to-do list that you end up doing nothing? Would it help to have just one simple thing to focus on at a time?Combining her expertise in project management with her love for the creative's heart, host Christa Hutchins equips busy Christian women who have big ideas with strategy and structure so they can do what God has called them to do.Covering topics such as time management, productivity, planning, strategy, organization, and decision-making, Christa starts in God's Word and digs into her toolbox to offer solutions for the big problems keeping you stuck. You'll leave with a just one simple thing to help you bring clarity to the chaotic swirl of ideas.

    E122: The Tough Grace Episode

    E122: The Tough Grace Episode

    While it’s great to get encouragement and positive feedback, sometimes you need to hear the hard things. I call it “tough grace”. So here in Episode 122 of Just One Simple Thing, I’ll share five tough grace thoughts from me and my friends.

    As we move towards the end of the year, you’ll hear me and others start talking about year end reviews and starting to make plans for next year.

    Part of evaluating your year is getting very honest with yourself about where you have been and where you are headed.  And once you admit it, give yourself some grace and move on.

    So let’s dive into these things you may need to admit as you review your 2023.

    1. Take care of the money stuff.  Even if your thing is more of a passion project than a business, the money things can get away from you in a hurry.

    2. Renew your mind because our thoughts really do matter and pave the way to our success.  If your year hasn’t gone like you thought it would, it’s easy to get discouraged and feel defeated.  Allow the Lord to speak truth into your situation ... to show you the learnings and the small steps of progress ... the ways He has been with you all the way.

    3. Trying to push through when you are tired rarely yields the results you want.  Sometimes you have to push through to make a deadline.  Making that a way of life rarely yields the results you want.

    4. Progress may be slow when life is full.  We all have to make decisions about where we spend our energy and when life is full, we may not be able to focus on the dream work like we want to.

    5.  You can’t expect results like a business when you treat it like a hobby.  You have to adjust your expectations to match your effort. Or find a way to ramp up your effort to match your expectations.

    Okay .... I hope this hasn’t been a downer episode for you. We’ve talked about some tough things. But don’t forget the grace part. Give yourself a heavy dose of it, learn from where you are, and carry those lessons forward with you.

    ACTION STEP
    Grab your calendar and make an appointment with yourself to do your year end review and annual planning. If you want to plan your year with me, circle January 6th on your calendar and watch for details on my social media and in my newsletter.

    And speaking of my newsletter, are you a subscriber? It's is a unique combination of encouragement, exclusive subscriber discounts, and resources chosen just for you. Subscribe by going to my website at doanewthing.com, scroll down to the bottom of the home page, and sign up to get my best to-do list tips. I’d love to have you as part of the Do A New Thing community.

    RESOURCES
    Cindy Yorks His GPS for Your SOS Podcast
    Erica Goode Coaches, Consultants + Money Podcast
    Erika Millard Get Comfy With Numbers Podcast
    Melissa Dickey Empty Nesting On Purpose Podcast
    Cathy Lawdanski @retired_empty_nester IG
    Grace Workman Beautiful Art and Meaningful Gifts
    +++++++++If you don't have time to sit down and journal every day, but you want the benefits of journaling, I've got you covered.   
    The one year, line-a-day Move Forward Journal has small spaces to write just a sentence or two each day. You'll cycle through each month and  start seeing God's faithfulness and your progress unfold in just a few weeks.
    Learn more about the Journal here!

    • 8 min
    E121: Ready, Set ... Black Friday!

    E121: Ready, Set ... Black Friday!

    As we head into November, there is one thing on the minds of online businesses and ministries .... It’s not turkey or dressing. It’s “what will I do about Black Friday??” Join me for Episode 121 of Just One Simple Thing where you’ll learn three ways to maximize your Black Friday, and two ways to stand out in the noisy crowd.

    Hey friends! Welcome back to Just One Simple Thing, where we are motoring towards the end of the year. It will be here before you know it!

    Black Friday isn’t just a day now ... it’s a whole week. And then you tack on Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday. It’s enough to make your head spin.

    But let’s simplify the whole thing with a few tips and two ways that you can stand out among the crowd.

    1. Don’t feel like you have to offer major discounts, especially if you are a service-based business.
    Cutting the price on your regular offers devalues them, and if you get a big response, delivering on all of those cut-price sessions could be draining for you. Instead, try adding bonuses to your regular offers that increase their value or you can go the other way ... a mini-version of your regular offer to give people a taste of what you do and how you can help.

    2. Create a signature Black Friday offer.
    My core audience expects it and plans to purchase that weekend so they get the best deal.

    3. Leverage affiliate promotions.
    One easy way to do this is to create a gift guide

    So you have a great offer in mind ... but with all the noise, how do you stand out in the crowd?

    1. Tease your offer in advance.
    If you catch their attention before all of the noise starts, they’ll be watching for your email so they can jump on it.

    2. Make it personal.
    Segment your email list based on previous interactions and send different emails to each segment, addressing their specific pain points and how your offer can help.

    And finally, as just one word of caution ...As you make your Black Friday plan, keep in mind the other things you want to do during that week and the Thanksgiving weekend.

    Think ahead about how much time you really want to spend during the weekend when you plan your promotions.

    ACTION STEP

    Look at what you already have available and how you might promote it over the big holiday weekend. Can you turn it into a signature annual offer? When you decide what to do, tease it on your social media. Be sure to tag me so I can cheer you on AND share the amazing things you come up with!

    Thanks for hanging out with me today. I don’t know about you, but things feel really unsettled all around me. I’m praying that by keeping things simple, we can find peace in the chaos and use our gifts to bring peace to others as well. If you’re in on that, send me a DM and let me know! That would be a huge blessing to me.

    RESOURCES
    Go-Getter Jesus Girls Gift Guide
    +++++++++If you don't have time to sit down and journal every day, but you want the benefits of journaling, I've got you covered.   
    The one year, line-a-day Move Forward Journal has small spaces to write just a sentence or two each day. You'll cycle through each month and  start seeing God's faithfulness and your progress unfold in just a few weeks.
    Learn more about the Journal here!

    • 9 min
    E120: Make the Most of Your Fourth Quarter with Two Important Questions

    E120: Make the Most of Your Fourth Quarter with Two Important Questions

    Y’all know I’m a big advocate for doing quarterly planning for your ministry, business, or even just for life in general. But planning for the last quarter of the year has some extra things you need to think about. Join me for this super short episode to learn the two questions you need to be asking at the end of the year.

    It happens every year. October gets here and we are surprised that it is already the last quarter of the year.

    Last weekend, I met with some members of The Honor Circle for our quarterly planning time. They have been working their plans all year and seeing the benefits that come from consistently working on the most important things.

    Our planning took on a little different vibe this time as we looked towards the end of the year. I asked the ladies a couple of important questions as they framed up their plans for the last quarter. And I thought they might help you as well, so let’s dive into them.

    1. What can you do to finish the year well?
    And finishing well does not necessarily mean killing yourself to catch up on work you haven't been able to do all year.  "Finishing well" might mean taking the first few steps because making some progress is better than making none.  Finishing well also means you need to take into account all of the things you have on your plate this season.

    2. What can you do to set yourself up for success next year?
    Start by looking back at the fourth quarter last year. How did it go? Were there lessons you can learn from the way things went? If you can name the things that derailed you then, you keep them from happening again. 

    Another way to set yourself up for success is to think ahead about what you want next year to look like. Themes you want to cover in your content, programs you want to start, products you want to develop. You’ll be miles ahead next year if you start being intentional about those things now.

    That’s it! Two simple questions. What can you do to finish the year well? And what can you do to set yourself up for success next year? I told you it would be super short this time!

    ACTION STEP
    Grab a sheet of paper or your journal and write the answers to those two questions. I’d love for you to share what finishing well will look like for you. Shoot me a DM on FB or IG @doanewthing and let me know!

    Thanks for being here with me for this quick little episode. If you are listening to this in real time at the beginning of October, hop over to my free Facebook group, Plan & Pray with Do A New Thing. I have a lot of exciting things planned for the end of year. The Looking Back to Move Forward challenge, Build A Better Year annual goal planning workshop, the Do Your Thing Retreat ... hang out in the Facebook group to get all the info!

    RESOURCES
    Do Your Thing Retreat –My annual “get it done” working retreat. Join us for a weekend designed to support and encourage you as you do whatever needs doing in your ministry or business!
    +++++++++If you don't have time to sit down and journal every day, but you want the benefits of journaling, I've got you covered.   
    The one year, line-a-day Move Forward Journal has small spaces to write just a sentence or two each day. You'll cycle through each month and  start seeing God's faithfulness and your progress unfold in just a few weeks.
    Learn more about the Journal here!

    • 6 min
    E119: Four Creative Ways to Visually Track Your Progress

    E119: Four Creative Ways to Visually Track Your Progress

    It’s great to see numbers and sales rack up, but as a creative, it’s helpful to have a visual representation of your progress. In Episode 119 of Just One Simple Thing, you’ll learn four fun ways to keep your eyes literally on the prize.

    I’ve been traveling some lately and it’s nice to be home.  When I’m traveling, I start off focused on the destination. I want to get there and get off the road. But shortly, I start looking for the mile markers. Those markers tell me how far I’ve gone, and how far I have left to go.

    In Jeremiah 31, God was talking about gathering his nations that had been dispersed, and he said, “Set up road markers for yourself; make yourself guideposts; consider well the highway, the road by which you went.
     
    Let’s talk about a few ways you can create visual markers for your business or ministry to reflect the progress you are making.

    1. The classic kanban chart: The chart is divided into three sections: To Do, Doing (or In Progress) and Done. As you work on tasks, you move them from one section to another.  Not only does the kanban chart help you see progress, it also is an accountability tool. Keep your eye on that Doing section. If you start accumulating things there that you have started, but not finished, you know it’s time to focus on actually finishing things to make real progress.

    2. Put a name to a numbers goal: I had a goal to talk to 50 new people. After each call, I put the name on a sticky note and put the note on a big poster board. If the call resulted in an ongoing interaction, I put a check-mark on the sticky note. This process could have turned into a numbers game with a dopamine hit for every check mark.   With the poster board near my work area, I often prayed over the names. It reminded me that my work isn’t about growing numbers. It’s about helping actual people with their problems using my expertise.

    3. Use your progress to motivate people to be part of something important: During registration for the Do Your Thing retreat, as people sign up, I put their name on the floor plan of the house where we are staying, and share that on my social media. When they can picture themselves staying in a specific room, they want to be part of it.

    4. Make a thermometer graphic: This seems to work especially well for sales or fundraising goals, because it makes people feel like their contribution, no matter how large or small, is part of making something special happen.

    When your destination still seems far away, look at your markers and see that thus far, the Lord has helped you, and be encouraged that He will help you to the next marker.

    ACTION STEP
    Pick one of these visual markers and find a way to use it with your own goals. Snap a picture and share it on social media. Be sure to tag me @doanewthing so I can cheer you on! 

    Thanks so much for listening in. I’m so grateful for every person who listens, shares, or leaves a review. Those things are an encouragement in a space that can feel very lonely, and I appreciate your generosity. 

    RESOURCES
    Do Your Thing Retreat –Registration is open for the January, 2024 retreat!
    Episode 54: Ten Creative Ways to Use Sticky Notes
    Move Forward Journal –One year line-a-day journal
    +++++++++If you don't have time to sit down and journal every day, but you want the benefits of journaling, I've got you covered.   
    The one year, line-a-day Move Forward Journal has small spaces to write just a sentence or two each day. You'll cycle through each month and  start seeing God's faithfulness and your progress unfold in just a few weeks.
    Learn more about the Journal here!

    • 9 min
    E118: How to Make the Most of Group Coaching and Mastermind Sessions

    E118: How to Make the Most of Group Coaching and Mastermind Sessions

    Are you in a program that has group coaching or mastermind calls? Are you making the most of that opportunity? Listen in with me on Episode 118 of just one simple thing, and you’ll learn four ways to supercharge your group experience.

    Let’s talk a  little bit first about the difference been masterminding and group coaching.  We often use these terms interchangeably, but they are really two distinct types of interactions. Group coaching is led by the coach.  A mastermind is led by the group.

    In group coaching, the coach may have a specific topic to cover or a question to answer posed by a group member.  They may teach by asking questions and leading group to their own answers. 

    In a mastermind, the conversation can be more free-flowing.  There is often one person on the “hot seat” and everyone else offers input and insight into an issue based on their own experience.  

    Now that we understand the difference between group coaching and masterminds, that leads into our first tip for making that most of them.


    Know what type of group interaction it is. If you aren’t sure, ask the leader. Prepare for your  mastermind hot seat.  Remember that the hot seat is ALL about YOU, and it can be the single most valuable source of ideas and direction.Help the person on the hot seat get to the heart of the issue by asking pointed questions and reframing the problem.  Sometimes the most casual comment can make all the difference.  Group coaching is NOT all about you.  If you coach asks for suggestions on questions she could answer during your group coaching session, this is the time to ask some of the bigger picture questions that may be applicable to several others in the group.
    So there ya go … group coaching is driven by the coach and all about what you learn from her.  Masterminds are driven by the participants and how they can learn from each other.

    ACTION STEP
    Give a shoutout to your group on social media and tag me so I can learn what y’all are up to. 
    Speaking of social media, are you following me there? If not, find me on Instagram and Facebook @doanewthing.  I often use that space to expand on the podcast topic and go a little deeper. I can’t wait to meet you there.
    RESOURCES
    Do Your Thing Retreat – My “get-it-done” retreat opens for registration soon, so head over there to get your name on the priority list!
    +++++++++If you don't have time to sit down and journal every day, but you want the benefits of journaling, I've got you covered.   
    The one year, line-a-day Move Forward Journal has small spaces to write just a sentence or two each day. You'll cycle through each month and  start seeing God's faithfulness and your progress unfold in just a few weeks.
    Learn more about the Journal here!

    • 9 min
    E117: How to Choose the Right Group Program for You

    E117: How to Choose the Right Group Program for You

    Are you ready to join with other creatives and entrepreneurs in a membership program? There are a lot of things to consider before you join one, so listen in to Episode 117 where you’ll learn five things you need to know before signing up.

    After a summer of fun and family (and maybe a little work!) it’s time to start looking at the last part of the year and make a plan for finishing the year strong.

    One part of your plan may be to join a membership program. There are a ton of them out there, each with a little different twist, and you’ll see most of them open up this time of year for new members.

    But let’s assume that you’ve decided that joining a membership would be helpful as you make the push towards the end the year. How do you decide which one is best for you?

    Now, full disclosure .... I do have a membership program called the Honor Circle and I’ll share about it throughout this episode. I’d love to have all of you join us in the circle, but it may or may not be the right fit for you.

    Let’s look at the some of the key things to consider as you choose.

    1. Is the program a fit for your faith and values?
    Make sure it’s not going to put you in conflict or make you uncomfortable.

    2. Is it designed for the stage that you are in?
    Information and training provided may not apply to you and it would be a waste of money.

    3. Is it a membership or a mastermind? And which of those are you looking for?
    Membership is content-driven and tends more towards serving up training and information.Mastermind is relationship-driven and focuses more on community. It gives the members opportunities to get specific input from each other and from the leader on issues in their business.
    4. Are you able to use the resources that are provided?
    Do the meeting times fit in your schedule?

    5. Does it fit in your budget?
    The more expensive programs tend to be smaller and have more personal input.  Less expensive programs tend to be larger with less one on one.

    With all the membership and mastermind options available, there is surely one out there right for you.

    ACTION STEP
    Head over to my free Facebook group Plan & Pray with Do A New Thing. I’ve created a worksheet you can use to compare different programs.

    I’d also love for you to check out my group program, The Honor Circle, and see if it is a fit for you.

    Thanks for hanging out with me today. I bet you have some friends who are thinking about joining a membership so maybe you could share this episode with them? They would thank you, and so would.

    RESOURCES
    The Honor Circle –A group program for Christian women building their God-inspired dream with working full-time
    Uplift Mentormind –Mastermind + Coaching for Christian Business Women
    Christian Woman Business Podcast Epsiode 111–5 Problems a Business Mastermind Can Help You Solve
    +++++++++If you don't have time to sit down and journal every day, but you want the benefits of journaling, I've got you covered.   
    The one year, line-a-day Move Forward Journal has small spaces to write just a sentence or two each day. You'll cycle through each month and  start seeing God's faithfulness and your progress unfold in just a few weeks.
    Learn more about the Journal here!

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Patricia | The Uncommon Career ,

To the point, relatable, and so practical!

Christa has a way with being clear, to the point, yet very practical and caring at the same time. I felt like she was talking directly to me. When I’m listening by myself in my car, it’s like I’m having coffee with my friend Christa. Tune in, you’ll see what I mean!

SarahFrazer ,

Great encouragement

I find so much encouragement when listening to Christa's podcast. I love that she gets me and understands my struggles. Each episode helps me grow and focus on my goals.

Cathy in MA ,

Practical, doable, and encouraging

Christa breaks things down into practical, manageable action items to move you forward. Then she challenges you to do just one thing - take the next step. She has a “you can do this” spirit of encouragement in her presentation. I find it very helpful.

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