071: Find your Sweet Spot; the Place of Ease and Flow

with Dr Christine Carter

Overload makes it hard for you to fufill your potential

 [Dr Christine Carter]

Mums are busy. With never-ending days and constant demands on your time it can be easy to wade into the territory of overwhelm. Finding your ‘Sweet Spot’ can be tricky, but the scientific evidence is out there. That’s right, it’s possible to find a place of ease and flow, where your daily life feels natural and free.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we’ll be talking about how to find the illusive ‘Sweet Spot’. Taken from sports terminology, The Sweet Spot took over 3 years of research, studying the neuroscience, psychology, and sociology of productivity, performance, and positive emotions. It was then applied to our every day lives as mothers.

My guest today is SuperMum, Dr. Christine Carter.

Christine, who has two step-kids and two natural kids aged 13, 14, 15 and 16, lives in Marin County, California. She is a Happiness and Productivity expert, speaker and writer and the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work. Christine’s spent the last 14 years at at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. Having a family of six with four teenagers in the house makes her an expert in motherhood too!

Like most mums, Christine found herself exasperated by the busyness of modern life: too many conflicting obligations and not enough time, energy, or patience to get everything done. She tried all the standard techniques: prioritizing, multitasking, delegating – even napping – but none really worked.

Determined to create a less stressful life for herself without giving up her hard-won career success or happiness at home, she road-tested every research-based tactic that promised to bring more ease into her life. Drawing on her vast knowledge of the latest research related to happiness, productivity, and elite performance, she followed every strategy that promised to give her more energy or that could make her more efficient, creative, or intelligent.

After years of research, Christine’s dedication to finding answers is our reward. You just need to listen and take action. Being busy is often seen as a badge of honour, but slowing down can make you much more productive. And today, Christine will teach you how to find your groove at home and work. This will allow more ease and flow in your life and help banish busyness and chaos.

In today’s episode, we explore what the ‘Sweet Spot’ really is and how to achieve it.  This will help you enjoy your children, be more dynamic in your work, and more productive in your everyday life.

I’m delighted to welcome Christine to my show today. She shares her own story of challenging limiting beliefs; how she dealt with the pressure of having to be happy after writing a book about it; and how she tirelessly worked to find the ‘Sweet Spot’ in her own life.

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In this episode we talk about:

  • How to control overwhelm so it doesn’t control you
  • Why setting up systems for the mundane can help you focus on more important matters
  • Why taking time out from life to stare into space is scientifically good for you
  • Fighting technology against it’s ability to consume your life
  • Why you should stop multi tasking in order to get more done
  • Why, after publishing her first book, Christine felt she was in the spotlight to practice what she preached

Hope you enjoy today’s show