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Tiny Increments of Time: an often overlooked but (shockingly) effective way to accomplish big dreams

pic by Hans Brinker

pic by Hans Brinker

One of the first lessons I learned as a mother is to do everything in tiny increments of time. I’m eternally grateful for a woman (I don’t even know who she is) who told my husband after our first child was born that after she became a mother she learned to do all of her home projects in 20 minute intervals. She was talking about home renovations or such—the thing my husband (and she apparently) does around the house. But I’ve applied that understanding to EVERYTHING else I do: from knitting projects to major movement forward in my business.

The thing I’ve been grateful for lately is that epiphanies  re coming to me that same way too. I’ve been doing a lot of shifting in my work lately—both in terms of my writing (You should know that I’m in the process of moving my blog to www.blog.aimeecartier.com.) and psychic readings (or at least my online presence with what I do). All of this involves a huge amount of tiny details (You can just imagine the number of links I am having to reset with a blog transfer!) and sometimes things that involve bigger picture visioning.

As a mother of two young children my time is very allocated. When I’m a mom that’s what I’m doing.

Mom me, getting snacks for my first while pregnant with my second.

Mom me, getting snacks for my first while pregnant with my second.

When I’m doing readings, same thing. Even when I’m in my studio devoting time to write, same. I keep it all compartmentalized so that I can actually get things done, and not, let’s say, be thinking about the grocery list when I actually have time to write. With such, that means I don’t have long blocks of time right now where I can sit down and just focus on all of the next steps and how to accomplish them all while simultaneously merging this with my bigger picture vision of where I’m heading. I do this incrementally too.

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In my studio writing

I make lists and jot down thoughts whenever they arise. And as I move forward in my tiny steps (resetting link after link) I also realize what the next questions are in my work or project– like the one I’m currently wrestling with – “What is the best way to set up a ‘Subscribe’ situation on my new blog address? And how do I make sure not to lose all of you lovelies who already follow me in the transfer?” And what I’ve been realizing and so grateful for is that my answers have been coming in those tiny increments too. Thank god.

I still need some help on the transferring subscribers and setting that up so if you have anything to offer there, please do. But what I’ve discovered, thankfully, is that I will realize what the next unknown of the puzzle is, jot it down, and then by a day or two later, when I actually have time to devote to the process, I will know what the next tiny step is. The answer to my riddle arrives in my mind just in time.

Boy am I grateful for that!

Because the other thing that I’ve noticed 3 ½ years into my “everything in tiny increments” way of being is that THINGS DO GET ACCOMPLISHED! It’s so fantastic. And truly it’s hard to believe that things actually do move forward, especially when you’re starting out your parenting journey and don’t even know how you’re going to fit in a shower—forget about painting your toe nails. But big things do move too! (Not just the showers and toe nails.) In fact GREAT things can be accomplished in tiny increments.

I’ve completely redesigned a website. Including more than one photo shoot. (If you’re not a mom you

From our recent photo shoot pic by Candice Bertram

From our recent photo shoot
pic by Candice Bertram

might not understand how something as “simple” as a getting photos up on your website could be a HUGE accomplishment. (Hello, you’ve got to schedule a time where you can actually get ready.  AND have outfit changes, and babysitters, and lipstick, and locations. And a photographer! And. And. And.) Managed to update my blog regularly (until this transferring business was taking up time—but don’t worry I’ll be back in full force soon at www.blog.aimeecartier.com)! Managed to continue to do readings weekly– and increase my number of clients. And knit and made countless crafty projects. All in the last 3 + years.

Sometimes thinking on it even astonishes me: just how much CAN be accomplished in tiny bits of time? A lot it turns out.

So if you’re in the mom boat (or some other) that only provides you the smallest smidgens of time to work on things that are outside of Momville, or Whateverville, take heart. Even 20 minutes (or less) at a time can get a job done!

Love,

Aimée

Aimée is a psychic, author, mom, wife, and artist.You can find out more about her psychic work at www.spreadingblessings.com You can make the leap to her next writing/blog adventure with her by bookmarking www.blog.aimeecartier.com now.

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8 comments on “Tiny Increments of Time: an often overlooked but (shockingly) effective way to accomplish big dreams

  1. JennyO
    March 17, 2015

    So I’m not sure who you are being hosted by to help with subscribers. I could check it out and see if I can help

    I love your blogs and don’t want to miss out, even if I’ve turned mine off as a cleansing of too many tasks I still have those that I enjoy reading

    _____________ Jennifer L. Ostrander

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    • aimeecartier
      March 17, 2015

      Thanks Jenny! Any and all help is appreciated! It’s hosted technically through the same company that has my website: Godaddy. But I don’t really see the option on this blog template like WordPress.com has.

    • aimeecartier
      March 18, 2015

      Jenny! I figured it out! I was just able to bring over all my subscribers to my new blog address: http://www.blog.aimeecartier.com so from now on you should be receiving notifications as alway in your email box when I post from there. I’ll probably just do one more post from here which will say something like “find me there!” But you and all my subscribers should be all set!
      Hurrah!!!

      • JennyO
        March 18, 2015

        Yea!!! So glad to hear that!!

      • JennyO
        July 24, 2015

        I haven’t received any updates since you have moved 😦 I’ll check out trying to get re-subscribed

      • aimeecartier
        July 24, 2015

        really!? Nothing? That’s terrible. I have slowed down my blog writing the past month or so because I’ve been writing for other places and developing a one-on-one intuition course. But I’ve definitely posted since I moved! http://www.blog.aimeecartier.com … you haven’t seen anything on there?
        Love,
        Aimée

      • JennyO
        July 27, 2015

        Nope nada, but I went to your site put in my email, it said I was already subscribed and next day I got one. So I’m back on track. Sounds like youare busy as heck!

      • aimeecartier
        August 12, 2015

        Yea! So glad. Sending love!

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