How do you build a more intentional relationship with work in a way that honors your values, neurology, strengths, and interests? If you're wanting to incorporate more purpose and meaning into the way you approach work, this episode of the Lead with Love podcast is for you.
In this conversation, I get cozy with Tara McMullin and we talk about redefining how we approach goal-setting, achievement, and productivity.
Tara is a writer, podcaster, producer, and co-founder of YellowHouse.Media, a boutique podcast production company. For over 13 years, she’s studied small business owners—how they live, how they work, what influences them, and what they hope for the future–– she shares her findings on her podcast What Works. Tara has been featured in Fast Company, The Startup, The Muse, and The Huffington Post.
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“When I talk about changing the way we approach goal setting, I’m talking about examining the power structures that exist and the discourse around goal setting, how we have learned to set goals, and how we have learned to climb the ladder and go after that next achievement, and [then] dismantle those same power structures and those messages.”
— TARA MCMULLIN
What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!)
The ways that the pandemic changed a lot of pieces in Tara’s business and personal life [2:29]
How she now diagnoses these changes in her business and the impact it has all had [7:22]
The way that self-assessment helped Tara find her new strengths that she is carrying forward on her journey [12:57]
What was the practical resistance that she faced when pivoting [19:20]
Tara’s tips on scheduling, time management and setting parameters for energy management [23:39]
The big things she is doing currently to protect her own valuable energy [29:25]
Some practices that Tara has implemented at the end of her day to help replenish herself [34:29]
Her thoughts on the need to change the way we approach goal setting [39:16]
What the process of shifting from achievement-based satisfaction to self-satisfaction looks like [46:12]
Why we all need to be questioning the messaging that we are receiving [50:10]
“Today, the question I’m continually asking myself is how do I exercise my very strong value for collective care, but in a way that works with my neurology, my interests, my strengths, and the ways that I work best?” [Tara,10:07]
“One of the things that I had already addressed starting in 2021 was just not being on Zoom nearly as much as I used to, and making sure that my meetings were drawn down from where they were. As soon as we started taking meetings off my calendar, I had way more time and space, because a meeting for me is not just the hour we’re in the meeting.” [Tara, 19:55]
“When I talk about changing the way we approach goal setting, and radically shifting the way we approach goal setting, what I’m really talking about is examining the power structures that exist and the discourse around goal setting, and how we have learned to set goals and how we have learned to climb the ladder and go after that next achievement, and [then] dismantle those same power structures and those messages.” [Tara, 39:54]
“What is really different about this book than what else you have probably read on goal setting, productivity, or just self-help in general, is that the whole first half of the book is a deconstruction. [It’s] deconstructing media messaging, marketing messaging, deconstructing history, cultural forces and political forces at play.” [Tara, 42:01]
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