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Episode 36: Colorful Tips to Take Control of Your Calendar and Stop Feeling Overwhelmed

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“When you learn how to use your own cadence appropriately, you understand your best hours of operation, and you arrange your calendar so that your deepest work occurs at your optimum time,” shares host Dr. Lara Salyer. If you have been getting overwhelmed by your schedule and your to-do list, you could be headed for burnout. Time management can seem intimidating to broach, but there actually are ways to bend time to better fit your needs.

We all have the same amount of time each day, so why do some people seem to be able to get so much more accomplished?

Getting the most out of your time comes down to having time management systems in place and understanding your own natural rhythm. When you sit and plan ahead while also considering how your body best operates, it is possible to gain control of your time. Add anything on your to-do list to your calendar rather than complaining that you do not have enough time for it. When you optimize how you use your time, there is more space available for creativity and play. 

You don’t have to be overwhelmed every time you look at your calendar or planner. When you learn to optimize your schedule to match the cadence of your body, you too can bend time. Tune into this week’s episode of The Catalyst to learn each step of Dr. Lara Salyer’s weekly planning method.

About The Catalyst Host, Dr. Lara Salyer:

I worked as a family physician for 15 years until burnout changed the trajectory of my career. I realized I wanted to start a holistic functional medicine practice in my rural hometown and made it happen. In addition to practicing functional medicine, I now mentor practitioners who are looking to change their paths in healthcare by using what I refer to as the “Catalyst Roadmap”. I share each step of this framework with listeners so that they may apply it to their careers, relationships, personal goals, and projects. 

In This Episode I'm Talking About:

  • My golden methods that will help you better manage your time
  • How having boundaries will magically put time back in your calendar
  • Reasons to never use the phrase “I don’t have time” ever again
  • Actionable tips to dig yourself out of feeling stuck


  • “When you say ‘I don’t have time’ that is actually a false statement. Everybody has the same amount of time. It’s not that you don’t have time, it’s that you aren’t creating a space for it. It’s no longer a priority.” (2:28-2:44 | Lara)


  • “When you learn how to use your own cadence appropriately, you understand your best hours of operation, and you can arrange your calendar so that your deepest work occurs at your optimum time.” (4:09-4:22 | Lara)


  • “We can bend time and become more energized and powerful if we devote snippets of daily play and creativity in our life.” (5:23-5:33 | Lara)


  • “Without putting things on the calendar, it’s all a wish list. Your to-do list is really a wish list until you put it down in writing that you are going to sit with that task and do your best to finish it at that time on that day.” (20:34-20:48 | Lara) 


  • “It’s not that we need more knowledge. It’s that we need to take care of ourselves and learn how to apply our medical practices differently to  keep up with the innovation that’s happening in healthcare.” (22:07-22:18 | Lara)

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