Case Study: Honoring Your Capacity Is Essential to Get Projects Done

In Project Prowess, I talk a lot about Capacity – the time and energy we have available for everything we do.

In our go-go-go culture, it’s easy to overestimate how much capacity we have for our projects (and underestimate the amount of self-care and rest we need).

If you try to work on a project when you don’t have the capacity for it, it’s going to be hard to get it done.

One of the lovely projectizers from the first group who attended Project Prowess is Paulita Pranschke. Understanding her own capacity and getting clear about what she needs to feel nourished was vital to completing her project.

I asked her to share some of her experience with you, so you could get a taste of what the program is like.

Did you have any concerns when you signed up for Project Prowess?

Uncertainty that I was really going to work on my chosen project, that I was really committed to working through my resistance so I could make progress. I mean, why spend money if I wasn’t committed to engaging with the process?

I went ahead and signed up, though, because I really, really deep-down wanted to make progress on my project (a dream I’d had for the embarrassingly long time of over 2 years).

Plus I knew I needed support. AND, I took Victoria’s Thing-Finding class last summer and was floored by how much I learned about myself. Victoria and my fellow-classmates really provided the kind of encouragement and support I needed. I wanted to work with Victoria again!

What were you most hoping to learn during the course?

I really wanted to learn in my bones how to meet myself where I am, find out what I need and then give it to myself. Especially when I feel anxious or scared, which is usually under the procrastination.

What project did you choose to work on during the program?

I wanted to put up a website and blog that would support me in my still-gestating business.

How was that process for you?

I discovered my commitment was not solid but for good reasons.

I had legitimate fears about visibility.

But I also had not so good reasons like thinking it needed to be perfect. One of the things that really helped was when one of the other participants was stuck on a sales page and Victoria told her to create a “shitty first draft.” Applying that idea to my website freed me up to move forward.

What did you like most about the course?

I love the tool “council of selves” and using it as a way to address procrastination and resistance by listening and making space for the entirety of me.

I also appreciated the camaraderie of the Facebook page and the live, individual coaching on the group calls. Most of all, I appreciated Victoria’s encouragement, support, and resourcefulness at helping me gently unlock the stuck.

What surprised you during the program?

The information about capacity was vital for me. I was so stunned at how little time I have during the week and how much I was pushing myself to “make” things happen, which doesn’t work with tiny, sweet things. Even my weekend time is finite.

It became very clear that self-care is essential for me to move forward with this project and future projects, which is not what I expected. I always think I will need to work harder, rather than be kinder to myself.

Would you recommend this course to others? If so, why?

I would recommend this course to anyone looking for gentle accountability and creative ways to unlock the stuck, in a context that deeply values your whole self.

What was the outcome of Project Prowess for you?

I got my self-hosted blog launched! Huzzah!

Anything else you’d like to add?

Victoria’s style of offering support for both the rational side and emotional side works beautifully for me.

My logical brain can focus on the planning and structure she offers while my emotional side can listen to my 12 & 13 year old selves who strangely enough wanted more broccoli and kale in my life.

You never know what helpfulness may come from who-knows-where and Victoria’s methods are a sure-fire way to access the help that’s all around us.

I felt like she really cared about me first and foremost, and was helping me learn how to use radical self-care as a springboard for creating the things I want in the world.

Find out more about Paulita and her sweet, new blog at paulitapranschke.com. Say hi and congratulate her on taking such a big step forward!

I know that no two situations are alike. If you’re ready to dig in to your project with a process that will work for you, check out Project Prowess.

The price goes up Monday night, and the Premium Option, which includes four additional sessions focused on working on your project, is nearly half full! I hope you’ll join us!