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Meet Kelly Nolan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Nolan.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m not naturally organized. I lose my phone 5 times a day, and if it’s not in my calendar, it’s not happening. When I became a young patent litigator at a big Boston law firm, I quickly realized I needed to make some significant time management changes to keep my cases running on time and files organized.

But I didn’t know where to start and couldn’t find any great, practical resources.

Compounding my problem was my personal life. No one really teaches us how to adult. How was I supposed to manage my time between my job, dating (and later marriage), home renting (and later owning), family commitments, social lives, finances, medical stuff, a dog, and later kids (which are in themselves more than a full-time job)? I felt confused, weirdly lost, always scrambling, and consistently “busy.”

After doing my own research, observing successful people and experimenting, I came up with a system to manage time across my work and personal lives. It was simpler than I thought it would be to find clarity and calm despite all I had on my plate.

So, after practicing law for six years in Boston and later San Diego, I left the legal world to open up my own business to help others, particularly women, manage their time with confidence and less stress.

Now, I walk clients through my five-step process to take control of their time and keep their partner’s and other family members’ schedules straight.

The results: my clients feel in control of their time, confident about how they’re spending it, and find time for themselves. Stress goes down. Enjoyment goes up.

I absolutely love my clients’ reactions to feeling confident and in control of their time – often for the first time in their adult lives. Plus, it’s weird how much fun we have in the process.

Has it been a smooth road?
While my legal training has helped a lot in this pursuit, being a business owner is a whole new ballgame. Having to think about marketing, sales, business finances, and back-office work has involved a steep learning curve, and I continue to have to learn quickly as my business grows.

That said, I feel incredibly lucky to be doing this at this age when you can learn anything online and when so many other entrepreneurs generously share what they’ve learned along the way. Google, podcasts and other amazing entrepreneurs in San Diego are my best friends these days!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I help clients, particularly women, take control of their time and better balance their work and personal lives.

To get there, we work through my very practical five-step process through one-on-one sessions. The sessions are typically virtual (i.e., over the internet and I remote into your computer — technology is amazing!) and sometimes in-person.

Their bang-up new time management system typically involves Google Calendar sub-calendars (with Outlook calendars sometimes if required), sharing certain sub-calendars with other people in their lives, time-blocking, and planning sessions with specific, personalized agendas. It’s a pretty simple solution for our complex lives, which I believe helps clients maintain and thrive using the system.

Because a lot of productivity advice out there is high-level and conceptual in nature, I pride myself on really digging into the details, giving truly practical advice, and having clients walk away with a functioning time management system that fits their needs and lets them get back to the important stuff — this time with confidence and less stress.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Definitely. First, I love California’s culture of embracing non-traditional careers and lives. Coming from the East Coast and the legal world, I felt very pigeon-holed into being — and staying — a lawyer. I’m grateful my husband’s job brought us to San Diego as I’m not sure I would have had the guts to jump from the legal into the entrepreneurial world otherwise, especially in such a niche market. I’m so thankful we landed here because of that.

Second, San Diego is such an interesting business city. There aren’t a ton of big companies. Instead, San Diego’s packed with entrepreneurs and small- to mid-size businesses. This gives us amazing opportunities to meet and learn from people in the same boat and those operating at the level you want to be at as an entrepreneur. It just takes going to a coffee shop and talking to the person working next to you to realize it.

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