Every Day is a Suitcase with Time Hacking Strategist Julie Sheranosher

July 9, 2014

Today I chat with Julie Sheranosher who joins me from Lake Galilee, Israel.  In Julie’s previous life she served as an Israeli army captain working 18 hour days before literally breaking her back twice at 25, forcing her to reduce her workload to 4 hours a day. Before Julie finished her contract with the army, she was promoted to commander and won many accolades including best leader and best officer in her department after becoming an authority in time hacking. In this episode, we talk about different time hacking strategies entrepreneurs can use to work more optimally using methods that fit their style.

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You don’t need to change to fit a time management method, the method needs to fit you. @ImJulieTweets #shutupshow (click to tweet)


Stop saying the word busy. When you say a word out of habit, you end up making it true. Instead say positive words like fulfilled, satisfied, or accomplished. Think positive. If it’s there [in your schedule], you chose it to be there. Example: My schedule is packed with things that help my company grow. 

Stop seeing time as sand through the hourglass. It makes me feel like if I try to grasp time, it will run through my fingers. Time is like packing a suit case:

  • Every single day is a suitcase. In the suitcase, pack all the things you need for your trip. Spend a tiny amount of time to plan what you’re going to pack: 10 minutes once a day.
  • Around the suitcase, lay all the things you need to pack and separate them into categories: meetings, eating, sleeping, getting ready, walking dog, finishing a project. When you know how much time you have left in the suitcase, then you can add the rest if there’s room.
  • You can pack some things in someone else’s suitcase (aka delegating).
  • You can pack socks in your shoes, it doesn’t take more space (aka taking care of little sock tasks while doing shoe tasks is like listening to a podcast while walking the dog).
  • Find the time to pack it and do it.

A great app to use for creating lists: Clear app

Get an accountability partner because you need someone detached from your project to help you realize how simple it really is to get done what you need to get done.


I accepted myself the way I am and doing what works for me. – @ImJulieTweets

Time management is for everyone but you need to do it in a way that works for you. – @ImJulieTweets

Breaking my back twice was a sign for me to see how much I didn’t accept myself. – @ImJulieTweets

If you feel you’re hitting a breaking point, just stop and ask for help. – @ImJulieTweets

Actual magic exists and it’s up to us to make it happen in our lives. – @ImJulieTweets

If I keep on keeping on, it’s my way of moving through the fear. – @ImJulieTweets

If you freak out, it’s fine. But schedule time in the plan for freaking out after the project is done. – @ImJulieTweets


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