Do you wait until the last minute to ask for help, so you either don’t get your needs met or you do, but you’re left feeling frazzled and irritated?

I used to do the same thing. I would end up with a crying kid in my arms at 6pm with no food in the fridge, standing solo in the kitchen, overwhelmed, feeling alone, and wondering what was for dinner and how the heck this had happened again.

Then my husband Mike and I started having an incredibly simple yet powerful meeting each and every week.

This 10-minute conversation has saved us 90% of the drama and miscommunications in our marriage (and we do something similar in our business so that we stay on track there, too).

If you’ve ever looked at a woman you admire and wondered How does she do it all? the answer is most likely that:

  1. a) She doesn’t do it all and…
    b) She has some kind of ritual or structure in place to ensure she gets the support she needs.

In the video below, I explain exactly what we do each and every week during our weekly planning meeting that only takes 10-15 minutes but saves us HOURS every week and tons of energy because we know about things ahead of time and we’ve pre-communicated.

If you find yourself feeling alone, like you can’t get your needs met, overwhelmed, and like everything in your family, business, and life falls on you, this video is a must-watch.


The key players in our lives cannot meet our needs if we don’t tell them what they are. And the likelihood of your getting your needs met is dramatically increased by using the three words that I gave you in the video.

“Ask for help, early, often and kindly.” @katenorthrup (Click to Tweet!)

Now I want to hear from you: What questions do you have about the weekly planning meeting? Can you see how this practice will help you get your needs met? Do you already do something similar? If so, tell me about it – I love hearing other people’s planning rituals! Leave a comment and let me know!

Kate Northrup is an entrepreneur, bestselling author, and mother who supports ambitious, motivated and successful women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process. Committed to empowering women entrepreneurs to create their most successful businesses while navigating motherhood, Kate is the founder and CEO of Origin Collective, a monthly membership site where women all over the world gather to achieve more while doing less. Her first book, Money: A Love Story, has been published in 5 languages. Kate’s work has been featured by The Today Show, Yahoo! Finance, Women’s Health, Glamour, and The Huffington Post, and she’s spoken to audiences of thousands with Hay House, Wanderlust, USANA Health Sciences, and more. Kate lives with her husband and business partner, Mike, and their daughter Penelope in Maine. Find out more and receive your free copy of the 5 Simple and effective ways to get the results you want in your business at


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