Today I am joined by my friend, Kate Erickson! Kate is the integrator behind the successful podcast, Entrepreneurs on Fire. She is also the host of my favorite podcast, Ditch Busy, which is all about helping you take back control of your time in both your business and in your life. One of the things that I love about Kate is that she is unapologetic about the fact that she wants to build a business that enables her to live the life of her dreams. 

In this episode, Kate and I have a really honest conversation about how moving closer to freedom and your dreams really requires that you have systems in place. Only through implementing systems will you be able to grow your business to new heights and build a life that is actually in alignment with your values and where you want to go. 

If you are looking to propel your business forward like never before in 2021, you are not going to want to miss this one! Kate is so full of wisdom, insight, and experience. It is truly no exaggeration to say that Kate is an absolute master when it comes to creating systems and ways to help you best manage your time as an entrepreneur. 

Key Takeaways: 

[2:00] About today’s episode with my friend, Kate Erickson! 

[3:09] Welcoming Kate to the podcast! 

[3:43] Kate shares about her incredible journey that has led her to become a podcaster. 

[6:42] Is the podcast world too saturated to get started? What advice would Kate give to someone looking to start a podcast today? 

[9:20] In terms of becoming successful as an entrepreneur, how much of it is luck vs. the systems you put in place? 

[14:02] Was it inherent for Kate to be a “systems person?” Did it come naturally? 

[15:54] Sharing about my old limiting beliefs around systems and how implementing systems have actually enabled more freedom within my business. 

[17:46] Kate further elaborates on the importance of implementing systems and what it really means. 

[18:48] The limiting beliefs that come up regarding putting systems in place for your business, and the first steps you can take in acknowledging them. 

[21:03] Kate shares about the exciting time of what it was like to first start to experience momentum in the business. She also shares her tips on how to experience momentum for yourself. 

[24:50] Why your business needs to be a “must” for you in order to experience major growth. 

[26:08] Kate explains the “baby effect” and what we can do as entrepreneurs and go-getters to get where we want to go! 

[27:40] Kate’s guiding principles for entrepreneurs in beginning to put systems in place that will propel their business forward. 

[30:41] Sharing about a pivotal moment in my own business that came from putting a system in place. 

[31:20] Kate shares some examples of what her email system looks like and what you can do to improve yours! 

[38:30] How long does Kate spend in her inbox every day? 

[39:36] The importance of having clarity around the systems you are putting in place. 

[40:21] The importance of checking in with yourself around your days, actions, tasks, and priorities being in alignment with how you want to be living your life. 

[41:18] Kate’s KPIs! 

[42:14] Where to learn more about the amazing things Kate is up to! 

Mentioned in This Episode: 

Ditch Busy with Kate Erickson 

Entrepreneurs on Fire 

Entrepreneurs on Fire Podcast 

Boomerang for Gmail 

Create email templates in Gmail 


Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown 

More About Kate Erickson 

Kate is a creator, engager, and implementer in her and her partner’s business, Entrepreneurs on Fire. She’s also the host and creator of her own incredible podcast, Ditch Busy! 

As the implementer over at EOFire, Kate runs the “back end” of their business. She is constantly looking for ways that they can improve how they work through creating systems. 

Through their online communities and the content they create, John and Kate are well on their way to inspiring millions to take their own entrepreneurial leap! 

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You have to check in with yourself in order to truly be in alignment with how you want to be living your life. Otherwise, it’s way too easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of running your business. Are you holding yourself accountable and checking in with yourself? How are you spending your time? What are you taking action on? It should all be in alignment with how you want to be living your life. 

Kate and I would love to know about the systems you are putting in place to check in with yourself and stay accountable, or, if you weren’t a “systems person” before, are you thinking of converting? Let us know by joining the conversation over on The Entrepology Collective! 


“Every time we’ve created something we’ve mastered it by creating a system around it. And that system has allowed us the freedom and the space to say, ‘Okay, what else can we do?’” — Kate Erickson 

“Systems are what create the freedom for you. All you have to do is set them up and get them running and they will serve you for years!” — Kate Erickson 

“Stop asking yourself, ‘What if?’ Just do the thing that you want to do that’s going to get you to where you want to go!” — Kate Erickson 

“What I think is so valuable for every entrepreneur — no matter what stage of your journey you’re in — is … taking inventory. Taking inventory is understanding, very clearly, exactly how you are spending your time.” — Kate Erickson 

“It’s way too easy to get caught up in running the day-to-day stuff of running a business. … Weeks will go by and you’ll wonder why you’re not any closer to your goal — and it’s because you’re not checking in with yourself and holding yourself accountable.” — Kate Erickson 

“The way that you are spending your time … has to be in alignment with how you want to be living your life — or else you will never get there.” — Kate Erickson