Week 1 Productivity Update

Week 1 Productivity Update

Have you been playing along with me this month?  There is still plenty of time to join!  Check out the details HERE. One week down – am I feeling more productive?  Yes, I actually am.  Even more important, I’m feeling more focused.  Several of the exercises from Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time are really good ones for determining WHAT you should be working on each day.  I will definitely go back and re-do chapters 1, 2 and 3 in late December when I am creating my 2016 annual goals.  On to the review . . . Instead of using a new notebook for this project, I’ve been using the back, blank pages of my daily planner (this is the one I own and I LOVE it – this isn’t an affiliate link, I just think it’s a great planner).  I think this will be a fantastic way for me to keep my projects and tasks forefront and center – even when the month of September is over.  I’ve also created my master list in the back of the planner (thanks to chapter 3) where it is easy for me to add to it, cross things off and refer to it when I’m planning my days and weeks. I created three categories for my master list:  personal, business and day job.  Interesting how my personal list is SO much longer than the other two.  Breaking my desired to-do’s up also helps me to determine what is most important from each category to focus on daily.  I’m a firm believer that to have a...
The 4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families

The 4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families

Earlier in the week I sent this to my newsletter subscribers (not on the list?  sign up HERE and get my free “Discover the Perfect Start to Your Day” e-course too!), and it’s such a cool and FREE offer that I wanted to share it with everyone!  Before I promote something like this I like to investigate it myself, so I’ve listened to all four lessons.  Check out my thoughts on each lesson below!!! Like me, I’m sure you worry a lot about the health and fitness of your family! You want everyone to eat good, wholesome food. You want to have plenty of energy. And you’re suspicious of all the unnatural chemicals in the products you use around the house – not to mention in the medication you give your kids. But it’s tough to know where to go for more information, right? Where should you start? Who should you trust? You end up flailing around, following a few principles and pieces of advice when you have time, but not really having any sort of roadmap to follow. Until now. My friends over at Spark Health and Ultimate Bundles have put together a FREE mini-course called “The 4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families”. The course contains a collection of quick and easy-to-follow lessons from trusted bloggers: Essential Habit #1: “Nurturing your Best Self” (with Heather from Mommypotamus) – MY COMMENTS:  I love and agree completely with all of Heather’s tips.  Interestingly enough I had just been focusing on one of her areas of nurturing – sleep and published an article on The Huffington Post.  I especially liked the...
Spring Into Summer

Spring Into Summer

Summer is on it’s way!  Do you feel ready?  Met ANY of your New Year’s Goals yet? With just a month until June, you might feel inclined to just give up on being summer ready, but DON’T!  In four short weeks you can make a real difference in how you feel and can be ready for an amazing summer. This month we are going to do an abbreviated version of how I help my coaching clients get Summer Ready – so if you want to feel great this summer, make sure to join us weekly and play along. Week one is commitment week.  What areas of your life do you want to make improvements to before summer officially starts?  Your health?  Fitness?  Nutrition?  Personal growth?  Balance?  Creativity?  What would make you feel happier and better about yourself?  Go ahead, stop reading, grab a pen and paper and make a list. Got your list ready?  Now, pick just TWO items on that list to concentrate on in May.  I’ll join in to show you how it’s done: From my list, I’m going to chose the following: stretching/relaxation clutter busting Having a better handle on these two areas of my life will allow me to greet summer feeling fantastic and ready for fun!  Write down your two areas on post it notes and then place them somewhere you’ll see them daily (like on your computer, mirror or in your planner). The next step is to figure out what success would look like to you in each of those areas.  After all, how will you know you’ve achieved your goal if you...

Encourage Your Kids to Grow

Did you try something new last week?  I read a book in a genre I normally wouldn’t (The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles) and found myself actually taking notes!  It was so interesting, I put a hold on a similar book at my local library. Just like it’s important to always be learning and growing yourself, it is also worth passing on that passion to your kids (or really anyone else in your life).  Although all of last week’s tips could apply to your family, I want to share a few additional thoughts: Lead by example.  I believe this is the most critical.  Our kids follow our lead – even if they don’t listen to what you say, I guarantee they are watching what you do. Do something together.  What a great relationship builder – as well as potentially fun for both of you.  Interesting conversations, time together and deeper connections are sure to follow. Cheer them on.  I know my kids love it when I pay attention to what they are doing – what a perfect opportunity to build self-esteem, patience and perseverance. Learning something new isn’t easy and support from YOU can help your children power through and stop them from giving up.  Sometimes you may even need to let them fail – and I know this isn’t easy – as mama’s, our instinct is to protect our kids from everything.  However, this might be the perfect time to allow for failure – and allow for growth. How are YOU going to help your kids grow this month? How about YOU?  Are YOU ready to blossom this Spring? ...
Never Stop Growing!

Never Stop Growing!

Just like the spring flowers I’m seeing in our yard these days, I think it’s important for people to continue to learn and grow.  It’s all too easy to get stuck into the daily grind and forget the wonder and excitement of learning something new and stretching your limits.  That’s a shame. Think of growing as personal development, improving yourself, expanding your horizons or just keeping life interesting – however you want to categorize it, it’s an important element of a happy life.  Just by virtue of being alive, you will grow some anyways – life will through experiences and people at you that may cause you to change your beliefs, feelings or thoughts – it’s an inevitable part of being alive.  So why not put conscious effort into growing & creating a life you LOVE versus accepting what comes your way? Personal growth will be the topic for this month, so expect a few more posts with ideas on how to grow.  In the meantime, below are some reasons WHY you should pay attention to your own personal growth: As I mentioned above, it’s going to happen regardless, so why not direct it the way YOU desire? It’s a sure fire way to increase your quality of life. As a side benefit, you’ll be setting a good example for your kids and improving the life of those around you – happy and satisfied moods are contagious. Personal growth is a key element in happiness.  Most people find that their true happiness comes from the process of creating or doing something, not the end result. How important is personal...

Stop the Overload!

Even after all the talk about making small changes to improve your world this month, perhaps you are still feeling overwhelmed – like even adding small changes are too much.  That there just isn’t enough time to even start to create those changes.  Is this you? I know between work, travel and family obligations, I often feel like I don’t have even a minute to sit down, let along create a change in my life. This week, I’m going to share my favorite stress release (and time creating) tip of all:  Don’t overload yourself!!! Much as we’d like to create more time, there are only 24 hours in a day and only one of you.  You can’t create more time.  So instead of cramming everything you want to do in 24 hours, why not figure out how much time you actually have and THEN plan accordingly. My example:  I have 24 hours, and I know I do best with 8 hours of sleep, so I subtract that and now I’m down to 16 hours.  Pull out another 8 hours for work each day and I’m down to 8 hours.  I like to take an hour and a half in the morning to get ready for the day, get the kids off to school, journal and do some writing.  Add another 30 minutes for exercise and I’ve still got 6 hours left.  Estimate 2 hours for driving kids around, meals and cleaning, now I’m down to 4 hours.  I’ll pull out an hour of that for bedtime routines/stories/ etc. and I have 3 hours left.  I like to give myself a...

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