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Dec 19, 2012

The Secret to a Wonderful Christmas – Enjoy Every Magical Moment

This time of year can be a busy time of year for so many people.  The school year concluding for children, finalising projects and tasks at work.  Facilities preparing for Christmas celebrations, many families then go on holidays so you have the preparation for holidays.  Then of course the Christmas cards to send and presents to buy. I understand that it is a lot more for many of us than normal and that overwhelm, stress, exhaustion or whatever words relate to your situation start to be used in your language. We can spend a lot of our time thinking about what’s next rather than actually enjoying the moment this time of year.  Can I encourage you to enjoy it, when you are wrapping presents put on Christmas music and wrap your...
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Dec 14, 2012

Are You the Roadblock to Creating a Better Life?

Have you stopped lately to think about your life?  What is happening in your life?  Is this the life you want?  What parts of your life do you love?  What parts of your life annoy you?  What parts of your life would you like some small improvements in? Life is forever changing.  We go through cycles in our lives which begin from the moment we are born.  At that stage, we are a fully-dependent baby, and then we become a toddler, then a child, then a teenager.  This is always such an interesting period where we are still a child and just breaking into being an adult, thinking we are an adult.  This cycle goes on. You could look at our school-to-work cycle.  For many young children, it starts with playgroups, then...
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Oct 11, 2012

Is Your Life Out of control?

Perhaps it’s because I have recently had a holiday, but I have found that many conversations with people are based around how busy they are that they never get time for themselves. The conversation usually ends with, “but what can I do?” This is said as a statement not a question. I then find that I am in a dilemma as I know they are not really seeking a solution or advice from me. What is it they are looking for when they say something like that? Is it confirmation that they are right; life is too busy, none of us have control? Is it agreement? Do they want to hear how busy I am too which confirms their beliefs? What is the outcome they are looking for? I could challenge...
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Oct 4, 2012

Make Life Easier – Be Clear on Your Values

The last few week’s we have focused on strategies to function at your best. They covered physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. This week, we are going to look at values. The reason is when we live a life that is aligned with our values, we are living a fulfilled life. Values aren’t morals or principles. They are the essence of who you are—not who you think you should be. For example, some people feel having money is a value. Please be aware that money is not a value. The things that money may provide you such as free time, risk-taking, and being of service are values. It is when we are aligned with our values, that we feel inner harmony, our choices are more easily made, and our actions are in...
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Sep 13, 2012

How to Increase Your Energy Levels – Spiritually

We have been focusing on energy levels the last few articles. Specifically the four levels of energy which are: Physical Emotional Mental Spiritual Last week, we looked at the Mental Energy Levels.  In numerous workplaces, the message is that we need to work longer to increase our productivity. Many workplaces no longer have formal morning and afternoon tea breaks. We think we’re getting more done when we continue to work through lunch. A workout during the middle of the day is frowned upon. We’re encouraged to keep our heads down and grind away for as long as we can. However, when we are mentally rested it makes a massive difference to our ability to focus. This week,  I am wishing to talk about how to Increase Your Energy levels – spiritually. Spiritual is not in...
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Aug 30, 2012

How to Increase Your Energy Levels – Emotionally

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We have been focusing on energy levels the last few articles. Specifically, the four levels of energy which are: Physical Emotional Mental Spiritual Last week, we looked at the physical elements which include: Sleep – enough rest and relaxation for your body Nutrition – eating good healthy food regularly especially breakfast in the morning Water – ensuring your body stays hydrated Exercise – daily activity assists your body to perform at its best Breathing – take the time to breathe deeply This week, we will focus on our emotions. Emotions strongly impact our productivity. Positive emotions include enjoyment, love, gratitude, hope, challenge, adventure, and opportunity. Negative emotions are costly in that they take away our focus and ability to concentrate. When we’re filled with negative emotions, we can be like a time bomb ready to ‘go off’ at any moment. When...
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Aug 24, 2012

How to Increase Your Energy Levels – Physical

Last week’s article talked about functioning at your best and we identified the four categories that we need to spend some time on to be overall well balanced and support our energy levels. Our aim is to manage our energy so that we can manage our time better, be more productive, focused and reduce our stress. The quality of our energy is a reflection of our physical capacity. The four levels of energy are: Physical Emotional Mental Spiritual This week, we will focus on Physical Energy levels and what we can do to look after ourselves physically so we can be the best possible in all aeas of our life. Physical It’s important to look after ourselves to be at our most efficient and productive. Ways to do this for our physical body include: Sleep – enough rest...
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Aug 16, 2012

Functioning at Your Best

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All of us have a “prime time” in the day; it’s that time when you feel good, focused, and productive. For some, it’s early morning, while for others, it’s later in the day or evening. The idea is to understand the time you function at your best and schedule your daily routine around  your energy cycles. An energy cycle is how your body functions throughout the day. You need to take note of when you feel good, when you feel tired, or you are just chugging along going through the motions. Not really achieving anything but looking like you are working. Tracking your energy cycle comes from asking questions such as, are you an early bird or a night owl? Early birds get up and are ready to go as soon as...
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Aug 2, 2012

Developing a Clear Direction

In life and at work it is very easy to just take each day and it comes, to go with the flow, see what happens. However, if we are going to take ownership of our life, be the master of our destiny, then we have to start making plans. We need to think about what it is we want in life. Where we are going, what outcomes are we looking for. To develop a clear direction of our plans we actually need to set goals. As individuals we actually set goals all the time such as: I have 1 hour to do the grocery shopping Today, I will get the washing done I will go for a 5 km walk I will eat 3 pieces of fruit But we want to set goals that give us...
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Jul 26, 2012

Time Management and Shopping

If you set up a system for when you go shopping then you will find that shopping is more fun and enjoyable and will take less time. Do you know that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time? This means that we have a lot of money invested in clothing that we don’t wear – let alone the time it took us to purchase all those items. If you follow some rules then you will save yourself some time when shopping: Know what suits your body Learn your body shape Understand what colours suit you Know your reason for going shopping What is your reason for wanting to purchase a new item Write down what items you need to purchase Ask yourself – when will I wear it? Where will I wear it? How...
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