Feb 12, 2013

Time Management – Clutter Means Confusion

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Clutter means confusion.  It is about the things that lie dormant and complicate life at a deep level. By clearing things out, we move on and open up for the new to come in.

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Feb 12, 2013

The Power to Choose

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We constantly make choices every day.  If we set a goal of health and fitness, which means we exercise every morning, then that needs to become our priority, we have the power to choose what we do. When the alarm goes off of a morning, we have a choice – we can stay in that nice warm bed and grab another hour of sleep or we can get up and exercise and be on the path to achieving our goals.  It is always our choice. Thousands of years ago, Aristotle said, “You are what you repeatedly do.”  So are you going to keep repeating what you are currently doing and not change or move forward, or are you going to take some time and identify ways that you can improve your...
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Aug 21, 2011

Imagining only owning 100 things!

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I read an article by Kristin Tillotson from the Star Tribune in Minneapolis where she wrote of a family that are really trying to live green, save money and be free. Think about what is the minimum number of items you could live with and how different your life would be with only the minimum. This Swindlehurt’s family is breaking tradition and really going against the grain of current society by getting rid of as much stuff as they can. Simplifying their lives Apparently there is a National movement in America of people who are simplifying their lives – and imagine the difference on your savings by eliminating as many possessions as you can and resisting buying anything else. It is linked towards green living, The Swindlehurt’s who the article focused on said that...
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Mar 4, 2011

Increase Productivity by Batching Tasks

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Batching tasks is taking a group of tasks and ‘doing’ them in the same block of time. For example, making all your telephone calls for the day in one group, checking your emails in one group, or when you are going to the shops doing more than just the grocery shopping. Batching and Shopping By batching your shopping you are saving time, saving petrol and helping the environment. The following are some elements to consider before you go to the shops for a detailed example of batching tasks. We know we are going to the shops for the groceries but often there are many errands that we can do whilst we are out such as purchasing petrol, going to the post office, dropping off clothing at a charity bin and so on. So...
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Sep 9, 2010

New Habits to Your Responses

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To make changes to ensure we have the ‘The Power To Choose’ in our own life we have to develop some new habits. I recommend the following two new habits to start. Stimulus and Response Understand that you are choosing your reaction to the stimulus presented to you. You have the power to choose. Pause to ensure you are making the right choice for you, your values and goals. Are you going to yell at the driver that cut you off in the traffic or how are you going to react? What about that extra bit of work your boss gives you with a tight deadline? Will you spend the next few hours working yourself up because you are annoyed or will you just focus and get it done? Evaluation Every choice we make has...
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Aug 25, 2010

The Power to Choose – Time to Reflect

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We have discussed the power to choose and now it is time to reflect and think about the choices you should be making, lets start by answering the following questions: Imagine you are near the end of your life – look back – what do you regret not doing? What would you like to change in your life? What makes you happy? Really think about this question, it is important. What does make your happy? Make a list of the 100 things you would like to do? From the list of what makes you happy you can you begin to see what some of your choices and goals may be? Take the time to ponder what lies ahead in your life journey. About Us LifeStyle Refocus is a Melbourne based personal assistant, corporate concierge and lifestyle management...
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Jun 23, 2010

Dust If You Must!

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“A house becomes a home when you can write, “I love you” on the furniture.” I can’t tell you how many countless hours that I have spent CLEANING! I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things were just perfect – “in case someone came over.” Then I realised one day that no one came over; they were all out living life and having fun! Now, when people visit, I find no need to explain the “condition” of my home. They are more interested in hearing about the things I’ve been doing while I was away living life and having fun. If you haven’t figured this out yet, please heed this advice. Life is short. Enjoy it. Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better to paint a picture or write...
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May 17, 2010

You can be in control!

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  When we let other people control our life we are passing control of our thoughts, mood, and experiences onto other people who are out of our control. When this occurs we are living a reactive life. The benefit of letting others control us is that we have someone else to blame – and that feels good. The alternative action is that we could take responsibility for our self. Are you living your life according to what others want? We can automatically spend our lives living up to the standards of others instead of taking the time to work out what we want. For example: The man who has spent 25 years working as a lawyer because his father was a lawyer. He never changed his profession even though he had the ability, skills...
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Apr 14, 2010

1,440 Minutes per Day

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We all have the same 1,440 minutes per day – how we utilise that time determines our ability to have a productive day. So focus on doing the really important and high priority tasks first, usually 3 to 4 tasks each day. Once you have completed those tasks, then you can start working on the smaller stuff. At the very least if you only get the 3 to 4 high priority tasks done then you will feel like you have achieved something in your day. That’s such a fantastic feeling. One of my favourite quotes from Stephen Covey is: “I can not get it all done but I can get the most important things done.” WHAT ARE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT THINGS? About Us LifeStyle Refocus is a Melbourne based personal assistant, corporate concierge and lifestyle management...
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Mar 30, 2010

Time Tracking Exercise Follow Up

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Did you complete the time tracking exercise? How many days did you track your time for? What method did you prefer the planning method or the recording method? Congratulations on investing the time to save time. Seeing as we invested in tracking time it is important to evaluate our recordings. We want to do the following: Analyse the way we used our time, what can you see from looking at how you spent your time? What are some better ways you can use your time based on the analysis? What are your wasteful tasks? What are your unproductive tasks? How can you reduce or eliminate your wasteful and unproductive tasks? It is okay to do this one step at a time. How can you consolidate your time so you have large chunks of time for your...
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