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Jan 22, 2014

New Year’s Resolutions Aren’t Goals

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A resolution is an intention, not a plan. Many people at the start of the New Year jump into action – any type of action – without thinking or investing time to create a clear sustainable plan.

Many studies have been done on the top 10 New Year’s Resolutions and they were:

  1. Improve financial situation
  2. Lose weight
  3. Develop a healthy habit (eating, exercise)
  4. Change employment
  5. Develop a regular saving plan
  6. Break an unhealthy habit (smoking, alcohol, overeating)
  7. Spend more time with family and friends
  8. Other
  9. Get organised
  10. Develop a new skill or talent

This top 10 list doesn’t vary much each year. Why is that? It’s because we set the intention but we don’t plan to implement it.

What we need to stick to our new year’s resolutions is willpower. We need to give our New Year’s Resolution an action. For example, if you want to lose weight then the action may be walk 3 days a week. It is all about the small new habits we want to develop.

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Jan 9, 2014

Set Your Goals This New Year

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A goal is a result that you plan to achieve within a specific time frame.

The Process:

  1. Decide on your goal
  2. Plan how you will achieve it
  3. Work hard to achieve your goal
  4. Monitor and evaluate if you are making progress

Areas to Set Goals include:

  • Financial
  • Health
  • Fitness
  • Career
  • Relationships – Significant other, Family, Friends
  • Contribution / Community
  • Time for You
  • Personal Development
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Dec 18, 2013

Christmas Planning – Final Countdown

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Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The tips are aimed to help you be organised this Christmas.

Next week is Christmas so this week it is all about our final steps. Ideally the last few weeks have helped and you are feeling in control in the lead up to Christmas Day.

  • Purchase perishable foods
  • Buy flowers
  • Buy batteries
  • Charge videos and cameras
  • Decorate the table early
  • Prepare foods in advance
  • Take time to think about Christmas Eve
  • Remember the milk and cookies for Santa and the Reindeers
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Dec 11, 2013

Christmas Planning – Theft During the Holiday Season

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Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The tips are aimed to help you be organised this Christmas.

Thieves are out and about more than normal at this time of the year. Some small tips to help keep your home safe.

  • Lock the doors of the home and car
  • Be aware when shopping
  • Plan if you are going away for example:
    • Have someone collect your mail
    • Put your rubbish bins out
    • Arrange for the lawns to be mowed
    • Put timers on some lights and radios in the house
    • Arrange for someone to house sit
    • Let your neighbours know you will be away
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Dec 4, 2013

Christmas Planning – Your Health At Christmas

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Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The tips are aimed to help you be organised this Christmas.

Looking after yourself is key. So consider the following factors:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Continue to exercise
  • Eat well in between functions
  • Take time to think and plan
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Nov 27, 2013

Christmas Planning – Decorate the House

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Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The next few weeks will be tips to help you be organised this Christmas.

This week it is all about Decorating the House for Christmas. When decorating the house, the first step is to clean the house. Get everyone involved. Then once it is clean, it is time to decorate. As you clear for the decorations to be put up, declutter the house as you go. Don’t make this a massive element; just ask yourself whether you need these ornaments in the future.

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Nov 20, 2013

Christmas Planning – Gift Wrapping Station

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Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The next few weeks will be tips to help you be organised this Christmas.

This week it is all about the Wrapping the Christmas Gifts.

Set up a gift wrapping area or station in your home. Items to include:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Ribbons
  • Gift Boxes
  • Bags
  • Gift tags
  • Set this all up in a zone in your home.
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Nov 13, 2013

Christmas Planning – Christmas Menu

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Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The next few weeks will be tips to help you be organised this Christmas. This week it is all about the Christmas Menu.

  • Design your Christmas menu
  • Write out your shopping list
  • Start purchasing non-perishable items now
  • Being organised this way means that you can ask others to bring food and dishes to the celebrations
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Nov 6, 2013

Christmas Planning – November Tips

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Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The next few weeks will be tips to help you be organised this Christmas.

  • Order the ham and turkey
  • Christmas cards are you still writing them
  • Christmas schedule – is that still okay and not too overloaded
  • Christmas decorations
  • Christmas lights
  • Think about holiday sale items that you may want to purchase in the sales
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Oct 30, 2013

Christmas Planning – Family and Friends

Our aim is for this Christmas to be magical and enjoyable. That means it all comes down to the planning. The next few weeks will be tips to help you be organised this Christmas.

  • Book in babysitters for the Christmas season early
  • Be mindful of the family and friends around you this festive season
  • Is anyone alone that you could spend time with
  • Be flexible and understanding this time of year
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