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Feb 3, 2010

Respect Time

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Someone once said “Time is a great equalizer. We all get the same amount of hours each day. Some people are able to organise their lives with consistently high results and successes in many dimensions of their lives whilst others never seem to be able to accomplish what they want.” Which category do you fit into? Do you need to develop new habits to plan your day as you are one of the few people who understand that you can not get it all done but you can get the most important things done? What are the most important things in your day today? If you have scribbled a “to-do” list on a bit of paper take a moment to look at it and rate it in order of importance then tackle task...
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Jan 15, 2010

Starting the Year Successfully

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Happy New Year, we wish you a year filled with abundance, happiness and success. Ideally you have reflected on the past year and are making plans for the year ahead which is a really positive start to the year however it is important to write your goals down. We set goals all the time: I have 1 hour to do the grocery shopping Today I will get the washing done Today I will do the ironing But we want to set “life goals”. Why do we need to set “life goals?” Your brain is programmed to look for what is important for you so by setting life goals in the important areas of your own life your subconscious will be on the look out for opportunities and this is where it finds things you may never have...
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Dec 15, 2009

Time for Reflection [Part 2]

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How is your reflection? Last post we discussed that at this time of the year many of us are reflecting on what we have achieved this year and what we would like to achieve in the New Year. The answer for many is that they would like more time or balance and therefore I felt the saying below to be very appropriate. Many of us struggle towards the balance goal without ever stopping to think what we are doing and what we really want in our lives. Reflect to identity the direction you want to go. About Us LifeStyle Refocus is a Melbourne based personal assistant, corporate concierge and lifestyle management consultancy. They are all about saving you TIME. By taking care of your “to do” list so you can spend time doing the things that are truly...
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Dec 3, 2009

Time for Reflection

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For the majority of people this time of year is consumed with decorations, celebrations, gifts and shopping lists however as we approach the end of the year it is also a time of reflection. Reflection on what we have achieved this year and what we would like to achieve in the New Year. New Years Resolutions Whilst New Years Resolutions are a great idea I recommend thinking about goals that you would like to achieve in the future. It is worthwhile investing time now in really considering what is important to you. What do you value as an individual and will your values tie in with your goals? Goals Goals provide us with a direction on where we are heading and we can identify the steps to achieve our goals. Give yourself time to sort...
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Nov 18, 2009

It’s the season to be jolly

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I know many of us are in denial but we are now in mid November, which means that Christmas is coming. It is a great time but a really busy time with finalising orders / completing projects / reports for work, shopping for gifts, and attending loads of work, family and friends celebrations. Don’t leave it to the last minute – start now! Want to enjoy catching up with friends – then do it now, don’t try to squeeze it all into December. Start your Christmas card list and then begin writing your Christmas cards now, once again don’t leave it until mid December. Do it now. Write out the list of presents you have to buy, place it in your purse and as you shop cross off each name so you...
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Nov 4, 2009

Tackle Clutter in Small Steps

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Sometimes the thought of tackling the clutter is overwhelming however it does not have to be that way. The following are some small steps which will help you work up to the bigger more overwhelming projects. Small steps: Pick a cupboard – just one and start there and only there Start in one room – an easy room Throw out 5 things a day, this adds up over time: 25 items a week 155 items a month 1,825 items a year Pick up things off the floor Clear a surface Toss old magazines Dump junk mail immediately as it comes into the house, flick and throw Put things away – a place for everything and everything in its place One book shelf One draw The pantry – toss anything expired Pile of paperwork use “the 4 D’s” – Do it now, dump it, delegate it...
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Oct 20, 2009

DeCluttering Excuses!

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Taking the time to declutter is not always easy but at times we can actually talk ourselves out of even starting with the following excuses. Have your ever heard or said yourself: “It’s alright for you to be organised but I live in a small house.” “I don’t have the money to buy the boxes and containers to declutter” “I don’t have the money to redo the room so everything fits” “I need to buy another book case to fit everything in” “I don’t have anywhere to put …” “It’s going to make a mess” “I don’t have enough cupboard space” “I don’t have time” “I don’t know where to start” “The job is too big so I just haven’t started” “I have young kids I have no time” “I’m too busy” “I’ll do it next week” “I want to clean up first then...
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Oct 6, 2009

Tips to Tackle Clutter

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Knowing that you want to start decluttering is one thing. The next is actually having an action plan. The following are some tips to help you tackle the clutter. Decide where you are going to DeClutter Take a moment to decide what area you will tackle Perhaps even make a list of areas and then prioritise them so you are only focused on one area at a time and do not get distracted by other areas or spaces Set yourself a timeline to accomplish a number of areas for example “I will tackle the top three areas on my list over the next 4 weeks.” Set a deadline Before you even tackle the first space allocate your time. I will spend 2 hours decluttering my wardrobe. You will find that you will work hard and...
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Sep 24, 2009

How to find the energy to declutter?

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Take a deep breath Are you an early bird or night owl? Work at the right time of the day for you Know your limits – sprinter or marathon runner Eat healthy Music is a great motivator Understand that the hardest part is getting started so: Put all your focus on getting started Just spend 15 minutes Know what you are going to achieve Start with a small task to get started Make it easy to get started Have a rubbish bag and recycling bin ready So take action and start decluttering, one small space at a time. About Us LifeStyle Refocus is a Melbourne based personal assistant, corporate concierge and lifestyle management consultancy. They are all about saving you TIME. By taking care of your “to do” list so you can spend time doing the things that are truly important to you. For...
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Aug 26, 2009

How will you feel once you have decluttered?

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Once you have decluttered you will start to feel: Relaxed Focused Free Proud What are the benefits of decluttering? More time More efficient Praise from others Save money Do things well Escape drudgery Be more comfortable Live in a clean atmosphere Live longer Increase enjoyment Relax Why are you not getting yourself clutter free? Rather be doing something else All or nothing Too broad of a statement about getting organised Sense of attachment Fear of failure So take action and start decluttering, one small space at a time. About Us LifeStyle Refocus is a Melbourne based personal assistant, corporate concierge and lifestyle management consultancy. They are all about saving you TIME. By taking care of your “to do” list so you can spend time doing the things that are truly important to you. For more information go to www.lifestylerefocus.com.au or contact Silvana on 0417 595 744 or Michele...
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