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Apr 23, 2009

Anzac Day

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We wish our very best to all those attending ANZAC Day Memorial Services. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. What is ANZAC Day? ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they soon took in that name endures to this day. What does it mean today? Australians recognise 25 April as an occasion of national commemoration. Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing – across the nation. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet and...
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Apr 15, 2009

Office Organising Tips

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Empty your mind Empty information from your brain and organise it. That can be done by using a diary, a notebook, a planner, and your computer or specific software packages that are available. By doing this it gives your brain space to think about what you should be focusing on because you have the prompts you need to deal with tasks or appointments when they occur. Reoccurring tasks Do you have reoccurring tasks that you have to do? It may be checking office stationery supplies or paying insurance premiums . Place these tasks into “Microsoft office tasks” and it will remind you when you start up your email program of the jobs that have to be done. They can be set up as reoccurring tasks so that they remind...
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Apr 8, 2009

Happy Easter

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The team at LifeStyle Refocus wishes everyone a very Happy Easter. May you enjoy the TIME and spend it doing things you enjoy. Silvana and Michele
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Mar 24, 2009

Getting organised starts with clearing the clutter!

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The steps to decluttering whether it is the shed, office or home are the same. It can be difficult to know where to begin clearing the clutter but it can be a good idea to start in an area that does not need a lot done to it. This will take less time but it will give you a start. The following are some steps to get you decluttering: Have a plan Know how you are going to organise the stuff while you are going through it Use a systematic approach Gather boxes and suppliers you will need, such as boxes or containers with the following labels: keep in this area elsewhere donate recycle micro sorting and rubbish The elsewhere box is for any object that belongs elsewhere to stop you leaving the room you are...
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Mar 10, 2009

Do You Have Your Tools?

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Every day we all want to achieve more and “get on top of things”. However most people feel that the “to-do” list grows daily rather than achieving what we intended. We will endeavour over the next few weeks to develop habits which will help you be more organised and actually make progress on your action items list. One of the best places to start is your desk. You can waste a lot of time at your desk looking for basic tools like pencils, stapler and even important documents. The plan is to keep your desk tidy. Put all pens and pencils into your pencil cup or draw Remove all cups and food items Throw away all the bits of rubbish and junk mail from the top of the desk Put any receipts into a...
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Feb 27, 2009

Help your children make sense of the natural disasters

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Living in Victoria, Australia at the moment we have been struck by many bushfires where hundreds of properties and lives have been lost. After 10 years of drought and extreme hot weather the fires have been incredible. They have affected us all in very different ways. This is an extract from an article by Michael Grose who is a parenting educator. His website is www.paretningideas.com.au As adults we all want our children to live carefree lives and keep them from the pain and even horror of tragedies such as natural disasters. In reality we can’t do this. So what is a parent, teachers, or other caring adult to do when the natural disasters fills the airwaves and the consciousness of society? Here are some ideas: Reassure children they are safe Be available...
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Feb 12, 2009

You’ve got mail – Controlling your Inbox

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We all have far too much to do everyday and would love more time to focus on the things we love, so why is it that so many of us double or triple handle our emails? To control your “Inbox” you have to establish new habits. The following guidelines will assist you to “manage your mail”. Set times during the day to check your emails. Perhaps aim for 3 times a day – in the morning, after lunch and before you go home for the day. Use the 2 minute rule – action anything that can be done in less than two minutes. Read each email and action it then and there . The majority of our emails can be handled immediately...
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Jan 29, 2009

Creating Goals and Focus for the Year Ahead

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We have all read the books, which say no goal is ever achieved unless it is visualised. Part of the visualization process can often be writing down the goals – being accountable. Following is a chart of the categories that can be considered in your goals for the New Year. These are in no specific order and you do not have to have goals in all areas if they are not relevant to you. Categories to consider Spiritual Family Work / Career Physical / Health Social Personal Rest and relaxation Business Plan / Life Guide Now we have a business plan – or a life guide. That is one step in the process to accomplishing our goals. But just as in business it is a great idea to break these goals down. Let’s break them down into monthly achievements as...
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Jan 18, 2009

10 Tips for Starting the Business Year

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So here are some suggestions for increasing sales and generating that revenue stream required to keep busy increasing and building relationships: Go through your ledger and find the top sales items and check that you have actually been paid for each of them. Now is the time to follow up those customers and send them a New Year wishes card and thank them for their support over the year.  Any outstanding accounts justify a personal call from one of your top sales team (or you and your business partners) to talk about their business plans and only at the end ask if they could assist you by completing payments before the end of the month Identify the pattern of purchases of these items in previous good times and...
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Dec 23, 2008

Season’s Greetings

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The team at LifeStyle Refocus would like to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas. We hope the New Year is filled with happiness and success for all. Enjoy the festive season Michele and Silvana
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