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Mar 24, 2012

Has the Weekend become a Blur?

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Our childhood memories are made up of spending time with cousins, aunts, uncles and family friends on a hot Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed a meal outdoors, kicked a ball, ate watermelon, were free to get dirty, climbed trees, played family cricket, and went bush walking. When was the last time you did this with your children? It is no wonder we don’t have time to create these memories for our children, have you considered what we try and juggle and manage in our everyday lives? Today’s modern life of a flexible workforce, technology which enable us to work from anywhere at any time, managing a home, giving to our community and the never ending pursuit to better ourselves personally and professionally. This is what we all try to juggle and...
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Oct 29, 2011

Get Business Tool

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I have been blogging for a couple of years now and one of the things I could never do was add you tube videos or audio that I felt may be relevant to my blogging community. I have found the solution. It is software called JCopia. It’s not just for You Tube, you can also use it to download video and audio from flash players on internet sites like Google Video, MySpace, DailyMotion, Metacafe, Break, and other Blog sites of course. Where ever audio and video content is embedded. Just play your media online and watch as JCopia saves any clip, music or movie to your computer. If you want it you can download and install from http://jiteco.com/download/jcopia/jcopia.exe Or lLearn more what is included in JCopia 4.7.11466 on http://jiteco.com/jcopia.html I know I don’t...
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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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Jun 4, 2011

Managing your energy allows you to get more done

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Last blog we discussed how exercise can help you be more productive. This week we are looking at our energy cycles again. During the day our bodies go through an energy cycle every 90 to 120 minutes. We should be scheduling our tasks around that body rhythm. That is we focus and concentrate on our work for 90 to 120 minutes then do less important work for a rest and recovery break. This type of work includes emails, some calls and perhaps even some meetings. Our energy cycle is not just physical energy either. Other elements include our emotional energy and mental energy. Therefore to work at our peak productivity some of the ways to look after ourselves includes: Physical energy Sleep Nutrition Hydration Exercise Recovery Emotional energy Positive relationships Do not worry about what you cannot change Enjoyment Recovery Mental energy Positive thoughts Personal...
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May 19, 2011

Exercise and Increase Your Productivity

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Many of us are aware that during the night we have a rhythm to our sleep – light sleep, deep sleep . . . however did you know that during the day our bodies also have a rhythm? Take note as to how you work during the day, once you commence work do you find you can get going but later in the day between 2.30 to 3.30 you start to feel sluggish. Well that is your body rhythm telling you that it is fatiguing. It is during this period of time when you are start to lose concentration and you will know because of the signs and signals your body gives you such as fidgeting, self-distraction, hunger, thirst, looking for easy distractions, not doing the work you really should be...
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Apr 7, 2011

Developing and Establishing Good Habits

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To make changes in our life we need to change some of our habits and routines. This means replacing our existing habits and routines with more positive habits and routines. When the going gets tough it is our habits that get us through. So what are the areas of your life that you need to tweak and change? Do you realise that how you live your life is actually based on decisions you have made? Wow that may be a little bit confrontational really. It is much easier to look for someone else to blame for the areas of our life that are frustrating us or not satisfying us. So once you have identified an area to change then we need to make the changes part of our daily routine. When...
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Mar 25, 2011

What are your personal KPI’S?

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KPI’S stands for Key Personal Indicators. Many businesses have them for measuring their own performance. Many employees have them to measure their individual performance. Think about a staff member in sales which is a classic area for KPI’s. Sales staff KPI’s may include number of sales calls, number of meetings, number of referrals, business $ value converted etc. Personal KPI’s We talk about setting goals and recommend we break the goals down into a road map of achievable results. Well these can often be broken down into key performance indicators as well. Consider the goal of running a marathon. You do not start by immediately going and running 42 km’s. Instead you break the goal down into sub goals or smaller goals. So for the month of March you may run 5...
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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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Feb 18, 2011

Get Organised and Reduce Stress

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When you feel that your house is out of control – things everywhere. Where did they even come from? It can make you feel like your whole life is out of control.These piles of things everywhere are clutter. Clutter can affect you in many ways some of them include: You waste time searching for things It occupies space You lose / forget things Extra money is spent on items already purchased Makes you feel busy You get distracted You have trouble focusing Unnecessary stress It affects you image as you look out of control You can not prioritise So take time to organise yourself both in your environment and you mind. Some ideas include: Periodic brain dump List everything that is flying around in your head. Cross off what you really do not need to do Prioritise items from most important to least important Complete the...
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Feb 7, 2011

Goal Setting

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It is time to think about setting goals for the year both in a personal sense and a business sense. However before we even set a goal some things to consider include: What is your sense of purpose? What is your purpose in life, what do you love, what do you value, and what do you really want to do? Answer these questions without too much thought it is known as ‘a rapid fire exercise’ rather than ponder for a long time. In a rapid fire exercise you answer the question with 5 answers in 30 seconds. Most of the time you get the same answers even if you pondered for 2 hours. So take 30 seconds and write down five things that are your purpose in life, what you love,...
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