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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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Mar 16, 2010

Time Tracking Exercise

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Last post we focused on time wasters this time I would love to introduce to you a time tracking exercise that I really recommend. The objective is to think about how you are using your time, identify useless or non productive activities and eliminate them this also provides you with a better guide for how long a task actually takes. In his excellent book “The Effective Executive,” Peter Drucker identifies that effective executives follow three key steps to manage their time better: They analyse the way they use their time and think about better ways of using it They find wasteful and unproductive uses of their time and reduce them systematically They consolidate their time into large chunks that they can use for their most important work. So over the next two weeks I...
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Mar 2, 2010

Time Wasters

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Part of being human is that we are all time wasters. Sometimes time wasted can be productive, it gives you a break, releases tension, however most time wasted causes extra stress because what you know you should be doing is being put off. The aim is to identify when you are wasting time and whether it is a welcome break, or whether changes should be made? Some time wasters: Disorganisation Procrastination Social Interaction Perfection Visitors Telephone calls Television Mail Email Computer activities – facebook, twitter, games … Take a moment to consider what are your time wasters? Activity I found this fantastic exercise that I recommend. Now that you have identified what your time wasters are, split your time wasters into two groups, those within your control and those beyond your control. TIME WASTERS Within My Control Beyond My Control Take a moment to consider what will...
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Feb 18, 2010

New Habits to Manage Time

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With any improvements in life it is often our own habits that have to change to be able to move forward. Once I have written on a subject I like to reflect on some new habits or attitudes that we should be developing so that we can move forward. Therefore based on this I would like to propose the following: Ask yourself “What will make the biggest difference?” Are you making the best possible use of your time? Do you find yourself being reactive rather than proactive? Are you managing to do what you want to achieve? Therefore each day when planning ask yourself – “What is it I want to achieve today?” and “What will make the biggest difference in my life right now?” Don’t be late Lateness is rude and often...
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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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