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 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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Dec 10, 2008

Fatigue and Road Safety

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As the holiday season approaches it is timely to remind us all about the hazards of driving at this time of year. There is a significant increase in the risk of you being involved in a crash if you are becoming tired when driving. When you are starting to become tired you can’t concentrate properly on your driving and so you can’t respond as quickly and safely as you should. What causes fatigue? Fatigue can be caused by: Driving at times you are normally asleep or in the afternoon lull, when our biological time clock makes most of us feel sleepy Having a sleep disorder such as sleep apnoea Lack of quality sleep Research has shown that going without sleep for 17 hours has the same effect on driving ability as a Blood Alcohol Concentration...
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Nov 24, 2008

Give Yourself TIME to work!

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To be productive at work sometimes we actually need time to work! What I mean is interruption FREE TIME. Time at our desk without the phone ringing; responding to emails or speaking to drop in’s. If you build this into your weekly or daily routine colleagues will begin to respect your work TIME. Interruptions can be costly to both your personally and the business in general. You lose your focus and thoughts with each interruption and have to begin again. Reports have said that “unnecessary interruptions consume about 28 percent of the office based worker’s day” which does make a significant impact on our productivity. Solutions Simple solutions such as closing the door and allowing the phone to go to voicemail can be effective. If your office design means it is difficult...
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Nov 18, 2008

Make TIME for the important things in your life!

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The past few blogs have focused on employment and keeping staff engaged. This article is all about you and maximizing your life. Enjoying your down TIME. Here are some ways to enjoy this weekend! Go on a picnic Pack a lunch, afternoon tea or early dinner, don’t forget the picnic rug. Enjoy time by yourself with a book or with family and friends. Give yourself some pampering It is getting close to sandal season so give your feet some attention whether by a professional or do it yourself. Find some sun Set up some space in your backyard for relaxation, hook up a hammock , a daybed or a chair and pillow. Enjoy a few minutes and the time for yourself. Host a potluck brunch Invite friends over and ask everyone to bring a...
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Nov 6, 2008

Work Life Balance for Men

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Work-life balance is a focus for businesses nowadays and many organisations are heading towards a flexible workforce. It is important to remember that there is not a “one size fits all” answer to this. Employees are in different life-cycles and therefore different elements of flexibility are needed. It is fantastic that this is a focus however many programs and initiatives have been aimed at helping working women but what about men? Life for men is continuously changing and what is expected of them is in a change phase as well. Work does play a vital role in men’s lives and can be intrinsically linked with their sense of self – success or failure, purpose, self-esteem and self-worth. Men need to focus on their own eco-system as well – that is, work,...
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