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Systems Save Time

All of us have routines. 

Human beings crave control and predictability because it helps us to feel safe.  When we have experience of a situation our fear is lessened, which helps to give us greater peace of mind.

However, routines that serve us and save us time can work really well, as long as we remain flexible in our approach.

In my house during the week, the children are not allowed to come down for breakfast without dressing first.  Hunger is a powerful motivator and I find that if I let them eat breakfast in their pyjamas, trying to get them to get dressed after breakfast, when they are engrossed in playing, is stressful for everyone involved.

Having them get dressed first, then make their beds and fold their pyjamas on their pillows, means that one job is finished before the next is started.

In what areas of your life could your routine be tweaked to save time?  Could you change your morning routine to get up ten minutes earlier to shower and make your bed before the kids get up?  How much could you prepare the night before, so it is sitting, ready to go in the morning?

Personally, I usually empty the dishwasher and lay out the breakfast things before I go to bed.  This way I always have time to make myself a welcome cup of coffee, and actually sit at the kitchen table and drink it hot.  This is my one morning indulgence, and it helps me to mentally prepare for my day.

When you start the day as if on purpose, you take control and more often than not, remain in control.

Remember, systems save time.

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Children And Chores: How To Create Young Entrepreneurs

In my house my children (from age three up) are responsible for making their own beds, putting their clothes in the laundry basket, folding and tidying their pyjamas and tidying the bathroom after bathing.

They are also responsible for emptying the dishwasher, laying and clearing the table for dinner, vacuuming a room each and helping with the laundry.

The key here is to sit down and talk over the responsibilities with them, gaining their agreement to perform the tasks.  No one likes to feel like they are being coerced or that they don’t have a choice.  Gaining their consent first, means that you can hold them accountable when they don’t want to uphold their commitment.

You can also use the chores as a way for them to earn something they want.  In our house the children have to earn their television and computer time.  The amount of chores or piano practice they do directly correlates to the amount of time they get to watch or play these things.

If they choose not to do the chores, then the natural consequence is real for them.

We don’t particularly want them to watch television, and they only are allowed about two hours per week maximum.  So having them earn it in this way really helps them to understand the privilege of living and how not to take things for granted.

Were you responsible for household chores as a child?  Would love to hear your views.

Is Your List Getting You What You Want?

A “to-do” list is the classic tool for keeping track of all your tasks.  

But the problem is, that most of them don’t work as often we just don’t know which item to tackle first.  We look at our list, feel overwhelmed, and so just do the items we deem to be most important first, which means that the others just get pushed to the bottom rung.

Admit it, how many of you have those couple of tasks on your list, that get pushed from week to week, and never actually crossed off?

If you want to start being more productive then you have got to produce a more productive list: one that means you are taking positive action to get yourself what you want from your time.

Try these simple tips:

  • Before you go to bed each night, spend no more than 10 minutes, planning your tomorrow.
  • List all the things you need to get done.
  • Time chunk your day, setting aside time for all your writing, telephone, meeting and errand tasks to be done together.
  • Prioritise the hardest and least pleasurable tasks on top and commit to doing them first.
  • Set reminders in your calendar to alert you 30 minutes before the task or meeting time.
  • Commit to doing at least one task per day that moves you towards a long term goal or dream.

If you have any time management tips you’d like to share with us, I would love you to post a comment below.

Happiness Is So Simple… If You Allow It To Be!


“Happiness is not a matter of good fortune or worldly possessions. It’s a mental attitude.

It comes from appreciating what we have, instead of being miserable about what we don’t have.

 It’s so simple, yet so hard for the human mind to comprehend.” 

(Annon)

Maximise Profits By Creating A Great Company Culture

Pay well

When you pay a team member well, they will be loyal and work hard because they feel they’re being appreciated

Create the Right Environment

It’s all about making sure they’re happy with their job.  I actually ask people, “What can I do to help you like your job more?”

Offer A Share of the Profits

When you’re first starting out and don’t have much money, you can offer stock options.  If you give your staff a share of the profits, it incentivises them to work harder as they feel a certain sense of ownership.

Create a Great Company Culture

No one wants to work at a place they think is boring or tough.  But if you create a great culture, you can actually attract great employees.  Have existing team members find and interview potential new employees.  Not only will this give them a sense of responsibility, they will be able to tell you straight off if the person will fit in.

Life Is Precious – How Are You Spending Yours?

On the weekend we had a tragedy in our close family circle, where a close friend, his brother and his dad all passed away in a horrific farming accident.

It really got me thinking about life and how precious it is, and I renewed my commitment to myself to savour each moment, and live each day as if it was my last.

So with this in mind, I have devised a list of my top ten tips for life, love and happiness.

1.  Live life fully and joyfully while you are here.  To live it any other way is pointless.

2.  Take care of your family and friends, for it is these people who matter the most.

3.  Be eccentric and give people something worth talking about.  Brighten up a few lives with your craziness.

4.  Never not try for fear of screwing up.  Try everything that takes your fancy, for it is the trying, not the success that is important.

5.  Learn from your mistakes: find out what caused the mistake and fix it, so that you may try for success again next time.

6.  Don’t try to be perfect – you are perfectly imperfect so embrace it with your whole heart.

7.  Never leave a loved one in anger for you do not know if you will ever see them again.

8.  Never ever miss an opportunity to give or receive a hug.

9.  Try to understand that money does not cause happiness. You can choose to be happy right now, and really,why would you not?

10.  Remember that the things that bring the most joy are the simple things in life.  Focus on creating more of those.

 

Procrastination: Follow this Simple Step to Make the Impossible, Possible

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What is your hardest thing?  

What is the thing that you really want to do and that you know is good for you, that you procrastinate about until you are either forced to do it, or you opt out, telling yourself it wasn’t important anyway?

Whatever it is for you, do that thing first.  Make a pact that tomorrow you’re going to not put it off, but instead you’re going to attack it with gusto.

Build this habit and you will build your belief in your inner word, and start to make the impossible, possible.

 

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