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The Plan

“I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time.  Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.”  E.B. White (author of Charlotte’s Web)

It is increasingly apparent to me that most of us are not programmed to proactively plan our lives.  And why would we be?

When we are children, our parents and then school, tell us what to do: when to eat, when to sleep, when to get up and where we can and can’t go.

We are not taught to choose the things that are important to us and follow them passionately.

Imagine the difference in the mindset of the next generation, if we set about learning this as adults, and then passing the message on.

The Daily Diary

It astounds me how many busy mums I meet don’t have an appointment diary.

If you are to fully embrace all that I am teaching here, then you need to purchase a diary today and start to use it immediately.

I prefer a page per day diary, as it gives me room to write all my notes and actionable activities.  I use my diary for everything.  I use spare pages to write notes from meetings, record my weekly wages, work out my finances and doodle my thoughts.  If I have all my information in one place, then a short search will find it easily and quickly.

I also use my iCal on my iPhone and MacBook to remind me of appointments and events (and to back up my physical diary).

But the diary is where the main To-Do list gets kept and it is the thing that drives my productivity forward.  It doesn’t need to be fancy, flowery or all singing and dancing (although if you were so inclined you could cover it with some pretty paper like you used to do with your school books as a child).

I cannot stress enough the importance of a physical diary. To be honest, I don’t really give a damn what you do with it.   But if you want to be organised, productive and have half a chance in hell of achieving some long term goals, then you need to just get one.

Today preferably.

 

 

Be Aware or Beware?

Knowing how important and urgent an item is will enable you to decide how to plan your day. 

Take exercise as an example.  For most people exercise is important, yet very few people actually make regular time for it.  Why?  More often than not, there is no real sense of urgency associated with it.

In fact, even the thought of doing it, causes us to shudder because we feel very comfortable with where we are right now.  We find it hard to project into the future to how we will feel after the exercise, and instead indulge our comfortable feeling in the moment (as I learned from a great friend and marathon runner).

The only way to combat this state of reactivity is to bring yourself to a higher consciousness.  By this I do not mean to channel a spiritual being or a higher self, but to make a decision to be more aware of your state; your physical and mental being.

You are not a victim of your life; you have choice in every single moment. Like it or not, you choose how to spend your minutes, your hours and ultimately your life.

Make sure the choices you are making are good ones.

Visualisation With Intent

The famous golfer Jack Nicklaus apparently never hit a shot without first clearly visualising where the ball would go, which was usually “sitting up there high and white and pretty on the green.”

He was famed for claiming that a successful shot was 50% visualisation, 40% setup and only 10% swing.

Arnold Swarzenneger was adamant that pumping a weight one time with full consciousness was worth ten without mental awareness.

So what is really real then?

Actually the answer to this question is unimportant.  What is important is that thought, images and feelings have a greater influence on the world than we would like to believe.

Your intention for something; your image in your mind of how it should be, will be the single most powerful tool in helping you create it.

What kind of parent do you want to be?  

What kind of life do you want to have?

What way would you treat your customers?

How would you handle product returns?

Couple powerful intent with persistent practice, and the world is your oyster.

The More Trap

I was at yoga last night when I overheard two women having a conversation.

They were discussing how they would love to attend a second yoga class every week, but couldn’t find the time to fit it in.  Wouldn’t it be great if there was another day in the week, they laughed.  I laughed along with them, as it is something that I used to say time and time again, especially after I had children.

I was sure that if I just had a little more time, I would be more efficient, and achieve more of my dreams and goals.

Yet. it’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if only we had a little more something, things would be easier.  A little more time, we’d be more successful.  A little more money, we’d be happier.  A little more energy, we’d get up and go to the gym every morning.

But the hard fact of life is that there is no more time.

Each of us has the same amount, and no matter what we do or where we go, time carries on unaffected.

But like any other scarce and precious resource, there is a way to make the most of it; and if you handle it well, you will always have enough of it.

If you treat your time like the precious resource it is; value it, respect it and learn how to manage it, like magic, more will appear.

View your time as priceless and be choosy about who or what gets to claim a part of it.  You will achieve more every day and live a happier and more successful life.

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.

Don’t Make Money Your Goal

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.

Maya Angelou

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