Time Management Tips – Where does all the time go?

Over the years I’ve taken many courses and tried many approaches to ‘time management’. (Of course, that’s a misnomer of a topic title since you don’t manage time whatsoever. You manage yourself as time passes.)

Planning my day. Planning my week. Scheduling tasks and appointments – even for time just to think and work in silence. Recording actual vs. planned. Monitoring interruptions. Re-planning by Wednesday since the original plan from Monday has all gone up in flames.

I’m not sure I can accurately describe why I have a mild obsession about improving in this area, but I admit I do.

And one thing that is clear to me is trying to solve the wrong problem won’t give you the right answer.

The first step to improving your time management is to accurately diagnosis where the problem lies. Here are a few tips on where to look and where to begin.Continue reading

Does Goal Setting Automatically Mean Lots Of Planning?

We had a great question in from one of our listeners to the podcast.

“Do you think that the more formal process of goal setting works better for everybody, and everyone should use it to achieve more?”

Sam and Paul consider the options and situations where structured goal setting is really required, but admit themselves that they don’t always have to follow a rigid process to move towards their dreams.

Thanks Matt for a brilliant question!

8 questions you must ask at the end of each year

It’s that time of year where I can’t help but start looking forward to the next calendar year. So many hopes and dreams, and a chance to begin anew. A time to reignite my passion and recalibrate my direction. And where do I always start? By looking backwards.

Of all the self-growth practices, perhaps none is more vital than taking the best lessons from the past and using them to design your future.

So as we come of the end of yet another year, here are eight simple yet extremely powerful questions to ensure you capture the most empowering learning from the past year and use those insights and discoveries to propel you into an even more rewarding 2011.

But first, a word of caution and suggestion: Continue reading

Use hindsight as foresight – and live life on your terms

One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is to stop. Stop chasing deadlines, stop pushing harder, faster and just…just slo-o-o-o-o-o-o-w down…to a full stop. Spend a bit of quality time with yourself to take stock of what’s working and what’s not.  Are you able to spend time on the things that really matter, that you really want to do (or at least a good portion of your time on these things)?

Research shows that people that are stressed and overwhelmed spend less than 25% of their time on things that are fulfilling to them. This can be at work and at home and at play. Are you being distracted from the important? Under demand from other people’s requests? Continue reading

The Right Stuff!

Whether you are tackling a DIY job around the house, completing a work project, running a business or even enjoying a leisure activity, it could pay to give some thought to having the right tools for the task.

Some ‘tools’ may require an investment up front, but having the right ones could save you a lot of time, hassle and money, giving you a better quality result with greater efficiency, and may even be the difference between you loving and hating what you are doing.

Paul and Sam discuss some of their DIY learnings, and explore other areas that this insight can be applied to – from serious tasks to fun ones! Afterall, would you try writing an essay with a lipstick? 😉

If you are the owner of a small business that has grown over a few years to something greater, and would like to understand more about how the Right Tools and related concepts could ensure your business continues to grow effectively, and allow you to love what you created once more, then please contact Sam for more information.

Life’s Rollercoaster Ride

This is the high-energy follow-up to the previous podcast ‘Blindsided by Anger?

Sometimes it feels like we’re swinging from one extreme to the other – one moment careening towards a crash, and a moment later, struggling up the mountain without a clear view of when (or if) we’ll reach the top.

Life can feel like a rollercoaster ride of heady peaks and stomach-churning troughs, and whilst we would all be terribly bored if it was just a flat track to the horizon… wouldn’t it be great if we could learn to balance out those pendulum-swings just a little? Even-it-up a bit so that it flowed more smoothly, and we could actually start to enjoy the ride?

Sam joins Paul on his train-journey of discovery into how we can keep the momentum and motivation flowing when we need it most!

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The 9 Week Window

I’d like to introduce to you a new way of looking at your life that you might find useful

I call it the 9 week window.

It’s incredibly simple to grasp the concept but it may take a while to put things in to place and reap the benefits. We’ll roughly 9 weeks actually!

  • Week 1 (four weeks ago)
  • Week 2
  • Week 3
  • Week 4
  • WEEK 5 (You are here! Imagine those maps with a big red arrow)
  • Week 6
  • Week 7
  • Week 8
  • Week 9 (four weeks into the future)

The idea is to limit the distance you plan ahead and encourage you to take regular and constant action. As you move from one week to the next fill in the previous week with what you actually did do. Often you’ll find that it’s not until you make a conscious record of your actions that you realize how busy you really have been!

We spend so much time fretting over the future or commiserating the past we can end up finding ourselves a little consumed in that one area. This system will help you to balance your focus evenly and more productively on the future, present and past. Allowing you to plan, take action and enjoy the results all in one.

Start today and put this simple plan in place. To make sure you retain committed and motivated post your plan in the comments section below.

GOOD LUCK!

The power of morning habits

We all have habits that we repeat on a daily basis. Some help us and get us going in the direction we want, while some (…unbeknownst to us…) prevent us from experiencing the happiness and fulfillment we truly deserve.

What you do in the first 20 minutes can set you up for a great day…or an unfulfilled day. Are you aware of your morning habits?

In this podcast Paul and Chris discuss how to create powerful morning habits and ways to overcome the negative habits that you no longer want. Both of which can have a dramatic influence on your daily success.

Enjoying a Balanced Christmas

There are alternatives to a blow-out Christmas and New Year. Some thought and planning beforehand will help you to get the best out of your holiday season, without suffering the consequences.

With a little forethought from you – and support from your coach – you can still have a great time, without spending the New Year trying to repair the damage.

So by this New Year you will already be working towards the new you that you promised yourself last year!