Sunday, January 3, 2016

Are You Taking Advantage of the NEW In New Year?

A Simple Message to Begin the New Year - Practice The Power of New

I love the new year and one of the quotes I share in my seminars (which apparently is pretty popular) goes like this, "Don't let your past pollute your present or undermine your future." The beginning of the new year gives greater umph to that sentiment.

New is such a wonderful element of being human and a natural experience of nature. The new year can be about resetting or renewing in any area.

I simply want to start off this new year with the encouragement to take the "new" in New Year to heart. How will you implement the meaning of new? How will you start fresh...with yourself, with others?

The power of new could be used as a cleansing of the old, a de-cluttering and getting rid of and that could apply in your thinking, emotions, closets, work space, garage and dare I say even relationships.  Or it could be something as simple as a new look.

If you're a manager, can you use the power of new to reset team expectations, reset how you manage and relate to your staff?

While the feeling and time is here...let's leverage the power of new! It is simple and yet can be powerful and profound!

If new for you means getting organized, managing your time better, then you'll want to check out:  Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed - how to manage your time, space, & priorities, to work smart, get results & be happy -  Kindle - The Book - Nook - Audio Book -  The Seminar

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Productivity Tip - Master Your Moments

Your morning moments could make all the difference...
Category: Personal Productivity, Time Management, Self Management

I woke up this morning after being up rather late and knew that it was a crunch day.  Within the next 24 hours I’d need to hop on a plane and be out of the office for the next few days.  In those few moments I felt slightly pressured and overwhelmed which lead to a bit of emotional and mental confusion, (by the way, I call that “brain fog”).  What should I work on first?....what could wait until Monday?

I could have just barreled in, but time was precious I needed to work on what was most crucial.  I realized I couldn’t let the pressure “pressure” me into the wrong decision.  So, I decided to take a 5 minute mind clearing break.
I gave myself permission to step away from my desk, move into a physical space where I could clear my mind. 

Ah…a breakthrough!   Just giving myself permission to step away helped my mind calm down and my emotions to come to neutral. In the clarity of that moment, I was able to get a better view of what was crucial and what was not. 

Did you ever think that an effective time management strategy is not to do anything?...well at least for a moment...that in the not doing, you'll end up doing more!

Honestly, I've had days where I didn’t do what's described above first thing in the morning and ended up working on the wrong things at the wrong time. In those cases, a few critical things fell through the cracks; it wasn’t pretty.

What I’m describing is the power of a moment…a moment you take in the morning to gain clarity on the day that could make all the difference. I’m calling it the morning mindset.

You know it’s just harder to work in a fog; it takes more energy and the quality of your work can suffer.

So let me recommend 2 practices: “the morning mindset and mastering your moments. These truly are two great 1% edge practices that can net big results!

Remember, moment management is fine tuned time management!

If you need more help with increasing your productivity - then you'll want to get Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed - how to manage your time, space, & priorities, to work smart, get results & be happy -  Kindle - The Book - Nook - Audio Book -  The Seminar  |  Want an independent review - click here

Other readings on Kindle & Nook:
Declutter Your Life From The Inside Out
Your Life Through the Lens of Time - The Interview

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What Can a Glass of Water Teach You About Stress?

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. 

In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.” Remember to put the glass down.

This blog is based on the book of the same name. In it are actionable ideas on being a better manager: The 1% Edge - The Workbook - Power Strategies to Increase Your Management Effectiveness