Monthly Archives: September 2017

High value – every time!

Consider the hours between getting home from work and going to bed. How are you currently using those hours? Is it the best use of your time or could those hours be used more effectively? Rework your time by saying no to low value tasks and yes to high value tasks. For years, I would get home from work, turn on the TV and watch it while cooking and eating dinner, then lie around still glued to the box, fade fast, fall asleep and later peel myself off the lounge and drag myself to bed. Although I was with others during this nightly ritual I wasn’t connecting with anyone. After realising I was wasting four hours each night on TV and missing out on quality activities, I decided to turn the TV off for good about 15 years ago. The four hours I’ve saved every day has amounted to 1460 hours a year and given me back a total of 21,900 hours over the last 15 years! The time I reworked enabled me to include high value tasks in my life such as exercise, hobbies, reading and learning, connecting with loved ones, as well as fun with friends. High value activities contribute to a better…

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Take that responsibility

The way you live each day from the moment you wake up is your choice. You have freedom of choice. Do you agree with this statement? Consider your thoughts on this. In your current situation, you may not feel like you have choices but we can all choose to either take responsibility and action or remain in fear, being passive and settling for the way things are. It’s your choice! Like planting seeds – you choose what you want to nurture and grow until it’s time to harvest. The seeds are your choices and what you do with those choices determines the quality of your life. As the late Zig Ziglar said “Every choice you make has an end result.” Consider the impact of your choices on where you are now or where you would like to be. Living in the Western world, there are so many choices and the desire to have it all can mean making a decision can be confusing, stressful and time consuming. With the potential for being overwhelmed, more than ever we have to make a careful choice and a quick choice. Careful and quick may seem conflicting – but too often we take so long deciding. The…

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Spend time with the RIGHT people

One way to hinder achievement and life satisfaction is to spend time with the wrong people. By wrong people I don’t mean bad people – just people who may be negative, unfocussed and try to drag you down into their drama. Spend time with the right people! All of us get to choose what time we spend with which people. How many times have you said yes to seeing someone who doesn’t make you feel great about who you are and where you are heading in your life? Or have you ever gone somewhere and regretted that you went – because you know there are much better ways to spend your time? Some people can deplete us, drain us of precious time, energy and positivity and distract us from what we value. It doesn’t mean we can never see these people (which can be hard when some of them are family!) but we need to learn how to keep them at “arms length.” When you feel the drain happening you need to be strong, focus on your values and intentions and have the courage to say no. Walk away from negative conversations, don’t gossip and introduce upbeat topics when possible – it may not always work…

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