Our days are made of a series of tasks or activities that each take a certain amount of time. We have 24 hours in a day – no more, no less.

It is how we choose fill these 24 hours that will determine how happy, satisfied or contented  we feel about our life. (You can choose the word that is most meaningful for you)

As a result it is really important to become more mindful of what we choose to include on our to-do or task lists each day.

If you are not consistently experiencing the feelings you desire then it could be time to pay attention … really pay attention … to everything you think you need to do each day. It could be time to make some changes.

This quote “not having enough hours in the day – stop doing things that don’t matter” on the Be More with Less Blog really summed it up for me.

If you’re ready to stop doing the things that don’t matter and need some support to make it happen call/ text Heather on 0212 436 535 or email heather@inspirationscoach.co.nz to arrange a time to chat.

There will be times when our capacity to accomplish anything will be low – we may be recovering from illness, or the death of a loved one. We may have overextended ourselves and feel exhausted, with our body and minds shutting down and refusing to be pushed any further.

At these times it can be really useful to ease up on ourselves, to take a more gentle approach and choose one, or possibly two, key tasks that will allow us to feel  satisfied when they are complete.

The focus could be on self care – as simple as getting outside in the fresh air and sunshine for 20 min, or making sure we have one healthy meal for the day which will nourish and support us physically and emotionally.

It could mean breaking bigger tasks down into smaller, more manageable parts just for today. So for example, instead of doing a full grocery shop, we can just buy what is needed to provide for the family tea tonight, or to make the lunches tomorrow and leave the full shop for another day when we have more energy.

Many tasks can be broken down in this way. The key is to Make each step small enough to be easily accomplished in one day and still give us a feeling of satisfaction with what has been accomplished.

So give a go and let me know how you get on or Call/ text Heather on 0212 406 535 or email heather@inspirationscoach.co.nz for extra support on how to make life a little easier for yourself right now.

November 27, 2008 · Keeping it Simple · (No comments)

We hear a lot these days about work life balance and the challenges of how to create it or if it is even possible. What I have come to realize is that if we can create  a life that we are satisfied with, it can naturally lead to a life that has a greater potential for balance.

I often work with clients to discover what the minimum conditions for satisfaction are in many different areas of their lives. This may mean completing a particular number of hours at work, completing a particular task each day or spending a particular amount of time with a family member or developing a hobby.

For me I have a minimum number of exercise sessions I want to have in my week to feel satisfied – if I achieve less I can feel disappointed. I have also come to realize that I need to have something in my day that allows me to feel that I have contributed or supported others in a way that can ease their journey through life. My consultations with clients and writing in my blog or sending out my Thought for the Week are some of the ways I can achieve this.

By setting an outcome for our ideal, letting go of all attachment to it, then  focusing our attention on what gives us satisfaction we can also avoid the pitfall of aiming for perfection and beating up on ourselves  when we fall short.

So, ask yourself “What conditions do I need in my life to feel satisfied?” You might find that your whole outlook on work / family/ personal balance changes and the pressure to achieve unrealistic or excessive expectations just drops away.

I would love to hear your thoughts or what you discover as you look at minimum conditions for satisfaction so please feel free to add you comment below. And should you require some support in discovering what your minimum requirements are please email Heather or call / text 0212 406 535 to arrange a time to talk.

Planning is the most important activity you can make time for – it is equally important whether you are busy or not.

It does not have be a long and arduous process – a few minutes taken daily to consider your goals, write out a list of what you want to achieve and to reflect on what task would be the most important one for the day will make a huge difference.

What is the one activity, that would give you a feeling of satisfaction at the end of today because it’s been completed? This is your key activity for the day.

One key activity daily when nothing is scheduled in your diary will create momentum and motivation, while one key activity when you are busy will ensure that you focus on what’s most important which gives you a sense of achievement and knowledge that steady progress has been made at the end of the day.

So what is your key activity for today?

Need some help with planning and identifying your key activities? Call/ text Heather on 0212 406 535 or email heather@inspirationscoach.co.nz

July 25, 2008 · Time management · (No comments)

If you are like me you will find it is very easy to start lots of projects, sign up for lots of courses, and read lots of books. You might find yourself jumping from one idea to the next and not actually focusing fully on anyone thing. And when we have lots on the go at one time like this it is guaranteed to lead to that sense of overwhelm that so many small business owners experience.

So what is the secret to getting out of this place of overwhelm?

  • Firstly make the decision to stop taking in or gathering any more information, tasks or things to do.
  • Secondly do an audit – where have you been investing your time, money and energy? What’s been useful, what’s not, what needs further development? Where do you need more information or do you already have enough information? Is it it time for you to stop thinking, learning or planning and just take action?
  • Then create a list of the priority areas you want to develop or complete as a result of what you have learned.
  • Make the decision to focus on 1 – 3 of these projects until they are complete.

It is a wonderful skill to be able to multi-task, however it can also be a limitation if we are so busy doing lots of things but never actually get anything completed to a point where it is of any use.

By spreading our attention over too many projects we dilute our ability to be successful.

Becoming more focused, choosing one project and completing it to a level that can be useful builds confidence and belief in our ability to be successful.

So what projects have you started and never completed properly? Choose one thing today which you can complete to give you that sense of satisfaction and trust in your ability to be truly successful in all that you do.

And if you’re feeling really stuck with identifying what is most important you can call/ text Heather on 0212 406 535 or email heather@inspirationscoach.co.nz.

July 22, 2007 · Keeping it Simple · (No comments)

We are encouraged every day to set goals and plan for the future, and indeed I also recommend to my clients that they create an intention about what they want to achieve in life.

However we can often spend so much time planning our futures that we forget about the present. As we strive for our goals we can miss the opportunities and possibilities in the present moment which could lead to the sense of fulfillment and satisfaction we are searching for.

If our lives were perfect today we would no longer need to live in the future. In fact our futures can be even better as we learn how to make the most of our present.

So….

  • Create the vision for your life and let go of the detailed planning – start to make the changes today that will allow you to perfect your life right now.
  • Ask yourself “If there was no future what would I do differently today?”
  • Focus on really enjoying whatever it is you decide to do today – give it 100% of your attention and make it perfect.

And as always – call/ text Heather on 0212 406 535 or email if you need some help to experience more satisfaction in your life today.