Having been self employed for most of my working life I have always felt that this time of the year is a great opportunity to start a fresh in business. The end of the financial year on the 31st March allows me to reflect on my successes, on the disappointments and on what got in the way of me achieving the goals I had set.

I work from a holistic point of view, believing that our satisfaction with our personal life will reflect on our business life, and vice versa. So there is always the reassessment of how my personal life is performing and how everything fits together for me at the same time.

Part of this process of closing off the last financial year is the physical clearing out of all the old receipts and paper work to be filed away, or to be dealt with by the accountant. I get a lot of satisfaction from clearing out clutter and completing these sorts of activities always increases my energy. And of course it creates the space for lots of new opportunities to come into my life.

So …

  • How has your business performed over the last year? Are you satisfied or feeling disappointed?
  • How do you want it to be different this year?
  • Are you ready to do what it takes to make this happen?

Call/text 0212 406 535 or email me now on heather@inspirationscoach.co.nz  to have a chat about how you would like this next financial year to be different and explore how I can support you.

August 20, 2007 · Keeping it Simple · (No comments)

When you are self employed or in a management position there are often a lot of different roles that you have to fill each day – lots of different details that you need to think about in each of these roles and it can be hard to know what action to take first.

Do you find yourself holding a lot of thoughts and ideas in your head?

Holding it all in your head very quickly leads to overwhelm and confusion and can cause you to feel paralyzed.

A key factor in success is being able to get all this information out of the head to create the space that is required to make good decisions about what do next. Here are three suggestions to help you…

  1. Ask a trusted family member or friend if they would be willing to just listen without judgement allowing you to pour out all your thoughts.
  2. Write it all out on paper – I am a regular journaller and find that by taking 15 min at the start of the day, or when needed, I can clear my head and get the clarity necessary to continue achieving my intentions.
  3. Use a coach – through powerful questioning a coach can enable you to empty your head and make sense of everything that needs to be processed so you can create the best solution to keep you moving forward. Call/text Heather on 0212 406 535 or email heather@inspirationscoach.co.nz for that extra support.

So, go ahead – clear your head and have a great week!

August 20, 2007 · Time management · (No comments)

This week my attention has been drawn to how difficult it can be to take time out from work, especially when we are self employed and there seems to be so much to be done.

It can be very difficult to set a boundary between work and personal time when we are constantly thinking about it or feeling that we are just not coping. I know in the past if something was constantly on my mind I would have to take action on it, so that I could switch off. Only problem was I ended up working all the hours available, and more, and was left feeling tired and annoyed that I had neglected my family or missed out on doing something else that I really wanted to do. I needed to learn how to put work aside at some point and say that is enough for today or this week.

We need to take time out so we can come back refreshed and re-energized. Only through allowing ourselves time out like this can we create the space to come up with the new ideas and possibilities that will continue to develop our businesses or improve our lives.

For me this is something that has evolved over time as I have let go off the need to do everything right now and as I continue to learn to mentally put work to the side and switch off. It all started with making a commitment to allow myself that time out.

So…

  • When do allow yourself to have time out?
  • Is this enough time to refresh and re-energize yourself sufficiently?
  • If not, what needs to change?
  • What action can you take today to start creating this time out just for you?

If you need some support on how you can do this give Heather a call/ text on 0212 406 535 or email heather@inspirationscoach.co.nz to set up a time for a chat.