Self-Coach Sunday 34: Get Your Work Done In Half The Time

Does works seem to expand and fill all available time? The solution is to reduce the amount of time you have to get the work done. When pressed, most people can get the job done in half the time. How? It may take some creative thinking, but it is well worth the effort. By working more efficiently, you may find that you will have newfound time to put towards other interests. The possibilities are endless.

This not only works in the business setting, but also at home. How?  Hire a house cleaner (click here to see my tip). Set a timer for one hour. Pick a task and try to complete it before the timers dings. Get a buddy to help you with a project. Or have a buddy call you every hour to get the progress of a task. This helps turn a menial task into a fun game.  Afterwards, you will feel great that you’ve gotten it out of the way. Having more time attracts success and opens you to opportunities that give you joy.

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Self-Coach Sunday 30: Protect Your Stuff

Insurance: the story goes – if you have it you’ll never need it, but if you don’t, disaster will strike. Today’s to do is to get insured. Sign up for health insurance, get renter’s insurance, if you own a home you must have home-owner’s insurance, and consider life insurance (term insurance) if you have someone who relies on you or your income. And if all of those are taken care of, you may even want to add long-term-care insurance to that list.

This will help you attract what you want in life because it will give you peace of mind. You wouldn’t want to lose your hard-earned cash reserve unnecessarily. You can protect this beyond your life by also considering a will and living revocable trust. It is a wise move to include seeking out professional help to set these types of accounts up. You will be protecting yourself and others in the process.

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Self-Coach Sunday 17: Hire a Housekeeper

December is usually the busiest time of the year and most people find themselves doing more entertaining than any other time. But now that the holidays are over, don’t let that stop you from having a reason to hire a housekeeper so that you will feel free to relax and enjoy your friends and family instead of worrying whether the dust bunnies are escaping? If you don’t like cleaning, have somebody else do it. Hate to cook? Order a ham or turkey cooked by your favorite grocery or restaurant.

 I’m a love the idea of having a housekeeper clean the house once a month or once a week. But even if you prefer to clean the house yourself, why not hire a cleaning service to help out just this month so that is one less thing you have to worry about?

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Self-Coach Sunday 13: Stop Shuffling And Start Organizing

If you are spending too much time shuffling paper around, block off one hour a week strictly for organizing, systematizing or automating – not doing actual work.

Start by blocking off one hour a week strictly for organizing, setting systems in place or automating; not for doing actual work. Your mission is to set up a process to handle the tasks which you do on a regular basis. Set up direct deposit and auto debit to free up your bill writing time.  Revamp filing drawers in your home or office.The time you invest during this block of time will pay big dividends with time saved and stress relieved. FYI… you will  not get it all done in one hour. It’s ok, keep at it.- one hour at a time, each day for a week. You will be AMAZED at the progress and how great it feels to see your long-lost desk top.

Spend 15 minutes filing papers, tossing out old papers, or just clearing off your surface. The more you automate, systemize and organize, the more time you will regain for creativity, focus and investing into what matters most to you. Use technology in a way that fits for you. Some may be techno-gurus and others find it a necessary evil.

See your In-box and make it mind you. One of the monsters which often rears its ugly head is your “In-Box.” Your’s may be the inbox of an email program overflowing with more than what you can conquer in a lifetime. Some may have a physical inbox filled with advertisements, unread newspapers and past due bills. Regardless of what your nemesis looks like, you need to stand tall and face the facts.

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  • its ugly
  • its yours

We are told we can be paperless. We can store it in the cloud and we can have it all wherever we are, whenever we want it. This may be true… for those of your who are techno gurus. Not all of us are, I know I am not. The battle is real, and you must win.

Sub-tip:  Throw away your accumulation box: toss it, refer it to someone else, act on it, file it.  Ongoing stuff can be put in a pending or project file.  Only touch the paper once.  Clear everything off your desk everyday.  Setting aside time to organize is essential to success.

 Schedule a one hour time block and begin to sort, toss and organize your in-box and paper piles. Set a timer so you know when to stop. Step back , smile and congratulate yourself for taking charge of your corner of the world.

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Self-Coach Sunday 12: Clear Clutter With The Joy Filter

Would you like something new and wonderful to come into your life? A new job, a new friend, an opportunity? A relationship? One of the easiest, most effective ways to attract something new into your life is to create some space. If you feel stuck, start clearing the decks. Go through your files at the office and toss out all those old memos, reports, and articles you’ve been saving in case you need them someday.

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Set aside a few hours at work or at home to do a big clear-out and toss loads of old papers or send them to the archives if important documents must be kept. If you can’t do that, then spend 30 to 60 minutes a day for a week just clearing out junk and you’ll be amazed at how much useless paper you’ve accumulated.

Once you’ve tackled the office, start clearing the decks at home. Your home is a sacred space where you need to relax and recharge so you have the energy to tackle your work. If you come home to a cluttered and uncomfortable space, you aren’t giving yourself a chance to fully recharge your batteries. There is only one question to ask when evaluating whether to keep or discard any object. You must hold it in your hands and ask yourself, “Does this give me joy?” If the answer is no then out it goes. After all, why would you want to keep anything that doesn’t give you joy?

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You simply get in touch with what gives you joy, you’ll find you can clear clutter all by yourself and it is an invigorating experience. Don’t even listen to music while you are clearing out, as it can distract you from the process of getting in touch with what gives you joy.

You are probably wondering how to get started. Instead, make clutter clearing a special, once-in-a-lifetime event.  Clear clutter by category, not by room. Start with your clothes and get all of your clothes out of the closet, out of the attic, the dry cleaners, or the hall closet so you can see all the clothes that you own. The sheer volume may startle you. Then start by sub-category with tops first, then bottoms, then hanging items, socks, underwear, handbags, accessories, and shoes. Hold each piece of clothing, one by one in your hands and ask if it gives you joy. If not, then out it goes. Using this simple method, I very quickly cleared out my closets and oddly enough, kept some clothes that I couldn’t wear but gave me joy and discarded clothes I had been wearing that didn’t give me joy or were a bit worn out. Now my entire wardrobe gives me joy, I can see everything I own as nothing is in off-season storage and I also have space for new things. Revolutionary!

Instead of focusing on getting rid of stuff, which can feel demoralizing and discouraging, you are focusing on what to keep, which is so much easier and even fun.  Recommendation: Pick them as if you were identifying items you loved from a display in your favorite shop. The process itself is life-changing because you quickly become expert at using the joy filter for decision-making, an important skill for everything you consider in your life – not just your stuff!

After clothes, sort your books, miscellaneous items, and papers, saving the hardest for last – sentimental items.  If you can’t bear to part with some sentimental items, create a Memory Box full of special things that make you feel good. Whenever you feel bummed out or discouraged, look through your box and get an instant boost. (Old love letters can remind you that you are lovable and loved and if they don’t, why are you keeping them?)

Getting rid of clutter is incredibly therapeutic and will give you a huge burst of energy. That is why we eliminate clutter at the start of a coaching program – so you have the newfound energy to tackle your really big goals and the space for new and better things.

Once you create some space, the universe will try to fill it, so be careful to say “No, thank you” if what comes along doesn’t add joy to your life. For instance, be very careful before you agree to store things for friends and family. If you do agree to store things, make sure you set a specific time limit and decide what will happen to the items if the time limit is exceeded.

As you create an abundance of space, there is more room for good things to come into your life. Make this a formal ritual. As you drop off your old things at a charity shop, you can express your gratitude and appreciation for them, even if it was just the pleasure of having purchased it in a shop and you never wore it or used it. Drop off the bags and silently say, “Thank you for having served your purpose in my life. I am now making space for something new and better to come into my life.” It sounds corny, but every time I do a thorough cleaning, I get a new client. It all goes back to energy—you are freeing up the energy attached to your belongings, allowing room for the new.

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