Meet the Week Like You Know It’s Coming

Hey everybody!

I hope you enjoyed your  weekend! Here we are: Happy Monday!(Sorry this wasn’t out earlier today)

We all  know it’s coming every seven days –Monday morning– and we also know that once the week starts it’s hard to sit down to plan anything because we’re usually so caught up in the events and activities of each day that we don’t have time to think. Before we know it, it’s Friday and we’re wondering where the week went along with all the things we wanted to accomplish.

This endless cycle of simply dealing with the events of the day as they come up is like being on a hamster wheel and unless we decide to get off of it, it’s easy to keep running. So, how do we stop the approaching the week like a visitor who we didn’t know it was coming ?

How do we plan for greater efficiency, productivity and success?

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A Little Bit a Day Goes a Long Way

As with most thoughts and actions, the more we do it, the more it becomes a part of us–something we do without thinking. That can be  a good thing or a bad thing because it’s just as easy to make a bad habit stick as it is to make a good habit stick. But the good news is, there is no science or magic behind it. There’s nothing to study or prepare. It’s the just way it is. So how can we make a phenomenon that occurs whether we want it to or not work for us? By simply being consistent with the thoughts and habits that we do want to put in place. As they say, “A little bit a day goes a long way.”

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How to Live with Less Stress

February 24, 2011 by  
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A friend of mine forwarded this to me from somewhere on the internet. I thought it was worthwhile so I reposted it here. If anyone knows who wrote it, let me know so I can attribute him or her.

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them’

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen.Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Start, Stop, Continue…

February 23, 2011 by  
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I am starting, well, re-starting my Habit a Day program–Every day, I will focus on a habit that I want to start, stop or continue. It’s very easy to do, but I have trouble sticking with it around this time of year. This time will be different though because I am taking my own advice. I am sharing my intention with everyone or anyone who would like to know about it (and perhaps join me). This way I will be accountable to many more people than just myself and my mom (she lets me off the hook very easily).

I usually take a break from my usual goal-oriented activities during the holiday season. I also loosen up the entire month of January to celebrate my birthday which means that I’m ready to start my resolutions on February 1st. This year, however, it didn’t quite happen that way. I’ve been on a mental and a physical break for most of February. Well, I can’t quite call it a break because it’s not so much that I’ve been “off” as I’ve been ruminating and figuring some things out. A lot has happened this year and although I’ve thought about some of it, I’ve been so caught up with going through most of it that I really haven’t taken the time to reflect on it to determine what I’ve learned from it and where I want to go with what I’ve learned. So you can say that’s what I’ve been doing for most of the month, but I’m ready to get back in the saddle!

Now that I’ve had some time to think and I’ve reflected on the lessons I’ve learned, I want to put that knowledge into action by affirming my commitment to “walking the talk” by writing about it here on this blog. In addition to sharing my insights and advice with everyone, I will document my own struggles and successes on my journey to lead a remarkable life and I hope you will share yours with me as well.

I plan to publish as systematically as I possibly can:

Each day (until I run out of them), I’ll tweet about a habit that I’d like to start, stop or continue.

Every week–Monday, Wednesday & Friday or Tuesday & Thursday, I’ll post an article on some aspect of N*Powerment and I’ll update you on how I’m doing in Walking the Talk. I will also include a separate post about a random topic that will be found under My Musings.

I hope this schedule will be frequent enough to keep everyone informed and engaged. Let me know if it is (or isn’t)

I’ve had a nice time resting and ruminating, but I can’t wait to get started….again!

What habit would you like to start, stop or continue?

Someone is stealing from you. His name is Procrastination.

February 23, 2011 by  
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“How soon ‘not now’ becomes never.” Martin Luther

We all know how easy it is to say “I’ll do it later.” The thing about later is that it’s always later, and later and later. Until it eventually becomes “never.” Procrastination is a thief because it steals our time and it steals our peace. It creates a false sense of having more time available to us in some unforeseen future, which is untrue.

Putting off the things we have to do only results in unnecessary stress because the time will come where you can’t put it off any longer and you’ll be forced to deal with whatever it is or you simply won’t do it. The downside to putting it off is that it often means dealing with a time constraint, working around someone else’s schedule or having limited energy with which to complete the task. All producing stress that could have been avoided if we simply went ahead and did what it was that we put off until “later.”

We obviously think we’ll have more time “later” than we have “now” or we wouldn’t relegate so many tasks to it, but the truth is there is no later. There is only now and how we spend each moment. Decide how you want to invest your time and then follow through on your decisions. If there is something important that absolutely must be done, don’t bargain with it. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you’ll be better prepared for it or more enthusiastic about completing it at another time. Chances are you’ll feel exactly the same way about it then as you do now. So as the Nike slogan dictates, “Just do it” and get it done. If the task is one that you actually CAN’T do now because you don’t have the information, resources, or man-power needed to complete the it, schedule it for a specific time–don’t just banish it to the elusive “later”–and plan to have everything you need on hand or you still won’t be able to address it at that time.

My advice is stop making “later” such a dreadful place by stockpiling it with all of the tasks that you’d rather not do. Tackle them now and free up later. In reality, you’ll be making more time for now.

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