What if I tell you that saving money is as good as earning more

Everybody wants to earn more money.

What if I tell you that saving money is as good as earning more.

If you practice even 5 of the money-saving tips listed here, it can help you save more than $500 a month. That’s equivalent to earning $6000 more per year.

Let me share some quick and easy cost-cutting tips for your home that you can do in less than an hour.

  1. Use public transportation. Save money on parking, fuel, maintenance. Try carpooling to work with a friend. With rideshare services like Uber,  DiDi, GoCatch and Ola widely available, do you really need a car? Think about it.
  2. Sell Your Car. Get full market price for the car that you can use to pay down your credit card, student loan, or any other debts. No more insurance bills to pay!
  3. Get your home, or student debt refinanced. If you can manage to get a lower interest rate with another institution and use it to negotiate with your existing lender.
  4. Consolidate your existing loans to get cash or rate benefits. Signing up for an automatic debt repayment plan can also help you save.
  5. Scan your house for unused items that can be sold for quick cash on eBay, Face Book Market place or Gumtree. An old wood rocking chair, a pretty dress that you don’t wear or maybe that fancy snow boots that don’t fit you.
  6. Plan and cook your own meals. Skip eating at restaurants. Do batch cooking and freeze a portion that can be easily reheated for dinner with a freshly made side. Leftovers are great for the lunchbox too!
  7. Skip your daily takeout coffee or muffin for a smart and cheap homemade one. You can even pack your own snacks with it. Make your own trail mix, boil an egg and pack a bag of mixed nuts for a snack.
  8. Eat in-season fruits, vegetables, and meat. Apart from being widely available, they are cheaper than produce or meat that’s not in season.
  9. Purchase non-perishables in bulk quantities. Coupons can help save even more. Do this for items like salt, sugar, shampoo, bathing soap, or body wash. Try Costco
  10. Start a small garden if you have time. Microgreens, tomatoes can be grown in small pots on the balcony or even the window sill. It gives you fresh produce for dinner and sell the excess for a neat profit!
  11. Choose generic or store brands if you can to save dollars.
  12. Downgrade to a lower mobile phone plan. Choose a fast data plan option for your home use. That way, you will need data only when you are not at home. How about disconnecting your home phone and just have a mobile.
  13. Look out for cheaper childcare options. Try working a different shift to see if you can be home during the day -one day a week. What about an Au Pair?
  14. Focus on keeping children in only one activity at a time. Enrolling them in too many activities can quickly spiral out of control. 
  15. Save money on household staff by keeping a couple of hours on the weekends for housework. Get the family involved in doing daily chores and stay fit as a bonus!
  16. Stop spending money on clothes. Keep a tight budget for this. Buy a few classic and high-quality pieces that can be mixed and matched to create different looks.
  17. Beauty can be done on a budget too. Get your hair cut, manicures, and nails done monthly instead of weekly or fortnightly.
  18. Do you have a consumable habit that is draining your purse? Excessive smoking and alcohol can be challenging for your health and your wallet.
  19. If you are renting, find a cheaper alternative to live in. Mostly sub-urban areas and places just outside city centers can be more affordable.
  20. Start a side-hustle. Do you have a skill that can be sold online? If you know how to sketch, do graphic design, write or even offer to consult in the area of your expertise, look at platforms such as Fiverr and Upwork.

I hope you enjoy using these ideas and save money to do something you like!

Do you have a wonderful idea for saving money? Do share it in the comments!

Happy Saving!

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As a small business owner, you dedicate yourself completely to every client and setting boundaries when trying to get some downtime is not a straightforward task

As a small business owner, you dedicate yourself completely to every client and setting boundaries when trying to get some downtime is not a straightforward task. You find yourself torn between wanting to be there for your clients and your need to disconnect.

  • However, is it necessary to choose between your needs and clients’?
  • Is there a way to have your cake and eat it too?
  • Can your absence be good for your clients as well as for you?

A few tricks can help you make the most of that time and help your clients do the same.

Prepare in advance

Start by asking yourself how long do you want to be away. Make a list of all the tasks you would have to do in that period. The length of preparation is directly affected by the amount of time you want to be away for. The longer you plan on being absent, the longer you should prepare for it. Once you produce that list of tasks, arrange it by difficulty. The preparation process might require more time than you expected and it makes sense to start by dealing with the most demanding ones first. In case it demands more time than expected, you will have started with the most challenging ones and potentially have some time to spare.

Delegate the responsibility

When you take a look at the list, divide it into those tasks that you can finish before you go and those you will need to delegate. Think about whom you can rely on while you are away since life and business will continue. Work should not depend on you to run smoothly. In case it does, that means the process is dependent on you and can break at any time. You might agree that is not a true recipe for success. Therefore, think about who can replace you and for what tasks.

Distribute responsibility onto your colleagues, so you can rest in peace and neither one of them, in particular, feels overwhelmed with responsibility. Inform your clients whom to turn to regarding what topic in case they require help while you are away. Besides showing you care about them and providing them the needed assistance, you will also gain some freedom from the chains of calls and emails.

Inspire independence

Wondering what to do in case you work independently and no one to delegate tasks to? How does one set boundaries to clients if there are no team members to rely on? Would they feel abandoned and you feel guilty if you didn’t respond when they needed you? There is a way to prevent these feelings and make this a learning and growing experience for both parties.

Start by making a list of topics you think they could try to contact you for while you are away. What on this list absolutely needs a prompt response, and what can wait? What can you say no to, or not respond and feel okay with it? Make sure these are boundaries you can stick to. Otherwise, you will be sending mixed messages to your clients if you respond to something you mentioned you will not address while being away. Furthermore, they will respect you for being able to set boundaries and respect them even if they are unhappy about them. The crucial step in the process is informing them about the boundaries in advance and making sure they know what to expect. Once you have informed them it is up to both of you to stick to the agreement. Most importantly it is on you since clients try most often testing those boundaries and you will have to practice maintaining them.

By starting to prepare ahead of time, you can also address your absence as a topic with your clients. Provide a time for them to express their thoughts about what could come up in the meantime, what they rely on you most of the time and what other resources can they turn to if needed? Besides helping you rest without feeling worried or tempted to respond back, this topic can encourage them to build more independence and resilience. In reality, you won’t always be there for them, nor will you be there constantly. No one will in fact. Therefore, this can be an opportunity to practice self-reliance and note down those issues they weren’t able to solve independently. This can bring to the surface the topic of resources (lack of them, really) in life and reliance on others. The more resources we have to turn to when in need, the greater the chances those needs will be fulfilled. In coaching for the businesswoman, the topic of boundaries is an important one to examine and practice. Your absence can spark this immensely important life topic.

Utilize downtime to enlighten issues or processes to be improved

Interestingly, the process of you being away can demonstrate what area of business needs improvement. Where are the breaking points that depend solely on one person? What were your colleagues contacting you for when you were away? How can you be confident to have necessary instructions in place, or a process, to address those key issues before your next vacation?

Use the mistakes or problems that occurred as valuable insights about the specific areas requiring operational improvement. Besides, utilize the time before your next vacation to set procedures in place and test it while being away next time. Additionally, you can address it with your clients too. Not all of them know in advance what are ordinarily the things they rely on you for. The absence of such a valuable resource enlightens and reveals a possible way of searching and providing support for those needs.

Lead by example

What if you were to look at your downtime as an opportunity to learn and improve? Think of it as a unique chance to improve processes and inspire self-reliance in clients (primarily coaching clients). By properly taking care of yourself and carefully respecting the boundaries you are setting, you are leading by example. Furthermore, this is exceptionally significant in direct coaching for women in business since they need to do the same at some point and will, this way, have an example to think of. This will promote their growth, and it is an essential part of coaching for success. Now go ahead and arrange that downtime so you can come back refreshed and ready to improve!

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A business can be pretty challenging to run. For solopreneurs, it can be scary to even think of taking a one-week vacation.

I was in the same boat, but with time, I understood taking time off is important as well. You could take an off for that dream vacation or invest in yourself with a coaching program in Gold Coast. A week off can do you a world of good to your morale.

I completely understand your apprehensions. But you know what, there are a number of ways to make sure that the business chugs along smoothly when you are away.

Here I share some of the tricks with you so that you can book your tickets to your paradise pretty soon!

Prepare Well

Spend some time making sure that things are all set up before you leave. Give notice to your team, important clients, family, and anyone else who should know that you are away. Sending a simple email to your clients can be an effective way to keep the communication clear so that they are aware of your absence. Also mention the person to be contacted in case of an emergency and when you will be back.

Schedule Your Emails

Use the auto-scheduler to send out product or service emails for promotion, information, or sharing of news. It will look professional and keep working even if you are away.

Set Up Social Media Ads

Social media ads are a vital element of an entrepreneur’s branding. If you use LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, use social media scheduling tools to set up your posts and ads. Create the content and set it up for scheduled times so that work goes on even when you are not around.

Re-marketing

Set up and run re-marketing ads to sell your products and services even if you are on vacation. As an entrepreneur, you certainly don’t want to miss a single visitor.  Using automation, you can grow your business without your physical presence.

Set up the Rules

If you have a team, give them added responsibilities. Make a pan and delegate specific tasks to people. Help them by giving them all the tools and information they need to do it well. Make a co-worker in charge of all approvals so that you are not buzzed for every little thing.

Clear Communication

Communication is the key element in a business. It should always be absolutely clear to clients, co-workers and vendors that who is to be contacted for what responsibility. You can even use messaging apps like Slack that are non-intrusive while they keep you informed about everything that is going on.

Use Your Smartphone & Mobile apps

Your smartphone can be your mini-laptop when you want to get some quick work done. Download any app you want on your mobile so that you can stay informed and pitch in as needed. But, make a note to check your phone only once a day and schedule all replies also at the same time. It’s a vacation, remember!

The Last Word

Now, go and get some much-deserved rest. It’s for you to enjoy and recharge yourself to come back stronger and better than before.

Time off from business can give you a good break and some me-time with yourself or with friends and family. In your downtime, you may even come up with some innovative business or personal ideas!

 

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Nowadays, we have gotten used to packing light to avoid the high-priced check-in luggage when traveling. However, in personal lives, we tend to bring us loads of emotional luggage anywhere we go, without realizing what fees we are paying for this. What price do we pay for carrying the weight of the “emotional check-in” luggage? What if there is a way to make it into a carry-on?

We can try a small thought experiment together. Imagine trying to pack a suitcase that should hold all your necessities for a journey called “the rest of your life.” What treasured memories would you take with you? What pain would you like to leave behind, which people and responsibilities would not make the cut? What would your life be like if you could leave behind all that is holding you back and weighing you down? Think of the lightness of life with only a carry-on of memories, people’s needs, and expectations from you.

Significant memories

When you look back to your life what memories make you sad, disappointed or angry? Amongst those which do you identify as responsible for the things, you dislike about your life today? How would you and your life be like today if those events played out differently? Good news is that even though we can’t alter the past we can change how we perceive it and therefore how it defines us.

Who would you be today if you didn’t experience the challenges in the past? What did you discover about your strengths and capabilities by enduring them? What friendships grew on the road to overcoming them? Even though it is problematic to see at times, even the most difficult of memories can have something useful for your life. Most would rather if they could choose, avoid the pain they experienced. Don’t be fooled, this is possible!

Even though you can’t alter the past, you can transform your perception of it. You survived and it made you stronger! Sometimes seeing the positive that came from the frustration helps leave the negative emotions about it behind. Think of those events through this metaphor – a calm sea never made a skillful sailor. We don’t have to be prisoners of our past, but rather grow through what we go through.

Fears and negative anticipations

Robin Sharma said: “The fears we don’t face become our limits.” Once you can leave behind some of the painful memories from the past (read reframe them) you might be able to think more positively about the future too. Who we are and what we do in the present, is partly rooted in the past. However, we determine what to do today based on what we anticipate will happen tomorrow. We choose our actions today depending on where we believe they will take us. Those anticipations become more positive once you can reframe some of the “negative” experiences from the past. When you see that in everything bad there is a bit of good, you might start risking more. Allow your suitcase to contain fewer fears and more hopes.

 

People and their needs

Often we don’t notice when we become buried under peoples’ expectations and needs. Once they realize just how good of a resource you can be, they will rely on you consistently. These expectations accumulate over time and even though you feel like a good person by providing for others, you also feel drained.

Is there any of their needs that you can leave behind? What don’t you like providing they can find another person for? Before you start thinking this will make you a bad person, remember that by doing this you are in a way helping them. They will learn to widen the social network and become more independent. What people and which of their needs do you want to pack into the carry-on? This will allow you to still feel helpful and good about yourself without feeling drained. Remember, if you lose yourself – you lose it all.

 

Responsibilities and control

Being in control can give us predictability and help us feel safe. The more safety we need, the more control we are going to try to impose on different things in life. Needless to say, when you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing. Which things are, in fact, controllable? Which of those do you continue trying to rule over? What are the important and controllable things that you want to take with you to the rest of your life?

There is so much on your to-do list, day after day. Do all of them need to be done by you specifically? What can be delegated? Coaching for businesswoman can help you pack only the necessities in your carry-on. What are the essential duties you want to remain committed to? Direct coaching for women in business can help you learn how to delegate and focus on tasks that require you exclusively. Even though you can do anything, doesn’t mean you should do everything.

Make room for the things you want

The fact is you can’t pour into a full glass. When you translate that metaphor onto everyday life, you realize that for something unfamiliar to come in, you need to make room for it. Leaving behind the unnecessary, distressing and burdensome things from life provides the opportunity to add new, desirable ones. If you don’t choose to drag 5 check-in suitcases through airports when traveling, why would you choose to drag your emotional luggage through life?

Carrying only an “emotional backpack” allows you to travel to places where there are no elevators or smooth sidewalks. Imagine what you could experience if you didn’t have to carry so many worries, fears, and responsibilities with you. Pack light to travel far and enjoy the journey!

1 July 2019 Article Submitted byMilica Markovic

 

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Save Hours Each Week
  • Do you have takeout many times in a week? 

  • Do you want to eat healthy each day of the week, without spending tons of hours cooking?

  • Are you tired of eating the microwaved mac and cheese for the 3rd time in less than ten days?

Making meals or prepping them in advance can save you a lot of time. If you want to eat healthily but feel a time squeeze, I can completely understand. I was in the same situation but learning the art of preparing meals in advance. It helped me save dollars, eat healthily, and reduce food waste too.

Here, I share 12 tips for saving hours in the week by spending just 2 hours on the weekend. Bust stress and cook smart starting today!

Know the Why

Be clear with why you have started meal prepping? Losing weight, saving time, cutting the grocery budget, eating healthy can be a few of the many reasons. The goal will be your prime motivation. Be clear and write it in your journal or post-it on the refrigerator to motivate yourself.

Designate a Day

Many people prefer Saturday or Sunday for meal prepping. If you work during the weekend, you can choose any other day of the week that suits your schedule. Sticking to a particular day helps to make this exercise a habit.

Choose the Prep Meals

Starting small helps a lot. Pick a meal that you want to prepare for the week ahead. Maybe you can try making breakfast for the next five days. Here you could make 5 smoothie bags packed with frozen veggies, fruits with a teaspoon of almonds, chia and flax seeds. In the morning, just dump contents of one packet into the mixer, mix in milk, ice and you have healthy nutrition packed smoothie ready.

Select Recipes for the Week

Decide upon the recipes and make a list for the ingredients. Decide the servings to be made and get the exact amounts of ingredients.

Go Shopping

Take the list and go grocery shopping. Buying vegetables, meats, and fruits in bulk can save you a tidy sum of cash. As far as possible, stick to the list, but you can slip in a treat every week!

Get the Right Accessories

Get a set of stackable containers for the refrigerator. Glass or plastic is best for storing food. If you prefer plastic, buy the ones that are BPA-free.

Get the Veggies Ready

Wash and rinse the vegetables and fruits for the next 5 days. Chop or slice them and store in resealable bags that can be used when you are ready to cook. If you prefer to store them after roasting so, they are prepared for salads or soups.

Bake Early

Bake some sweet potatoes or regular potatoes and refrigerate them. They make for a quick side dish of mashed potatoes or a tossed salad.

Grate the Cheese

If you prefer grated cheese over your salads and as a seasoning in soups, grate the cheese block on Sunday. Just freeze it in a resealable bag to use during the week. This simple hack can save you a ton of time.

Cook the Meats

Using crockpots is a great way to cook your meats done. Cook the chicken or beef with a little bit of water or broth. Once ready, let it completely cool down and chop or shred it. Now freeze it up. During the week, get some meat out, add flavorful dressings, toss to make a yummy main course dish. Spicy Italian Beef with Mashed Potatoes for Monday night dinner in less than 10 minutes!

Egg power

Boil some eggs and refrigerate. They make for quick breakfasts with a smoothie or whole wheat toast. Do finish them up in a week. If peeled, finish them in a day.

Snack Packs

Make small snack packs of your favorite healthy munchies. When you go to work, pack one in your bag. Take small resealable plastic bags of sliced carrots, cucumbers, toasted nuts, whole wheat crackers, granola bars. You could also use small BPA-free plastic containers if you prefer them.

The Last Word

Cooking every day can be a challenge with work, study, children, and family priorities also on your plate. Spending 2 hours on the weekend can save you loads of unnecessary stress, reduce takeout meals, and save tons of dollars and your valuable time. Why not try out a couple of tips this weekend and check it out yourself?

 

 

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Many women today struggle to find the balance between the expectations stemming from so many roles they have including a working woman, a wife, a mom, a friend, a daughter, etc

Many women today struggle to find the balance between the expectations stemming from so many roles they have including a working woman, a wife, a mom, a friend, a daughter, etc. You might find yourself wondering: “Which of them to give priority to and when is the right time to put me first, when is it my turn?“ Additionally, another question arises:” How do I acquire what I need without feeling or appearing selfish? How do I best accommodate what I desire and what others want from me?” Before you enter panic mode, take a deep breath and continue reading. Like anything in life, figuring out the best way for communicating needs is a process that takes time but is worth investing in. Let us take it one step at a time.

What is preventing the change you seek?

The role of a modern woman is often overwhelming. Every so often it is easy to cope with all the responsibilities. However, what happens when it is too much to handle? Who can you rely on and ask for help? Do you feel alone in this struggle or have someone to turn to? Obtaining multiple resources within the family and outside of it makes those difficult times bearable. However, people around us are not always so perceptive to our needs or inclined to help. The question remains – how do I get help and understanding I need?

Before we dive into details of how to get help while enjoying the modern woman role, we need to address the why and why not. As humans, we tend to postpone change when we anticipate any type of negative consequences. Therefore, before diving into modifying behaviour, we need to figure out how to prevent or deal with those potential consequences. Think about it and answer for yourself: “Is there a reason why it would be wiser to put my head down and simply power through? What do you anticipate would happen if you start advocating for your needs?

Through coaching experience with clients, I have found that often what prevents change is fear of people’s reactions to it. More concretely, fear of seeming selfish and ultimately losing people, resulting in loneliness. Another reason that keeps reappearing is the fear of losing the identity of who you are if you change. Some find hard to ask for help since it jeopardizes their role of a strong, independent, modern woman. Who will I become if I require help often? How will I be perceived and how will I feel if I need to rely on others? Therefore, before making any adjustments we need to address the fears that prevent us from making the first step.

Balance is key

The metaphor of boiling the frog could be useful here – if the frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out. However, if the frog is put in warm water brought to a boil slowly, as there is no sudden change it will remain calm. When you decide to make a change, take it one step at a time and be mindful of people’s reactions. When you are gradually implementing change significant others and yourself have time to adjust to it.

In a way, we can compare this process to the process of implementing change in any company process. Direct coaching for women in business advises us to first look into what is needed and plan accordingly before implementing anything. Think to yourself, who do you turn to for what kind of help? What is it that you are lacking and want to provide for yourself? What kind of reaction can you expect, and what to do about it? What can you give in return to that person? In life, as in business, you need to turn to people that have the most chances of delivering what you want and avoid having only one resource that can do it.

Furthermore, no recipe can be applied to every relationship you maintain. What you ask for, the way you do it and how the person will react differs from relationship to relationship. Be mindful of the reactions and readjust your plan according to the challenges you meet as you go along. In the words of Rob Liano: “If you expect life to be easy, challenges will seem difficult. If you accept that challenges may occur, life will be easier.”

Finally, we need to address the other big inhibitor of change. Very good, you guessed right – it is you. The modern role of a woman offers many rewards – when you are independent, capable, and a high earner you gain affirmation from it. It is not always easy to ask for help if asking for help could jeopardize that role and validation stemming from it. Perhaps you are wondering: “How can I be strong if I demand other’s help? Am I genuinely independent if I am relying on others?” Conceivably a more practical question is “What kind of help can I accept and still remain strong and independent?” Try asking yourself too: “What price will I pay in life if I continue doing it on my own exclusively?”

Nobody fails or succeeds alone

One of the key concepts in Small Business Coaching is that you need others to rely on and work together with towards success. Even entrepreneurs recognize this and rely on other freelancers to build a complete product. Anyone who has achieved something will inform you about the influences and help they got along the way to success. For example, one of the most brilliant minds Albert Einstein relied on other people too. His first mentor Max Talmud introduced Einstein to key texts in math, science, and philosophy and guided him for 6 years. Choosing those resources carefully is as important as obtaining them. Often time we are uncertain what road to take and how to start. Coaching for success is a good first resource to consider on the path of discovering and multiplying other resources.

 

30 June 2019 Article Submitted byMilica Markovic

 

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Life can be challenging at times.

20 Simple Steps to Manage Life’s Challenges

Life can be challenging at times. You may be dealing with studies, kids, work and health issues, all at the same time. Throw in time for community fundraisers, financial issues or moving plans and it can become difficult to handle.  Here’s a simple and useful guide to have a positive perspective and handle life.

Practice Stress Busting Mini-Habits

  • Start a journal – write down the things you are grateful for in your life. Focus on the good and positive. Doing this will give you the strength to go on.
  • If you have too many things going on at one time, start a list. Doing this puts things in perspective, and helps you to implement them effectively. Enlist help from your friends and family. Doing it all alone is stressful and just not possible.
  • Plan your day with everything you want to do. Keep an hour for studies, one hour for work and spend some time with the kids once they are back from school.
  • If you have a community fundraiser to plan for, schedule it in your day. Break the work into bite-size steps that you can do in half an hour chunks of time. Completing work in small chunks gives you the confidence to complete all of it.
  • Make precise plans to tackle each area you just listed. Write the things to do with timelines on this list. Set up reminders for yourself and do your best.
  • Create work-life boundaries – keeping a distance from your phone, tablet or laptop can be a huge stress reducer. Keep a certain time in the day when you are away from these screens and not online.
  • Quit the quest for perfection. When you aim for perfection, things just stay stuck. Its important to move ahead and take it one day at a time. If you are happy with your effort, that will give you peace of mind and help you be stress-free.
  • Make a daily schedule -the night before. Doing this will help you stay ahead of the day. When you plan, keep an hour or two off to fit in any unexpected situation or things to do.
  • Stop comparing yourself with others. Limit the time spent on social media. Most often, people post the best part of their lives making It seem that they are perfect. That’s not true.
  • Don’t overthink about what others suggest. Listen to everyone then do what feels right to you. Trying to get everyone’s approval is never going to happen.
  • Consider a failure or rejection as feedback in life. Life does not stop when you face failure. Think of all the times you fell while trying to learn cycling. You still got up and rode again, didn’t you? Learn to stay positive and confident with the same mindset.

Everyday Self Care

  • Practice self-care. Keep some time for yourself every day as a routine. So, you can choose to go for a walk, jog or practice meditation or yoga. These simple daily activities can give the much needed me time, relieve your stress and allow you to focus.
  • Eat plant-based foods. It will help keep your gut clean and give you natural energy to get things done.
  • Cut the sugar out of your life. Difficult to do, but pays off when you see the sugar cravings go away. Most people try to eat more to handle all the stress. Don’t punish the body with processed foods. Once in a while is okay.
  • Choose healthier alternatives. Try having green tea or herbal tea in place of your second coffee cup of the day.

Socialize

  • Speak to friends and family often. Speaking with others helps in releasing the emotional burdens and enables you to gain newer perspectives. You learn to see and understand that everyone in life is facing challenges and not only you.
  • Plan date nights or get-together. In this digital age, meeting face to face is undervalued. Take out time and meet your friends, family and enjoy it
  • Stop trying to control everything in life. Use the extra hour in your schedule to deal with any unplanned circumstances. Being prepared helps you remain positive and tension free.
  • Express yourself through a hobby. Choose art, painting, sculpting, drawing or any other form that excites you.
  • Do things jointly with friends or family. If you have a house party coming up, distribute the responsibilities amongst family members and friends. Everyone is happy to participate and contribute and the responsibilities get well-distributed too.

The Last Word

Balancing work, life and everything else can be intimidating. Just resolve to be positive and confident whatever the situation may be, and you will surely be prepared for the oddballs that life throws at you.

 

 

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we all benefit from taking a break or holiday , including your Start-up Business

How to holiday without slowing down your business

As a Business Coach on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, we understand that growing a small business takes time and dedication. However, we all benefit from taking a break or holiday , including your Start-up Business. Down time allows everyone to relax and recharge, which can be essential for small business owners to maintain optimal performance at work. Being able to step away from a project or business helps you develop Confidence in Business.

As your own boss, you get to decide when and where to work. Just because you’re on holiday , it doesn’t automatically mean that you can’t keep your business running and growing. Successful small business owners understand how to take breaks, while still communicating with clients and finishing tasks. Small Business Consulting can help you decide if a holiday  can help you achieve a more well-rounded approach to doing business.

If you’re worried that your next holiday  will slow you down business-wise, think again. Almost all holiday  destinations have an internet connection and the ability to spend a few hours at a coffee shop. This allows your business to thrive, as you’re always finding ways to keep your customers happy while enjoying your holiday . Coaching for business women can help you balance all the demands of life, work and self-care, without sacrificing anything!

We go away a lot and balance work, life and play. We know how to do it and how important it is. 

When you first started as a business owner, you were probably too busy to think about holidaying. However, now that your business has been running for a few years, remind yourself that it’s okay to unplug from work from time to time. In fact, taking time for holiday  and self-care can actually increase your sustainability and allow for much-needed rest and relaxation.

Next time you take some time off work, consider using that time to reorganize your work life completely. On holiday , you’ll have the peace of mind to truly assess what’s important at work, and what you can let you. Leave your problems behind you but bring back the peace and tranquility of your time spent away from home. Also, stepping away temporarily is made easier with Support from a coach such as us, who provides support and direct coaching for women in business.

Everyone deserves a break from work, especially successful small business owners. Rather than making a choice between growing your business and taking a holiday , consider how you can have both. With the availability of telecommuting and the benefits or much-needed rest, you can do both at the same time!

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There was a time when work and family time had clear boundaries

There was a time when work and family time had clear boundaries. Nowadays, that is no longer the case and one must be conscious and very careful in trying to achieve the work-life balance to get the best of two worlds. This line has been further blurred by the use of technology that makes people available even after hours and consumes the time spent relaxing.

On a more cheerful note – even though it might be hard, it doesnt mean it is impossible to achieve work-life balance. However, what this balance will mean for each of us will be different, as our needs and responsibilities differ too. The ideal state of harmony and the road to achieving it will vary, as does what we are struggling with right now. Thats why the solution needs to be tailored and why we will propose later a small exercise designed to help you move closer to your individual desired state.

Gains and benefits of achieving the balance

The appropriate condition of balance and the avenues of attaining it will differ from person to person, but the benefits of achieving harmony are significant to all people employed. When employees experience a sense of command of their own lives and time division between work and rest they are more engaged and energetic in both.

Being in control and knowing there is designated time for each helps people focus on work while at work and deal with family matters outside of it. Not merely do they enjoy family time more, but they are equally able to build better relationships with coworkers and management. Fostering better relationships reduces the number of conflicts and increases productivity. A company is only as great as its people and studies prove that employees that have an optimal work-life balance do a better job. Therefore, companies that encourage this balance will yield good results in productivity, employee retention rates and become more enticing attracting the most outstanding talent out there.

Managing the balance will have an extensive effect on health and wellbeing in general. Being tired and overworked takes a great toll. Thinking process becomes clouded and productivity declines. Over more, tiredness can lead to dangerous mistakes at work and in private life. Stress from working too hard and not tending to yourself has negative effects on the immune system. In turn, this has a negative impact on any medical condition and overall health.

Bear in mind, dedicating the majority of time to work leads to more work. By showing you are responsible and get the work done, you invite people to rely on you in the future again. This leads to less and less time devoted to family and friends. Time remains the resource we need to be most careful about spending as it is not limitless and you cant get it back. Think about what you spend it on before you run out of it. In the words of Steve Blank: When you’re gone would you rather have your gravestone say, ‘He never missed a meeting.’ or one that said, He was a great father.

Moving closer to the Ideal

Before we attempt to change something we need to comprehend where we are currently and what we would desire to avoid. Therefore, the following technique could help in gaining clarity and taking the first steps towards the ideal state of work-rest.

You need very little material – a pen and a paper. If you dont have it handy, perhaps your imagination can do. Start by drawing a straight link across the paper in a letter position. On the left end of the line, you should write a phrase that indicates the undesired state of work-life balance and on the left the desired state. Ask yourself, what would like it to be, and what would I dislike in terms of this balance. For example, one could write living to work on the left, unwanted, and working to live on the other, desirable, end. Find your own wording and note it down.

Next, think of this line as a continuum going from the state you dont want to be in up to the one you wish you had. This step is about positioning yourself on this continuum NOW, in 2 and 5 years, on your worst day and in the IDEAL state. Take the time you require to figure out where to mark each of these on the line. An additional step could be trying to position people close to you on this line, to the best of your knowledge. For all you know, some of them will be an explicit model of what you like to avoid in life and what you want to aim for. If you discover you know someone who has achieved what you desire, they can be a resource and you could reach out for guidance.

Furthermore, we want to move from understanding to applying. Once you have them all noted, think of two small things you could do that would get you closer from where you are NOW to the IDEAL. Remember the tale of the rabbit and turtle race? Even the most modest steps bringing you closer to the goal, as long as you are persistent and dont give up. Conceivably that modest step for you would be saying NO to additional work or to staying over hours? Would you need learning how to delegate better to decrease the workload you are handling right now? Would it be making a list of priority items that prompt your response after hours and those that can wait until you come to the office? Could you need to communicate more clearly when you are available for work and set clear expectations when they can (not) reach you? Whatever these two steps are, they need to make sense to you and be applicable to your unique situation.

Ultimately, it is possible you opt for Coaching for success and find a great Gold Coast Business Coach to assist you in this endeavor. A coach could assist in developing steps that are outside of your comfort zone but still not terrifying. What you decide to undertake at this stage should be challenging enough, but not paralyzing you with fear. Otherwise, you will simply go back to the behaviors you are comfortable with which lead you to predictable outcomes. However, if you continue going down the same familiar road, you will inevitably end up on the same place in the end. Change is about designing the following modest step and estimating the consequences before you take it.

Slow and steady is the key

Remember, creating a healthy work-life balance is a continuous process. Re-examine your priorities from time to time, draw the line again and if needed find assistance to support you staying on course. Work-life balance does not imply an equal division of time. Figuring out an optimal number of hours to allocate to each requires an investment of time and energy. Successively, life will reward you with feelings of fulfillment, meaning, and calmness. Being attentive and investing consistently will yield good results and ultimately achieve the harmony you need to make the most of the two worlds.

30 April 2019 Article Submitted byMilica Markovic

 

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What can we learn if we are attuned to the seasonal change?

Seasons bring more than just the need for a wardrobe change. Each season delivers an opportunity to connect with nature and change together with it. Have you noticed how your mood and energy level differ depending on the season? Did you detect any new behaviors arising depending on the time of the year?

Plant and animal life have adapted over thousands of years to this change in weather happening throughout the year. As a species, humans have adapted to it too, however, over time, we lost the intensity of the connection. When most of the work people did was connected to agriculture and food growing we were much more mindful of the seasons. Today, as office work is unaffected by them we easily slip into the disconnect to nature’s change. When was the last time you were indeed aware that autumn or winter are starting, besides the need to use warmer clothes?
What can we learn if we are attuned to the seasonal change?

Every season bears a unique kind of beautiful with it and is precious for all life. The white coat that covers the Earth during winter makes it as beautiful as does the green one during the summer. In spring everything blossoms, and you could find yourself being moved by nature’s ability to regenerate after cold winter months. Have you ever stopped to admire the specter of colors autumn leaves showcase? Autumn is genuinely the season of movement with all the change happening (in temperature, winds, looks of, thus far, the green coat of Earth). Each one of the seasons is unique and delightful, the same as each one of us is, without exception. Nature appreciates all of the seasons as we should appreciate ourselves.

Each of the seasons lasts only for a few months and has its picks in its beauty. If we give them a chance, they can teach us to “stop and smell the roses” knowing nothing lasts forever. If you lived forever would you be so driven to do so much? Probably not. Seasons teach us we should enjoy the moment that is happening now as it is fleeting and never to repeat. You will never have a chance to live this day again!

Furthermore, seasons can offer hope to those that need it. A few months and the season is gone, right? In a way, this can be interpreted as nature’s way of telling us “this too shall pass.” If you are hurting, know it will pass (especially if you work on it). If you are happy savor every moment of it since it will also pass. If you think about it, nothing lasts forever and there a lesson and hope in appreciating that.

Change can prompt another kind of hope – hope that metamorphosis is achievable. Some changes can occur as naturally as spring comes after winter, whereas others will call for the shedding of old ways as trees leave their leaves in the autumn and give way to winter. Every one of the seasons presents an opportunity to reflect and reconstruct oneself.
Let the natural change spark your personal one

It used to be that summers were used to produce food, while the winter was a time for resting since there was not that much to do. It surely is no accident that after the season of change follows a season of calm. Winter can gift us with the feeling of peace and calm if we let it. The tranquility of winter can help reflect and ponder on the future steps in life. It can serve as a time to unwind and relax from all the movement and change we go through during the rest of the year.

Winter is a great time to dedicate to your own contemplation and allow yourself time to sit in quiet. The atmosphere of silence can help you get more attuned to your inner voice trying to whisper what you need and want. Turn inward to hear better and let your intuition direct you further. Allowing yourself to take the time to identify what negative stories you tell yourself can help you change them.

Autumn and winter demonstrate us that letting go is not necessarily a negative thing. The leaves and fruits that fall on the ground during autumn, and lie under snow during winter, will become new plant life when spring comes. Letting go can bring opportunities for something new to grow in its place. Give yourself the opportunity to declutter your mental and emotional space to make room for unknown experience in your life.

 

01 April  2019 – Article Submitted by Milica Markovic