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MeTimeYes, that’s right…this blog post is about making time for you. I know for so many of you it’s a big challenge. I know that 99.9% of my readers are women and if you’re like most, your plate is more than full. There are a lot of things that get onto your calendar, but you aren’t one of them and that has to change. When you give yourself the time to do the things that you love to do or want to do without thinking about anything or anyone else, it actually makes the rest of your life work.

If you want to be able to focus on all of the things on your agenda, you’ve got to take care of you first. I like to use the example of the instructions you get from the flight attendant before take off. When it comes to the oxygen mask, you have to put ours on first THEN help children, elders or others with theirs. Your me time is like your oxygen mask.

When I teach clients to plan, the first thing that we get in their calendar is their time to themselves, followed by time off from their business. Then we add the project and other business related items. Giving this time to yourself is so important. How long has it been since you had me time? Can you even remember?

Instead of trying to squeeze in more time for work and family duties, make the time for you. It’s essential to your health. Stress produces cortisol, which can  impact overall health. Furthermore, it’s necessary for you to be at your best for your family, friends and your clients. Getting in that me time contributes to being the best you that you can be.

Figure out how you’re going to spend your me time. Choose an activity and schedule it once a week. You can also consider adding time at the beginning or end of your day just for you. As time goes on you add additional times. As you plan each week, get your me time in there first. If you find that you just can’t seem to make yourself schedule the time, you might want to ask yourself if there’s something else going on around self worth.

If you always feel short on time, if you’ve got a tight schedule, feel guilty about spending time by yourself, don’t take care of yourself first, if you feel like you should be doing something when you have free time, or fill all of the open spaces in your calendar with something, say “yes” before you check to see if you’re available…you clearly don’t have enough time to yourself. Remember, me time is your oxygen mask. It allows you to be able to take care of everything and everyone else.


MondaySome times it’s hard to push through a Friday knowing what’s ahead for the weekend…the fun times you’ve got planned with family and friends or just the down time that you’ve been looking forward to having to yourself. Thinking ahead to those things make it hard to get it all done on Friday afternoon.

Since you’re thinking about the plans you have for the immediate future already, shift things a bit and start thinking about where you are now and where you want to be in the distant future. Pick up a pen and start making notes about your thoughts. Think about the goals you’ve set for the end of the year and ask yourself where you want to be in another 3 years and then 5 years.  Ponder those things and dream big! The “how” is not important right now. Just take care of the “what”. You’ll start the next week with clarity and a new vision and you can even set aside some time in that week to start mapping out your plan. That makes for a productive Monday and it’s an awesome way to start your week!


Habit 2-Begin With The End in MindThis is habit number two from Covey’s list of seven and something that definitely supports productivity. It works when you set long-term goals, and use visualization as a tool to develop it. Before you start anything, you have to have a clear picture of what it is you want and that means looking at the end result and working your way backward to the starting point to know what to do to get you there. When you work in this manner and mentally create what you want, it helps you to focus on relevant things.

I have seen the difference that this makes time and time again. I’ll share one example with you. A few years ago a colleague said that she needed my help to pull things together. She was all over the place, working on a number of different things, but had no idea of where she was going with some of them. I took her through a visualization session so that she could get clear on where she was going with her clients. We went into the detail about the purpose of the programs she wanted to create and the results she wanted from each of them. I also had her stop working on her first annual retreat to get clear about the end results. That session made all the difference.

Beginning with the end in mind had her look at exactly where she was going with the programs and events in her business. The outcomes allowed her to see where the gaps where in what she was contemplating as well as the things she had already been working on without making time to envision it all first. Looking at the end result helped her create her long term goals for each endeavor and map out the plan to get there. Stopping to look forward enabled her days to be more focused and kept her from her usual days of being all over the place and not knowing where she was going.

Monday Easy ButtonA lot of people look forward to the end of the work week. For some Friday means spending the weekend with loved ones and more fun. For others, it means the end to the weekly grind. If you really are doing what you love, but find yourself looking forward to Friday because it means the end of the grind, you’re probably wasting a good deal of time on Friday afternoon. Instead of counting down the hours as Friday afternoon drags along, use it to set yourself up for a productive Monday.

One thing that you can do to set the stage for a productive Monday is to look at your schedule for the coming week. Look at what’s already on your calendar for the week ahead and add anything that’s missing. Make sure that you’ve included all of your meetings and set reminders for them. Place anything that you need for the meeting in one place so that they’re ready to go. That includes driving directions if you need them.

Be sure that your project deadlines for the week are in your calendar as well as your to-do items with time blocked out to work on them. Doing so will clear your mind of the feeling that you’ve forgotten something and allows you to not only have the great weekend you’ve been looking forward to, but it makes for a efficient Friday and sets you up to start your week on a productive note.


The First 100 Days

How you start each year sets the tone for it. So how did your year start? Did you set your goals? Is there a plan in place to carry them out? Are you committed to them? Maybe your year didn’t start off like that and if that’s the case, you started the year without any focus and without preparation. Honestly, that’s the way that about 92% of people started their year. Statistics show that only 8% of people actually achieve their goals every year.

If you happen to be among that 92%, it’s not too late to get the ball rolling. In my experience, I have found that many people end up not only starting their year without any goals, plans or commitment, but they also end up making excuses for why they haven’t taken on what they said they would, and they regret not having taken action.

The first 100 days of the year is a crucial period and your entire year rides on it. When you look back 100 days into the year, which will be April 10th, what will things look like for you? Will you be well on your way to the income that you want to make in your business this year or another goal that you’ve set or will you just have an excuse for why you haven’t started to forge the path toward the summit?

Excuses and regret won’t get you anywhere, but getting focused definitely will. Just knowing your goals doesn’t have any value at all if you don’t reach them. You can’t get results without execution, and expecting better results, or to get to the next level is ludicrous at best. Doing things the way that you’ve always done things will have you sitting in the exact same place you started, continuing a vicious cycle.  The only way to get where you want to get is to get focused, create your plan, commit yourself to it and go for it. If your execution is in play you perform and continue to get better and over time can master greater feats than those before you now. So right now, what do you need to do to get focused, set your goals, create the plan and commit to carrying it out through to fruition? The ball is in your court and the clock is ticking. 100 days into this year are you going to have excuses or results?


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