Coaching with compassion

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Our journeys, oftentimes, just happen! “We cannot escape the reality and effects of the loss of a job, divorce, separation, betrayal, or death.  At times, some of us seem to get more than our share.  I’ve stood with others in each of these instances and I’ve walked through more death situations than one might ever think she’d see in a lifetime.  News of the Big C; a call in the middle of the night;  opening a letter to find that a spouse no longer wants to be married.  The list of loss and grief can be inexhaustible.”  If you would like to learn whether or not a coach is right for you, take advantage of my offer. You will find that another ‘C’ will greet you. It will be compassion.

 

time-management

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time management begins with setting priorities


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* Take out paper and pen, or pencil if you prefer, to identify these. Then, set your priorities carefully by what is important over not important. This, alone, will help you to avoid having issues of urgency about far too many “priorities” each and every day. You will begin to get a handle on your time in ways that you never thought possible.

* Learn the Power of No – Saying no is probably one of the most important things you’ll ever learn to say. The problem is our parents disciplined the word “no” from our vocabulary. It’s time to learn how to say no again. If something is not right for you, is too “urgent”, causes you stress, or you just do not want to do it and it doesn’t fit in with meeting your goals, say no. Saying no will free up untold amounts of time to focus on your priorities.

* Disconnect from Technology – Unplug the phone, turn off email notifications, and for goodness sakes get off Facebook. If you’ve not completed the most important tasks on your daily list, you have no business messing around with technology. The idea of multitasking is overrated, so unplug and tune in to the tasks at hand. You’ll work faster, smarter, and gain the time you need for other things.

* Schedule Everything – Your priorities need to be added to your calendar. Everything from the 15 minutes you need to use social media for marketing purposes, to the one hour you take your kids to the park, needs to be put into your calendar. If you have a project due in a week, you should have five days of scheduled time to work on the project prior to the due date. This helps avoid those urgencies mentioned earlier.

* Ignore Interruptions – Unless the house or office is on fire, or a child is bleeding, the telephone ringing and the knocks on your doors, are not important. They are interruptions. Check your email at scheduled times during the day, explain to your children, spouse and family when you are working or otherwise occupied. If you didn’t schedule it, you don’t need it.

* Outsource – Whether it’s the housework, cooking, or customer service, it’s important to outsource what you can afford to outsource. There are huge payoffs to outsourcing the things that are simply time suckers from your day. If you can’t afford to outsource, your kitchen will not explode if a few dishes pile up, and everyone can do with eating a salad for dinner. And, you can automate a lot of customer service issues if you work from home.

* Once and you’re done – Multitasking is not really a bastion of efficiency. Instead, seek to touch each task only once and finish it. For example, when you check the mail immediately throw out the trash, schedule bills to be paid, and deal with any issues that came up with a letter – right then. Of course, your mail time should be scheduled as well so that you can stay on track.

* Check Your Schedule – At least twice a day, set out the time to check your schedule. Usually the morning is good and at the end of the day is good. Ensure that you have your priorities in order, add anything new to your schedule that needs to be added, and remind yourself of what is expected the next day. Checking your schedule helps you feel accomplished at the end of the day, and reminds you of what’s coming up tomorrow.

Although you may find this a little over the top, at first, it’s important to be very serious about following your schedule and calendar. Why? Because it’s what will make these time management tips work.

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