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"There can't be a crisis next week – my schedule is already full!"

I had a meeting with a client last week and the discussion centered around how busy we all are. We had a lengthy chat about some strategies for taking control of each day. Here's a note I got
from her over the weekend:


"Just thinking of you! Detoxing my office!!!! Big Time. Amazing how in front of my desk (where you access the closet & filing cabinet) was completely blocked with STUFF for over 6
months now. Almost like my road ahead was blocked!


Now all my filing is done and I will start to implement my work week. Monday's & Thursday's are client updates, Tuesday's are meeting days & Design days, Wednesday is a full design day
& Friday is office admin & project management. I will also try and only
check email at scheduled intervals. Any recommendations on that? Every 2 hours?
8, 10, 12, 2 & 4??? Great start to clearing the clutter and paving a new
path for 2010." – client


I know many of you are feeling the same way – because you've been telling me that.


Let's talk about the importance of taking control of your day and, therefore, taking charge of your life.


We all have 8,760 hours in a year. To date, we've already used 792 (roughly) this year. Projecting ahead, I figure I have another 1,040 Saturdays in my 'active' life.


It is all about perspective and awareness!


I do implement some simple, yet effective, ways for managing my time – not only as a home-preneur, but also as a step-mom. Many of my clients are working step-moms and, as I tell them
regularly, when there is chaos in the home, there is chaos in your business.
It's time (no pun intended) to take charge! Before we know it, we will all be
sitting in a retirement home....counting the hours!



On my trips around the world, I found it fascinating to watch people and to see how they spent their time –


In Viet Nam, it took time and hard work just to GET to work – in Cambodia, the sounds of the children laughing as they play remains one of my favorite memories. Everything in balance!


(If you would like to join me on the next world tour in the fall, call my friend, Ben, President of Travel Guild: 1.800.268.4284 for information.)


"Those who make the worse use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity." - Jean de la Bruyere


Here are some simple steps you can begin using today:


  1. Go to your office supply store and buy a wall calendar that will give you 'a year at a glance'
  2. Get some dry-erase markers and allocate a color for each category/activity
  3. Hold a family meeting (especially when there are stepchildren involved) to discuss what you want the year to 'look like and feel like'
  4. Begin to map out the commitments on your calendar, all the while discussing 'what's working and what's not' – change is good!
  5. On a weekly basis, set your boundaries with respect to time for work and time for family. (as you can see from my note above, I know – God willing – that I only have just over 1,000 Saturdays
    left for active play…..you can bet that I make conscious and wise choices
    about how I spend my time on Saturdays and with whom!)
  6. Plan a rhythm and a routine for your weekly/monthly activities. As you can see from my client's note (above), we had discussed what type of activity would get
    done on which day of the week. For me, I only commit to client work 3
    weeks/month – the last week of the month is reserved for product
    development, or vacation, or special events, etc.

The moral of the story is that once time is gone, you will never get it back. How are you 'spending' it?


Assignment


  1. Go buy that wall calendar and schedule a time for your family meeting.
  2. Agree that each person has a voice, and respect that voice/opinion/comments when they are shared.
  3. Create boundaries for time at work and time at home. (Call your mother!)
  4. Plan your month, with respect to work time, and see if that particular routine and rhythm work for you.

Do this and I will guarantee that you will take control of your life. When you try new things, you are developing the confidence and courage to move forward and invent the life you truly want
to live.


But this is only the tip of the iceberg - now that you've handled the question, how exactly do you live your life fully, 97-98% of the time?
I've outlined every secret in detail, and it's all in my "Steps2Happiness
Home Study System", so you can start using it all right away to get
meaningful results. In addition to the exact techniques that have worked for
me, the System includes everything you need to know to prioritize what to work
on first, clear the decks, and set up simple, solid systems to organize your
life
. It's all step-by-step, not a big mishmash of things. So, you do step
one of the system, and when you're done with that, you move on to step two, and
so on. That's why my clients have gotten such great results from it. All the
tools, scripts, templates, and examples are handed to you on a silver platter.
So easy. You can get yours at www. confidenceandcourage.com


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