6 Simple Steps to Improve Your Time Management

6 Simple Steps to Improve Your Time Management

Are you an individual who can’t seem to properly manage your time?  Does this cause additional stress in your life?  The good news is that there are a number of steps that you can take to improve your time management.  Here are 6 simple steps that you can take to manage your time better and reduce the associated stress!

 Know That You Have a Problem

Awareness that you may have a time management challenge is the first step in changing your behaviour.  Although it is typical to be late for work or a social event on occasion, it is something that should not be happening on a daily or a weekly basis.  

 Decide To Change

Wanting to change is the next key to change.  You need to set goals for yourself, as these goals can help to provide you with a source of motivation.  Sample goals include showing up to work on time for a whole month, being on time for all dinner dates, and so forth.

 Create Daily Task Lists

Creating a to-do list for yourself is an easy way to properly manage your time.  Outline what you need to do throughout the day.  Be sure to list your tasks in order of importance.

Rely On Time Management Tools

Consider using time management tools to your advantage.  Use your cell phones and computers  alarm clocks, alerts, calendars, and so much more?

 Learn How To Say No

This can be challenging but try to not take on more than you can accomplish.  Look into using outside help.  In the home, this outside help can come from a housecleaner.  At the workplace, this outside help can come from a co-worker.

 Get Organized

If you are unorganized, you are likely to waste a large amount of time.  For example, you can waste time by searching for lost or misplaced documents.  or you can spend hours searching for your glasses or car keys.

These are just a few ideas you can put in place to help you get organized.  It all starts with awareness and the desire to change!  If you want it, you can have it!

How to Have a Beautiful Life in a Mad Dash Society

How to Have a Beautiful Life in a Mad Dash Society

When you go out, look at the people around you. Everyone looks like they’re in a hurry to get somewhere? When you ask your friends out for a gathering, do you often get, “Sorry, I’ve got an appointment, or I have a meeting on that day”?  Is your response the same when they ask you?

Many people are chronically busy nowadays. They all have the desire to be successful as fast as possible. And to achieve that, they figure they have to compress five years of work into one, by moving five times faster! So they rush, sacrificing personal time and relationships, to get as much done as they can. But despite their earnest and wholehearted attempt to be successful, they often waste their effort because they lose their sense of direction – focusing on the trees, but failing to notice the forest – they end up running in circles.

If you don’t occasionally stop running and look up at the stars, how will you know which way is North? (Don’t tell me you have a compass.) In real terms, this means you have to set some time every day to stop and reflect.

· What do I value in life?

· What does success mean to me?

· Has what I’ve done today brought me closer to my life’s goal?

· How do I get from where I am, to where I want to be?

Yes, these questions require you to think deep; do some soul-searching. Everyone needs a Vision – that vivid mental image of what you’d like to Be, Do, and Have in life. Without it, we can’t see which way we’re headed. And the only way to develop it is to pause, reflect, think deep, and search your soul.

All a dying person wants is to be well again. All a homeless person wants is good food and a warm place to sleep at night. And all a grieving person wants, is to have spent more time with their loved ones. Don’t let this happen to you. Slow down, pause, and reflect.

Figure out what’s important to you in life. Then spend more time doing what’s important, rather than following the masses – being busy every day; chasing an imaginary shopping list of what it takes to be successful.

A Budget that Works for You.

A Budget that Works for You.

Whether it is for your business or your personal life you should always follow a budget.  Even if you make significant amounts of money you should still have a budget.  But before you begin making a budget you need to have a set of goals.

Do you want to be debt free, live on one income, or save for retirement? Make this into your personal or family financial mission statement. Write it down or type it up nicely and then have it laminated and display it in a prominent place where you can see it often. Many times we just need a reminder to ourselves for why we are doing a particular thing, and that can be just enough incentive when things get tough.

Set small range goals so you can see progress. It can be very difficult to keep up the discipline necessary to stay on budget if you can’t see any measurable progress. Develop some short-term goals that you can celebrate meeting. If your goal has been to reduce your grocery spending by $100 per month, then your weekly goal would be to cut grocery costs by $25. Likewise, if your goal is to pay off debt, make a chart to show how much you’ve paid off. Reward charts just aren’t for children! Use a type of chart where you can color in a bar to show your progress, and then color it in every time you make a payment so you can see the progress you are making. Put it up on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror as a reminder that your hard work is paying off!

Next, Identify your weak spots and develop a plan to battle them. In sticking to your budget, you need a clear idea of where you may be tempted to break the budget. If you are prone to impulse spending, then you must remove that temptation from yourself. If you go window shopping, leave your credit cards at home! Especially in the early days of sticking to your budget, it is important to re-train yourself to curb spending.

A good way to prevent yourself from digging yourself further and further into debt is to form a personal budget that can work for you. Many people spend their hard earned money frivolously without having many regards to how much money they will have left before their next paycheck comes. They will often find themselves having no money left and ending up having to borrow from a lender just to pay essential bills or provide for their family. The problem with this type of spending is that you tend to incur debts that will begin to cause added problems with your finances that you become unable to pay off your debts when needed.

If you would like some help with your mindset surrounding money check out my 10 Minute Money Makeover!


Help for your healthy eating goals!

Help for your healthy eating goals!

It is the first Saturday in the New Year and I know many people set the resolution of eating better and I am here to help you with that.

Years ago I was trained as a Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition which is based on a philosophy of Primary and Secondary Foods.  Primary Foods is the food that we physically consume and Secondary Foods are the other things in life like community and our relationships.  Both are equally important so you will see secondary foods come into the mix throughout my posts!

For today we are going to talk about the basics of primary foods.  The key to the success of any plan for healthy eating is to eat what you like but to exercise moderation when it comes to the less healthy foods.  Improving your level of health and fitness does not mean forgoing that piece of chocolate cake, for instance.  It does mean, however, limiting yourself to one piece.  A healthy diet contains all types of foods, including carbohydrates, proteins, and even fats.  The key is choosing foods that provide the best combination of taste and nutrition.  After all, if your diet consists of foods you hate, you will not stick with it.

I also teach the concept of gradually adding the better foods while gradually eliminating the not so good foods.  This way you have a better chance of success and sets you up for long-term health.

My two basic primary food suggestions are:

1 Purchasing organic as often as possible is always recommended but I realize can be costly and not always available where you live.  A good plan is to follow the Dirty Dozen list.   The ones with the most chemicals you should always try and eat organic.

The 2017 Dirty Dozen list from EWG (2018 not published yet but typically does not change a lot)

1.  Strawberries

2.  Spinach

3.  Nectarines

4.  Apples

5.  Peaches

6.  Pears

7.  Cherries

8.  Grapes

9.  Celery

10.  Tomatoes

11.  Sweet bell peppers

12.  Potatoes

The 2017 Clean Fifteen list from EWG (least amount of pesticides and chemicals). These ones are not as important to buy organic so you can save some money!

1.  Sweet Corn

2.  Avocados

3.  Pineapples

4.  Cabbage

5.  Onions

6.  Sweet peas (frozen)

7.  Papayas

8.  Asparagus

9.  Mangos

10.  Eggplant

11.  Honeydew Melon

12.  Kiwi

13.  Cantaloupe

14.  Cauliflower

15.  Grapefruit

2. Limit processed food.  The more fresh food you can eat the better.  I know there are times we need to open a package of food for a quick meal.  Next time I will talk about meal planning so you can have healthy meals on hand all the time!

And when someone offers you a piece of chocolate cake, eat it!  (this falls under secondary food too!)

If you haven’t got it yet, grab my 5 Key Strategies for Self-Care for Less Stress and More Energy.  (ps….2 amazing smoothie recipes inside!)

Happy, healthy eating for 2018!

Self-Care for the Holidays

Self-Care for the Holidays

If you are like me, you are in full swing of the holiday season with a full calendar of events, parties, shopping, and cooking, and I am sure a few others.    Are you already tired just thinking about it?  Today I share with you a few of my “go-to” self-care things that I actually put a lot of attention to so that I can be at my best during the season and to be able to fully enjoy all that is happening.

5 Key Self-Care Must Do’s


Get enough sleep 

Ok, I can already hear you laughing when you read that one!  But seriously, getting enough sleep is critical for keeping a strong immune system, keeping a clear head and also for the aesthetics!   Who wants dark circles and bags to go with the sparkly outfits?  I do realize that it is not always possible to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night at this time of year but give yourself at least 3 nights of the week when you get a full night in and don’t be afraid to take a very short nap in the afternoon.  I found this past week was exceptionally busy so tonight I have planned to go to bed early and get up early but making sure it amounts to at least 8 hours.  I recently bought a Fitbit (I was actually against them for a long time (another moment I eat of never say never) and interestingly enough I use it to monitor my sleep more than anything else!  Sad to say I was shocked but it has paved the way for me to correct the situation.

Eat healthy 

Food, food, food.  We all love food and especially at holiday time.  Having said that, in order to feel and look your best over the holidays and do all that you want, eating healthy is one of the critical ingredients.  Now I am not saying to not eat the yummy butter tarts or shortbreads or the wine.  Quite the contrary, just limit it.  One of the best ways is to start your day with a green smoothie and get in as many nutrients as early as you can and you won’t feel nearly as guilty eating the sweet stuff.  You want to savor every bit of those treats.  This past 2 years I have significantly cut down on my sugar consumption and this year I don’t even really like admitting this but I did not enjoy my treats nearly as much.  The butter tarts were way too sweet for me….which really helps keep it down to 1, not 1 dozen!  Overall, you should be aiming for about  90/10 or  80/20 – good, healthy foods to treats.

Drink water

For those that drink water on a regular basis, this may not be an issue.  For others, this can be a challenge.  This is especially true in the winter when we usually don’t drink water because of the lack of heat.   Like all health things, everybody is different and has different requirements, but overall, I would aim for 7-8 glasses of water a day.  This too I am recording on my Fitbit.  I have to admit that this is the one thing that I struggle with the most BUT also makes the biggest difference in my well-being when I consume sufficient water.  Add raspberries or lemon if you need to add a bit of flavor.

Set Boundaries

I have spoken about this in my recent previous emails and it comes up over an over.  This is a huge piece to keep you healthy emotionally over the holidays.  When you are emotionally healthy you will have a better chance of sleeping better, eating healthy (fewer sugar binges) and feel better overall.  With that being said, this can be really challenging at the holiday time.  There are many family traditions that you may be up against which can add more tension.  Taking baby steps to put in place boundaries, even if it is gradually over the years you will be better for it in the long run.  Always come from a place of love and compassion and you will get much further!

Set aside some time for just you each week

This is a non-negotiable for me!  Sunday morning for 1 hour is mine.  No interruptions, no questions, no “is breakfast ready?”  This is my time and I even keep it in place when we have visitors.  I teach my morning rituals in my classes and have recently published a book/journal to assist with this ritual. (will be launched soon!). Figure out what works best for you and make it happen.  This involves setting boundaries with others and yourself!  Once you do this for a while you will not want to go a week without it.  If you can do this daily, even better!

These are just 5 simple ways to be your best over the holidays.  Take action, you are worth it!

Wishing you a fun-filled, exciting and magical season.

Love & Abundance,


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