Boy, can you believe we are already into the second half of the year? Just the other day a friend of mine called me who I hadn’t spoken to for a few months. Both of us had been busy with life in general so our regular coffee or phone catch up had been postponed. We both asked the other “so, what’s been happening?” After hearing how her little baby just turned one and is walking along with a variety of other fabulous updates it was my turn.
I mentioned how hubby and I had headed off at Easter for a trip in our campervan, I had been to Cairns for work, a trip to Perth to spend time with the family and then what had been happening on the work front I realized the last few months had passed by very quickly.
Once I got off the phone I sat down and started to make a list of all the fabulous things that I had done over the last 6 months. It was quite amazing when you start listing all the wonderful things you get to do in life, the opportunities that present themselves, the fabulous people you get to connect with. Sometimes we get so caught up in the rush it is hard to see the wood for the trees. You get so caught up that you forget to take the time to appreciate all the wonder that makes up your daily life.
I have decided that every three months I am going to create a gratitude list. A list of all the wonderful experiences, opportunities and people I am grateful to have connected with. It is amazing how lucky and truly blessed we are to have all this experience.
Do you have a gratitude list? Have you thought about creating a gratitude list? I would love to hear what you are grateful for in your life.
Just recently, I felt so overwhelmed with everything that was going on in my life. It seemed like every which way I turned there was something or someone that needed my attention. I got bogged down in the day to running around that comes with running a home, a business, a radio program and then throw in a social life to the mix. All of a sudden there just didn’t seem to be enough time for me in there.
The first thing I did was get someone to help me with some business issues that were on a timeline. A VA (virtual assistant) can be such a treasure at high times of work load, it can take the pressure off. The second thing I did was prioritise the most pressing tasks at hand. The third thing I did was sit down and read an e-book. Probably something you would think would be high on the priority list. I had heard about a technique for time management and so I googled this technique and came across a fabulous e-book. I am so glad I didn’t do overwhelm for that hour and instead armed myself with a very valuable tool. This technique is called the ‘Pomodoro Technique’.
As a business coach I coach people on time management so I should know what I should do. Coaching can be just like the cook, who doesn’t like cooking at home, or the mechanic that never gets around to fixing their own car. Well, coaches can be just the same, they never get around to practicing the time management skills they instill in their clients.
So, back to my hour time out of reading the Pomodoro Technique, I have to say it was the best hour I spent arming myself with a really easy technique to get myself out of overwhelm and back into productive mode. Any of us can do overwhelm so well that we waist time agonizing over what has to be done and what hasn’t been done that we actually don’t achieve anything. Next minute a few hours or even worse a whole week has gone by and nothing has been achieved. Once I read the e-book, I decided to give it a go and see if it worked. By the end of the day my ‘to do list’ had shrunk and I was no longer feeling overwhelmed and drained. I somehow felt relieved and satisfied that I had achieved so much in such a short space of time.
Do you do overwhelm well? If so, I recommend spending an hour or two and have a read of this e-book, you might end up just like me and pleasantly surprised. Now, I don’t do overwhelm so much anymore, I do Pomodoro instead!