Monday, September 24, 2007

Monday Motivation - 24 September

"Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.’" ~ Ann Landers

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Reflections on 9/11 - by Mary Allen

Every day I receive a quotation from Mary Allen, under the title "Your Daily Gem". They are often lovely, insightful quotations and today, I received one that I found especially thought provoking. So I want to share this with you - and to share Mary's reflections on 9/11.

“What you see reflects your thinking. And your thinking but reflects your choice of what you want to see." ~ A Course In Miracles

Mary writes:
"On the day of 9/11/02, I was at Tony Robbin's Life Mastery, a 10 day event in Hawaii. Ironically, it was "Emotional Mastery Day." Tony addressed over 2000 people from 59 different countries that morning, and took us all through a powerful process. Fascinating to see that everyone in the audience had a different emotional experience of the event. People who ran patterns of "anger" in their life, felt very angry. People who ran patterns of "sadness," felt very sad. People who ran patterns of "love" in their life, immediately wanted to contribute. People who ran patterns of "gratitude," were grateful for all those who were spared. People who were focused on "peace," saw this as a turning point for greater world peace. The transformations that took place that day will forever be imprinted in my heart. The hallmark event of 9/11 reflected back what was most alive in each of us. And, so true it is with life."

Mary E. Allen, CPCC, MCC
Your Life Coach

Monday, September 10, 2007

Monday Motivation - 10 September

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use." ~ Earl Nightingale

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Monday Motivation - 3 September

My Monday Motivation is a little bit late this week - but well worth the wait!

For some inspirational words of wisdom by Zig Ziglar, check out this link (and many thanks to the lovely client who sent this to me):

Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Time Management Tips - Part 3

Here are some more ideas on managing interruptions:

· Create a solution focused environment by encouraging people to think about how they want things to be rather than just coming to you with the problem. Once they are clear on the desired result it is much easier and faster to explore what needs to happen for the issue to be resolved.

· Establish fixed times when you can be interrupted but be clear on directing people elsewhere for assistance if appropriate – for example policy queries may be set out in a company procedures manual, or some queries may be better handled by someone else, so refer the person on.

· For people who tend to pop in several times a day with various non urgent queries, have them list them and reduce the number of times they seek your assistance by dealing with several items in one discussion.

· If a scheduled meeting is running over for no good purpose, collect all your papers together, put your pen down and thank them for their time – then offer to walk them to the coffee machine if they still don’t get it!

· Use a different work space to get a particular task or project done, such as an empty conference room, an absent colleague’s vacant office or even the local library.

If you've got some other techniques you have used and found effective, please let me know.

Have a great weekend!