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How to manage your time

Hello readers! I’m excited you popped by.

Readers are close to my heart and have helped me in so many incredible ways as I learnt the ropes and started this blog. Here I’ve collected some of what I’ve learnt along the way. I had so many great people share their experience with me and now I’d love to do the same.

Most of us are busy and finding enough time each day to do all the things we need to do, let alone those we WANT to do can be a challenge. Working on how to manage your time better so that you are more efficient and productive can give you more time to do the things you really enjoy without neglecting the things you need to do.

Turn off email alerts

It may seem like a really great set up to have email alerts automatically pop up on your desktop or phone but it is a huge distraction and reduces your efficiency. Choose times to regularly check your emails throughout the if needed but don’t have them popping up on the screen every time one comes through. If something is absolutely critical people can pick up a phone and call you.

Have a routine

Whether it is getting the kids ready for school or running through regular activities at work, having a routine will help you manage your time better and make you more efficient. If you have a set of tasks that are completed in a logical order you are less likely to wander off onto unrelated tasks and lose focus. Routine also help you to do things automatically so they become quick and easy

Stop multitasking

You may think by doing multiple things at once you are saving time and while for some stuff this is true, most of the time it just means you are doing lots of things badly. Sure, talk on the phone and clean up your desk or have a coffee while reading a book but if the task is something that requires attention don’t try to multitask. Research into driving has shown that we can’t attend well to two tasks that require focus, one always loses out (this is why you shouldn’t talk on the phone while driving … in fact even using hands free reduces your peripheral awareness). Trying to switch between multiple tasks will not only result in more mistakes, which wastes time when you go back to fix them, but it will also take you longer to complete the tasks than if you had just given your full attention to them separately.

Keep a notebook next to  you

If you are anything like me, little thoughts, idea, to do lists pop into my head at all sorts of random times. It is easy to get distracted from what you are doing and swap between a million tasks at once. Instead of becoming distracted, just write the thought down and come back to it later.

Plan

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It is no secret that I love planning so of course this was going to be on the list. You can save a lot of time by planning ahead. From things as simple as buying a heap of cards ready to give for different occasions so you don’t need to go out and buy one every time a birthday rolls around through to bulk cooking up meats and planning out Christmas shopping before you head to the shops. Planning reduces time you waste going back and forth and helps you consolidate likes tasks together so you just do them ONCE.

Set a timer

If there is a task you need to do and you know roughly how long it will take, set yourself a timer. You’d be amazed at how much more efficient you can be when you sit down and just focus, Knowing there is an end in sight. I do this when writing articles and my newsletter. I allow myself a set amount of time and work like a madwoman for that period. When it’s up I stop and move on to whatever other activity I have planned. This also helps with giving the kids good expectations. It is much easier to say “mummy is going to spend 10 minutes doing xyz and when the timer goes off we will go to the park” than to tell a child you are going to write an email or make a phone call. Those concepts are limitless and they are much more likely to spend the whole time pulling your leg!

XOXO

FRANCIS ADDY

Your Goal Starts with You

Hey lovelies! Happy new week!!! yay!!!  its another new week and am glad we are here! funny thing is the month is running out fast, can you imagine we are almost at the of January? Hmmm time waits for no man, so we all need to sit up and do our thing without allowing negativity deter us from our goals.

It’s actually been ages since the last time i put up new post on motivation, please do forgive me.

So today my post is all about achieving our set goals. Some people will ask “how can one achieve their goals” first of all lets describe what we mean by GOAL SETTING.

According to mindtools, Goal setting is an important method of deciding what you want to achieve in life.

So i ask, do you still want to only achieve your in your head or will you raise up and take a bold step? Setting goals does not have to be a yearly thing, it could be as little as daily, weekly or monthly and it doesn’t have to be things you cant achieve. Below are a few three steps to achieving your set goals in 2018.

Write them down: Whatever it is you want to achieve, be it personal or not, you need to write it down first because writing it down is the easiest form of reminding your self that this is what you to do. It’s also been observed that people a greater number of people who write down their goals tend to find away if achieving them.

Plan how to achieve them: Don’t just pen them down and ignore them, keep your write up where you can easily look at it daily, for me it will definitely be my dressing mirror because this is one place i stand every blessed day. Look for the best place to stick your plans while you strategize the best approach to bringing these goals into life.

Take Action: What is planning without putting it into action? Plan and try out your plans, little by little and see how they go, i doubt if they will work out immediately but hey!! don’t lose hope when they do not work out as initially planned, it just means you need to try another method.  Achieving  set goals shouldn’t be such an ambiguous task, it should be a step-by-step procedure, so take it one step ( Its called baby steps) at a time until you begin to get results even if they are little. keep pressing until it comes to life.

Are you one of those who sits and only fantasies how you want do something but has never get around to doing them? i got you dear. All you need to start is put them down first and look at them as many times as you want…………………….. this has always been a starting point for me.

Stay tune till next time!!!!

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XOXO

FRANCIS ADDY

 

 

Happiness from Within

Hey Lovelies!!!

Happy New Month!!!!!
Am super excited that we made it into another great month! and left July behind! you know why, for the past three (3) years, July has never been favorable to me or my household but his year’s was just different because we asked God to make it a different one and guess what? He did!!! Yes he did! Thank You Lord.
I actually want to talk about Happiness in today’s post! to help keep us motivated through the new month.

What is Happiness? Happiness by Wiki “is a mental or emotional state of well-being which can be defined by, among others, positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy” 

 Now my question is are you one of those whose happiness is indirectly attached to something without you knowing.  The word something means just anything! it could your relationship, career, money or just about anything! Hey darl!!!! you do not need all that to be happy you know. Happiness should be same as the air you breath in!!! no matter where you find yourselve, you do try as much as possible to stay happy.

I used to be one person who will get mad at you once you offend me, and will bear grudge till only God knows when, i will need to even pray about it before i can forgive but now, but now i  had to specifically pray that God give me a forgiving and forgetting spirit, that feeling is gradually fading off and i am now in a better place with a better state of mind. I have refused to give anyone the key to my happiness directly or indirectly mbok!!!

So i will post a couple of quotes relating to happiness that i like to look at whenever am passing through a phase.

Just for the laugh, I just couldn’t help but share this below.

You can’t make everyone happy, you are not an AVOCADO

Are you one of those who suck over everything? Hey! rise up, take a deep breath, go out there and make yourself as happy as you can!!!!!!

Photo credit: Google.

XOXO

FRANCIS ADDY