Busy is like a drug…

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Years ago I had a friend of a friend who, in his 20s was always SO busy. If you wanted to see them  they would be “booked up for months!” and if we wanted to make weekend plans, we arrange to see them 3 months in advance. Where is he now do you think. Well he had a brilliant well paid job, the amazing holidays, the flash car, a beautiful partner and gorgeous children. Then he had anxiety attacks, lost his confidence, lost his job and well you can guess the rest.

My immaturity and nativity and I guess my lack of confidence left me feeling as though to be successful / important then I should be that busy, and if I wasn’t then well, I just wasn’t popular or important enough! Ohh the ignorance of youth…

When I run into friends and work colleagues, they will usually ask me, “How are you? ” My reply is often, “Busy,” or “You know, keeping my head above water,” or “Keeping all the plates spinning.” Why do I answer like this?

It’s a way of saying that I am diligent in all my various duties, but more likely it is a way to proudly state that I am significant. I like to be busy and I like to brag that I am busy.

Meredith Fineman in the Harvard Business Review writes,

“Here’s the thing: it’s harming how we communicate, connect, and interact. Everyone is busy, in different sorts of ways. Maybe you have lots of clients, or are starting a new business, or are taking care of a newborn. The point is this: with limited time and unlimited demands on that time, it’s easy to fill your plate with activities constantly. But this doesn’t mean that you should.

To assume that being ‘busy’ (at this point it has totally lost its meaning) is cool, or brag-worthy, or tweetable, is ridiculous. By lobbing these brags, endlessly puffing our shoulders about how ‘up to my neck’ we are, we’re missing out on important connections with family and friends, as well as personal time. In addition to having entire conversations about how busy we are, we fail to share feelings with friends and family, ask about important matters, and realize that the ‘busy’ is something that can be put on hold for a little while.”

So I guess the question is when is “busy” too busy? BUSY is a highly addictive drug, it makes us feel good, needed, effective. It has a short lived impact and gives us a short timed “high”. The adrenalin rush is good but short lived. However “busy” can be translated.

I’m busy = I’m important.
Being busy gives people a sense they’re needed and significant.

I’m busy = I’m giving you an excuse.
Saying that you’re busy is a handy way to outsource your responsibility to your irresponsibility. Since you’re always distracted, you don’t have to do anything for anybody.

I’m busy = I’m afraid.
Look above at the “I’m important” part. Whether the speaker knows it or not, complaining of busyness is a subtle cry for help, one that reassures us that yes, we are in demand.

I’m too busy = I’m making something else my priority.

What does YOUR “too busy” say about your situation? Are you simply a “busy fool?”

How to get rid of busyness

Of course, it’s a interdependent issue. It’s hard to have downtime if your bosses subscribe to what Anne Marie Slaughter calls our time macho culture, “a relentless competition to work harder, stay later, pull more all-nighters, travel around the world and bill the extra hours that the international date line affords you.”

But don’t let that excuse suffice. You can convince your bosses/ friends/ colleagues/ children –if you know how to structure and have the right conversation.

  • Busyness is not a virtue. It will not serve you well.
  • Busyness is a shield, a cover, it covers up what is really going on.

I’d recommend checking your priorities and managing your work load effectively. This takes work, effort and, guess what –  time.

With stress & cancer on the increase take some time and think about it, I have found it’s all about balance and priorities.

I’m going to show you how to get rid of busy work, focus on the real work and set yourself up for continued success. Let’s get to it!

Define “Busy Work”

You haven’t been doing busywork your whole life (even though it might feel like it) and there is a way to remove the majority of the busy work that’s getting in the way of your real work.

The truth is responding to email four hours of the day is probably not part of your job description (for some people it might be). The first step to getting rid of busyness is to define what tasks are causing your busy symptoms. Here is a list of common tasks that can turn into busy work:

  • Responding to Email
  • Sorting Paperwork
  • Attending Meetings
  • Making Phone Calls
  • Checking Social Media

Action: Take a few minutes and write down what tasks have turned into busy work for you, include a estimated time per day you spend on those items.

Define “Real Work”

Now that you have a list of tasks that are considered busy work, it’s time to start focusing on the “real work” that fits your job description and makes you feel fulfilled and accomplished.

Defining this work can be a challenge, because most of your productive and fulfilling work has been mixed with the mundane. The 80/20 Rule states that “roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes”. Meaning 20% of the tasks you do every day make up 80% of your desired outcomes.

In order to figure out your real work, answer the following questions:

  • What is your job description?
  • What tasks get you the biggest results?
  • What do you feel is real work?
  • When do you feel most alive at work? What are you doing during those times?

If your job description has become unclear, it’s important to rethink your daily strategy.  You might need to have a conversation with your boss (even if you are your own boss!). The answer to the questions above should help guide the conversation.

Defining real work will make all the difference. Knowing what you are supposed to do and what you’re not supposed to do can transform what happens on a daily basis.

Limit Yourself

There is only so much you can do in a day, and too often you try and do as much as possible until the work day is over. According to Parkinson’s Law, “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” So when you decide your entire to-do list, email inbox, and project list are available for you to try and complete each day, it will be impossible to define what work will get done, and when. Trying to mark everything by priorities and hoping the items with deadlines get noticed today is dangerous territory. If you ever decide to build priorities into your day, pick one priority and work on it.

Otherwise, limiting yourself to a few, I’d recommend 3 major tasks and projects each day can take you from always trying to play catchup, to staying ahead of schedule.

Get Laser Focused

In order to limit yourself to a handful of projects each day, you have to get laser focused.

Back to Parkinson’s law. I recommend setting aside meaningful time for each of your daily projects. The goal here is to define how long (you think) each project will take so Parkinson’s law can come into effect. If you say this report will take thirty minutes to complete, set a timer for thirty minutes and get to work.

Eat the Frog

Now that you have defined your real work, limited yourself to a small number of projects each day, and getting laser focused: you have to eat the frog.

“Eat the frog” is a phrase made popular by Bryan Tracy. Think about the most difficult task or project you need to complete today and do it first: eat the frog. No one likes eating the frog, but if you do it first thing in your day, you can overcome procrastination and boost your mental stamina.

Too often the hardest work is held off until Friday afternoon, but doing the hardest work first will leave your day and week feeling fulfilled and gratifying. It’s not easy to “eat the frog”, but it’s worth it.

Building the practice of realizing your “frog” and successfully completing that task as soon as possible every day is a unique skill that will transform your workday.

Build a Routine

Staying in a constant state of being busy comes from blurred lines and lack of consistency in your day. Email is checked periodically throughout the day, reports are sent to your boss sporadically, some days you work through your lunch break, while other days you come home late (or both). The final step in this equation will help bring consistency to your week.

Creating a routine can significantly decrease your busyness and increase your productivity. Setting up a schedule for your day will increase your chances of becoming laser focused, give you the courage to eat the frog and keep yourself in check to do the work that matters most.

Here is a sample of a daily work routine:

  • 08-11: Work on one internal project (eat the frog)
  • 11-12: Email
  • 12-01: Lunch break in the park
  • 01-04: Work on one external project
  • 04-05: Clean up desk, talk with co-workers, decide on projects for tomorrow

A simple routine like this defines what type of work gets done at what time during the day. When you keep a routine like this, you set realistic expectations for the amount of work you can get done in a day. You also let others around you know when you are available to talk, take emails, or just catch up. Building a routine is a great way to bring everything together and get a handle on this label of being busy.

A solid routine helps you work on real work on a consistent basis while helping you avoid the busy work. Creating a routine also helps you get laser focused at different periods throughout the day.

Instead of trying to run a marathon, think of your work in sprints, and set up your schedule accordingly. You can also build the confidence and mental energy to successfully eat your frogs day in and day out with the proper routine. Overall, a routine will help you do your best work on an ongoing basis.

So the next time someone asks “how have you been?”, instead of say “oh, just busy”, you can say “I’ve been so productive!”

Hugs…

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THE C WORD

cwordOk so before you start on me – no its NOT that word. I hate that word. But that feeling of distaste that got you reacting is the same effect the word COACH has on me. Hence the identity and brand #masterfixer.

In my business career I always and coaches. I worked with some amazing coaches. I wanted to learn more than was being shared with me, I was hungry for knowledge, I wanted to understand why people reacted the way they did, how to get the best from a situation. How better to stretch and grow myself. I was also wanted reassurance of what I was doing was ok and good enough. I wanted the soothing, the ego stroked and reassurance that I was so desperately missing elsewhere. I wanted to thrive in my business career and therefore thrive in my life.

Also I have met some people who have downloaded an NLP certificate from the internet and call themselves a coach. What on earth?? I have personally struggled until recently with the title life coach, especially when the person looks are though they are 12 and have obvious life experience, and they are all a bit “woo woo” but then I bothered to find out more and recognsied that we are different and we need different supporters. I know its shallow and judgemental of me – but at least it is the truth. I am learning 🙂 So although I have been informally coaching for many many years, I struggled with the term coach, hence the C word challenge and the reason the #masterfixer was born.

Now being self-employed and surrounded by busy business women who are all striving for something more is amazing.  We all want more time, more money, less stress, more choice… I could go on… It’s clear that there are so many reasons to engage with a coach.

Lets talk support system, no I’m not talking childcare and someone to do the odd school run if you can’t. I’m talking your own personal cheerleader, someone to text when you’ve had a great result and someone to help you pick yourself up when you haven’t. Your biggest cheerleader and the person who will hold your toes to the fire. CLUE – this person is NOT your mum or your partner.

I held a training session at my home recently and my mantra is, and always has been, do what you do best and outsource the rest. One of the attendees was gobsmacked she exclaimed that she couldn’t possibly get someone to help her work on everything – her confidence, her weight, her fitness, her health, help her clean her house etc etc – do you see where I am going with this? My answer was simply  “Why on earth not?”

So build yourself your tag team / your brilliant entourage and build you and your business  – you cannot do it alone!

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Do you thrive on being “busy”?

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Squeezing a quick coffee in, rushed telephone calls with friends, a quick sandwich at your desk? Does any of this sound familiar to you?

Some people get a rush from being busy. The narrowly-met deadlines, the endless emails, the piles of files needing attention on the desk, the frantic race to the meeting… What an adrenaline buzz! G U I L T Y!!

The problem is that an “addiction to busyness” rarely means that you’re effective, and it can lead to stress, too much stress. Does any of this sound familiar?

Instead, try to slow down, and learn to manage your time better. Lets talk time management.

14 TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS

Have you ever wondered how it is that some people seem to have enough time to do everything that they want to, whereas others are always rushing from task to task, and never seem to finish anything?

Is it just that the former have less to do? No, it’s much more likely that they are using their time more effectively and practicing good time management skills.

Time management is not very difficult as a concept, but it’s surprisingly hard to do in practice. It requires the investment of a little time upfront to prioritise and organise yourself. But once done, you will find that with minor tweaks, your day, and indeed your week and month, fall into place in an orderly fashion, with time for everything you need to do.

The key to good time management is understanding the difference between urgent and Important.

‘Urgent’ tasks demand your immediate attention, but whether you actually give them that attention may or may not matter.

‘Important’ tasks matter, and not doing them may have serious consequences for you or others.

This distinction between urgent and important is the key to prioritising your time and your workload, whether at work or at home.

Here’s the 14 Top Tips:

  1. Turn off email for a limited time during each day (e.g.1 hour/half or a whole day)
  2. Do the things you don’t like first to get them out of the way
  3. Set goals for the year/month/week/day/hour
  4. Allow double the time you think you need for most tasks
  5. Let go – allow others to do the things you are not so good at
  6. Question yourself ‘do I really need to do this now/at all?’
  7. Be clear on the outcome you want before you undertake anything or meet with anyone
  8. Use Skype or other free online tools for meetings
  9. Focus on achieving one thing at a time – you are more likely to achieve a good result quicker
  10. Identify and minimize / eliminate your time thieves
  11. Avoid contact with negative people – surround yourself with successful, happy, positive people who will inspire and motivate you
  12. When arranging any meeting/Skype, agree a time for the meeting to end so that you can plan your day
  13. Be realistic when setting goals – use SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely)
  14. Prioritise what you do and when. Use Coveys 7 Habits time management grid

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MORE BONUS TIME MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES

BE CLUTTER FREE

For some of us, clutter can be both a real distraction (see procrastination) and genuinely alarming.

Tidying up can improve both self-esteem and motivation. You will also find it easier to stay on top of things if your workspace is tidy.

If you have a system where everything is stuck on the fridge or notice board pending action, then take off anything that doesn’t need action and/or has been dealt with! That way, you’ll be able to see at a glance what needs doing, and you’ll be less likely to miss anything.

Create 3 piles: Keep it, Give away, Throw away

PICK YOUR MOMENT

All of us have times of day that we work better. It’s best to schedule the difficult tasks for those times.

However, you also need to schedule in things that need doing at particular times, like meetings, or a trip to the post office.

Another useful option is to have a list of important but non-urgent small tasks that can be done in that odd ten minutes between meetings: might it be the ideal time to send that email confirming your holiday dates?

DON’T PROCRASTINATE

If a task is genuinely urgent and important, get on with it.

If, however, you find yourself making excuses about not doing something, ask yourself why.

You may be doubtful about whether you should be doing the task at all. Perhaps you’re concerned about the ethics, or you don’t think it’s the best option.  If so, you may find that others agree. Talk it over with colleagues or your manager, if at work, and family or friends at home, and see if there is an alternative that might be better.

DON’T TRY AND MULTITASK

Generally, people aren’t very good at multi-tasking, because it takes our brains time to refocus.

It’s much better to finish off one job before moving onto another. If you do have to do lots of different tasks, try to group them together, and do similar tasks consecutively.

 

RELAX AND BREATHE

STAY CALM! Feeling overwhelmed by too many tasks can be very stressful. Remember that the world will probably not end if you fail to achieve your last task of the day, or leave it until tomorrow, especially if you have prioritised sensibly.

Going home or getting an early night, so that you are fit for tomorrow, may be a much better option than meeting a self-imposed or external deadline that may not even matter that much.

Take a moment to pause and get your life and priorities into perspective, and you may find that the view changes quite substantially!

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6 simple ways to overcome your procrastination

lindadaviescarr-32Without exception all the busy business women I coach, complain about the same one thing. They worry that they procrastinate too much!

Procrastination is a an overused and current word, but it is not laziness.  It’s important to first understand what it really is.

Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. It is the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, or carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones, thus putting off impending tasks to a later time. Essentially procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing something.

People can be various kinds of procrastinations. Some procrastinate by doing useless things, such as searching for pictures of cute cats on the internet, or look at pictures of celebrities botched plastic surgery! (guilty by the way! ) Others actually accomplish things such as the housework, and the ironing – jobs that they hate  but never quite getting to the things they really want to accomplish in life, their most important, long-term goals.

Take a look at this, The Eisenhower Matrix, a graphic that was included in “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” It’s named after Dwight D. Eisenhower, the famously super productive US president. Eisenhower thought that people should spend their time on what was truly important to them.

The most urgent decisions are rarely the most important ones.
– Dwight D Eisenhower

screen-shot-2017-01-30-at-13-54-55Unfortunately, most people who procrastinate spend little time in the top 2  quadrants. Instead, they mostly hang out in the 2 bottom quadrants, doing things that may be urgent, but are not important. Occasionally, when sheer panic takes over, they take a very brief detour to the top left quadrant.

There are two pieces of information to record: importance and urgency. To get started you can write out this matrix on a piece of paper and start filling in your tasks where appropriate. You’ll notice the top half of the chart shows what tasks you can do, and the bottom half shows what tasks you can delegate.

It’s a simple approach to understanding what tasks need done now, what can be put off to later and what should be delegated to someone else.

Below are 6 simple steps to help you overcome your procrastination:

1) Mind your mind

Whether you think you can or whether you think you cannot is absolutely correct. So channel your thinking to a positive and successful outcome. There are some amazing books to read or listen to. I personally love The Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters. alternatively practice active mindfulness – it works it really does. Procrastination is an emotional management problem – so mind your mind.

2) Break down a task into clear and manageable steps.

One reason for procrastination is that the targets we set are often too big and vague, which makes them seem more intimidating and unpleasant. Make it visual – visual cues to trigger your habits and measure your progress. Create checklists, nothing too big as some find an elongated list overwhelming. If this is a struggle, then identify three, just three things that you want to achieve today and reward yourself with something lovely when it’s achieved.

  1. At the end of each work day, write down the 3 most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow. Do not write down more than 3 tasks.
  2. Prioritize those 3  items in order of their true importance.
  3. When you arrive tomorrow, concentrate only on the first task. Work until the first task is finished before moving on to the second task.
  4. Approach the rest of your list in the same fashion. At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to a new list of 3 tasks for the following day.
  5. Repeat this process every working day.

Its adapted from the Ivy Lee Method that recommends 6 tasks. However I recommend starting with 3 each day for a month and working up to 6.

3) Don’t punish yourself for procrastinating.

There’s no use in punishing yourself. Give yourself a break, as guilt is a trigger for procrastination. Procrastination is not a time management problem it is an emotional management problem, again mind your mind and take some time out to understand why you feel the way you do. Instead of punishing the procrastination, reward the small achievements. Once you’ve completed the task, tick it off the list, make yourself a cuppa, take a brisk walk around the block, phone a friend. C E L E B R A T E!

4) Build on the good habits you already have.

You have got where you are now, by working on the great habits you have developed. Work back to the 3 small mosquito actionable goals and celebrate them. Work with what you have (the 3 goals) and stop getting stressed about the rest.

5) Get in touch with your “future self”.

Think about consequence management, think about what might happen and how you might feel by not doing what you told yourself you’d achieve. Don’t freak yourself out, just look forward along your time line and see what the future looks like. This type of simple visualisation helps focus the mind.

 

6) Work out why you care about what you are doing.

We procrastinate on tasks that we see as boring or less meaningful. So remind yourself why you are doing something and how it fits in with your ambitions.

By thinking in this way, the long-term benefit of doing your work can overpower the short-term pleasure of distractions.

Finally, have a look at this great Ted Talk by Tim Urban:

https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_urban_inside_the_mind_of_a_master_procrastinator

I’ve watched it a few time and it has some great messages. Enjoy! 🙂

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Setting goals will not change your business

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Setting goals will not change your business. Creating plans will not grow your business

The only way to reach your goals is to take ACTION and DELIVER on your plans.

BUT that’s hard to do on your own. Sometimes it’s hard to make the time. Sometimes its hard to prioritise.

It’s hard to know how to adapt when things change. It’s hard to stay motivated when you face setbacks.

It’s very very easy to give up.

It’s very easy to go back to what you know – even if it doesn’t work.

It’s easy to make excuses. Don’t EVER make those mistakes again.

Connect with me today and don’t repeat the mistakes you’ve made before.

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Dream big and dream true

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I cannot take credit for this. I received a fabulous email wishing me a happy new year from the fabulous team at Hullo Creative, a collaborative design studio – bringing together illustrators, animators and designers to help you communicate. This is them:  https://www.hullocreative.com/

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I love their words, so use your time to dream about where we’re meant to be going next. This year, lets stay connected, relax and enjoy the next bit of the journey together

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Saturday self care or essential maintenance?

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So, I’ve walked the dog for an hour and it was absolutely beautiful, a crisp, frozen carpet of grass in the early morning winter sunshine. Gorgeous ,with a streaming take a way coffee and a happy happy puppy.

Today is all about ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE. You see I saw a FB post from a friend who had talked about her self-care: eyebrows, waxing, hair cut – get the picture?

Well for me that is more about essential maintenance.  I met my mr wonderful in our early 40s. I was single and dating and its hard to look gorgeous when you are ravaged with not enough sleep, a full-time career and little people to look after. So I was clear – it takes a lot of work to look this gorgeous all of the time. Now, I was laughing and of course, joking – sort of!

Now if you use the excuse to grow leg your hair in the winter and cover up with opaque tights, saying it helps you keep warm – you keep thinking like that! If you want plat your underarm hair, and your annual pedicure means that your toes look like Shreks for the other 10 months of the year  – hell, you go for it if it makes you happy. For me its essential maintenance and we are worth it!

Go and get your hair cut and coloured if that’s your thing every 6 weeks – don’t look like a badger in the playground! Book yourself in with your regular maintenance. I’m all for natural beauty, but we all need some help.

Book a monthly message – look after you, because you’re probably filling your schedule caring for everyone else.

So join me, Saturday maintenance, or whenever you can fit it in.

Trust me you’ll feel fabulous, you’ll look great and it will be great for you and even better for your business.

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How to get down and dirty with the detail!

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Ever heard that irritating quote “the devil is in the detail?” Well, managing a small business as a solopreneur its essential that you measure and understand how your business works, how it is built and therefore how it can grow.

If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. Peter Drucker.

Do you know your KISS measures (key indicators of success)? Your key business statistics, what are the levers? What are the conversions? What are your details? How can you best manage your pipeline? These and many many more will help you understand your business. They are key fundamentals.

What gets measured gets managed. Peter Drucker.

There is so much power in this quote. If you’ve never tracked yourself, you don’t even know how much power there is in tracking. I couldn’t even explain it adequately. You wouldn’t believe me. You’d think I was exaggerating. The simple act of paying attention to something will cause you to make connections you never did before, and you’ll improve the those areas – almost without any extra effort.

So pay attention to the detail, get down and dirty with your detail. Its easier to set up when you start, just more time consumng for an established business.

Lets talk soon…

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How to get through Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year?

Blue Monday reminds me of that incredible tune by New Order, I remember being dumped unceremoniously by my then boyfriend and I was broken-hearted. Blue Monday was playing and it was 1983. I was 17 very sad, very blue, and yes it did get me down.

Now Blue Monday is a thing. The most depressing day of the year, that is not based on science, more that it was “created” by a UK holiday firm when calculating impact of weather and levels of post-Christmas debt, and loads of other financial and mathematical equations.

The 16th January is known as Blue Monday, it’s officially the darkest and most depressing day of the year, the day you may work out that you haven’t manage to stay “dry” for January, you’re not going to the gym 3 times a week as you planned, and crisps have miraculously appeared in your shopping (or is that just me??)  You realise you have already broken your New Year’s resolutions and 2017 will be exactly the same as 2016.

It really is up to you whether you exist in a prison on Blue Monday, or you enjoy yourself. If you prefer the latter, here are some suggestions that might make things even better:

  1. Get out and get moving. Make the most of the fact that the says are getting longer. Natural light helps stabilise serotonin and triggers endorphin, both mood-boosting hormones. See if you can get outside for at least ten minutes today. You could enhance the positive effects by combining your time outside with the second suggestion.
  2. You’re not a tree, so MOVE! Take some aerobic exercise. Any steady movement you enjoy – walking, jogging, swimming, cycling as it boosts endorphins, and will leave you feeling calmer and happier.
  3. Smile. When you smile, you release a cascade of feel-good chemicals in your brain. Your body relaxes, and blood pressure may be lowered. Smiling is contagious, too, so if you smile at others you’ll help them feel better as well.
  4. Be grateful. Recent research has shown that when you take time to appreciate what you already have, you’ll feel more energetic and optimistic. Make a list of things you’re grateful for, and people you’re grateful you know.
  5. Be nice to people, compliment a stranger. Help someone with their shopping, babysit for a friend who needs a lie in or night out! Giving back and paying forward is linked to a greater sense of wellbeing.

Me? I had a great day – connecting with clients, new clients, old friends, a dog walk and my hubster popping home tonight which was a lovely unexpected visit. Also I’m looking forward to the happiest day of the year – 24th June.

Drop me a line on linda@lindadaviescarr.com if you have any questions.

Hugs to you xox

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How to manage email stress

 

 

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A study found that one in three office workers suffers from email stress. Is that you?Making a decision the first time you open an email is crucial for good time management.
I advise and encourage practising the “four Ds”:

  1. Delete: you can probably delete half the emails you get immediately.
  2. Do: if the email is urgent or can be completed quickly.
  3. Delegate: if the email can be better dealt with by someone else.
  4. Defer: set aside time later to spend on emails that require longer action.

I found these suggestions I can’t remember where – sorry. I do not take credit for them but I flippin LOVE them – they are #brilliant.

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