Time For A Review

Wow what an amazing last 15 days of blogging. It’s been cool and fun to be part of Natalie Sisson’s 15 Day Freedom Blog Challenge, and I hope you’ve got some great pearls of wisdom along the way.

It’s always great to have a review of where you are and where you’ve been so here’s the recap for creating more personal, business and physical freedom in your life:-

Day 1 – Daily Success Plan

How do you start your day to set yourself up for success

Day 2 – Most Important Actions (MIA’s)

Do your daily 3 MIA’s, that will push you forward personally & professionally, before you start on anything else

Day 3 – Personal Productivity

Consider tools such as Asana, google calendar, google drive, Evernote etc to help you become more productive

Day 4 – Distraction

Keep online distractions out, so you’re focussed and working in the zone. Check emails & social media at set times in the day for a fixed time period only, to save you entering the ‘black hole’.

Day 5 – Letting Go

Create boundaries around your time for friends, family, work etc. Remove distractions from your workspace

Day 6 – Identify Your Ideal Business Model

Look at online ‘laptop lifestyle’ model – active & residual income streams

Day 7 – The One Thing

The One Thing – Gary Keller (book). Focus on one project and avoid spreading yourself too thin

Day 8 – Plan Your Year

Just decide on your 3 major goals, set a date, work out your plan and make it happen

Day 9 – Tools & Systems

Set up systems and use online tools to take care of repetitive, recurring tasks to improve your efficiency

Day 10 – Outsource You

Write up operating procedures for repetitive, recurring tasks and outsource them, freeing up your time

Day 11 – You Time

Schedule in ‘you time’ to recharge and feel re-energised

Day 12 – De-cluttering

Live simply, de-clutter areas of your life to feel freer and live in the ‘present’

Day 13 – Fuel Yourself

Fuel your body, mind and soul with nutritious food, exercise and thoughts to feel energised and live a full life

Day 14 – Travel Adventure

See your current surroundings with a new perspective. Be a ‘tourist’ in your home town

Day 15 – You Choose

Review where you’ve been, where you are and where you’re heading next

The biggest AHA for me during the last 15 days, is to focus on completing my daily MIA’s before I start on other work.

What’s been your biggest AHA?

A Fresh Perspective

Gusty GeelongYou know when you go travelling on holiday, you’re a bit carefree – you experience new things, go out to restaurants, shows, clubs, museums, new adventures. And then when you come home, you slot right back into your everyday life.

What if you viewed your surroundings as a tourist? What would you do differently? Where would you go, visit and enjoy?

Rather than just ‘accepting your surroundings’ how about if you saw it with a fresh perspective.

Growing up I lived close to London, so always thought I’d see the sights ‘one day’. It was only when I had overseas visitors, that I would play ‘tourist’ again in London. And I loved it.

I’m blessed to live in Geelong, Victoria near the Great Ocean Road, so I’ll definitely be spending more time at the beach in particular the famous Bells Beach this summer. This weekend is the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, so I’ll be watching the cyclists descend into Geelong for sure. :)

So my challenge to you today, is to see your surroundings with a fresh perspective, I reckon you’ll feel a whole lot lighter too !!!!!

(Written as part of Natalie Sisson’s 15 Day Freedom Blog Challenge – Day 14)

You Are What You Eat Think And Drink

As my running distances have increased over time, I’ve developed a different relationship with food and drink.

I treat it more as fuel – to recharge/refuel my energy after a run allowing my body to utilise the nutrients to recover and repair. As well as stocking up on nutritious ‘fuel’ to energise me throughout the day.

I know a number of my running friends are the same. Are you too?

If you’re reading this, as a runner, then you probably are, right.

So to live a full life, it’s great to look at what energies you from a mind – body – soul perspective.

Mind – be expansive by being curious and a lifelong learner. Ensure that quality information is going in. Read books, listen to podcasts, audios, watch video – Ted X talks etc. on topics that interest you, areas in your life you want to master etc.

Body – exercise daily to feel energised to pump the oxygen around your body, whatever it is for you – yoga, walking, running, swimming, team sport etc. As well as ‘fuelling’ your body with amazing food.

Soul – what brings you joy and lights you up from the inside out. It could be a walk in nature, running, playing with your kids or animals, dancing all night, meditating.

So what can you do more of and/or introduce in your life that will fill you with energy to live your life fuller.

(Written as part of Natalie Sisson’s 15 Day Freedom Blog Challenge – Day 13)

Time To Zen Your Life

Have you ever gone into someone’s house and felt really uncomfortable and you don’t know why?

Let me explain what I mean.

As a traveller at heart, I’ve always treasured ‘experiences’ over ‘material things’ so I really don’t tend accumulate ‘stuff’ in my home, and energetically I feel a bit ‘uncomfortable and heavy’ when I visit someone’s home where they have stuff everywhere.

Now it’s not right or wrong, it just is!

However, it’s always great to have a ‘spring clean’ in your life and your environment, to say good bye to the old ‘baggage’ that might be holding you back, to free you up mentally, physically and spiritually to allow new stuff to come in.

And you don’t even need to wait to Spring to do this!

So if you want to feel freer and more energetic, I highly recommend a good de-cluttering session. Start off with your wardrobe, work space, home, work, relationships.

Look at everything and if it doesn’t ‘feel’ right anymore, toss it – give it a new home – charity donation, sell on eBay, garage sale etc.

And enjoy the process of letting go, and welcome in the new.

(Written as part of Natalie Sisson’s 15 Day Freedom Blog Challenge – Day 12)

When Was The Last Time You Made Time For You?

Our lives just seem to get busier and busier these days…. running from one thing to the next, barely catching your breathe.

Even with all the technology in the world that’s supposed to make our lives so much simpler and more efficient, I often see and hear of friends complaining that they don’t have enough time for themselves, that they’re forever running on empty, seemed to be chained to their ‘smart phone’ checking it constantly for updates from friends, emails……..and we’re only 3 weeks after the Christmas/New Year break.

If this sounds like you too, then STOP, TAKE A BREAK, cos you deserve it.

It’s time to make a conscious choice to schedule more time for YOU to recharge YOUR batteries.

But I can’t, I hear you cry…. I have all these commitments – family, partner, work, business, financial, fitness training and so it goes on. I haven’t got time to stop and be self indulgent, because nothing else will get done.

STOP being a martyr.

Trust me it will all get done, that’s why if you outsource some tasks each week you’ve now saved some time for YOU, to spend on YOU and solely YOU to recharge your batteries, because YOU are worth it.

So whether it’s shopping, sitting in a cafe, reading your favourite book or magazine, going for a walk in nature, having a spa treatment or long hot soak in a tub. This is YOUR time.

Do whatever you need to do on a daily, weekly basis to reconnect and re-energise yourself.

Think of it this way.

When you’re on a plane and the air hostess runs through the safety demonstration, she says ‘In the case of an emergency, put your oxygen mask on first before helping others’

Your life is no different, it’s vital that you have time out for yourself, to re-energise yourself, so you have energy and focus to give to your partner, family and other areas of your life.

So if you don’t already have regular ‘time out’ for yourself, start today.

When is now, the right time, to start making time for yourself.

And remember

Wish It … Dream It … Do It!

Sue xo

You Can’t Hire Someone Else To Do Your Push-Ups For You

Wise words indeed by Jim Rohn.

Agreed if you truly want transformational change within yourself, YOU and only you have to put in the work to make it happen.

You just won’t suddenly wake up one morning at your ideal weight, or feeling fit and alive, if you haven’t set yourself up for success, incrementally every day, by exercising your mind and body and eating nutritious food every single day.

However we all tend to do stuff in our lives – personal and business, that are really probably mundane, simple tasks that don’t excite us, we might find frustrating and if we outsourced them to someone else, it would free our time up to do the stuff we really wanted to do, were passionate about and spent time with people we really wanted to hang out with.

Wouldn’t that be cool if everyone, just lived the life they were supposed to live, without living by other people’s rules or ‘shoulds’

This was a cool question that was posed in Day 10 of Natalie Sisson’s – 15 Day Blog Challenge, what can you outsource in your business and commit to doing it within the next 2 days.

For me the 2 immediate things that come to mind are:-

1. Outsource some website techy stuff that’s been on my to do list forever

2. Organise a weekly box of fresh organic fruit & veggies to be delivered to my home.

This will free up so much of my time and energy to be able to focus on the things I really want in my life.

So a couple of questions for you -

1. What current activities no longer excite, drain your energy or take up too much time?

e.g. Is it cleaning, ironing, shopping, picking up the kids from school/after school activities, mundane activities at work – could you delegate them

2. Out of these activities, what can you outsource?

I challenge you to commit to one small change and take action in the next 48 hours to outsource this task, to free up some time and energy for you.

Because YOU are worth it.

And remember

Wish It … Dream It … Do It!

Sue xo

How Do You Eat An Elephant?

One bite at a time……

This made me laugh when I 1st heard this, because the concept of ‘eating an elephant’ is quite daunting right?

And then I thought, WOW, you can really relate that to everything in life that at 1st seems quite daunting too.

This could be your 1st 5km, 10km or even stretching up to your 1st half marathon or marathon. Unknown territory for you, however if you break it down, systemise it and have tools that help you along the way, life is a lot easier.

So to break down your goal, you might start with the end in mind and set a date for your race. Then work backwards and map out a training plan for that event, according to your current level of fitness and your goals.

Other areas to consider are your diet, increased training workload, intake of fluids during and post your run, your mindset – staying positive and committed to your outcome (goal) no matter what comes up along the way.

Some tools that might help you are:-

- GPS watch to track your running pace, route, distance etc

- Route software – Google maps, mapmyrun.com

- Fuel belt – carry small bottles of water & gels to top up your hydration during your long runs

- Nutrition – healthy food that you can eat immediately after a run to refuel – bananas, smoothie or food that just needs to be reheated, or takes little effort to cook

- Recovery – ice bath, wading in the cool sea/ocean, foam roller, regular massages etc

Another example could be in your business/work, where you do repetitive recurring tasks.

If you broke the task down into its moving parts, writing it down, systemising them, you might be able to come up with a solution that’s more effective and efficient.

Who knows maybe even delegating or outsourcing the tasks and/or complete job.

So some questions for you :-

- What area of your life do you believe you could be more effective and efficient in?

- What tools and/or systems can you introduce to streamline this?

(Written as part of Natalie Sisson’s 15 Day Freedom Blog Challenge – Day 9)

 

Your Time Is Limited

It’s not the things we do in life that we regret on our deathbed, but the things that we do not do.

Remembering that you are going to die one day, is the best way to avoid the trap of fearing that you have something to lose.

So that brings us right back to the here and now. We’re nearly at the end of January. WOW where did that month whizz by to.

So if we look at 2015, and the year ahead. How are you mapping out your year to make your dreams and goals a reality. Have you scheduled your goals in? Have you made the commitment?

If not then grab yourself a wall planner and prioritise accordingly.

1. Slot in your holidays – your time out, recharge, zen time – perfect for your mental health!!!!

2. Mark in your 3 major goals for the year – they could be running goals, business, family – any area of your life

3. Other major commitments – family/friend functions, work etc

And always leave space for some magical spontaneous experiences to just happen.

My 3 major goals this year are :-

1. Gold Coast Marathon, Australia – 5th July

2. Great North Run, UK – 13th September

3. Run 1st o/seas retreat – September

What are your top 3 focuses this year?

(Written as part of Natalie Sisson’s 15 Day Freedom Blog Challenge – Day 8)

Strip It All Back To One Thing

Are you a multi passionate person, who always has loads of ideas buzzing around your head, multiple projects on the go and it feels like you’re spinning plates?

You are, me too.

What would it be like though, if you had laser like focus and singled out ‘ONE THING’ that you’d focus on for 2015.

If you did that, do you think you’d get more done, be more focussed, be true to yourself and others. Hmm, food for thought.

On this subject, a book that’s been recommended to me to read is The One Thing – Gary Keller.

For me this year, my focus is really to keep it simple, and make decisions from my intuition, following my heart and stay in the flow.

What’s going to be your focus this year?

How Is This Year Panning Out For You?

habitSo Day 20 of the New Year, how is it shaping up for you?

Are you sticking to the New Year’s Resolutions that you made?

Did you start off great with high motivation and then something got in the way and you’ve slipped off the wagon a bit?

Or did you not make any, thinking that this year will just roll out carrying on from last year?

My hunch is that you’re pretty switched on and have made some changes in your life already. Congratulations.

I totally agree with Jim Rohn, external and/or internal motivation certainly gets you started, AND it’s the daily habits that set us on a new path until the new activity is automatic for us. Think back to learning to brush your teeth, now it’s just part of your daily habit that you probably don’t think twice about, but just do it, right?

So if you think of an area of your life that you want to improve, what is one small habit that if you chose to do it everyday for a minimum of 21 days, possibly even 60 days to make it really stick in your pysche would make a REAL DIFFERENCE?

For me it’s definetly FOCUSSING on the task in hand. I admit to being a multi tasker from way back. However I’ve noticed in recent months how actually emotionally draining and ineffective this approach actually is.

So for the next 21 days I’m going to commit to staying focussed and using the Pomodore Technique working in 30 minute chunks – 25 minutes focussed targetted work, 5 minutes break.

Now it’s up to you, what new habit are you going to commit to?